IMBODEN — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves opened the conference season with a 76-56 decision over the Sloan-Hendrix Greyhounds here Monday night.
Hunter Limbaugh led the Timber-wolves (3-1, 1-0) with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Clayton Butler added 19 points and Luke Henderson contributed 17 points and nine assists.
The Lady Timberwolves were led by Christy Lovell’s 22 points and nine rebounds in a 54-34 win. Jordan Shelton scored 11 points for the 3-1, 1-0 squad.
Heidi Powers led Sloan-Hendrix with nine points.
LITTLE ROCK — The Lyon College Scots basketball team lost its fourth straight road game as the Philander Smith Panthers rolled 92-76 in nonconference action.
Quinn Cooper led the Scots with a career-best 26 points. He and Slater Belew grabbed seven rebounds apiece. Belew was also credited with two blocked shots. Andy Lee threw in 17 points.
The Scots turned the ball over 18 times in the first half and trailed 41-33 at halftime. They turned it over just one time in the second half.
Searcy Lady Lions (1-0) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (0-1), Pioneer Gymnasium, 6 p.m.
Six regulars return from the Lady Lion team that went 17-10 and qualified for the Class 6A State Tournament last spring. Among them are tall and talented senior post players Kristen Celsor (5-foot-11) and Lauren Harrison (6-2). That pair has played well in the Lady Lions’ two games. They lost a benefit game to Vilonia. “Of course, if we would have won that game I would have counted it on our record,” Searcy Coach Michelle Birdsong said, laughing.
Lions (1-1) vs. Pioneers (0-1), 7:30
PARIS — The Paris Eagles eliminated the Cave City Cavemen in the first round of the Class 3A State Football Playoffs here Friday night with a 34-12 decision.
Cave City didn’t help itself. The Cavemen turned the ball over three times and the Eagles turned that into 20 points.
Neither team could generate much offense in the early going. There were five punts in the first period.
BEEBE — The Searcy Junior Lady Lions mauled the Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers 41-16 in the consolation final of the Beebe-Centennial Bank Tournament here Saturday.
Brittnee Broadway scored 10 points for the winners. Batesville’s junior girls’ record fell to 1-5.
Searcy’s junior boys defeated Batesville 55-34 in the other consolation final.
Wesley Rudd scored eight points in a losing cause. The Junior Pioneers also fell to 1-5.
“We just didn’t handle their pressure well at all,” Batesville Coach Kelly Rush said.
MELBOURNE — The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles stunned the Melbourne Bearkatz on their Homecoming here Friday night, rallying from a 17-point, second-quarter deficit to post a 49-48 win over the Class 2A state runners-up.
Hillcrest senior Logan Spray totaled 18 points and 12 rebounds. That included an offensive rebound and score with about a minute to play for a 49-46 lead. Teammate Trevor Morgan, a junior, hit a 3-pointer earlier for a 1-point lead.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Mark Martin found his way to Victory Lane for NASCAR’s championship celebration, albeit only as a gracious runner-up.
It’s a walk he’s made before. Four times, to be precise.
Never did he do it more proudly than he did on Sunday.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — With its top running back out for the season, Arkansas relied on Ryan Mallett’s arm against Mississippi State.
As usual, the sophomore was up to the challenge.
Mallett threw for 313 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Razorbacks to a 42-21 victory on Saturday, hours after the team announced running back Michael Smith would miss the rest of the year with a hamstring injury.
Mallett’s second pass of the game was intercepted, but Arkansas took the lead in the second quarter and didn’t relinquish it.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside’s girls swept four games against Highland here Thursday.
The Junior Lady Southerners won 31-18 in the only varsity contest. Jennifer Wyatt led the winners with 11 points as Southside moved to 5-0.
The eighth-grade game was a 22-11 victory for the home team as Morgan Case collected eight points.
Southside took the seventh-grade game 20-12 behind six points form Katherine Curbo.
RUSSELLVILLE — This story actually began last November, after the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys whipped the Harding Bisons 56-34 at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field to end their second consecutive season at 5-5 overall, 4-4 in the Gulf South Conference.
Senior tailback Tim Childress and sophomore left guard Deerick Smith, both Batesville High graduates and former stars in the Pioneer football program, agreed with the rest of the Wonder Boys that they were tired of finishing 5-5, and they were going to do something about it.
LITTLE ROCK — Lamar is back in the Class 3A football playoffs, but if the Warriors win the championship, would they be able to keep it?
It’s possible a court would have to decide.
The AAA announced Monday the 3A playoffs would start this week with Lamar included. However, the governing body has not made a final decision on whether to keep arguing its case against the school in court. Last week, a judge ruled in favor of Lamar after the school challenged the AAA’s decision ruling a player ineligible, and requiring forfeits of six games.
SPRINGDALE — The Lyon College Scots shot just 33 percent and turned the ball over 19 times in a 68-47 loss to the Ecclesia Royals on Thursday evening in nonconference basketball play at the All-Star Sports Arena.
Lyon (2-3) beat the Royals 64-59 in its home and season opener on Nov. 4.
Thursday night, Slater Belew led Lyon in scoring with 19 points on seven of nine shooting from the field and five of seven from the charity stripe. No other Scot scored more than six points. Guard James Jackson led the team in rebounding (seven) and assists (four).