McCollum’s Column: Tolefree a future Lady Rebel and other stuff

We’ll start with news about former Conway High star Alexis Tolefree in this batch of “David’s Appetizers,” assorted musings and observations on the sports scene.


A future Lady Rebel

Tolefree, the 2016 Gatorade Girls Player of the Year in Arkansas, had a highly successful first season at Jones Community College in Mississippi after transferring from the University of Central Arkansas. She was a first-team, junior college All-American in helping the Bobcats to a 30-2 record and a national semifinal berth. She averaged 20 points, 2.8 assists and 2..5 rebounds as a freshman.

She has been offered a future scholarship to Ole Miss and has committed to the Lady Rebels beginning with her junior season. She will commit a two-year commitment to play for Jones next season.

Tolefree announced Sunday on Twitter, “I want to thank God, my family and friends and everyone involved in my decision-making process and the support throughout my journey! I will be attending the University of Mississippi for my junior and senior years of college! I want to thank everyone involved and especially the coaches at Jones for giving me a second opportunity at playing the game I love as well as the Ole Miss staff for seeing my abilities and blessing me with the opportunity to continue my career with them. So, In the fall of 2018 I will officially be at Ole Miss. #HottyToddy.”

This could make for an interesting future matchup between former Lady Cats. Jordan Danberry, the 2015 Gatorade Girls Player of the Year who helped team with Tolefree to help lead Conway to a 7A state title, will begin playing for Mississippi State the second semester of this coming season.

Special scholarship

At the recent Pat Summerall Celebrity Golf Tournament, Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame officials announced that it has established two scholarships in memory of the late John Bailey of Conway.

Bailey, a longtime regional representative for Wilson Sporting Goods, was a longtime supporter of athletics in Arkansas and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, including serving as a board member.


Attendance at the high school All-Star football game was way down.

Maybe it was because of heavy rains and approaching storms during the game. Maybe it was because of a lack of marquee players (particularly future Razorbacks) playing in the game. Maybe it was a combination of things, including all-star football games have lost part of their appeal.

With a 55-14 East blowout, which was decided early, plus a 50-minute rain delay, it lacked excitement.



Tue, 12/12/2017 - 18:07

No injuries in afternoon housefire

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 17:10

Sideline: Farm Bureau Awards, CBC basketball

LITTLE ROCK — High school football players throughout the state received Farm Bureau Awards in their classifications as selected by the staff of Hooten’s Arkansas Football.

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Tue, 12/12/2017 - 16:46

UCA’s Anderson SLC’s Student-Athlete of the Year

University of Central Arkansas junior volleyball player Samantha Anderson has been named the Southern Conference’s Student-Athlete of the Year, while senior Megan Nash earned First Team all-conference honors and sophomore Elizabeth Armstrong was named to the Second Team.

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