WYNNE — Chris Hill, whose last coaching stop in Arkansas was in Ashdown, has been hired to direct Wynne High School’s football program, according to a report in today’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
The job has been offered and Hill has accepted. The assignment, however, is pending school-board approval.
Hill replaces Ray Shempert, whose four Wynne teams posted a record of 15-26.
HENDERSON, Tenn. — Lyon senior softball player Kristi Kelley was rewarded for her performance at the Our Lady of the Lake Clash over the weekend, as she was named the TranSouth Athletic Conference Player of the Week.
Kelley and her teammates were expected to visit Jackson, Tenn., today for their conference opener against Union. The doubleheader was originally scheduled to be played at home, but was forced to move due to field conditions following the most recent rain.
Lyon’s record is 8-7.
Rain and wet conditions wiped out all the circulation-area schools’ baseball, softball and track and field competitions scheduled for Monday, and today’s schedule has also been shortened.
Nixed from today’s schedule were Batesville’s baseball and softball 5A-East District doubleheaders at Paragould, and the Izard County-at-Hillcrest baseball and softball games.
The Batesville-Paragould baseball games will be played today “if at all possible,” Batesville Coach Mark Rush said.
FAYETTEVILLE — Bobby Petrino wore an Arkansas pullover from January’s Sugar Bowl on Monday — just about the only reference to last season for the Razorbacks’ coach.
Arkansas was scheduled to begin its 15 spring practices today with the primary goal of finding a replacement for Ryan Mallett at quarterback. Junior Tyler Wilson and sophomore Brandon Mitchell are the leading candidates.
Petrino guided Arkansas to a 10-3 finish last season and the school’s first appearance in a BCS Bowl game, where it lost to Ohio State.
RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas Tech used a quick start and 64 percent shooting from the field to post an 85-77 win over fourth-ranked Delta State in Monday’s Women’s NCAA Division II South Regional Championship game at Tucker Coliseum, according to a news release from the university.
It’s the second straight South Regional Championship for Tech and the fourth in school history. The Golden Suns advance to next week’s NCAA Division II Elite Eight in St. Joseph, Mo.
PARAGOULD — The Southside Lady Southerners battled the Greene County Tech Lady Eagles to a scoreless tie while the Eagles earned a 2-1 victory in nonconference high school soccer matches here Friday.
Alex Burroughs couldn’t find the back of the net despite taking 11 shots for the Lady Southerners (3-2-1). Teammate Adrianna Jeffery was credited with 17 saves.
“This was the first time to play back-to-back games,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said. “We had dead legs, but it was good for us with conference games coming up.”
BENTON — The Batesville Lady Pioneers’ fortunes went the other direction here
Saturday in the Bootsy Gordon Tournament.
They went into the annual high school softball event with a 3-0 record. They left it with a 3-3 mark.
In an opener, the Benton Lady Panthers defeated the Lady Pioneers 5-1. That was followed by a 12-0 whipping at the hands of the White Hall Lady Bulldogs and a 3-1 loss to the El Dorado Lady Wildcats.
Against Benton, Kandess Pfitzner doubled and scored Batesville’s only run.
The Newport Lady Greyhounds racked up 20 hits while defeating the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves 13-7 in the championship game of the Timberwolves Classic here Saturday.
“Twenty hits, with 17 singles and they hit them where we weren’t,” Cedar Ridge Coach Joey Nelson said. “Most of those singles they couldn’t have thrown the softball to better spots.”
The Lady Greyhounds defeated the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles 7-6 on Friday night and the Rector Lady Cougars 7-5 Saturday afternoon to reach the final.
Newport trailed Hillcrest 5-0 after two innings before rallying.
NEWARK — The Midland Mustangs improved to 5-0 and collected the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves Classic high school baseball championship with three victories.
Friday at Charlotte, the Mustangs defeated the Mountain View Yellowjackets 6-2 as pitchers Skylar Litaker and Logan Smith combined on a 4-hitter. Litaker allowed just two hits and no earned runs while striking out 13 and walking five. Smith struck out two and walked while giving up one earned run in one inning of relief.
SAN ANTONIO — The Lyon softball team completed a 2-2 split of the Our Lady of Lake Clash on Saturday, winning a blowout and falling in a heartbreaker.
After giving up five runs in the fourth inning to the host team on Friday in a 8-6 loss, the Scots allowed four runs in the last half inning and dropped the second meeting on Saturday, 6-5.
The Scots then turned around and won the second game on Saturday’s slate as they topped York College (Neb.), 15-7, in six innings. The other Lyon win came in the early game on Friday as it took down Evangel (Mo.), 7-1.
The Batesville Pioneers would be hard-pressed to come up with a better-timed, nonconference high school baseball victory.
The 6-0 shutout they put on the Harrison Goblins at the North Complex on Saturday evening came on the heels of a very poor outing on Thursday and just three days before the Pioneers’ 5A-East District-opening doubleheader at Paragould.
“It was well-played on our count,” Batesville Coach Mark Rush said Sunday afternoon. “I was concerned after Thursday night’s game. We just didn’t perform in Mountain Home, and I wasn’t sure how we would respond Saturday.”
LOCUST GROVE — Brandon Smith and Shawn Walsh collected feature wins during the 15th annual Mid-America Modified Championship at Batesville Motor Speedway over the weekend.
Smith, who won Friday’s $1,500, 30-lap main event, just missed sweeping as he finished runner-up to Walsh Saturday night. Smith was awarded an extra $500 for collecting the most points over the weekend.
On Saturday, Walsh worked his way to the lead and felt pressure as Smith challenged.