Ready or not, college baseball season is here.
The Lyon College Scots are scheduled to begin their 2011 campaign Tuesday when they host College of the Ozarks.
The doubleheader is set for a noon start and will begin a 10-game homestand for Lyon.
That is, if the weather cooperates. Sixteen of the Scots’ first 21 games are scheduled for home, but Coach Tony Roepcke and crew found out all too well last season that schedules and Mother Nature don’t always get along.
Snow and freezing rain that fell over portions of eastern Arkansas resulted in the postponement of some high school basketball games, including 5A-East District contests Batesville-at-Wynne and Forrest City-at-Beebe.
The games in Wynne were moved to tonight and will include only varsity games. The senior girls are set to tip off at 6.
The games in Beebe have been rescheduled for Feb. 9.
The Batesville Area Athletic Hall of Fame will cover all seasons with its 19th induction ceremony on Feb. 12 at Western Sizzlin’ Restaurant.
Inductees Kim George Robinson, the late Kevin Wade Johnson and Dan Wright excelled in five sports during their high school and collegiate days, and Wright continued on into the professional ranks.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Southside Lady Southerners collected a key win here Tuesday night when they edged the Heber Springs Lady Panthers 38-34 in a Class 4A-2 District contest.
Heber Springs entered the contest in sole possession of first place in the conference standings. Now it shares the top spot with Clinton, each at 7-2.
Mary Clark is the new Ms. Hollywood Bowl.
Clark won the title Saturday when she defeated Nicki Sharp 220-174 in the championship game.
Sharp (718) and Clark (686) were joined by Cheryl Lewis (685), Gina Mynatt (680) and Nancy Crossey (674) as the top five qualifiers in the opening round of 19. They advanced to a stair-step elimination round.
Mynatt defeated Cossey 236-162 in the first stair-step game. Mynatt defeated Lewis 247-191 before being eliminated by Clark in a thriller, 251-250. Clark advanced to the championship with the win over Mynatt.
NEWPORT — The Newport Greypups outscored the Batesville Junior Pioneers in overtime in a big way here Monday night for a 54-44, nonconference basketball victory.
The Junior Pioneers rallied in the fourth quarter, tying the score at 41 at the end of regulation. The Greypups led 10-8 at the end of the first quarter, Batesville led 19-17 at halftime and Newport charged ahead for a 33-25 advantage at the end of three quarters.
NORFORK — Hillcrest’s Zac Doyle scored 19 points and teammates Trevor Morgan and Ethan Holder added 11 and 10, respectively, as the Screamin’ Eagles collected a 68-49 Class 1A 2-North victory over the Norfork Panthers here Monday night.
That nightcap victory completed a sweep by the visitors. It was preceded by a 45-26 decision in the senior girls game and a 51-22 tilt in the junior girls game.
Samantha Blevins led the Lady Screamin’ Eagles (17-6, 7-3) with 13 points and Mackenzie Nunnally threw in 11 more.
JONESBORO — The Batesville Lady Pioneers made the right moves in the final minutes here Friday night for a 46-40, high school basketball victory over the 2-time defending 5A-East District champions.
The Lady Pioneers led 9-5, 20-18 and 28-24 at the quarter breaks, but the Nettleton Lady Raiders rallied for the lead in the fourth quarter.
The crowd at Becknell Gymnasium Saturday was treated to a pair of thrilling basketball games. One went Lyon’s way. One didn’t.
Lyon’s women just missed upsetting No. 9 Bethel, losing 59-57 in the opener, and Lyon’s men won for the first time in 50 days.
In the nightcap, Slater Belew received an inbound pass and dropped a floating layup with about five seconds remaining, lifting the Scots to an 85-83 win. Bethel had a pair of chances on the other end, but Lyon’s defense held strong.
CALICO ROCK — The Cave City Cavewomen punched their ticket into the finals here Saturday with a 47-28 thrashing of the Salem Lady Greyhounds.
After a close first half — Cave City led 16-15 at halftime — Jessica Hall led a breakaway. The Cavewomen led 34-19 going into the final quarter.
“Defensively, I thought we were where we needed to be,” Cave City Coach Russell Fowler said. “The second half was probably best half of basketball we’ve played in a while.”
SOUTHSIDE — It was a winning basketball weekend in Southside as the home teams went 7-0 against visiting 4A-2 District foes.
The Southside teams got off to a fast start Friday with a 4-0 sweep against Newport.
The Junior Lady Southerners got the ball rolling with a 45-37 victory. Kenzie Batterton led the way with 16 points. Lynsey Ellis chipped in 15.
Nannah Lee scored 22 points for Newport.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A combined 41 points by K.K. Hodges and Lauren Ramsey wasn’t enough as the Lyon College Scots fell to Trevecca Nazarene in a TranSouth Athletic Conference road contest, 75-66.
With a 34-29 lead at halftime, the Trojans came out in the second half, looking to pour on the offense. They scored the first six points of the half to extend their lead to 11.
However, the Scots chipped away, eventually taking a 56-55 lead with seven minutes and 49 seconds to play. Farrah Turner scored the go-ahead bucket.