State sports briefs


Knight honored by GAC

After leading his team to an undefeated regular season and an NCAA Division II playoff berth, Ouachita Baptist University coach Todd Knight was honored Wednesday as the Great American Conference Coach of the Year.

Nine Tigers were named first-team all-conference selections, led by running back TJ Cole, which was a unanimous choice. Fullback Will Fitzhugh was one of five Harding University players named to the first team. Southern Arkansas University running back Jaric Scales was also a first-team selection, as were University of Arkansas-Monticello linebacker Demarcus White, Arkansas Tech University placekicker Jesus Zizumbo, and Henderson State University wide receiver Xavier Malone, which was a unanimous choice.

Henderson State quarterback Andrew Edwards was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year. Among the Division II leaders, Edwards led all freshmen in passing touchdowns (21), was fifth in passing efficiency (168.61), 13th in passing yards per completion (14.54), and 18 ° completion rate (63.4%).


Arkansas sweeps Missouri

The University of Arkansas tied its SEC record Wednesday with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-16) loss by Missouri at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo.

Taylor Head led the way for the Razorbacks (16-8, 7-7 SEC) with a season-high 10 kills and 2 service aces to go with 2 assists. Tatum Shipes had six blocks to lead Arkansas, Courtney Jackson added 15 digs, while Jillian Gillen had 13 digs, 4 blocks and an ace serving.

Kaylee Cox led the Tigers (8-16, 1-13) with 10 digs and 9 kills to go with 3 blocks.

ASU sweeps Georgia State in the Sun Belt Tournament

Arkansas State extended its season Wednesday afternoon in Foley, Alabama, by outscoring Georgia State 3-0 in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

Bailey Helzer had 19 kills while committing just two errors on 33 swings, good for a . 515 slugging percentage to lead all Red Wolves and Panthers. Georgia State (7-22) had 11 serve errors and never had an opportunity to score.

ASU (8-21) has won at least one conference tournament game in nine of its last 10 on the road and will play Old Dominion today.

–Mitchell Gladstone

Koons of UCA named to the ASUN All-Freshman team

University of Arkansas Central setter Caylan Koons was named to the ASUN All-Freshman team on Wednesday.

Springdale grad Har-Ber has won three ASUN Freshman of the Week awards this season and was named Setter of the Week once.

Koons started 21 of 25 games for the Sugar Bears. She was the offensive catalyst for head coach John Newberry’s team, recording 125 assists in the first three games of the regular season. Her 857 total assists were good for seventh place in the conference.

–Sam Lane

UALR’s Cail Earns OVC Honor

University of Arkansas-Little Rock center Daedrianna Cail was named a second-team all-conference selection by the Ohio Valley Conference on Wednesday.

Cail finished his freshman season with 211 kills, a . 266 percentage that ranks ninth in the conference, a team-leading 27 serve aces, and 118 total blocks, inclusive. 17 solo. Her 118 total blocks ranks 57th nationally and third in the OVC.

— Democrat-Gazette Press Services

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