CBC finishes 2-2 at Philander Smith

August 31, 2019


LITTLE ROCK – Looking to continue their momentum after splitting on the first day of the Philander Smith Classic, Central Baptist College volleyball took the court today for two more game at Mims Gymnasium. CBC (2-2) won the first match of the day over Texas College 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-10) before dropping the second match to Tabor College 3-1 (15-25, 25-16, 11-25, 18-25).

Juliane Abernathy (FR/Katy, Texas) had a big day, posting double-digit kills in both matches. Taylor Folsom (FR/North Little Rock), Hope Johnson (SR/Rogers) and Alizea Garza (JR/Odessa, Texas) also posted double digits in assists and digs in both matches as well.


The Mustangs dropped the first set against Texas College before winning the final three. Emily Farmer (FR/Vilonia) posted a double-double, recording 17 kills with 19 digs, while Abernathy posted 14 kills and hit .333 in the match. Folsom had 33 assists and Johnson had 17 while Garza also recorded 18 digs. CBC had 58 kills to just 33 for the Steers while hitting .205 to just .128 for TC.


CBC struggled to keep momentum in match two, winning set two before dropping the final two sets to fall to 2-2 for the weekend. Abernathy led the way with 12 kills while Folsom recorded 17 assists and Johnson had 12. Garza recorded 22 digs while Kelsy Knox (SR/Barling) added 15 digs of her own. Tabor outhit the Mustangs .197 to .016 and posted seven blocks to just three for CBC.


The Mustangs return to the court on Tuesday night in Tyler, Texas, when they will face the Steers of Texas College for a second time. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m.

CBC falls to Avila University

August 31, 2019


 KANSAS CITY – Continuing their season-opening six game road trip, Central Baptist College women’s soccer took the pitch today against Avila. CBC (0-4), trailed 4-0 at halftime, but buckled down on defense in the second half, ultimately falling 6-1 to the Eagles (1-2).

Mallory Howard (FR/Little Rock) would score her first career goal in the second half on an assist from Kelsie Moore (JR/Middlesborough, England) for CBC‘s fourth goal in as many games. Thania Vela (JR/Monticello) went the distance in goal, making eight saves for the Mustangs.

CBC will rest up for the next six days before their next game on Sept. 6 at Evangel. Kickoff for that matchup is set for 5 p.m.

Little Rock to open at Texas A&M

August 31, 2019


LITTLE ROCK – Mark your calendars and plan your travel for Nov. 5 to College Station. Little Rock, the reigning back-to-back Sun Belt Conference Tournament Champions, will open the 2019-20 season at Reed Arena against Texas A&M.

Tip-off time and broadcast information is still yet to be announced.

Not only a battle of two programs that annually are at the top of their respective conferences, the game will be a matchup of coaches who rank fifth (Texas A&M’s Gary Blair) and sixth (Little Rock’s Joe Foley) on the active career wins list.

The game against the Aggies marks the second announced contest the Trojans will play against a Southeastern Conference opponent. Little Rock will face Arkansas on Dec. 21 at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.

Season tickets for the 2019-20 Little Rock Women’s Basketball schedule are currently on sale by contacting the Trojan Ticket Office at (501) 565-8257.

Little Rock drops Arkansas Classic finale

August 31, 2019


FAYETTEVILLE –Carol Barbosa and Amna Osmankovic each posted seven kills, Barbosa was named to the All-Tournament Team and a match featuring 11 ties and five lead changes didn’t fall Little Rock’s way in the Arkansas Classic finale against Northwestern State, 3-0.

Set scores were 25-20, 25-17 and 25-17.

Northwestern State 3, Little Rock 0 | 25-20, 25-17, 25-17 | Box Score | PDF 

Behind the Box Score

  • The first set featured 10 ties and four lead changes. Little Rock had two aces in the set to NSU’s none.
  • Nathalia Vigineski served up an ace to start the second set. It was the second ace of the match for her and the second of her collegiate career.
    • Five different Trojans served up an ace over the weekend.
  • Carol Barbosa and Amna Osmankovic each posted three kills in the second set.
  • Anna Hurlburt was strong at the net in the third set with two block assists. That came in the middle of a 4-0 run that pulled the Trojans within one point.
  • Northwestern State was led by Hannah Brister (16 kills) and Reagan Lee (.636 pct.)

Leaders by the Numbers


  • Carol Barbosa was named to the Arkansas Classic All-Tournament Team after recording 20 kills, 11 digs and five blocks over the weekend’s action.
  • Nathalia Vigineski recorded her first two career service aces in the match.
  • Amna Osmankovic’s seven kills and two service aces marked weekend highs for the true freshman.
  • Anna Hurlburt recorded two block assists in the match, both of which came in the third set.
  • Little Rock still leads the all-time series over Northwestern State, 5-1.

