• Tickets for BHS-Greenwood available Wednesday; fans invited to Thursday practice

    Advance tickets for the Batesville-Greenwood, Class 5A State Playoffs semifinal high school football game will be available just one day, Batesville High Coach Dave King announced.
    The tickets, which are $5 apiece, can be purchased from noon until 3 p.m. Wednesday at the high school office. Classes will not be held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. The ticket price is set by the Arkansas Activities Association.
    King also announced that the public is invited to Thursday morning’s practice.

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  • King paces Lady Southerners’ win

    SOUTHSIDE — Sophomore Ashlyn King paced the Southside Lady Southerners in their 37-29 nonconference win over the Conway St. Joseph Lady Bulldogs Monday night.
    King ripped the nets in the first half and closed the evening with 18 points and four rebounds.
    “Ashlyn really attacked the basket aggressively and finished strong,” Southside Coach Malcolm Long said.
    King hit six of nine from the field, including one 3-pointer, and five of six from the free-throw line.
    Andrea Davis led the Lady Southerners (3-0) in rebounding with seven and Maggie Carlile added five more.

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  • Pacific defeats ASU men 77-70 in NIT Tip-Off game

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Demetrece Young scored 19 points to lead four teammates in double figures Monday night and Pacific defeated Arkansas State 77-70.
    The game was part of the NIT Season Tip-Off consolation round.
    Nyika Williams totaled 14 points and six rebounds for the Tigers (4-1). Sam Willard and Jose Rivera scored 12 points each and Young added six assists.

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  • This post-Thanksgiving UA-LSU game feels different

    FAYETTEVILLE — Last time the Arkansas Razorbacks played LSU in Little Rock, the Razorbacks played only for their pride.
    At 2:30 p.m. Saturday on CBS, against the 10-1, 6-1 SEC West Tigers at War Memorial Stadium, the 9-2, 5-2 Razorbacks may be playing for a BCS bowl bid.
    At a minimum, they strive to take a 10-win season into whatever bowl they play.
    That’s a far cry from when first-year Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino’s 2008 Hogs closed a 5-7 season against LSU in Little Rock.

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  • Pioneers join other champs in 5A semifinals

    Only the champions are left standing after the quarterfinal round of the Class 5A Playoffs for Arkansas high school football teams.
    The Batesville Pioneers, champs of the East District, defeated the third-seeded Monticello Billies of the Southeast District 27-7 in Pioneer Stadium Friday night.
    This Friday night, the Pioneers will take on the Greenwood Bulldogs, champs out of the West District in one semifinal. Greenwood held off the Little Rock Mills Comets, second seeds out of the Southeast, 20-14 in another quarterfinal.

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  • Lonoke juniors edge Batesville for fifth place in Beebe tourney

    BEEBE — The Lonoke Junior Jackrabbits edged the Batesville Junior Pioneers in overtime in the fifth-place game of the Centennial Bank Badger Classic here Saturday.
    Lonoke won 28-26. The regulation score was 23-all.
    “We had some problems with their full-court pressure,” Batesville Coach Kelly Rush said. “It was frustrating. For most of the game, we outplayed them. Give them credit, when they scored they were able to get in their press and we weren’t ready for it. We got out of rhythm with our press offense.

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  • Tigers beat Southerners in OT

    HIGHLAND — Maynard edged Southside 58-57 in overtime in a Highland Classic game here Saturday.
    Maynard led 38-34 at the end of three quarters, but Southside knotted it at 53-53 to end regulation. In overtime, Southside had the ball and the lead, but a turnover led to a Maynard basket to put the Tigers ahead. Clint Vandergrift scored the game-winner on a layup with about 40 seconds to play.
    Kevin Jackson led the Southerners (1-1) with 23 points. Tyler Goad and Dalton Littleton added 14 and 11, respectively.
    Jeff Skudlark and Bryan Venson netted 15 apiece for Maynard.

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  • Scots hang on to avenge loss to Victory Eagles

    The Lyon Scots edged the Victory Eagles 79-74 in a mens nonconference basketball game Saturday afternoon in Becknell Gymnasium.
    The win avenges a 95-88 loss in Memphis on Nov. 1 and gives the 5-2 Scots their best start since 2008. They’ll try to better that Tuesday night in Springdale when they visit the Ecclesia Royals.

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  • Junior Panthers win three of four against Batesville

    HEBER SPRINGS — The home junior high basketball teams won three of four here Thursday night.
    The eighth-grade boys provided Batesville with its one victory. Kenton Crawford scored 10 points to help the Junior Pioneers win 29-26. Justin Gallant and Riley Caraway added eight points apiece.
    Heber Springs’ seventh- and eighth-grade girls won 23-4 and 26-4, respectively, and the Heber Springs seventh-grade boys won, but a score was not available.

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  • Junior T-wolves stay undefeated

    NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge Junior Timberwolves stuck to their winning ways here Thursday with a 50-38 win over the Newport Greypups.
    Spencer Reaves led the 5-0 Timberwolves with 19 points while teammate Cole Crabtree threw in 11.
    Cedar Ridge’s seventh-grade boys also remained unbeaten with a 26-14 decision.
    Tylin Richmond scored eight points and Austin Reaves added six for the 4-0 squad.

     

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  • Steady No. 22 MSU faces explosive No. 13 Arkansas

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State’s 6-game winning streak vaulted the team into the national rankings for the first time since 2001. And during those good times, the Bulldogs thrived off a grinding approach that preached consistency on offense and defense — with few big plays on both sides of the ball.
    Then came Alabama, and that plan was shredded — along with the winning streak.

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  • The Playoffs: Nov. 19

    Monticello at Batesville

    KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7:30

    They’ve met in other sports, but this is a first time for the Billies and Pioneers in football, Batesville and Monticello coaches said, and it has the makings of a dandy. Both offenses lean heavily on the run. The Billies have two 1,000-yard rushers in slotback/tailback Brian Handley and fullback Trey Hawkins, and a big and athletic quarterback in Marcie Roberson.

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