Ryan Mallett is right on schedule.
The Arkansas quarterback has been exactly what the Razorbacks expected after sitting out last season as a transfer. With his strong arm and seemingly limitless confidence, Mallett has helped the Hogs become the Southeastern Conference’s highest-scoring team — and this week he’ll have a chance to set the school’s single-season passing record.
NEWPORT — Bruce Hill, Jason Horn, Tyler Vaughn and Kami Kick were winners Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Hill won the street division with Tom Rising and Gary Spicer in tow.
Jason Horn was quicker than Jason Fields and Mike Gamble in the foot brake class.
The top spot in super pro went to Vaughn as Eric Schilly and Harold Finch rode second and third, respectively.
Kick beat Dylan Kick down the line in the junior dragster division as Shane Hill settled for third.
SOUTHSIDE — The Cedar Ridge Junior Timberwolves opened their basketball season here Wednesday night with a 44-22 victory over the Heber Springs Junior Panthers in the First National Banking Company Tournament.
In the other two first-round boys games, Riverview downed Southside 52-30 and Izard County edged Highland 43-39. Semifinal games for girls and boys are scheduled for today. Championship games are set for Saturday.
The final event of the White River Roadrunners Road Race Series is set for Saturday with the running of the Run Wild for a Child 5K, which starts and finishes at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.
The race is sponsored by the college’s Circle K group and runners can register at the college beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The cost is $20. The race is scheduled to start at 10.
CAVE CITY — The Cave City Cavewomen overcame a plethora of fouls and missed shots in the first quarter to post a 48-19 season-opening high school basketball win over the Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles.
Eighteen fouls were called in the first quarter.
Cheyenne Childers, who recently signed with Williams Baptist, led Cave City with 19 points and eight rebounds. Teammates Claire Caldwell and Jessica Hall provided six assists apiece.
Hillcrest attempted 18 free throws, but managed to cash in on just seven.
The University of Arkansas suspended five players Tuesday, including three athletes identified in a rape complaint that did not result in charges, for violating unspecified team rules.
Coach John Pelphrey said guards Courtney Fortson and Stefan Welsh were suspended indefinitely. Guard Marcus Britt was suspended for six games, forward Glenn Bryant two games, and walk-on guard Nick Mason will not dress for games during the fall semester.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Junior Lady Southerners defeated the Izard County Junior Lady Cougars 30-19 here Monday night in the First National Banking Company Tournament.
Jennifer Wyatt led the winners with nine points. Southside will play Riverview Thursday night in the semifinals.
The Riverview Junior Lady Raiders defeated the Highland Junior Lady Rebels 45-26 in another first-round contest Monday night. Meghan Meachum led the winners with 23 points. Britney Bair scored eight points for Highland.
SEARCY — McKenna Smith and Micah Tipton scored 12 points apiece to help the Searcy Junior Lady Cubs rout the Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers 47-25 here Monday in the Searcy Cub Classic.
Lana Blake scored seven points for Batesville in one of the basketball season openers.
“Searcy’s got a real good team,” Batesville Coach Chip McDonald said. “We put together a few series where we handled what they were doing, but, overall, we just turned the ball over too much.”
Searcy’s junior boys also defeated Batesville, but a score and details were not available at press time.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Lyon College Pipers volleyball team ended its season here Monday night after going 0-2 in the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament.
Martin Methodist put on the finishing touches with a 25-14, 25-21, 25-17 decision.
Jhessica Martins, this season’s TranSouth Freshman of the Year, was credited with 13 kills to pace the RedHawks.
Earlier Monday, Lyon lost to Bethel 25-16, 25-22, 25-22. The Pipers end their season with five straight losses and finish at 11-26 overall.
Basketball standout Ryland Kieffer, track and cross-country star Robin (Webb) Walling and roundball players Jasper “Doc” Freeman and Gene Hooks were inducted into the Lyon College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday in a ceremony on the campus of Lyon College.