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The Daily Call – Dec. 20, 2013

BY ANDRES FOCIL
The Daily Call – Dec. 20, 2013

Welcome to Friday’s edition of The Daily Call and the annoucement of the 2014 Red Tie Award winners!

The University of Arkansas Athletics Department and the Razorback Foundation announced the winners of the 17th Annual Red Tie Dinner and Auction Awards recently.

The banquet is scheduled for Feb. 22, 2014, at the Embassy Suites in Rogers, Ark. This year marks the 17th season the Razorbacks have honored student-athletes at the Red Tie Dinner.The 2013-14 honorees include Razorback Athletes of the YearMakeba Alcide (women’s track and field) andKevin Lazas(men’s track and field), Razorback Scholar-Athlete award winnersKeri Wood(women’s track and field) andNathanael Franks(men’s track and field); and the Spirit of the Razorback award winnersBailee Zumwalde(gymnastics) andKiero Small(football).Each year, the Razorbacks recognize student-athletes whose performance throughout his or her career serves to lift up their sport to new heights and whose character exemplifies the goals of the athletic department. In addition to the dinner, attendees will enjoy a social hour before dinner as well as live and silent auctions.This year’s event takes place at the Embassy Suites in Rogers, Ark., and tickets are available to the general public. In addition, table sponsorships are available. For tickets or more information about tickets or being a sponsor call the Razorback Foundation at 479-443-9000.

RED TIE HONOREESKeri Wood, WTF, Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year

All-American and a 4.0 graduate in Business—in 3 years!!! Presently finishing her MBA and is already employed by Nielson Corp. Named to Capital One academic All-American second team – 2012 Two time member of the All-SEC Academic honor roll

Nathanael Franks, MTF, Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Graduate Cumulative (Business Administration) GPA 4.00 Undergraduate (Physics, Chemistry/Biochemistry Honors) – Cumulative GPA 3.901 Fulbright Honors College – Chancellor’s Scholarship – completed undergrad studies in 2.5 years and earned two degrees in December, 2012, one in chemistry (magna cum laude) and one in physics. Fulbright Senior Scholar Study abroad – studied the Classics in Greece and Turkey in the summer of 2011. Rigorous, hands-on experience through the Samarian Gorge of Crete, the caves of Delphi, the Bosporus Strait of Istanbul. Conducted organic synthesis research: received an Honors College Grant, conducted research on the total synthesis of heterocyclic compounds and subsequent visible light photocatalysis using ruthenium ligans, forming carbon-nitrogen bonds via a cascade reaction and published a paper entitled "A Photo Touch on Amines: New Synthetic Adventures of Nitrogen Radical Cations" in this field. Arkansas Physics Times – wrote an article describing life within an Amish community after a living as an organic farm laborer for a week in their community. First Year Honor Society All-Discipline Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Alpha Epsilon Delta, world’s largest premedical honor society, Alpha Chapter Founding father of the Fayetteville chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity International Culture Team – outreach effort to international students. Involved in the Recess organization which offers one-on-one mentoring of children with disabilities Dale Krueger Scholarship, August 2010 – Present Razorback Scholar-Athlete Award 2011 & 2012 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Academic Honor Roll 2011 & 2012 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities, March 2011 Capped his 2013 indoor season with his first career SEC title on Arkansas’ distance-medley relay Razorbacks’ top performer in the heptathlon at the SEC Championships, finishing third Recipient of the Wooden Citizenship Cup

Makeba Alcide, WTF, Female Athlete of the Year

Collegiate record holder in the pentathlon and multi time NCAA All American plus in the World Championships Set the NCAA record Pentathlon when she scored 4,569 at the 2013 Indoor SEC Championships Four-time SEC Champion Eight time All-American Alcide was also an accomplished high jumper and played a pivotal part in the Razorbacks’ run to the 2013 SEC Indoor Track Championship

