Two former University of Central Arkansas football players, quarterback Nathan Dick and linebacker Frank Newsome, have signed free-agent contracts with NFL teams, giving the Bears NFL or Canadian Football League placements every year since 2006.
Dick, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound quarterback from Allen, Texas, who threw for a UCA-record 3,275 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2011 in leading the Bears to their first NCAA FCS playoff appearance, agreed to terms with the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys hosted Dick for a pre-draft visit earlier in the month.
Newsome, a 6-foot, 232-pound linebacker from Petal, Miss. who was second on the team last season with 86 tackles, including 12.5 for loss and two sacks, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Millsaps ended Hendrix’s baseball season with a 6-2 victory Friday at USA Field, the second lost for the Warriors in the double-elimination Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Majors (26-15) outhit the Warriors 13-8 Hendrix ends the season with a 22-20 record, tying the school mark for most wins in a season. The Warriors also program bests with 302 runs, 25 triples, 647 total bases, 86 hit by pitch, 27 sacrifice flies and 32 sacrifice bunts.
Hendrix scored both of their runs in the top of the second, when Kyle Raskin reached on a bunt single and scored on a triple by J.T. Bowen. Senior center fielder Aaron Bowen drove in his younger brother with a single up the middle, putting the Warriors up 2-0.
Aaron Bowen went 2-for-3 and six others recorded a hit each.
The game was the final in the career for seniors Raskin, Geoff Lomax, Aaron Bowen, Mark Vlaskamp, Clark Sims, Andrew Thames, Nathan Harr and Matt Diehl.
Hendrix College junior Ashley Halbert and sophomore Catelyn Gibbs have been named to the All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Softball First and Second Teams. Junior Paula Burr, freshman Michaela Larabee and senior Kaylen Stevenson were selected as honorable mention.
Halbert, from Crandall, Texas, earned first-team honors as a utility player for the second straight year. As a pitcher, Halbert ranked 17th in the nation with a school record six shutouts. She also ranked fourth in the league with 12 wins, ninth with 65 strikeouts and 10th with a 3.16 earned run average. At the plate, Halbert led the league with 11 doubles and was fifth with five home runs to go with 27 runs batted in and a team-leading .371 batting average. She ranked fourth in the SCAC in both slugging (.639) and on-base percentage (.466).
Gibbs, a second baseman from Sachse, Texas, ranked third in the nation with a school record 15 sacrifice bunts. She also led the Warriors with nine stolen bases and hit .268 with 23 runs scored. Gibbs was an honorable mention last season as a freshman.
Stevenson, a senior from Conway, was second on the team with a .341 batting average. She regiestered 30 hits, 11 runs, a triple and stole five bases with five sacrifice bunts.
Burr, a third baseman from Jacksonville, was tied for the team lead with 27 RBI and hit .333 with 32 hits, 13 runs, four doubles and a home run. She was also an honorable mention in 2011.
Larabee, a shortstop from Farmington, ranked 24th in the nation in toughest to strikeout. The freshman leadoff hitter fanned just two times in 114 plate appearances. Larabee also hit .327 with a team-best 27 runs scored and 32 hits, five doubles and seven stolen bases.