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The Sideline: Golf wins for Casey Ott and Pep Angles; USA Baseball Invites; new Hendrix women's soccer coach and Hendrix tennis honors

Posted: July 15, 2014 - 5:54pm

Ott wins two events

Conway’s Casey Ott, 13, capped a big week of golf last week by winning the junior division of an Arkansas Women’s Golf Association tournament at Big Creek Golf and Country Club at Mountain Home.

Her rounds of 79-72-151 gave her a four-stroke victory over Taylor Loeb, who came in at 151.

Earlier last week at Big Creek, she won the girls division of the Chuck Morton Memorial tournament with an 18-hle total of 138, the best performance of her career in competition.

Ott had rounds of 70 and 68 to win by five strokes over defending champion Peyton Weaver, who is 16.

UCA’s Angles helps Spain win

VANAJANLINNA, Finland — University of Central Arkansas junior Pep Angles helped Spain capture the European Amateur Team Championship last week at Linna Golf.

Angles, from Barcelona, Spain, helped his native country defeat Ireland in the match play championship on Saturday. Spain had beaten France, 4 and 3, in the quarterfinals of match play, then topped Scotland, 5 and 2, in the semifinals.

Spain then beat Ireland, 5 1/2 to 1 1/2, in the championship round. Third place went to England, which beat Scotland, 4 1/2 to 2 1/2.

Angles, a two-time Southland Conference Golfer and Student-Athlete of the Year, shot rounds of 72-67 in the stroke play rounds that preceded match play.

Angles added the European Amateur Team Championship to the Europeans Boys Team Championship he helped Spain win in 2011 before coming to UCA.

Three Legion players receive UCA invites

Three Conway area American Legion baseball players have been invited to participate in the USA Baseball National Team Indentification Series.

They are: Bubba Carter, 17, of Conway, Josh Walker, 17, of Greenbrier, and Brent Southerland, 16, of Bigelow.

They will compete with other Arkansans for a slot on the Midwest Regional Team in St. Louis, Mo., in August. It is Carter’s second year to make the team.

Trimble new women’s soccer coach at Hendrix

Jeff Trimble has been named the head women’s soccer coach for Hendrix College, taking over for Jim Evans, who is now at the helm of the Hendrix men’s soccer team.

“He brings to us an extensive knowledge and passion for the game of soccer,” said Amy Weaver, Hendrix athletic director. “Coach Trimble is a proven winner and his coaching success speaks for itself. We look forward to an exciting future in our women’s soccer program.”

Trimble, a native of Greenville, Ohio, comes to Hendrix after a successful 16-year tenure as the head coach of NCAA Division II powerhouse Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. While with the Mustangs, he was a three-time Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year (1998, 2010, 2013) and was the 2010 NSCAA South Central Region Coach of the Year.

Trimble compiled a 194-101-28 record with MSU, winning four conference titles and finishing in the top four every season. He guided the Mustangs to the NCAA Division II Tournament three times from 2010-13.

At MSU, Trimble coached six All-Americans, 36 all-region selections and 84 all-conference picks.

Hendrix tennis honored for academics

The Hendrix College men’s and women’s tennis teams were selected as All-Academic Teams by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for the 2013-14 school year.

Seven men’s players and 10 on the women’s team were selected as ITA Scholar-Athletes.

Coached by Harold Henderson, this is the sixth time each of the Warrior programs have recieved the All-Academic award. The women’s team have been honored each of the past four seasons and the men have earned the award three of the last four seasons.

For the Hendrix women, senior Saranya Prathibha, juniors Elisa Rivera and Hannah Smashey, sophomore Madison Schallhorn and freshmen Grace Dearing, Lauren Dickinson, Annlee Glass, Julia Lefler, Elizabeth Phelps and Pratheepa Ravikumar were ITA Scholar-Athletes.

It was third time Prathibha and Rivera have earned the honors and the second time for Smashey and Schallhorn.

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