Archives for November 2013

Wonder Boys Topple Sixth-Ranked Mustangs

Arkansas Tech University senior point guard Bobby Hatchett delivered the perfect birthday gift for his head coach on Saturday evening.

Hatchett made 2-of-2 free throws with 1.4 seconds remaining to give the Wonder Boys a 58-57 victory over nationally sixth-ranked Midwestern State University in the final game of a Thanksgiving weekend classic at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville.

The win ensured a happy birthday for Arkansas Tech head men’s basketball coach Doug Karleskint and gave the Wonder Boys (5-2) their second win over a nationally-ranked foe in less than 24 hours. Tech defeated 21st-ranked Northeastern State University 73-68 on Friday night.

Hatchett scored 16 points and made 10-of-12 free throws in a performance that was reminiscent of a similar outcome on Dec. 15, 2012, when he scored 22 points and made 14-of-18 free throws to lead the Wonder Boys to a 75-73 double overtime victory at Midwestern State.

The Mustangs (5-2) held the lead for more than 38 of the 40 minutes at Tucker Coliseum on Saturday. Midwestern State led 34-24 at halftime and by as many as 14 points early in the second half. A 17-5 run over a span of 6:07 midway through the second half allowed Arkansas Tech to tie the score 47-47 with 7:05 left.

Eight straight points from point guard Monzaigo Williams helped the Mustangs rebuild a 57-49 lead, but his 3-pointer with 4:03 left turned out to be the final points of the game for Midwestern State.

The Wonder Boys closed the game on a 9-0 run to improve to 4-1 all-time against the Mustangs.

Arkansas Tech’s Bryson Fletcher scored all 14 of his points after halftime. The Wonder Boys were 28-of-38 (74 percent) from the free throw line.

Williams led Midwestern State with 14 points and five assists.

Arkansas Tech will return to Great American Conference play when it hosts Southeastern Oklahoma State University for a 7:30 p.m. game at Tucker Coliseum on Thursday, Dec. 5.

Wonder Boys Beat #21 Northeastern State

Arkansas Tech’s Darrick Little scored a career-high 21 points and the Wonder Boys shot 51 percent from the field in a 73-68 non-conference men’s basketball victory over nationally 21st-ranked Northeastern State University at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Friday night.

Little was 6-of-9 from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, as Arkansas Tech (4-2) avenged a loss at Northeastern State last year and pulled ahead 22-21 in the all-time series between the two programs.

Marshawn Arnold (photographed) added 15 points, Tyler Friedel scored 12 points and Willie Rogers notched 10 points for the Wonder Boys, who won their third consecutive game.

Bryton Hobbs scored a game-high 28 points for the RiverHawks (4-2).

Arkansas Tech led by as many as 12 points in the first half, but Northeastern State closed the period on a 14-4 run and tied it 29-29 at halftime on a pair of Hobbs free throws with two seconds remaining.

Arnold’s 3-point play with 3:44 left in the second half staked the Wonder Boys to a 65-56 advantage. The RiverHawks pulled as close as three points in the final minute, but Arnold blocked a layup attempt by Hobbs with 21 seconds left to help preserve the victory.

Northeastern State was 5-of-28 (18 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc.

The Wonder Boys will face nationally sixth-ranked Midwestern State (5-1) at 4 p.m. Saturday in the final game of a weekend classic at Tucker Coliseum. The MSU Mustangs suffered a 74-70 loss to Harding University during day one action at the classic on Friday.

Gaines Named Top Elementary PE Teacher

Arkansas Tech University alumna Cathryn Gaines is the Arkansas Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (ArkAHPERD) Elementary Teacher of the Year for 2013.

Gaines teaches physical education at Center Valley Elementary School in the Russellville School District. She received the award during the 2013 ArkAHPERD Conference Nov. 7-8 in Little Rock.

“I would not be the teacher I am today without my amazing professors at Arkansas Tech University, my Center Valley Elementary family and the Russellville School District physical education teachers,” said Gaines in a news release from the Russellville School District. “They have helped, supported and encouraged me throughout my teaching career.”

Gaines holds two degrees from Arkansas Tech. She received her Master of Education degree in physical education in 2012 and her Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education in 2008.

She was the recipient of the 2012 Dr. John Cadle Award for most outstanding Master of Education graduate in the Arkansas Tech Department of Health and Physical Education. ArkAHPERD named her dance teacher of the year in 2010.

