The top team in the 5A-East District is also among the state’s leaders in postseason awards for Class 5A high school football.
Following a season that saw the Batesville Pioneers post a 12-1 record and win the district title, six Pioneers were voted onto the Class 5A All-State team, and one of those won a player of the year award.
The Pioneers went unbeaten in the regular season. Their season ended with a loss to the eventual state champions, the Greenwood Bulldogs, in the state playoff semifinals.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The University of Arkansas announced that Coach Bobby Petrino has been named one of nine finalists for this year’s Paul “Bear” Bryant Award given to the nation’s top college football coach.
A news release from the Razorback athletic program said this year’s winner of the award — named for the legendary Alabama coach — would be announced at a Houston banquet benefitting the American Heart Association on Jan. 18, 2011, after all bowl games have been played.
Cedar Ridge’s Matt Hudson was the only all-state selection for Guard-circulation schools this season.
The 230-pound junior fullback and defensive end helped lead the Timberwolves to a 6-5 record and their first ever state playoff appearance and is the first player in the program to win all-state honors.
Cedar Ridge was beaten by top-ranked Bearden in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs, but just making it to the postseason was reward enough, given the program is only three years old.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas forward Delvon Johnson has done his part in leading an injury-riddled frontcourt this season.
The senior finally got some much-needed help on Wednesday from teammate Marshawn Powell, who scored a season-high 17 points in an 87-64 Arkansas win over Mississippi Valley State.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — University of Arkansas basketball Coach John Pelphrey believes in tailoring a schedule to fit a team.
So far this season the philosophy has paid off for the Razorbacks, who are 6-1 after a win over Seton Hall last week. Despite the early success, Arkansas is 175th in the latest RPI rankings, thanks largely to a strength of schedule that ranks just 319th.
“I think there’s a lot of factors that go into scheduling,” Pelphrey said. “As coaches, we always say it’s the second-most important thing we do behind recruiting.”
The Batesville Lady Pioneers won their seventh straight 5A state championship in cross country this fall and their top two finishers stayed on course for their own long-running honors.
Juniors Natalie Meinzer and Logan Bishop earned their third straight all-state awards, finishing second and third, respectively.
In cross country, all-state recognition goes to the top 10 percent of the finishers in each race. Girls and boys races are held in classes 7A through 2A.
Lyon College is scheduled to host baseball and basketball camps on Dec. 27, according to news releases from the college.
The baseball camps are set for the morning hours in the Kirk Kelley Baseball Complex. Hitting instruction will be provided from 8 until 10, followed by two hours of pitching instruction.
Campers must bring their own gloves and bats and they must wear tennis shoes. No cleats will be allowed.
The costs are $30 per camp and $55 for both.
BROCKWELL — The Izard County Cougars won number 13 with a 50-49, nonconference high school basketball victory in overtime here Tuesday night.
The Cougars and visiting Redskins were tied at 45 when regulation time ended. Izard County’s Dalton Grigg hit one of two free throws with five seconds to go in regulation. Pocahontas missed a long 3-point shot before the buzzer.
“We never trailed in the overtime,” Izard County Coach David Harmon said.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio State Buckeyes are tired of hearing how their predecessors have lost all nine bowl meetings with teams from the Southeastern Conference.
And they’re really angry about Coach Jim Tressel’s recent reading material to them.
Tressel produced a fan’s e-mail the other day that said Ohio State couldn’t compete with and didn’t belong on the same field with an SEC team. That’s timely since the Buckeyes take on Arkansas of the SEC in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4.
LONOKE — Southside struck for two key victories in 4A-2 District high school basketball here Monday night.
First, the Lady Southerners held off the Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits 46-44, then the Southerners did the same for a 58-50 decision over the Jackrabbits.
“We were up by eight points late in the third quarter, Lonoke went on a 13-0 run and then we regained our composure and made some plays down the stretch,” Southside Coach Malcolm Long said.
Batesville Pioneer senior Matthew Showalter is one of 15 Arkansas high school football players to win a State Farm player award, according to a news release from hootens.com.
The awards were presented in a ceremony Monday night at the IMAX Theatre in Little Rock.
Showalter, a 3-year starter and a leader of the 2010 squad that went 12-1 and won the 5A-East District championship, won the top defensive player award for Class 5A. Greenwood’s Marco Vota and Little Rock Mills Chris Hampton were the other finalists.
Paragould’s varsity junior high basketball teams came to Batesville Monday night and kept Batesville winless in the 5A-East District.
In the first varsity contest at Pioneer Gymnasium, the Junior Lady Rams won 34-24 as Korie Bryant scored nine points and Alexis Benson added eight.
Haley Hambrick led Batesville with 10 points
“I thought we played pretty well,” Batesville Coach Chip McDonald said. “We just kept having turnovers at bad times. Paragould is probably the best team in our conference.”
The Junior Lady Pioneers fell to 0-3 in the district and 1-8 overall.