CALICO ROCK — Izard, Fulton and Sharp counties were all represented on the championship stage of the Izard County Invitational Tournament here Saturday.
In weather-delayed finals, Calico Rock’s girls and Mammoth Spring’s boys won the senior division titles, and Cave City’s girls and Melbourne’s boys collected the junior high crowns.
Calico Rock’s senior girls defeated Cave City 48-43.
After a 7-all first quarter, back-to-back 3-pointers from Brooke McCurley and Kaitlyn Fry gave Calico Rock a 17-11 lead and the Lady Pirates would not trail again.
Fans and Pfitzner took top billing Friday night in Pioneer Gym.
At least those were the two lead actors in Batesville Coach Patricia Stave’s review of the Lady Pioneers’ 52-45, 5A-East high school basketball victory over the Greene County Tech Lady Eagles.
Now the Lady Pioneers share top billing in the district standings with the Lady Eagles and the Paragould Lady Rams. Each team is 5-1 in the district with one more game remaining in the first half of the district round robin schedule (see scores and standings on this page).
JONESBORO — Nettleton swept Batesville in junior high basketball games here Thursday evening.
The Junior Pioneers rallied back to within three after trailing 18-2, but fell 52-43 in the nightcap. The Junior Lady Raiders were 31-21 winners.
In the boys game, Coach Kelly Rush said his squad didn’t take care of the ball in the first quarter and that led to the 18-2 start for Nettleton.
The start of the Lyon College baseball season has been pushed back a few days.
The Scots were scheduled to being their 2011 campaign at home Tuesday when they hosted College of the Ozarks. However, the latter has a scheduling conflict and will not make the 160-mile trip from Point Lookout, Mo.
That means Lyon’s opener is now set for a week from today when former Lyon Coach Kirk Kelley makes his return to Scots Field as the skipper for Oklahoma Wesleyan. The teams are scheduled for a 3-game series that will culminate with a doubleheader Feb. 5.
NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves improved to 8-0 in the Class 2A-2 with a 55-42 win over Cotter here Thursday night.
The T-wolves (14-4) led 25-11 at halftime. Luke Henderson and Clayton Butler led the squad with 18 points apiece.
Cotter won the senior girls game 43-39. Addition details were not provided.
The Junior Lady Timberwolves were 59-20 winner as Haley Hix and Shannon Butler unloaded for 15 and 12 points, respectively.
HENDERSON, Tenn. (1-27-11) — The Lyon College men’s basketball team put up a fight in its quest for a second straight conference win, but struggled late as it fell to the Lions of Freed-Hardeman, 83-70, here Thursday night.
The loss drops the Scots to 7-11 this season, with a 1-6 record in TranSouth Athletic Conference play. They will return to the court on Saturday afternoon as they host Lyon graduate John David Parker’s Blue Mountain Toppers (Miss.) at 4 p.m. in Becknell Gym. BMC is winless in conference play this season.
WALNUT RIDGE — Former Cave City star Cheyenne Childers was named the American Midwest Conference basketball player of the week, the AMC announced Tuesday.
Childers, a freshman at Williams Baptist, averaged 10 points and nine rebounds in two wins last week. She earned 32 points and 14 rebounds against Missouri Baptist Saturday.
For the week, Childers hit almost 70 percent of her field goals (16 of 23) and five of six from the free-throw line (83 percent).
The Lady Eagles are 14-4 overall and 3-2 in the AMC.
WYNNE — The Batesville Lady Pioneers defeated the Wynne Lady Yellowjackets 41-32 in a Class 5A-East contest here Wednesday night.
The win made Batesville 4-1 in the conference standings. Paragould is also 4-1 and Greene County Tech is 5-0. Tech is scheduled to visit Pioneer Gym Friday night.
Ready or not, college baseball season is here.
The Lyon College Scots are scheduled to begin their 2011 campaign Tuesday when they host College of the Ozarks.
The doubleheader is set for a noon start and will begin a 10-game homestand for Lyon.
That is, if the weather cooperates. Sixteen of the Scots’ first 21 games are scheduled for home, but Coach Tony Roepcke and crew found out all too well last season that schedules and Mother Nature don’t always get along.
Snow and freezing rain that fell over portions of eastern Arkansas resulted in the postponement of some high school basketball games, including 5A-East District contests Batesville-at-Wynne and Forrest City-at-Beebe.
The games in Wynne were moved to tonight and will include only varsity games. The senior girls are set to tip off at 6.
The games in Beebe have been rescheduled for Feb. 9.