DENVER (AP) — Tyler Thalken scored a career-high 19 points as the Denver Pioneers won its eighth straight game, beating the Arkansas State Red Wolves 74-36 on Thursday night.
Thalken hit all five 3-point attempts for Denver (10-9, 6-0 Sun Belt), whose streak is its longest since a string of 13 victories in a row in 1970-71. The Pioneers are unbeaten in Sun Belt play after six games for the second time, the first since the 2004-05 season.
Brian Stafford added 12 points for Denver, which was 11-for-21 on 3-point tries. He is within four points of 1,000 for his career.
Wintry weather has caused a few changes for the weekend’s “Sports calendar.”
Cedar Ridge will not host White County Central tonight. The schools are considering making up the games Jan. 31, but nothing had been settled at press time.
Stuttgart at Cave City and the Hall of Fame ceremony are scratched with no make-up set for the game. The Hall of Fame ceremony is rescheduled for next Friday when Cave City hosts Newport.
Hillcrest has rescheduled tonight’s games at Norfork for Monday and Concord at Shirley has been reset for Feb. 4.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Freshman Jasmine Lister scored 17 points, including hitting a career-high five 3-pointers, and Stephanie Holzer added 16 points to help Vanderbilt upset No. 23 Arkansas 65-54 on Thursday night.
Lister hit her first five shots, including all four 3s, for the Commodores (13-6, 4-2 Southeastern Conference), who entered the game tied with the Razorbacks (15-3, 3-3) for fourth place in the conference.
C’eira Ricketts scored a career-high 29 points, including 11 of the team’s final 14 to lead Arkansas. Ashley Daniels added 10 points for the Razorbacks.
JONESBORO (AP) — New Arkansas State football Coach Hugh Freeze has signed five junior-college transfers who will be eligible to play in 2011 for the Red Wolves.
The signees include two offensive linemen — 6-foot-3, 288-pound Garrett Langthorp of Blinn (Texas) and 6-foot-6, 318-pound James Williams of Arizona Western.
A 6-foot-2, 285-pound defensive tackle, Ronnell Wright of Butte (Calif.), also signed with the Red Wolves, along with his juco teammate, 6-foot, 232-pound tight end Anthony Kincy.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Sam Muldrow may have a found a new role with South Carolina: Late-game, long-range shooting specialist.
For the second straight victory, it was the 6-foot-9 Muldrow’s outside touch that rallied the Gamecocks.
Muldrow scored five of his 20 points in overtime Wednesday night in South Carolina’s 81-74 victory over Arkansas. His long 3-pointer from the left side all but sealed things for the Gamecocks (12-5, 3-1 SEC) who continued their surprise run in the Southeastern Conference.
CALICO ROCK — The Izard County Cougars came up on the low end of a seesaw battle with the Calico Rock Pirates in the Izard County Tournament here Wednesday.
Calico Rock jumped ahead 17-9 at the end of the first quarter. Izard County responded with a 12-5 second quarter and a 10-2 third quarter to go up 31-24 before the Pirates finished with a 10-2 surge and won 34-33.
Dalton Grigg led the Cougars (7-6) with nine points and 10 rebounds. Caleb Cowan and Ryan Walker added eight and seven points, respectively, and they each pulled down five rebounds.
CAVE CITY — The second Caveman Hall of Fame class leans heavily toward baseball, basketball and coaches.
In a ceremony between the Cave City High School varsity basketball games scheduled here Friday night, Jimmy Rodgers, Jim Hansen and Mark Smith will be officially inducted. Sam Beller will also receive the K.O. James Outstanding Service Award.
Batesville Pioneer football players Matthew Showalter and Chance Rogers, and Cave City volleyballer Rachel Roebuck will participate in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star games.
The coaching staffs and rosters for the East and West teams for both sports were announced Tuesday by the Arkansas Activities Association. All three athletes will play for the East.
Once the shots came on line, the Batesville Lady Pioneers manufactured a workmanlike, 70-56 high school basketball victory over the Beebe Lady Badgers in Pioneer Gym Tuesday night.
Batesville’s man-for-man defense, ballhandling, screening and passing created plenty of good scoring opportunities in the first half, but errant shots gummed up the works. The Lady Pioneers hit just eight of 22 shots in the first half and led by four (25-21) at halftime.
Hollywood Bowl is hosting the Ms. Hollywood Bowl Tournament Saturday, according to a news release from Lori Hayes.
The start time is 1:30 p.m. and the entry fee is $20. The five highest series will advance to a stair-step roll off and $200 and a “Ms. Hollywood Bowl” jacket will be awarded to the winner.
For more information, call Hayes at (870) 793-3028 or (870) 307-8276.
CAVE CITY — In their first meeting as conference foes, the Southside Southerners edged the Cave City Cavemen 43-40 and the Cavewomen held on for a 33-31 tilt.
The Southerners won the Class 4A-2 District meeting thanks to hitting seven of eight free throws in the closing minutes. Dalton Littleton accounted for five of those. He also had the lone miss.
The Southerners (13-6, 4-2) led 30-26 at the end of the third quarter, Cave City rallied to tie it, but Southside never relinquished the lead.