A new White River Roadrunners Race Series got started Saturday with the running of the Penguin Run 5K/10K, and it even included a new race.
Little else new happened at the finish line, however. Clan Weatherford and Emily Carroll, the Izard County runners who dominated the inaugural series last year, got off to a good start.
Weatherford won the men’s overall title, setting a personal-best time of 38 minutes, 7.49 seconds over the new 10-kilometer course. Previously, the race included only a 5K route.
Carroll won the women’s title with a time of 44:51.43.
HENDERSON, Tenn. — The Lyon Scots’ woes continued here Thursday night as the Freed-Hardeman Lions recorded a 97-54 TranSouth Athletic Conference victory.
The Lions led 48-31 at halftime. The 41-point loss is the biggest margin of defeat for the Scots since Jan. 29 of last year when Martin Methodist beat Lyon 90-48.
Freed-Hardeman hit a blistering 60 percent from the field (40 of 67) while the Scots settled for 38 percent (20 of 52).
HENDERSON, Tenn. — The No. 13 Freed-Hardeman Lady Lions defeated the Lyon Pipers 64-51 in a TranSouth Athletic Conference basketball game here Thursday night.
Freed-Hardeman’s starting five accounted for 55 of the squad’s 64 points.
FHU’s Meribeth Bohler recorded a game-high 18 points and teammates Jana Cross and Hannah Parsley each earned double-digit nights with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Starting guard Whitney Johnson added nine points.
It was all about heart, Batesville Coach Patricia Stave said after the Lady Pioneers’ 55-50, overtime high school basketball victory over the Blytheville Lady Chickasaws in Pioneer Gym Thursday night.
And you’ve got to wonder if Nettleton Coach Jason Smith and the Lady Raiders sent a bunch of heart-shaped boxes of candy and roses to the Lady Pioneers. The Lady Pioneers’ victory and the Lady Raiders’ win over the cellar-dwelling Forrest City Lady Mustangs in Jonesboro meant the Lady Raiders won the 5A-East District title outright.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Patrick Patterson agonized for a month over the one blemish on No. 2 Kentucky’s otherwise perfect season — a loss to South Carolina on a night when he had just five points, his worst outing by far.
“It was just pitiful on my part,” he said. “No energy, no offensive presence, no defensive presence. I was extremely frustrated.”
Determined not to repeat it in Thursday night’s rematch with the Gamecocks, Patterson responded with a season-high 23 points — many of them in the clutch — and Kentucky coasted to an 82-61 victory.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — They ambled back onto the ice an hour after the medal ceremony, swigging champagne and beer and smoking cigars. While Meghan Agosta and Marie-Philip Poulin posed for pictures with goofy grins, Rebecca Johnston tried to drive the ice-resurfacing machine.
Life is sweet when there’s a gold medal hanging from your neck in your home rink.
WALNUT RIDGE — The Lyon College Pipers left 17 runners on base in a pair of doubleheader losses to the Williams Baptist Lady Eagles on Thursday in nonconference play.
Lyon (5-5) lost game one 10-2 and dropped the second game by a 12-0 score. Williams Baptist moves to 6-4 this season.
The Pipers stranded 12 runners and committed six errors in game one and stranded five runners and had just three hits in game two. Lyon starter Faith Richmond (3-2) suffered the game-one loss on the mound, while game-two starter Tenequa Martin (1-2) earned the second loss.
PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland Mustangs advanced into the Class 2A North Region Tournament semifinals with a 65-54 win over the Marmaduke Greyhounds here Thursday night.
Midland led 32-19 at halftime after hanging onto a 15-12 advantage at the end of the first period.
“I thought the first half was the best 16 minutes of basketball we have played this year,” Midland Coach Rick McKinney said. “Our zone defense was outstanding and Nate Rickett really did a great job of attacking the basket to compliment Ben Lytle inside.”
Lyon College guard James Jackson has been named the recipient of the Bad Boy Mowers basketball scholarship for the 2009-10 school year, according to a news release from the college.
Jackson, a 6-foot-4 senior on the Scots’ basketball team, was selected for his work in the classroom and his performance as a student athlete. Jackson averages 10.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. He was selected a TranSouth Scholar Athlete in 2008-09 and is on track to repeat the honor this season.
Guard circulation area high school basketball teams went 3-1 in the first round of region tournaments Wednesday, and two of those punched their tickets to a state tournament.
The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz and Bearkatz earned berths in the Class 2A State Tournament in Carlisle with victories in the 2A North Region Tournament at Midland High in Pleasant Plains. The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves lost and saw their season come to an end in Pleasant Plains.
Twenty-four participants in the local Top Flight Youth Basketball League recently met the challenge in fitness and skills, according to a news release from David Brogdon.
The first-, second- and third-place finishers, listed in order, in the NBA and WNBA FIT Challenge and SKILLS Challenge are: