DeKALB, Ill. (AP) — A rookie coach and a depleted defense left Northern Illinois with uncertain prospects entering the season.
Yet the Huskies barely missed a beat.
Entering the GoDaddy.com Bowl on Sunday against Arkansas State (10-2) in Mobile, Ala., the Mid-American Conference champion Huskies (10-3) have won eight straight and are looking for back-to-back bowl wins.
ARLINGTON, Texas — For Coach Bill Snyder’s second Wildcat turnaround and 11th-ranked Kansas State’s surprising season, the Cotton Bowl is an appropriate ending.
When the Wildcats first played in the Cotton Bowl 15 years ago, that New Year’s Day game was a watershed moment for a program that had evolved from consecutive winless seasons just before Snyder arrived. They went again at the end of the 2000 season, during a stretch of six 11-win seasons in seven years before the coach’s brief retirement.
The Batesville Bassmasters will meet at 7 tonight in the First Community Bank’s George Rider Room to discuss plans for the 2012 tournament season, said Billy Littleton, spokesman.
“This is an important meeting since we will be nominating and electing officers,” he said. “We would like all current members and anyone interested in joining to please attend.”
Twenty-four members qualified to compete in the 2011 season-ending Batesville Bass-
masters Classic on Lake Dardan-elle in October, Littleton said.
Paragould Lady Rams (9-4) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (2-9), Pioneer Gym, 6 p.m.
Savannah Walker and Sydney Layrock top the scoring statistics for the Lady Rams, the 5A-East District’s defending champions and contenders to win it again. “We’ve played a really, really competitive schedule and feel like we’re battle tested,” Paragould Coach Jay Cook said. All but one of Paragould’s losses came at the hands of Class 7A schools Cabot, Fort Smith Southside and Rogers. The other was to Central Arkansas Christian.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brandon Triche scored 16 points, including three straight 3-pointers early in the second half, and No. 1 Syracuse pulled away from Providence for an 87-73 victory Wednesday night.
It is the second straight season the Orange (16-0, 3-0 Big East) have opened with 16 straight wins. Last season’s team went 18-0 before its first loss.
Scoop Jardine added 10 points and 11 assists for Syracuse.
MIAMI (AP) — As the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrated their first Orange Bowl victory, safety Darwin Cook shared a hug with the game’s mascot, Obie.
They had run into each other earlier in the end zone when Cook scored the night’s pivotal touchdown, then leaped on the smiling orange. Only after the game did he learn a woman was wearing the Obie outfit.
“I didn’t know you were a girl,” he told her. “I apologize.”
BRADFORD — Midland’s junior high teams both fell in first-round games of the Bradford Invitational Tournament on Wednesday.
The Harding Academy Junior Lady Wildcats defeated the Midland Junior Lady Mustangs 47-24 as Kaylin Turley scored 12 points for the winners. Carly Fisher scored 16 points in a losing cause.
The McCrory Junior Jaguars downed the Junior Mustangs 52-29 as Shyheim Woods scored 12 points.
Other scores were: girls — Bradford 28, McCrory 24; boys — Bradford 22, Bald Knob 21.
Rick Isley’s second perfect game of 2011 was the fourth or fifth in his life, and he admitted he also wasn’t sure which night or what team he was bowling for when he rolled his most recent 300.
“I might bowl too often,” the Batesville Fire Department captain and regular at the Hollywood Bowl said, chuckling.
Of this, he was sure: “With this one, I rolled just one ball that went out wider than it should have, but it came back into the pocket. The people watching told me it was a pretty 300.”
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Collin Klein always begins plays for 11th-ranked Kansas State taking snaps from center B.J. Finney.
The two are often together at the end of plays as well, with Finney either helping up the running junior quarterback after another gain or going to the end zone to help celebrate another touchdown.
LITTLE ROCK — Pulaski Academy took two from Batesville in non-conference high school basketball games here Tuesday.
The Lady Bruins won 66-41 as Breanna Harris scored 12 points and India Wilson added 10.
In a losing cause, Hailey Hastings provided 11 points and 14 rebounds, and Tess Hurley added 12 points.
“Early, we had trouble dealing with their full-court pressure, but we settled down and handled it better later on,” Batesville Coach Patrica Stave said.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Southside Lady Southerners held sway over their 4A-2 District rivals in the west, defeating the Heber Springs Lady Panthers 41-33.
The Lady Southerners have defeated the defending district champions in their last two meetings in Heber Springs.
This time, the Lady Southerners rallied from a 29-25 deficit in the final quarter as Lynsey Ellis and Alex Burroughs each hit two for two from the free-throw line, and Jennifer Wyatt hit one free throw for a 3-point lead with eight seconds to go.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Here’s another tradition that Brady Hoke has restored at Michigan: Winning.
The coach who grew up in Ohio but revered the Wolverines since childhood ended his first season in charge holding up the silver Sugar Bowl trophy amid fluttering maize and blue confetti. The Michigan band provided the soundtrack for the raucous celebration: the school’s familiar fight song.
Brendan Gibbons drilled a 37-yard field goal down the middle in overtime, lifting No. 13 Michigan to a 23-20 victory over 17th-ranked Virginia Tech at the Superdome on Tuesday night.