The first runners across the Penguin Run 5K/10K finish line represented a balance of veteran champions and newcomers.
Clan Weatherford and Betsy Tucker, the 10-kilometer race winners, are well known. Weatherford has been the winningest road racer in this area for some time. Tucker won her first running title last April in the 1040 Tax Fun Run/Walk and has become a regular front-runner among women in local races.
Tyler Webb and Morgan Felts broke through in the shorter race.
Batesville Pioneer Matthew Showalter, a Class 5A All-State, Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas selection for high school football, has announced he will walk on for the Arkansas State University football team this fall, according to Batesville High Coach Dave King.
BLYTHEVILLE — The Batesville Lady Pioneers finished up the regular season with a resounding 68-39, 5A-East District high school basketball victory over the Blytheville Lady Chickasaws here Thursday night.
Now the 17-9 Lady Pioneers will take on the Vilonia Lady Eagles or the Siloam Springs Lady Panthers in the Class 5A State Tournament in Alma on Wednesday afternoon at 4.
Batesville finished 10-4 against district foes and third in the East standings. The winner of tonight’s Siloam Springs-at-Vilonia game will be the 5A-West’s second seed.
GREERS FERRY — The Concord Pirates were the only Guard-circulation area team to survive in first-round region tournament action Thursday night, and it didn’t happen easily.
The Pirates had to rally in the fourth quarter for a 52-47 victory over the Mulberry Yellowjackets in the 1A Region 4 Tournament. Now, the 21-12 Pirates will get to take on the Wonderview Daredevils, the defending state champions, this evening at 5:30 in the semifinals. Wonderview advanced on Wednesday with a 67-48 win over Shirley.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A’dia Mathies made a layup with 4.4 seconds left to give No. 20 Kentucky a 55-54 win over Arkansas on Thursday night.
Mathies held the ball at the top of the key during Kentucky’s final possession. She drove and hit a contested shot from the left side to give the Wildcats their first lead in over 12 minutes.
C’eira Ricketts got off one last shot for Arkansas from about 35 feet but missed it to the right.
Mathies finished with 17 points and nine rebounds for Kentucky (21-7, 10-5 Southeastern Conference).
JONESBORO (AP) — Martavius Adams recorded 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead Arkansas State to a 63-47 victory against fading North Texas on Thursday night.
Donald Boone scored 12 points and Edward Townsel 10 for the Red Wolves (16-14, 10-5 Sun Belt), who remained in a tie for first in the conference’s West Division with Louisiana-Lafayette, which beat Denver in overtime on Thursday.
The Freed-Hardeman Lions took no chances after watching their female schoolmates get stunned by Lyon.
The Lions, who are receiving votes in the NAIA’s Top 25 poll, charged ahead to a 55-30 halftime lead and put it on cruise control for an 85-74 decision Thursday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
A lot of high-percentage shots were taken as the teams combined for 92 points in the paint. Early on, it looked more like a dunk contest — without the car — as each team attacked the basket.
Thursday night’s TranSouth game between No. 6 Freed-Hardeman and the Lyon Scots in Becknell Gymnasium started 25 minutes late because the visitors from Henderson, Tenn., had a mechanical problem with their bus.
For Lyon, it was worth the wait. The Scots pulled off the upset 65-56 in front of a large Senior Night crowd.
Lyon (15-13, 6-9) rallied from a 21-14 deficit to take a 28-27 lead at halftime. The Scots continued to pour it on in the second half and charged ahead 35-27. The Lady Lions (22-7, 11-4) got no closer than four the rest of the way.
SOUTHSIDE — No wonder both Southside squads are scheduled to kick off the high school soccer season Monday, the first day available to play, according to Arkansas Activities Association rules.
Southside’s coach indicated both squads need to play as many games as possible.
“Our girls are very young…” and “we lost a lot of players off the guy’s team,” were the first words Coach Jason Weaver said when previewing the Lady Southerners and Southerners.
No. 6 Freed-Hardeman Lady Lions (22-6, 11-3) vs. Lyon Scots (14-13, 5-9), Becknell Gymnasium, 6
It’s Senior Night at Lyon College and the womens team will recognize K.K. Hodges, the all-time rebounds and points leader for the womens program (see story on this page).
TRUMANN — The Southside Lady Southerners qualified for the Class 4A State Tournament by shocking the top-seeded Valley View Lady Blazers 52-50 in an overtime high school basketball game here Wednesday night.
Shani Henley, who hit three key 3-point shots, led Southside in scoring with 13 points. Andrea Davis and Jordan Hicks contributed 11 points apiece.