CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The boys sure backed NASCAR into a corner on this one.
Determined to give drivers more leeway this season when it came to policing each other on the track, NASCAR opened the year with a relaxed “boys, have at it” attitude. It was interpreted to mean NASCAR would look the other way at a nudge here, a spin there, and all the retaliatory bumping and banging that goes on over a very long season.
No one could have predicted, though, that NASCAR’s first true test would come a mere four races into the season following a frightening accident at Atlanta.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Huskies didn’t celebrate after the game. Just another night’s work for Coach Geno Auriemma’s latest dynasty.
After their ho-hum 59-44 win over Notre Dame put them in the championship of the Big East tournament on Monday night, the Huskies just shook hands with the Irish — same as they have after pretty much every other game during their incredible streak.
PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland Mustangs opened their season with an 11-1 win over the Bradford Eagles here Friday.
Midland sandwiched a 3-run second inning with four runs in each of the first and third. Bradford’s lone run came in the fifth and final inning.
Ben Lytle and Cade Skidmore recorded doubles for the Mustangs.
BRADFORD — The Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves improved to 3-1 with a 12-1, run-rule shortened win over the Bradford Lady Eagles here Friday.
Maci Thomas threw six innings and earned the complete-game victory. The lone run was unearned. She struck out three.
Millicent Thomas blasted a 3-run homer, Laken McCoy slapped three singles and scored twice and Michelle Pelley hit safely twice and touched home two times. Haley Hoffman added two stolen bases and two runs.
The offense was there, but Cedar Ridge Coach Joey Nelson said he was more impressed by his team’s defense.
JESSIEVILLE — Lindsey Wooldridge’s 3-pointer with three minutes to play helped spark a late run for the Cave City Cavewomen as they secured a trip the Class 3A State Tournament championship game here Saturday night.
Cave City held on for a 53-45 win over the Parkers Chapel Lady Trojans. Doing so helped the Cavewomen earn a trip to the finals after coming up a game shy three of the last four years. They will face their nemesis, the Valley Springs Lady Tigers, Friday night in Hot Springs’ Summit Arena.
CONWAY — Leadoff hitter Kristi Kelley went four for four at the plate to lead the Lyon Pipers to a 7-4 victory over the Lambuth Eagles on Saturday, assuring a split of softball games at the Central Baptist College Invitational.
Lyon (9-9) lost the second game to Oklahoma Baptist 7-6. Kelley finished the 2-game set six for eight.
Against Lambuth, Chelsea Fowler hit a 2-run home run and starting pitcher Tenequa Martin (3-2) earned the win.
MARION — Batesville High’s soccer teams won and lost in season-opening matches here Friday.
The Pioneers defeated the Marion Patriots 4-0. The Lady Patriots downed the Lady Pioneers 3-1.
The Pioneers led 2-0 at halftime on goals by Marco Avalos and Manuel Garcia. Garcia assisted on Avalos’ goal. Garcia scored with an assist from Sam Johnson. In the second half, Garcia scored an unassisted goal, and Dylan Massey capped the scoring with an assist from Johnson.
The Pioneers took 13 shots on goals.
LYNN — They had a shot, but not enough of them as the basketball season came to an end for the two remaining Guard-circulation high school teams playing in the 1A State Tournament this past weekend.
On Friday, the Bay Yellowjackets knocked out the Concord Pirates 64-44 in a quarterfinal.
In Saturday’s semifinal round, the Wonderview Daredevils held off the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles 48-40.
JACKSON, Tenn. — The No. 10 Union Bulldogs utilized an aggressive presence in the paint to turn a 6-point halftime lead into a 93-56 rout over the Lyon Scots here Wednesday in the quarterfinal round of the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament.
Union (24-7), the tournament’s top seed, controlled the boards by a 55-26 margin, which in turn led to a 20-4 margin in second-chance points. Union advances to face Cumberland. Lyon finished 7-23.
The Scots were led by Quinn Cooper with 12 points and Andy Lee with 11, but the team shot a dismal 32 percent from the floor.
LYNN — The fourth time was the charm here as the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles finally got by the Mammoth Spring Bears.
Mammoth Spring won the three previous meetings this season. Hillcrest’s lone loss at home this season was to Mammoth Spring.
They needed double overtime to settle the nightcap in the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A State Tournament here Thursday. Hillcrest, the tournament host, won 42-35.
SOUTHSIDE — The Newport Greyhounds pounded four home runs as they defeated the Southside Southerners 12-8 in a nonconference baseball game here Thursday.
The homers came off the bats of Matthew Duvall, Ryan McGaughey, Devante Neal and Aaron Newman.
Three of those round trippers came in the first inning as the Greyhounds charged out to a 5-0 lead.
Southside battled back and it was a 1-run game going into the bottom of the sixth inning. Southside loaded the bases with no outs, but failed to cash in.