FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Garrick McGee said the Razorbacks have begun working on their game plan for the contest against Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4.
After Monday’s practice session inside the Walker Pavilion, McGee said the workout featured elements of the game plan for the matchup between No. 8 Arkansas (10-2) and the No. 6 Buckeyes (11-1).
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Nolan Richardson was running the “40 minutes of hell” style of basketball when Gus Malzahn first felt the need for speed as a high school coach in Arkansas.
If it worked for 40 minutes, then why not 60? And if your players can’t outrun opposing teams, No. 1 Auburn’s offensive coordinator figured, out-hurry them. Skip the huddle, keep moving and let it fly — like Richardson’s Razorbacks hoops teams that were competing for national titles in the mid-1990s.
Stars & Stripes recently won a team title and four of their athletes won all-around championships at the Arkansas Pepsi Challenge gymnastics meet in Hot Springs.
Led by 14-year-old Sarah Doty and Darrby Richardson, 11, the local gymnastic center won the Level 4 team championship. Doty won the all-around title in her age division by winning the vault, finishing second in the floor exercise, third on the uneven bars and fourth on the balance beam.
VIOLA — Izard County’s Trenton Hatman beat the buzzer and the Cougars beat the Viola Longhorns 48-46 in a Class 1A 2-North District game here Friday night.
Hatman’s 15-footer from the right elbow as the horn sounded capped Izard County’s comeback after the squad trailed 30-20 at halftime. The shot was set up by Ryan Walker, who stole a lob attempt with eight seconds to play and then passed to Hatman, who dribbled through three Longhorn defenders and raced down the court for the winner.
Batesville Pioneers Matthew Showalter and Jordan Childress were recently recognized by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette with postseason high school football awards.
In Sunday’s edition of the state newspaper, Showalter, a senior safety-wide receiver and kicking game specialist for the Pioneers, was named to the All-Arkansas team’s defensive squad. Childress was named to the Super Sophomore team’s offensive unit as a running back.
VILONIA — Vilonia sent Batesville’s varsity high school basketball teams home for the holidays on a sour note.
In nonconference contests Friday night, the Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Pioneers 43-35 and the Eagles thrashed the Pioneers 47-27.
Maggie Brewer scored 15 points and Catherine Puckett added 13 for Vilonia, The Lady Eagles improved to 11-1 on Saturday with a victory in a tournament in Greenbrier.
The Lady Pioneers fell to 6-5. They will not play again until next year when they host the Pulaski Academy Lady Bruins on Jan. 3.
VERSAILLES, Ky. — Mack Miller, a Hall of Fame thoroughbred trainer who at 71 had his only Kentucky Derby winner in Sea Hero, has died. He was 89.
Miller was working for Paul Mellon’s Rokeby Stable in 1993 when Sea Hero overcame 12-1 odds to win the Derby. He was fifth in the Preakness and seventh in the Belmont.
Mellon was 85 at the time, and when he closed his stable in North America in 1995, Miller retired.
FAYETTEVILLE — Now that he’s secure for seven Arkansas years, Bobby Petrino wants his Razorbacks staff secure at least through next year.
After Thursday’s closed practice preparing the 10-2 BCS eighth-ranked Razorbacks for their Jan. 4 Sugar Bowl date in New Orleans with BCS sixth-ranked 11-1 Big Ten tri-champion Ohio State, Petrino met with Arkansas media for the first time since signing his $3.56-million per year 7-year contract. The pact includes an $18 million buyout both ways if Petrino opts to leave or the University of Arkansas should opt to terminate his services.
CAVE CITY — Mark Smith, Jimmy Rodgers and Jim Hansen will be added to the Cave City Hall of Fame on Jan. 21, announced Jamie King.
The organization’s second induction ceremony will happen between the Cave City-Stuttgart senior girls and senior boys basketball games.
“It will be like last year in that we’ll have a meet and greet that Friday evening in the gym starting at 5 p.m., and then we’ll do the formal introductions between the varsity games,” King said.
Charter members Alma Lee (Eubanks), Ricky Medlock and Larry Duncan were inducted last February.
The top team in the 5A-East District is also among the state’s leaders in postseason awards for Class 5A high school football.
Following a season that saw the Batesville Pioneers post a 12-1 record and win the district title, six Pioneers were voted onto the Class 5A All-State team, and one of those won a player of the year award.
The Pioneers went unbeaten in the regular season. Their season ended with a loss to the eventual state champions, the Greenwood Bulldogs, in the state playoff semifinals.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The University of Arkansas announced that Coach Bobby Petrino has been named one of nine finalists for this year’s Paul “Bear” Bryant Award given to the nation’s top college football coach.
A news release from the Razorback athletic program said this year’s winner of the award — named for the legendary Alabama coach — would be announced at a Houston banquet benefitting the American Heart Association on Jan. 18, 2011, after all bowl games have been played.
Cedar Ridge’s Matt Hudson was the only all-state selection for Guard-circulation schools this season.
The 230-pound junior fullback and defensive end helped lead the Timberwolves to a 6-5 record and their first ever state playoff appearance and is the first player in the program to win all-state honors.
Cedar Ridge was beaten by top-ranked Bearden in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs, but just making it to the postseason was reward enough, given the program is only three years old.