NEW YORK — It wouldn’t take an act of Congress, and in the overall scheme of things, expanding the field for the NCAA men’s basketball championship wouldn’t solve or create any problems for most Americans.
Then why have so many people offered so many opinions on something that’s only in the discussion stage, at best, and might not even happen?
Because the 3-weekend, 65-team format has become as much a March staple as cold rain in the Northeast and the sound of batting practice in Florida and Arizona.
HOT SPRINGS (AP) — John Zimmerman’s 16 points, 14 in the second half, lifted the Wonderview Daredevils to a 36-33 victory over Bay in the boys Class 1A Championship game Friday in Summit Arena.
The championship is the first for the Daredevils (36-4), who were in the title game for the first time since 2001. Bay (36-7) won its only state title in 1965 and was in its third title game.
The Yellowjackets held a 33-27 lead with 4:28 left but would not score again, going zero for five from the free-throw line.
HOT SPRINGS — It took the Cave City Cavewomen 11 minutes and 18 seconds to score their first point in the Class 3A State Championship game Friday night in Summit Arena.
By then, the Valley Springs Lady Tigers had already jumped out to a sizeable lead. They led 11-0 at the end of the first quarter and 15-0 before Cave City’s Jessica Hall ended the drought. It was 19-9 at halftime.
The Lyon College Scots made short work of the Iowa Wesleyan Tigers with 16 hits in an 11-1, run-rule shortened victory on Sunday afternoon at Scots Field.
The victory completed a 3-game sweep for Lyon (12-7) and was the fourth straight victory for the Scots. Iowa Wesleyan (5-10) has lost four straight and six of its last seven.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Lyon Pipers won a 10-9 slugfest over Benedictine, but lost a 10-1 drubbing at the hands of Rogers State in first day action at the Evangel Tournament.
Every starter had a hit for Lyon (10-10) in game one, led by Kristi Kelley’s 4-hit, 3-run performance. Kelley also had three stolen bases in the victory. Catcher Sarah Hart picked up two hits and two RBI and teammate Helen Zyjewski earned two hits, including a 1-run double.
Lyon’s game-one starter Cassie White (2-2) struck out five for her second victory of the season.
NEWARK — The Marma-duke Greyhounds won the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves Classic in baseball by defeating the East Poinsett County Warriors here Saturday.
A score from the championship game, and several other tournament games, were not available at press time.
The first-round scores were: Tuckerman 6, Midland 4; Marmaduke 6, Jonesboro Westside Consolidated 3; Bradford 8, Cedar Ridge 6; and EPC 9, Mountain View 7.
The Batesville Lady Pioneer Swing Into Spring softball camp is set for March 22-26 on the Batesville High School campus, Batesville Coach Sean Coker announced.
The annual camp covers all the fundamentals and is for girls in third grade through seventh, 8 a.m. until noon each day. The cost is $50 for those who register before Thursday, 5 p.m. by calling Coker (501) 322-0957.
Afterward, the cost is $65. Registration on opening day begins at 7 a.m.
Coker will direct the camp and current Lady Pioneers and former Lady Pioneer Jill Limbaugh will assist.
SHERWOOD — The Batesville Lady Pioneers defeated the Magnolia Lady Panthers 4-2 here Saturday afternoon to avoid being swept in the Bootsie Gordon Memorial Tournament.
In a first-round contest Saturday morning, Sheridan defeated Batesville 9-1. In the consolation bracket, Beebe edged Batesville 6-5.
Sheridan pitcher Hannah Hicks fired a 2-hitter against Batesville. She struck out four and walked two.
NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves extended their win streak to six games and it includes the Lady Timberwolves Classic championship.
Saturday, they capped a 3-0 day by defeating the Tuckerman Lady Bulldogs 7-5 in the title game. Earlier, they defeated the Bradford Lady Eagles 9-4 and the Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles 7-4.
First-year Coach Joey Nelson said it was mostly about throwing strikes and playing defense. “We lost our first game of the season to Des Arc. During this 6-game win streak, it’s our defense that’s putting us over the top.”
SEARCY — The Batesville Lady Pioneers finished sixth in the Searcy Lion Relays here Thursday, snapping their win streak in high school track and field meets at 21.
The Little Rock Parkview Lady Patriots won, followed by Cabot, Vilonia, North Little Rock and Lake Hamilton. Points and other team details were not available at press time.
Lady Pioneer sophomore Natalie Meinzer swept the distance races, winning the 1,600-meter run in five minutes, 27 seconds and the 3,200 in 11:48.
The senior boys division was won by Vilonia.
SHERWOOD — The Sylvan Hills Lady Bears regained the lead with three runs in the fifth inning here Thursday and held on for a 7-4 victory over the Batesville Lady Pioneers in nonconference high school softball action.
Jenna Canady’s 2-run triple — one of five straight hits — was the big blow in the bottom of the fifth frame.
Batesville had taken a 4-3 lead in the top of the inning on run-scoring singles by Shelby Winkle, Kandess Pfitzner and Sidney Lewis. Kelsey Weaver led off the inning with a triple. Maggie Beshears walked and scored.