Reception for Bill Johnson is Thursday

A drop-n retirement reception for the University of Central Arkansas’ Bill Johnson will be from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the President house, 140 Donaghey.

Johnson, the radio voice of UCA football for 40 years, has been a development officer in the UCA athletic department for the past 10 years since leaving the radio booth. A 1960 graduate of then-Arkansas State Teachers College, served on the UCA Board of Trustees from 1970 to 1984 and was a member of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education Coordinating Board for 10 years. Johnson was president and CEO of Security Bank of Conway from 1977 to 1996 and president of First Financial Bank of Conway through its 2000 merger with Simmons First National Bank, where he served as president until 2006. A 2005 inductee in the UCA Sports Hall of Fame, has been an integral part of the Hall of Fame since its inception in 2001. Johnson was the owner of KCON Radio in Conway for nearly 20 years, served as president of the Conway Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club and served on the board of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Hendrix O-line Team of the Week

The Hendrix College offensive line was named to the National Team of the Week.

The O-line helped the Warriors set school records with 9.1 yards per play and 7.3 yards per rush in a 42-14 win at Millsaps. Hendrix compiled 546 total yards on 60 plays.

Seniors Jared Lincoln, Brooks Billings, Max Cassidy, Zach Tuttle and Trent Middleton started the game. Junior Sam Struebing, sophomores Keith Taylor and Michael Wiles and freshmen Parker Hall, Xavion Gardner and Steffan Bonilla also logged snaps on the line on Saturday.

Hendrix has one of four offensive lines that have not allowed a sack all season.

The Warriors will host Centre College at Crafton-Faulkner Field at Young-Wise Memorial Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday.

UA to host LR event

The Razorback Foundation, Inc., the University of Arkansas’ Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will host a reception and a free educational program entitled, "How the Razorback Athletic Experience Prepared Us for Life," 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock.

The event will feature a panel of former African-American Razorback athletes who competed in football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and men’s track and field at the University of Arkansas from 1973-2012.

No admission will be charged for the event and refreshments will be provided. Those planning on attending the reception and program, however, are requested to RSVP to the Razorback Foundation via e-mail at

Hendrix’s Brantley gets SAA award

Hendrix College junior linebacker Jake Brantley has been named the Southern Athletic Association Football Defensive Player of the Week.

Brantley, from Kilgore, Texas, led the Warriors with nine tackles in Saturday’s 42-14 win at Millsaps. He also had two tackles for a loss of four yards, including a sack for two.

Brantley leads Hendrix with 21 tackles through three games and ranks fifth in the SAA in tackles for loss.

Warriors sweep volleyball awards

Hendrix College volleyball players Lauren Dwyer and Leila Matsumoto were selected as the Southern Athletic Association Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, on Monday.

Dwyer, a freshman outside hitter from Leawood, Kan., led the Warriors 3.45 kills per set as they went 2-1 over the weekend. She had nine kills and hit .320 with 11 digs in a sweep at Birmingham-Southern on Saturday. She recorded a season-high 15 kills and 23 digs in a five-set loss to #8 Emory. On Sunday, Dwyer had 14 kills and hit .273 with seven digs in a sweep at Millsaps. A six-rotation player, Dwyer also averaged 3.73 digs per set.

Matsumoto, a senior libero from Honolulu, Hawaii, led the Warriors with 5.82 digs per set. On Saturday, she recorded 18 digs for a 6.00 per set average in a sweep of Birmingham-Southern. Matsumoto had a career-high 35 digs for a 7.00 per set average in a five-set loss vs. No. 8 Emory. She ended the weekend with 11 digs in a sweep over Millsaps.