• Cave City sweeps Marshall in district contests

    CAVE CITY — Cave City swept its visitors decisively here Tuesday night in a trio of 3A 1-East District basketball games.
    The Junior Cavemen started the action with a 33-22 win over the Marshall Junior Bobcats. The Cavewomen followed with a 61-21 shellacking of the Lady Bobcats, and the Cavemen wrapped up the sweep with a 57-39 victory over the Bobcats.
    Seth Foreman scored 22 points and dealt out five assists to help the Cavemen even their overall mark at 4-4. They are 2-0 in the district. Teammate Zac Smith added 11 points and eight rebounds.

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  • Grandchild of locals signs with UA

    Ashley Martindale, a star softball player at Benton, recently signed a letter of intent to play softball for the University of Arkansas.
    Martindale, a senior, is the granddaughter of Norma and Lynn Melton of Batesville.
    During her junior season, she helped the Lady Panthers to a runner-up finish to Lake Hamilton in the Class 6A State Tournament. She was named to all-state and all-district teams while leading the team in batting (.452) and stolen bases. Martindale was also named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s All-Arkansas team.

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  • Local Bassmasters to meet

    The Batesville Bassmasters will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the George Rider Room of First Community Bank to start planning for the 2010 tournament season, secretary Colin Patterson said.
    Jim Starzy has agreed to accept the office of president and Patterson will stay on as secretary. Other positions, including that of tournament director, remain open.
    “We’ll have to have a tournament director,” Patterson said, adding that during the meeting “we’ll start setting up a tournament schedule.”

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  • Basketball in town tonight

    Columbia Cougars (3-7) at Lyon Scots (2-5), Becknell Gymnasium, 7
    The Scots lost at home for the first time this season when the Central Baptist Mustangs collected a 99-76 decision Nov. 24. They’ll try to get back on the winning track tonight against a struggling Cougar squad. Columbia (Mo.) advanced to the national championship game last season and is ranked No. 19, but that ranking came before the 3-7 start. The first regular-season poll is due Saturday.
    Chad Thompson (jersey number 23) leads Columbia with an average of 14 points per game.

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  • Batesville, Blytheville split district openers

    Batesville and Blytheville split 5A-East District junior high basketball openers Monday night in Pioneer Gymnasium.
    The Junior Lady Pioneers won 31-11. They led 8-0, 15-6 and 26-8 at the quarter breaks.
    “We held them scoreless in the first quarter,” Batesville Coach Chip McDonald said. “We started eighth-grader Hambrick, who played really well. Our defense got us off to a good start and we were able to keep control from there.”
    Tess Hurley and Hambrick scored six points each.

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  • Lady Hurricane holds off BHS girls

    SEARCY — The Jonesboro Lady Hurricane held off two Batesville Lady Pioneer charges to take a 50-41, high school basketball victory in the Searcy Bank Classic here Monday.
    Jonesboro led 17-11, 29-18 and 37-25 at the quarter breaks.
    “Early on, we just gave them too many second scoring opportunities because we’re not aggressive enough on the boards,” Batesville Coach Patricia Stave said. “We also had too many unforced turnovers.”
    The Lady Pioneers committed 16 turnovers for the game.

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  • Mustangs oust ’Dogs at last second

    BRADFORD — The Midland Mustangs edged the Quitman Bulldogs 69-68 in overtime here Monday night in the first round of the White County Invitational Tournament.
    It was 59-59 at the end of regulation and Midland led 67-65 with 20 seconds to play in the overtime period. Jarod Perry blocked a Quitman player’s shot, and after a scramble for a loose ball, Quitman’s Mike Bettis hit his sixth 3-pointer of the game to give the Bulldogs a 1-point edge with four seconds to play.

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  • Pipers recover after first loss

    SPRINGDALE — After suffering their first loss of the season Saturday, the Lyon Pipers added one to the win column here Monday night with a 64-48 win against the Ecclesia Lady Royals in nonconference basketball action.
    Despite the 16-point win, Lyon Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said she wasn’t as happy as she’d hoped.

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  • Tiger announces he won’t play in own tourney due to injuries

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Tiger Woods Foundation board met as it does every year at Sherwood Country Club. Merchandise was on sale just outside the clubhouse, with large photos of Woods hanging from brick walls.
    Everything was in place at his year-end tournament — except for him.
    Facing public scrutiny over a car crash that sent him to the hospital and raised questions, speculation and innuendo about how it happened, Woods withdrew from the Chevron World Challenge on Monday, citing injuries. His news conference for this afternoon was canceled.

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  • Southside, Hillcrest girls advance at Williams Baptist hoops tourney

    WALNUT RIDGE — Southside and Hillcrest advanced in the girls bracket of the Williams Baptist College Tournament Saturday.
    Southside defeated Sloan-Hendrix 66-27 and Hillcrest edged Hoxie 54-52.
    It was the first win for the Lady Southerners, who move to 1-4.
    Sami Hallowell paced the squad with 18 points and seven rebounds. Haley Mourer added 10 points and three steals and Maggie Carlile threw in 10 points. Other statistical leaders were Jessica Robertson with five rebounds and three assists, Jordan Hicks with four assists and Alex Burroughs with six rebounds.

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  • Columbia overcomes poor shooting to edge Lyon

    Despite not making their first field goal until seven minutes and four seconds into the contest, the No. 14 Columbia Lady Cougars ended the Lyon College Pipers’ 5-game, season-opening winning streak with a 61-57 decision Saturday in nonconference basketball action in Becknell Gymnasium.
    Lyon (5-1) took the Lady Cougars to the limit in the contest behind junior forward K.K. Hodges’ game-high 19 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. Hodges hit seven of 14 from the field, five of six from the free-throw line and grabbed two steals.

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  • Indiana State beats ASU

    JONESBORO (AP) — Carl Richard scored 17 points and Harry Marshall added 12 as Indiana State defeated Arkansas State 77-72 Sunday.
    Brant Leitnaker and Jake Kelly each added 11 points for the Sycamores (5-2).
    Daniel Bryant led the Red Wolves (3-2) with 23 points.
    The Sycamores outshot Arkansas State 51 percent-40 percent and won the rebound battle 42-29.
    Indiana State used a 20-9 run to build its advantage to 66-50 with 8:49 to play but then went cold. The Sycamores didn’t hit another field goal until a minute remained. However, they never lost the lead.

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