HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Mark Martin found his way to Victory Lane for NASCAR’s championship celebration, albeit only as a gracious runner-up.
It’s a walk he’s made before. Four times, to be precise.
Never did he do it more proudly than he did on Sunday.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — With its top running back out for the season, Arkansas relied on Ryan Mallett’s arm against Mississippi State.
As usual, the sophomore was up to the challenge.
Mallett threw for 313 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Razorbacks to a 42-21 victory on Saturday, hours after the team announced running back Michael Smith would miss the rest of the year with a hamstring injury.
Mallett’s second pass of the game was intercepted, but Arkansas took the lead in the second quarter and didn’t relinquish it.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside’s girls swept four games against Highland here Thursday.
The Junior Lady Southerners won 31-18 in the only varsity contest. Jennifer Wyatt led the winners with 11 points as Southside moved to 5-0.
The eighth-grade game was a 22-11 victory for the home team as Morgan Case collected eight points.
Southside took the seventh-grade game 20-12 behind six points form Katherine Curbo.
RUSSELLVILLE — This story actually began last November, after the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys whipped the Harding Bisons 56-34 at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field to end their second consecutive season at 5-5 overall, 4-4 in the Gulf South Conference.
Senior tailback Tim Childress and sophomore left guard Deerick Smith, both Batesville High graduates and former stars in the Pioneer football program, agreed with the rest of the Wonder Boys that they were tired of finishing 5-5, and they were going to do something about it.
LITTLE ROCK — Lamar is back in the Class 3A football playoffs, but if the Warriors win the championship, would they be able to keep it?
It’s possible a court would have to decide.
The AAA announced Monday the 3A playoffs would start this week with Lamar included. However, the governing body has not made a final decision on whether to keep arguing its case against the school in court. Last week, a judge ruled in favor of Lamar after the school challenged the AAA’s decision ruling a player ineligible, and requiring forfeits of six games.
SPRINGDALE — The Lyon College Scots shot just 33 percent and turned the ball over 19 times in a 68-47 loss to the Ecclesia Royals on Thursday evening in nonconference basketball play at the All-Star Sports Arena.
Lyon (2-3) beat the Royals 64-59 in its home and season opener on Nov. 4.
Thursday night, Slater Belew led Lyon in scoring with 19 points on seven of nine shooting from the field and five of seven from the charity stripe. No other Scot scored more than six points. Guard James Jackson led the team in rebounding (seven) and assists (four).
Cave City’s Don Stitcher sped down the strip faster than Logan King in the foot brake main event Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Ron Davis settled for third in the class.
Don Holcomb was the street winner with Gary Spicer and Bruce Hill in tow.
Tyler Vaughn took the top spot in the super pro class as Jim Roach and Tony Newberry reached the podium.
The junior dragster class was won by Kandyce Clay. Bryan Hill was second.
Michael Young won the 2009 “Guard grid picks” championship and he didn’t miss setting a record by much.
Young, the Guard’s Assistant Sports Editor, picked 91 winners in 120 tries. Donnie Creech holds the record. He picked 93 winners in the 1998 contest. Young’s number of winners tied Sports Editor Paul Glover’s winning total in 2005 for second best.
The trip will be 100 miles longer, but the Cave City Cavemen are just happy to be playing football this week after all the uncertainties.
Originally scheduled to visit Yellville-Summit in the first round of the Class 3A State Football Playoffs, the Cavemen will now travel to Paris. The shift came about because Lamar was awarded an injunction after being kicked out of the playoffs for using an ineligible player during the season. The legal battle is ongoing, but the Arkansas Activities Association decided to reinstate Lamar and begin the playoffs a week late.
BEEBE — Batesville’s junior high basketball teams broke through here Wednesday night in the losers bracket semifinals of the Beebe-Centennial Bank Tournament.
The Junior Lady Pioneers defeated the Lonoke Junior Lady Jackrabbits 25-17, posting their first win in five games. The Junior Pioneers followed that up with a 24-16 victory over Lonoke’s junior boys — again, the Junior Pioneers’ first win in five tries.
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Four Lyon College Pipers were recently selected to the TranSouth Athletic All-Conference volleyball team, according to the league office.
Middle hitter Katie Beineke earned first-team, all-conference honors, Meghann LaBorn picked up a spot on the second team and outside hitters Lauren Castleberry and Chelsea Hinton were named all-conference honorable mention.
Eight Guard-circulation area golfers and tennis player earned all-state honors.
Unlike some sports, golf and tennis all-state recognition is based on the players’ results in state tournaments. Among the golfers, the top finishers were Izard County seniors Kiley Mettler and Rachel Harmon, who finished second and third, respectively, in the Class 2A State Tournament, and Melbourne freshman Brad Lamb and senior Sam Cooper, who tied for second while leading the Bearkatz to the 2A team title.