FAYETTEVILLE — BJ Young set a career high with 28 points in Arkansas’ 75-62 loss at Connecticut last Saturday, but he didn’t miss a beat when asked what the performance felt like.
“Bad, because we lost,” Young said.
Despite the frustration over the defeat, Young has little else to be rankled about in his first season of college basketball. The 6-foot-3 guard, one of four heralded freshmen recruited by first-year Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson, has quickly emerged as Arkansas’ top offensive option following the season-ending knee injury to Marshawn Powell.
CAVE CITY — Cave City’s schedule of junior and senior high basketball games Monday in Marianna has been changed, announced Athletic Director Russell Fowler.
The junior girls game will start, as originally scheduled, at 4 p.m., but will be followed, in order, by the senior girls, junior boys and senior boys contests.
The Batesville Junior High basketball teams kept the beat going in 5A-East District play with a sweep of the Forrest City Colts in Pioneer Gymnasium Thursday night.
The Junior Lady Pioneers won 41-16, the Junior Pioneers won 46-28 and both broke open close games in the fourth quarter.
Batesville’s girls led 10-5, 14-9 and 25-13 at the quarter breaks.
Madison Stave led Batesville with 12 points.
MORRILTON — The Batesville Lady Pioneers outscored the Nemo Vista Lady RedHawks 18-6 in the fourth quarter here Thursday night for a 46-43 high school basketball victory in the Northwestern/Modern Woodmen Invitational Tournament.
Hailey Hastings led the winners with 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Tess Hurley added 12 points. Tephany Spivey provided three steals.
Batesville led 13-10 after one quarter of play. Nemo Vista led 24-19 and 37-28 at the next two stops.
Taylor Booth was the only volleyball player from an area school to be named to an all-state team, and it’ a return engagement for the senior from Izard County.
The outside hitter chalked up 201 kills, an average of 11.8 per game, 294 digs (17.3 average) and 76 aces (4.9) for the 10-7 Lady Cougars.
Booth was also named to all-tournament teams at Harrisburg and Cave City and was invited to participate in the Delta Region High Performance Camp and the North-Central All-Star Game.
Batesville Lady Pioneers Kassie Foreman and Jayme Shell were named to the Arkansas Activities Association’s Class 5A All-State team for volleyball.
Foreman, a senior, led the team in kills with 365 while scoring on 48 percent of her hits. Foreman also totaled 30 aces, 103 points and 149 digs to help the Lady Pioneers to a 17-8 record and to a state tournament berth.
Three Guard-circulation area high school basketball teams moved into the semifinals of the Lyon College Tournament with victories in Becknell Gymnasium on Thursday night.
The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves improved to 12-0 with a back-and-forth, 62-50 victory over the Concord Pirates as Luke Henderson scored 17 points and Spencer Reaves hit for 10.
“We committed a lot of turnovers that we don’t usually have, but you can credit a lot of that to Concord,” Cedar Ridge Coach Isaac Middlebrooks said.
DALLAS (AP) — Three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols has agreed to a 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press this morning.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced.
Pujols led the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series title this fall — his second with the team. He had been pursued by the Miami Marlins, but they dropped out Wednesday after agreeing to a deal with Mark Buehrle.
EL DORADO — Seth Bailey and Thomas Sonnier led the Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes here Saturday with five victories apiece in the Amateur Athletic Union Winter Qualifier.
The top three finishers in each of the AAU state indoor meet qualifies for the Junior Olympics meet in Houston in August, and all six Torpedoes participating qualified. Joining Bailey and Sonnier will be Louis Sonnier, Joshua Bernal, Maison Mitchell and Anthony Sonnier.
MORRILTON — The Greenbrier Lady Panthers defeated the Batesville Lady Pioneers 44-32 Wednesday afternoon in an opening game of the Northwestern/Modern Woodmen Invitational.
“We just missed too many shots in the lane,” Batesville Coach Patricia Stave said. “Also, we had a hard time guarding them in a zone with as well as they moved the ball and too many good 3-point shooters, so we had to spend most of the night playing man-to-man. We were able to cause some havoc at times, but eventually they just wore us down.”
Both Southside teams advanced and a defending champion got dismissed at the Lyon College Tournament in Becknell Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
The Harding Academy Wildcats sent the defending champion Heber Springs Panthers home with a 46-32 decision. Harding Academy’s Will Francis led all scorers with 37 points. The team from Searcy is scheduled to play the winner of tonight’s Concord-Cedar Ridge quarterfinal in the second of four semifinals Friday evening at 5:45.
Judson Smith led Heber Springs in scoring with 12 points.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — University of Arkansas senior Joe Adams won the Southeastern Conference’s top special teams player award by vote of the coaches, the SEC announced Wednesday.
He joined Alabama tailback Trent Richardson and LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, who won the conference’s top offensive and defensive player awards, respectively.
LSU’s Les Miles was named coach of the year by his peers after leading the top-ranked Tigers into the national championship game against the Crimson Tide.