The Lyon Pipers and the No. 22 Bethel Lady Wildcats battled to the wire in a TranSouth Athletic Conference basketball game Saturday afternoon in Becknell Gymnasium.
When the smoke cleared, the Lady Wildcats were 81-76 winners of the key contest. Bethel now controls its own fate. If it wins one of two or if Lyon losses one of its next two, Bethel will clinch at least fourth-place and will host a first round playoff game.
PLEASANT PLAINS — A sign-up for the Pleasant Plains youth tee-ball, baseball and softball leagues will be held Saturday at the Pleasant Plains Fire Department from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Margaret Milam announced.
The league fee is $20 per player. Milam said. Players should have their birth certificates with them at the registration.
Green County Tech Lady Eagles (8-3, 5A-East District; 16-6, overall) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (7-4, 13-10), Pioneer Gym, 6 p.m.
The Lady Eagles, third in the district standings and one game ahead of the Lady Pioneers, won 62-58 in overtime in Paragould on Feb. 3. Brittany Chesser, Tech’s leading scorer, led that night, too, totaling 25 points. They included the only four points scored in overtime.
Eagles (9-1, 18-5) vs. Pioneers (1-10, 2-21), 7:30
CLARKSVILLE — Nick Salahub hurled a 3-hit, complete-game shutout and the Lyon College Scots collected seven hits en route to a 4-0 victory over the University of the Ozarks on Thursday in a nonconference game at Lonnie Qualls Field.
Salahub (2-1) has only given up one run and seven hits in his last 16 innings and is 2-0, since losing to Henderson State in the season-opener. The 6-foot-9 senior pitcher struck out nine and walked only one for his first complete game of the season and the sixth of his career.
CONCORD — The home teams will provide a doubleheader for their fans here tonight in the 1A 2-South District Tournament championships.
In semifinals Thursday, the Concord Lady Pirates downed the Bradford Lady Eagles 53-42 and the Pirates romped on the Eagles 67-36.
In the other semifinals, the Rural Special Lady Rebels 39 topped the Greers Ferry West Side Lady Eagles 49-39 and the Greers Ferry Eagles whipped the Rebels 58-43.
Batesville Stars & Stripes Gymnastics Academy athletes won a team title and collected 10 all-around titles at the River City Classic meet in Little Rock last month.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz traded shooting guard Ronnie Brewer, former University of Arkansas Razorback, to the Memphis Grizzlies for a future first-round draft pick.
The trade completed just before the deadline Thursday afternoon should open up some room in a position where the Jazz are well-stocked and reduce the club’s luxury tax burden. But it is costing the Jazz’s first-round pick in the 2006 draft who has started every game this season and averaged 9.5 points.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — On a day when Lindsey Vonn crashed and Canada’s pride-and-joy hockey team nearly went down, Evan Lysacek stood up strong.
In the biggest event of his life, Lysacek — the reigning world champion in men’s figure skating — didn’t try the most daring routine, but he hit nearly every move he picked. He knew it, too, repeatedly screaming “Yes!” as his music faded.
“It was definitely my best, and that’s what I came here to do,” Lysacek said.
Turnovers, offensive rebounds and missed free throws, in that order, did in the Batesville Pioneers Wednesday night in Pioneer Gym.
The West Helena Cougars ordered up the first two, getting the lead, then the Pioneers delivered on the last, eliminating any chance of a rally.
With that, the Cougars took a 57-46 high school basketball victory over the Pioneers in 5A-East District action.
Two in a row and wanting more.
That’s the thinking of the Batesville Lady Pioneers as they rush toward the finish line in the 5A-East District basketball race.
Wednesday night, they followed up a 13-point victory in Wynne with a 40-22 walloping of the West Helena Cougarettes.
Now, with three games to go in the regular season, all against district foes, the Lady Pioneers need one more win to clinch a berth in the Class 5A State Tournament, which is set for Alma on March 2-6.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett is expected to miss spring practice after sustaining a broken bone in his left foot.
Officials said Mallett’s injury occurred during conditioning drills Wednesday morning. He is expected to fully recover in three to four months.
Mallett completed 225 of 403 passes for 3,624 yards and 30 touchdowns during the 2009 season, when the Razorbacks went 8-5. He led the Southeastern Conference in total offense (276.5) and passing yards per game (278.8).
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas responded to its only loss in the last 25 days by getting back into the win column.
Freshman Marshawn Powell scored 16 of his game-high 26 points in the first half as the Razorbacks defeated South Carolina 92-79 on Wednesday night. Courtney Fortson added 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
Fortson decided before the game to issue a challenge to Powell, who had scored only 19 points over Arkansas’ last two games.
“Courtney told me I was due for a 20-point game,” Powell said. “He said it a couple times.