LOUDON, N.H. — Through three years in NASCAR, Juan Pablo Montoya had exactly zero experience lining up for a double-file restart with a win on the line.
Given his chance Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Montoya got beat by the man some would call the best in the business.
Mark Martin beat Montoya on a 3-lap sprint to the finish Sunday to win the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship opener and spoil what could have been a blockbuster 34th birthday for Montoya.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Batesville Junior Pioneers returned to form here Thursday night with a 23-6 win over the Mountain Home Junior Bombers in a final tune-up before the conference football season begins.
Mountain Home’s lone touchdown came on its first possession when Devin Jefferson capped an 80-yard drive with a 33-yard run.
Daron Stigger returned the ensuing kickoff 27 yards to the Batesville 42-yard line. Six plays later, Jaron Stigger outran the defense and scored on a 19-yard, end around play.
PARAGOULD — The home teams swept Batesville in 5A-East volleyball matches here Thursday night.
The Paragould Junior Lady Rams won 25-22, 25-18. The Lady Rams won 25-12, 25-23, 25-13.
“Paragould is an extremely tough defensive team, but we are capable of beating them,” Junior Lady Pioneer Coach Lisa McCord said. “We just were not hitting last night, for whatever reason.”
The Junior Lady Pioneers fell to 4-3 overall and 4-2 in the district.
The Lady Pioneers fell to 4-3 and 3-3. In this match, the Lady Pioneer strikers did not get enough opportunities, McCord said.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Junior Southerners are off to the best start in the school’s football history.
With freshman Jake Hendricks running for 179 yards and four touchdowns and the defense containing the Des Arc Junior Eagles’ running game, the Junior Southerners won 30-6 here Thursday night, improving their record to 3-0.
Southside has had a varsity program in junior high for six years and a varsity senior high team for four years.
SOUTHSIDE — Led by Mollie Arnold’s 14 kills and 11 digs, the Westside Consolidated Lady Warriors improved to 15-0 with a sweep.
The Lady Warriors won 25-7, 25-13, 25-16.
Madison Morgan added 10 kills for the winners. Abby Taylor provided 24 assists. Hailey Tate contributed 11 digs.
Westside won the junior high match 19-25, 25-8, 25-16 while Kelly Taylor registered six kills and Jessie James served seven aces.
Westside won the senior B game 25-7 and the junior B game 25-4.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — University of Arkansas basketball Coach John Pelphrey said Thursday he will suspend at least one player 2-3 games following a rape investigation that did not result in charges.
The athletic department released a statement from Pelphrey outlining punishment in the aftermath of the allegations. The release did not name any players and Pelphrey said he could not disclose specific punishments because of federal privacy laws.
From the moment Arkansas’ schedule was released in February, its Southeastern Conference opener stood out — Georgia, at home, with an open date the previous weekend.
After months of anticipation, the Razorbacks finally get their shot at the No. 23 Bulldogs on Saturday night. Neither team is expected to win the SEC this year, but for a young Arkansas team with high hopes for the future, this game is shaping up as the perfect test.
Wednesday night, people in the Yellville area celebrated the life of Kymball Duffy, a Yellville-Summit football player who died last Friday in an automobile accident.
Three others were treated and released and another remains medically sedated in a Springfield, Mo. hospital.
How quickly the Mountain Home Bombers climbed startled even their coach.
“We made huge improvements from the first week to the second week,” Shane Patrick said. “I really didn’t know about this team after the first week because we didn’t play well at all.”
On Sept. 4 in Highland, the Bombers, a Class 6A team, just barely escaped the Class 4A Highland Rebels. The final score was 14-7.
LOCUST GROVE — The Batesville Motor Speedway has taken on too much rain and it’s forced the postponement of the Schoenfeld Headers Mid-America Street Stock Championship, announced Connie Starr.
The 3-day event has been rescheduled for Sept. 24-26. For more information, call BMS at (870) 251-0011 or visit www.bms-ar.com.
CONWAY — The Conway St. Joseph Lady Bulldogs swept the Cave City Cavewomen in a conference volleyball match here Wednesday.
CSJ won 25-9, 25-16, 25-16.
“We just came out in the first game, we didn’t step up. We weren’t ready,” Cave City Coach Crystal Bradley said. “The inexperience showed. They were able to do some things that I think in time we will be able to do, but right now we’re too young. I think we’ll get there.”
Rachel Roebuck led the Cavewomen with 10 points and 20 digs. Libero Elisha Ramos returned to the court and collected 25 digs.
MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas-Monticello Lady Boll Weevils swept the Lyon College Pipers in nonconference volleyball action here Wednesday night.
The game scores were 25-20, 25-19, 25-15.
Lyon fell to 4-10. UAM improved to 2-9.
“We didn’t play very well, but UAM is pretty good, too,” Lyon Coach Ray Green said. “They changed some things in their lineup and it worked. I talked with their coach and know they had been struggling here lately. They are a little bigger than we are and they have a faster offense than what we’ve been seeing.”