LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A heart condition that likely was undiagnosed killed the University of Arkansas football player who was found unconscious in his dorm room over the weekend, a coroner said Tuesday.
Washington County coroner Roger Morris said that to the best of his knowledge, Garrett Uekman’s condition, called cardiomyopathy, was not previously detected. In the condition, the heart becomes enlarged.
Pioneer fans are getting very familiar with this little bit of Thanksgiving tradition.
Batesville High School Coach Dave King announced that the Pioneers are inviting all their fans to join them in Pioneer Stadium Thursday morning at 9 for doughnuts, hot cider and coffee, and to watch what is the Pioneers’ usual Thursday afternoon walk-through practice.
White Hall Coach Mike Vaughn hesitated, then admitted he’s never seen anything like these blossoming Bulldogs.
After a 0-3 start, when the Bulldogs were outscored by an average score of 26-7, they won nine straight and the 5A-Southeast District title while outscoring their opponents by an average of 38-11.
“No, I’ve never had a team do anything like this,” the veteran head coach said. “Now, I’ve had some teams lose the first couple of games and then come back and make the playoffs, and I’ve also had teams that went 3-0 and then not make the playoffs. But this, no.
Mountain Home Lady Bombers (0-0) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (0-2), Pioneer Gymnasium, 6 p.m.
The Lady Bombers return 5-foot-11 center Katie Katler and 5-11 guard Nicole Bolt, all-state selections from a team that went 22-6 and lost to Texarkana on a last-second shot in the quarterfinals of the Class 6A State Tournament. Bolt, who’s recovering from a knee injury, will not play tonight, Mountain Home Coach Dell Leonard said. Among other regulars from last year’s winning squad are Anna Floyd and Sam Conner.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes collected 25 first-place medals here Saturday in the Heber Springs Fall Invitational, an indoor season-opening swim meet.
Anthony Sonnier, an 8-year-old, and 11-year-old Seth Bailey led the way with six individual victories apiece. Thomas Sonnier, 10, wasn’t far behind with five.
Because points were not recorded for individuals, Coach David Sonnier said he wasn’t sure if the Torpedoes won the team title.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Mountain Home junior basketball teams held sway over Batesville here Monday.
Two days after defeating them in a tournament in Beebe, they did it again as the Junior Bombers thrashed the Junior Pioneers 43-23 and the Junior Lady Bombers held off the Junior Lady Pioneers 29-21.
In the opener, Sarah Hayes scored 11 points for Batesville.
Coach Tim Palmer said the Junior Lady Pioneers played much better than they did while losing 37-5 to the Baxter County team on Saturday.
CONWAY — The Southside Lady Southerners handed the St. Joseph Lady Bulldogs their first loss of the basketball season here Monday night.
Led by Ashlynne King’s 13 points and three steals, the Lady Southerners won 44-43. St. Joseph hit a 3-point shot with six seconds to play to close the gap to one.
Southside improved to 3-0. St. Joseph fell to 8-1.
Morgan Case added nine points for Southside.
The Bulldogs edged the Southerners 49-45.
Tanner Ring, Batesville High senior and returning Class 5A All-State pitcher-shortstop for the Pioneers, recently signed a national letter of intent to play for Arkansas State.
This afternoon at 3:30, a ceremony recognizing Ring and his decision to accept a scholarship from ASU will be held in the high school cafeteria, announced Mark Rush, Pioneer baseball coach.
While helping the Pioneers to a 20-7 record and a state tournament berth this past spring, Ring posted a 9-2 pitching record and a 1.23 earned-run average as he struck out 103 and walked just 15 in 68.2 innings.
Dezmond Stegall did it to the Pioneers again.
Monday night in Pioneer Gymnasium, the 6-foot-2 senior guard jumped up just in front of the Searcy bench and launched a 3-point shot that hit nothing but net with less than a second to play.
With that, the Lions won 43-42 in their basketball season opener and the Batesville Pioneers’ home opener.
In a recent Guard, incorrect information was published about a Batesville High football record.
Tim Hughes set the record at 4,172 yards during the 2008 season. Jordan Childress, a Pioneer junior, is second on the career list with 3,687 (See related story on page 14).
NEWPORT — Billy Whitehead, Don Holcomb and Mike Tarr led the way at Speedy’s Drag Strip here Nov. 13.
Whitehead beat Steve Simpson across the line in the Street division. Gary Spicer placed third.
Holcomb won the Footbrake class. Spicer and Jim Roach placed second and third, respectively.
In the Super Pro division, Tarr was followed by Scott Watts, William Runyan and Norman Quinn.
Searcy Lady Lions (0-1) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (0-1), Pioneer Gymnasium, 6 p.m.
The Lady Lions fell last week at home to the Nettleton Lady Raiders in a season opener. “We got beat pretty handily, but the kids never gave up, This bunch plays with a lot of heart,” Searcy Coach Michelle Birdsong said. Point guard Brittnee Broadway is the only starter returning from a team the went 16-14 last season, but Mercedes Whiney and shooting guard McKenna Smith have joined her as go-to players, Searcy’s coach said.