DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Leading on the final lap of the Daytona 500, a pack of veterans baring down on his bumper, Trevor Bayne didn’t panic.
He figured it would be a cool story to tell someday, how he led a lap in NASCAR’s biggest show.
Somebody, maybe Tony Stewart, would pass him any moment and Bayne would dutifully push him to the win.
But the pack never came. Nobody ever passed him, and with one smooth block of Carl Edwards, Bayne pulled off a stunning upset.
Unworthy? He sure thought so.
Unbelievable? That’s Daytona for you.
The Lyon Scots softball season got off to a good start as they went 4-0 in the Lyon College Invitational Tournament over the weekend, outscoring their opponents 45-7.
On Saturday, Tara Mitchell and Cassie White each picked up shutout victories. Mitchell (2-0) was the victor in the first game over Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.), 4-0. The junior completed all seven innings, giving up six hits.
JONESBORO — Arkansas State University in Jonesboro held its 2010 fall commencement ceremony Dec. 18 in the Convocation Center. Interim Chancellor Dr. Dan Howard conferred degrees upon almost 1,000 graduates.
Brigadier General Joseph Caravalho Jr., a well-decorated surgeon and the Commanding General of Brooke Army Medical Clinic/Southern Regional Medical Command at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, was the featured speaker.
In addition to the 997-member graduating class, 90 students received associate degrees from the institution. Area graduates include:
The Batesville Women’s Bowling Association is hosting the Mixed No-Tap Doubles Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, organizer Lori Hayes announced.
The start time each day is set for 1:30 p.m. at Hollywood Bowl in Batesville.
Each team will consist of one man and one woman and they will alternate throwing every other frame. Four games will be bowled and the lowest score will be thrown out.
The entry fee is $50 per couple and payout will be 100 percent of the prize fund with a “1 in 5” ratio based on the number of entries.
A chili dinner to benefit the Southside softball and volleyball programs is scheduled for Friday at the Southside Middle School cafeteria, Coach Fred Denison Jr. announced.
The cost is $6 per meal and it’s available for dine in, carryout or delivery. Dine in customers will be treated to all-you-can-eat chili with cheese and crackers as well as dessert. The dinner starts at 11 a.m. and continues until 7 p.m.
STUTTGART — The Cave City Junior Cavewomen improved to 20-0 and will try to cap a perfect season Saturday after they defeated the Clinton Junior Lady Yellow Jackets 34-28 in the Class 4A-2 District Tournament here Wednesday.
Jamie Holley recorded 18 points and eight rebounds to pace Cave City. Coach Karen Miller praised the defensive effort of Vashti Crick.
The Junior Lady Southerners advanced with a 21-16 decision over Lonoke as Morgan Case and Kenzie Batterton threw in six points apiece.
Southside led 7-3, 12-5 and 14-10 at the quarter breaks.
WALNUT RIDGE — The Lyon Scots rallied to overcome a 7-3 deficit, but couldn’t hold on against the Williams Baptist Eagles in a nonconference baseball game here Tuesday afternoon.
Lyon scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning. WBC won it when Caleb Orosz hit a 2-run, walk-off double to give the Eagles a season-opening 9-8 victory.
The Scots opened the game with two runs in the top of the first. WBC counted with two in the second and then went ahead 5-2 with a 3-run fifth. Lyon added a solo run in the sixth which was rebutted with single runs in the sixth and seventh.
CLINTON — For the first time in four seasons, the Southside Lady Southerners will play in a region basketball tournament.
They punched the ticket with a 37-19 win over the Cave City Cavewomen in a Class 4A-2 District Tournament quarterfinal game here Tuesday night.
Cave City, last year’s Class 3A state runner-up, ended its season with a 17-10 record. It was also the last game for Coach Russell Fowler and his assistant, Crystal Bradley.
The first of two registration dates for the Independence County Youth Athletic Association’s baseball, softball and soccer spring programs is set for Saturday, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the First Community Bank George Ryder Community Room, according to a news release from the association.
The second registration day is Feb. 27, 1-3 p.m., at the same site.
Registration forms received after March 5 will be put on a waiting list.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers broke through in the 5A-East District Tuesday evening with a 39-36 victory over the Blytheville Junior Chickasaws in Pioneer Gym.
The victory was the Junior Pioneers’ first in 13 tries against district foes. They are 3-16 overall.
“We’ve had a long season and struggled at times, but we showed a lot of heart and determination,” Batesville Coach Kelly Rush said.
The visitors led 11-6 after one quarter of play. Batesville led 18-17 and 25-24 at the next two stops.
The Foreman sisters combined for 34 points and 13 rebounds to help the Batesville Lady Pioneers hold off the Wynne Lady Yellowjackets 52-46 in a 5A-East District high school basketball game in Pioneer Gymnasium Tuesday night.
With the victory, the Lady Pioneers clinched a top-4 finish in the district and a berth in the Class 5A State Tournament.
Now, it’s four games for a seeding position. Tonight, the Lady Pioneers are to host the Nettleton Lady Raiders. Friday they’ll visit the Greene County Tech Lady Eagles in Paragould.