UCA QB gets 

POW honor


University of Central Arkansas quarterback Nathan Dick, on the strength of a five-touchdown performance against Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday, was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.    

Dick, a senior from Allen, Texas, and transfer from the University of Arkansas, completed 20 of 28 passes for 299 yards with five touchdowns and one interception in UCA’s 55-29 victory. Dick completed touchdown passes to five different receivers as the Bears piled up a season-high 586 yards of total offense. Dick earned the L.B. Jackman Award that goes to the outstanding player in the Homecoming game each year.    

Dick has thrown for 2,017 yards and 22 touchdowns and is completing 66.4 percent of his passes this season. He is sixth all-time at UCA in passing yards with 4,685 and fourth in completions with 412.     

The Bears, riding a five-game winning streak, continue Southland Conference play this weekend at Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La. Kickoff is 3:05 p.m. on the Southland Television Network (Conway Corp. channel 9).   

UCA teams 

ninth in SLC 

cross country


NACOGDOCHES, Texas. — The University of Central Arkansas men’s and women’s cross country teams each finished ninth Monday at the Southland Conference Championships held at Piney Wood Country Club. 

The women’s race was a 6K run with 88 total participants, while the men’s race featured an 8k course with 83 runners.     

Lamar took home the men’s title, scoring 29 points, placing five runners in the top-10. Texas-San Antonio, which finished third in last year’s meet, earned a second-place spot. Texas A&M Corpus Christi rounded out the top-three with 91 points.     

On the women’s side, Texas A&M Corpus Christi took the overall crown as they placed three different runners in the top-15. UTSA, like the men, finished in second with 70 points and Lamar was third.     

UCA’s overall best finish was by sophomore Amos Gerber. Gerber, finished 19th in 26:06.2. It was the second time this season he has placed within the top-20.     

Another sophomore, Jeremiah Fleeman, was the only other Bear men’s runner to record a top-50 finish. The Rogers native came in 47th and recorded a time of 27:28.5.     

The UCA women’s best finish came from junior Courtney Efurd. Efurd’s time of 23:16.8 was good enough for 36th. Stephanie Simpson and Conway’s Erika Setzler finished just outside of the top-50 with times of 23:48.8 and 23:49.9, respectively.  

Cowgirls shut out UCA in soccer

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LAKE CHARLES, La. — McNeese State ended the season for the University of Central Arkansas women’s soccer team with a 3-0 victory here Sunday.

The Bears (5-11-2, 1-7-1) were unable to get anything going against a determined Cowgirls defense that gave up 10 shots, only four of which came on goal. 

Bears’ goalkeeper Kelsey Gochnauer faced eight shots on goal and recorded five saves. 

Aquakids place high in Halloween Classic

Members of the Aquakids Swim Team recorded some high finishes last weekend in the Halloween Classic at Little Rock.

Sierra Kinworthy won the 500 freestyle in 5:33.78. Emily Chavez had a third-place finish in the 25 breaststroke and Hannah Ruckle had a second-place finish in the 50 butterfly in 38.36. Colton Howser qualified for the state championship for the first time in the 50 freeestyle with a time of 27.24. 

Hendrix gets 

No. 5 seed for SCAC tourney


The Hendrix College women’s soccer team will open the 2011 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament with Rhodes College on Friday at noon in Birmingham, Ala. 

The fifth-seeded Warriors went 8-8-1 overall and 4-3-1, tying with the Lynx for fourth place. The finish was the highest for the Warriors since they placed fourth in 2001.

Rhodes receives the higher seed since they defeated Hendrix 1-0 in Memphis on Oct. 2. The winner of the game will move on to the semifinals on Saturday against conference champion Trinity, the third-ranked team in the country

"This was our main goal for the season (qualifying for the tournament) and the players worked very hard to achieve it," Hendrix coach Jim Evans said. "The 2011 Hendrix women’s soccer team has improved throughout the season as much as any team I have ever coached. They have great personality, and are a pleasure to work with. We will give it our best shot and see what happens."

After starting the conference season 0-2, the Warriors rattled off four consecutive home wins to move up the standings and secure their place in the tournament. 

Hendrix leads the SCAC with 135 saves and 7.94 saves per game. Senior keeper Allison Mosley is first with 93 saves and junior Megan Childress is tied for ninth with 39. Junior midfielder Rebecca Rahn ranks sixth in the league with 23 points and tied for sixth with nine goals. Junior midfielder Morgan Scott is second on the team with six goals and junior forward Mel Roach has five. Senior midfielder Hannah McGrew has four goals and two assists. The Warriors also received strong defensive play from senior Megan Pearce and freshmen Bailey Ann Harper and Kacey Hight.

Hendrix’s DesPain earns SCAC honor


SUWANEE, Ga. — Junior defender Maggie DesPain of Hendrix College was named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. The award was the second of the season for DesPain and the seventh player of the week honor for the Warriors.

DesPain played a central role in a pair of conference shutouts over the weekend. In Friday’s 3-0 win against Sewanee, she limited the Tigers to just two shots, neither of which were on goal. DesPain also limited Centre to just four shots on goal in the Warriors’ first ever program win against the Colonels, a 4-0 victory on Sunday.

DesPain and Hendrix will take on Centre at the SCAC Tournament on Saturday in Memphis.