SOUTHSIDE — Southside’s junior high teams won three of four non-conference basketball games that were split between two sites.
At home, the Southside seventh-grade girls won 20-6 as Kessie Jenkins scored nine points. The Junior Lady Southerner seventh-graders improved to 11-1.
The Junior Lady Yellowjackets varsity team won 39-23. Kenzi Batterton scored 12 points for Southside, which fell to 10-5.
In Mountain View, Southside’s seventh- and eighth-grade boys won 19-9 and 23-19, respectively.
The Ms. Hollywood Bowl Tournament is scheduled to get rolling at 1:30 Saturday afternoon at Hollywood Bowl, announced Yvonne Satterwhite.
Entry fee for the Batesville Women’s Bowling Association event is $25. The champion wins $200 and a “Ms Hollywood Bowl” Jacket.
For more information, call Saterwhite at (870) 834-8567.
The Batesville Motor Speedway Awards Presentation Dinner is scheduled for Saturday night in the East Banquet Hall at the University of Arkansas Community College in Batesville and tickets can be purchased in advance, announced Connie Starr.
The $20 tickets are available at Mark Martin Ford.
The annual event is scheduled to begin at 6. BMS points champions will be recognized and the schedule for the 2012 season will be announced.
Paragould swept Batesville in 5A-East District junior high basketball games in Pioneer Gym on Thursday, winning 37-14 with the girls and 39-28 in boys action.
The Junior Lady Rams led 10-4, 20-7 and 32-8 at the quarter breaks.
“We just didn’t handle their defense very well,” Junior Lady Pioneer Coach Tim Palmer said. “I’m just proud they didn’t give up. We just missed way too many easy shots.”
The coach said Haley Cole showed improvement in her outside shooting.
The Junior Lady Pioneers fell to 3-4 in the district and 5-10 overall.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Sarah Watkins appears to have found her scoring touch for Arkansas.
Watkins scored a season-high 21 points to lead the Razorbacks to a 69-47 win over No. 25 Vanderbilt on Thursday night. The junior also tied her career high with six blocks as Arkansas (13-5, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) won its second straight after opening SEC play with four straight losses.
The win is the Razorbacks’ first since 2006 over the Commodores, who had won 13 of the previous 14 meetings.
PINE BLUFF — Stars & Stripes Gymnastic Center athletes won 12 all-around championships and one team title at the Yankee Doodle Dandy Meet here last weekend.
Led by Vanessa Thompson and Mary Claire McNabb, the local center Level 4 squad finished first. Thompson topped the 9B division competitors in a big way as she won every event. McNabb won the uneven bars and floor exercise, finished second on the balance beam and third on the vault to total enough points to win the 10B division all-around title.
Lyon College Coach Ray Green recently announced the signing of Mallory Grimes, an all-conference volleyball player from Brookland.
The 6-foot-1 Grimes hammered 283 kills and was also a defensive force for the Lady Bearcats, tallying 98 blocks in her senior year alone and 372 for her career total.
Grimes plans to major in biology at Lyon College to prepare her for a career in Occupational Therapy.
Grimes said she had long considered attending Lyon, and an on-campus visit and offer in December only strengthened its standing.
FAYETTEVILLE — When you know you are good at what you do, it can be difficult to deal with getting bested by those of your own age and experience doing considerably better.
Post Kentucky, the Arkansas Razorbacks must deal with it and move on.
No doubt, the Michigan’s Wolverines will come into Saturday afternoon’s CBS televised nonconference game at Walton Arena feeling better about their last game than the Razorbacks do about theirs.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Roddick’s bid to win another Grand Slam singles title nearly a decade after his first hit a roadblock this morning when a hamstring injury forced him out of the Australian Open.
The former No. 1, whose lone major singles win came at the 2003 U.S. Open, was trailing Lleyton Hewitt 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 when he called the trainer to his courtside chair. He then walked over to Hewitt and shook the Australian player’s hand.
Roddick had fallen to the court in the second set, but played despite being in obvious pain from the leg injury.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 21 points to lead No. 1 Baylor over Texas Tech 72-64 on Wednesday.
Texas Tech cut the lead to 69-63 when Monique Smalls stole the ball from Odyssey Sims in the backcourt and made a layup with 1:12 remaining.
But Griner, who hit seven of 16 shots from the field and blocked eight shots, hit a short jumper from the left side to put the Lady Bears back up by eight 71-63 and seal the win.
Baylor worked the ball inside to the 6-foot-8 Griner, who was able to pass the ball out or work her way in for easy layups.