University of Central Arkansas basketball teams will make five appearances in national or regioanl telecasts this season on various networks affiliated with the Southland Conference.

The league will telecast 83 men’s or women’s games, including the champioship games of the men’s and women’s tournaments on ESPN2.

The UCA men will make four appearances: at Kansas State (Dec. 1, FOX Sports-Kansas City); at Texas Tech (Dec. 15, FOX Sports Southwest); at Oral Roberts, Jan. 11 (ESPN 3); and a home game against New Orleans (Feb. 8,ESPN 3). The women’s game against New Orleans will be part of an ESPN3 doubleheader that date.

UCA at SLC cross country championships

LAKE CHARLES, La. — The University of Central Arkansas men and women’s cross country teams will run at the 2013 Southland Conference Championships on Friday morning at the Ward 3 Rec Complex.

UCA, which finished fifth in both the men’s and women’s races last fall, will compete with 13 other teams for the championship.

On the women’s side, freshman Brooke Cassar is UCA’s top runner. Cassar, from Woonona, New South Wales, Australia, has three firsts, a second and a fifth-place finish this fall, and has set numerous school records in the process. Senior Erika Setzler of Conway has been right behind her with four finishes in the top three this season. Setzler was 17th last year at the SLC Championships, while then-junior Kayla Nehus was 21st.

The rest of UCA’s squad for the championships is freshman Brigette Caruthers of Branson, Mo., graduate Megan Effinger of Paddock Lake, Wis., sophomore Madison Sewell of Texarkana, Texas, and freshman Briana Stuepfert of Yorkville, Ill.

The top men’s entries for the Bears are seniors Amos Gerber of Hot Springs and senior Edward Limo of Eldoret, Kenya. Gerber finished seventh at the SLC meet last year and has two top 5 finishes this season. Limo, eighth last year at the SLC meet, has two victories this season, including his last outing at UALR.

Limo was 16th at the NCAA South Central Regional last year and Gerber was 20th.

Also running for UCA are junior Jonathan Burgess of Queensland, Australia, sophomore Ryan Davidson of Joplin, Mo., sophomore James Leonard of Crosby, Texas, sophomore Corentin Louis of Fratin, Luxambourg, Belgium, sophomore Albert Maeder of Norman, Okla., and freshman Grant Williams of Hot Springs.

UCA sets softball schedule

Coming off the best two-year run in program history with 74 victories and twice breaking the school single-season wins record, the Central Arkansas softball program has set the toughest schedule in progam history.

The 2014 season begins on Feb. 7 in Baton Rouge with the Bears facing both Oklahoma State and LSU. It kicks off a non-conference slate that also includes defending national champion Oklahoma, Women’s College World Series participant Michigan, Louisiana-Lafayette (which made the Super Regionals of last year’s NCAA tournament) Stanford, Minnesota, Mississippi State, South Florida, Tulsa, Memphis, Boston College and Temple.

The Bears will face 11 of the 64 teams from last year’s NCAA Regionals, five teams that finished in the Top 25 poll and two more in the top 34, and nine teams that finished 2013 in the top 40 of the RPI and another three within the top 64.

The Bears will play home conference series against Stephen F. Austin, March 15-16, Southeastern Louisiana, March 29-30, defending tournament champion Northwestern State, April 12-13, Houston Baptist April 17-18, and Nicholls on May 3-4 in the final weekend of the regular season.

The 2014 Southland Conference Tournament will be held May 8-10 in Hammond, La., at North Oak Park.

Hendrix soccer players get academic honors

Two Hendrix soccer players have been named to the Capital Ones Soccer Academic All-District Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Women’s goalkeepeer Rachel Zweig, from Fayetteville, ranks sixth in the Southern Athletic Association with a 1.59 goals against average and is third with 70 saves. She also has two shutouts to her credit, and contributed to another.

In the classroom, Zweig has compiled a 4.00 grade-point average in chemistry and mathematics.

She will now be eligible for the Academic All-America Team which is released November 22.

Sophomore midfielder Jacob Pierce made the men’s unit.

Pierce, from Fulton, Mo. leads the Warriors with eight goals to go with one assist for 17 points. Pierce, who has three game-winning goals to his credit, ranks tied for fourth in the Southern Athletic Association in goals and tied for sixth in points.

Pierce has a 4.0 average in biochemistry and molecular biology.

To be eligible for the Academic All-District Team, a student-athlete must be in his second year of competition at his current institution and have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average.