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Sideline: Bears add 8 to baseball team

Posted: March 29, 2014 - 5:54pm

Bears add 8 to baseball

The University of Central Arkansas Bears have added eight new signees to the baseball squad for the 2015 season.

They include: Dillon Drabble from Texarkana; Chris Durham from Memphis; Corey Herndon from Memphis; Travis Hull from Danville, Calif.; Jacob Richardson from Rison; Josh Russell from Memphis; Levi Skinner from Cowley County Community College; and Ty Tice from Prairie Grove.

Drabble is a 6-foot, 180-pound right-handed pitcher who led Genoa Central to a state championship in 2012. Equipped with one of the best arms in the state of Arkansas, Dillon pitches in the upper 80’s with good command.

Durham is a 5-9, 170-pound left-handed pitcher Christian Brothers High School.

Herndon is a 6-3, 200-pound right-handed pitcher/infielder also from Christian Brothers and is considered one of the best two-way players in Tennessee.

Hull is a 6-3, 215-pound switch-hitter who is one of the best catchers in California junior college baseball.

Richardson is a 6-1, 205-pound corner infielder who helped Woodlawn to a

state title in 2012.

Russell is a 6-1, 155-pound catcher from Christian Brothers High School and

considered one of the best catch-and-throw players in the state,

At Cowley County, Skinner, a 6-4, 210-pound right-handed pitcher, went 8-2

as a freshman with an earned run average of 1.56.

Tice is a 5-9, 150-pound econd baseman/pitcher from Prairie Grove High

School.

Four from Hendrix get sportsmanship honors

Four Hendrix College students have received all-sportsmanship honors from

the Southern Athletic Association.

They are senior John Byford (men’s swimming and diving), freshman Claire

DePree (women’s swimming and diving), sophomore Bruce Baker (men’s

basketball) and senior Katie Coughran (women’s basketball).

Byford, of Oklahoma City, was an All-SAA Third Team selection by breaking

his school record in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:13.39

at the SAA Championships. Byford finished his career as the school record

holder in the 400 IM and the 200 freestyle. Byford also won the

All-Sportsmanship in 2012-13.

DePree, from Decatur, Ga., finished 12th in the 100 freestyle in 56.59 at

the SAA Championships in February. She was also a part of the 200 freestyle

relay team that broke the school record in 1:44.16 at the championships.

Baker, of Erie, Colo., appeared in seven games, scoring eight points in 14

minutes of action. Baker shot 4 of 5 from the field (80.0 pct.) and had an

assist and a rebound.

Coughran, from Allen, Texas, averaged 5.1 points and 3.0 rebounds in 26

games for the Warriors. She recorded 18 assists, 14 blocks and nine steals.

Cougrhan, who was also named to the All-Sportsmanship Team in 2012-13,

finished her career ranked 10th in school history in blocked shots.

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