Sports fans in the Conway area have two great choices for lunch on most Mondays throughout the year.

Bearbackers meets every Monday throughout most of the school year. They gather on the UCA campus in the Hall of Fame Room in Estes Stadium starting at noon. Each week, fans are brought up to speed on all the sports happenings at UCA, and they hear directly from the coaches and others in the athletic department.

Another luncheon is the Arkansas Sports Club, which meets on the second Monday of each month at China Town Restaurant. Started more than a decade ago, it is the brainchild of local radio executive Mike Harrison.

You never know who Mike will bring in, but he has the connections to get engaging speakers from Ken Hatfield to Geese Ausbie to Walt Coleman to a host of former college players and coaches, some of whom you may not be familiar with, but who you need to know. Their stories are always fascinating.

The most recent Sports Club speaker was Little Rock Trojans’ athletic director Chasse Conque. Chasse moved to Conway while in a sophomore in high school when his father, Clint, got the UCA football coaching job in 2000.

Chasse attended UCA, getting a business degree. While in college, he worked parttime at my employer, American Management Corporation, in downtown Conway. It was easy to see even back then that he was going places.

All the women he worked with at AMC loved Chasse, and not just because he was a polite and handsome young college student. He actually worked hard at the mostly entry-level tasks that were given to him. Most parttimers in his position just get by, but he put his all into it.

So it is no surprise to me and many others that he has succeeded at Little Rock, in his previous positions with the college and now as AD. Only in his early 30s, there is little doubt that even bigger things are in store for young Mr. Conque.


The Conway Parks and Recreation Deptment sponsors an adult volleyball program each fall. Offered are men’s, women’s and coed leagues. Signup is at the Conway Sports Center on Lower Ridge Road though Friday. A 14-game schedule culminates with a season ending tournament in December. The completion is fun but fierce.

This local league displays perhaps the most creativity in team names. Examples include Set the Net, Set for Life, How I Set Your Mother, Hard Aces, Kiss My Ace, Serve-ivors, You Got Served, Serves You Right, Nets of Kin, Wishful Spikers, and my favorite, the Spikopaths.

And the parks department tells they have to reject a few each year to keep them PG rated.

(Guest columnist David Grimes can be reached at