EL DORADO — Seth Bailey and Thomas Sonnier led the Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes here Saturday with five victories apiece in the Amateur Athletic Union Winter Qualifier.
The top three finishers in each of the AAU state indoor meet qualifies for the Junior Olympics meet in Houston in August, and all six Torpedoes participating qualified. Joining Bailey and Sonnier will be Louis Sonnier, Joshua Bernal, Maison Mitchell and Anthony Sonnier.
MORRILTON — The Greenbrier Lady Panthers defeated the Batesville Lady Pioneers 44-32 Wednesday afternoon in an opening game of the Northwestern/Modern Woodmen Invitational.
“We just missed too many shots in the lane,” Batesville Coach Patricia Stave said. “Also, we had a hard time guarding them in a zone with as well as they moved the ball and too many good 3-point shooters, so we had to spend most of the night playing man-to-man. We were able to cause some havoc at times, but eventually they just wore us down.”
Both Southside teams advanced and a defending champion got dismissed at the Lyon College Tournament in Becknell Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
The Harding Academy Wildcats sent the defending champion Heber Springs Panthers home with a 46-32 decision. Harding Academy’s Will Francis led all scorers with 37 points. The team from Searcy is scheduled to play the winner of tonight’s Concord-Cedar Ridge quarterfinal in the second of four semifinals Friday evening at 5:45.
Judson Smith led Heber Springs in scoring with 12 points.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — University of Arkansas senior Joe Adams won the Southeastern Conference’s top special teams player award by vote of the coaches, the SEC announced Wednesday.
He joined Alabama tailback Trent Richardson and LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, who won the conference’s top offensive and defensive player awards, respectively.
LSU’s Les Miles was named coach of the year by his peers after leading the top-ranked Tigers into the national championship game against the Crimson Tide.
CAVE CITY — The Southside Lady Southerners and Southerners won big here Tuesday in their 4A-2 District openers.
The Lady Southerners walloped the Cavewomen 61-23 as Lynsey Ellis and Maggie Carlile scored 12 points apiece. Carlile also made three steals and was one of four players to snare four rebounds. The others were Jessica Robertson, Candace Smith and Alex Burroughs. Robertson also contributed three assists.
LITTLE ROCK — LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis won the annual Broyles Award given to the top college assistant coach on Tuesday.
Chavis is in his third year for the top-ranked Tigers, who will play Alabama for the national championship next month.
Chavis is the 16th winner of the award named in honor of former Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, whose assistant coaches went on to become notable head coaches at the college or professional level. They include Barry Switzer, Jimmy Johnson, Joe Gibbs and Jackie Sherrill.
FAYETTEVILLE — Paul Petrino was hired as the University of Arkansas’ offensive coordinator on Tuesday, the first addition for the Razorbacks in what has become a coaching overhaul.
Petrino, the former Illinois offensive coordinator, was hired to replace Garrick McGee, who was introduced a day earlier as the new coach at Alabama-Birmingham.
McGee was the first of three coordinators to leave Arkansas in recent days.
Seven high school golfers from Guard-circulation area schools earned all-state honors this fall and you’ve seen most of these faces before.
Seniors Preston Harmon and Uriah Mead returned to the Class 1A team after leading the Izard County Cougars to their second straight state championship. Harmon won the individual state title by shooting an even-par 73 on The Course at Eagle Mountain. Harmon has won all-state honors in the sport three straight years.
Mead earned his second all-state honor with a third-place score of 80.
Another Batesville Pioneer is a finalist for a Farm Bureau Class 5A football player of the year honor, according to a news release from Chris Hooten of Hooten’s Arkansas Football magazine.
Cody Vaughn, a senior and 3-year starter, joins Hot Springs Lakeside’s Ajalen Holley and Watson Chapel’s Jackie Harris as a finalist for the Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year Award from Farm Bureau.
Last season, Batesville’s Matthew Showalter won the 5A award for defensive players.
WALNUT RIDGE — Williams Baptist took the return basketball games with Lyon, with the Lady Eagles winning 62-57 and the Eagles rolling up a 90-75 decision.
When these four met in Batesville on Nov. 15, Lyon’s women won 73-67 and Lyon’s men won 86-80.
The Scot women led 30-22 at halftime.
“We played a good half, but then we relaxed,” Lyon Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said. “We’ve shown a pattern of doing that instead of continuing to push.
Three circulation-area teams were among the winners in Lyon College Tournament first-round games Monday night at Becknell Gymnasium, and one of them included an unbeaten squad that had to rally from a slow start.
The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves fell behind 8-0 and didn’t get a lead until late in the second quarter but dominated in the second half for an 80-65 victory over the West Side Greers Ferry Eagles.
Clayton Butler, a returning all-state player, led the 11-0 T-wolves with 26 points. Spencer Reaves added 25 points, Luke Henderson chipped in 15 and Cole Crabtree added 11.
ATLANTA (AP) — LSU and Alabama are the nation’s highest-ranked teams.
Only appropriate they would have the two best players in the Southeastern Conference.
Alabama running back Trent Richardson was a unanimous choice for offensive player of the year, while LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu took the honor as top defensive player on The Associated Press All-SEC team released Monday.
Later in the day, both were named Heisman Trophy finalists.