CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Moments after Louisville’s comeback bid fell short in a 31-24 loss to North Carolina State in the Belk Bowl, Coach Charlie Strong was anxiously looking forward to next season instead of dwelling on the defeat.
Who can blame him?
The Cardinals finished 7-6 this season despite starting 10 freshmen, including promising young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. So their future seems promising following a season in which they finished tied for first place in the Big East and qualified for a bowl.
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The LSU-Shreveport bass fishing team, headed by veteran Joe Landry, will test SEC teams from LSU and Arkansas in February during the 2012 College Classic as part of the Bassmaster Classic in Shreveport and Bossier City.
Six-person teams from each school will fish on Cross Lake on Feb. 26 and will weigh their catch at the CenturyLink Center prior to the final weigh-in of the Classic. LSU is the defending college champion, defeating a team from Alabama last year during the New Orleans Classic.
JONESBORO — Guard-circulation area high school basketball teams went 1-3 over the weekend and Monday in the Division I brackets of the NEA Tournament.
The win was provided by the third-seeded Izard County Cougars on Friday night when they knocked off the 14th-seeded Armorel Tigers 68-46 in a first-round contest.
Batesville Pioneer football underclassmen received statewide recognition over the weekend.
Jordan Childress, a junior tailback, was named to the Associated Press Super Team while Joey Rodriguez, an inside linebacker, was named to Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Super Sophomore Team.
Childress, who was one of three selected as an all-purpose player, gained 2,252 yards and scored 28 touchdowns at the tailback position as the Pioneers won their second straight 5A-East District title and reached the state championship game while posting an 11-3 record this fall.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dwayne Evans had 18 points and nine rebounds as Saint Louis beat Arkansas State 70-46 on Thursday for its fifth straight victory.
Brian Conklin added 12 points for the Billikens (11-1), who shot 54 percent from the field, hit 9 of 21 3-pointers and held a 43-18 advantage on points in the paint.
Saint Louis turned the ball over just eight times.
Trey Finn had 12 points, all in the second half, and Malcoln Kirkland added 10 for Arkansas State (6-7). The Red Wolves struggled with their shooting, hitting just 34 percent from the field.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — A study by Forbes Magazine ranks the University of Arkansas eighth and the University of Oklahoma 10th among the nation’s most valuable college football teams.
The report released Thursday estimates the Razorbacks’ program to be valued at $89 million, and Oklahoma’s value at $87 million.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’ Rickey Scott turned a family pep talk into production.
Scott scored a career-high 18 points and BJ Young added 16 on Thursday night as the Razorbacks pulled away late for a 77-63 win over Louisiana Tech.
Two games after being replaced in the starting lineup, Scott showed the explosiveness and athleticism Arkansas coach Mike Anderson had been looking for from the sophomore. Scott was eight of 16 from the floor, including a pair of thundering first-half dunks, in eclipsing his previous career high of 12 points set against Oklahoma on Dec. 10.
HEBER SPRINGS — Maumelle swept Batesville in Heber Springs Junior High Holiday Tournament basketball games here Thursday.
After trailing early, the Junior Hornets took charge and won the title game going away. The final score was 42-24.
The Junior Pioneers led 11-8 after one quarter of play. The Junior Hornets led 23-14 at halftime and 29-18 after three quarters.
“There was a lid on our basket in the second quarter,” Batesville Coach Kelly Rush said. “We got a lot of good looks, but couldn’t get the shots to fall.
JONESBORO — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves thumped Cross County 72-49 in the Northeast Arkansas Tournament Boys Division I Thursday night to remain undefeated on the season.
Clayton Butler led the winners with 24 points while Cole Crabtree scored 16 points and pulled down 13 rebounds for the winners. Luke Henderson added 11 points.
“Our record is 16-0,” Coach Isaac Middlebrooks said.
The Timberwolves’ next game will be at 6 p.m. versus the Hillcrest/Ridgefield Christian winner. Those two teams clash at 4:30 this afternoon.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Batesville Junior Pioneers and Junior Lady Pioneers went opposite directions here Wednesday night.
The boys defeated Cabot North 40-30 in the Heber Springs Junior High Holiday Tournament. The girls from Cabot North downed the Batesville girls 35-20.
The Junior Pioneers led 11-1 after one quarter of play and never trailed. They led 23-8 at halftime and 27-20 after three quarters.