Monthly Archives: October 2013

Harding Players, Students Show Class in Comforting Opponent

When a small group of Henderson State football players traveled to Searcy to visit injured teammate Robert Jordan they were surprised to see he already had visitors. Another group of players were by Jordan’s hospital bedside — members of the Harding University squad.
“Phil Mion (HU safety) heard that Robert stayed to have his surgery at White County Medical Center, and would be there for a few days. We figured it would be the right thing to do to go check on him,” Harding receiver Alex Finley told the Henderson State sports information department. “Even if he is our opponent, we would never wish that kind of injury on anyone. He’s a great player, and it was sad to see that happen to him. Another reason we went was because Phil knew he was a Miami guy, and most likely didn’t have his family there with him.”

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STATON BREIDENTHAL  Henderson State All-American Robert Jorndan broke his leg in a game at Harding University last Saturday.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STATON BREIDENTHAL
Henderson State All-American Robert Jorndan broke his leg in a game at Harding University last Saturday.

Jordan, an All-American Reddies wide receiver, broke his leg in a 45-30 win against Harding last Saturday. The injury was gruesome enough teammates called for the trainers immediately, and players from each sideline gathered … Read more >

Hogs’ Harris Primed to Make Big Contribution

Even though  he hasn’t played a minute at Arkansas, Alandise Harris seemed to be a good fit to grace the cover of Sync magazine this week. Over the summer I mulled over the choices of current Hogs to feature. I chose Harris for two reasons. 1) He has a good backstory.  2) I think he may be one of the bigger contributors on the squad by season’s end.

Photo by Wesley Hitt Alandise Harris is ready to contribute at Arkansas after two seasons at the University of Houston.

Photo by Wesley Hitt
Alandise Harris is ready to contribute at Arkansas after two seasons at the University of Houston.

I thought that long before he poured in 26 points in the Red/White game Sunday. I saw Harris play in high school and loved his versatility. He’s not 6-10, but his strength allows him to play like he is. He is also quick and skilled enough to play on the perimeter. He is a mismatch waiting to happen.
Then you take those attributes and throw them into Mike Anderson”s scheme, and you have the recipe for a double-double every night.
Harris desperately wanted to play at Arkansas out of Little Rock Central High School, but former coach John Pelphrey chose a different route after allegedly offering a scholarship early. Harris made the … Read more >

CBSSports.com Ranks Portis in Group of Nation’s Top Freshmen

This season could be one of the better for incoming freshmen in college basketball history. CBSSports.com’s Jeff Borzello lumps Arkansas freshman forward Bobby Portis into a list of the better frosh this season, albeit at the bottom.NWA Media/Andy Shupe Bobby Portis ranks in Top 30 of college basketball freshmen.

NWA Media/Andy Shupe
Bobby Portis ranks in Top 30 of college basketball freshmen.

Portis, a McDonald’s All-American from Little Rock Hall, is No. 28 on the list of 30. He is the second-lowest ranked SEC player, just in front of Vanderbilt’s Damian Jones (29).
According to Borzello’s list, there are eight SEC freshmen better than Portis. Five of them play for Kentucky.
Borzello mentions that “it would be a surprise not to see Portis get big minutes immediately” but probably underestimates how big of an impact Portis could make. There is plenty of room for Portis not only to play, but to star, for the 2013-14 Hogs. There isn’t a player returning that has the credentials to be considered a “go-to” option.
Portis is a candidate to fill that role because of his versatility, length and athleticism. It depends on how easy he transitions from high school to Division I, but he could be have some of the better statistics of any of … Read more >

Arkadelphia Duo Plans to Stay Together

Arkansas’ best prep football duo plans to stay together at the collegiate level.
Arkadelphia seniors — quarterback Jakahari Howell (6-0, 175) and running back Kris Oliver (5-10, 175) — have helped Arkadelphia to a 7-0 record (they play 6-1 Ashdown Friday night) and a No. 1 ranking in Class 4A.
Howell (4.53 speed), a 20012 Landers Award nominee, has racked up 1,547 passing yards and 17 touchdowns. He missed part of last season with an injury. Oliver (4.5 speed), a 2013 Landers Award finalist, has 1,033 rushing yards and 16 scores. He subbed in at quarterback last year when Howell went down.
In addition to racking up wins this fall, the two have visited prospective colleges trying to decide where they will play college football.
“Jakahari and I want to play together,” says Oliver, who is also an all-state point guard on the Badgers basketball team. “We thought it would be a good idea to play another four or five years together. We’ve been friends since we were little, and we are together all the time. I’m either at his house, or he is at mine.”
So far, hometown Division II programs Ouachita Baptist and Henderson State have offered Oliver … Read more >

The Travs’ New Logos are Cool But Not the Big Draw For Me

Minor league sports, especially baseball, is all about promotions. The Arkansas Travelers have promoted their butts off leading up to the unveiling of their new look Wednesday night. Golden ticket baseballs hidden around central Arkansas and a social media frenzy leading up to a big unveiling party at Dickey-Stephens Park.
The designs are sharp. I love how the “Swamp Camo” is a blend of Arkansas cypress trees and sage grass.
There apparently is a new mascot coming, too, (I’ll miss Shelly) — a creature that is a omen of good luck (whatever that is).
Anyway, there was a lot of hype leading

The Arkansas Travelers’ new logos.

The Arkansas Travelers’ new logos.

up to the new branding and more to follow with the unveiling of the team uniforms and mascot.
I get it, and it’s fun. However, and I think I speak for many, the best reason to come to Dickey-Stephens Park (other than the great game of baseball) is the park itself. The $3 parking lot next door, the inexpensive concession stands and the spectacular view of downtown Little Rock.
The mascot could be a pink chicken, and the players dressed in purple polka dots, and I would still attend as many games as … Read more >