Archives for February 2019

Glasper’s Layup Wins it for Wonder Boys

Not only did R.J. Glasper score 25 points at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Thursday night.

Not only did he become the 33rd Wonder Boy to reach 1,000 career points.

He topped all of that by making a game-winning layup with 5 seconds remaining to give Arkansas Tech a 79-78 triumph over Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

The Wonder Boys (11-16 overall, 9-12 Great American Conference) trailed by as many as 12 points in the second half, but they connected on 7-of-11 3-point tries during those final 20 minutes to slowly chip away at their deficit.

Four straight points by Alex Brown cut the Rangers’ advantage to 78-77 with 47.4 seconds remaining. That set the stage for Glasper, who drove the left side of the lane for the game winner.

Northwestern Oklahoma State (7-20, 5-16) never got a shot during its final possession. The Rangers committed a turnover with 0.2 seconds remaining to seal their eighth loss in their last 11 games.

Will Adler had 20 points and Brown finished with 15 points for Arkansas Tech.

Northwestern’s Jack Peck netted a season-high 27 points.

The Wonder Boys will conclude their 2018-19 season by hosting Southwestern Oklahoma State University on Saturday, March 2. Tip-off at Tucker Coliseum is set for 3 p.m.

Tickets ($5 adults/$3 students and senior citizens) will be available at the door. Free admission will be granted to those with a valid ATU identification card.

Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and will provide live coverage.

Suns Top NWOSU, Clinch Seventh Seed

The No. 7 seed in the 2019 Great American Conference Tournament for women’s basketball belongs to Arkansas Tech University.

The Golden Suns (13-14 overall, 10-11 GAC) rallied from down 12 points in the second half to defeat Northwestern Oklahoma State University 70-67 at Tucker Coliseum in Russellville on Thursday night.

As a result, Arkansas Tech will face the to be determined No. 2 seed at noon on Thursday, March 7, in the opening round of the GAC Tournament at Bruin Fieldhouse in Bartlesville, Okla.

Jayana Sanders led the way for the Suns with 19 points. She also dished out six assists against no turnovers. Jacie Higgins added 15 points and seven assists.

All 12 of Hannah Villines’ points came in the second half. She also grabbed eight rebounds for ATU, which finished with a 39-28 rebound margin. Ryann Goodsell added 11 points and Ke’Vonshaye Stackhouse had 10 points for the Golden Suns.

Kalea King scored a team-high 18 points for the Lady Rangers (12-16, 9-12), who will be the No. 8 seed at the GAC Tournament.

Arkansas Tech led 20-15 after one quarter, but very little went right for the Golden Suns during the second period.

Tech committed 10 turnovers and made two field goals during that 10-minute segment. As a result, Northwestern Oklahoma State closed the half on a 14-0 run over the final 4:32 and went to halftime leading 35-26.

The Lady Rangers led by as many as 12 points early in the third quarter. Arkansas Tech responded by connecting on 5-of-8 3-point shots during the period, the last of which was a Higgins buzzer-beating trey that cut Northwestern’s lead to 48-47 going to the fourth quarter.

Higgins would play hero again at the very end. After a pair of Goodsell layups in the final 1:13 gave the Suns a 68-67 lead, Higgins blocked a Northwestern layup try with 6.5 seconds remaining and corralled the subsequent defensive rebound.

The sophomore from Conway knocked down two free throws to set the final score and send the defending champions back to Bartlesville as the No. 7 seed.

The Golden Suns will conclude their 2018-19 regular season by hosting nationally-ranked Southwestern Oklahoma State University on Saturday, March 2. Tip-off at Tucker Coliseum is set for 1 p.m.

Tickets ($5 adults/$3 students and senior citizens) will be available at the door. Free admission will be granted to those with a valid ATU identification card.

Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and will provide live coverage.

Prodigy in Study of Energy to Speak at ATU

The 2019 Arkansas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) at Arkansas Tech University will feature a keynote address by Meghana Bollimpalli, an alumna of the JSHS program and the winner of the 2018 Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award.

Bollimpalli (photographed) will speak at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, March 8, in the Doc Bryan Student Services Center Lecture Hall. The 53rd annual symposium will continue through Saturday, March 9.

A student at Little Rock Central High School, Bollimpalli has presented and discussed her research at universities as well as national and international science conferences.

Much of her recent research has focused on renewable energy sources. Forbes has named Bollimpalli one of its 2019 “30 Under 30 In Energy.”

The annual Arkansas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium highlights original research and experimentation by high school students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

There will be JSHS student poster presentations in Witherspoon Hall room 126 from 4-5 p.m. on Friday, March 8, and oral research presentations in the Doc Bryan Lecture Hall from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, March 9.

Like the keynote address, the poster presentations and oral research presentations are open to members of the ATU community.

The Arkansas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium has been held on the Arkansas Tech campus since 1967. Dr. Jessica P. Young, assistant professor of physics at Arkansas Tech, serves as director for the Arkansas JSHS.

Learn more about the Arkansas Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

ATU Splits Two-Game Set at No. 1 Delta State

Nationally top-ranked Delta State University had a chance to start a baseball season 14-0 for the first time in school history on Wednesday.

Arkansas Tech University denied that achievement by defeating the Statesmen 6-4 at Harvey Stadium at Ferriss Field in Cleveland, Miss.

Harry Gard, Tristan Thomas and Evan Hafley notched three base hits apiece for the Wonder Boys (10-7), who bounced back from a 9-2 loss to Delta State (13-1) on Tuesday to split the non-conference series.

Tech’s Drake Norton (1-1) was the winner on the mound in game two. He pitched the first eight innings and allowed four runs, one of which was earned, on six hits. Reliever Ty Johnson got the final three outs for his first save of 2019.

The Wonder Boys are scheduled to host Southeastern Oklahoma State University for a three-game Great American Conference series at Carl Baswell Field in Russellville on Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2.

First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday (doubleheader) and 1 p.m. Saturday (single game). Admission will be free. Live coverage will be available at

Various Ensembles to Perform March 4-10

The instrumental musicians of Arkansas Tech University will have a busy week beginning on March 4.

A series of three performances over a span of seven days will begin with the St. Paddy’s Day Swing at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 4, at the Center for the Arts, which is located on the Russellville High School campus at 2209 S. Knoxville Ave. in Russellville.

The ATU Jazz Ensemble and the RHS Jazz Ensemble are scheduled to perform during the March 4 show.

ATU’s Symphonic Band and Concert Band will give a 7:30 p.m. performance at Witherspoon Auditorium, 407 West Q Street in Russellville, on Thursday, March 7.

The ATU Symphonic Band is comprised primarily of music majors, but is open to students of all majors by audition. It offers two performances per semester.

The ATU Concert Band is a large ensemble dedicated to the non-music major population. The band performs two concerts per year. ATU Concert Band is open to all students in the university without a required audition.

The string of instrumental performances will conclude when the ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble offers at 2:30 p.m. concert at Witherspoon Auditorium on Sunday, March 10.

The ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble is the premier instrumental ensemble on the Tech campus. Comprised almost completely of music majors, but open to students of any major by audition, this ensemble is for the most serious wind performer and music student.

Typically, the ATU Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs six concerts per year of the highest level of literature.

Admission to each of the performances listed above will be free and open to the public.