Bielemas to attend Mayflower-Vilonia game
The crowd for Tuesday night’s special Mayflower-Vilonia benefit baseball game at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock is expected to include the University of Arkansas head football coach and his wife.
Bret Bielema announced Saturday on Twitter that he and Jen plan to attend the game, which is a fundraiser for both tornado-ravaged communities.
There is no admission to the 5:30 p.m. game, but donations are encouraged. All proceeds, including concessions, will be shared toward relief efforts in both communities.
Bielema also said that he has two sponsors lined up who have pledged $1 for every person who attends the game.
The game will be broadcast on Crain Media stations in Arkansas, including Y107.1 in Conway.
Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
Senior night for Conway soccer
In addition to Senior Night ceremonies Tuesday night at John McConnell Stadium, both Conway High soccer teams will be involved in critical games against Little Rock Catholic/Mount St. Mary.
The varsity boys kick off at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity girls at 7 p.m.. The Senior Night ceremony will be between the boys and girls game.
The boys are in a tough position to qualify for the 7A state playoffs. If they beat Catholic on Tuesday, they will automatically qualify. If they lose and Southside beats Northside, their hopes diminish greatly. If both Conway and Northside lose, the playoff berth would come down to Friday’s games, with Conway playing at Greenwood and Northside hosting Little Rock Hall.
If the Conway girls (6-2 conference) beat Mount St. Mary (7-1) by a two-goal margin and win their last game at Greenwood, they will move ahead of MSM on tiebreakers for the conference title.
Honor for Biggerstaff
University of Central Arkansas righthander Bryce Biggerstaff was named the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week on Monday after leading the Bears to a 2-1, extra-inning victory over Oral Roberts on Friday night at Bear Stadium. Biggerstaff, a senior from Sherwood and Central Arkansas Christian, threw all 10 innings, allowing 10 hits (all singles) but only one earned run, striking out six and walking none. It was his second 10-inning outing in his past three starts and second complete game of the season.
Biggerstaff, a preseason All-Southland Conference selection, is 4-5 with a 3.38 earned-run average this season. He was 6-5 with a 3.01 ERA and four complete games as a junior. Biggerstaff was one of four UCA seniors to graduate last Saturday.
UCA’s Studioso Pitcher of Week
The University of Central Arkansas’ Kylee Studioso has been named the Southland Conference’s Pitcher of the Week in softball after she helped the Bears clench the final berth in the SLC tournament.
In the series against Nicholls State, she compiled an ERA of 0.70 on the week, allowing the Colonels to score just two earned runs over the course of 20.0 innings pitched and holding her opponents to a batting average of .222.
Sugar Bear camps planned for June
The University of Central Arkansas will be hosting Sugar Bear basketball camps for girls of all ages from grades 1-12 in June at the Farris Center.
A high school team camp will be on June 7. Cost is $225 per team, and teams are guaranteed a three-game minimum.
Individual camps will begin on June 14 with a Little Sugar Bears camp for girls entering grades 1-5 and a Junior Skills Camp for girls entering grades 6-8 from 9 a.m. to noon. An Elite Camp for girls entering grades 9-12 will be from 2-6 p.m.
Cost for each individual camp is $50 per camper. For registration or more information, visit sandrarushingbasketballcamps.com, or visit ucasports.com/camps for information on all of UCA’s youth camps for all sports throughout the summer.
Hendrix’s Radack earns academic honor
Hendrix College senior center fielder Collin Radack has been named to the Capital One College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Team on Thursday.
Radack, from Austin, Texas, was the Southern Athletic Association Player of the Year and All-SAA First Team selection. He ranked second in the NCAA in hits and stolen bases, third in runs scored and 10th in total bases. On the year, Radack hit .401 with 73 hits, 53 runs, 10 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 23 RBIs, 34 stolen bases, a .549 slugging percentage, a .471 on-base percentage and a perfect fielding percentage in 158 chances.
In the classroom, Radack had a 3.76 grade point average in Economics and Business.
Radack was an Academic All-District selection last year.
To be eligible for the Academic All-District Team, a student-athlete must be in their second year of competition at their current institution and have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average. Radack is now eligible for the Academic All-America Team release May 28.