PARAGOULD — Batesville High soccer teams put a couple of goose eggs on 5A-East District opponents here Thursday.
The Pioneers defeated the Paragould Rams 3-0. The Lady Pioneers scored a late goal and edged the Lady Rams 1-0.
The Pioneers started slow, their coach said.
“In the first half, I think we were still experiencing the disappointment of that loss to CAC,” Batesville Coach TJ Stroud said. “We were just not playing with the intensity we normally do. It was just a dead atmosphere, and we weren’t playing well.”
FLIPPIN — The Flippin Bobcats edged the Southside Southerners 3-2 in nonconference soccer action here Thursdays.
Felipe Coronado and Marcos Ramirez scored for the Southerners, and both came on penalty kicks.
“I don’t have my statistics with me, but (Brandon) Ritter probably had 20 saves,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said. “We played a lot better defense than we did the previous time we played Flippin. They beat us 7-2 that time.”
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ohio State junior swingman Evan Turner is the runaway choice as The Associated Press’ college basketball player of the year, and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim dominated the voting for coach of the year.
The 6-foot-7 Turner averaged 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists, and received 54 votes from the 65-member national media panel.
Turner missed six games after breaking bones in his back when he fell after a dunk in December. The Buckeyes went .500 without him and then went on to the Big Ten title after he returned.
LONOKE — The Southside Southerners scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie and win a 4A-2 District baseball game against the Lonoke Jackrabbits here Thursday.
Tyler Goad pitched a complete game and collected the victory. He walked five and struck out six.
Offensively, Goad, Dalton Littleton, Michael Smith and Levi Henderson provided two hits each. Henderson doubled. Jared Dahl reached base three times.
In the decisive sixth, Smith led off with single and scored the game winner when Goad hit into a fielder’s choice.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The West Virginia players came to the stadium with T-shirts that read “Do What We Do” — an unabashed acknowledgment that their style of basketball is often more effective than pretty.
If they could make the shirts in Duke, Butler and Michigan State colors, too, they might have a best seller.
Hard-nosed, stingy defense, combined with a few flying elbows and some well-timed rebounds, is what got this year’s Final Four teams to Indianapolis.
Paragould, defending champion of the large-school division of the Home Depot Orange Crush Classic, is rolling along at 6-0, but their coach said he’s still not sure about the Lady Rams.
“Team-wise, we’ve been pretty steady, but it’s still early and we’re needing to improve,” Bill Schatzley said. “We’ve got seven starters back from a team that was pretty solid last year. We went 20-9 and feel like we have a chance to be decent again. The thing is, there’s not too many easy days in our district.”
MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Southside Junior Lady Southerners dominated a track and field meet here Tuesday.
Team totals were not kept, but the Junior Lady Southerners won eight events. Ashlynne King led the way with victories in the triple jump, 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes.
The other individual winners were Hayleigh Justice (high jump), Kenzie Batterton (long jump) and Krista Keeney (pole vault). Jade Mason, Kaelin Schroder, Justice and Keeney teamed to win the 1,600-meter relay.
It will be an all-Cleburne County gathering tonight for the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic small-school championship game.
Heber Springs nipped Harding Academy 11-10 in the first winners’ bracket semifinal. West Side Greers Ferry knocked out the Midland Mustangs 11-2 in the nightcap.
Heber Springs is a 2-time Pioneer Classic champ and, now, 7-time finalist. The Panthers also came into the event as a favorite. The win improved their record to 12-2.
Greers Ferry will be trying for its first Classic title. The win over Midland boosted the Eagles’ record to 12-3.
The White Hall Bulldogs, winners of the 2009 large school division of the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic, are scheduled to come to Batesville for the annual event with a record of 4-5.
It’s unlikely anyone is going to put much stock in that record. They were 4-9 when they came to Batesville last April and edged the then unbeaten Greenwood Bulldogs 8-6, and then slapped around the Springdale Har-Ber Wildcats 12-5 and punched out the Cabot Panthers 9-2 in the title game.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin is home resting following surgery on his left knee. Dr. Patrick Connor repaired the anterior cruciate ligament in Hamlin’s left knee, injured while playing basketball in January.
He wanted to postpone surgery until after the NASCAR season, but decided to have it repaired this week. The surgery had been postponed from Monday, the same day Hamlin won his first race of the season at Martinsville Speedway.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — The reappearance of the spoiler on the back of the Sprint Cup cars at Martinsville Speedway drew high praise from many drivers because it makes the cars look better.
Where opinion differed is when the spoiler’s impact will be felt on the track.
At just 0.526 miles around, Martinsville didn’t allow for enough speed for the spoiler to have much of an effect beyond aesthetics. Though speeds will be higher at the next stop, Phoenix International Raceway on April 10, the spoiler’s influence on the racing is still likely to be marginal.
LOCUST GROVE — The Isle of Capri Late Model Series is scheduled to make its debut this weekend at Batesville Motor Speedway, and for once, the weather forecast is favorable for racing.
The last two weekends have been affected by rain. There’s a slight chance of rain Saturday morning, but it shouldn’t affect the racing schedule.
Friday night, the IMCA Modifieds and street stocks will join the late models on the racing card. On Saturday, the factory stock and front-wheel drive classes will run a support show for the late models.