Garth Branstetter led the way for Guard-circulation area high school golfers this fall.
To earn his second Arkansas Activities Association all-state honor, the Batesville High senior won the individual title in the Class 5A State Tournament by shooting a 1-over-par 71 at the Paragould Country Club.
Branstetter also won all-state honors as a junior.
This year’s all-state list includes a couple more familiar faces. Izard County’s Preston Harmon and Melbourne’s Brad Lamb also chalked up their second straight all-state honors.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside and Cave City met for the first time as conference basketball rivals Tuesday night and Cave City won two of three Class 4A-2 District games.
The Southerners were 49-48 winners in the nail-biting nightcap. The lead changed hands several times in the last two minutes. Chaz Mathews put the Cavemen ahead 48-47 with a layup with 30 seconds remaining.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Auburn Offensive Coordinator Gus Malzahn won the annual Broyles Award given to the nation’s top college assistant coach on Monday.
Malzahn is also the quarterbacks coach for the top-ranked Tigers, who will play for the national championship next month against Oregon.
“I feel like this is an award that all of the offensive coaches had a part in winning,” Malzahn said. “The coaches and the players have worked very hard this season and they all share in this award.”
Newport’s varsity junior high basketball teams took a pair of nonconference contests from the Batesville in Pioneer Gym Monday night.
Led by Nannah Lee’s 27 points, the Lady Greypups led off with a 42-28 victory.
Sydney Staggs and Haley Hambrick scored nine points apiece for the 1-7 Junior Lady Pioneers.
The Greypups won 42-32, improving to 7-4, as Shufon Alcorn hit for 12 points.
“We didn’t take care of the ball,” Batesville Coach Kelly Rush said. “We had 13 turnovers in the first half.”
Garrett Denton scored 12 points for the 2-6 Junior Pioneers.
Southside provided the only victories among Guard circulation area high school basketball teams in the Lyon College Tournament Monday.
The Lady Southerners defeated the Concord Lady Pirates 48-35 and the Southerners downed the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves 50-43.
The Lady Southerners were led by Ashlyn King 10 points. Maggie Carlile nine.
Casey Gorecke scored 15 for Concord.
The 6-1 Lady Southerners are scheduled to take on the 7-0 Heber Springs Lady Panthers in a quarterfinal game on Thursday night. Southside and Heber Springs are members of the 4A-2 District.
KCCJ 106.9 FM will begin broadcasting Lyon’s basketball games Saturday when the Scots host Williams Baptist.
It will be the first of 10 dates KCCJ will broadcast. On-air personality Bill Beck will provide the play-by-play.
The local radio station will broadcast all of Lyon’s home TranSouth Athletic Conference games as well as the mens exhibition game at Central Arkansas on Dec. 21.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Columbia Lady Cougars got revenge in a big way here Monday night as they dominated the Lyon Scots 76-55.
Lyon won the previous meeting against the No. 23 Lady Cougars, 49-48 in Batesville. That was Nov. 8.
On Monday, the Lady Cougars (6-4) led 44-27 at halftime and Lyon (6-3) didn’t help itself in the second half, hitting only 24 percent of its shots. Meanwhile, Columbia sank 38 percent.
JONESBORO — Daniel Bryant, Donald Boone and Ed Townsel led the Arkansas State Red Wolves to an 85-42 victory over the Lyon Scots in an exhibition game Monday night in the Convocation Center.
Bryant led the double-digit scoring trio with 16 points, Boone added 12 and Townsel collected a career-high 11.
Batesville High School basketball teams picked up one victory in four road games over the weekend.
In the Searcy Bank Classic, the Lady Pioneers fell to their hosts, the Searcy Lady Lions, 44-37 on Friday, and bounced back for a 58-36 victory over the Wynne Lady Yellowjackets on Saturday.
Meanwhile, in the Harps Top Class Tournament in Yellville, the Pioneers fell to the Yellville-Summit Panthers 51-47 and the Huntsville Eagles 69-39.
NEWPORT — The Cave City Cavewomen and Cavemen enjoyed a winning basketball weekend.
In 4A-2 District openers Fri-day in Newport, the Cavewomen thrashed the Lady Greyhounds 60-35 and the Cavemen did the same to the ’Hounds 53-33. In Lyon College Tournament openers on Saturday, the Cavewomen downed the Salem Lady Greyhounds 43-31 and the Cavemen knocked out the Highland Rebels 66-49.
Salem was led by Jamie Bell’s nine points.
WALNUT RIDGE — The Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles advanced into the semifinals of the Williams Baptist College Tournament with a 52-43 victory over the Viola Lady Longhorns here Thursday night.
Mackenzie Nunnally led Hillcrest (10-2) with 22 points while teammate Samantha Blevins fired in 14.
Hillcrest is scheduled to play Corning this afternoon at 4:30.
The Riverside Rebels held off the Southside Southerners 53-52 in a quarterfinal contest. The Rebs led 31-23 at halftime and 47-32 after three quarters.