New happenings had the run of Main Street Saturday morning.
The White River Christmas Half-Marathon crowned two new champions in Will Henry and Beverly Smith, and the benefit event included a new race. The 8-kilometer championships went to Shannon Box and Crystal Cossey.
BOSTON — Lewis Carpenter never had any concussions — or at least none that his family knew about back in the 1950s and ’60s, when he played for the University of Arkansas, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers and there wasn’t as much concern over them as there is now.
Still, when he began having trouble late in his life finding the right word, keeping things organized, remembering why he was going to the doctor or controlling his temper, relatives grew concerned.
JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State quarterback Ryan Aplin has been named Sun Belt Conference player of the year and ASU defensive lineman Brandon Joiner is the conference’s defensive player of the year.
Former Red Wolves coach Hugh Freeze was selected coach of the year after leading ASU to a 10-2 overall record and a perfect 8-0 in conference play. Freeze resigned earlier this week to accept the head coaching job at Ole Miss.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The Southeastern Conference’s All-Freshman Team includes an Arkansas tight end who died last month.
Officials announced Thursday that Garrett Uekman was named the team’s honorary captain.
After a redshirt season in 2010, Uekman played in nine games this season. He died on Nov. 20, Uekman died the day following the Razorbacks’ 44-17 victory over Mississippi State at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, Uekman’s hometown.
The win clinched the team’s second straight 10-win season.
FAYETTEVILLE — BJ Young set a career high with 28 points in Arkansas’ 75-62 loss at Connecticut last Saturday, but he didn’t miss a beat when asked what the performance felt like.
“Bad, because we lost,” Young said.
Despite the frustration over the defeat, Young has little else to be rankled about in his first season of college basketball. The 6-foot-3 guard, one of four heralded freshmen recruited by first-year Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson, has quickly emerged as Arkansas’ top offensive option following the season-ending knee injury to Marshawn Powell.
CAVE CITY — Cave City’s schedule of junior and senior high basketball games Monday in Marianna has been changed, announced Athletic Director Russell Fowler.
The junior girls game will start, as originally scheduled, at 4 p.m., but will be followed, in order, by the senior girls, junior boys and senior boys contests.
The Batesville Junior High basketball teams kept the beat going in 5A-East District play with a sweep of the Forrest City Colts in Pioneer Gymnasium Thursday night.
The Junior Lady Pioneers won 41-16, the Junior Pioneers won 46-28 and both broke open close games in the fourth quarter.
Batesville’s girls led 10-5, 14-9 and 25-13 at the quarter breaks.
Madison Stave led Batesville with 12 points.
MORRILTON — The Batesville Lady Pioneers outscored the Nemo Vista Lady RedHawks 18-6 in the fourth quarter here Thursday night for a 46-43 high school basketball victory in the Northwestern/Modern Woodmen Invitational Tournament.
Hailey Hastings led the winners with 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Tess Hurley added 12 points. Tephany Spivey provided three steals.
Batesville led 13-10 after one quarter of play. Nemo Vista led 24-19 and 37-28 at the next two stops.
Taylor Booth was the only volleyball player from an area school to be named to an all-state team, and it’ a return engagement for the senior from Izard County.
The outside hitter chalked up 201 kills, an average of 11.8 per game, 294 digs (17.3 average) and 76 aces (4.9) for the 10-7 Lady Cougars.
Booth was also named to all-tournament teams at Harrisburg and Cave City and was invited to participate in the Delta Region High Performance Camp and the North-Central All-Star Game.
Batesville Lady Pioneers Kassie Foreman and Jayme Shell were named to the Arkansas Activities Association’s Class 5A All-State team for volleyball.
Foreman, a senior, led the team in kills with 365 while scoring on 48 percent of her hits. Foreman also totaled 30 aces, 103 points and 149 digs to help the Lady Pioneers to a 17-8 record and to a state tournament berth.
Three Guard-circulation area high school basketball teams moved into the semifinals of the Lyon College Tournament with victories in Becknell Gymnasium on Thursday night.
The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves improved to 12-0 with a back-and-forth, 62-50 victory over the Concord Pirates as Luke Henderson scored 17 points and Spencer Reaves hit for 10.
“We committed a lot of turnovers that we don’t usually have, but you can credit a lot of that to Concord,” Cedar Ridge Coach Isaac Middlebrooks said.
DALLAS (AP) — Three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols has agreed to a 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press this morning.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced.
Pujols led the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series title this fall — his second with the team. He had been pursued by the Miami Marlins, but they dropped out Wednesday after agreeing to a deal with Mark Buehrle.