Up Next
Little Rock travels to Tulsa, Oklahoma, next weekend to compete against Air Force, Illinois State and host Oral Roberts in the ORU Classic.

Little Rock finishes 7th at Memphis meet

August 31, 2019


MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Little Rock Director of Track & Field/Cross Country J.P. Behnke set out to bring in a strong recruiting class. That new talent was on display at the season-opening Memphis Twiglight Classic with underclassmen posting top three men’s finishes and two fo the top three women’s finishes.

In all, the Trojan men finished seventh with all five scorers posting top-50 marks while the women placed ninth.

Sophomore Carter Reynolds paced the men with an 18th place finish, running the four-mile race in 21:07.45, while freshman Colby Swecker’s time of 21:24.22 placed him 25th. Sophomore Ricardo Banks ran 21:36.02 to finish 35th as three underclassmen led the Trojan men.

Junior Jarred O’Conner posted a time of 21:54.24 to finish 43rd while senior Emilio Medina ran 22:07.88 to round out the scoring five for Little Rock and bringing an upperclassmen presence to the top five.

On the women’s side, junior Vianney Sanchez posted a 5k time of 19:48.14 to place 52nd and lead the women before two freshmen made their mark. Rookie Ariana Garcia ran 19:57.55 to finish 58th and she was closely followed by Jordan Edwards’ time of 19:57.79 for a 59th place finish.

Senior Hunter Paul finished 72nd with a time of 20:29.79 and freshman Amanda Gordon rounded out the scoring five with a mark of 21:29.79, placing 88th.

Little Rock will head up the road to Conway for the UCA Cross Country Challenge on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Little Rock falls to Missouri State

September 1, 2019


LITTLE ROCK – The Little Rock soccer team (1-3-1) fought hard at home against a quick Missouri State team, falling 2-1 after a strong attempt at equalizing the match. Doro Greulich scored her first goal of the season in the first appearance of her senior campaign, soaring a well-placed shot into the net after being awarded a free kick right outside the box.

Missouri State started off the game with the control, earning a goal in the 11th minute. However, the Trojans were right in the midst of the action, creating several opportunities of their own, ultimately being stopped by an agile Bear goalie. MSU struck again at the 83rd minute following a well-executed cross, but Little Rock refused give up and earned a goal of their own soon after.

“I think we’re actually playing some really good soccer,” said head coach Mark Foster. “I know we’re not getting the results that reflect that, but that’s the reality of college sports. We’re just a little short, even though some of our girls played their best game of the season. If we stay positive, I think we’re going to learn the lessons and figure it out soon.”

Little Rock looked lively, despite competing in the third game within the past five days. The Trojans registered 9 shots to the Bears’ 8, with five on goal by five different players. Along with Greulich’s, Bergros AsgeirsdottirFanney EinarsdottirMari Young, and Ziva Payer each notched on-target shots. Little Rock also managed to earn 11 free kicks compared to Missouri State’s three, helping the offensive action.

The Trojans will take the next couple of days to regroup before the team travels to Texas on Thursday, Sept. 5, to take on TCU at 7 p.m.

Lyon takes Pair in Little Rock

August 30, 2019


LITTLE ROCK – The Lyon College volleyball team cruised to a pair of nonconference victories today in the Philander Smith Panther Volleyball Tournament. The Scots started the afternoon by sweeping Tabor College and kept up their terrific play with a dominating performance over Texas College this evening.

Lyon improves to 2-3 on the young season. Tabor College falls to 2-5, while Texas College’s record dips to 1-1.   

Tabor College 
The Scots and Bluejays exchanged leads in the first set of the match. Tabor extended their lead at 18-15, but Lyon would quickly respond. The Scots regained the momentum, surging to a 10-4 run to win the first set on one of Kendra Kelly’s 10 kills in the contest.

Now leading by a set, the Scots picked up right where they left off, winning the first six points of the second stanza. Lyon continued their excellent setting and finishing at the net to take a 22-12 advantage following a kill by Michayla ShanksKaitlyn Jackson would eventually close out the set with a service ace to give the Scots a two-set advantage.

The third set featured five ties and two lead changes. With the score tied at 10 apiece, the visitors from Batesville got in a rhythm as they won nine of the next 11 points, taking a 19-12 lead. The Bluejays, however, cut Lyon’s lead to one at 24-23. The Scots took a timeout to regain their composure in hopes of ending the match on the next point. That is exactly what the Scots did, winning the next point to complete the sweep and close out the match, 25-23.

Texas College
With the Scots leading 11-9 midway through the first set, Gracen Ratliff recorded one of her six kills in the contest to give the visitors from Batesville a three-point cushion. Lyon would continue to extend their advantage the rest of the first stanza, en route to a 25-18 first-set victory.

