• S’side seniors win openers; Cedar Ridge juniors reach finals

    STUTTGART — The Southside teams need to add on one more win to extend the school’s basketball season into another week.
    In 4A-2 District first-rounders here Monday night, the Southerners thumped the Clinton Yellowjackets 58-31 and the Lady Southerners rallied by the Marianna Lady Trojans 34-28. A victory tonight for either team will clinch a spot in a region tournament.
    The Yellowjackets had beaten the Southerners twice in the regular season. This time, after a close first half, the Southerners broke away with a 24-5 advantage in the third quarter.

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  • Scot loss string lengthens

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Lyon College Scots lost their 10th straight game and their ninth straight TranSouth Athletic Conference decision here Monday night as the Trevecca Nazarene Trojans rolled to a 94-63 win.
    Lyon (5-20, 1-12) has not won a league game since Jan. 16 and is 1-7 in its last eight games against the Trojans. TNU (18-8, 9-4) has won four of its last five contests.

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  • Pipers play upsetting tune in Music City

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Lyon College Pipers used a lock-down defense and got a big performance from K.K. Hodges for a 65-56 upset of the No. 12 Trevecca Nazarene Trojans on Monday in a TranSouth Athletic Conference basketball game in Moore Gym.
    Hodges collected her team-leading 12th double-double of the season with a game-high 19 points and 11 rebounds. The junior forward hit eight of 16 from the field and added four assists. Senior guard Ashley Waller pitched in 11 points and Lauren Ramsey tallied nine.

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  • Bowling tourney set this weekend

    Batesville’s women and men bowling associations and the Hollywood Bowl are hosting the annual Mixed No-Tap Doubles Tournament this weekend, according to a news release from the associations.
    Bowling in the United States Bowling Congress-sanctioned tournament is scheduled to begin at 1:30 Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
    The entry fee is $50 per team, which will consist of one man and one woman, who will alternate throwing each frame. Each team will bowl four games, with the low score being thrown out.

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  • 10-week running, walking clinics set to start in Batesville on Feb. 23

    The Women Run Arkansas Running/Walking Club is hosting running and walking clinics beginning Feb. 23 in Batesville, according to a news release from the club.
    The hour-long clinics will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the pond on the Lyon College campus, and Saturdays beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Batesville High School’s running track in Pioneer Stadium.  

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  • Grandson of local couple signs grid scholarship with Evangel

    Springdale High School football standout Chris Clinard, the grandson of Jerry and Mary Cooper Miller of Batesville, recently signed a letter of intent with Evangel University.
    Clinard started three years at free safety for the Class 7A team. He led the team in tackles both his senior and junior years. He also recorded three interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries during his senior campaign.
    Evangel is in Springfield, Mo. The NAIA school competes in the Heart of American Athletic Conference.

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  • Registration days announced for ICYAA baseball, softball

    The first of two registration days for the Independence County Youth Athletic Association baseball, softball and tee-ball programs is set for Saturday at the First Community Bank George Rider Room, according to a news release from the association.
    The registration times are 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Feb. 28, again at the George Rider Room.
    The registration fees are $65 for one child, $125 for two children from the same household and $170 for three from the same household.

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  • Three Americans provide Olympic comeback stories

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Comebacks make for great Olympics stories, and they come in many forms. Just look at what Seth Wescott, Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn pulled off Monday.
    Wescott came to the Winter Olympics as the reigning champion in snowboard cross, yet also as damaged goods. He hurt his leg and pelvis two months ago and it showed in the races since. The American opened Monday’s event by finishing 17th of the 32 riders in qualifying, but found his stride to reach the finals.

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  • NASCAR shows strength in pothole embarrassment

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — There’s nothing NASCAR can do to overcome the embarrassment that comes when a pothole nearly swallows the biggest race of the year.
    That pesky hole in the pavement stalled the Daytona 500 two different times for more than two hours total, and created the unforgettable image of yellow-clad track workers slopping a pink puddy-like filler into a torn patch of pavement at Daytona International Speedway.
    Television viewers across America changed their channels, while fans in attendance streamed toward the gates.
    They had every right to turn away.

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  • BJHS splits with Tech in regular-season finales

    The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers finished their basketball season on a winning note Friday in Pioneer Gym, taking a 33-22 decision over 5A-East District contest from the Forrest City Junior Lady Mustangs.
    Lana Blake led Batesville with 10 points, including seven in the fourth quarter.
    The real difference makers, however, were reserves Jayme Shell, Morgan Huff and Haley Hambrick, Coach Chip McDonald said.
    “They came in when we were down 5-0 in the first quarter and really gave us a big spark,” he said.

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  • Lady Raiders hold off Lady Pioneers, hold lead

    JONESBORO — The Nettleton Lady Raiders maintained their lead in the 5A-East District high school basketball standings here Friday night, and they made things tighter for the Batesville Lady Pioneers.

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  • Junior Pirates complete perfect run

    GREERS FERRY — The Concord Junior Pirates finished off a perfect season here Saturday night by toughing out a 60-54 decision over the 1A 2-South District Tournament hosts.
    Jacob Roark, an eighth-grader, scored 20 of his game-high 37 points in the fourth quarter for the winners. Ryan Cornelison added 10 for the 24-0 Junior Pirates.
    “I know we haven’t had an unbeaten team during my time here,” said Keith Cornett, Concord’s sixth-year head boys basketball coach. “We may have had one some other time. I don’t know for sure.”

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