Pioneers picked by one over Greenbrier Panthers; Northwest schoolboys lead way in Class 7A state playoffs again
FAYETTEVILLE — If the Class 7A state playoffs have a familiar feel to them, it’s with good reason.
And that feeling could become even more familiar next week — if the remaining four 7A-West Conference teams win this week.
Bentonville, Fort Smith Southside, Fayetteville and Springdale Har-Ber each reached the semifinals last season, with Bentonville eventually defeating Fayetteville in the championship game. All four are still alive in this week’s quarterfinals, and a member from the conference has won the last six straight titles.
FAYETTEVILLE — Bobby Petrino wasn’t about to complain about having the top offense in the Southeastern Conference — at least not directly.
However, the Arkansas coach — and noted offensive perfectionist — indirectly did just that this week about the team’s early season performance while praising the recent results of the No. 6 Razorbacks (9-1, 5-1 SEC).
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State University women’s basketball Coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna were killed when the single-engine plane they were riding in during a recruiting trip crashed near a wildlife management area in central Arkansas.
The university said the pair died in the crash Thursday night near Perryville, about 45 miles west of Little Rock. The Winona Wildlife Management Area is in steep terrain in the eastern Ouachita Mountains, but a cause of the crash was not announced.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Texas A&M Coach Gary Blair was impressed with University of Arkansas-Little Rock’s Taylor Gault.
The freshman guard totaled 23 points and six rebounds as the Trojans fell to the sixth-ranked Aggies 83-54 on Thursday night.
“She is going to be a great player and will be very good in the Sun Belt Conference,” Blair said.
University of Arkansas-Little Rock Coach Joe Foley was happy with the way his team played against the defending national champions.
JONESBORO (AP) — Trey Finn scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Arkansas State pulled away in the second half for a 63-45 victory against Tennessee-Martin in the Global Sports Invitational on Thursday night.
Marcus Hooten added 13 points for the Red Wolves (1-2), who led by three points at halftime but broke the game open by shooting 59.3 percent (16 for 27) from the field in the second half.
Mike Liabo scored 10 points for the Skyhawks (0-3).
First, Greenbrier Coach Randy Tribble said an emphatic “No,” then he couldn’t help but play around a little with the rumor.
“But tell them he’s going to play and he’s going to throw it 75 times,” he added quickly.
The rumor is that Neal Burcham, the Greenbrier Panthers’ star quarterback, will play Friday night in Pioneer Stadium against the Batesville Pioneers in a Class 5A State Playoff football game.
Seniors Ryan Coles and Terrance Robinson, the only veterans in the Batesville Pioneers’ defensive line, will always play together in one coach’s memory.
“After Matthew Showalter ran that fumble back for a touchdown and then Wynne drove back down and was threatening to score, Terrance made the last tackle — sacking Wynne’s quarterback and ending the threat,” Batesville Coach Stuart Smith said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “And then against Beebe last year, Ryan and Terrance combined to sack the quarterback on Beebe’s last play.”
The Pioneer Athletic Booster Club is organizing a campaign to support the Batesville High School football team’s efforts in the postseason, according to a news release from the club.
It is asking business owners and individuals to decorate the exterior of their businesses and homes with messages of encouragement and support for the Pioneers and to wear the “Orange and Black any day of the week; not just on Fridays.”
We knew it was just a matter of time, and we didn’t think it would take 23 years.
It happened, though, this past weekend when Dottie Dodson and Paul Glover finished tied atop the “Guard Grid Picks.”
We started this fun little football pick ’em contest back in 1989. That’s the only other time that more than one name is listed beside the year, and that happened only because Mike Smith stepped in for Janet Welch, his fellow advertising department worker, when she moved away with her family for her husband’s new place of employment.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino says running back Knile Davis will not play this weekend when the No. 6 Razorbacks host Mississippi State.
Offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said Tuesday that Davis, who suffered what was described as a season-ending ankle injury in August, was practicing. Running backs coach Tim Horton said Davis was close to being ready to play.
Petrino says Davis has been practicing for “around three weeks” but hasn’t been cleared to play. He says Davis still needs to have some “hardware” removed from his surgically repaired ankle.
IMBODEN — The Izard County Cougars dominated in the second and third quarters here Tuesday night and posted a 59-48, 1A 2-North District basketball victory over the Sloan-Hendrix Greynounds.
After a 10-10 first quarter, the Cougars outscored the ’Hounds 21-9 and 20-9 the next two quarters.
Trenton Hatman led the winners with 23 points and five steals. Chris King snared a game-high eight rebounds.