CONCORD — The Concord Pirates will try to be the first Guard-circulation area high school basketball team to 20 and win a Greers Ferry Lake Classic championship tonight.
The Pirates improved to 19-3 with a 66-61 victory on their homecourt over the Nemo Vista Red Hawks in the nightcap of semifinal action Tuesday.
As usual, they did it with offensive rebounding.
“Normally, that’s the way we go — second and third chances with offensive boards,” Concord Coach Keith Cornett said. “I don’t know who led us in rebounding, but it was between Derek Burnett and Chase Thomas.”
JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State has named Clay Helton as its new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Helton replaces Doug Ruse, who was fired after the Red Wolves finished with a disappointing 4-8 record this season.
Helton has spent the past three years as the University of Memphis’ assistant head coach and offensive quarterbacks coach. He joined the Memphis staff in 2000 as the running backs coach.
Arkansas State Coach Steve Roberts says Helton is “innovative, fast paced and designs ways to get the ball into the hands of the playmakers.”
HARRISON — The Mena Bearcats handed the Batesville Pioneers their sixth straight high school basketball loss here Monday in the opening round of the Lendel Thomas Classic.
Randy Peters and Logan McCourtney scored 18 points apiece to lead the Bearcats to a 64-54 victory. Daniel Wood added 15 points.
Hunter Gallant scored 21 points for the 1-7 Pioneers. Conor Lawrence added 17.
Mena led 30-23 at halftime.
No other details were available at press time.
CONCORD — The results were mixed for the hosts of the Greers Fery Lake Classic here Monday night.
In first-round action, the Concord Pirates defeated the Shirley Blue Devils 76-49 and the Greers Ferry West Side Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Pirates, but a score and details were not available by press time.
Other scores were: boys — Rose Bud 60, Quitman 42; Mount Vernon-Enola 67, Greers Fery 48; Nemo Vista 48, Pangburn 44; girls — Rose Bud 48, Shirley 19; Nemo Vista 52, MV-Enola 28; and Pangburn 61, Quitman 58.
JONESBORO — The defending Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament champions will get a chance to repeat.
The Cave City Cavewomen defeated the Buffalo Island Central Lady Mustangs 58-40 in a semifinal contest here Monday afternoon. It is the fourth straight trip to the championship game for the Cavewomen. The sting of losses to East Poinsett County in 2006 and 2007 was remedied with a win over Rivercrest in last year’s title game.
Early in Houston Nutt’s 28-year coaching career, he stayed at the office until the wee hours, rarely pulling himself away from a busy schedule.
These days the Mississippi coach makes a point of taking a break and requires his assistants to get a physical before every season.
“I try to leave the building for 45 minutes during the day,” the 52-year-old Nutt said in a telephone interview. “I either go home and see my wife or get some fresh air and grab a sandwich. I don’t stay up there ’til 1 o’clock (in the morning) anymore like in my younger days.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Amazing sports moments are often hard to see coming, and that was certainly true in Arkansas this year.
After struggling mightily down the stretch in the regular season, the Arkansas baseball team captivated the state by advancing all the way to the College World Series, then beating Virginia in a stirring elimination game. The Razorbacks tied that game with a home run in the ninth inning, then won it in the 12th to keep their improbable run alive for a little longer.
Cave City senior Alan Wright was named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas football team in Sunday’s edition.
The 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive lineman was credited with 87 pancake blocks, 38 knockdown blocks and didn’t allow a sack.
He recently committed to Arkansas State and has been invited to play in the Arkansas Coaches Association All-Star Classic game in Fayetteville next summer.
Mark Martin was announced the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Sportsman of the Year in Saturday’s edition of the state newspaper.
Members of the Democrat-Gazette sports staff were asked to list up to three names on their ballots for the award. Martin appeared on 14 of the 15 ballots received, three more than Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, another Batesville-born standout.
JONESBORO — Only one Guard-circulation team is alive in the Northeast Arkansas Tournament after play resumed Saturday.
The Cave City Cavewomen advanced to the semifinals after knocking out the Riverside Lady Rebels 53-36.
The odd quarters provided the lift for the Cavewomen. They outscored Riverside 12-3 in the first quarter and 16-4 in the third. The Cavewomen led 27-12 at halftime. The 43-16 advantage at the end of three was Cave City’s largest lead.
Cheyenne Childers led Cave City with 18 points. Megan Goza was Riverside’s pacesetter with 20 points and nine rebounds.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Wade Phillips’ pregame speech lasted all of one sentence.
“Wade said one thing and he said it real quick: ‘This game’s about the world championship,”’ Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones said. “And that’s all he said and walked out.”
JONESBORO — The top-seeded Cave City Cavewomen made their debut Wednesday night in the Northeast Arkansas Tournament.
The Cavewomen eliminated the 16th-seeded Maynard Lady Tigers 59-27 and used two basketball courts to do it. In the early rounds, the girls games are played on an auxiliary court upstairs at the Convocation Center. During halftime, rain began leaking onto the court. With a quick remedy not available, the teams were forced to wait for the boys game on the main court to conclude.