The Sideline: All-star and all-state football selections from Faulkner County; New assistant lacrosse coach at Hendrix

Faulkner athletes named to all-star teams

Five Faulkner County athletes have been selected to play in this summer’s high school football and volleyball games in Conway. One was named to the cheer squad.

Named to the all-star teams Thursday were:

EAST FOOTBALL

A.J. Burton, Conway High

WEST FOOTBALL

Chandler Ferrand and Caleb Dather, Conway Christian

EAST VOLLEYBALL

Meagan Briggler, St. Joseph; and Rachel Skinner, Conway High

EAST CHEER

Laura Pipkins, Mayflower

Faulkner players named all-state

Football players representing four Faulkner County schools on Class 2A-5A have gained all-state recognition by the Arkansas Activities Association.

Voting was done by the conference coaches.

Named all-state from 5A-West were wide receiver Carson Matthews, safety Kevin Reynolds and wide receiver Gerrel Williamson from Greenbrier and running back Drew Estes and linebacker Tyler Knowles of Vilonia.

Quarterback Adam Dycus of Mayflower made the all-state unit from 2-3A. Conway Christian lineman Caleb Dather and quarterback Chandler Ferrand made the team from 2A-5.

The all-state selections from 7A Central have not been made available to the AAA.

Hendrix names lacrosse assistant coach

Anthony Biondo is the new assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Hendrix College, replacing Ben Whitcraft who left after two and a half years to become the head coach at Defiance College in Ohio.

Biondo comes to Hendrix after spending the 2013 season as an assistant at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. While with the Tigers, he coached goalkeepers and face-offs under legendary head coach Ray Rostan.

“We are very fortunate to have coach Biondo on our staff, as he possesses a wealth of knowledge, is a great role model and motivator, and has a proven track record of success in the NCAA DIII level at Hampden-Sydney in the extremely competitive ODAC,” said Hendrix coach Curt Foxx. “Coach Biondo truly embodies the Hendrix College motto of ‘Unto the Whole Person’ with his positive, detail-oriented, and relentless approach of making our students achieve their best academically, athletically, and in the community.”

Biondo spent time working with development programs in Florida, including Orlando All-Star Lacrosse, the Florida Fighting Possums and Team Florida Lacrosse.

The Warriors’ first game will be on Feb. 8 at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.

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