The Lyon College Scots are saying goodbye to the East and hello to the North.
In a news release Friday afternoon, the school announced it is leaving the TranSouth Athletic Conference and joining the American Midwest Conference.
Lyon has been affiliated with the TranSouth, an National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics conference made up largely of Tennessee schools, the past 14 seasons.
With some clutch long-range shooting and some up-close and personal defense, the Lyon College Scots snapped a 3-game TranSouth Athletic Conference basketball losing streak in Becknell Gymnasium Saturday afternoon.
“We got the job done defensively and got big stops consistently,” Scot Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said after the 57-47 win over the Bethel Wildcats. “We got a lot of big shots from a number of people, but our ability to guard them for 40 minutes allowed us to get the win.”
The Lyon College Scots and Saint Francis Fighting Saints each scored a 1-run baseball victory at Scots Field Sunday afternoon.
After Lyon took the opener 4-3 and the Saints won the nightcap 3-2, Lyon Coach Tony Roepcke said, “After games like that we’re excited about getting back out there and strapping it on again.”
Lyon and the team from Joliet, Ill., were scheduled to play a second doubleheader beginning at 10 this morning.
The Lyon College Scots got off to a 1-2-1 start this weekend in the Lyon College Invitational Softball Tournament.
After William Woods and Williams Baptist defeated the Scots 9-1 and 12-1, respectively, on Friday, the Scots bounced back to defeat Hannibal-LaGrange 5-4 on Saturday morning and the game with Benedictine was called due to darkness Saturday with the score tied at 2 after seven innings.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers broke through against pressure in more ways than one Friday night in a high school basketball game in Pioneer Gym.
While defeating the Greene County Tech Lady Eagles 43-37, one of the 5A-East District’s big guns, they also shot holes in the Lady Eagles’ full-court pressure defense.
Greene County Tech Lady Eagles (8-3, 5A-East District; 21-4, overall) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (1-10, 3-19), Pioneer Gym, 6 p.m.
The Lady Eagles are likely to be in a foul mood tonight. They absorbed their second loss in a row Tuesday night when the Paragould Lady Rams, their crosstown rivals, won 48-42, dropping the Lady Eagles to third in the district standings. They lost this time last week by 16 (48-32) at Beebe. When the Lady Pioneers visited Tech back on Jan. 27, the Lady Eagles won 63-25 as they hit nine of 11 3-point shots in the first half.
The Lyon College-Saint Francis baseball doubleheader set for Saturday has been moved to Monday, Lyon College Coach Tony Roepcke said.
The team from Joliet, Ill., and Lyon are set to play a doubleheader beginning at noon on Sunday. Saturday’s games have been moved to Monday and the first pitch is set for 10 a.m.
“Their athletic director called and asked since there is a chance of rain on Saturday if we could move those games,” Roepcke said. “They’re coming a long way, so they wanted to avoid the possible rain-out.”
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The University of Arkansas has rounded out its non-conference football schedule for the fall, hosting Rutgers on Sept. 22.
The Razorbacks announced this morning that it’s agreed to face Rutgers for the next two years, with the Razorbacks traveling to New Jersey in 2013 to take on the Scarlet Knights.
UofA Athletic Director Jeff Long says it’s been difficult to round out the Razorbacks’ non-conference games as the Southeastern Conference is still figuring out scheduling now that Missouri and Texas A&M have joined the conference.
MELBOURNE — The Melbourne Bearkatz will have a new basketball coach next season, but he’s a very familiar face to sports fans in the Guard circulation area.
Lindle Blevins was officially hired by the school board in a meeting Thursday night, Melbourne High Athletic Director Tim Massey announced this morning.
Blevins, 63, coached the Violet Hill boys to a state championship in 1983 and directed the Mount Pleasant senior girls to a state championship in 1999 and to a state runner-up finish the next season.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Southside Lady Southerners advanced into the finals, defeating The Marianna Lady Trojans 59-26 in the 4A-2 District Tournament semifinals here Thursday night.
The Lady Southerners led 12-5, 35-9 and 46-23 at the quarter breaks.
Maggie Carlile led the Lady Southerners with 15 points and five rebounds. Jessica Robertson and Candace Smith each added 13 points. Jordan Hicks provided eight.
The Lady Southerners improved their record to 22-5 overall.
The names “Jeremy Lin” and “Harvard” pop up in the same sentence so often lately you might think every Ivy Leaguer who chases the dream winds up in the NBA.
Not so. Nearly all of them must face reality sooner or later and learn to make do in less glamorous occupations, such as Wall Street CEO, legal titan or even secretary of education. But none of them minds basking in Lin’s reflected glory.
NEW YORK (AP) — In a rough-and-tumble clubhouse filled with dark secrets and constant conflict, there was always one sunny stall.
Those New York Mets could count on Gary Carter to deliver — a smile, a spark and ultimately a championship.
The effervescent Hall of Fame catcher whose single for the Mets in the 1986 World Series touched off one of the most improbable rallies in baseball, died Thursday. The Kid was 57.