Archives for September 2017

Tigers Hand Wonder Boys First Loss

Ouachita Baptist’s Drew Harris scored on a 4-yard touchdown run with 1:36 remaining to send the Tigers to a 35-31 Great American Conference win over nationally 11th-ranked Arkansas Tech University at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field in Russellville on Saturday night.

The Wonder Boys (4-1 overall, 4-1 GAC) reached the Tigers’ 18-yard line during their last-chance drive, but OBU broke up a pass attempt at the goal line as time expired.

Harris rushed 12 times for 76 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers (4-1, 4-1). He also caught five passes for 105 yards and a touchdown.

OBU quarterback Austin Warford completed 17-of-22 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns.

Arkansas Tech rushed for 286 yards. Braden Stringer led the way with nine carries for 89 yards and two touchdowns, while Bryan Allen rushed 18 times for 87 yards and a touchdown.

ATU quarterback Ty Reasnor was 29-of-44 passing for 236 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed eight times for 62 yards.

KJ Reid led the Wonder Boys’ defense with 12 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for a loss.

Arkansas Tech will visit the University of Arkansas-Monticello for a 3 p.m. GAC contest on Saturday, Oct. 7. Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and will provide live coverage.

2017 Football: Ouachita | 9/30/17

Best Start in Tech Volleyball History Continues

Nationally 19th-ranked Arkansas Tech University blitzed the University of Arkansas-Monticello 25-16, 25-15, 25-12 in Great American Conference volleyball at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Thursday night.

The Golden Suns (18-0 overall, 5-0 GAC) registered 45 kills against nine attack errors in 96 total attempts for a .375 team hitting percentage.

ATU setter Amanda Milnick collected her seventh double-double of the season with 37 assists and 12 digs.

Allie Anderson made 11 kills for the Golden Suns, while Madison Nagel notched 17 digs. Tabitha Spray recorded three service aces and Greer Rogers had five total blocks.

Arkansas Tech will be idle until Friday, Oct. 6, when it will visit East Central University for a 7 p.m. match in Ada, Okla.

Jazz Ensemble Takes the Stage Friday Evening

The swinging sound of the Arkansas Tech University Jazz Ensemble will once again fill Witherspoon Auditorium on Friday, Sept. 29.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. It will be free and open to the public.

The program will open with Sammy Nestico’s “Moten Swing” and conclude with Gordon Goodwin’s “A Few Good Men.” In between, the ensemble will perform pieces by Freddie Hubbard, George Gershwin, Thad Jones, Kenny Dorham, Bobby Timmons and Dexter Gordon.

Dr. Sean Reed, assistant professor of music, directs the ATU Jazz Ensemble.

Learn more about the ATU Department of Music.

World War I Series Continues at RPL

Lee Fields, retired master sergeant in the U.S. Army, will give a presentation entitled “Ozarks to the Argonne Forest” on Thursday, Sept. 28, as part of a series of educational events at Arkansas Tech University commemorating World War I.

Fields’ lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in room 300 south of Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center, which is located at 305 West Q Street in Russellville.

Fields will discuss and display a large collection of World War I memorabilia passed down from his father. His presentation will also include information about Arkansas soldiers before, during and after the war.

As a companion piece to the presentation, Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center has a one-week exhibit entitled “The Great War: Arkansas in World War I.” It is on loan from the Arkansas State Archives through Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center is one of 120 organizations in the United States selected to receive grant funding from the Library of America in support of educational programming about World War I.

The public programming coincides with the 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into World War I. Through the first two rounds of grant announcements, ATU is the only entity in Arkansas selected to receive the Library of America grant funding for the program.

Remaining ATU events as part of the program will include these presentations, all of which will begin at 7 p.m. in Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center room 300 south:

Thursday, Oct. 19
Dr. Stanley Lombardo, ATU, Reading from “WWI and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It”

Thursday, Nov. 9
All Veterans Appreciation Event, Discussion Panel on Veterans’ Issues

All programs as part of the World War I commemoration are free and open to the public. For more information, call (479) 964-0569, send e-mail to or visit

ATU, OBU Set for Saturday Showdown

It’s been a dozen years since Arkansas Tech University started a football season with five consecutive wins.

Nationally 11th-ranked ATU (4-0 overall, 4-0 Great American Conference) will try to match the start by the 2005 Wonder Boys and maintain at least a share of first place in the GAC standings when it hosts Ouachita Baptist University (3-1, 3-1) at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field in Russellville on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Tickets ($10 adults/$5 students and senior citizens) will be available at the stadium ticket office on game day. Those with a valid ATU identification card will be admitted free of charge.

Party at the Plaza, the pre-game tailgating celebration on Centennial Plaza, will begin outside the stadium at 4 p.m.

The Wonder Boys earned their first road shutout since Nov. 23, 1985, last Saturday with a 52-0 triumph at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla.

Through the first four weeks of the season, Arkansas Tech leads the GAC in scoring offense (41 points per game), scoring defense (11.2 points allowed per game) and turnover margin (+8).

Ouachita Baptist also went to Oklahoma last week and earned a runaway victory. The Tigers roared past East Central University 45-14 to remain one game behind Arkansas Tech and Southeastern Oklahoma State University (4-0, 4-0) for first place in the GAC standings.

OBU quarterback Austin Warford ranks third in the conference in rushing (78.8 yards per game) as part of a Tigers’ offense that is second in the GAC in rushing offense (212 yards per game).

“To me, it all starts with the quarterback,” said ATU head coach Raymond Monica. “(Warford) turns a quarterback draw into a big play, and he can scramble for a big play. We know they’re going to run him on different plays, and he’s a good player. He throws it just as well as he runs it. I also think their offensive line is very good.”

Ouachita Baptist allows 414.2 yards of total offense per game. Only four GAC teams rank below the Tigers in total defense. However, a bend but don’t break mindset has allowed OBU to earn a position among the top three scoring defenses in the league (23.3 points allowed per game).

“They keep it all in front of them,” said Monica. “They don’t take a lot of chances, so if something pops somebody can make the tackle.”

Arkansas Tech is 44-30-7 all-time against Ouachita Baptist. The Wonder Boys have won the last two meetings in the series, including a 49-17 victory over the Tigers in Arkadelphia last season.

Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and will provide live coverage of the Tech-OBU game.