UCA to open fall softball season with doubleheader



The University of Central Arkansas softball team will kick off its 2011 fall exhibition season Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader at Farris Field. The Sugar Bears will host Southern Arkansas at 11 a.m. before wrapping up the day’s action with a 1 p.m. contest against Lyon.    

Last fall, UCA amassed a 7-1 record before going 26-30 overall in the spring and 12-18 in Southland Conference action.    

UCA will be led by last season’s Southland Conference Hitter of the Year and Easton Fastpitch third team All-American selection, Melanie Bryant. Last season, the Henando, Miss., native hit .429 with eight home runs and 37 RBI.    

Returning alongside Bryant will be first team All-Southland selection Kasey Britt and second team selection Katie McGregor. Britt led the team with 10 home runs and 44 RBI last season while hitting .350. McGregor started in 43 games and hit .293 with three homers and 21 RBI.      

The Bears will have four other home fall dates including their meeting with the NPF All-Stars on Oct. 3 before wrapping up the exhibition season with a pair of games in Tulsa, Okla. on Oct. 8. 


Greenbrier goes 1-1 in volleyball


Greenbrier split two volleyball matches this week with Alma and Morrilton.

The Lady Panthers (4-6, 3-3) lost to Alma 25-15, 25-12, 23-25, 25-10, Thursday night.

Haleigh Barnard was 16 of 17 on serves and had five kills. Kari Gipson was 10 of 11 on serves with three blocks. Hannah Porter was perfect on serves with 12 assists and 12 digs. Samantha Tillman had 15 kills, 13 digs and nine blocks.

Alma won the JV game, 25-11, 25-19. Hayley Heacox, Haley Hilliard and Lexi Levingston were perfect on seven serves. Savannah McNabb had three kills.

The Lady Panthers downed Morrilton, 25-22, 21-25, 11-25, 25-23, 15-8, to move into fourth place in the conference.

Barnard hit on 21 of 23 serves with four aces, seven kills, 21 digs and four blocks. Gipson was 18 of 18 on serves with nine kills and 16 digs. Merritt was perfect on serves. McKenzie Neumeier had 21 assists and 17 digs. Porter was 18 of 18 on serves with 24 assists, seven kills and 20 digs. Tillman was 18 of 19 on serves with 12 kills and 11 blocks.

"The girls did a great job fighting back after losing game 2 and 3," said coach Cindy Hartman. "They made big plays and worked great together."

Greenbrier won the JV game, 29-27, 25-19. Mackenzi Burrow, Heacox and Hilliard were perfect on serves. Marissa Hollenbaugh had four kills and McNabb, six kills. Heather Wilcox had three aces.


UCA runners 

place in UALR cross country meet



LITTLE ROCK — The University of Central Arkansas men’s and women’s cross country squads competed in the UALR Invitational Friday evening at the Rebsamen Park Golf Course. 

Only individual scoring was used for the meet. 

The women’s 5K race was won by Erika LaCroix of UALR, who finished with a time of 17:24.20. She was followed by Sanna Mustonen, also of UALR, at 17:42.72. Arkansas Tech’s Olivia Campbell took third, finishing with a time of 18:05.29. 

UCA’s top-finisher was senior and Little Rock native Emily Parker. Parker finished 26th in the 86-member field in 20:02.20. Emily Noble and Meagan Snipes turned in times of 21:18.35 and 21:19.24 respectively, to earn 39th and 40th place finishes. Caroline Benton, another Little Rock native, came in 46th with a mark of 21:39.55. 

The men’s race was dominated by the host squad as six of the top-seven finishes were by UALR runners. Dustin Mettler ran the 8k in a time of 24:18.65 to take home first. Felix Maritim and Markus Pearson followed with times of 24:26.77 and 24:53.53. 

Freshman Jacob Luckett was the first Bear to cross the finish line. Luckett came in 41st in the 98-man field with a time of 28:34.83. Senior Tanner Hubbard was right behind in 45th, recording a time of 28.51.15. UCA’s only other top-50 finish was by freshman Jacob Flurry who came in at 29:02.78. 

The men and women are both back in action on Monday morning as they travel to Nacogdoches, Texas for the Stephen F. Austin Pre-Conference meet. 


City Adult Softball


Tuesday, Sept. 20, Coed

T&J Indians 17, Notorious Bat 2

Grnts 12, Conway Rehab 9

Wilkinson’s 9, Scared Hitless 7

OK Corral 22, Gusano’s 9

Robinson and Center 10, Game On 3

Regulators 28, Ball Hogs 9

Game Over 15, Ball Busters 5

Pitches Be Crazy 20, Exel 0

Hit It and Quit It 13, Fellowship 4

Iball 11, Wreckers 1

Garden Center 15, Diamond Cutters 3

Heath’s Fish House 22, Got The Runs 1

Peace 10, All in the Family 7

Rock-Tenn 13, Mac Attack 3

Drakes & Susies 11, TNT 6

Splash-Caje 15, Crain Team 10