CAVE CITY — The Cave City Cavemen overcame an early deficit and run ruled the Viola Longhorns 16-6 in five innings here Thursday.
Viola jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Cave City answered with a 4-run effort in the bottom half of the inning.
Garrett McSpadden hit a 2-out grand slam to knot the score. He finished with two hits and five runs batted in. It was the first of four homers for the Cavemen.
CLINTON — The Southside Lady Southerners opened their track and field season with a fifth-place finish in the Clinton Yellowjacket Relays here Thursday night.
Maddie Hooper collected Southside’s one blue ribbon with a vault of 7 feet, 6 inches.
Emily Carroll, Melbourne’s only scorer in the meet, won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races. Her winning times were 5 minutes, 54 seconds and 12:34.
The team titles went to Clinton’s boys and Yelville-Summit’s girls.
PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland pitcher Kayla Bowren threw the sixth no-hitter of her career here Thursday as the Lady Mustangs blanked the Greers Ferry West Side Lady Eagles 11-0.
Bowren walked three and struck out eight in five innings of work.
“Kayla was dominant in the circle again without the negatives of her first outing,” Midland Coach Rick McKinney said. “She had much better command of her change-up and spotted the heat (fast ball) well.”
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Kentucky freshman John Wall was named Southeastern Conference player of the year by league coaches.
His peers chose Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings as coach of the year.
Freshman of the year honors went to the Wildcats’ DeMarcus Cousins while Florida’s Ray Shipman was named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Mississippi State’s shotblocking center Jarvis Varnado was voted the top defensive player for the third straight year. Vandy’s John Jenkins was the league’s top sixth man.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Georgia Coach Mark Fox doesn’t know if he can recreate the magic from the last time the Bulldogs were seeded sixth in the Southeastern Conference tournament.
He told them to pack for a week anyway.
Trey Thompkins totaled 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Georgia beat Arkansas 77-64 in the opening round of the SEC tournament on Thursday night.
“I’m sure they’ll be excited to stay in Nashville a little while longer,” Fox said.
HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Tevin Hammond scored 24 points to lead Little Rock McClellan to a 72-57 victory over Wynne here Thursday night in the boys Class 5A high school basketball championship game.
It was the first state title for the Crimson Lions (28-3) since 1970.
Hammond got a lot of help from Djuan Smith, Richard Allen and Michael Bradley as the Crimson Lions took the lead early and never trailed. Smith totaled 15 points and 11 rebounds. Bradley added 10 points and 11 rebounds. Richard Allen scored nine. Hammond also had four assists and two steals.
Batesville Motor Speedway’s season-opening weekend, which was scheduled to begin tonight, has been postponed a week due to weather, BMS co-owner Connie Starr announced.
The TrackTek Racing Fuel Spring Street Stock Nationals are now set to begin a week from today with a practice session.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers are talking about winning a sixth straight state championship in track and field.
Tuesday, their coach talked about bigger numbers.
Cave City Coach Russell Fowler has spent the week planning ways to avoid a one-woman swat team in Hot Springs on Friday night.
Arielle Saunders, a junior for the Valley Springs Lady Tigers, is a 6-foot-2 post player who has given opponents fits all season.
BROCKWELL — The Izard County Cougars jumped to 13-0 lead and got an assist from the weather for a 13-8, nonconference win over the Shirley Blue Devils here Wednesday.
The game was called after five innings due to the threat of a near-by thunderstorm. The Blue Devils scored seven runs in the fifth.
FAYETTEVILLE — Needless to say, they won’t be talking about this one for 25 years at South Dakota State.
After Tuesday’s 3-2 stunner over the 14th-ranked Razorbacks that SDSU Ritchie Price said his team would “talk about for 25 years,” Arkansas exacted 21-2 revenge on a windy Wednesday splitting the 2-game series at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas takes a 9-3 record into its final home weekend nonconference series Friday through Sunday afternoons against Wisconsin-Milwaukee before opening SEC play the following weekend at reigning national champion/SEC champion LSU.