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The Sideline: Conway Steak-Out, golf, UCA volleyball and soccer

Posted: August 21, 2014 - 5:46pm

CHS teams hold Steak-Out, Showcase

Conway High volleyball and football teams will be featured in intrasquad scrimmages Saturday in major fundraiders for all sports.

The Volleyball Showcase, featuring teams in grades 7-12, will be from noon to 5 p.m. at Buzz Bolding Arena. An alumni volleyball game will be at 4 p.m.

The football teams (grades 7-12) will scrimmage beginning at 5:30 p.m. at John McConnell Stadium.

A tailgate dinner, composrd of tenderloin, roll, potato casserole, dessert and drink, will be from 5-6:30 p.m. at the stadium.

Admission is $8 that includes the tailgate dinner and games. The cost is $3 for the games only.

Booths for Wampus Cat gear will be set up at 5 p.m.

Cats dominate own tournament

Conway’s golf teams were dominating Wednesday in a small, nine-hole tournament at Conway Country Club.

The No. 1 Conway boys team won with a 157 total, 15 strokes ahead of Conway White. The Wampus Cats had the top four individual scores, led by Carter Cloe’s 37. Jett Tolliver came in at 38, followed by Clay Bradshaw, 39, and White Parker 40.

The Conway girls combined for a 132 to best the Conway White team, which came in at 171. Bryant fired a 279 and Russellville competed with two players.

Casey Ott led the Lady Cats at 40, followed by Logan Tolliver, 44; Alexis McDaniel, 48; Meghan Smith, 50; Whitney Hill, 52; and Catherine Brown 53.

Other scores for the No. 1 Conway boys team were Blake Brindley, 42; and Jackson Goodwin, 43.

In addition to Bradshaw, Conway White scores were: Michael Tate, 43; Grant Risinger and Preston Lemon, 45; and Dylan Smith, 51.

Conway Blue scores were: Jack Lester, 43; Parker Mourot, 47; Will Rose, 50; Davis Zimmerman, 54; and Quinn Odom, 57.

Girls scores for Conway White were: Brynn Lea, 53; Bailey Hawk, 55; Savannah Brown, 63; Andrea Oscar, 71 an Ashton Rainey, 76.

Sugar Bears picked to win Southland

The University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears, who have won both the regular season and tournament title the last two years, are picked to win the Southland Conference volleyball chase in both preseason polls by coaches and sports information directors.

The Sugar Bears garnered eight first-place votes for 140 points in the coaches poll. Northwestern State had five f irst-place votes and 135 points, followed by Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 118.

UCA had 10 first-place votes in the SID poll for 140 points, followed by NSU (three first place), 132 points, and A&M-Corpus Christi, 117 points.

Over the past two years, the Sugar Bears have gone 59-9, which is the second most wins in the NCAA over that span. UCA takes the court for the first time on Saturday for its annual alumni match at 2 p.m. at the Prince Center.

UCA women open soccer season

The University of Central Arkansas women will open their soccer season at 7 p.m. Friday against Louisiana Tech at the Bill Stephens Complex. They will play UMKC in Kansas City on Sunday.

The Bears return six starters and 13 lettermen from a squad that reached the Southland Conference tournament last season. UCA has 14 newcomers.

Two from UCA get MVC honors

Two University of Central Arkansas soccer players have been named to the Missouri Valley Conference’s preseason team..

Senior Logan Miller, senior midfielder from Tomball, Texas, tied for seventh in the MVC with 15 points, tied for fifth in goals (5), tied for third in assists (5), and tied for fourth in game-winning goals (3). He was named All-MVC second team.

Matt Taphorn, a senior defender from Denver, Colo., played 1,383 minutes for the Bears last season, helping the Bears hold opponents to 1.88 goals per game on a .137 shot percentage. Taphorn is a three-time MVC postseason honoree.

The Bears are picked at the bottom of the league in the preseason poll.

“The preseason picks are always a bit of a crapshoot,” said UCA coach Rosss Duncan. “Everyone is returning different players and we’ve actually done best when we are picked the lowest.”

Central Arkansas will wrap up the preseason with an exhibition Saturday at Tulsa. The Bears will begin the regular season at home, hosting Oral Roberts Friday, Aug. 29.

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