LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant sprinted after the ball, which Lamar Odom joyously flung downcourt to burn the remaining seconds in Game 7 of the NBA finals. With the celebration starting behind him, Bryant chased it down and then held it aloft to his teammates.
The Los Angeles Lakers’ 16th championship was secure following a gritty 83-79 victory over the Boston Celtics. Bryant’s legs may have been dead, but he didn’t stop running until the buzzer.
MOUNTAIN HOME — After some shuffling of the schedule, De Soto, Mo., thumped the Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen 8-3 in a Brooks Robinson Twin Lakes Classic American Legion baseball game here Wednesday night.
“We were scheduled to play at 4 in the afternoon (against Benton),” Batesville Coach Tony Roepcke said. “I called to make sure it was still at 4 and found out they had moved us to 11 in the morning. I told them we had a camp going on here (at Lyon College) and that wasn’t possible for us, so they moved us to a 7 p.m. game.”
JONESBORO — The Independence County Torpedoes finished second behind Jonesboro’s AAU team at a swim meet here Saturday.
The host team collected 1,580 points (958 girls, 622 boys) while the Torpedoes earned 644 (223 girls, 421 boys) and Wynne tallied 380 (160 girls, 220 boys).
Independence County’s individual winners were Thomas Sonnier, Louis Sonnier, William Sonnier and Jake Deskin.
Thomas Sonnier won the 8-and-under 25-meter butterfly event in a time 27.49 seconds.
LOCUST GROVE — The Isle of Capri Late Models Series is set to return to the Batesville Motor Speedway this weekend for round three of the 5-round series.
With two rounds complete, Eric Cooley of Fulton, Miss. is the points leader. Greenbrier’s Bill Frye is just two points off the pace and Batesville’s Billy Moyer Jr. is eight back.
Moyer swept round one, but had a last-place finish the first night of round two. He redeemed himself with a second-place outing on night two of round two.
JACKSONVILLE — Izard County graduate Rachel Harmon recorded her first ever hole-in-one on the par-3 14th hole at Foxwood Country Club in Jacksonville on Monday as she participated in the qualifying round of ASGA Junior Girls Match Play Tournament, according to a news release from her father and Izard County Coach David Harmon.
The 14th hole was playing 137 yards over water as Harmon used a 7-iron for the ace. Witnesses were Grace Grubb, Emily Plyler, Coach Harmon, UALR Women’s Golf Coach Bridgette Norwood, and Carrie Hall.
MELBOURNE — The Bearkatz have their new head coaches for football and boys basketball, and one is certainly a big-news name.
In a meeting Wednesday night, the school board approved the hiring of Clinton Gore and Jeremiah Quattlebaum.
Gore, 70, comes to Melbourne after putting together one of the most successful high school football programs in the state. During Gore’s 21 seasons at Osceola, the Seminoles won two state championships and played for two more.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside Coach Brad McGhee announced the winners of last week’s basketball camp awards.
The camp was for boys grades 4-7 and was held June 7-10.
In the upper division, Will Wyatt, Riley Moss and Nate Hammock combined to win the 3-on-3 championship. Moss was also the hot shot champion. Braden Mead won the free-throw competition.
Ethan Newcomb, Matthew Holifield and Jonathan Rowland collected the lower division 3-on-3 title. Koby Rich took the hot shot crown and Alex Brogdon was the lower division free-throw champ.
The winners of Lyon College’s girls junior and senior high basketball camp have been announced by Lyon Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange.
Hope Isaacs of Highland and Kallie Ross of Mountain View won the junior high and senior high most valuable player awards, respectively.
The Piper Awards went to Mara Caudell of California, Mo., (junior) and Catie Ross of Mountain View (senior).
The top defenders were Baylea Altom of Bald Knob (junior) and Michelle Dobbins of Mountain View (senior).
Listed below are the other award winners with the junior high winner listed first:
Former Lyon College basketball player Brandon Thomas was killed in a motorcycle wreck June 9 in Miami, Fla.
“He was a big guy, but was gentle. He was well-liked by his teammates and stayed in touch,” Lyon basketball Coach Kevin Jenkins said.
Thomas was in Batesville last July for the wedding of former teammate Craig Amos and Nikki Baker.
The 2007 graduate was thrown from his motorcycle and Miami-Dade County police said he died at the scene, according to a report from the Miami Herald.
CONWAY (AP) — Allen Gum, a former head baseball coach at Batesville High School, has been hired by the University of Central Arkansas as its new baseball coach.
Gum went 226-68 in five seasons as head coach at Division II Southern Arkansas. The Muleriders went 47-10 this year and had a player picked with the 16th overall selection in the draft. Hayden Simpson led four SAU players in the draft.
Lyon College has unveiled its new athletic website www.lyonscots.com, in conjunction with the announcement that the college is consolidating its mascot to Scots for both its male and female athletic teams, according to a news release from Lyon’s athletic department.
The Batesville Medical Park Orthopaedic Clinic Doctors swept Searcy Land O’Frost in a Junior American Legion baseball doubleheader at the Batesville North Complex on Tuesday night.
The 11-1 and 8-3 victories improved the Doctors’ records to 3-1 in Zone 2 and 8-2 overall.
The opener, which counted in the zone standings, ended after four and a half innings on the 10-run rule. Levi Henderson provided the decisive blow — a 2-out, 2-run triple that capped an 8-run surge and provided the run-rule margin.