WASHINGTON — It’s advice that sounds like heresy on the gridiron: Go for it on fourth down. Try more onside kicks. Running backs don’t matter much.
But to stats geeks, this is the gospel from the spreadsheets.
The number-savvy economists, statisticians and refugees from Wall Street who revolutionized much of baseball in a way celebrated in the book and movie “Moneyball” are aiming their calculators at football.
Charlie Spoonhour won big wherever he went, and left ‘em all smiling.
The popular, homespun coach who put Missouri State on the map with five NCAA tournament appearances and led Saint Louis to three more, died Wednesday after a 2-year battle with a lung disease. He was 72.
“Charlie was one of a kind,” Missouri Valley Conference Commissioner Doug Elgin said. “He was magnetic, charismatic. Just an unforgettable character.”
WYNNE — The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers seventh-grade girls defeated their basketball counterparts 36-16 here Tuesday.
Hayley Cormican led the winners with 13 points. Kate Stroud added 11.
In games played Saturday in Mountain View, the local seventh-graders defeated the home team 35-10 and the eighth-grade girls won 34-2. Cormican scored 14 for the younger team. Summer Strecker and Haley Cole scored eight points apiece for the winning eighth-graders.
This report was inadvertently omitted from Wednesday’s edition.
JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State University announced the signings of 27 high school and junior college players.
The class is the first under new Red Wolves Coach Gus Malzahn. ASU went 10-3 and won the Sun Belt Conference last season.
Malzahn, an Arkansas native, relied heavily on his roots, particularly with a pair of transfers — running back Michael Dyer and offensive lineman Travis Bodenstein. Dyer transferred from Auburn, where Malzahn was the offensive coordinator, while Bodenstein left Kansas for the Red Wolves.
3 — at Oklahoma Wesleyan
4 — at Oklahoma Wesleyan, doubleheadeer
7 — Evangel, doubleheader
11 — Hillsdale Baptist, doubleheader
12 — Hillsdale Baptist
14 — at Henderson State
18 — Saint Francis, doubleheader
19 — Saint Francis, doubleheader
21 — Williams Baptist, doubleheader
24 — Hannibal-LaGrange
25 — Hannibal-LaGrange, doubleheader
2 — Bethel
3 — Bethel, doubleheader
5 — vs. Spring Hill in Mobile
6 — vs. Spring Hill in Mobile
Lyon College baseball Coach Tony Roepcke wouldn’t give the particulars of what is written on the back of the Scots’ practice jerseys, but it does reflect a revived commitment, he said.
“I asked the guys to not reveal the words, but, yes, it’s like a team motto, we hope it’s motivational and it is about our players taking ownership and being responsible for this team,” Roepcke said of the letters O.W.N.E.R.
TUNICA, Miss. — In only her sixth professional boxing match, Batesville’s Kristen “TNT” Treadway defeated veteran Savanna Hill in “Fights at the Fitz” here Saturday night, according to a news release from Brandon Foster.
Treadway’s record is 5-0 with one draw after being awarded a unanimous decision over Hill in a 6-rounder. Hill has fought 19 professional matches.
The match was one of five in the Grand Ballroom at Fitzgerald’s Hotel & Casino. Kamil Laszcyk won the featured match, defeating Samuel Sanchez in another 6-round unanimous decision.
VIOLA — Jacob Roark scored his second straight 40-point effort as the Concord Pirates defeated the Viola Longhorns 89-81 in a non-conference meeting.
Roark hit for 40 points, five days after scoring 41 in a victory over the West Side Greers Ferry Eagles.
Ryan Cornelison added 21 points and Ethan Hebert provided 11 for the winners.
Austin Gardner led Viola with 26 points.
The Lady Longhorns defeated the Lady Pirates 63-49. Molly Jefferson scored 15 points in the loss.
A score and details for the junior boys game were not available at press time.
The tempo was up and Batesville Pioneer basketball teams went down in Pioneer Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
The Forrest City Lady Mustangs outscored the Lady Pioneers 17-2 during the first four minutes of the third quarter, overcoming a halftime deficit and paving the way to a 69-58 victory in 5A-East District play.
In the nightcap, the Mustangs used a flurry of turnovers and some sharp shooting to score the first 12 points, then withstood a couple of Pioneer charges to post a 61-43 victory.
CAVE CITY — Kody White, a 3-year starter at tight end for the Cave City Cavemen, signed a national letter of intent to attend Arkansas Tech and play football for the Wonder Boys this morning during a ceremony in the high school gymnasium, announced Cave City Coach Jon Bradley.
White, a 6-foot-6, 260-pounder, started three seasons for the Cavemen and was honorably mentioned to the 4A-2 All-District teams the past two seasons. White holds the school records for pass receptions (49) and receiving yards (928).
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas pitcher Nolan Sanburn has been named to the watch list for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award.
Officials said Tuesday the sophomore is one of 45 pitchers on the watch list for the award, which honors the nation’s top relief pitcher.
Sanburn led the Razorbacks with eight saves last season, which ranked sixth in the Southeastern Conference. He finished his rookie season with a 2-4 record and a 3.62 ERA.