The second set was the most competitive frame of the night. While Texas College cut Lyon’s lead to only two at 12-10, the Scots were ready for everything the Lady Steers tried to throw at them. Lyon dominated the rest of the set, cruising to a 25-13 second-set win.

Lyon continued their stellar play in the third stanza. TC tied the score four times during the set, but the Scots never relinquished the lead as they overpowered the Lady Steers, 25-12, and won the match in three sets.

Tabor College 
– Kendra Kelley and Michayla Shanks put together all-around performances today as Kelley tallied 10 kills and 8 digs, while Shanks registered 12 digs, 8 kills, and 4 service aces.
– Gracen Ratliff recorded a game-high 11 kills. 
– Kaitlyn Jackson etched 20 assists to go along with 3 service aces.   
– Lyon overpowered Tabor in kills, 41-28, and service aces, 13-3.

Texas College 
– Alley Edwards tallied a game-high 12 kills in the contest, while Kendra KelleyGracen Ratliff, and Michayla Shanks added 7, 6, and 6 kills, respectively.
– The Scots setters were terrific today as Kaitlyn JacksonEllie EmbryKendra Davidson, and Elizabeth Bairett combined for 41 assists this evening.
– Lyon held a huge advantage in kills, 51-16, and assists, 46-16.

Lyon continues play in the Panther Volleyball Tournament tomorrow with matches against Rust College and Philander Smith College. The matchup between the Scots and Rust College will begin at noon tomorrow, while the contest between Lyon and Philander Smith College will start 45 minutes following the conclusion of the Lyon-Rust match.

Trojans Take Home Opener for First Victory of 2019

August 28, 2019

By Little Rock Sports Information

LITTLE ROCK- Little Rock grabbed their first win of the season in their home opener against Grambling State as Julia Edholm’s 81st minute header gave the Trojans the game-winning goal in their 1-0 victory.

“In the first half we were really nervous,” said Head Coach Mark Foster. “We talked about it at halftime and we gave the girls some solutions to what was going on out there and we played much better. I think it was a win that the girls need for their confidence and once you get that first win everything starts to settle down. We’re really thankful for all the fans that came out tonight, as well as the people for the athletic department and the school who made it a great night.”

Grambling State came out with some lively play from the start, dominating possession in the early minutes. However, the Little Rock defense held strong, allowing just one shot in the first half.

Morgan Smocovich fired two shots from long range, including a driven free kick in the 65th minute, but was denied by the Tigers’ goalkeeper.

Little Rock did well to get back into the game in the second half, winning possession high up the pitch to create solid scoring opportunities.

Mari Young was extremely effective in the attack, starting the match in the striker position. She did well to create space in the attacking third and continually won free kicks near the penalty area.

The game-winning moment came in the 81st minute when the Trojans won a free kick about 35 yards from the goal. Smocovich delivered a wonderful lofted ball near the penalty spot and Edholm rose above the Grambling State defense to flick her header into the back of the net and score the first goal of her Little Rock career.

Julia Curatolo continued her great form between the posts, making one save and earning her second shutout of the season. The redshirt-freshman has now played 245 minutes without allowing a goal.

The Trojans improve to 1-1-1 on the season while they hand Grambling State their first loss of the season as they fall to 2-1 overall.

Little Rock gets back to action Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. when they head to Tulsa, looking for back-to-back wins.

Athletic Football Team Are Going to Tackle it Soon

November 11, 1899

Arkansas Gazette

LITTLE ROCK — The Athletics continues to practice faithfully for the coming games. The game with Christian Brothers next Thursday will furnish a thorough line on the speed of the Athletics, as the C.B.C.’s have strengthened very materially and will have a much heavier team than last year. The Athletic admirers are confident their team will win, although the showing the Memphians have made this season justifies the statement that they will come over full equipped with confidence. Hurlburt, the New Orleans Athletic Association guard, is coaching the Christian Brothers. He will be found at that position on the visiting team. The line-up of the Memphis team has not as yet been received, but if their line has many men to equal him as to weight (216 pounds), speed and heavy playing they will have a line that would be invincible on any gridiron.

The maids to accompany Miss Narnee Martin and aid her in championing the visiting team Thursday are Misses Jamie Dunkin and Louise Wright.

Mr. Earle Thompson will handle the reigns for the Memphis sponsors.

Miss Mary Gracie will hold the Athletic colors to the win and will be assisted in championing the home boys by Misses Annie McCarthy, Elsie O’Hair and Mabel Moore.



The University of Arkansas team will contest honors with the Athletics on Thanksgiving Day. The boys from the Ozarks are taking everything before them having won every game they have played this season. This will be the first time the University team has been here for several seasons and they will come en masse to take the town, the girls and the football honors. The alumni of the university in Little Rock, of which there is quite a number, are taking an unusual amount of interest in the Thanksgiving game.