NEWPORT — The Midland Lady Mustangs will try to add a tournament title to their unbeaten record.
Wednesday night, they defeated the Augusta Lady Red Devils 68-60 in the semifinals of the Medallion Classic.
Saturday evening at 5, the 16-0 Lady Mustangs are slated opposite the Rivercrest Lady Colts in the title game. Rivercrest defeated Cedar Ridge on Tuesday night.
Midland Coach Brandon Gates said the Lady Mustangs never trailed, but it was a struggle. “We would pull out to a 13- to 14-point lead, then Augusta will chip it back down to 6, 7 or eight,” he said.
It’s not news that the Greenwood Bulldogs, best known for their high-scoring offenses, have put together a stifling, takeaway defense — at least to the Batesville Pioneers it’s not.
Remember, the Bulldogs stopped the 2010 Pioneers’ unbeaten run with a 38-13 thumping in Pioneer Stadium. After that semifinal decision, the Bulldogs rallied past the Camden Fairview Cardinals for a 36-35 victory and the school’s fifth football state championship.
NEWARK — The starting time and order of homecoming basketball games here Friday have been adjusted, announced Cedar Ridge Athletic Director Danny Davis.
The Quitman-at-Cedar Ridge junior boys will now tip off at 5 p.m. and be followed, in order, by the homecoming ceremony, the senior boys game and the senior girls contest.
CONCORD — The Midland Lady Mustangs pushed their unbeaten mark to 15-0 with a 62-38 thrashing of the Concord Lady Pirates in a 1A 2-South District contest here Tuesday.
Emma Sellers scored 18 points for the winners. Kerstie Bumpous and Jessica Hertz added 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Midland broke open a close game with a 19-9 advantage in the third quarter.
Kayla Richardson led Concord (5-8, 2-3) with 18 points.
A send-off is scheduled for the Batesville Pioneer football team Saturday afternoon, announced Kim Russell, a member of the Pioneer Booster Club.
The Pioneers are scheduled to board the buses at 12:30 for their trip to Little Rock to face the Greenwood Bulldogs in the Class 5A State Playoffs championship game in War Memorial Stadium. The kickoff is set for 6:30.
Greenwood, the defending state champion, is 13-0 and current champions of the West District. The Pioneers are 11-2, champions of the East District and winners of 10 in a row.
The Lyon College basketball teams shook up two national polls Tuesday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
First, the Scot women got off to a quick start, never let the Columbia Lady Cougars gain a foothold and won 71-59.
In the nightcap, the Scot men rebounded from a slow start, steadily wrested control from the visitors and won going away. The final score: Lyon 78, Columbia 64.
Remember, when these four teams met in Columbia, Mo., back on Nov. 8, the Lady Cougars defeated the Scots 71-53 and the Cougars embarrassed Lyon’s men 93-39.
Columbia College Lady Cougars (7-2) vs. Lyon College Scots (5-2), Becknell Gymnasium, 6 p.m.
The Lady Cougars won 71-53 when these two met three weeks ago in Columbia, Mo. The Lady Cougars are nationally ranked in the NAIA and were unbeaten after their first six games. In that first meeting with Lyon, Amanda Phillips led the winners with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
The Batesville Junior High basketball teams got off on the right foot in 5A-East District play in Pioneer Gym on Monday night.
The Junior Lady Pioneers defeated the Blytheville Lady Chickasaws 30-24 and the Junior Pioneers routed the Junior Chicks 42-23.
Batesville’s girls led 9-6, 15-11 and 25-16 at the quarter breaks and never trailed.
“I was happy about that,” Batesville Coach Tim Palmer said. “They were determined right from the start.”
He was also pleased with the teamwork they showed.
Batesville Coach Dave King came back from Little Rock Monday with some news for Batesville High football fans.
Along with a press conference for the head coaches of the teams set to play this weekend in the Class 5A, 6A and 7A state championship games, the coaches took part in a meeting and were given tickets for each of the schools to sell.
The tickets can be purchased in advance at the Batesville High School office from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. until noon on Friday, King announced. The ticket prices are $6 (students) and $7 (adults).
NEWPORT — The Midland Lady Mustangs and Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves advanced at the Medallion Classic here Monday.
The Lady Mustangs clobbered the Barton Lady Bears, winning 67-36 as Katelyn Lewis chalked up 14 points and Kerstie Bumpous added 10.
The 14-0 Lady Mustangs led 27-7 after one quarter of play. They are scheduled to play the Newport-Augusta winner in a semifinal at 4 Thursday afternoon.
NEWPORT — Forget the monkey, Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow said.
“We got a big ape off our backs last night,” he said, referring to the Pioneers’ 43-38, high school basketball victory over the Brookland Bearcats here Monday in a first-round game of the Medallion Classic.
The victory was the Pioneers’ first in 20 games. The 19-game loss string goes back to December of last season. This season, they are 1-3.
And they won in what the coach called “uncharted territory.”
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — University of Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee, Louisiana State defensive coordinator John Chavis, and three others have been named finalists for the Broyles Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top assistant football coach.
Officials announced Monday a selection committee had chosen Chavis, McGee; Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst; Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison and Alabama assistant head coach Sal Sunseri. The winner will be announced Dec. 6 in Little Rock.