JUDSONIA — Concord’s senior high teams moved up with first-round victories in the White County Invitational Tournament here Monday night.
The Lady Pirates defeated their hosts, the White County Central Lady Bears, 53-49 as Kayla Richardson totaled 14 points and nine rebounds, and Casey Goercke fired in 16 points.
The Lady Pirates improved to 9-4 and will take on the Pangburn Lady Tigers in the quarterfinals Wednesday afternoon at 4.
FAYETTEVILLE — Jake Bequette missed seeing all but the last of Ryan Mallett’s to Cobi Hamilton 80-yard touchdown pass before halftime shocker.
But the Arkansas Razorbacks’ defensive end knew to look for Mallett throwing a fourth-quarter, fourth-and-3 surprise even before some on Arkansas’ offense did.
Like everyone but Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino, Bequette was already regrouping for halftime. He didn’t see Mallett not take a knee like most quarterbacks do the last play of a half at their own 20.
Add defense to the ways the Greenwood Bulldogs deny the Batesville Pioneers.
The Bulldogs chomped down on the Pioneers’ usually potent running game, ending their perfect season and eliminating them just one win away from a trip to Little Rock for an Arkansas high school football state championship game.
With a dominating 38-13 victory in Pioneer Stadium, the Bulldogs will try for their fifth state championship when they meet the Camden Fairview Cardinals in War Memorial Stadium at noon Saturday.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Coach Bobby Petrino saved his toughest call for Arkansas’ biggest game of the season.
Petrino went for it on fourth-and-3 in the fourth quarter and Ryan Mallett made the move pay off with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Joe Adams. That paved the way for the No. 12 Razorbacks’ 31-23 win over No. 6 LSU, and it kept alive Arkansas’ chances for the school’s first BCS bowl bid.
“We didn’t come to paint,” Petrino said. “We came to win the game.”
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas ended its season with a flourish on the field, but the Razorbacks must now play the waiting game to find out when and where they’ll play next.
Led by Ryan Mallett’s 320 yards passing and three touchdowns, No. 8 Arkansas never trailed in a 31-23 defeat of No. 11 LSU on Saturday. The win was the sixth straight for the Razorbacks (10-2, 6-2 SEC) and secured second place in the SEC West, its best finish since 2006.
The win might have also secured a spot for Arkansas in its first BCS bowl game.
WALNUT RIDGE —The Southside Southerners defeated the Maynard Tigers 49-29 in the first round of the Williams Baptist College Tournament here Saturday.
Kevin Jackson led a trio of Southerners with double-digit scoring totals. He scored 17 while Tyler Goad and Logan Brown threw in 12 and 10, respectively.
Maynard was led by Jeff Skudlark’s 14.
The 4-1 Southerners advance to face Riverside on Thursday. Tipoff for that contest is set for 5:50 p.m.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU is moving to the Big East Conference.
A person with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press this morning that TCU is moving from the Mountain West Conference to the Big East after the 2011-12 academic year. The person would not comment publicly because the decision had not been announced.
TCU scheduled an afternoon news conference for “a major announcement involving the TCU athletics program.” Athletic Director Chris De Conte didn’t immediately return messages left on his cell phone.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Lyon’s womens basketball team collected a pair of wins here over the weekend in the Holy Names Thanksgiving Classic.
On Friday, the Scots defeated the host 63-60. That was followed by a 67-43 decision Saturday over Cal State-Maritime.
Lyon led 21-20 at halftime after trailing by as many as five in Saturday’s game. The Scots hit only 28 percent of their first half shots. Fortunately for Lyon, CSM wasn’t any better, netting just 25 percent of its field goals.
PAULSBORO, N.J. (AP) — A southern New Jersey high school suspended several members of its football team after they posted a video online that denigrated a rival team.
The punishment means the Paulsboro team will be short-handed when they play West Deptford on Friday night.
More than 10 players who had some type of involvement with the video posted earlier this week were suspended on Wednesday. School officials say the video — which has been removed from the site — showed students cursing and doing “totally inappropriate” things.
The Pioneers can’t wait.
That’s not a measure of anticipation for the Class 5A State Playoffs semifinal high school football game with the Greenwood Bulldogs tonight in Pioneer Stadium.
It is one of the things the Pioneers need to do to give themselves a good chance to win, Batesville Coach Dave King said.
“We need to come out and get off the mark earlier,” he said, referring to the Pioneers’ slow starts during victories over Vilonia and Monticello in their first two playoff games. “We’ve looked good offensively, but we’ve gotten off to slow starts.”
MOUNTAIN HOME — Mountain Home took two from Batesville in nonconference high school basketball action here Tuesday.
In the varsity opener, the Lady Bombers downed the Lady Pioneers 56-41 as sophomore Katie Kapler controlled the area around the baskets. The 6-foot-1 center scored 26 points.
Kapler is far from Mountain Home’s only weapon, Batesville Coach Patricia Stave said.
“Mountain Home has an excellent ball team — so many offensive weapons,” she said. “They will be really hard to stop. They will be up among the top teams in Class 6A.”