Astate Women’s Soccer


Briana Williams is the member of women’s Soccer in Arkansas State University. She plays positions of defender. She is senior. Her hometown is Clinton, Maryland. Her high School is North Point High School. She went to College of Southern Maryland. Her major is Sports Management.

She was a four-year varsity starter at North Point High School. She helped led her school to the 2013 Southern Maryland Athletic Conference co-championship. She earned 2012 all-county first-team and all-SMAC first-team accolades a 2013 all-county and all-SMAC first-team honoree. She played one season at the College of Southern Maryland where she helped lead the team to a 14-0 record a District L Championship and the Region XX Championship, and participated in the national tournament.

Her sophomore year in Astate, she appeared in 14 games scored the first goal of her A-State career. She played total 377 minutes on the year.

Her junior year, she played and started in all 18 matches and exclusively on the defensive back line. She finished her career with one goal and four career shots.


Women’s Soccer (Briana Williams)


For more information;

:US Soccer History

:US Women’s National Soccer team

:Fox Sports(Soccer)

:Top Females Players Accuse U.S Soccer of Age Discrimination

:NCAA; Astate Women’s Soccer

:U.S Women’s Soccer Players Fight for Equal Pay



Arkansas State Women’s Bowling: A Perennial Powerhouse

One of the most distinguished sports teams on the campus of Arkansas State University is the women’s bowling team. Although not highly publicized, Arkansas State Women’s bowling team has become a perennial national championship contender under the instruction and tutelage of head coach, Justin Kostick. Under Kostick, Arkansas State Women’s bowling team has a record of 578 wins and 237 losses, accumulating a 71% winning percentage. The women’s bowling team has developed a winning pedigree, as the team has made nine straight NCAA championship appearances, and has recorded two national semi-finalist finishes in the NCAA tournament. The team’s success speaks for itself, as Justin Kostick has been named NTCA Coach of the Year three times at Arkansas State, which Coach Kostick says is all due to him having great players over the years. Kostick says “The one thing as a coach is you’re just kind of here to guide, but if you don’t have really good players, you can’t win awards like that. A lot of that is a testament of those coach of the years, were we ranked #1 going into the national championship, two out of the three years, and the other year we were second, but we were number one most of the year. A lot of that is attributed to having really good high quality players”. The team has recruited successfully, as they have received high quality players from all over the United States, most significantly developing a pipeline to the state of Michigan. So far this season, the team has compiled a record of 18 wins and 7 losses, with the team’s highest finish being 2nd place in the Wildcat Invitational tournament, hosted in Orlando Florida.

Although many don’t consider bowling a sport, it takes tremendous skill, technique, and mental toughness. Collegiate bowlers are often required to perform under pressure in intense moments when games are close. Thus, bowling players are subjected to similar high pressure situations as sports that are highly respected, such as baseball and basketball. As Coach Justin Kostick puts it, “The mental game is a big factor [in bowling]. You have to be able to quiet your mind. Bowling is very similar to shooting a free throw in basketball”. Women’s collegiate bowling is becoming more popular every year, as there is up to 80 teams in NCAA bowling currently, and there are 6 schools with FBS football, including Arkansas State, that have a women’s bowling team. In collegiate bowling, in order to make the NCAA tournament, the teams must receive an at-large bid; meaning that 8 teams with the best overall records make the tournament to compete for a national championship. In bowling, there are scholarships awarded for players, however the NCAA has two ways of distributing financial aid. Either the NCAA can allow a school to give head count scholarships, meaning a full ride or nothing, or equivalency scholarships, where a program can split up the scholarships however they want amongst the players. Currently Arkansas State has 5 equivalency scholarships, as the program is fully funded with financial aid, with 5 being the maximum amount of scholarships a NCAA bowling team can receive. Women’s bowling is the only form of collegiate bowling sanctioned and funded by the NCAA, as men’s bowling only occurs at the collegiate level in the form of a club sport. Last year’s team amassed 76 total wins, and a total of nine all-tournament player selections throughout the 2014-15 season. Moreover, the highest win total that A-State’s women’s bowling team has ever received is  98 wins, which occurred in the 2013-2014 season, where A-State saw its program atop two consecutive national polls as the number one team in the country for the very first time. Arkansas State competes in the Southland bowling conference with 2 other universities; Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin State University.

