Guard circulation area high school basketball teams went 3-1 in the first round of region tournaments Wednesday, and two of those punched their tickets to a state tournament.
The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz and Bearkatz earned berths in the Class 2A State Tournament in Carlisle with victories in the 2A North Region Tournament at Midland High in Pleasant Plains. The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves lost and saw their season come to an end in Pleasant Plains.
Twenty-four participants in the local Top Flight Youth Basketball League recently met the challenge in fitness and skills, according to a news release from David Brogdon.
The first-, second- and third-place finishers, listed in order, in the NBA and WNBA FIT Challenge and SKILLS Challenge are:
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Matt Kenseth rolled into Las Vegas a year ago looking to become the first driver to open a season with three consecutive victories.
He returns to Sin City this week still trying to get back to Victory Lane.
There have certainly been some strange turns for Kenseth since his spectacular start last season.
An engine failure six laps into the Las Vegas race last March left in him in last place and began a downward trend that saw Kenseth miss the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship for the first time.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Tasmin Mitchell kept thinking about the pounding LSU took in its last meeting with Arkansas.
Then he looked across the court before Wednesday night’s rematch and got the distinct impression the Razorbacks were thinking about it, too.
“At Arkansas, we didn’t come out with aggressiveness and stuff like that. They beat us by 35 out there and they came out here, we saw them warm up … like it was just going to be a cakewalk,” Mitchell said. “So I was like, ‘Man, no can do. Let’s go out here and play these guys like we owe them something.’”
Professional boxing will be back in Batesville at the National Guard Armory on Saturday night, event promoter Brandon Foster announced.
Seven professional boxing bouts are scheduled as well as two amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts. Local fighters April Ward (4-1) and Mike Wagenblast (1-1) will be making their second appearance at the armory.
In Ward’s first appearance, she retired Chelsey Chapmen at the end of the first round.
FORREST CITY — It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t exactly what the Batesville Lady Pioneers had in mind, but they did clinch a return to postseason high school basketball play with a 49-34 victory over the Forrest City Lady Mustangs here Tuesday night.
The Lady Pioneers missed out on the Class 5A State Tournament last season when they lost out on a fourth-place tiebreaker with the West Helena Lady Cougars. The top four teams in each of the four Class 5A districts qualify for the state tournament.
The Lyon Scots extended their winning streak to four with a 6-3 win over the Williams Baptist Eagles Tuesday afternoon at Scots Field.
The Scots are 3-0 at home and 6-3 overall. Lyon ace Nick Salahub improved to 3-1 with a solid performance from the mound. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out six in six innings of work. Salahub has won 13 of his last 14 starts, dating back to last season.
The Lyon College Pipers recorded a doubleheader sweep of the University of the Ozarks Lady Eagles with an 8-3 come-from-behind victory and a 5-2 triumph Tuesday in nonconference play at House Field.
The Pipers (5-3) collected 21 hits in the twinbill and have beaten the University of the Ozarks in their last four meetings.
Lyon won the opener thanks to a 7-run bottom of the sixth inning. That onslaught was highlighted by 2-run doubles from Faith Richmond and Katie Sentinella and an RBI single by Lynleigh Nichols.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Bode Miller made the kind of mistake that happens in skiing, especially for a risk-taker like him.
The gaffe made by Dutch speedskater Sven Kramer? Unbelievable.
Kramer went through the grueling 10,000-meter race in what would’ve been record time, but was disqualified for not switching lanes while coming out of a turn about two-thirds into the race.
SOUTHSIDE — The visitors were different, but the Southside soccer teams took 4-0 losses at Stewart Field on Tuesday.
The Mountain View Lady Yellowjackets blanked the Lady Southerners 4-0 in a season-opening match, and the Valley View Blazers thumped the Southerners by the same count. The Southerners’ record fell to 1-1.
Batesville High’s soccer teams appear to have the experience and proven talent to make another upward move this season.
Whoa, there, their coaches said.
“One thing I’m really worried about is we’ve got so many kids who were important players for us last year coming back from injuries and surgeries,” Pioneer Coach TJ Stroud said. “Right now, because the bad weather has kept us from getting to work outside, we really don’t know how those guys are going to be able to perform.”
Independence Softball Association members will begin organizing at a meeting Thursday night at 7 in Believer’s Community Church, according to ISA President Sammy McBride.
McBride said entry fees will not be required at the meeting for the adult slow-pitch leagues. “We’re just trying to get people there to begin organizing,” he added.