FAYETTEVILLE — Batesville and Melbourne runners finished in the top 25 at the 15th annual Arkansas vs. Oklahoma High School Cross Country Challenge here Saturday.
In the girls 5-kilometer race, Batesville runners Natalie Meinzer and Logan Bishop finished 15th and 23rd, respectively, and Melbourne’s Emily Carroll placed 17. Meinzer’s time was 20 minutes, 12 seconds. Carroll was two seconds behind her, and Bishop clocked a 20:31.
MELBOURNE — Melbourne’s Spencer Caraway capped a school-record 52-point performance with a steal and a 2-handed dunk in a 75-60 win over Cotter here Friday night.
“We went to power basketball with him and he got four quick buckets to start the game and then hit nine 3-pointers,” Melbourne Coach Mike Watson said.
Caraway was also credited with 18 rebounds and four steals.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — This win was for Willy.
A day after Defensive Coordinator Willy Robinson was taken to the hospital, Arkansas beat Troy 56-20 without the assistant coach. The school said Robinson was resting comfortably, and the Razorbacks dedicated the game to him Saturday night.
“It was kind of a scary day on Friday,” Coach Bobby Petrino said. “So we’re happy that everything’s good there.”
The school said only that Robinson was treated for an infection. Inside linebackers Coach Reggie Johnson called the defense.
SEARCY — Batesville’s junior high basketball teams left Searcy Thursday night still looking for their first victory.
They each went 0-3 in the Searcy Cub Classic. Thursday afternoon, the Mount St. Mary Junior Belles defeated the Junior Lady Pioneers 33-16, and the Jonesboro MacArthur Cyclones pounded the Junior Pioneers 44-14.
“They were very good, is all I know to say,” Coach Kelly Rush said of the team from Jonesboro. “I thought we handled the ball a lot better than we did the other two games, but we missed a lot of shots that I think we will hit in time.”
The Arkansas Activities Association has decided to put the Class 3A State Playoffs on hold indefinitely after Lamar won an injunction hearing Thursday in Russellville.
Lamar (9-1) was forced to forfeit a portion of its season because of the use of an ineligible player. That decision resulted in Lamar being knocked out of the playoffs. Lamar filed for an injunction and Circuit Court Judge Gordon McCain granted it shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday at the Pope County Courthouse.
When Thamail Morgan left his troubles behind in Newport, he never could have imagined what came next.
FAYETTEVILLE — The matchup with Troy is Arkansas’ last nonconference game of the regular season, although it’s not clear whether it will be easier or harder than the game next week with Southeastern Conference foe Mississippi State.
Troy has won seven straight games and appears to be the class of the Sun Belt Conference. It’s the type of team that can seriously point to a game like this as an opportunity for an upset. In fact, given the way the Razorbacks routed Texas A&M earlier this year, this might be the toughest nonconference game on Arkansas’ schedule.
SOUTHSIDE — The First National Banking Company finals are set and Guard-circulation area basketball teams are well represented.
Saturday night at 6, the Southside Junior Lady Southerners, tourney hosts, will take on the Cedar Ridge Junior Lady Timberwolves, another area team, in the first title game.
Following at 7:15 will be the Izard County Junior Cougars, another area team, against the Riverview Junior Rangers.
WALNUT RIDGE — Syeeda Echols poured in a career-high 26 points and K.K. Hodges dropped in 23 more to lead the Lyon College Pipers to a 79-64 nonconference victory over the Williams Baptist College Lady Eagles on Thursday night.
“She’s certainly capable of putting up numbers like that regularly,” Lyon Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said. “She’s a really good shooter, but I don’t think her focus has been to score. She’s been playing extremely well for us. She’s rebounding and taking care of the ball, but I think her main focus and where she has been improving is her defense.”
Last year, Arkansas actually had an easier, albeit still difficult, time beating a good Tulsa team, 30-23 than escaping more obscure Western Illinois and Louisiana-Monroe teams, 28-24 and 28-27.
This year, going into Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. nonconference finale with the Troy Trojans at Razorback Stadium, the 5-4 Razorbacks steamrolled nonconference foes Missouri State, Texas A&M and Eastern Michigan, 48-10, 47-19 and 63-27, respectively.
What’s been the difference in second-year Coach Bobby Petrino’s Razorbacks this year?
Ryan Mallett is right on schedule.
The Arkansas quarterback has been exactly what the Razorbacks expected after sitting out last season as a transfer. With his strong arm and seemingly limitless confidence, Mallett has helped the Hogs become the Southeastern Conference’s highest-scoring team — and this week he’ll have a chance to set the school’s single-season passing record.