SBC honors ASU’s Sodoma, McClure

JONESBORO — Arkansas State senior forward Sarah Sodoma was named Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and senior goalkeeper Megan McClure was also on the Preseason All-Sun Belt team in women’s soccer.

Sodoma helped ASU reach the Sun Belt Conference championship match for the first time last season. She led the Red Wolves with eight goals in the regular season and her 24 points ranked second in the league.

McClure made 19 saves and 19 starts in goal last year. She recorded nine shutouts, including two in the Sun Belt tournament, as she helped lead the Red Wolves to a 10-6-4 finish, the best in program history.

Arkansas State finished third in the 11-team preseason coaches’ poll with one first-place vote and 86 points. South Alabama had nine first-place votes and 119 points, while Troy was second with one first-place vote and 97 points.

The Red Wolves open the season Sept. 13 at Central Arkansas.

Jowers shoots 32 to lead Blazers

JONESBORO — Medalist Hunter Jowers fired a 4-under-par 32 Thursday at Sage Meadows Country Club to lead Valley View past Brookland in boys’ high school golf.

The Blazers finished with a 103 team score in the play-four, count-three format. Peyton Ellis (35) and Luke Morgan (36) also contributed to Valley View’s team score.

Landon Hendrix shot 36, while Ryan Oxford finished at 42, Cole Kirby at 43 and Sawyor Hamilton at 43 for Brookland, which had a 121 team score.

The girls’ match was called because of lightning.

ASU’s Terrell makes All-SBC list

JONESBORO — Arkansas State redshirt junior Timber Terrell made the preseason All-Sun Belt Conference volleyball team.

Terrell was second-team All-SBC last season. She finished second on the team in kills (295) and total blocks (78).

ASU was picked fourth in the Sun Belt’s West Division favorite. Texas State is the West favorite, while Coastal Carolina was voted as the East favorite.

The Red Wolves are slated to open the season Sept. 12 at Central Arkansas.

ASU favored in SBC cross country

JONESBORO — Arkansas State has been picked to repeat as champions in Sun Belt Conference women’s cross country with nine first-place votes in the 12-team poll.

On the men’s side, the Red Wolves were projected to finish second with one first-place vote after earning a program-best runner-up finish a season ago. Appalachian State was selected to repeat as men’s champions.

ASU is slated to begin the season Sept. 12 in Conway at the UCA Open.