LITTLE ROCK (AP) — University of Arkansas basketball Coach John Pelphrey said Thursday he will suspend at least one player 2-3 games following a rape investigation that did not result in charges.
The athletic department released a statement from Pelphrey outlining punishment in the aftermath of the allegations. The release did not name any players and Pelphrey said he could not disclose specific punishments because of federal privacy laws.
From the moment Arkansas’ schedule was released in February, its Southeastern Conference opener stood out — Georgia, at home, with an open date the previous weekend.
After months of anticipation, the Razorbacks finally get their shot at the No. 23 Bulldogs on Saturday night. Neither team is expected to win the SEC this year, but for a young Arkansas team with high hopes for the future, this game is shaping up as the perfect test.
Wednesday night, people in the Yellville area celebrated the life of Kymball Duffy, a Yellville-Summit football player who died last Friday in an automobile accident.
Three others were treated and released and another remains medically sedated in a Springfield, Mo. hospital.
How quickly the Mountain Home Bombers climbed startled even their coach.
“We made huge improvements from the first week to the second week,” Shane Patrick said. “I really didn’t know about this team after the first week because we didn’t play well at all.”
On Sept. 4 in Highland, the Bombers, a Class 6A team, just barely escaped the Class 4A Highland Rebels. The final score was 14-7.
LOCUST GROVE — The Batesville Motor Speedway has taken on too much rain and it’s forced the postponement of the Schoenfeld Headers Mid-America Street Stock Championship, announced Connie Starr.
The 3-day event has been rescheduled for Sept. 24-26. For more information, call BMS at (870) 251-0011 or visit www.bms-ar.com.
CONWAY — The Conway St. Joseph Lady Bulldogs swept the Cave City Cavewomen in a conference volleyball match here Wednesday.
CSJ won 25-9, 25-16, 25-16.
“We just came out in the first game, we didn’t step up. We weren’t ready,” Cave City Coach Crystal Bradley said. “The inexperience showed. They were able to do some things that I think in time we will be able to do, but right now we’re too young. I think we’ll get there.”
Rachel Roebuck led the Cavewomen with 10 points and 20 digs. Libero Elisha Ramos returned to the court and collected 25 digs.
MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas-Monticello Lady Boll Weevils swept the Lyon College Pipers in nonconference volleyball action here Wednesday night.
The game scores were 25-20, 25-19, 25-15.
Lyon fell to 4-10. UAM improved to 2-9.
“We didn’t play very well, but UAM is pretty good, too,” Lyon Coach Ray Green said. “They changed some things in their lineup and it worked. I talked with their coach and know they had been struggling here lately. They are a little bigger than we are and they have a faster offense than what we’ve been seeing.”
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ Southeastern Conference opener against Georgia is finally here, and the game is no easier to predict than it was six months ago.
There’s no understating its importance. Win, and the Razorbacks will have a victory over a Top 25 team and instant proof that the Hogs have indeed improved quite a bit since last year. Lose, and Arkansas will have to deal with disappointment immediately before a trip to Alabama.
The unbeaten Southside Junior Southerners will make their home debut Thursday night in a nonconference finale, and the visitors have been stingy.
The Des Arc Junior Eagles have given up just one touchdown in two games. The score was decisive, however. After defeating Hector 36-0 in their opener, the Junior Eagles fell to the Brinkley Junior Tigers by an 8-0 count last week.
“Defensively, we’ve looked pretty good,” Des Arc Coach Nick Hill said. “Offensively, we had a tough time moving the football last week. The week before we didn’t.”
After a disappointing loss last week, the Batesville Junior Pioneers have responded well in preparation for Thursday night’s showdown in Mountain Home.
“The film session Friday was brutal, but they had great attitudes all the way through it. They took responsibility and that was the first step,” Coach Craig Stave, Batesville’s offensive coordinator, said.
That was echoed by the defensive coordinator, Coach Matt Wentz. “They’ve taken everything to heart and they know we still have a lot of work to do.”
EDEN ISLE — The Southside Lady Southerners missed qualifying for the Class 4A State Golf Tournament by three strokes at Red Apple Inn Tuesday.
Heber Springs won the Class 4A Region 2 Tournament with a 267. Highland was second with a 282, DeWitt 259, Southside 362 and Pocahontas and Greers Ferry West Side each with 389.
Maggie Carlisle shot a 39-over-par 100 to lead Southside. K-Leigh Richardson added a 123 and Samantha Wilson shot a 139.
Carlisle and Richardson qualified for the state tournament as individuals.
Batesville swept Blytheville in 5A-East District volleyball action at Pioneer Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
Batesville took the high school match 3-0 as Rachel Shellenberger recorded 12 kills and Kassie Foreman chipped in 10. The game scores were 25-13, 25-10, 25-10.
Assistant Coach Lisa McCoy said freshman Lainey Rumans did an excellent job passing. Rumans was credited with 22 assists.
The Lady Pioneers improved to 4-2 overall and 3-2 in the district.
The Junior Lady Pioneers improved to 4-2 and 4-1 with a 2-0 win. The game scores were 25-3, 25-7.