STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — For decades they cheered him, now it’s time for Penn State students and alumni to mourn Joe Paterno.
Three days of public events will begin today as Penn Staters from State College and beyond say goodbye to the man who led the Nittany Lions to 409 wins over 46 years.
The 85-year-old Paterno died of lung cancer on Sunday. He learned of his diagnosis in November just days after he was fired in the aftermath of the child sex-abuse charges against former assistant Jerry Sandusky.
McKENZIE, Tenn. — The Bethel Lady Wildcats rallied from 12 points down to collect a 72-69, TranSouth Athletic Conference basketball victory over the Lyon College Scots here Saturday.
A rally wasn’t involved in the nightcap, but the Bethel men also took a hard-fought 3-point victory, winning 74-71.
PLEASANT PLAINS — Two top-5 Class 1A high school basketball teams switched places this weekend.
The Midland Lady Mustangs, previously ranked fourth in the state by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, edged the Sacred Heart Lady Rebels 71-68 in a non-conference game at Midland High on Friday.
Sunday, the Lady Mustangs and Lady Rebels replaced each other in the rankings.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Other than family, football was everything to Joe Paterno. It was his lifeblood. It kept him pumped.
Life could not be the same without it.
“Right now, I’m not the coach. And I’ve got to get used to that,” Paterno said after the Penn State Board of Trustees fired him at the height of a child sex abuse scandal.
Before he could, he ran out of time.
Stingy defense and Jordan Andrews stopped a promising start for the Batesville Pioneers and gave the Nettleton Raiders their first 5A-East District, high school basketball victory on Friday night.
After trailing most of the first half, the visitors from Jonesboro left Pioneer Gym with a 49-36 victory.
Batesville Pioneer football players Cody Vaughn and Hunter Wilson were selected to play for the East squad in the annual Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game, according to a news release from the Arkansas Activities Association.
The game is scheduled for June 21, 7 p.m., in Razorback Stadium on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. It is the last of five East-West All-Stars matchups in the seniors-only event in Fayetteville. The other sports represented will be baseball, softball, volleyball and basketball.
Lyon College came close to getting their first TranSouth Athletic Conference basketball sweep of the season Thursday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
After the Scot women turned back a late charge for a 67-58 victory over Trevecca Nazarene, the Trojans did the same to the Scot men while posting a 70-68 win.
The Scot women improved to 4-1 in the conference and 15-4 overall. They are third in the conference standings, just a half-game behind Union and a game behind Freed-Hardeman.
The Scot men are 0-5 and 6-11.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside’s junior high teams won three of four non-conference basketball games that were split between two sites.
At home, the Southside seventh-grade girls won 20-6 as Kessie Jenkins scored nine points. The Junior Lady Southerner seventh-graders improved to 11-1.
The Junior Lady Yellowjackets varsity team won 39-23. Kenzi Batterton scored 12 points for Southside, which fell to 10-5.
In Mountain View, Southside’s seventh- and eighth-grade boys won 19-9 and 23-19, respectively.
The Ms. Hollywood Bowl Tournament is scheduled to get rolling at 1:30 Saturday afternoon at Hollywood Bowl, announced Yvonne Satterwhite.
Entry fee for the Batesville Women’s Bowling Association event is $25. The champion wins $200 and a “Ms Hollywood Bowl” Jacket.
For more information, call Saterwhite at (870) 834-8567.