Hannah Huff and Kandess Pfitzner helped lead the Batesville Lady Pioneers to their first state tournament berth in volleyball, and that’s one of the reasons they are included on the Arkansas Activities Association’s Class 5A All-State roster.
“At the start of the year, we did not have a lot of leaders,” Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said of the seniors. “By the end of the year, they had stepped up and became the leaders we needed. They provided excellent examples for our younger players.”
Cave City’s Rachel Roebuck returned to an all-state volleyball roster after an impressive senior season and Izard County junior Taylor Booth made the Class 3A all-state list in the Lady Cougars’ inaugural season.
Booth recorded 89 kills, 44 aces and 22 assists in only 13 games.
FAYETTEVILLE — Every once in a while, the kind of college student-athlete that books used to fictionalize back in the 1950s and ’60s comes to real life.
One has these past four football seasons at the University of Arkansas and was doubly rewarded for it on Thursday night’s Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
Razorbacks senior tight end D.J. Williams got the Disney Spirit Award as we all knew he would since it was announced weeks ago. And he got the Mackey Award going to the nation’s best tight end as we all hoped he would.
Lyon Coach Brett Parker has resigned after leading the mens soccer program for two seasons, according to a news release from Lyon.
Parker has accepted the same position at Fort Hays State University, a NCAA Division II school in Hays, Kan.
“We hate to lose a good coach,” Athletic Director Kevin Jenkins said. “He did a good job of continuing Jeremy’s (Bishop) success. He did a good job recruiting and had the best record overall and in the conference. He built a good nucleus for the new coach, whoever it may be.”
Jenkins said the search for a replacement has begun.
MORRILTON — The Sacred Heart Lady Rebels shot down the Batesville Lady Pioneers, winning 53-46 in an opener of the Modern Woodman Tournament at Morrilton High School Wednesday afternoon.
The Lady Rebels improved to 15-1. Their one loss was a double overtime decision to the Vilonia Lady Eagles.
The score was tied at 17 at the end of the first quarter. Sacred Heart led 33-30 and 45-37 at the end of the next quarter stops.
Cave City’s boys and Cedar Ridge’s girls were eliminated from the Lyon College Invitational Tournament Wednesday.
The Cavemen, who won the championship last year, were ousted by the Mammoth Spring Bears 58-49. Garrett Wooldridge and Caleb Brown led the Bears with 19 and 18 points, respectively.
Chaz Mathews and Seth Foreman scored 15 points apiece for the Cavemen. Taylor Milligan added five assists for the 4-5 Cavemen.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Montrell Thornton scored a career-high 13 points and Solomon Bozeman added 12 to lead the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans to an 85-58 victory over Philander Smith Panthers on Tuesday night.
Thornton hit six of six shots from the field and one missed free throw away from a perfect shooting night for the Trojans (6-3), who have won three of four and are 5-0 at home.
FAYETTEVILLE — From past experience, and to a lesser extent present experience, these Arkansas Razorbacks know what the Seton Hall Pirates endure with their best player injured and out indefinitely.
Arkansas, 5-1, and Seton Hall, 3-3, meet in tonight’s first game of a SEC-Big East Invitational doubleheader at historic Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky.
ESPN2 televises the 6 p.m. CST Arkansas-Seton Hall game and the Kentucky-Notre Dame game following it.
Batesville Junior Pioneer Tristen Driver recently finished second in the Junior Olympics State Cross Country Championships, earning an invitation to the national event Saturday in Hoover, Ala.
Competing in the 11-12-year-old division of the United States Track and Field event, Driver completed the 3-kilometer course at Rogers High School in 11 minutes, 56.71 seconds, finishing 44 seconds behind Hunter Usdrowski.
Garth Branstetter led the way for Guard-circulation area high school golfers this fall.
To earn his second Arkansas Activities Association all-state honor, the Batesville High senior won the individual title in the Class 5A State Tournament by shooting a 1-over-par 71 at the Paragould Country Club.
Branstetter also won all-state honors as a junior.
This year’s all-state list includes a couple more familiar faces. Izard County’s Preston Harmon and Melbourne’s Brad Lamb also chalked up their second straight all-state honors.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside and Cave City met for the first time as conference basketball rivals Tuesday night and Cave City won two of three Class 4A-2 District games.
The Southerners were 49-48 winners in the nail-biting nightcap. The lead changed hands several times in the last two minutes. Chaz Mathews put the Cavemen ahead 48-47 with a layup with 30 seconds remaining.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Auburn Offensive Coordinator Gus Malzahn won the annual Broyles Award given to the nation’s top college assistant coach on Monday.
Malzahn is also the quarterbacks coach for the top-ranked Tigers, who will play for the national championship next month against Oregon.
“I feel like this is an award that all of the offensive coaches had a part in winning,” Malzahn said. “The coaches and the players have worked very hard this season and they all share in this award.”