Conway girls win tri-match
MAUMELLE — Conway’s girls golf team prevailed Wednesday in a tight, nine-hole tri-match with Bryant and Mount St. Mary at Maumelle Country Club.
The Lady Cats combined for a 123, followed by Bryant, 125, and Mount St. Mary, 127.
Taylor Loeb of MSM was medalist with a 38.
Logan Tolliver and Anna Turner led Conway with 40s. Alexis McDaniel came in at 43, followed by Emily Lock, 52, and Meghan Smith, 54.
Fayetteville’s Patton to receive Harding Award
Fayetteville High School football coach Daryl Patton has been named the seventh annual recipient of the Buddy Harding Award.
The award is presented to a University of Central Arkansas alumnus for Arkansas high school coaching excellence. The award is sponsored by Harding’s UCA fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma.
A Bryant native, Patton is a 1990 graduate of UCA, where he was quarterback for the Bears. He has been in coaching for 21 years, first at Bryant High School then at Fayetteville starting in 2003. His Bulldogs won 7A state championships in 2007, 2011 and 2012. Patton’s record at Fayetteville is 85-35-2 and he has coached in three all-star games.
The award is named in honor of Rush “Buddy” Harding, Jr., who graduated from UCA in 1951. Harding went on to spend over 30 years at Clarendon High School as a coach and administrator. He is a member of the UCA Sports Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.
CCS opens VB season with win
Conway Christian opened its volleyball season Tuesday with a 25-22, 8-25, 25-14, 25-15 win over Rose Bud.
Lyndi Dather had six aces, three digs, five assists eight kills and one block. Katelyn Helms had five aces, five digs, two assists and five kills.
Other statistical leaders were: Adrianna Ferrand, three aces, two digs, six kills, two blocks; Sarah Shelton, one ace, four digs, one kill; Shelby Shelton, three aces, five digs; Megan Ledbetter six aces, 12 assists; Autumn Jones, seven digs.
“This was a great game to get our season started.” said coach Suzanne Feimster. “The girls came out aggressive in the beginning of the game and then things turned a little rough in the second match when Rose Bud couldn’t miss a serve or every hit they put down was a kill. CCS got fired up and finished the last two sets aggressively. I was very proud of the girls and they showed that age doesn’t matter when it comes to a victory. They are a very young team but played well together. I am looking forward to many more great games ahead.”
UCA’s Romero Keep of the Week
After making the first two starts of her career for the Central Arkansas women’s soccer team, Hayley Romero has been named the Southland Conference’s Goalkeeper of the Week.
Romero, of Yorba Linda, Calif., appeared in her first career game on Friday, making the start against Mississippi Valley State.
She made one save, earning her first career shutout as the Bears picked up the 4-0 victory.
On Sunday against Louisiana Tech, Romero picked up her second shutout of the week, making six saves as the Bears got the 2-0 victory.
Romero and the Bears return to the field on Friday evening to face off with in-state opponent Arkansas State in the first night game in Central Arkansas history.
The game is scheduled to kick off at 7:00 p.m. and will be preceded by a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a ceremonial first goal.
The first 100 fans will receive a commemorative T-shirt and halftime will feature on-field promotions.