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The Sideline: Combine in Conway for HS football players; Conway softball schedule change, UCA's Harks gets academic honor

Posted: April 9, 2013 - 8:39pm

HS football combine set in Conway

A combine for high school football players will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at John McConnell Stadium.

The combine will be sponsored by FAST Sports Performance, which is part of Conway Regional Therapy Centers. The FAST sports performance combine is more than the standard combine. In addition to rating the players on their standing broad jump, pro-agility, 165/185/225 bench press and laser-timed 20- and 40-yard dashes, former collegiate players will present about ways they can maximize their college scholarship potential. The combine will include a brief ACT prep course, coaching on the importance of working in the classroom and a discussion about the pitfalls of social media.

Devrett Wade, a former Arkansas State standout, and JJ Meadors, a former Razorback wide receiver, will conduct the combine. In addition to Wade and Meadors, the combine will include Tyrell Johnson, a former ASU player who now plays cornerback for the Detroit Lions, plus several other former college and NFL players.

“They will be getting some advice from guys who have been in their shoes. We want to help them avoid some mistakes,” said Wade, who is the director of the combine.

Cost is $35 per athlete and teams with 10 or more athletes will be given a discounted rate of $25. For details, call Wade at 501-269-4041 or email devrett.wade@conwayregional.org. Registration forms can be found online at www.conwayregional.org/FAST.

CHS softball moved to Thursday

Because of forecasted inclement weather, Conway High’s softball home game against Fort Smith Northside has been moved from Wednesday to Thursday.

The varsity game will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the JV game.

Conway’s soccer matches at Greenwood on Friday will be varsity only with the girls beginning at 5 p.m., followed by the boys about 7 p.m.

UCA’s Harks makes all-academic team

University of Central Arkansas forward Jordan Harks has been named to the 2012-13 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball All-Academic second team.

Harks, a 6-foot-8 junior forward from Lombard, Ill., has a 3.17 cumulative grade-point average in marketing. He averaged 7.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game and shot 58.6 percent from the field, second best in the SLC.

Harks played in all 30 games for the Bears and started 14. He added 21 assists, 15 steals and 10 blocked shots. Harks had season highs of 18 points against Sacramento State and 10 rebounds at Arizona State.

The all-academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic advisors from each Southland Conference university. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for the all-academic squad.

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