Sideline: UCA volleyball signees, track hall of fame and golf Demo Day

UCA signs four volleyball players


The University of Central Arkansas volleyball program has added four new players, two for indoor and two for beach.

Amari Mitchell and Ravin Rhodes will join the Sugar Bears indoor program, while Kelsie Sager and Brittany Whiting will join the Beach Bears.

Mitchell, from Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas, will add depth to the Sugar Bears’ middle positions. During her time at Timberview, Mitchell has earned all-district first team and academic all-district honors, as well as being named all-Tournament at Nationals.

Joining Mitchell in UCA’s indoor program is Compton, California, native Rhodes. During her time at La Salle High School, Rhodes was a nominee for the La Salle Underclassman Female Athlete of the Year Award in 2014, named the Lancers’ Best Defensive Player in 2015, and in 2016 was named to the San Gabriel Valley All-Star Team and earned All-Del Rey League First Team honors.

Sager, from Wichita Falls, Texas, will make the transition to beach volleyball. A highly-decorated indoor player at Rider High School, she has earned numerous honors, including academic all-district in 2015 and 2016, academic all-State and all-state honors in 2016. She was the salutatorian of the 2017 class.

Whiting, a native of Austin, Texas. Whiting was a member of Project Serve’s beach program and in 2016 received three bids for USAV Junior Beach Tour National Championships.

Lemley to enter track hall

Charles Lemley of Conway and a member of the UCA Sports Hall of Fame, will be inducted into the Arkansas Track and Field Hall of Fame Friday, June 2.

Lemley, a Russellville native, was an outstanding pole vaulter in the 1960s. At Russellville High School, he was the AA State Champion in 1964 and 1965. During his four years at UCA, he was AIC Champion four consecutive years, 1966-1969, earning all-NAIA honors in 1968. He was inducted into the UCA Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

Also to be inducted are sprinter Randy Coleman of Pine Bluff and the University of Arkansas; Dale Cresswell, longtime coach at Heber Springs; Jerry Hughes, a pole vaulter from Wilmot who starred at the UA; Johnette Goldman, girls track and cross country coach at Heber Springs; Stuart Towns of Forrest City, a former distance runner for the UA; and Darrell Ward, a former standout pole vaulter at Little Rock Central and Baylor University.

Tickets of the banquet, which begins at 6:30 p.m. are $50.00. For more information/tickets, contact Charles Tadlock at 870-942-5957.

Golf center holds special event

The Arkansas Golf Center, 5750 John W. Allison Road, will hold Demo Day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Representatives and fitting techs from almost every major golf company will be available to demonstrate the latest equipment.

Admission is free.



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