Archives for Sports

Sports by the numbers: Winter 2019

50 | Number of consecutive games started by football center Bryce Bray, a school record. Bray received the Rimington Trophy in December as the best center in Division II football. 26:21.0 | Freshman Dylan Douglas’ time at the 8K GAC Cross-Country Championship in Edmond, Oklahoma. Douglas led the Bisons and placed 11th overall. 6 and 7 | Number of goals (6) and assists (7) by
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Too hot to handle

By Scott Goode, assistant athletic director for sports information It was unseasonably warm on Monday, Dec. 13, 1965, in Searcy. The high was in the low 60s and the sky clear. Nationally, people were paying attention to goings on in Vietnam and to the Gemini 6 and 7 space missions that would rendezvous more than 100 miles above the earth two days later. In Searcy,
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Sports by the numbers: Fall 2018

8 Number of times in 194 at-bats senior Grant Guest struck out, making him the second toughest player to strike out in NCAA Division II. 49 Number of Bison football games men’s Berryhill Award-winner Gavin De Los Santos played, including 39 career starts. A 2017 Associated Press first-team All-American offensive tackle, De Los Santos earned three Academic All-GAC honors and was a semifinalist for the
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Showcasing talent on and off the field

Every year, the athletic department brings more than 100 new student-athletes to the University. To help fans get to know some of these newcomers, this magazine introduces you to five who have unique interests and backgrounds. Jenna Akins Jenna Akins, a freshman triple jumper on the track and field team, plays an instrument invented in the 1800s. She learned to play the banjo in a
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Sports by the numbers: Spring 2018

40.6 Percentage senior guard Zac Ward shot from 3-point range in his career, the 10th-best marksmanship in men’s basketball history. 1,571 Career points scored by senior Sydney Layrock, fifth-most ever by a Lady Bison. Layrock joined Kristen Celsor Johnson as the only two players with more than 1,500 points, 700 rebounds and 100 3-pointers. 8:01.34 Time freshman Nehemia Too ran the indoor 3,000 meters to
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Granting a wish

  She thought she’d won a coloring contest. On Feb. 27, 11-year-old Alissa Carter, a Searcy resident who has tuberous sclerosis complex, a rare genetic condition, headed to Rhodes-Reaves Field House to collect her prize — a chance to meet Harding’s athletic teams and receive a gift from each. Alissa received a gift, but it was much bigger than she expected. Thanks to the work
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By the numbers

130 | Tackles by junior linebacker Sam Blankenship, the most by a Harding player in a single season since the NCAA standardized tackle stats in 2000 30 | Conference championships won by men’s cross-country. No. 30 came this season as the Bisons defeated six other teams to win their second Great American Conference championship and first since 2013. 8 | Number of women’s cross-country runners
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Comeback Bisons

After losing their first three games, most concluded the end of the regular season would be the end of the road for the 2017 Bisons football team. But the Bisons went on a roll, responding with eight-straight wins including a 24-17 road victory over Arkansas Tech University in Russellville in the regular season finale. The Bisons, under first-year head coach Paul Simmons, had only appeared
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Softball’s superlative season

In only its fourth year since reinstating the women’s softball program, Harding turned in a season to remember. The Lady Bisons, under head coach Phil Berry, went 58-9 and won the Great American Conference regular season and tournament championships and the Central Region 1 tournament championship, falling just one win short of advancing to the NCAA Division II Women’s College World Series. Harding was ranked
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Hall of fame grows to 100

On Friday, Feb. 3, at a ceremony in the David B. Burks American Heritage Building Founder’s Room, Bison Boosters inducted new members into the Harding Athletics Hall of Fame. The 16 members of the 2017 Hall of Fame represent the 11th induction class and bring the total number of inductees to 100. Karyl Bailey, outstanding coach Harding’s first head volleyball coach in 1983 Compiled a
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