Local fans of A-State women’s bowling have a few chances to catch the team in action, as they have a host tournament, that takes place in Jonesboro, Arkansas from January 13th through the 15th, as well as the conference tournament that takes place in March. Arkansas State Women’s bowling team practices and competes at the Hijinx Family Entertainment Center at 3102 Shelby Dr, Jonesboro, AR 72404.

This blog was written by Malcolm R. Miller

Links for additional information about Arkansas State Women’s bowling team

A-State’s Jordan Richard named SBL Bowler of the Month

A-State finishes third at tournament in Houston, Texas

A-State finishes Runner-Up at Wildcat Invitational

Biography of Head Coach Justin Kostick

A-State Women’s Bowling Roster

Soundcloud Links to Audio Recordings from Interview with Team

Interview with Arkansas State Women’s Head bowling coach Justin Kostick

Interview with Arkansas State Senior Women’s bowler Samantha Wallace

Interview with Arkansas State Freshman Bowler Julia Huren


Jordan Richard attempts to get a strike


The women’s bowler’s practicing different techniques to get a high score


Senior Brooke Wood concentrates on her lane as she prepares to bowl


Kayla Emmendorfer and Nicole Mikaelian prepare to approach the bowling lanes


A-State women’s bowler practices the proper stance that helps for a great release


Junior bowling player, Haley Richard prepares for her release


Nicole Mikaelian attempts to pick up the spare


A-State’s Head Coach, Justin Kostick, polishes the bowling ball for his players


Coach Kostick instructs his players on what to do next during practice


Jordan Kasza aims to complete the spare



Webster defines volleyball as a “game in which two teams of players, usually six on each side, hit a large ball back and forth used to play volleyball. Yet, those who play the seemingly easy sport may have a deeper and more complex meaning to this game in which they love. A game that has taught them important life lessons, how to fight through the ups and downs of injuries, understand self-doubt, and ultimately the game of volleyball is not life but a means to glorify something that’s bigger than themselves and even the fame.

The A-State volleyball team has had a really trying season. Coming back from a conference title last year, they entered this season with a new dynamic. News faces and new challenges, while also experiencing some new defeats. Having to deal with all of these things that come with a new season, some players have seen little playing time. They have watched their Howling crowd’s game attendance drop drastically. Yet, they still have the drive to keep going. Coming off a high this past weekend by setting a school record by sweeping their 8th straight opponent . They are now faced with the last regular season home game coming up this Saturday ,seniors are beginning to face the reality that there just maybe life after volleyball. So what exactly is volleyball, what is it that’s keeping them motivated?

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Red Wolves Gameday: Dance Team Edition

Here at Arkansas State, we pride ourselves on being passionate about our university and all of our athletic programs. This is the time of year where our spirit is put on full display.

Fall Saturday’s, Thursday’s, Tuesday’s and even Wednesday’s are for A-State football. One of the traditions at Arkansas State is the Red Wolf Walk.

Coach Blake Anderson and his team take a stroll down through “Tailgate City” and greet fans on their way into Centennial Bank Stadium. Surrounding the team are members of the A-State Cheer Squad and Dance Team.

This led me to think about what all goes into the day as a member of one of these spirit squads. Luckily for me, I was able to catch up with Red Wolves freshman dancer Ellie Stafford and in the interview below, she takes you inside a gameday from the cheering perspective.


Never looking back

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Ty Robbinson is a 6 foot 4 decathlete from Little Rock Arkansas and a member of Arkansas State’s Track and Field team. This First-year student-athlete is focused on school, athletics, family, and life. He is a multi-events athlete, meaning he does many events at track meets, including the 100, 110 hurdles, the 400, 1500, and much more!

