FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Occasionally, Chris Bucknam will stop and think a little bit — and wonder what, exactly, he’s gotten himself into.
That’s when Arkansas’ new track and field coach has to catch himself. The last thing he needs is more pressure.
“I try not to look behind, and just try to focus in on the job that’s right in front of me,” Bucknam said. “It’s scary when you look behind.”
LYNN — Breanna Doyle and Derek Wooten were mentioned most often here recently at the Hillcrest High School Athletic Banquet.
Doyle, all-state in basketball and all-conference in softball, collected three awards for basketball. The senior led the team in steals, 3-point field-goal percentage and free-throw percentage. She was also recognized for being named all-conference, regional tournament most valuable player and to the all-state tournament team in basketball and all-conference in softball.
American Legion baseball: Batesville Citizens Bank at Searcy, doubleheader, 5 p.m.
American Legion baseball: Mountain Home Brooks Robinson Twin Lakes Classic — Batesville Atlas Asphalt vs. Rogers, Cooper Park, 1:30 p.m.; West Memphis at Batesville Citizens Bank, Batesville Recreation Complex, doubleheader, 5
The first session of Batesville High School’s Pioneer Trailblazer Football Camp and Stars of Tomorrow Basketball Camp ended last Thursday and the award winners are listed below.
Lyon College got a versatile basketball player when Zain Hopper recently committed, Scot Coach Kevin Jenkins said.
Hopper is a 6-foot, 3-inch forward from Couch High School in Myrtle, Mo.
“Zain is a really, really good athlete, and he’s left-handed,” Jenkins said. “I think he has the ability to defend a bigger person in the post and he can still go out and guard a small forward on perimeter.
WEST MEMPHIS — Mark one up for the Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen.
That’s one victory in Zone 2 American Legion baseball — their first in three tries — with a 7-2 decision over West Memphis here Monday night.
The Highwaymen, Batesville’s older 3A Legionnaires, are 1-2 in the zone and 2-5 overall.
In a telephone interview this morning, Batesville Coach Tony Roepcke sounded tired, but relieved.
“It’s a long night when you go to West Memphis,” he said. “I’m still kind of groggy.”
FAYETTEVILLE — Dave Van Horn talked Monday about how tough it is to get to Omaha.
Not that tough, it would seem for him. After all he twice piloted the Nebraska Cornhuskers to the College World Series in Omaha and now he’s an Omaha 2-timer with Arkansas. His Razorbacks went to the 2004 CWS and head to Omaha Wednesday for this weekend’s double-elimination CWS start in Rosenblatt Stadium.
LOCUST GROVE — This winning run ran a little deeper, Scooter Scruggs said.
“Me and Matt grew up racing together, so this one went to the heart, and it was a winner,” Scruggs said less than 24 hours after winning the Matt Sturch Memorial Street Stock Race at the Batesville Motor Speedway late Saturday night.
It was the first Sturch Memorial Race at BMS. Previously, it ran at 64 Speedway in Augusta. Fittingly, it was also the first feature win on the BMS dirt oval for Scruggs. It was worth $5,000.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Little-used Andrew Darr sent the Arkansas Razorbacks to the College World Series with an improbable and incredibly timely hit.
Darr’s 2-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Arkansas to a 9-8 super regional-clinching victory over Florida State on Saturday.
“I’m not an everyday guy,” Darr said. “But when I get in and get a chance to swing the bat, I just try to do the best I can.”
It wasn’t a lost weekend for one Batesville American Legion baseball team.
In the RC American Legion Classic in Paragould, Malden, Mo., downed Citizens Bank, the local 1A team, 3-0 in a tournament opener on Friday night at H. Francis Bland Park. The Bankers bounced back, however, and thrashed two Missouri teams the next two days.
In the Ray King Riceland Classic in Jonesboro, Christian Brothers whipped the Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen, Batesville’s 3A team, 13-0 Friday night in a run-ruled four innings at Tomlinson Stadium on the Arkansas State University campus.
Casey Castleberry and Drew Higginbothom teamed for a 10-under-par 134 to win the Eagle Mountain 4-Ball Tournament at the Course at Eagle Mountain over the weekend.
Castleberry and Higginbothom pared the par-5 18th and final hole of the 2-day event which is sponsored by First Southern Bank. They held off Chris Bell and Tim Ezell, their playing partners on the last day. Bell Ezell finished with a 135 and tied with the Bell brothers, David and Steve, and the team of Buddy Vinson-Tommy Ford for second place. Vinson-Ford won the cardoff.