CONCORD — The Rose Bud Ramblers hit 16 of 18 free throws in the fourth quarter to defeat the Concord Pirates 66-64 and collect the Greers Ferry Lake Classic high school basketball championship here Wednesday night.
“Our free-throw shooting was huge,” Rose Bud Coach Matt Porter said. “We’ve struggled at the free-throw line most of the season. We’ve talked about it, worked on it and tonight it showed. Heck, it won the game for us.”
HARRISON — The Bergman Panthers shot past the Batesville Pioneers in the second half here Tuesday night while posting a 61-52 victory in the consolation semifinals of the Lendel Thomas Classic at Harrison High School’s Spook House.
The Panthers scored the first seven points of the second half, overcoming a 26-22 halftime deficit, and never trailed again.
Bergman’s Matthew Bruce scored 18 of his team-high 22 points in the second half. Trevor Honeycutt added 16. Marcus Montgomery and Kendall Ruff tallied 10 apiece.
JONESBORO (AP) — Brandon Reed scored 14 points and Trey Finn finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds as Arkansas State defeated Central Baptist 98-60 Tuesday night.
Four other players scored in double figures for the Red Wolves (6-5). Jeremy Thomas and Brandon Peterson had 13 apiece while Adam Sterrenberg and Martavius Adams each added 12. Coach John Brady won his 300th career game.
Ryan Barnes scored 16 points to lead the Mustangs (9-7). Batesville graduate Michael Holder and Cedar Ridge graduate Brady Batson added six points each.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AP) — It was around this time last season that Arkansas peaked, thrilling the home fans with victories over Oklahoma and Texas.
Now, the Razorbacks are hoping for a similar run as their nonconference slate draws to a close. Arkansas takes on Baylor tonight, then hosts No. 24 Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday and No. 2 Texas next week.
Cave City linebacker-wingback Thamail Morgan was among 26 players named to the Associated Press Arkansas Football Super Team.
Morgan earned the award for his achievements at the linebacker position. He was credited with 167 tackles. Of those, 36 were behind the line of scrimmage. In addition, Morgan returned two fumbles and two interceptions for touchdowns and recovered a total of four fumbles. He also forced a pair of fumbles.
CONCORD — The Concord Pirates will try to be the first Guard-circulation area high school basketball team to 20 and win a Greers Ferry Lake Classic championship tonight.
The Pirates improved to 19-3 with a 66-61 victory on their homecourt over the Nemo Vista Red Hawks in the nightcap of semifinal action Tuesday.
As usual, they did it with offensive rebounding.
“Normally, that’s the way we go — second and third chances with offensive boards,” Concord Coach Keith Cornett said. “I don’t know who led us in rebounding, but it was between Derek Burnett and Chase Thomas.”
JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State has named Clay Helton as its new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Helton replaces Doug Ruse, who was fired after the Red Wolves finished with a disappointing 4-8 record this season.
Helton has spent the past three years as the University of Memphis’ assistant head coach and offensive quarterbacks coach. He joined the Memphis staff in 2000 as the running backs coach.
Arkansas State Coach Steve Roberts says Helton is “innovative, fast paced and designs ways to get the ball into the hands of the playmakers.”
HARRISON — The Mena Bearcats handed the Batesville Pioneers their sixth straight high school basketball loss here Monday in the opening round of the Lendel Thomas Classic.
Randy Peters and Logan McCourtney scored 18 points apiece to lead the Bearcats to a 64-54 victory. Daniel Wood added 15 points.
Hunter Gallant scored 21 points for the 1-7 Pioneers. Conor Lawrence added 17.
Mena led 30-23 at halftime.
No other details were available at press time.
CONCORD — The results were mixed for the hosts of the Greers Fery Lake Classic here Monday night.
In first-round action, the Concord Pirates defeated the Shirley Blue Devils 76-49 and the Greers Ferry West Side Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Pirates, but a score and details were not available by press time.
Other scores were: boys — Rose Bud 60, Quitman 42; Mount Vernon-Enola 67, Greers Fery 48; Nemo Vista 48, Pangburn 44; girls — Rose Bud 48, Shirley 19; Nemo Vista 52, MV-Enola 28; and Pangburn 61, Quitman 58.
JONESBORO — The defending Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament champions will get a chance to repeat.
The Cave City Cavewomen defeated the Buffalo Island Central Lady Mustangs 58-40 in a semifinal contest here Monday afternoon. It is the fourth straight trip to the championship game for the Cavewomen. The sting of losses to East Poinsett County in 2006 and 2007 was remedied with a win over Rivercrest in last year’s title game.
Early in Houston Nutt’s 28-year coaching career, he stayed at the office until the wee hours, rarely pulling himself away from a busy schedule.
These days the Mississippi coach makes a point of taking a break and requires his assistants to get a physical before every season.
“I try to leave the building for 45 minutes during the day,” the 52-year-old Nutt said in a telephone interview. “I either go home and see my wife or get some fresh air and grab a sandwich. I don’t stay up there ’til 1 o’clock (in the morning) anymore like in my younger days.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Amazing sports moments are often hard to see coming, and that was certainly true in Arkansas this year.
After struggling mightily down the stretch in the regular season, the Arkansas baseball team captivated the state by advancing all the way to the College World Series, then beating Virginia in a stirring elimination game. The Razorbacks tied that game with a home run in the ninth inning, then won it in the 12th to keep their improbable run alive for a little longer.