FAYETTEVILLE — You know you’ve got a deep bench if you can substitute to the tune of “Send in the Clones” instead of “Send in the Clowns.”
In Arkansas’ scrimmage last Saturday, it seemed the Petrino brothers cloned receivers instead of substituting them.
Bobby, the play-calling head coach, and Paul, the offensive coordinator/receivers coach, were without big-running, big-blocking London Crawford and glue-handed, possession-extending Lucas Miller.
Crawford sat because of leg injuries nagging him since the previous scrimmage.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers are few in numbers, but deep in experience and talent, their coach said.
Tuesday night, when Batesville hosts the Mountain Home Lady Bombers in a season opener in Pioneer Gymnasium, eight Lady Pioneers will take the floor in the second of two games. The first match will involve the schools’ junior high teams.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside junior and senior high teams are scheduled to be the first to play preseason football scrimmages when they visit Riverview in Searcy on Monday night.
The junior high teams are scheduled to scrimmage at 5:30. The senior teams will follow.
Southerner Coach Jon Johnston said the scrimmages will involve only the two schools and will be situational.
Coming off the best season of their short existence, the Southside Lady Southerners will have to fill some big gaps, Coach David Shilkitus said.
“We graduated six players and had another key player transfer, so that has me concerned coming in,” Shilkitus said. “We’re a young team, but have lots of players with experience. We hope we can build off that.”
Two seniors have made an impression on their coach. They are outside hitter Kayla Brooks and libero Kristen Collins.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis will be forced to vacate the record 38 victories from its Final Four season of 2007-08, according to a report by the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
The newspaper, citing a source close to the situation, said on its Web site Wednesday night that the NCAA will release findings of its investigation into violations committed by the program today.
The NCAA investigated whether someone took the SAT exam for a player on that Final Four team. Memphis was notified of potential violations in January and met with the NCAA in June.
Jake Deskin, a sophomore at Batesville High, recently won gold and silver medals at the Amateur Athletics Union Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa.
The 15-year-old teamed with Southwind Arkansas teammates Corey Scott, Dillon Davis and A.J. Stutts to win the 200-meter freestyle relay. The foursome also won silver medals in the 400- and 200-meter medley relays and the 400-meter freestyle relay.
Deskin also won a silver medal in the 200-meter butterfly, considered to be one of the toughest events for younger swimmers.
Former Batesville High Pioneer Price Holmes has been added to the Arkansas Razorback football roster.
An all-state selection for the Pioneers last fall, and a 2-time all-district choice, Holmes walked on in Fayetteville and was officially added to the 105-member roster this week, according to Zack Higbee, a member of the University of Arkansas Media Relations Department.
Walk-ons who make the team roster usually dress out for home games, but that is determined on a game-by-game basis, Higbee said.
NEWPORT — Edward Littlejohn and Nikki Rutherford were winners Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Dragway.
Littlejohn won the street division and Rutherford took the top spot in the foot brake division. Rutherford was also second to Littlejohn with Gary Spicer third.
Joe Williams and Jerry Huber finished second and third, respectively, in the foot brake division.
A week prior on the same strip, Spicer edged Littlejohn in the street division while David Bell beat Don Stitcher down the line in the foot brake division.
DRASCO — The Southside Southerners defeated the Greenbrier Panthers by 36 strokes at Tannenbaum Golf Club here Tuesday.
Clayton House led the winners with a 7-over-par 79. Adding to the Southerners’ 339 were: Matt Anderson, 83; Adam Martin, 86; and Chris Vaughn, 91.
Not counting in the team total were: Dalton Littleton, 96; Chris Martin, 105; Trey Sisk, 112; Tyler Devers, 117; and Robert Hendricks, 118.
Greenbrier’s team score was accumulated from: Jon Mark Rowden, 85; Austin Anderson, 95; Ryan Short, 97; and Tyler Buckman, 98.
PARAGOULD — Garth Branstetter shot a medal-winning even-par 70 here Tuesday at the Paragould Country Club, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Batesville Pioneers from finishing any better than second in a high school triangular golf match with 5A-East District members Paragould and Greene County Tech.
Playing on their home course and the site of the district tournament, the Paragould Rams won with a team total of 308. The Pioneers finished 16 strokes back. The Eagles placed another 19 strokes back.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals knew they needed to sign No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg, and they did.
They needed the San Diego State star because of his pitching talent, his 100 mph fastballs and knee-buckling breaking balls. They needed him to ramp up the remaking of a last-place team on pace for a second consecutive 100-loss season. And they needed him to create a good vibe around a team that’s suffered sagging attendance at a new stadium and all manner of bad publicity.