PLEASANT PLAINS — The Melbourne Bearkatz jumped to a big early lead and cruised in with a 43-38 victory over the Midland Mustangs in a 2A-2 District meeting here Thursday.
The ’Katz led 32-15 at halftime.
Kody Caraway scored 22 points for the winners. Dalton Grigg contributed 11 points and 11 rebounds. Spencer Caraway added 12 points and eight rebounds as the district leaders improved to 10-1 in the district and 25-5 overall.
Derek Tharp scored 11 points for Midland. Ben Lytle added 10.
The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers were big winners Wednesday night in Pioneer Gym.
Batesville cruised by Wynne 46-15 in the 5A-East basketball game to move to 5-6 in the conference and 6-13 overall. Lana Blake and Hailey Hastings paced the Junior Lady Pioneers with nine and seven points, respectively.
The Junior ’Jackets were 26-14 winners.
LONOKE — Lonoke took two of three 4A-2 basketball victories over Southside here Wednesday night.
The Jackrabbits defeated the Southerners 58-44 thanks to a 21-10 fourth quarter.
The game was tied at 27 in the third quarter and Lonoke pulled ahead for a 37-34 advantage headed into the final frame. The ’Rabbits were able to break the Southerners’ press and took advantage of some easy buckets in the closing stages.
Dalton Littleton led Southside’s effort with 12 points.
T.J. Scott led Lonoke with 18 points. Darius Scott tallied 14 and Demarcus Dodson added 10.
PARAGOULD — Greene County Tech collected a back-and-forth overtime win and a blowout from Batesville in 5A-East District high school basketball games here Wednesday night.
The Lady Eagles outscored the Lady Pioneers 4-0 in overtime to post a 62-58 decision. The Eagles outscored the Pioneers 22-10 in the third quarter and won going away, 64-35.
Tech’s senior girls led 12-10 after one quarter of play. Batesville led 27-23 at halftime. The score was tied at 43 after three quarters and at 58 at the end of regulation.
The Caveman Hall of Fame will induct its first members Friday night in Caveman Gymnasium.
The ceremony will take place between the senior high girls and boys games.
Alma Lee Eubanks, Rickey Medlock and Larry Duncan are the first class of inductees.
The late Kenneth “K.O.” James is the first Distinguished Service Award winner. That award will be presented every other year. The Hall plans to induct three members each year.
FAYETTEVILLE — In two years as University of Arkansas’ head football coach, Bobby Petrino has already built one of the nation’s most impressive offenses.
Now it’s time to work on that defense.
The Razorbacks signed defensive tackle Byran Jones on Wednesday, part of a 25-player recruiting class coaches hope will add some depth on the defensive line. Jones led Junction City High School in southern Arkansas to back-to-back state championships, and he was also a two-time member of The Associated Press Arkansas Super Team.
ATHENS, Ga. — Arkansas, which managed only two Southeastern Conference wins one year ago, suddenly looks like a contender in the SEC West.
Courtney Fortson scored 27 points, including five free throws in the last 40 seconds, and Arkansas wiped out a big halftime deficit to beat Georgia 72-68 on Wednesday night.
The Razorbacks (11-11, 4-3 SEC) have won three straight conference games for the first time since a 4-game streak in the 2007-08 season.
MELBOURNE — Melbourne’s senior high teams kept leads in the 2A-2 District standings here Tuesday night.
The Bearkatz downed the Sloan-Hendrix Greyhounds 73-42, and the Lady ’Katz downed their Sloan-Hendrix counterparts 81-34. The ’Katz top the district standings with an 8-1 record. They are 24-5 overall. The Lady Katz’ are 9-0 and 19-6.
CAVE CITY — National Signing Day is here and the Cave City football program has produced its first scholarship athletes.
Alan Wright and Thamail Morgan made their commitments official today when they signed with Arkansas State University and Ouachita Baptist University, respectively.
Wright verbally committed to ASU in December. Despite dreams of playing for a Southeastern Conference team, Wright said he is happy to be a Red Wolf.
“I’m extremely happy. It’s close to home and a big time Division I school that is getting better each year,” Wright said.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — If the Indianapolis Colts beat the Saints in the Super Bowl, many fans in New Orleans will celebrate hometown hero Peyton Manning’s second championship.
And if the Saints win, parts of northwest Indiana might resemble Bourbon Street.
Most of Indiana is expected to wear Colts blue on Super Bowl Sunday, but loyalties are split near the Purdue campus in West Lafayette, 65 miles from downtown Indianapolis. Saints quarterback Drew Brees remains an icon in the area since he led the Boilermakers’ revival a decade ago.
NEW ORLEANS — Mardi Gras falls on a Sunday this year.
The city of the Saints is filling up with ex-New Orleanians and others ahead of the Super Bowl, many looking to cast off a legacy of football futility and natural disaster — others just looking to party down in one of the world’s greatest party towns.
“We’re gearing up for Sunday just like Mardi Gras day,” said Earl Bernhardt, a bar owner in the French Quarter. “We’re staffing just like we do for Mardi Gras, and if the Saints win, we won’t close at all. We’ll stay open as long as people are standing.”