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.
NEWPORT — The Batesville Pioneers are winless no longer.
Led by senior guard Tanner Ring, the Pioneers outscored the Newport Greyhounds 24-11 in the fourth quarter to post a 53-50, nonconference high school basketball victory — their first in seven games.
The ’Hounds led 14-9, 25-19 and 39-29 at the quarter breaks.
The Heber Springs Panthers’ fifth victory in a row was a convincing one.
The Panthers outscored the Southside Southerners 10-1 over the last four minutes of the first quarter and never looked back while winning 60-26 in the Lyon College Tournament championship game in Becknell Gymnasium on Saturday night.
A familiar face and a first-time visitor won the overall championships of the White River Christmas Half Marathon Saturday morning.
Clan Weatherford, a frequent winner of road races here and elsewhere, took the men’s title with a time of one hour, 32 minutes and 54.30 seconds. The 41-year-old man from Mount Pleasant finished a little more than a minute and a half ahead of Timothy Stedman, 32, of Little Rock.
Batesville’s Hunter Limbaugh and Pine Bluff’s Dominique Azeez battled until the final bell in the main event of “Seasons Beatings” Saturday night at the National Guard Armory in Batesville.
Limbaugh (4-0) dominated the first two rounds of the 4-round bout. He recorded a knock down near the end of the opening round and then pummeled Azeez to the mat again just 16 seconds into the second round. Azeez received standing 8-counts, but answered each time despite being jelly-legged.
The Mountain View Lady Yellowjackets won their second straight Lyon College Invitational Tournament championship Saturday night in Becknell Gymnasium when they defeated the Calico Rock Lady Pirates 52-38.
The Lady Pirates battled the No. 1 Lady Yellowjackets early and trailed 24-20 at halftime. A 17-1 run to start the second half gave Mountain View a comfortable lead.
A 3-pointer by Calico Rock’s Taylor Cox started the fourth quarter and put her team within 12, 44-32. It would get no closer.