Originally Ty is from Austin Texas but was born in Little Rock. In a recent interview, he told how big of an impact his family had on his life and how they inspired him to keep going and never give up in life! He aspires to become a conference champion while he is still here at Arkansas State. However, his schooling comes first ahead of athletics.

interview with Ty Robbinson

Ty told me outside of the interview that he’d one day like to become an Olympic athlete. Ty hasn’t always done track and field, he played for the varsity basketball team in high school! He has two main role models in his life his nana and Ashton Eaton, a track and field decathlete and two-time U.S. Olympian.


-courtesy of Ty Robbinson

Track and field are two sports that oftentimes goes overlooked in the United States.  However, there are a lot of people who participate in the activities done. These activities give plenty of opportunities to succeed in life. So even though some sports go “under the radar” you can still live a very successful life if you just keep moving and never look back!



A-State Shooting Sports

Have you ever been a member of a team that competes in national tournaments, but never practices? Hayden Zirbel is a member of one of those teams. That team is the A-State Shooting Sports Team.

Zirbel is a senior interdisciplinary studies major from Jonesboro. Zirbel has a passion for the sport and got involved at a young age. He started out competing with the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program in high school. Zirbel was competitive at this program and as he grew older began to compete more in the Amateur Trapshooting Association. As he transitioned into college at A-State, he became involved with the shooting sports team. He has competed in national tournaments and has brought back national titles to A-State.

The A-State Shooting Sports team competes annually in the spring at the ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championships. This is a week-long competition held in San Antonio, TX. A-State has won 5 National Titles at this event.

Practice is key to these events. This team rarely practices as a team, so each member is responsible for practicing before the event.

Zirbel says that there is a competitive aspect to the sport, but ultimately they are there to have fun doing what they love.

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For more information

A-State Club Sports

ACIU Competition

Amateur Trap Shooting Association

Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program

National Shooting Sports Foundation

“Future Olympic Athlete”


Cristian Ravar Ladislau won the competition.

Cristian Ravar Ladislau

He is the member of Track and Field in Arkansas State University. He was born on October 3, 1995 in Amposta, SpainHe is from Spain. He plays track and field. His profession and educational background are hammer throw and shot put. He play 8 years track and field and 10 years swimming. Sports participated in swimming, track and field, soccer, and basketball. Years in current sport is 8 years track and field. 

Interview Questions.

  •  What is your biggest accomplishment in your sports?

Spanish champion, American track and field championships, and international meetings.

  • What one or two things do you currently do in your training that are keys to your success?

Practice the technique every day and work to improve the strength lifting weights.

  • What would be your ultimate achievement?

Olympic games 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

  • How do you set your goals?

Determination and perseverance makes me set my goals and then is when I have to work hard to achieve those goals.

  • What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?

Weight lifting is a big challenge for me because every day I use to lift heavy weights and that requires focus during the whole training. Also, it is a big challenge the hammer throw technique because it is really complex and requires a lot of years to improve it.

  • What is your diet like?

I usually eat different kinds of meat, like steaks, chicken, fish, etc. Also, a lot of vegetables and fruits, drink water every day and also I drink protein supplements to help the muscle growth.


  • Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by?

It is important to know that even if I have a really hard practice or a hard day, I don’t have to give up. Determination is the key of success and if someone wants to succeed that person needs to pass from a kind of pain to achieve the ultimate goal.

  • Why he decided to come to United states to play hammer throw?

I came to the U.S. because the throwing coach of Arkansas State University’s track and field team offered me a full scholarship to be able to study a degree and also, training to get a better athlete.

  •  What is difference between American university and Spain’s university?

The biggest difference is that American universities are much bigger than the Spanish universities because American colleges have really big campus. Also, in Spain the universities are much cheaper than in America; 6 years ago before the economic crises in Spain the public universities were free.

The facilities in America are much better and it is easier to train and study at the same time, but in Spain if you are in a university it is really hard to train because the time of the classes are longer and also, the facilities are far from the university.




Practice the technique every day


“Future Olympic Athlete”


                                         work to improve the strength lifting weights.


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