Sideline: UCA soccer honors, CBC softball camp and Eddie Robinson Award

UCA’s Brodacki
named all-region

Central Arkansas’ Niklas Brodacki has been named to the West Region soccer second team.


Brodacki, who turned the most successful freshman campaign in program history into Missouri Valley Offensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year honors, led the Valley and ranked first nationally among freshmen with 13 goals and 27 points. He also earned All-MVC first team and MVC All-Freshman team honors while ranking in the top ten nationally in goals, goals per game (0.76), and game-winning strikes (5), while putting his name in the UCA single-season top ten in nine categories.


Brodacki found the back of the net in nine matches, leading the Bears in scoring six times and collected a pair of hat tricks.

UCA players get academic honors

The University of Central Arkansas placed three players on the Southland Conference’s All-Academic women’s soccer teams.

Sophomores Camille Bassett and Ashley Smith earned firstteam honors, while junior Alex Moore was named to the second team.

The 2016 Southland Conference Player of the Year, Bassett led the league in points (30), goals (13), points per game (1.76), goals per game (0.76), game-winning goals (5), shots per game (3.76), and shots on goal per game (2.53), ranking in the top 20 in the nation in shots on goal per game (10th), game-winning goals (15th), and goals per game (17th). She currently has a 3.58 GPA.

Smith, who earned All-Southland Conference First Team honors, ranked second in the league in goals (11), goals per game (0.58), and points (28), while sitting third in points per game (1.47) and game-winning goals (3) and fourth in assists (6). She has a 3.71 GPA.

Moore, a member of the All-SLC Second Team, ranked second in the conference in assists (8) and assists per game (0.42) and tied for third in the league in game-winning goals, sixth in points (17), and tenth in points per game (0.89). She has a 3.56 GPA while pursuing a degree in Family and Consumer Science.


CBC to hold
softball camps

The Central Baptist College Mustangs will be holding softball camps Jan. 21-22 at The Fieldhouse of Conway.

The camp on Jan. 21 will be for girls, ages 7-13. It will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. each camper should bring a glove, bat and helmet. The cost will be $85 for an individual or $75 each for siblings and/or teams.

The camp on Jan. 22 will be for 9th-12th graders. This camp is for more advanced training in hitting and defensive positional work. The indoor camp will require tennis shoes along with glove, bat, helmet. This camp requires registration and can be done online or on the day of the camp. Cost is $85.

Further information can be obtained from coach Kristen Drage at


Sam Houston coach wins Robinson Award

Sam Houston State coach K.C. Keeler, a 23-year coaching veteran, is the 2016 recipient of the Eddie Robinson Award for Coach of the Year in FCS.

By directing the Bearkats to an unbeaten regular season and a No. 1 ranking in the STATS FCS Top 25, Keeler edged The Citadel’s Brent Thompson among 15 finalists representing all 13 FCS conferences. Voting was conducted by a national panel of over 150 sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries.

The 57-year-old is the third Southland Conference coach to claim the Robinson Award and first since McNeese’s Tommy Tate in 2002. Keeler was a finalist two times previously, finishing fourth during a 2003 season in which he guided alma mater Delaware to a national title.

Keeler received 41 first-place votes and 442 points to narrowly beat out Thompson, who went 10-2 and led The Citadel to a No. 6 national seed in his first season as the Bulldogs’ head coach. Thompson’s successor, Mike Houston, finished third, having taken James Madison to an 11-1 mark and No. 5 national ranking in his debut with the Dukes.

University of Central Arkansas coach Steve Campbell finished 12th in the voting.



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