FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — John Pelphrey rushed off the court at halftime, yelling to no one in particular as he disappeared into the tunnel leading to the Arkansas locker room.
It had been a while since the Razorbacks’ coach had something to be so excited about.
Led by Rotnei Clarke’s 25 points, Arkansas ended a 3-game losing streak with an 80-61 win over LSU on Saturday. The win came in convincing fashion, with the Razorbacks (15-9, 5-6 Southeastern Conference) building a 40-22 halftime lead and extending it to as many as 29 points in the second half.
From start to finish, the Batesville Area Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday night at Western Sizzlin’ was a testimonial on how little things can make big things happen.
Kevin Wade Johnson made it happen in his life because “he paid attention, dreamed big and made sure that people knew that they were important to him,” Blane Johnson said of his younger brother. “He was a great player, yes, but he was in a league of his own as a person.”
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Winter weather across the South kept a pair of Southeastern Conference basketball teams on the road longer than planned on Thursday.
Both Arkansas and LSU stayed in Mississippi following games on Wednesday night. The Razorbacks, who lost 67-56 to Mississippi State, made the decision to stay an extra night before the game against the Bulldogs because of heavy snow in Arkansas and expected snow in Starkville.
Arrive early for the Batesville Area Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony on Saturday night.
That was the advice of organizer Stuart Smith for the event’s 19th edition. It’s scheduled to begin at 6 at Western Sizzlin’ Restaurant and the meeting room in which it’s held seats 100.
“We will start selling tickets at the door at 5:15,” he said. The $15 tickets were not sold in advance.
The new hall of famers are Kim George Robinson, the late Kevin Wade Johnson and Dan Wright. Lyndal Waits will also receive the Estes Award — a community service award.
For now, the Cave City-at-Marianna, Highland-at-Izard County (Brockwell) and Melbourne-at-Calico Rock high school basketball games are the only sure things on the “Sports calendar” for today.
School officials confirmed this morning that those games are on. Decisions had not yet been made on the Tuckerman-at-Cedar Ridge (Newark) and Stuttgart-at-Southside games.
“We will make a decision at noon today concerning our games with Stuttgart,” Southside Coach Malcolm Long said.
If you enjoy hunting and are not taking advantage of the state’s special youth hunts, you may be missing out on one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have in the outdoors.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission offers special youth hunts for deer, turkey and waterfowl. These hunts typically give children 15 and younger an edge on the rest of the hunting population by allowing them in the woods outside of the regular seasons.
Determining the best time for the youth waterfowl season is challenging for the commission.
Add Tusk III to the lineup.
The University of Arkansas Razorback mascot will join Razorback Coach Bobby Petrino and Chuck Barrett, the “Voice of the Razorbacks,” for the annual “Hog Bash” at Batesville High School on Feb. 22, announced Scott Wood, an organizer for the event.
The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the BHS cafeteria.
In this case, no news isn’t so good.
As most expected, all basketball games involving circulation-area schools that were scheduled for today have been postponed and very little was known about rescheduling by press time.
That includes the Lyon College games at Union (Jackson, Tenn.).
For the junior high tournaments, the mix of regular-season senior high games further complicates rescheduling plans, resulting in more delays. Most school officials said they will try to have the games rescheduled by Friday morning.
The Lyon College Scots softball team is scheduled to open its season Sunday in south Arkansas with an exhibition doubleheader at the University of Arkansas-Monticello.
The Scots open the season with seven new players to form a 15-woman roster. Pitchers Tenequa Martin and Faith Richmond graduated and power hitter Helen Zyjewski transferred. Richmond is now Miner’s assistant coach.
BEEBE — The Batesville Lady Pioneers executed quite a reversal here Tuesday night while winning 63-31 in a 5A-East District high school basketball game, and they didn’t waste any time changing directions.
In Beebe, the Lady Pioneers scored the first 14 points and led 22-9 at the end of the first quarter.
In Batesville last Friday night, the Paragould Lady Rams thrashed the Lady Pioneers in every phase of the game while winning 44-22.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Sports agents in Arkansas who give cash or other financial benefits to student athletes to entice them to sign a contract could face up to six years in jail and $250,000 in fines under legislation approved Tuesday by a legislative panel.
The House Judiciary Committee recommended passage of the new restrictions aimed at preventing scandals involving college athletes that have hit other schools in recent years. The proposal, backed by the athletic directors of the University of Arkansas and University of Central Arkansas, now heads to the House for a vote.
All junior high district tournament basketball games scheduled for tonight involving area teams have been postponed again due to the weather and road conditions.
By press time, only one of those had announced a tentative schedule.
The 1A 2-North District Tournament will try to play the games that were scheduled for tonight on Thursday and play the semifinals and finals on Saturday, Calico Rock Coach Jeff Whiteaker said.