FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Even with Ryan Mallett headed to the NFL, quarterback wasn’t Arkansas’ biggest need on national signing day.
Rather, the Razorbacks were in dire need of help on the offensive line to protect whoever takes over for Mallett under center.
Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino didn’t have to go far to find what he was looking for up front, inking five offensive linemen in a class of 30 signees on Wednesday. Three of the five linemen were from high schools within 30 minutes of the Arkansas campus, highlighted by Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber tackle Brey Cook.
CAVE CITY — The Cave City Cavewomen avenged a double-digit beatdown and earned a key Class 4A-2 victory with a 38-37 win over the Heber Springs Lady Panthers here Tuesday night.
Lindsey Wooldridge provided the heroics when she took a pass from Jessica Hall and buried a 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining. Then Cave City’s defense held strong and didn’t give Heber Springs an opportunity to shoot a potential game-winner.
Cave City led 14-6, 24-17 and 29-25 at the quarter breaks.
FORREST CITY — The speed was right and the Batesville Lady Pioneers played faster and better for longer.
In a nutshell, that’s how the Lady Pioneers pushed their win streak to six with a 60-42, 5A-East District high school basketball victory over the Forrest City Lady Mustangs here Tuesday night.
The Lady Pioneers built their lead steadily through the first three quarters. They led 16-11, 32-23 and 50-31 at the quarter breaks.
By press time this morning, two basketball pairings involving area junior and senior high basketball teams had been called off due to weather and worsening road conditions.
The Southside-at-Clinton and Flippin-at-Melbourne contests were the casualties. The games at Clinton are tentatively rescheduled for Wednesday (see the “Sports calendar”)
NEWARK — One Cedar Ridge team clinched a 2A-2 District basketball championship here Monday night and another moved to the cusp.
The Junior Lady Timberwolves defeated the Pangburn Junior Lady Tigers 37-27 as Shannon Butler scored 14 points. The Junior Lady T-wolves improved their district record to 7-0 and their overall mark to 18-3.
The T-wolves improved to 9-0 and 15-4 with a 76-50 shellacking of the Tigers. A win at home tonight against the Bradford Eagles would assure the regular-season crown for the T-wolves.
WYNNE — The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers shut out the Wynne Junior Lady ’Jackets in the first and last quarters here Monday night and that was good enough for their second 5A-East District victory.
The Junior Lady Pioneers won 20-13 after outscoring their hosts 7-0 in the fourth quarter. They also led 7-0 after one quarter of play. The halftime score was 10-3, Batesville. Wynne outscored Batesville by the same totals in the third quarter.
Haley Hambrick led Batesville with 14 points. The Junior Lady Pioneers improved to 2-8 in the district and 3-14 overall.
LITTLE ROCK — Lyon College split a pair of nonconference basketball games with Philander Smith here Monday night.
Lyon’s women won 75-44 and Lyon’s men suffered another tough loss, falling 70-68.
K.K. Hodges paced the Scots with 24 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. She now has 1,823 points and 874 rebounds in her collegiate career, both school records. Lauren Ramsey added 15 points and eight rebounds. Erin Roush and Suzanne Fincham added 11 points apiece and Fincham was also credited with eight rebounds.
DALLAS (AP) — Hey, Steelers and Packers fans, come on down!
This Super Bowl weather is just like it is back home. Freezing rain, sleet, snow. C-c-cold.
One thing’s for sure: The show will go on. It’s already started. Both teams arrived Monday packing cowboy clothes and video gear.
“I think that all the dreams that you dream about have come true. So, I’m very excited. This is a great moment for me,” receiver Donald Driver said, referring to his first Super Bowl trip in his 12th season with Green Bay.
Mackenzie Gipson topped the results for Treasure Island Gymnastics at a meet in North Little Rock on Saturday.
Gipson, a Level 3 competitor, swept the events, winning the vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise while collecting the all-around championship.
Listed by levels, here are the rest of the Treasure Island results:
Brooke Brown — third, bars, fourth, vault, beam and floor, third, all-around;
Katelyn Langston — first, vault and floor, fourth, bars, eighth, beam, fourth, all-around;
Stars & Stripes gymnasts won two team championships and eight all-around titles at the All-Star Classic in Jonesboro recently.
The local gymnastic center’s Level 7 and 4 teams finished ahead of the competition. Twelve-year-old Rachel Milnes led the way at Level 7. She won the vault and uneven bars events and placed second on the balance beam to accumulate her winning all-around score.
The Blue Mountain Toppers collected their first TranSouth Athletic Conference win this season when they edged the Lyon Scots 82-76 in overtime Saturday.
It was the first time in four tries that Lyon alum Jon David Parker defeated his former coach in Becknell Gymnasium.
Parker, who is in his first season as Blue Mountain’s head coach after holding the same position at Ecclesia the previous three years, is now 3-6 against Coach Kevin Jenkins.