State Sports Letters


SW Assemblies runs via Lyon

Junior running back Keaton Dudik rushed for 306 yards and 2 touchdowns in 33 carries to lead Southwestern Assemblies of God (4-3, 3-3 Sooner Athletic Conference) to a 31-6 win over Lyon College (1-7, 0:7) ) on Saturday at Pioneer Stadium in Batesville.

Dudik, the NAIA’s leading rusher last season, had a 2-yard touchdown run and an 18-yard touchdown reception from Briley Green in the first quarter. He added a 77-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Christopher Bronson returned an interception 80 yards for an interception early in the third quarter for Lyon’s only result. Isaiah Bradford completed 13 of 37 passes for 149 yards for the Scots.

Center defeats Hendrix in a shootout

Center (Ky.) College came from a 21-10 deficit in the first half and then fended off Hendrix College’s late attack to earn a 45-42 win Saturday at Young-Wise Memorial Stadium in Conway.

Jacob Wood’s 7-yard touchdown run pulled Hendrix (2-5, 1-3 Southern Athletic Association) within three points with 1:18 remaining. But Center (5-2, 3-1) recovered from an onside kick and was able to run out the clock.

Wood completed 17 of 32 passes for 257 yards and 3 touchdowns while also rushing for 84 yards with 12 carries and 2 points for the Warriors. Tajae White had 7 catches for 99 yards and 1 touchdown. Christian Gadison and Riley McMurren also had touchdown receptions for Hendrix, with Trace Knight charging on goal.

For center, Nick Osterman was 25 of 33 for 294 yards and 4 touchdowns.


UALR takes third win in a row

The University of Arkansas-Little Rock is their third straight win, defeating Southern Indiana in five sets 31-29, 25-17, 11-25, 18-25, 15-10 in an Ohio Valley Conference game on Saturday in the Jack Stephens Center Small Rock.

The Trojans (7-18, 4-8) conquered sets one and two before slipping to the Eagles (1-21, 1-10) in sets three and four, who finished with a batting average of .140. UALR amassed a match-high 38 attacking errors and hit a .051, but went 4-0 in the fifth set and never gave it up.

Daria Burrows led the Trojans’ attack with 12 kills, while Nedima Kamverovic and Zanobia Williams downed 8 kills each. Gabrielle Spankus eased offense for UALR and completed a team-high with 21 assists.

Defensively, the Trojans recorded 16 blocks, with Daedrianna Cail leading with 9 blocks. Jalynn Robinson hit a team high with 17 digs.

ASU falls to Southern Miss in straight sets

The state of Arkansas concluded week five of the Sun Belt Conference Saturday at the USM Wellness Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.

The Red Wolves (5-17, 0-10 ASUN) fired six aces, but the Golden Eagles (14-8, 6-4) countered with 11 behind the service line to match a .337 batting average.

Southern Miss rushed forward early and led in the opening set by as many as nine before ASU assembled a 5-0 run to draw within a set. The Golden Eagles recovered quickly and Megan Harris grabbed an ace of service to secure the set win.

This momentum continued in the second and third sets. Southern Miss captured the first six points of the second set, leading wire to wire for a 2-0 set advantage. The Golden Eagles then merged a 6-0 run to take a 9-4 lead in the final set and claimed the final six points to win the match.

Macey Putt and Ilayda Dincer led the Red Wolves with eight kills each, while Putt hit two blocks at team level with Kyla Wiersema. Lauren Musante registered a double-double with 19 assists and 10 digs, while Sarah Martinez hit a match high with 15 digs and matched Kassidy Reeves with two aces as a team high.

UCA defeated Austin Peay in four sets

The University of Central Arkansas bounced back from Friday night’s loss to Lispcomb with a four-set win over Austin Peay 15-25, 26-24, 25-18, 25-21 on Saturday at an ASUN meeting at the Winfield Dunn Center in Clarksville, Tennessee.

The Sugar Bears (15-8, 7-3 ASUN) dropped the first set but limited errors and compiled a .228 batting average to go into the next three sets and the win.

Charlie Tidwell led offensively for UCA with 15 kills while Caylan Koons had a match-high with 40 assists. The Sugar Bears hit 8 match-sized serves, with Alexis Stumbough and Alexis McDaniel each recording 3 aces.

McDaniel also hit a team-high 15 digs while Allison Holloway put down 4 blocks to lead UCA in defense.


UCA Women Drops match FGCU

To wrap up the regular season, the University of Central Arkansas women lost 2-0 to the Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday at the FGCU Soccer Complex in Fort Myers, Fla.

With the loss, the Bears finish the regular season with a 6-8-3 overall record and a 4-4-2 record in ASUN play.

The Eagles scored their first goal midway through the first half when Kate Russell found Marla Gaulitz for a goal in the 25th minute.

The Florida Gulf Coast made things difficult for the Bears in the second half, playing hard to keep Central Arkansas in their defensive third. The Eagles broke through again in the 80th minute, Erika Zschuppe scored the second goal of the season and put the game out of reach.

UCA was surpassed 29-8 in the loss.


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