State Farm and Hooten’s announced the top football players and coaches in Arkansas during a ceremony Monday night in Little Rock, and Cave City’s Thamail Morgan was an award winner.
Morgan won the Class 3A Defensive Player of the Year Award. The senior linebacker-wingback led the Cavemen with 167 tackles, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions. He scored four defensive touchdowns.
In a limited offensive role, Morgan rushed for 367 yards and four TDs on 30 carries and was credited with a team-high 500 yards and five TDs receiving.
When they made their move, it was sudden and telling.
After trailing the first six minutes, the Batesville Lady Pioneers went on a 13-2 run during a 3-minute stretch in the first and second quarters, surged to a quick double-digit lead and were not threatened again while routing the Jonesboro Lady Golden Hurricane 63-49 in Pioneer Gymnasium on Monday night.
Fourteen days ago, the Lady Hurricane defeated the Lady Pioneers 50-41 in a first-round game of the Searcy Bank Classic. With that, the Lady Pioneers had won one game in four. Monday, they improved to 6-4.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas Offensive Coordinator Paul Petrino is leaving the Razorbacks to take over the same job at Illinois, parting ways with his brother Bobby after the two worked together for the last seven years.
The Illini introduced Petrino on Monday while the Razorbacks promoted quarterbacks Coach Garrick McGee to replace him.
“It is time to take on a new challenge,” Petrino said. “This is an incredible opportunity for my family.”
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Southerners come out on top in a back-and-forth 4A-2 District basketball game with the Lonoke Jackrabbits here Monday night. Southside won 54-45.
Southside charged out to a 20-6 lead and led 28-22 at halftime, but Lonoke rallied to take the lead midway through the third quarter. The Southerners responded and led 41-36 at the end of the third quarter.
Southside (3-5, 1-1) hit nine of 10 free throws in the final frame to help secure its first conference win.
BROCKWELL — The Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles rallied for a 67-66 victory in 1A 2-North Distict action here Friday night.
Hillcrest trailed 57-41 heading into the final frame.
Miranda Doyle led Hillcrest with 21 points and Natalie Johnson added 16 more.
The Lady Cougars were led by Kaydie Campbell’s 17 points and six assists. Harmony Herron added 14 points and Amber Hall and Trisha Arnold contributed 13 apiece.
The Screamin’ Eagles also used a big surge and won 52-31 as the Wooten brothers combined for 41 points. Derek led with 21. Dylan chipped in 20.
The Cave City Cavemen battled from the 14th seed and culminated a run through the Lyon College Invitational Tournament with a 44-35 win over the Melbourne Bearkatz in the championship game Saturday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
Along the way, the Cavemen had to beat the top three seeds. The journey to the top began with a win over Heber Springs and was followed with victories against defending champion Mountain View, Viola and Melbourne.
Cave City last won the title in 2006 against Greers Ferry West Side.
MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) — Tadre Sheppard recorded a double-double and Jared Rehmel scored 21 points, leading Central Arkansas to an 81-71 win over Tennessee-Martin on Saturday night.
Sheppard also scored 21 points to go along with his 16 rebounds for the Bears (4-5), who have won three straight since a 5-game losing skid in November. Chris Poellnitz added 16 points and Imad Qahwash had 10.
Jonesboro Lady Golden Hurricane (6-2) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (5-4), Pioneer Gym, 7 p.m.
Both teams come in fresh from tournament victories on Saturday. Jonesboro, which defeated Wynne 50-35 in the fifth-place game of the McDonald’s Shootout in Paragould, defeated Batesville 50-41 in the first-round of the Searcy Bank Tournament on Nov. 28. Whitney Keith led Jonesboro in scoring in both those games, as she usually does. Tameka Scott, a quick and dandy ball-handling point guard is another leader for Jonesboro.
MORRILTON — After a disappointing semifinal loss Friday night, the Batesville Lady Pioneers bounced back to win the third-place game in the Northwest Modern Woodmen Tournament here Saturday.
After leading most of the way, the Lady Pioneers fell to the Pottsville Lady Apaches 65-57. The next afternoon, they defeated the Clarksville Lady Panthers 50-34.
On Friday, Batesville led 17-15, 27-25 and 45-41 at the quarter breaks.
The Mountain View Lady Yellowjackets turned up the defensive pressure, blanked the Heber Springs Lady Panthers for seven minutes and 15 seconds, and collected their first Lyon College Invitational Tournament championship.
The Lady Yellowjackets won 49-41 in Lyon’s Becknell Gymnasium Saturday night, improving their record to 9-2. In Friday’s semifinal round, they defeated the Viola Lady Longhorns 43-30.
The Lady ’Jackets allowed an average of 32 points per game in their four tournament contests — a tournament-low.
FORREST CITY — The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers remained unbeaten in 5A-East District basketball with a 29-25 decision against the Forrest City Junior Lady Mustangs here Thursday night.
Forrest City led 6-5 after one quarter of play and 13-12 at halftime. The Junior Lady Pioneers led 21-17 after three quarters of play and didn’t trail again.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Two golfers quoted by a weekly magazine as making disparaging remarks about Tiger Woods and his marriage said Thursday night they never spoke to the publication.
In a story that Life & Style posted on its Web site, Ben Crane is quoted as saying Woods is a “phony and a fake” and that Woods’ wife knew about allegations of extramarital affairs. It also quotes Charles Warren as saying Woods’ wife “had stars in her eyes and maybe dollar signs too” and should leave him.
The magazine said in a statement it was investigating.