• First half-marathon race slated for Saturday; free event to help needy families at Christmas

    The first half-marathon race in Batesville is scheduled for Saturday morning, race directors Matt and Sara Walker announced.
    The White River Christmas Half Marathon is set to begin at 9 a.m. in front of the White River Veterinary Clinic in the Eagle Mountain Shopping Center. Runners can begin registering at 7:30.
    The 13.1-mile course also ends at the clinic. The turnaround point is at the Town Plaza Shopping Center on Main Street. Matt Walker said nine aid stations are scattered along the course.

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  • Late shot helps Screamin’ Eagles soar over Falcons

    PARAGOULD — The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles defeated the Crowley’s Ridge Academy Falcons 48-46 in a nonconference thriller here Tuesday night.
    CRA led 33-29 heading into the final period and Hillcrest’s Logan Spray netted the game-winner with 1.6 seconds remaining. The score came off a rebound from Derek Wooten’s missed 16-footer.
    Three Screamin’ Eagles turned in double-digit totals. Derek Wooten led with 20, Dylan Wooten 14 and Spray 10 as their team improved to 12-4.
    The Falcons got a game-high 26 from Wade Freer, including six 3-pointers.

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  • OBU adds wrestling, women’s golf

    ARKADELPHIA (AP) — Ouachita Baptist is adding men’s wrestling and women’s golf to its athletic program.
    The additions, announced Tuesday by the school, bring its total number of teams to 16.
    Ouachita President Rex M. Horne, Jr. said his school will be the first in Arkansas to offer college wrestling, and that high school wrestling is growing in the state.
    Ouachita last expanded the athletic department about a decade ago when it added men’s soccer and women’s softball.

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  • UA basketball reports violation

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The University of Arkansas basketball program has reported an NCAA secondary violation concerning athletes’ images in a magazine.
    The athletic department said Tuesday it reported the violation to the Southeastern Conference. No player’s eligibility is affected.
    The school said its self-report was over “tag lines used to accompany photos of student-athletes, referencing local businesses” — and that nobody in the athletic department approved of or had prior knowledge of non-editorial use of the players’ images.

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  • Tiger Woods named decade’s top athlete

    Tiger Woods was selected today as Athlete of the Decade by U.S. sports editors, a result that reflects 10 years of greatness on the golf course rather than three weeks of headlines about a shocking sex scandal.
    Woods received 56 of the 142 votes cast by Associated Press member newspaper editors since last month. More than half of the ballots were returned after the Nov. 27 car accident outside his Florida home that set off sensational tales of infidelity.
    Just like so many of his victories, it wasn’t much of a contest.

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  • Two BHS seniors signing with Lyon

    Alex Davidson and Rachel Shellenberger have been playing basketball together since their pee-wee days. They’ll continue a few years longer.
    Today at 5:30 p.m. in Pioneer Gymnasium, the Batesville High seniors will sign letters of intent to play basketball at Lyon College.
    “We’re excited about signing these two,” Lyon Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said. “As much as anything, we’re excited about it because they’re so excited about it.”

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  • Morgan wins P.O.Y. award

    State Farm and Hooten’s announced the top football players and coaches in Arkansas during a ceremony Monday night in Little Rock, and Cave City’s Thamail Morgan was an award winner.
    Morgan won the Class 3A Defensive Player of the Year Award. The senior linebacker-wingback led the Cavemen with 167 tackles, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions. He scored four defensive touchdowns.
    In a limited offensive role, Morgan rushed for 367 yards and four TDs on 30 carries and was credited with a team-high 500 yards and five TDs receiving.

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  • Lady Pioneers win with sudden, decisive strike

    When they made their move, it was sudden and telling.
    After trailing the first six minutes, the Batesville Lady Pioneers went on a 13-2 run during a 3-minute stretch in the first and second quarters, surged to a quick double-digit lead and were not threatened again while routing the Jonesboro Lady Golden Hurricane 63-49 in Pioneer Gymnasium on Monday night.
    Fourteen days ago, the Lady Hurricane defeated the Lady Pioneers 50-41 in a first-round game of the Searcy Bank Classic. With that, the Lady Pioneers had won one game in four. Monday, they improved to 6-4.

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  • McGee promoted to offensive coordinator

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas Offensive Coordinator Paul Petrino is leaving the Razorbacks to take over the same job at Illinois, parting ways with his brother Bobby after the two worked together for the last seven years.
    The Illini introduced Petrino on Monday while the Razorbacks promoted quarterbacks Coach Garrick McGee to replace him.
    “It is time to take on a new challenge,” Petrino said. “This is an incredible opportunity for my family.”

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  • Southerners bag ’Rabbits for first conference victory

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Southerners come out on top in a back-and-forth 4A-2 District basketball game with the Lonoke Jackrabbits here Monday night. Southside won 54-45.
    Southside charged out to a  20-6 lead and led 28-22 at halftime, but Lonoke rallied to take the lead midway through the third quarter. The Southerners responded and led 41-36 at the end of the third quarter.
    Southside (3-5, 1-1) hit nine of 10 free throws in the final frame to help secure its first conference win.

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  • Big surges help Hillcrest

    BROCKWELL — The Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles rallied for a 67-66 victory in 1A 2-North Distict action here Friday night.
    Hillcrest trailed 57-41 heading into the final frame.
    Miranda Doyle led Hillcrest with 21 points and Natalie Johnson added 16 more.
    The Lady Cougars were led by Kaydie Campbell’s 17 points and six assists. Harmony Herron added 14 points and Amber Hall and Trisha Arnold contributed 13 apiece.
    The Screamin’ Eagles also used a big surge and won 52-31 as the Wooten brothers combined for 41 points. Derek led with 21. Dylan chipped in 20.

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  • 14th-seed Cavemen win Lyon tournament crown

    The Cave City Cavemen battled from the 14th seed and culminated a run through the Lyon College Invitational Tournament with a 44-35 win over the Melbourne Bearkatz in the championship game Saturday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
    Along the way, the Cavemen had to beat the top three seeds. The journey to the top began with a win over Heber Springs and was followed with victories against defending champion Mountain View, Viola and Melbourne.
    Cave City last won the title in 2006 against Greers Ferry West Side.

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