SEARCY — St. Joseph’s girls defeated Conway Christian, 25-15, 25-7, 25-9, then Atkins, 25-13, 25-17, 25-16, to win the district volleyball championship.

Atkins, the team the Lady Bulldogs (21-5) defeated in the finals, had beaten them twice during the regular season as St. Joseph entered the tournament as the district runnerup.

"The girls got better as the night went on," said St. Joseph coach Luke Davis. "I’ve very proud of their effort and focus. They say it’s hard to beat a team three times and the girls shaped up when it mattered."

Rachel Briggler, who had 10 assists in each of the two matches and two blocks against Atkins, was the tournament Most Valuable Player. Madison Seiter and Linzy Hoelzeman were named to the all-district team.

Meagan Briggler had 13 assists in the two games and 10 digs against Atkins. Hoelzeman served 23 of 25 against Atkins and had seven aces and 24 digs for the tournament.

Madeline Moix was perfect on serves against CCS. Sydney Spradlin had 11 digs against CCS.

The Lady Bulldogs will begin state tournament play at Harrison, taking on Hoxie at noon Tuesday.


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Missouri State (9-3-2, 4-0) scored twice off headers Wednesday to take a 2-0 Missouri Valley Conference men’s soccer victory over the University of Central Arkansas (4-8-1, 0-2-1).

Missouri State grabbed an early 1-0 lead off the head of James Fawke. James Thomas took a free kick for Missouri State, blasting it off of the Central Arkansas (4-8-1, 0-2-1 MVC) crossbar. The ball ricocheted away, but Fawke flew in with a diving header and knocked the ball home for his first goal of the year.

Missouri State added to its lead in the 55th minute, when Jon Boyack lofted a corner kick into the Central Arkansas box. Emmerich Hoegg finished the play, heading the ball home for his fourth goal of the season and a 2-0 lead.

Patxi Shortsleeve made three saves in net for Central Arkansas while allowing two goals.

The Bears play Evansville at noon Saturday at the Bill Stephens Complex.


CLARKSVILLE — For the second straight year, the Hendrix College men’s and women’s cross country teams won the Crystal Trophy in the Arkansas Division III Championships against the University of the Ozarks on Wednesday.

The Warrior women bested the Eagles 11-27, while Ozarks edged Hendrix in the men’s race 17-19.

Hendrix junior Nicholle Cromwell took first place with a 5K time of 20:18.50. The Houston, Texas native shaved 1:11 off her previous season-best 5K time. Freshman Dani Aguilar-Ramirez was second in 20:29.80 and freshman Sophie Kataz was third in 20:40.93. Sophomore Constance Robinson ran the course in 22:56.70 and sophomore Haley Stratt was seventh in 25:22.60.

Sophomore Jeffrey Scott led the men’s team with a 4.1 mile time of 22:20.70, placing second. Freshman Cam Meek was fourth in 24:12.60 and sophomore Andy McCall was fifth at 24:41.10. Junior Marcel Douglas ran the course in 26:17.10, finishing eighth and senior Ryan Flores was ninth in 27:15.30.

Hendrix will run in the Southern Athletic Association Championships on Nov. 2 in Mount Berry, Ga.