Thundercats take second in Louisiana

Thundercats take second in Louisiana

The ninth- and 10th-grade Arkansas Thundercats recently took second place at the Hoop Play USA basketball tournament in Shreveport, La.

Team members are: Jarrod Willis, DeMarcus Rhodes, Michael Sission, Alexander Watkins Jr., Victor Ryland, Edward Napper, Quintavius Walker, Robert Taylor, Mark Walker, Brandon Reams, Jayson Williams and Tyvon Turner. The team is coached by Kenneth Howard and Alexander Watkins.

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Four members of the Arkansas baseball team were named to the All-SEC Team, which was recently announced.

Junior pitcher D.J. Baxendale, junior third baseman Matt Reynolds and sophomore pitcher Ryne Stanek were named to the site’s All-SEC team, while outfielder Brian Anderson was selected to’s All-SEC Freshman Team.

Baxendale has posted a 7-4 record with a 3.02 ERA in 86 1/3 innings, striking out 79. He held opposing hitters to a .235 batting average.

Reynolds has been the top offensive performer for Arkansas during the 2012 season. In 57 games, including 56 starts, Reynolds is hitting a team-best .340 with seven homers and 41 RBI.

Stanek has started 14 games in his sophomore season and has a 6-4 record with a 3.09 ERA. The right hander has pitched 75 2/3 innings and has struck out 72 batters, while holding the opposition to a .240 batting average.

Anderson entered the Arkansas lineup in the middle of the season and has been a regular ever since. The Edmond, Okla., product has played in 37 games and made 23 starts as a freshman and is hitting .307 with two homers and 10 RBI.

Swanson named to Rimington watch list

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas center Travis Swanson was named to the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy on Thursday.

The Rimington Trophy is awarded annually to the nation’s top center. Swanson, who has started 26 straight games, is one of 50 players on the preseason watch list for the award. He also is one of nine Southeastern Conference centers on the watch list.

Swanson is in consideration for the Rimington Trophy for the second straight season after being one of five sophomores on the watch list last season. The Kingwood, Texas, native also was recently rated as the No. 1 junior center prospect in the country by ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

Former Arkansas center Jonathan Luigs was the Rimington Trophy winner in 2008.

Podzielinski continues to play well at NCAAs

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Scoring temperatures and shifting winds made a tough golf course tougher for the University of Arkansas in third-round action at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship at the Legends Course.

The Razorbacks posted a 21-over 309 in the third round for a 913 (303-301-309) in the four-day tournament. Play concludes with the final round today. Arkansas is 21st overall.

“Ah it was a tough one for us,” said Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor. “We just didn’t quite get the breaks we needed today. It’s a hard golf course and requires a lot of precision and we didn’t quite have it today.”

Sophomore Emily Podzielinski continues to play well shooting a team-best 76 in the third round. Podzielinski is in the clubhouse with a 226 (78-72-76).

The Noblesville, Ind., native, turned at two-over and birdied 10 and 11 moving to even for the day.