• Pipers softball goes half-and-half at home

    The Lyon College Pipers went two for four in the home-opening softball weekend.
    On Saturday, the Pipers suffered a pair of losses on the final day of the Lyon College Invitational at House Field. Lyon lost a 1-0 pitcher’s duel to Mid-America Nazarene in game one and dropped a 10-0 rout to Southern Nazarene in game two.
    The Pipers fall to 3-3 and all three losses have been by shut out. Lyon managed only four hits total in Saturday’s losses — all by center fielder Kristi Kelley, who had a double and three singles.

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  • Scots’ losing streak lengthens to 11

    The Bethel Wildcats and Lyon Scots struggled to make baskets Saturday afternoon in Becknell Gymnasium, but Bethel made enough to win the TranSouth Athletic Conference contest 71-61.
    The Wildcats managed to hit just 33 percent of their field goals (19 of 57), including 30 percent from 3-point range (six of 20).
    Meanwhile, the Scots were settling for 18 of 53 (34 percent) from the field, including five of 17 3-pointers (29 percent).

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  • Pipers frustrated by No. 22 Lady Wildcats

    The Lyon Pipers and the No. 22 Bethel Lady Wildcats battled to the wire in a TranSouth Athletic Conference basketball game Saturday afternoon in Becknell Gymnasium.
    When the smoke cleared, the Lady Wildcats were 81-76 winners of the key contest. Bethel now controls its own fate. If it wins one of two or if Lyon losses one of its next two, Bethel will clinch at least fourth-place and will host a first round playoff game.

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  • Sign-up scheduled for ball leagues in Pleasant Plains

    PLEASANT PLAINS — A sign-up for the Pleasant Plains youth tee-ball, baseball and softball leagues will be held Saturday at the Pleasant Plains Fire Department from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Margaret Milam announced.
    The league fee is $20 per player. Milam said. Players should have their birth certificates with them at the registration.

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  • Basketball in town tonight

    Green County Tech Lady Eagles (8-3, 5A-East District; 16-6, overall) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (7-4, 13-10), Pioneer Gym, 6 p.m.
    The Lady Eagles, third in the district standings and one game ahead of the Lady Pioneers, won 62-58 in overtime in Paragould on Feb. 3. Brittany Chesser, Tech’s leading scorer, led that night, too, totaling 25 points. They included the only four points scored in overtime.

    Eagles (9-1, 18-5) vs. Pioneers (1-10, 2-21), 7:30

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  • Salahub shuts out Eagles

    CLARKSVILLE — Nick Salahub hurled a 3-hit, complete-game shutout and the Lyon College Scots collected seven hits en route to a 4-0 victory over the University of the Ozarks on Thursday in a nonconference game at Lonnie Qualls Field.
    Salahub (2-1) has only given up one run and seven hits in his last 16 innings and is 2-0, since losing to Henderson State in the season-opener. The 6-foot-9 senior pitcher struck out nine and walked only one for his first complete game of the season and the sixth of his career.

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  • Eight area teams advance to district finals

    CONCORD — The home teams will provide a doubleheader for their fans here tonight in the 1A 2-South District Tournament championships.
    In semifinals Thursday, the Concord Lady Pirates downed the Bradford Lady Eagles 53-42 and the Pirates romped on the Eagles 67-36.
    In the other semifinals, the Rural Special Lady Rebels 39 topped the Greers Ferry West Side Lady Eagles 49-39 and the Greers Ferry Eagles whipped the Rebels 58-43.

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  • Local gymnasts win team title, 10 all-around championships

    Batesville Stars & Stripes Gymnastics Academy athletes won a team title and collected 10 all-around titles at the River City Classic meet in Little Rock last month.

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  • Utah sends Brewer to Memphis for future first-round selection

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz traded shooting guard Ronnie Brewer, former University of Arkansas Razorback, to the Memphis Grizzlies for a future first-round draft pick.
    The trade completed just before the deadline Thursday afternoon should open up some room in a position where the Jazz are well-stocked and reduce the club’s luxury tax burden. But it is costing the Jazz’s first-round pick in the 2006 draft who has started every game this season and averaged 9.5 points.

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  • U.S. breaks drought in men’s figure skating

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia — On a day when Lindsey Vonn crashed and Canada’s pride-and-joy hockey team nearly went down, Evan Lysacek stood up strong.
    In the biggest event of his life, Lysacek — the reigning world champion in men’s figure skating — didn’t try the most daring routine, but he hit nearly every move he picked. He knew it, too, repeatedly screaming “Yes!” as his music faded.
    “It was definitely my best, and that’s what I came here to do,” Lysacek said.

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  • Pioneers miss opportunities early, late in loss to Cougars

    Turnovers, offensive rebounds and missed free throws, in that order, did in the Batesville Pioneers Wednesday night in Pioneer Gym.
    The West Helena Cougars ordered up the first two, getting the lead, then the Pioneers delivered on the last, eliminating any chance of a rally.
    With that, the Cougars took a 57-46 high school basketball victory over the Pioneers in 5A-East District action.

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  • Lady Pioneers close in on state tourney berth

    Two in a row and wanting more.
    That’s the thinking of the Batesville Lady Pioneers as they rush toward the finish line in the 5A-East District basketball race.
    Wednesday night, they followed up a 13-point victory in Wynne with a 40-22 walloping of the West Helena Cougarettes.
    Now, with three games to go in the regular season, all against district foes, the Lady Pioneers need one more win to clinch a berth in the Class 5A State Tournament, which is set for Alma on March 2-6.

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