BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Bar brawls and NCAA investigations will be hot topics at the Southeastern Conference media days — not just national championships.
Troubling events have made headlines in the two weeks leading up to the 3-day SEC event that began today. There was a bar brawl involving Tennessee players and there are potential NCAA troubles brewing at Florida and South Carolina.
SEARCY — The Jonesboro Ricemen will try for three straight American Legion state championships. That was determined when they rallied past West Memphis 6-4 in the AAA Zone 2 Tournament championship game on Monday night.
The Ricemen will take a 26-5 record to North Little Rock’s Burns Park on Friday for a first-round game against a team yet to be determined. West Memphis, which eliminated Batesville’s Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen 7-6 Sunday afternoon and defeated Paragould 11-10 in the losers bracket final later that night, also qualified for the state tourney.
Tickets are still available for the Batesville Area Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner, said Joe Biard, a hall committee member.
Brian Baker, Scott Crossett and Bobby Hill will be inducted into the 19th class at the Western Sizzlin’ Restaurant on July 31. David Parker will receive the Estes Award.
The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 apiece and can be purchased from Sue Skinner at the Batesville Municipal Building.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Veteran Central Arkansas football coach Clint Conque confessed Tuesday to an “inappropriate relationship” and said he has apologized to his family.
Conque released a statement Tuesday asking for privacy and apologizing to the school community. He did not offer details about the relationship.
The announcement came after the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette requested information on Conque’s UCA-provided cell phone.
FAYETTEVILLE — There’s no end to Jake Bequette’s horizons at defensive end.
That’s why the University of Arkansas fourth-year junior from Little Rock Catholic is one of three players representing the Razorbacks during Thursday’s part of SEC Football Media Days in Hoover, Ala.
“Jake has unlimited potential,” Willy Robinson, Arkansas defensive coordinator, said.
Yet when it comes to most improved from the outset of spring practice into the oncoming August preseason, Jake Bequette isn’t the beginning or the end.
David Bell, Chris Bell, Danny Bell and Tommy Ford teamed to win the Bad Boy 4-Person Scramble Golf Tournament at The Course at Eagle Mountain on Sunday.
They did so in dramatic fashion. Down four strokes to start the day and a stroke entering the last hole of the 2-day, 36-hole tournament, the foursome combined for an eagle on the par-5 18th. Meanwhile, the leading team of Bo Carter, Cam Deaton, Ben Cox and Matt Perish birdied the same hole. That forced a playoff.
The Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes won the boys division and finished second overall in the meet they hosted at the Batesville North Complex on Saturday.
Led by Seth Bailey’s four individual victories, the Torpedoes edged the Mountain Home Hurricanes 325-312. Bailey also swam on two winning relay teams.
Sam Fagan added victories in three individual races and also swam on a winning relay.
The Torpedo girls finished second to Mountain Home, 382-269. Mountain Home finished 100 points ahead of the ICYAA squad (694-594) in the overall scoring.
SEARCY — West Memphis got the 1-run win that counted most here over the weekend.
Friday, Batesville’s Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen defeated West Memphis 2-1 in the AAA American Legion Zone 2 Tournament opener.
Sunday night, West Memphis won 7-6 in 11 innings, knocking Batesville out of the double-elimination event.
The Highwaymen’s first loss happened Saturday when the Jonesboro Ricemen run-ruled them, winning 10-0 in eight innings. Zone tournament games for the older AAA Legion teams last a regulation nine innings.
For the second straight week, races at the Batesville Motor Speedway have been canceled due to muddy track conditions.
Thursday’s intense rainfall coupled with a 50-percent chance of more rain today have forced the postponement of The Chrome Shop Factory Stock Shootout. It will be made up, according to a track official, but a date hadn’t been announced by press time.
Bernard Caldwell shot his age while winning a scramble tournament at the Batesville Municipal Golf Course last weekend.
Caldwell carded a 7-under-par 65. Kevin Weaver finished a stroke back in the championship flight. He was followed by Vernon Lovelady and Ray Adcock, who each fired a 67.
Here are the top four finishers in the remaining flights:
First — Mickey Jones, 70; Jack Hill, 70; Peter Mamula, 70; Gary Coots, 71
Second — Bryan Dunegan, 73; Keith Porter, 73; Ronnie Sellers, 73; Randy Satterwhite, 73
Batesville 12-year-old and 9-year-old All-Star baseball teams finished third and fifth, respectively, in Cal Ripken North Arkansas State Tournaments recently.
The 12-year-old event was held last weekend in Bentonville. After falling 10-7 to Ozarks in the opener, the local team defeated Bentonville 10-0 and Van Buren 8-0 before being eliminated by Rogers 8-7.
FAYETTEVILLE — Ryan Mallett’s summer has gone swimmingly.
Though the University of Arkansas drained the men’s swimming pool in the 1990s, the Razorbacks’ quarterback might be ready to restart the swimming program himself.
Because of his foot is still mending from an injury suffered last winter, Mallett has been swimming instead of running readying for the August preseason drills.
“I feel I could try out for the Olympics,” Mallett said on a national teleconference. “I have a whole new respect for swimmers. It’s a strenuous workout.”