JONESBORO — The defending Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament champions will get a chance to repeat.
The Cave City Cavewomen defeated the Buffalo Island Central Lady Mustangs 58-40 in a semifinal contest here Monday afternoon. It is the fourth straight trip to the championship game for the Cavewomen. The sting of losses to East Poinsett County in 2006 and 2007 was remedied with a win over Rivercrest in last year’s title game.
Early in Houston Nutt’s 28-year coaching career, he stayed at the office until the wee hours, rarely pulling himself away from a busy schedule.
These days the Mississippi coach makes a point of taking a break and requires his assistants to get a physical before every season.
“I try to leave the building for 45 minutes during the day,” the 52-year-old Nutt said in a telephone interview. “I either go home and see my wife or get some fresh air and grab a sandwich. I don’t stay up there ’til 1 o’clock (in the morning) anymore like in my younger days.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Amazing sports moments are often hard to see coming, and that was certainly true in Arkansas this year.
After struggling mightily down the stretch in the regular season, the Arkansas baseball team captivated the state by advancing all the way to the College World Series, then beating Virginia in a stirring elimination game. The Razorbacks tied that game with a home run in the ninth inning, then won it in the 12th to keep their improbable run alive for a little longer.
Cave City senior Alan Wright was named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas football team in Sunday’s edition.
The 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive lineman was credited with 87 pancake blocks, 38 knockdown blocks and didn’t allow a sack.
He recently committed to Arkansas State and has been invited to play in the Arkansas Coaches Association All-Star Classic game in Fayetteville next summer.
Mark Martin was announced the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Sportsman of the Year in Saturday’s edition of the state newspaper.
Members of the Democrat-Gazette sports staff were asked to list up to three names on their ballots for the award. Martin appeared on 14 of the 15 ballots received, three more than Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, another Batesville-born standout.
JONESBORO — Only one Guard-circulation team is alive in the Northeast Arkansas Tournament after play resumed Saturday.
The Cave City Cavewomen advanced to the semifinals after knocking out the Riverside Lady Rebels 53-36.
The odd quarters provided the lift for the Cavewomen. They outscored Riverside 12-3 in the first quarter and 16-4 in the third. The Cavewomen led 27-12 at halftime. The 43-16 advantage at the end of three was Cave City’s largest lead.
Cheyenne Childers led Cave City with 18 points. Megan Goza was Riverside’s pacesetter with 20 points and nine rebounds.
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Wade Phillips’ pregame speech lasted all of one sentence.
“Wade said one thing and he said it real quick: ‘This game’s about the world championship,”’ Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones said. “And that’s all he said and walked out.”
JONESBORO — The top-seeded Cave City Cavewomen made their debut Wednesday night in the Northeast Arkansas Tournament.
The Cavewomen eliminated the 16th-seeded Maynard Lady Tigers 59-27 and used two basketball courts to do it. In the early rounds, the girls games are played on an auxiliary court upstairs at the Convocation Center. During halftime, rain began leaking onto the court. With a quick remedy not available, the teams were forced to wait for the boys game on the main court to conclude.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Missouri State answered Rotnei Clarke’s first attempt at a game-winning shot for Arkansas, but the Bears had no response Tuesday night for another last-chance basket by Clarke.
Clarke drained a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left in overtime and then nailed two free throws to seal Arkansas’ 66-62 victory.
Clarke had put the Razorbacks up 59-57 on a 12-footer with 4.7 seconds left in regulation, but Missouri State forced overtime on Caleb Patterson’s layup at the buzzer.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett says he has asked the NFL Collegiate Advisory Committee to gauge his possible positioning in the NFL Draft.
Mallett said Tuesday he was exploring his NFL options and won’t make a decision on whether to forgo his junior season and declare for the NFL Draft until after Arkansas plays East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl on Jan. 2.
JONESBORO — The Cave City Caveman dished up healthy doses of treys to oust the Izard County Cougars in the Northeast Arkansas Tournament here Tuesday morning.
The 11th-seeded Cavemen racked up nine 3-pointers en route to a 69-48 win over the 22nd-seeded Cougars in opening round play.
Cave City’s Seth Foreman and Dalton Bell nailed three treys each and Lane Gay added two.
ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — Daniel Bryant scored 16 points and Arkansas State handed Mississippi Valley State its seventh straight loss 71-64 on Tuesday night.
Martavius Adams added 14 points, Trey Finn scored 13 and Jeremy Thomas 10 for the Red Wolves (5-5), who won for the second time in a row.
The Red Wolves had their best shooting night of the season, making 55.1 percent of their shots (27 for 49). Adams (6 for 6), Thomas (5 for 5) and Rashad Allison (4 for 4) all were perfect from the field.