INDIANAPOLIS — The differences in age and accomplishment are vast. Brad Stevens would have you believe the gulf is wider still.
The whiz-kid Butler coach said Sunday he was thrilled just to have worked the other end of the sideline from some of the deans of his profession. Now he gets to share the national championship stage with Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.
“I think the best way I can put it,” Stevens said, “is they write books and I get to read ’em.
The Heber Springs Panthers worked their way into the club of 3-time winners of the small-school division of First Community Bank Pioneer Classic championships.
That’s about all anyone could say about the Panthers’ 8-5 victory over the West Side Greers Ferry Eagles at the North Complex on Thursday night. It was a grubby, workman’s hands sort of victory — not unusual for the championship game of a regular-season tournament that falls in the midst of and is surrounded by other and, sometimes, more-important conference games.”
BEEBE — The Batesville Lady Pioneers got back into the track and field winners circle here Thursday with a dominating performance at the Beebe Badger Relays.
The Lady Pioneers won with 108 points — 46 better than second-place Little Rock McClellan 62. Fourteen teams competed in the annual event.
FLIPPIN — The Cave City Cavewomen snuck out of Flippin with a 13-9, extra-innings win over the Lady Bobcats here Thursday evening.
Cave City led 5-2 midway through the fifth inning, but a 4-run surge by Flippin made it 6-5 in favor of the home team with two innings to play.
Down to their last two outs, the Cavewomen tied the game with a solo run in the seventh inning, forcing extra innings.
Each team scored twice in the eighth inning and then Cave City won it with a 5-run ninth.
PARAGOULD — Batesville High soccer teams put a couple of goose eggs on 5A-East District opponents here Thursday.
The Pioneers defeated the Paragould Rams 3-0. The Lady Pioneers scored a late goal and edged the Lady Rams 1-0.
The Pioneers started slow, their coach said.
“In the first half, I think we were still experiencing the disappointment of that loss to CAC,” Batesville Coach TJ Stroud said. “We were just not playing with the intensity we normally do. It was just a dead atmosphere, and we weren’t playing well.”
FLIPPIN — The Flippin Bobcats edged the Southside Southerners 3-2 in nonconference soccer action here Thursdays.
Felipe Coronado and Marcos Ramirez scored for the Southerners, and both came on penalty kicks.
“I don’t have my statistics with me, but (Brandon) Ritter probably had 20 saves,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said. “We played a lot better defense than we did the previous time we played Flippin. They beat us 7-2 that time.”
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ohio State junior swingman Evan Turner is the runaway choice as The Associated Press’ college basketball player of the year, and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim dominated the voting for coach of the year.
The 6-foot-7 Turner averaged 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists, and received 54 votes from the 65-member national media panel.
Turner missed six games after breaking bones in his back when he fell after a dunk in December. The Buckeyes went .500 without him and then went on to the Big Ten title after he returned.
LONOKE — The Southside Southerners scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie and win a 4A-2 District baseball game against the Lonoke Jackrabbits here Thursday.
Tyler Goad pitched a complete game and collected the victory. He walked five and struck out six.
Offensively, Goad, Dalton Littleton, Michael Smith and Levi Henderson provided two hits each. Henderson doubled. Jared Dahl reached base three times.
In the decisive sixth, Smith led off with single and scored the game winner when Goad hit into a fielder’s choice.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The West Virginia players came to the stadium with T-shirts that read “Do What We Do” — an unabashed acknowledgment that their style of basketball is often more effective than pretty.
If they could make the shirts in Duke, Butler and Michigan State colors, too, they might have a best seller.
Hard-nosed, stingy defense, combined with a few flying elbows and some well-timed rebounds, is what got this year’s Final Four teams to Indianapolis.
Paragould, defending champion of the large-school division of the Home Depot Orange Crush Classic, is rolling along at 6-0, but their coach said he’s still not sure about the Lady Rams.
“Team-wise, we’ve been pretty steady, but it’s still early and we’re needing to improve,” Bill Schatzley said. “We’ve got seven starters back from a team that was pretty solid last year. We went 20-9 and feel like we have a chance to be decent again. The thing is, there’s not too many easy days in our district.”
MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Southside Junior Lady Southerners dominated a track and field meet here Tuesday.
Team totals were not kept, but the Junior Lady Southerners won eight events. Ashlynne King led the way with victories in the triple jump, 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes.
The other individual winners were Hayleigh Justice (high jump), Kenzie Batterton (long jump) and Krista Keeney (pole vault). Jade Mason, Kaelin Schroder, Justice and Keeney teamed to win the 1,600-meter relay.
It will be an all-Cleburne County gathering tonight for the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic small-school championship game.
Heber Springs nipped Harding Academy 11-10 in the first winners’ bracket semifinal. West Side Greers Ferry knocked out the Midland Mustangs 11-2 in the nightcap.
Heber Springs is a 2-time Pioneer Classic champ and, now, 7-time finalist. The Panthers also came into the event as a favorite. The win improved their record to 12-2.
Greers Ferry will be trying for its first Classic title. The win over Midland boosted the Eagles’ record to 12-3.