KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee wanted to stick with the coach who led the Volunteers program to its greatest achievements. In the end, the university fired Bruce Pearl for too many transgressions away from the court.
UT Athletics Director Mike Hamilton said in a statement released late Monday that school officials decided to dismiss Pearl, who has been charged by the NCAA with unethical conduct, after learning of additional violations committed on Sept. 14, 2010, and in March 2011.
VIOLA — Two days after absorbing a run-ruled beating from the Viola Longhorns in the Sharp County Tournament championship game, the Cave City Cavemen played the unbeaten Longhorns much closer.
The Longhorns improved to 11-0 with an 8-4 victory.
“I challenged them and they played a solid game against a good team,” Cave City Coach Jamie King said. “We left a lot of runners on, but we had some quality at-bats and got good production out of the bottom of our lineup.”
The Longhorns’ big inning came in the second, and that was the Cavemen’s only slippage, their coach said.
LOCUST GROVE — Richie Tosh had to work for it this time, but he won his second staight TrackTek Racing Fuels Spring Street Stock Nationals championship Saturday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
Tosh, who led from green to checkers in last year’s 40-lap main event, had to sneak in with a win in Saturday’s last-chance qualifier and then overcome some adversity in the feature to claim the checkers and the $3,000 prize.
CAVE CITY — The Viola Longhorns shot down a couple of early scoring threats and then rolled to a 15-0, run-ruled high school baseball victory over the Cave City Cavemen here Saturday in the championship game of the Sharp County Tournament.
The Longhorns are cozy with zeroes thus far. They have shut out five opponents while posting a 10-0 record.
JACKSON, Tenn. — Garry Richards provided a solid game offensively in the nightcap of a doubleheader as the Lyon College Scots topped the Union Bulldogs 3-0 Saturday in the nightcap of a doubleheader, avoiding a 3-game sweep in the TranSouth Athletic Conference baseball pairing.
In Saturday’s opener, it was all Bulldogs as the Scots were only able to rattle off five hits in a 6-0 loss. Friday, the Bulldogs took the series opener 7-4.
The ninth-ranked Trojans from Trevecca Nazarene were just a little too strong on Saturday afternoon, sweeping the Lyon College Scots in a TranSouth Athletic Conference softball doubleheader.
The visitors from Nashville, Tenn., jumped on the board for five runs in the first inning of game one, scored two each in the second and third innings, and adding three in the fifth en route to a 12-2 decision.
Lyon freshman Hannah Pinegar pitched well in five full innings, but got the loss in the second game, 6-1.
The Scots fall to 9-9 on the season and 2-4 in the conference.
SPRINGDALE — The Batesville Pioneers didn’t win a championship here Saturday, but they left the McDonald’s Bulldog Classic feeling good, said their coach.
After defeating the Collinsville, Okla., Cardinals, the defending Class 5A state champions, 12-2 on Friday, they defeated the Class 7A Springdale Bulldogs, the tournament hosts, 9-5 before falling to the Carthage, Mo., Tigers 8-4, both on Saturday.
PARAGOULD — The Paragould Lady Rams won 9-1 and 11-1 here Friday, sweeping the Batesville Lady Pioneers in a 5A-East District doubleheader and sending the visitors to their fifth straight loss.
Cheyenne Mauldin, a junior right-hander, limited the Lady Pioneers to one hit in the opener. Her complete-game performance also included five strikeouts, two walks and one hit batter.
Hailey Hastings provided Batesville’s one hit and one run — a solo home run in the fifth inning.
Speed was the thing Saturday night in the Citizens Bank Orange Crush Classic championship game at the North Complex.
The Rivercrest Lady Colts held off the Valley View Lady Blazers for a 5-4 victory, winning their first Orange Crush title in two tries, with a nice combination of speed on the base paths and on defense, and another mix of speeds from pitcher Micalah Beall.
With the tying run standing on second base and one out, Beall struck out Jessica Stracener and leadoff batter Blaire Parrish, getting swinging third strikes from each with a slower-than-expected change-up.
CLINTON — The Southside Lady Southerners made short work of the Clinton Lady Yellowjackets in a Class 4A-2 softball game here Thursday.
Southside scored 13 runs in the first inning and won 15-0 in three innings.
Haley Mourer pitched the no-hitter and was one walk shy of a perfect game. She struck out three and improved to 3-1.
Offensively, Krysta Beeler tripled, doubled, drove in three runs and scored twice. Tandra McPherson added a triple, three runs, two stolen bases and an RBI.
A new champion is guaranteed when the dust settles Saturday in the small school division of the Citizens Bank Orange Crush Classic.
That’s because last year’s champion, Trumann, has moved up to the big school division for this year’s tournament.
The 1-day tournament is scheduled for a 9:30 start Saturday morning at Batesville’s North Complex (see “Sports calendar” on page 20).
FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas women won their 20th basketball game for the first time since the 2002-03 season here Thursday when they dominated the Lamar Lady Cardinals, winning 91-65 in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Sarah Watkins led the 20-11 Razorbacks with 25 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots. Five Razorbacks scored in double figures. C’eira Ricketts chalked up 20 points, Ashley Daniels added 11 points and 13 rebounds, Quistelle Williams contributed 16 points, and Chrisstasia Walter added 10.