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 email@example.com
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.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Texas A&M Coach Gary Blair was impressed with University of Arkansas-Little Rock’s Taylor Gault.
The freshman guard totaled 23 points and six rebounds as the Trojans fell to the sixth-ranked Aggies 83-54 on Thursday night.
“She is going to be a great player and will be very good in the Sun Belt Conference,” Blair said.
University of Arkansas-Little Rock Coach Joe Foley was happy with the way his team played against the defending national champions.
JONESBORO (AP) — Trey Finn scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Arkansas State pulled away in the second half for a 63-45 victory against Tennessee-Martin in the Global Sports Invitational on Thursday night.
Marcus Hooten added 13 points for the Red Wolves (1-2), who led by three points at halftime but broke the game open by shooting 59.3 percent (16 for 27) from the field in the second half.
Mike Liabo scored 10 points for the Skyhawks (0-3).
First, Greenbrier Coach Randy Tribble said an emphatic “No,” then he couldn’t help but play around a little with the rumor.
“But tell them he’s going to play and he’s going to throw it 75 times,” he added quickly.
The rumor is that Neal Burcham, the Greenbrier Panthers’ star quarterback, will play Friday night in Pioneer Stadium against the Batesville Pioneers in a Class 5A State Playoff football game.