Kevin Lazas, MTF, Male Athlete of the Year

2013 Indoor Championships heptathlete Lazas posted a personal-best performance in the 60-meter hurdles, extended his lead with a final clearance of 5.40m/17-8.5 in the pole vault First NCAA event title with a 1,000 meter time of 2:49.00 His score of 6,175 makes Lazas the No. 3 scorer in collegiate history and represents the No. 4 all-time collegiate score Lazas, who entered the championship with a lifetime best of 6,042, set personal bests in four of seven events during the meet Arkansas school record holder

Bailee Zumwalde, GYM, Female Razorback Spirit Award

Bailee is one of the most genuine and school spirited Razorbacks that has ever been in our program. Her daily enthusiasm and passion for her sport, team, program, and the department are unmatched. Bailer’s spirit is not only for her team but also for all teams. She is a regular at other sporting events cheering and supporting her peers. She takes part in any and all community service activities and is always looking for ways to spread Razorback pride. Her positive and infectious attitude has helped our program reach the NCAA Championships in each of her three seasons to date and includes an NCAA Regional Championship and qualification to the Super Six. Bailee has been named Co-Captain by the coaching staff for the 2013-2014 season because of her passion, work ethic, loyalty, and commitment. Captains have not been named for the program since 2006. Bailee has been awarded the Spirit Award in our program for the past three seasons and will most likely have this award named after her at the completion of this season. Zumwalde returns for her fourth season as a Razorback 2nd team All-American on Floor in 2012 Awarded the Gymback spirit Award three years in a row Named to the NACGC/W Academic Team three years in a row Named to the SEC Academic Honor roll three years in a row In 2013, competed in every meet In 2013, set career high on floor of 9.875

Kiero Small, FB, Male Razorback Spirit Award

All-American honors in 2010 Contributor in all 13 contest in 2011 In 2012 suffered a season and potential career ending injury in practice Small was granted a medical red shirt and with his hard work and determination he fully recovered that injury With his leadership on and off the field, Small was voted team captain by him teammates in 2013 Extremely rare in college football, Small has played both offense and defense for the Razorback

Paris Ryder’s Floor Music:

The Coliseum from the Madden NFL video games

Paris’ Tumbling Passes:

1st pass: Round off + whip + double pike

2nd pass: Front handspring + rudi + layout step out

3rd pass: Switch ring leap + Tour jete 1/2

4th pass: Round off + back handspring + 2/1 pike

Paris’ Thoughts On Her Music:"My coaches helped me choose my music, and the second I heard it I loved it," freshman Paris Ryder said. "I just felt like it was the perfect fit for me because it is powerful and strong and I feel my gymnastics has those characteristics as well. Overall, the music fits my personality and my gymnastics well."

@RazorbackMBB Hits Century Mark In Win Over UT MartinPowered by a combined 42 points and 30 rebounds from the frontline of senior Coty Clarke and freshmen Moses Kingsley and Bobby Portis, the Arkansas men’s basketball team shot a blistering 61 percent from the field en route to a start-to-finish 102-56 win over visiting Tennessee-Martin on Thursday night at Bud Walton Arena. Entering as the top scoring team in the SEC and 19th in the nation, the Razorbacks were firing on all cylinders, as they hit the century mark for the second time this season to improve to 8-2 on the season while extending their home win streak to 21 games, good for the fifth-longest current streak in the country. For the full game recap, which includes a photo gallery, recap video, gameday Storify and more, click here.

HOGS WIN!!! Razorbacks take down UT-Martin 102-56 at Bud Walton Arena! pic.twitter.com/t6h11P9Gza

– Razorback Basketball (@RazorbackMBB) December 20, 2013

@RazorbackFB Adds Two Junior College SigneesHead coach @BretBielema announced the signing of two junior college student-athletes yesterday. The Razorbacks have added wide receiver Cody Hollister and offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola. Hollister and Tretola both bring championship experience to the Razorbacks and were full qualifiers coming out of high school. The duo joins other announced early enrollees Chris Murphy, Rafe Peavey and Jared Cornelius who are expected to be on campus in January and participate in spring practice. For more on the newest Razorbacks, click here.

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