Two University of Central Arkansas athletes, Seth Allison from football and Katie McGregor from softball, are among 24 athletes designated top scholar-athletes for 2011-12 by the Southland Conference.
The Southland Conference annually recognizes the outstanding male and female student-athletes from each of the league’s member institutions. Athletes must be a letter-winner with a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade-point average and have completed at least two years of intercollegiate competition at the nominating school. The student-athletes were selected by their respective institution administrators.
LITTLE ROCK — Blake Burdick of Conway, 10, won two top awards in the Purple/Blue Belt 9-11 Division at the American Taekwondo Association’s World Championships last weekend at the Statehouse Convention Center here.
Burdick, who is a student of Sean Hollender at Conway ATA, placed first in both weapons and sparring in his division.
He has been involved in taekwondo for slightly more than a year and has participated in four tournaments, including the Worlds.
The ATA tournament, held annually in Little Rock, is the largest event/convention held in the city, attracting more than 20,000 competitors and their families from throughout the country and the world.
The Conway Wampus Cats are picked by 7A/6A Central conference coaches to finish second in the league in the 20th annual Hooten’s Arkansas Football magazine.
Coaches voted Greenbrier to finish third and Vilonia to finish sixth in the 5A West, Mayflower to finish fourth in the 2-3A and Conway Christian to fourth in the 5-2A.
The 440-page book again features dual covers. Arkansas Razorback quarterback Tyler Wilson is featured on one cover, while Arkansas State coach Gus Malzahn and quarterback Ryan Aplin are on the other cover.
In addition to providing the state’s most extensive coverage of every high school team in the state, the book offers an in-depth preview on the Arkansas Razorbacks and coverage on each Southeastern Conference school. Arkansas State and every state college are previewed as well as all 124 Division I college teams in America.
The graphically enhanced book features coaches’ polls for each high school conference, statewide rankings for every team, super teams for each classification, a national college poll and complete college and high school schedules.
Hooten’s high school favorites to win it all in 2012 are Fayetteville in Class 7A, El Dorado in Class 6A, Pulaski Academy in Class 5A, Nashville in Class 4A, Glen Rose in Class 3A and Junction City in Class 2A.
The book retails for $17.99 and is on sale now at Walgreens, Kroger, Hastings, Harp’s Food Stores and Price Cutters.