Sports: Pandemic, pregnancy make for interesting season at Maumelle

Hudsyn De Los Santos

Maumelle has only managed to get one game in this month, a 43-40 loss to Hot Springs on Dec. 19 but it has been one eventful season for first-year coach Calli De Los Santos.
Now on maternity leave, De Los Santos gave birth to Hudsyn on Dec. 13 and De Los Santos, and her husband, Gavin, couldn’t be happier.
“We are so excited about her being here,” De Los Santos said.
This is De Los Santos’s first season at Maumelle and was previously a 7th and 8th grade coach at Sylvan Hills Middle School.

A native of Fort Smith, De Los Santos, nee White, played high school basketball at Southside for her mother Sherry, and then at Missouri Kansas City season for two seasons before ending her college career at Arkansas Tech, where she started 48 games for the Golden Suns as a 5-foot-8 guard.

De Los Santos said Hudsyn was expected to be more of a Christmas baby.

“She came a couple of weeks early,” De Los Santos said. “She weighed 6 lbs 13 oz and was 20 inches long!”
Gavin, her dad, was a 6-foot-3 All-American offensive lineman at Harding University in Searcy, and is now coaching at Conway High School.
As for the basketball team, De Los Santos is still keeping up with what she calls the Hornets No. 1 fan.
James Pearson is serving as interim coach for Maumelle and has the team at 2-3 with one more game in 2020 left and a trip to El Dorado on Dec. 29.
League action begins in 2021 with a trip to Beebe on Jan. 5 and then a home game against Parkview in the brutal 5A-Central.