BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Kentucky freshman John Wall was named Southeastern Conference player of the year by league coaches.
His peers chose Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings as coach of the year.
Freshman of the year honors went to the Wildcats’ DeMarcus Cousins while Florida’s Ray Shipman was named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Mississippi State’s shotblocking center Jarvis Varnado was voted the top defensive player for the third straight year. Vandy’s John Jenkins was the league’s top sixth man.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Georgia Coach Mark Fox doesn’t know if he can recreate the magic from the last time the Bulldogs were seeded sixth in the Southeastern Conference tournament.
He told them to pack for a week anyway.
Trey Thompkins totaled 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Georgia beat Arkansas 77-64 in the opening round of the SEC tournament on Thursday night.
“I’m sure they’ll be excited to stay in Nashville a little while longer,” Fox said.
HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Tevin Hammond scored 24 points to lead Little Rock McClellan to a 72-57 victory over Wynne here Thursday night in the boys Class 5A high school basketball championship game.
It was the first state title for the Crimson Lions (28-3) since 1970.
Hammond got a lot of help from Djuan Smith, Richard Allen and Michael Bradley as the Crimson Lions took the lead early and never trailed. Smith totaled 15 points and 11 rebounds. Bradley added 10 points and 11 rebounds. Richard Allen scored nine. Hammond also had four assists and two steals.
Batesville Motor Speedway’s season-opening weekend, which was scheduled to begin tonight, has been postponed a week due to weather, BMS co-owner Connie Starr announced.
The TrackTek Racing Fuel Spring Street Stock Nationals are now set to begin a week from today with a practice session.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers are talking about winning a sixth straight state championship in track and field.
Tuesday, their coach talked about bigger numbers.
Cave City Coach Russell Fowler has spent the week planning ways to avoid a one-woman swat team in Hot Springs on Friday night.
Arielle Saunders, a junior for the Valley Springs Lady Tigers, is a 6-foot-2 post player who has given opponents fits all season.
BROCKWELL — The Izard County Cougars jumped to 13-0 lead and got an assist from the weather for a 13-8, nonconference win over the Shirley Blue Devils here Wednesday.
The game was called after five innings due to the threat of a near-by thunderstorm. The Blue Devils scored seven runs in the fifth.
FAYETTEVILLE — Needless to say, they won’t be talking about this one for 25 years at South Dakota State.
After Tuesday’s 3-2 stunner over the 14th-ranked Razorbacks that SDSU Ritchie Price said his team would “talk about for 25 years,” Arkansas exacted 21-2 revenge on a windy Wednesday splitting the 2-game series at Baum Stadium.
Arkansas takes a 9-3 record into its final home weekend nonconference series Friday through Sunday afternoons against Wisconsin-Milwaukee before opening SEC play the following weekend at reigning national champion/SEC champion LSU.
HARRISON — The Harrison Goblins were all Batesville Coach Mark Rush expected.
He’s concerned, however, that the Pioneers were less than expected during a 14-4, run-ruled thumping in a nonconference game here Wednesday.
“Harrison is a quality team and well-coached. They were exactly what I thought they would be,” he said. “Crazy as it may sound, though, I don’t think they are that much better than us. I didn’t feel like we were in the right frame of mind. We’re better than that, but we’re going to have to go back to work and prove it to somebody.”
MOBILE, Ala. — Josh McNatt put together a solid outing on the mound and the Lyon College Scots collected 11 hits in a 4-3 victory over the University of Mobile Rams on Tuesday in the second game of a 2-game set.
The teams were scheduled for a single game Tuesday and another today, but agreed to make a doubleheader out of it due to the threat of severe weather.
Cave City vs. Valley Springs Part 5.
They battled for the regular-season championship, the district tournament championship and the region tournament championship, so it’s only fitting that the fifth meeting between the 3A 1-East District members will be for the Class 3A State Tournament championship Friday night in Hot Springs’ Summit Arena.
It’s Cave City’s first trip to the state finals since 1988 when it lost to Lamar. Valley Springs was there last year and suffered a heart-breaking, 41-40 loss to Charleston.