CHS tennis team romps past Cabot


The Conway tennis squads blasted conference rival Cabot in Class 7A tennis action at Cabot on Thursday.

The Lady Cats won eight of nine matches overall, and the boys won seven of nine matches.   

"We have been playing better and we want to carry the momentum from this match to our upcoming match against Central next Monday, which will close out our conference season," Conway coach Jeff Gifford said. "The kids always get up to play Central and it’s a big match for us going into the conference tournament," 

Girls doubles

Amy Bell and Morgan Cummins won 8-2; Ashley Wofford and Jenny Walls won 8-3

Girls singles

Alex Taylor won 8-2; Leah Riner won 8-1; Faith Guidry won 8-3; Kortni Gifford won 8-2; Beth Turner lost 8-6; Molly Evans won 8-2; Maegan Langley won 8-5

Boys doubles

Sam Roberts and Kristian Lenser won 9-8 (10-5); Quinlan Swain and Blake Bell won 8-1; Matt Evans and Ryan Edwards lost 8-4; Lincoln Reynolds and Jared Lambert lost 8-4

Boys singles

Karthik Garimella won 8-1; Robbie Powell won 8-2; Kyle Alexander won 8-4; Jacob Fahr won 8-5; Will Morris won 8-1


CSMS 8th-graders shut out Rose City


Carl Stuart Middle School’s eighth-graders improved to 3-2, defeating North Little Rock Rose City 14-0 Thursday.

Collin Cahill tossed a 40-yard touchgdown pass to Matt Boley on the opening drive. Breylen Smith scored on a 14-yard quarterback keeper to start the second half following a Cole Tollett 30-yard punt return to the 14. 

"We need to show improved intensity and emotion on every snap in every game," coach Barry Lueders said.


Bears split with Texarkana College, CBC



After defeating Texarkana College, the University of Central Arkansas softball team lost, 4-2, to Central Baptist College on Thursday night during the fall exhibition season.

UCA pitchers limited Texarkana College to two hits in a 6-2 victory. Taylor Barclay struck out four for the Bears. 

The Mustangs hit two home runs to take the victory in the second game. CBC pitching allowed the Bears one hit and struck out five. Kelsie Armstrong took the loss for UCA, striking out eight in 6 1/3 innings. 

UCA returns to action on Sunday afternoon for a special event as the Bears will host the National Professional Fastpitch All-Stars. The team will host a clinic alongside the NPF All-Stars from 1-3 p.m. at City of Colleges Park before playing its final fall home exhibition game at Farris Field at 5 p.m. Admission to the game is $5 for the public and UCA students are admitted free with a student ID.


Sugar Bears record sweeps at home, on the road



Sophomore Kyle Hartman had a career-high 10 kills and Jessica Nagy followed up her Thursday performance with another strong outing as the University of Central Arkansas volleyball team earned a 25-23, 25-18 25-16 sweep over Southeastern Louisiana Friday night. 

"As a team we were pretty well at times but were a bit sketchy at times," Sugar Bears coach David McFatrich said. "We’ll take a 3-0 win on the road any time though."

On the evening, Hartman finished with a hitting percentage of .276, including a mark of .333 in the opening set. Nagy picked up her first double-double of the 2011 campaign, finishing with a team-high 12 kills to go along with 10 digs. 

UCA (8-8, 4-1) was able to out-hit SE Louisiana (4-17, 0-4) .260 to .148 while having a 65-64 edge in digs, a 5-4 advantage in blocks and a 4-2 service ace advantage. 

Senior Laruen Dear, filling in for the injured Marissa Collins for the second consecutive match, had yet another strong outing for the Sugar Bears. The Conway native finished with 40 assists, eight digs and three kills. The senior setter now has 84 assist in the last two nights. Coming into the 2011 season, she had recorded just 71 assists.

The Sugar Bears return to action next Tuesday as they square off with UAPB at 6 p.m. UCA, who has spent six straight weeks on the road, will look to extend their 30-match win streak at the Prince Center, second only to Cincinnati’s current home winning streak of 42 matches. 


THIBODAUX, La. — The Sugar Bears swept Nicholls, 25-18, 25-22, 25-18 Thursday.

Jessica Nagy had seven kills on just 16 attempts to go along with three service aces in the first game. She finished the night with a match-high 16 kills, four aces and 10 digs. While Nagy manned the right side, junior outside hitter Lindsey Barron manned the left. Barron, a Mandeville, La., native, chalked up 15 kills and hit .342 on the evening. 

Lauren Dear, filling in for the injured Marissa Collins, earned a career-high 44 assists to go along with six digs and two kills. 

UCA was able to hold the Colonels to a hitting percentage of just .126 on the evening while having three players earn double-digit digs. Nagy, along with Shelbee Berringer, recorded 10 digs while Cristin Curl led the way with 32.


UCA women open SLC play with win over Nicholls



The University of Central Arkansas women’s soccer team snapped a three-game winless streak and won its Southland Conference opener for the first time since 2007, scoring a 2-1 win on Friday against Nicholls.

The Bears (5-4-1, 1-0-0) had extra incentive coming into the 2011 conference opener, going up against a Colonels team that tied UCA in last year’s regular-season finale, costing the Bears their first Southland Conference tournament berth.

After getting off to a slow start in the first half, the Bears broke through in the second period – taking a 1-0 lead in the 63rd minute when freshman Vanessa Randall put in her first collegiate goal after controlling the rebound off a Cassie Lange shot.

The Bears continued to shut down the Colonels (6-4-1, 0-1-1), limiting them to just three shots through the first 41 minutes of the second half. With a one-goal advantage, UCA tacked on an additional score in the 85th minute when junior Carrissa Rossi played a ball to sophomore Kristin Pollard, who had broken free with junior Elizabeth Brady for a 2-on-1 with Nicholls keeper Molly Mersereau. Pollard pounded it past Mersereau for the 2-0 lead and her first goal of the season.

Pollard’s goal proved to be the game-winner as the Colonels were able to score one late, with Missy McGuire sneaking one into the very top of the net in the 87th minute.

The Bears now move on to face Southeastern Louisiana Sunday at 1 p.m. Sunday. 

Hendrix athlete honored for community service


Hendrix Sports Information

Stephen Borutta of Hendrix, a junior from Webster Groves, Mo., has been selected the SCAC Character and Community Male Student Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sept. 25, 2011. Borutta, along with four of his high school friends, started Ecogrease Lightning — a Missouri non-profit whose mission is to educate Americans about the benefits of using sustainable energy. To promote this initiative, he and his friends traveled around the country in a school bus converted to run on used vegetable oil.

Wanting to give back to the communities the group passed though on the bus tour, Borutta and his friends committed to 80 hours of service work per week for seven weeks. Half of that time was spent with Habitat for Humanity (because of the company’s mission of offering affordable housing in a sustainable manner) and the other half was spent at local organizations trying to make friends and help out as best the group could.

This summer, however, the bus (a 1989 64-passenger school bus) broke down five days into the trip. Heartbroken but not ready to give up, the group decided, since it was already committed to a set number of service hours, that the service work could be done anywhere. 

Therefore, Borutta and his friends went back to their hometown of St. Louis and worked at community gardens, food shelters, and charity fundraisers. Then, the group went down to Joplin for a week to help the victims of the tornado. In the end, Borutta and his friends had a lot of great experiences, completed the goal of 560 hours of service work, and hopefully inspired people to care about their community and environment.

"Ecogrease Lightning will not stop trying to change the world for the better even if that mean we have to blow up a few buses to get there," Borutta said. "We almost have federal 501c3 Non-Profit status and will be pursuing the second shot at our adventure next summer."