The Sideline: St. Joseph, CCS reach junior finals; academic award for UCA's Cassar

St. Joseph junior boys reach finals

St. Joseph’s junior boys reached the finals of ther 2A-4 district tournament with a 42-23 victory over Hector on Thursday at Quitman.

Conway Christian reached Saturday’s girls final with a 44-28 win over St. Joseph.

For the St. Joseph boys (15-7), David Beck led with 13 points, six rebounds and six blocks. Triple Williamns added seven points and five rebounds. Other leaders were: Gage Berger, six points, four rebounds: Daniel Lee Kordsmeier, five points, two assists, two steals; Jacob Welter, four points, five rebounds; Brad Vandivere, three assists and three steals; Zach Martins, three assists and two steals.

For the Lady Bulldogs, Rachell Prall and Amber Briggler each had eight points. Brianna Wells and Joanie Elsinger had six each.

UCA’s Cassar gets academic honor

Record-setting University of Central Arkansas cross country student-athlete Brooke Cassar was named to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I Women’s All-Academic team on Friday.

Cassar, a sophomore from Woonona, New South Wales, Australia, was one of 129 female runners to earn national All-Academic honors. Cassar, majoring in physical therapy, was one of just 16 from around the country to have a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.

Cassar, who has set numerous records in both cross country and track in her short time at UCA, was the Southland Conference Female Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Year and SLC Freshman of the Year last fall. She won the SLC championships by 12 seconds in a school-record time of 20:42.1 for the 6K distance, and helped UCA to a second-place finish overall. Cassar was only the second student-athlete in SLC history to be named both the athlete and freshman of the year in the sport.

Cassar went on to finish seventh at the NCAA South Central Regional in Waco, Texas, and 54th at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.

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