NEW YORK (AP) — They are two different players and, at times, it looks as if they’re playing two different games.
There’s the Serena Williams style, filled with intimidation and huge shots. And there’s the way Caroline Wozniacki does it, with great hustle and even better conditioning.
It might just be a year between cross country state championships No. 7 and No. 8, but don’t ask Batesville Coach Diane Treadway to measure the time.
“We’ve got a long ways to go,” she said Monday night. “We’ve got a lot of talent, but every year it’s like this: You roll with the punches and hope it comes together at the end.”
The Lady Pioneers won their seventh straight Class 5A State Meet championship last November, and since four of their five scoring runners return there are plenty of reasons to figure they could do it again.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Mississippi State running back Vick Ballard, LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and Arkansas return man Joe Adams are Southeastern Conference players of the week.
Ballard rushed for a career-high 166 yards and three touchdowns at Memphis.
Mathieu led LSU with 10 tackles and scored on a fumble return in a win over Oregon.
Adams tied an SEC record with two punt returns for touchdowns in Arkansas’ 51-7 win over Missouri State. The last SEC player to accomplish the feat was Kentucky’s Derek Abney against Mississippi State in 2002.
FAYETTEVILLE — Expect Greg Childs to have a breakout game Saturday night in Little Rock versus New Mexico or the following Saturday night in Fayetteville versus Troy.
That’s how it works with the Arkansas Razorbacks’ Fab Four receivers. One or two shine one week and different ones the next.
In last Saturday night’s 51-7 season-opening massacre of the Missouri State Bears in Fayetteville, senior Jarius Wright of Warren took the first turn catching six passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns.
In the end, the numbers favored the Batesville Pioneers in a big way.
The Pioneers won their fourth straight White River Bowl Trophy with a 55-15 victory over the Newport Greyhounds in front of an overflow crowd at Pioneer Stadium Friday night. Since stopping Newport’s 23-year win streak in 1999, the Pioneers have won 11 of 13 in the long-running football rivalry.
Actually, the numbers favored the Pioneers in a big way at the beginning Friday night. They dressed out 66 to the Greyhounds’ 34.
The Lyon College men’s soccer team notched their first victory of the season at home Saturday against the 15th-ranked University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Drovers.
The Scots won 1-0 and the game’s lone goal was scored by junior Lance Alpuerto on a Jermie Karege assist.
The victory, the first with Head Coach Mitch McKay at the helm, improves the Scots to 1-2 on the season.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Southerners broke their winless football streak Friday night with a 32-8 victory over the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves.
The previous win for Southside was at home against the Marianna Lee Trojans on Oct. 17, 2008.
“This win means a lot to my seniors,” said Southside Head Coach Kenny Simpson. “I’m extremely proud of them because not many kids would have stayed with football after losing for two years in a row.”
Simpson’s record at the school is now 1-0, and he hopes his team can start a streak of a different kind.
LOCUST GROVE — Drew Witt took the checkered flag at 3rd annual Rockhard Powder Coating Front Wheel Drive Special here Friday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
Steven Morrow finished second followed by Misty Sallas in third. Witt claimed a $500 prize for winning the event.
Rounding out the top 10 in the championship race were: Ronnie Jones, Skip Lane, Greg Hames, Tony Brooks, Jarrod Grinder, Lucien Herrington and Jackson Herrington. Brooks, the 2-time defending champ, finished first in the second heat. Sallas won the other heat race.
HORSESHOE BEND — The Concord Pirates kept up their winning ways at The Course on Turkey Mountain by winning a 4-way golf match here Friday.
The Pirates, who have won seven of the eight events they have entered this season, shot a 2-over-par 110. The Izard County Cougars finished 19 strokes behind with a team total of 129. The Shirley Blue Devils (133) and Mammoth Spring Bears (165) round out the other scores.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Batesville Junior High cross country teams got off to a fast start here Thursday with victories in the Junior Bomber Invitational, a season-opening event for seventh- and eighth-graders.
It was a good day, too, for Melbourne and Southside harriers. The Junior Lady Bearkatz finished second in the team total while the Junior Lady Southerners and Junior Southerners finished third. The Harrison Junior Goblins finished second to the Junior Pioneers.
CAVE CITY — The Batesville Lady Pioneer and Pioneer tennis teams began the season here Thursday with close victories over their hosts.
The Lady Pioneers edged the Cave City Cavewomen 4-3 by winning two of three doubles matches. The Pioneers did the same for a 3-2 decision.
Providing the decisive wins for the Lady Pioneers were the teams of Stephanie Bolin-Emily Barber and Chaney James-Rebecca Hanson. The Pioneers took the team event. Tanner Huff-Jacob Lowery and Billy Pham-Huff won.
CONWAY (AP) — Nathan Dick threw for 280 yards and three touchdowns, and Central Arkansas beat Henderson State 38-14 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams.
Dick connected with Al Lasker, Dominique Croom and Derrick Steele on touchdown passes of 40, 34 and 21 yards, respectively.
Terence Bobo and Roosevelt Tyler added rushing touchdowns for the Bears, and Eddie Camara kicked a 42-yard field goal.