• Eagles keep title in range, rip Pioneers

    The Greene County Tech Eagles, the defending state champions in Class 5A, kept a district championship in their sights with a 58-36 victory over the Batesville Pioneers in Pioneer Gym Friday night.
    Tech is 10-2 in the 5A-East District, one-half game behind the Wynne Yellowjackets. Tech is scheduled to visit Blytheville Tuesday night and host Wynne on Thursday. Wynne is scheduled to host Forrest City tonight in a game that was postponed Feb. 9 due to weather-related road conditions, then host West Helena on Tuesday before the showdown Thursday in Wynne.

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  • Lady Eagles sour Lady Pioneer hopes

    The Greene County Tech Lady Eagles squashed any thoughts the Batesville Lady Pioneers had for upward mobility here Friday night in Pioneer Gym.
    The Lady Eagles rallied from a 13-point, third-quarter deficit and won 52-44, clinching at least a third-place finish in the 5A-East District and setting up a chance for a movin’-on-up game of their own Tuesday night.

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  • Three area teams complete sweep of district basketball championships

    Melbourne and Concord won district basketball tournament titles over the weekend and the former doubled up in the event at Sloan-Hendrix High School.
    Following are reports from the four district tournaments in which area schools were involved:

    2A-2 District
    IMBODEN — The Lady Bearkatz got things going Melbourne’s way with a 69-52 victory over the Midland Lady Mustangs. It wasn’t as easy as the final score indicates.

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  • U.S. Olympic hockey team stuns Canada

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The United States pulled off the biggest Olympic hockey upset since the Miracle on Ice, stunning Canada 5-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.
    Brian Rafalski scored two goals, Ryan Miller held off a flurry of shots and the Americans quieted a raucous, pro-Canada crowd that came to cheer its dream team.

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  • Carroll defends indoor track title

    FAYETTEVILLE — Melbourne’s Emily Carroll defended one of two State Indoor Track and Field Champion-ships at the Randal Tyson Track Center here Friday.
    The senior won the 3,200-meter race in a time of 12 minutes, 15.27 seconds, finishing nearly 40 seconds ahead of Grace Bodron of Heber Springs, the second-place finisher.
    Carroll finished second in the 1,600, 13 seconds behind Grace Heymsfield of Elkins. Carroll won both of the long-distance races last February.

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  • 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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