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Harding women hold first-round lead in women's GAC Golf Championship

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (GAC) - Defending champion Harding placed three golfers in the top 10 to take the lead following the first round of play of the 2013 Great American Conference Women's Golf Championship on Sunday from the Hot Springs Country Club.

Soyun Kim led the way for the Lady Bisons as she matched the low round of the day with a 4-over par 76. She led the 48-woman field with four birdies. Emily Plyler finished the round one shot behind Kim with a 77. Brittany Marquez shot a 79. The Lady Bisons shot 316, one shot off the low team score in the brief history of the GAC Championships.

Southwestern Oklahoma State wrapped up Sunday six shots in back of Harding and in second place. Margaret Musser matched Kim with a 4-over par 76 to share the individual lead. She played the Hot Springs Country Club's 10 par-4s in 1-over par. Ana-Laura Gomez shot a 77 to tied Plyler for third place. Ashlynn Hall shot 80 and ended the day in a tie for 10th place.

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Harding men's and women's track and field compete at Ole Miss Invitational

OXFORD, Miss. (HARDING) - Harding senior Portia Bell and sophomore Ewa Zaborowska continued their outstanding 2013 outdoor track and field seasons Saturday at the Ole Miss Invitational.

Bell, a native of Pacoima, Calif., defeated 48 other runners to win the 400 meters in 54.44 seconds. The time broke her own school record and was the seventh-fastest time in NCAA Division II this season. Bell has won both of her 400-meter races this season and now has eight event victories in her career.

Zaborowska, who hails from Wejherowo, Poland, outran 60 competitors to win the 1,500 meters in 4:26.24, also a new Harding record and the second-fastest time in Division II. Zaborowska has won four of the five 1,500-meter races she has won in her career and has eight total outdoor event victories.

Today's Box Office: 42 steals home

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV 11 Film Critic Jonathan Nettles gives his take on the movie 42, inspired by the true story of Jackie Robinson.

I'm not a baseball fan. I don't watch it and I don't keep up with it. That was different when I was about 10-years-old. There was a time when I collected baseball cards. The only ones I wanted were of the 1989 and 1990 Atlanta Braves. Those were the years of Fred McGriff, Ron Gant, & Terry Pendleton. I would watch the games then and go watch the Arkansas Travelers play at Ray Winder Field just about every weekend in the summer. Then I lost interest and moved on to other things. Since, I've seen a few baseball movies but not a lot which I blame on my lack of interest in the game. I don't know much about the history of the game but I recognize the names that wrote much of it. I had heard about Jackie Robinson but it took a movie to get me interested in Jackie Robinson.

Harding tennis coach David Elliot to retire after 2013 season

SEARCY, Ark. (HARDING) - After 39 seasons as Harding's head tennis coach, David Elliott will retire at the end of the 2013 season.

Elliott became the head coach of Harding's men's tennis program in 1975 and has coached the women's program since its inception in 1991. During that time, Elliott has won 733 men's matches and 401 women's matches for 1,134 total, one of the highest totals in collegiate tennis history.

"The time went really fast," Elliott said. "I never really anticipated going anywhere else. I pretty much made the commitment that I would be at Harding as long as they would have me."

Elliott's teams have won 10 conference championships. Harding's men have made nine appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament and the women's team has appeared in seven national tournaments.

Elliott's teams, who have never had a losing record in any season, have always been known for their mix of American and international players.

Harding women's tennis earns 400th program victory

SEARCY, Ark. (HARDING) - The Harding women's tennis team earned the 400th and 401st victories in program history this week. The Lady Bisons (11-7) defeated Henderson State 9-0 on Monday in Great American Conference play and downed regional foe LeMoyne-Owen 8-1 on Tuesday.

With the victory over Henderson State, Harding improved to 2-2 in conference play with two matches remaining. Harding plays East Central on Friday in Searcy and meets Southeastern Oklahoma State on Monday in Durant, Okla.

Junior Kaleigh Wagner leads Harding with 11 singles victories, one head of freshman Ali Wagner. Katie Huff has nine wins, and Benyapa Phumptip has eight. The Lady Bisons' top doubles team is the pairing of Phumtip and Rowden, who are 7-3 overall, all at No. 1. Overall, Phumtip leads Harding with 11 doubles wins.

Harding began the women's program in 1991. David Elliott has been the program's only head coach.

15 counties disaster areas behind yesterday's system

15 counties disaster areas behind yesterday's system

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today declared Cleburne, Conway, Garland, Hot Spring, Independence, Izard, Lincoln, Montgomery, Polk, Sharp, Stone, Union, Van Buren, White, and Yell Counties state disaster areas due to damage caused by tornadoes and severe storms Wednesday afternoon and evening.

In addition, Governor Beebe has released $10,000 from the Governor's Disaster Fund to help cover the immediate response costs from these storms.

The declaration makes it easier for local governments to coordinate with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management and other state agencies during response and repair efforts. Local governments will be able to better utilize Arkansas Department of Correction work crews to assist with debris removal.

Damage assessments continue, and additional counties may be added to this declaration.

Searcy to face Benton in Quiz Bowl championships

Searcy to face Benton in Quiz Bowl championships

AETN hosts annual Quiz Bowl state finals April 20

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — High school students will showcase their intellect in the annual Arkansas Governor’s Academic Competition at the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Saturday, April 20, in “Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2013.”

“Quiz Bowl 2013” will be broadcast in two sections – 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. The finals will involve seven conferences for a total of 14 teams.

The first round of matches beginning at 9 a.m. will include in order of appearance:

  1. 1A – Alpena vs. Haas Hall Academy (Fayetteville)
  2. 2A – Conway Christian vs. Cedar Ridge (Newark)
  3. 7A – Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts (Hot Springs) vs. Fort Smith Southside
  4. 4A – Subiaco Academy vs. Gravette

The second round of matches beginning at 1:30 p.m. will include in order of appearance: