BEEBE — The Mountain Home Junior Bombers won 47-34 here Saturday night, collecting the Centennial Bank Junior High Tournament basketball title and handing the Batesville Junior Pioneers their first loss.
Mountain Home led 10-9, 26-14 and 31-24 at the quarter breaks.
“Mountain Home’s got a good team, but it was closer than the final score indicates,” Batesville Coach Kelly Rush said. “With about three minutes left we got to within three and then we missed four straight free throws. We were two for 10 from the free-throw line. They were 13 of 15.”
HIGHLAND — Southside won three of the four games they played here Saturday in the Highland Classic.
The Southerners thrashed the Izard County Cougars 62-35, the Lady Southerners won 65-41 over the Lady Cougars and the Junior Lady Southerners downed the Hillcrest Junior Lady Screamin’ Eagles 47-25.
For the Southerners, Kevin Jackson scored 18 points while hitting 10 of 10 free throws. Colby Sutton added 15 points, and Stephen Norris and Logan Brown each contributed three assists.
The Victory University Eagles outscored the Lyon College Scots 19-5 in the last six minutes to collect an 84-75 victory Saturday afternoon in Becknell Gymnasium.
The men’s team from Memphis improved to 6-1. The Scots fell to 3-3.
The score was tied at 40 going into the second half.
No surprise the Batesville Pioneers are in the Class 5A State Playoff high school football semifinals.
A little surprised at how the Pioneers’ ninth straight win went down.
Those were two observations by Batesville Coach Dave King after the Pioneers defeated the Greenbrier Panthers 16-6 in a quarterfinal playoff game Friday night in Pioneer Stadium.
NEWARK — Cedar Ridge and Southside split a couple of close junior high basketball games here Thursday night.
Led by Cade Crabtree’s 24 points and Zach Powell’s 11 rebounds, the Junior Timberwolves improved to 6-1 with a 34-32 decision.
Luc Ried scored 14 points for the 2-3 Junior Southerners.
The Junior Lady Southerners won 24-21 as McKenzie King and Kenzie Batterton scored 10 apiece for 3-2 Southside.
Shana Butler scored nine points for Cedar Ridge.
The high school junior varsity teams also split.
SOUTHSIDE — Registration and evaluations for participants in the Top Flight Youth Basketball League are scheduled for Sunday at Southside High School, announced David Brogdon.
The Junior NBA and WNBA Leagues are for boys and girls in grades third through sixth from any school in the area. The registration fee is $35.
After registering, players will be evaluated and placed in leagues and on teams appropriate to their skill levels.
For more information, contact Brogdon at (870) 613-5637 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
BEEBE — Batesville collected two basketball victories here Thursday night in the Centennial Bank Junior High Preseason Tournament.
The Junior Pioneers improved to 2-0 and moved into the championship game with a 49-32 decision over the Searcy Lion Cubs. Batesville is scheduled to take on Mountain Home in the title game Saturday night at 7:15.
The visitors in this basketball homecoming were pretty rude to their hosts.
The University of Arkansas-Monticello Boll Weevils thrashed the Lyon College Scots 95-86 in a non-conference basketball game in Becknell Gymnasium Thursday night.
This was the first time the two have played since their days in the old Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference.
The Weevils hit 20 of 34 shots from the field in the first half, including nine of 18 from 3-point range, and led 52-25 at halftime.
Pioneers picked by one over Greenbrier Panthers; Northwest schoolboys lead way in Class 7A state playoffs again
FAYETTEVILLE — If the Class 7A state playoffs have a familiar feel to them, it’s with good reason.
And that feeling could become even more familiar next week — if the remaining four 7A-West Conference teams win this week.
Bentonville, Fort Smith Southside, Fayetteville and Springdale Har-Ber each reached the semifinals last season, with Bentonville eventually defeating Fayetteville in the championship game. All four are still alive in this week’s quarterfinals, and a member from the conference has won the last six straight titles.
FAYETTEVILLE — Bobby Petrino wasn’t about to complain about having the top offense in the Southeastern Conference — at least not directly.
However, the Arkansas coach — and noted offensive perfectionist — indirectly did just that this week about the team’s early season performance while praising the recent results of the No. 6 Razorbacks (9-1, 5-1 SEC).
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State University women’s basketball Coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna were killed when the single-engine plane they were riding in during a recruiting trip crashed near a wildlife management area in central Arkansas.
The university said the pair died in the crash Thursday night near Perryville, about 45 miles west of Little Rock. The Winona Wildlife Management Area is in steep terrain in the eastern Ouachita Mountains, but a cause of the crash was not announced.