In addition to her duties at Center Valley Elementary, Gaines also serves as an adjunct physical education instructor at Arkansas Tech.

Gaines was nominated for ArkAHPERD Elementary Teacher of the Year by Dr. Shelia Jackson, professor of health and physical education at Arkansas Tech.

Learn more about the Arkansas Tech Department of Health and Physical Education.

CASE Model Gaining Popularity in Agri Ed

Dr. Justin Killingsworth, assistant professor of agriculture education at Arkansas Tech University, was part of a delegation from Arkansas that recently toured three secondary schools in Missouri to learn more about the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) model that is gaining popularity around the United States.

CASE is an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education that began in 2007.

“The project goal is to implement a national curriculum for secondary agricultural education that provides a high level of educational experiences to enhance the rigor and relevance of agriculture, food and natural resources (AFNR) subject matter,” according to the CASE web site.

The tour of the Missouri schools was a cooperative effort between the Arkansas Department of Career Education and the Arkansas Tech Department of Agriculture.

Arkansas Tech began offering a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education in fall 2011.

The successful effort by the Arkansas Tech College of Applied Sciences to create a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education is a tie to the very beginning of the institution.

Arkansas Tech was founded in 1909 as the Second District Agricultural School. Its primary initial mission was to provide training to the next generation of farmers. The study of agriculture has been part of the curriculum at Arkansas Tech throughout its 104-year history.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education at Arkansas Tech.

Wonder Boys Set for Weekend Classic

Arkansas Tech University’s men’s basketball team will be home for the holiday weekend when the Wonder Boys host a Thanksgiving classic at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Friday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 30.

The Wonder Boys will host nationally 21st-ranked Northeastern State University at 6 p.m. Friday and nationally sixth-ranked Midwestern State University at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Additional games during the classic will pit Harding University against Midwestern State at 4 p.m. Friday and Harding against Northeastern State at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Below are capsules for all four teams competing in the classic. Tickets ($5 for adults, $3 for children/senior citizens) will be available at the Tucker Coliseum door. Admission will be free for those with a valid Arkansas Tech identification card.

Arkansas Tech University Wonder Boys (3-2)
Head Coach: Doug Karleskint (4th season, 72-26)
Leading Scorers: Junior forward Darrick Little (12.6 points per game), junior forward Marshawn Arnold (11.4 points per game) and junior guard Tyler Friedel (10.6 points per game).
Season So Far: Since switching from playing predominantly zone defense to man-to-man, Arkansas Tech is 2-0. The Wonder Boys tuned up for this weekend with a 103-44 win over Champion Baptist on Monday. Arkansas Tech leads the Great American Conference in scoring offense (90.0 points per game) and field goal percentage (.527).

Harding University Bisons (2-3)
Head Coach: Jeff Morgan (21st season, 351-225)
Leading Scorers: Senior forward Hayden Johnson (16.2 points per game), sophomore guard Jacob Gibson (11.4 points per game) and sophomore forward Andraz Kavas (10.4 points per game).
Season So Far: Harding began the season ranked No. 25 in the nation at the NCAA Division II level, but the Bisons have lost three of their last four games. Christian Brothers University made 18 free throws in overtime to defeat Harding 85-76 on Tuesday night. The Bisons lead the GAC in free throw percentage (.809).

#6 Midwestern State University Mustangs (5-0)
Head Coach: Nelson Haggerty (3rd season, 56-13)
Leading Scorers: Senior guard Monzaigo Williams (18.2 points per game) and senior guard DeJuan Plummer (15.4 points per game).
Season So Far: Midwestern State scored a pair of impressive non-conference wins Nov. 15-16 when the Mustangs defeated Northwest Missouri State University and Missouri Western State University during the Hillyard Tip-Off Classic in St. Joseph, Mo. The Mustangs rank second in the Lone Star Conference in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.293).

#21 Northeastern State University RiverHawks (4-1)
Head Coach: Larry Gipson (17th season, 268-189)
Leading Scorers: Senior guard Bryton Hobbs (22.2 points per game) and junior guard Michael Harmon (11.6 points per game).
Season So Far: Northeastern State won its first four games of the season and climbed as high as No. 10 in the NCAA Division II top 25 poll, but an 83-49 loss at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith on Saturday dropped the RiverHawks from the ranks of the unbeaten. Northeastern State leads the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in turnover margin (+3.2 turnovers per game).