JONESBORO — The Northeast Arkansas Tournament began Monday at Arkansas State University’s Convocation Center and three Guard-circulation area teams participated. Hillcrest swept its games while the Cedar Ridge boys were eliminated.
The Lady Screamin’ Eagles dominated the Cross County Lady Thunderbirds 62-28.
The quarter scores were 20-3, 40-11 and 56-21.
Miranda Doyle led a trio of double-digit scorers for Hillcrest. She netted 11 while teammates Samantha Blevins and MacKenzie Nunnally threw in 10 apiece.
Cross County was led by Candance Huey’s nine points.
Batesville’s lack of scoring drew references to rollercoasters and rust after Vilonia swept a pair of nonconference basketball games in Pioneer Gymnasium Friday night.
Whatever the cause, the Lady Eagles pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 42-29 victory, and the Eagles did much the same while winning 47-36.
“We’re just too much like a rollercoaster ride,” Batesville Coach Patricia Stave said of the Lady Pioneers’ erratic shooting. “Shooting 32 percent compared to their 52 percent makes it tough to beat a team of that caliber.”
MARIANNA — Haley Mourer hit a 15-foot jump shot with 3.5 seconds remaining to give the Southside Lady Southerners a 44-42 win over the Lee County Lady Trojans here Friday night.
It is Southside’s first 4A-2 District win in three tries and moves the squad to 4-8 overall.
Shani Henley was Southside’s leading scorer with 14 points. Mourer finished with 12.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — James Jackson unloaded for a career-high 29 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, but the Lyon College Scots lost a 72-61 nonconference decision to the Columbia Cougars here Friday afternoon in nonconference play.
Jackson compiled his career-high by hitting eight of 14 shots from the field, four of five from the 3-point arc and eight of nine from the free-throw line. The 29 points broke Jackson’s previous high of 21 set earlier this month against Williams Baptist. Teammate Slater Belew added 12 points and Quinn Cooper threw in 11.
The first White River Christmas Half-Marathon was a family affair.
Barrett Kerth, a sophomore at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, crossed the finish line first.
Big sister Whitney Kerth, a senior at UALR, crossed the line sixth and first among females.
The brother and sister and UALR cross country and track and field teammates found out about the inaugural event from Vladimir Findra, a UALR graduate and former teammate.
NEW YORK (AP) — Wayne State tailback Joique Bell, the Harlon Hill Trophy winner as Division II’s top player, and West Liberty quarterback Zach Amedro were selected to The Associated Press Little All-America team.
The team is made up of players from Division II, III and the NAIA.
Among the first-team selections were three players from Arkansas colleges: Cedric Thornton, a defensive tackle from Star City and Southern Arkansas University; Frantz Simeon, Arkansas Tech; and defensive back Josh Jones, Harding.
Stars and Stripes Gymnastic Center’s Level 5 team collected a second-place finish in the Arkansas Pepsi Challenge meet in Hot Springs on Saturday, according to results provided by the Batesville business.
Twelve-year-old Caroline Romano led the squad, finishing first all-around in her age division. Romano won on balance beam and floor exercise competitions, placed second on the uneven bars and third in the vault.
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.