Seniors Hunter Vinson and Bailey Pollett will be forever linked with the arrival of a winning Pioneer football team.
“Put those two together and you’ve got a 10-game winning streak,” said Batesville Coach Stuart Smith, the Pioneers’ defensive coordinator.
Vinson, a starter at inside linebacker all season, experienced his breakout game in the 5A-East District opener against the Nettleton Raiders with seven solo stops and four assisted tackles.
Batesville vs. Greenwood
Class 5A State Playoff championship game
Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium
Kickoff • Saturday night 6:30
Reminded of how the Greenwood Bulldogs’ defense shut down the Batesville Pioneers in the 5A semifinals last year, and knowing how this Bulldog defense looks even tougher, Batesville Coach Dave King chuckled and said, “Hopefully, we’re a lot better on offense than we were last year.”
And that’s the common theme: This is another year, another day and another game.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas has leaned heavily on its freshmen through the early part of this season.
On Wednesday, it was time for the upperclassmen to shine.
Mardracus Wade scored a career-high 20 points and Julysses Nobles added 16 to lead Arkansas to a 97-64 win over Mississippi Valley State.
Wade, a sophomore guard, hit seven of 10 field goal attempts. He had 15 points before halftime, helping the Razorbacks to a 47-30 lead at the intermission.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Penske Racing has signed Brad Keselowski and his crew chief to contract extensions after the duo raced to a fifth-place finish in NASCAR’s top series.
Terms of the deals announced today have not been released. Penske says the extensions are for multiple years.
Keselowski just completed his second season with Penske in the Sprint Cup Series. He worked with Wolfe in 2010 to win six races and the Nationwide Series championship, and Wolfe was moved up to the Cup team this season.
CAVE CITY — The usual order of games will change here Friday night when Cave City hosts Newport for homecoming, said Cave City Athletic Director Russell Fowler.
The junior boys will tip off at 5, as originally scheduled, and homecoming ceremonies will follow. After the ceremonies, the senior boys will play. The senior girls game will serve as the nightcap.
Oklahoma Wesleyan Lady Eagles (4-6) vs. Lyon College Scots (6-2), Becknell Gymnasium, 6 p.m.
The Scots edged the Lady Eagles 50-46 when they met in Bartelsville, Okla., on Nov. 19. Keeping the Lady Eagles off the boards is the key, Lyon Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said. “They are something like 14-plus in rebounding advantage average.” Rebecca Shlueter, a 6-foot junior forward-center, and Kayla Oleman, a 6-foot sophomore lead Wesleyan in that category. Freshman point guard Nichole Tate leads the Lady Eagles in scoring.
NEWPORT — The Midland Lady Mustangs will try to add a tournament title to their unbeaten record.
Wednesday night, they defeated the Augusta Lady Red Devils 68-60 in the semifinals of the Medallion Classic.
Saturday evening at 5, the 16-0 Lady Mustangs are slated opposite the Rivercrest Lady Colts in the title game. Rivercrest defeated Cedar Ridge on Tuesday night.
Midland Coach Brandon Gates said the Lady Mustangs never trailed, but it was a struggle. “We would pull out to a 13- to 14-point lead, then Augusta will chip it back down to 6, 7 or eight,” he said.
It’s not news that the Greenwood Bulldogs, best known for their high-scoring offenses, have put together a stifling, takeaway defense — at least to the Batesville Pioneers it’s not.
Remember, the Bulldogs stopped the 2010 Pioneers’ unbeaten run with a 38-13 thumping in Pioneer Stadium. After that semifinal decision, the Bulldogs rallied past the Camden Fairview Cardinals for a 36-35 victory and the school’s fifth football state championship.
NEWARK — The starting time and order of homecoming basketball games here Friday have been adjusted, announced Cedar Ridge Athletic Director Danny Davis.
The Quitman-at-Cedar Ridge junior boys will now tip off at 5 p.m. and be followed, in order, by the homecoming ceremony, the senior boys game and the senior girls contest.
CONCORD — The Midland Lady Mustangs pushed their unbeaten mark to 15-0 with a 62-38 thrashing of the Concord Lady Pirates in a 1A 2-South District contest here Tuesday.
Emma Sellers scored 18 points for the winners. Kerstie Bumpous and Jessica Hertz added 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Midland broke open a close game with a 19-9 advantage in the third quarter.
Kayla Richardson led Concord (5-8, 2-3) with 18 points.
A send-off is scheduled for the Batesville Pioneer football team Saturday afternoon, announced Kim Russell, a member of the Pioneer Booster Club.
The Pioneers are scheduled to board the buses at 12:30 for their trip to Little Rock to face the Greenwood Bulldogs in the Class 5A State Playoffs championship game in War Memorial Stadium. The kickoff is set for 6:30.
Greenwood, the defending state champion, is 13-0 and current champions of the West District. The Pioneers are 11-2, champions of the East District and winners of 10 in a row.
The Lyon College basketball teams shook up two national polls Tuesday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
First, the Scot women got off to a quick start, never let the Columbia Lady Cougars gain a foothold and won 71-59.
In the nightcap, the Scot men rebounded from a slow start, steadily wrested control from the visitors and won going away. The final score: Lyon 78, Columbia 64.
Remember, when these four teams met in Columbia, Mo., back on Nov. 8, the Lady Cougars defeated the Scots 71-53 and the Cougars embarrassed Lyon’s men 93-39.