John Brown, UA Teams Win Big at Governor's Cup

by Mark Carter  on Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2012 3:39 pm  

"It's fantastic, again, to see such a variety of concepts and the breadth of the schools involved," he said.

Amerine praised the recent dominance of teams from John Brown, a private, Christian school in Siloam Springs of about 2,000 students.

Governor's Cup semifinalists and finalists represented the following schools: Arkansas, John Brown, Harding, ASU, the University of Central Arkansas, Ouachita Baptist University, Hendrix College, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of the Ozarks.

The Tri-State Governor's Cup (consisting of teams from Arkansas, Oklahoma and Nevada because that's where the Donald W. Reynolds media empire once thrived) is set for May 22-24. Arkansas teams historically have fared well there. Simpler Solutions, Hydrovate, Boston Mountain and SpatiaLink will represent Arkansas this year.

UA startup mentor Carol Reeves, who has become something of a legendary figure in her field, believes all the Arkansas teams will represent the state well. Of her UA teams, she said the expectation now is to win.

"In national competitions, they'll post brackets like the basketball tournaments," she said. "People used to see Arkansas in a bracket and think they could easily advance. Now, they see Arkansas and think, 'Oh, no.'"



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