Zone Contributors

 

Chris Kane

 Chris is a Little Rock native who currently anchors Daybreak at Channel 7. He returned home to The Natural State in 2010 to join the Channel 7 Sports team and moved to Daybreak a year later.

Chris was born in Little Rock and moved to Jacksonville, FL when he was ten years old. With his parents both attending the University of Arkansas, Chris is a lifelong Razorback fan and is thrilled to be able to cover his favorite team.

While in Florida, he attended Bishop Kenny High School and went on to graduate from the University of Central Florida with a Radio/Television Degree.

Before becoming Weekend Sports Anchor, Chris was hosting FLW College Fishing on VS. Network with Jason Harper from 2009-10. During this time he was able to travel the country hosting different fishing tournaments and was able to learn how to ad-lib on the spot during the shows. He says this time was an amazing experience being able to learn from Jason and work with some of the most genuine people in the world.

Although he joined the station officially in 2010, Chris completed 3 internships at KATV in the Sports Department and learned "more than I could ever imagine" from Steve Sullivan and Dale Nicholson.

As far as Daybreak goes, there is not a better crew around. Chris says the hardest part of the morning is the drive to work(alone). Once at the station, the time in the morning FLIES BY! From the crew behind the scenes, to co-hosts Melinda and Alyson, work is truly fun in morning.

When he is not at the station he enjoys being with family, playing/watching sports(football, basketball, baseball) and wakeboarding(In AR) & surfing(when in FL). Chris also loves to go and relax on the beautiful lakes around the state.

Follow Chris on Twitter @Chris_Kane7

 

Christina Lecuyer

Amateur Profile

Unlike most golfers competing at a high level, Christina was a late-comer to the sport. She did not play any competitive junior golf before graduating high school. This certainly wasn’t due to a lack of exposure to the game; Christina’s father, Tony Lecuyer, has long been one of Alberta’s biggest names in golf. Her two younger brothers were also two of Canada’s best amateurs. Ryan won the 2003 Canadian Junior Boys’ Championship, and Steven recently won the 2010 Alberta Amateur, coming back from an 8-shot deficit. He is currently the #1 player for Christina's alma mater, the University of Central Arkansas.

Despite her focus on academics and other sports, Christina certainly picked up the game quickly. She won the first golf tournament she had ever entered, the 2002 Edmonton Ladies Amateur Championship at the “advanced” age of 19. Several other top finishes in Edmonton and Alberta tournaments attracted the attention of numerous college recruiters. In 2003, Christina, along with her brother Ryan, enrolled at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR. 

College Profile

Christina had an outstanding collegiate career, both on the golf course and in the classroom. She won five collegiate tournaments and had 24 Top Ten finishes, earning 1st Team All Conference honors from 2003-2006 and twice being recognized as the Southland Conference Golfer of the Week. She was also a 2-time All-American honorable mention. Even with all these athletic accomplishments Christina was an even better performer in the classroom, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2007 with a GPA of 3.90 and a degree in Business Administration. In 2006, ESPN selected Christina as Second Team Academic All-American.

Professional Profile

After wrapping up her collegiate career in 2003, Christina focused her attention on the professional circuit. She has played various mini-tours since 2007, including the Duramed Futures Tour, CN Canadian Women's Tour, the Cactus Tour and various state opens across the USA. Christina has been featured on the Golf Channel's Big BreakSeries twice, coming out on the winning end in 2010. In 2012, she co-hosted Tour Academy Home Edition, a revolutionary teaching DVD with 1991 British Open Winner and CBS commentator Ian Baker-Finch.

Christina has now turned her attention to the corporate side of golf, being hired by world-renowned corporations to entertain clients. There is nothing that the future doesn't hold for this talent.

Follow Christina on Twitter @clecuyergolf

Jim Harris

 Jim Harris is the former editor of ArkansasSports360.

He has covered Arkansas sports for decades at papers including the Pine Bluff Commercial and the Arkansas Gazette

He a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA).

Jim is also in search of the best gumbo.

Follow Jim on Twitter @jimharris360


Phil Elson

Voice of the Travs

 The 2012 season is Phil's 12th behind the Traveler's microphone. He joined the club before the 2001 season as the full time home-and-road broadcaster in Travs history. Besides being responsible for all media relations, stat work and broadcasting, Phil maintains the Travs' new website, is available as a speaker for civic groups and serves as an account executive.

Phil, 35, has 17 seasons of experience in professional baseball, including 14 years on the radio. Phil has also worked for baseball teams in Stockton, Calif; Ogden; Utah; Helena, Mont; Akron, Ohio; Pittsburgh and Fayetteville, NC. He was voted the 2009 Arkansas Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Besides the Travs, Phil also calls radio play-by-play for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans women's and men's basketball teams along with Henderson State University football and is a professional voice-over actor.

Phil was born and raised in Pittsburgh and counts the Pirates, Steelers, Penguins and Pitt Panthers as his teams.

Phil and his wife Julie met at Ray Winder Field on the last day of the 2001 season. The couple lives in Little Rock with their daughter, Sadie, and are expecting their first son in May 2012.

Follow Phil on Twitter @ElsonPhil

  


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