Archives for December 2013

Basketball Teams Return to Action Thursday

Arkansas Tech University will resume its 2013-14 men’s and women’s basketball seasons with a Great American Conference doubleheader against Northwestern Oklahoma State University at Percefull Fieldhouse in Alva, Okla., on Thursday, Jan. 2.

The Wonder Boys will be returning from a 14-day break from competition, while the Golden Suns will be playing their first game in 16 days.

The Tech teams will remain in Oklahoma for a GAC doubleheader at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford on Saturday, Jan. 4. The next home games for the Wonder Boys and the Golden Suns are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 9, against Ouachita Baptist University.

Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (6-2, 2-0) at NWOSU Lady Rangers (0-9, 0-3)
When: Thursday, Jan. 2, 5:30 p.m.
Where: Percefull Fieldhouse, Alva, Okla.
Radio/Internet: KWKK 100.9 FM/
Series: Tech Leads 6-0

About the Golden Suns: Arkansas Tech is 33-6 in Great American Conference women’s basketball games since the beginning of the inaugural GAC season in 2011-12. The Golden Suns lead the GAC and rank eighth nationally in turnover margin this season (+7.88 turnovers per game). Freshman guard Anissa Pounds leads Arkansas Tech and ranks 10th in the conference in scoring (14.6 points per game). Sophomore guard Cara Neighbors (12.9 points per game) and junior forward Jacinda Myers-Sanders (11.9 points per game) are also among the Golden Suns’ leading scorers this season. Arkansas Tech defeated Northwestern Oklahoma State 73-62 in Russellville and 67-50 at Alva last season.

About the Lady Rangers: Northwestern Oklahoma State has lost 13 consecutive women’s basketball games dating back to the 2012-13 season. The Lady Rangers have been idle since Dec. 7, when they suffered a 78-64 loss to Southern Nazarene University. NWOSU head coach Eric Bozeman is a 1982 graduate of Arkansas Tech and a former All-Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference performer for the Wonder Boys basketball program. His 17.2 points per game career scoring average ranks No. 10 in Arkansas Tech men’s basketball history.

Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (6-4, 1-1) at NWOSU Rangers (4-5, 1-2)
When: Thursday, Jan. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Percefull Fieldhouse, Alva, Okla.
Radio/Internet: KWKK 100.9 FM/
Series: Tech Leads 2-1

About the Wonder Boys: Arkansas Tech went into the holiday break on a winning note by defeating nationally 22nd-ranked Angelo State 74-64 on Dec. 19. It was the Wonder Boys’ third victory over a nationally-ranked opponent this season. Arkansas Tech leads the Great American Conference in field goal percentage defense (.392). Junior forward Darrick Little (3rd, .517) and junior guard Tyler Friedel (4th, .488) both rank in the top four in the GAC in 3-point field goal percentage. The Wonder Boys swept Northwestern Oklahoma State last season, defeating the Rangers 78-58 in Russellville and 60-51 at Alva.

About the Rangers: Northwestern Oklahoma State has won two of its last three games, including a 57-51 victory over Cameron University on Dec. 18 in its final game before the holiday break. The Rangers rank last in the GAC in scoring offense (63.2 points per game), field goal percentage (.398) and 3-point field goal percentage (.241). NWOSU head coach Andrew Brown was named GAC men’s basketball coach of the year in 2012-13.

Ozark Campus Closing for Holiday Break

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus will close for the holiday break on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at noon.

Offices will re-open on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. Classes for the spring 2014 semester will begin on Monday, Jan. 13.

Arkansas Tech Closing for Holiday Break

Arkansas Tech University will close for the holiday break on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at noon.

Offices will re-open on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.

Classes for the spring 2014 semester will begin on Monday, Jan. 13.

Tech Receives NCAA Award of Excellence

The Arkansas Tech Department of Athletics received word on Friday, Dec. 20, that the Arkansas Tech Athletics Goodwill Project has been recognized by the NCAA as one of 25 recipients of the NCAA Division II Award of Excellence.

Arkansas Tech was chosen as the Great American Conference’s representative. The 25 winners include representatives from 24 Division II conferences and one from the independent ranks. The three top selections and the overall winner will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Convention.

The overall winner will be awarded a nationally-televised football or basketball game on CBS Sports Network during the 2014-15 school year.

The Division II Award of Excellence combines the two Division II identity awards previously recognizing community engagement and game environment. Each Division II school and conference was eligible to submit its best activity and/or event that exemplifies excellence in any of the areas covered by the Division II six attributes.

The Arkansas Tech Athletics Goodwill Project is a program-wide effort encompassing both community service and student-athlete development.

“The Goodwill Project started at the direction of (Assistant AD/SWA/Head Volleyball Coach) Kristy Bayer,” said Arkansas Tech Director of Athletics Steve Mullins. “Our ten teams are doing various projects, and it all has to do with giving back to the community. We’ve gone from Arkansas Children’s Hospital to the Humane Society to a lot of the local elementaries, picking up trash and everything in between.”

While the Tech department of athletics has been honored for its efforts at community engagement, the student-athletes at Arkansas Tech recognized the value in the community service efforts even before the work garnered recognition.

“I’m so happy that we’re here, all together, all different sports, just helping out and doing something for the community,” said Golden Suns golfer Rebecka Surtevall. “It feels good.”

Article courtesy of Arkansas Tech Sports Information Department.

Two With Tech Ties Selected for Hall of Fame

Two individuals associated with Arkansas Tech University will be among the class of 2014 for the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Stephanie Strack Mathis and Ken Stephens will be among those inducted during a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 28, at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Mathis (photographed during a 1994 home game) is the all-time leading scorer in Arkansas Tech women’s basketball history. She scored 2,298 career points while earning three All-America honors and helping the Golden Suns win back-to-back NAIA national basketball championships in 1992 and 1993.

A product of St. Joseph High School in Conway, Mathis also ranks among the all-time Arkansas Tech career leaders in field goals made (1st, 987), rebounds (7th, 726), free throws made (8th, 324) and steals (9th, 211).

The Golden Suns had a four-year record of 124-15 and won three Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference championships during Mathis’ career. Mathis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Arkansas Tech and has served as president of the Arkansas Tech Alumni T-Club.

Stephens was head football coach at Arkansas Tech from 1986-92. He led the Wonder Boys to three winning seasons and a tie for second in the 1986 AIC football standings. Stephens was the head football coach for three state championship teams at North Little Rock High School and four AIC championship teams at the University of Central Arkansas.

Learn more about the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.