A variety pack of sports is included in this batch of "David’s Appetizers," assorted musings and obervations on the sports scene:
UCA women’s soccer
The UCA women are off to one of their best starts in recent history with a 6-3 mark.
More impressively is they have only allowed seven goals in nine games.
The seniors on UCA’s team represent coach Jeremy Bishop’s first recruiting class and it seems to be playing off.
With two starters out, the UCA volleyball team went 2-1 in last weekend’s tournament at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
"To beat the teams we did with two starters out is really exciting," said coach Jeni Jones, who singled out the continued improvement of Samantha Anderson. "At times in the tournament, Samantha Anderson was unstoppable."
And the beach
The inaugural UCA beach volleyball team, which includes five beach-only players plus some crossover players from the indoor team, is practicing at 6:30 a.m. most days.
The season will begin in late March and and will conclude in late April and early May. Since the Southland Conferencee does not yet have enough teams for league competition, the season will consist of a series of weekend tournaments.
The UCA Alumni Association will host a tailgate Saturday afternoon prior to the Arkansas State game in Jonesboro.
The tailgate will be from 2-5 p.m. at the corner of Olympic and Alumni Blvd. east of the Convocation Center at Jonesboro.
Food and drink tickets are $10 for adults. Proceeds will benefit the UCA scholarship fund.
Further information can be obtained from uca.edu/alumni.
Several former Conway High baseball players will be reunited Saturday at the Wampus Cats’ Parents Association Parents Association Four-Person scramble at Nutters Chapel Golf Club.
The booster group raises funds to allow coaches to concentrate on coaching rather than maintenance and facilities needs.
Fundraising efforts have gone toward construction of a batting barn, visitng bleachers, covered home bleachers, a metal outfield fence and an equipment buildingm among other projects.
(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 501-505-1235 or firstname.lastname@example.org)