The Heber Springs Panthers’ fifth victory in a row was a convincing one.
The Panthers outscored the Southside Southerners 10-1 over the last four minutes of the first quarter and never looked back while winning 60-26 in the Lyon College Tournament championship game in Becknell Gymnasium on Saturday night.
A familiar face and a first-time visitor won the overall championships of the White River Christmas Half Marathon Saturday morning.
Clan Weatherford, a frequent winner of road races here and elsewhere, took the men’s title with a time of one hour, 32 minutes and 54.30 seconds. The 41-year-old man from Mount Pleasant finished a little more than a minute and a half ahead of Timothy Stedman, 32, of Little Rock.
Batesville’s Hunter Limbaugh and Pine Bluff’s Dominique Azeez battled until the final bell in the main event of “Seasons Beatings” Saturday night at the National Guard Armory in Batesville.
Limbaugh (4-0) dominated the first two rounds of the 4-round bout. He recorded a knock down near the end of the opening round and then pummeled Azeez to the mat again just 16 seconds into the second round. Azeez received standing 8-counts, but answered each time despite being jelly-legged.
The Mountain View Lady Yellowjackets won their second straight Lyon College Invitational Tournament championship Saturday night in Becknell Gymnasium when they defeated the Calico Rock Lady Pirates 52-38.
The Lady Pirates battled the No. 1 Lady Yellowjackets early and trailed 24-20 at halftime. A 17-1 run to start the second half gave Mountain View a comfortable lead.
A 3-pointer by Calico Rock’s Taylor Cox started the fourth quarter and put her team within 12, 44-32. It would get no closer.
Lyon edged Williams Baptist 62-58 in a nonconference womens basketball game Saturday afternoon in Becknell Gymnasium.
The victory avenges a 66-54 loss the Scots suffered in Walnut Ridge on Nov. 11. It is just the second loss for WBC, which drops to 8-2. Lyon ends the fall semester at 7-3.
The Lady Eagles led 28-22 at halftime, but Lyon rallied and eventually took the lead. Each team managed no more than a 5-point advantage the rest of the way.
MORRILTON — The Batesville Lady Pioneers finished up their regular-season high school basketball tournament play with two victories in the Modern Woodman event.
They defeated the Greenbrier Lady Panthers 43-41 in overtime on Friday and then held off the Clarksville Lady Panthers for a 51-44 decision in the fifth-place game on Saturday.
Runners wanting to register for the White River Christmas Half Marathon should check in at the Fellowship Bible Church on Main Street at 8 a.m. Saturday, race director Matt Walker said.
The race is scheduled to begin at 9 and is free. The start-finish line is in front of the church building.
Donations will be accepted. Proceeds will go to families in need.
The race is in its second year.
A map of the new course and entry/registration forms are available on the White River Roadrunners website. For more information, call Matt or Sara Walker at (870) 307-8264.
Bad Boy Promotions is scheduled to present “Seasons Beatings” Saturday night at the National Guard Armory in Batesville.
In the main event, local fighter Hunter Limbaugh (3-0) will put his unbeaten record on the line against Pine Bluff’s Dominique Azeez, a veteran with more than 25 professional fights.
FORREST CITY — Batesville junior basketball teams fell to 0-2 in 5A-East District action there Thursday.
The Forrest City Junior Mustangs took a big early lead and fought off a Junior Pioneer rally to collect a 36-30 decision.
“We dug ourselves a hole and were down 21-9 at halftime,” Batesville Coach Kelly Rush said. “In the third quarter, we came out and we got after them with full-court man and caused several turnovers and took the lead 26-25. We held them to four points in the third quarter.
Southside and Cave City basketball teams stayed alive here Thursday night in the Lyon College Tournament.
The Lady Southerners defeated the previously-unbeaten Heber Springs Lady Panthers 47-45 when Haley Mourer hit a 17-foot jumper from the left wing as time expired.
Mourer also hit two free throws with 22 seconds to go, bumping Southside’s lead to 45-42.
Lady Panther Hali Tuey hit a 3-pointer with nine second to go, tying it at 45-all
MINNEAPOLIS — FLW Outdoors has announced the 2011 National Guard FLW College Fishing schedule along with paybacks, rules and entry information.
Collegiate anglers can begin registering at 6 p.m. Monday at CollegeFishing.com, said Jeff McCoy, director of public relations.
The format for 2011 was adapted to accommodate College Fishing’s continuing growth, McCoy said.
Hannah Huff and Kandess Pfitzner helped lead the Batesville Lady Pioneers to their first state tournament berth in volleyball, and that’s one of the reasons they are included on the Arkansas Activities Association’s Class 5A All-State roster.
“At the start of the year, we did not have a lot of leaders,” Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said of the seniors. “By the end of the year, they had stepped up and became the leaders we needed. They provided excellent examples for our younger players.”