• BHS cagers win, lose in tournaments

    Batesville High basketball teams won and lost in tournaments on the road Thursday.
    In the Searcy Bank Classic, the Lady Pioneers defeated the Beebe Lady Badgers 52-28 in a losers bracket semifinal.
    In the Harps Top Class Tournament in Yellville, the Guy-Perkins Thunderbirds out scored the Pioneers in the second half for a 60-53 victory.
    In Searcy, the Lady Pioneers won with defense.

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  • Scots rally to beat rival by 7

    The Lyon College Scots overcame a 15-point deficit to defeat the Williams Baptist College Eagles 84-77 Thursday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
    The win avenges a 76-65 setback the Scots endured in Walnut Ridge on Nov. 12 and it also snaps a 4-game losing streak.
    Andy Lee hit a 3-pointer at the midpoint of the first half to cut the Eagles’ lead to 22-20. A 15-2 run over the next four minutes gave Williams Baptist its largest lead (37-22) and it led 45-37 at the break.

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  • Hodges paces Pipers as they defeat WBC

    K.K. Hodges collected her fourth double-double of the season and 17th of her career as she led the Lyon Pipers to a 75-64 win over the Williams Baptist Lady Eagles Thursday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
    The Pipers appeared to have the game in hand late, but a barrage of 3-pointers against Lyon’s reserves forced Piper Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange to put the starters back in. They played for one possession and helped put the game out of reach.

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  • News conference canceled as Tiger’s rough week ends

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A potentially explosive news conference with an alleged mistress was canceled and more details trickled out about the car accident that started all the trouble for Tiger Woods.
    The news conference in Los Angeles for Rachel Uchitel, the woman who denied a tabloid report about an affair with Woods, was canceled about an hour before it was to begin Thursday.

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  • Junior Lady Pioneers keep winning against 5A-East District opponents

    The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers improved to 2-0 in 5A-East District play Thursday night with a 38-29 decision over the West-Helena Junior Cougarettes in Pioneer Gym.
    Batesville led 9-7, 17-11 and 28-21 at the quarter breaks.
    Kinsey Scaggs led the winners with 11 points. Lainey Rumans added eight points.
    “Also, Hailey Hastings scored seven points off the bench for us that were big,” Batesville Coach Chip McDonald said.
    The Junior Lady Pioneers had to overcome a big size disadvantage, the coach said.

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  • Area teams to meet for title; 45s stack up in another semi

    BRADFORD — The last White County Invitational Tournament championship game Saturday night will be made up of Independence and Cleburne County representatives.
    In semifinal games here Thursday, the Concord Pirates whipped the Bradford Eagles, the tournament hosts, 74-56, and the Midland Mustangs battled by the Pangburn Tigers 37-28.
    Chase Thomas scored a team-high 19 points for the Pirates. Tim Fuller added 15, Derek Burnett chipped in 13, and Slade Storemont contributed 10.
    Bradford’s Dakota Treece led all scorers with 26 points.
    The Pirates improved to 15-1.

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  • Tweaks made for Cave City homecoming

    Cave City’s homecoming ceremony will be held after the junior high boys basketball game Friday night, Cave City Coach Russell Fowler announced.
    The Junior Cavemen and Flippin Junior Bobcats are scheduled to get the night started at 5. After the game, the court will be presented and then the senior boys will play. The senior girls will get the rare nightcap game.

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  • Club Volleyball tryouts slated for Friday night

    Lyon College volleyball Coach Ray Green announced that tryouts for the Batesville Volleyball Club will be held Friday from 5-8 p.m. at Lyon’s Becknell Gymnasium.
    Registration is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. and participants are encouraged to register online with the Delta Region at www.deltavolleyball.net before the tryout.

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  • 3 of 4 harriers return to all-state lists

    Four Guard-circulation area high school athletes earned all-state honors for cross country this fall, and three of the four have represented their sport and schools on this podium before.
    Emily Carroll, a senior at Melbourne, won the Class 2A State Meet race, completing the 5-kilometer course in Mountain Home in a 20 minutes, 25 seconds. Carroll finished second in the race last year and fourth in 2007, earning all-state honors each year.
    In cross country, a runner must finish in the top 10 percent of the competitors to earn all-state recognition.

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  • Basketball in town tonight

    Williams Baptist Lady Eagles (6-1) at Lyon Pipers (6-1), Becknell Gymnasium, 6 p.m.
    The Lady Eagles’ lone loss was to the Pipers in Walnut Ridge on Nov. 12. They’re currently on a 3-game winning streak with the most recent win being a 74-46 decision over Ecclesia. Lyon is also coming off a win over Ecclesia. The 64-48 decision came Monday night.

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  • Will Tiger’s ‘transgressions’ change his equation on course?

    The billion dollars didn’t help one cent.
    Tiger Woods couldn’t even get on his yacht “Privacy” and sail away somewhere to keep everyone from looking.
    Larger than life one day, just another sinner the next.
    No reason to talk about his quest to become the greatest golfer ever when the tabloids were offering up much juicier stuff for debate.
    Does anyone care about the odds of Woods winning the Grand Slam when one offshore sports book is posting odds on whether he will admit to having an affair by the end of the year? (Not admitting was a 2-1 favorite.)

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  • For now, sponsors standing with Tiger

    Longtime sponsors are sticking with Tiger Woods — for now.
    But the world’s most famous athlete, who offered a “profound apology” Wednesday following allegations of infidelity, might find new deals hard to come by, marketing experts say, and the loyalty of existing sponsors could be tested by any additional tawdry stories or his reluctance to address the issue publicly.
    “Unfortunately for Tiger, the situation is not over,” said Bob Williams, CEO of Burns Entertainment and Sports Marketing, which represents companies looking to hire celebrities to sell their brands.

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