Batesville Pioneer football players Robert Thorne and Justin Smithee were recently named to the Class 5A All-State football team.
Thorne, a senior and 2-year starter, totaled 72 tackles as the Pioneers finished with a 5-4-1 record. He led the interior linemen in total tackles and solo stops (39). Thorne also caused three fumbles.
Smithee, an inside linebacker and tailback, is a junior. He recorded team highs in total tackles (104) and solo tackles (55). He also led the team in rushing with 566 yards and 13 touchdowns on 91 carries.
Three Cavemen were selected to represent Cave City on the Class 3A all-state football roster.
They are seniors Thamail Morgan, Alan Wright and Tyler Engleman.
That trio is joined by Dalton Carpenter, Nick Townsend, Garrett McSpadden and Joey Barnett on the 3A 1-East All-District team.
Second-team all-conference members from Cave City are William Boyd, Tyler Woods, Jeremy Johnson, Dillon Sallas, Tyler Poulette, Kody White, Robert Davis and Jeremy Egan.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Michael Washington scored a season-high 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Arkansas easily defeated Alabama State 76-51 Wednesday night.
Marshawn Powell added 13 points and Glenn Bryant 11 for the Razorbacks (5-5), who got back to the .500 mark for time since Nov. 24 (2-2).
Arkansas played without Rotnei Clarke, the leading scorer in the Southeastern Conference at 21.1 points per game, due to tendinitis in his right knee.
PARAGOULD — Paragould’s junior high varsity teams swept Batesville in 5A-East District basketball games here Monday night.
The Junior Lady Rams won 46-28, outscoring the visitors 18-3 in the fourth quarter. Paragould led 10-9 after one quarter of play. Batesville led 19-17 at halftime. Paragould led 28-25 after three quarters.
Lana Blake scored 11 points in a losing cause.
Winter baseball camps are scheduled for Dec. 28 and 29, the Lyon College baseball program announced.
The first will be a hitting camp and the second is for pitchers. Each camp is for children ages 5-15 and will run from 9-11 a.m.
Campers attending the hitting camp should bring their own bats and gloves. The camps will be held inside the Kirk Kelley Complex, so no cleats will be allowed.
The cost is $25 for one camp of $45 for both. To register or for more information, call Lyon Coach Tony Roepcke at (870) 307-7337.
The first half-marathon race in Batesville is scheduled for Saturday morning, race directors Matt and Sara Walker announced.
The White River Christmas Half Marathon is set to begin at 9 a.m. in front of the White River Veterinary Clinic in the Eagle Mountain Shopping Center. Runners can begin registering at 7:30.
The 13.1-mile course also ends at the clinic. The turnaround point is at the Town Plaza Shopping Center on Main Street. Matt Walker said nine aid stations are scattered along the course.
PARAGOULD — The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles defeated the Crowley’s Ridge Academy Falcons 48-46 in a nonconference thriller here Tuesday night.
CRA led 33-29 heading into the final period and Hillcrest’s Logan Spray netted the game-winner with 1.6 seconds remaining. The score came off a rebound from Derek Wooten’s missed 16-footer.
Three Screamin’ Eagles turned in double-digit totals. Derek Wooten led with 20, Dylan Wooten 14 and Spray 10 as their team improved to 12-4.
The Falcons got a game-high 26 from Wade Freer, including six 3-pointers.
ARKADELPHIA (AP) — Ouachita Baptist is adding men’s wrestling and women’s golf to its athletic program.
The additions, announced Tuesday by the school, bring its total number of teams to 16.
Ouachita President Rex M. Horne, Jr. said his school will be the first in Arkansas to offer college wrestling, and that high school wrestling is growing in the state.
Ouachita last expanded the athletic department about a decade ago when it added men’s soccer and women’s softball.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The University of Arkansas basketball program has reported an NCAA secondary violation concerning athletes’ images in a magazine.
The athletic department said Tuesday it reported the violation to the Southeastern Conference. No player’s eligibility is affected.
The school said its self-report was over “tag lines used to accompany photos of student-athletes, referencing local businesses” — and that nobody in the athletic department approved of or had prior knowledge of non-editorial use of the players’ images.
Tiger Woods was selected today as Athlete of the Decade by U.S. sports editors, a result that reflects 10 years of greatness on the golf course rather than three weeks of headlines about a shocking sex scandal.
Woods received 56 of the 142 votes cast by Associated Press member newspaper editors since last month. More than half of the ballots were returned after the Nov. 27 car accident outside his Florida home that set off sensational tales of infidelity.
Just like so many of his victories, it wasn’t much of a contest.
Alex Davidson and Rachel Shellenberger have been playing basketball together since their pee-wee days. They’ll continue a few years longer.
Today at 5:30 p.m. in Pioneer Gymnasium, the Batesville High seniors will sign letters of intent to play basketball at Lyon College.
“We’re excited about signing these two,” Lyon Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said. “As much as anything, we’re excited about it because they’re so excited about it.”