NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kyndall Dykes scored a career-high 27 points and T.J. Worley added 20 to lead New Orleans to a 73-63 victory over Arkansas State on Thursday night.
Dykes hit 10 of 19 from the field and seven of nine from the free-throw line for the Privateers (11-16, 6-10 Sun Belt Conference), who made 88 percent of their foul shots (22-for-25), tying their season high.
New Orleans ended a 3-game skid while winning a conference game by double figures for the first time this year.
FLIPPIN — The tiebreaker between the Cave City Cavewomen and Valley Springs Lady Tigers is set.
The Cavewomen, top-seeded team in the tournament and the top-ranked team in Class 3A, walloped the Yellville-Summit Lady Panthers 62-26 here Thursday afternoon in the semifinals of the 3A 1-East District Tournament.
A few hours later, the Lady Tigers, second in the district and second in the state, downed the Mountain View Lady Yellowjackets 49-33.
Cave City (24-3) and Valley Springs (30-5) are scheduled to play at 6 Saturday night.
The 12th Annual Women’s Running/Walking Training Clinics are scheduled for Tuesday, according to a news release.
The “Women Can Run” running and walking clinics are a 10-week training program for runners of all levels as well as walkers and will culminate with the 5K run/walk graduation event in Conway on May 9.
“By the end of the training clinic each participant will be able to run, run/walk or walk a 5K (3.1 miles) event.
The clinic is held twice a week on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m.
The Batesville Pioneers are scheduled to kick off their soccer season this weekend in a 3-game-guaranteed event in Paragould, and the Lady Pioneers are to do the same the following weekend.
Thank goodness for the opportunity to experiment, their coaches said.
“To be honest, I really don’t know a whole lot about this team yet,” Pioneer Coach TJ Stroud said Wednesday night. “We’ve got so many places to fill from the teams that had so much success the past two years.”
PARAGOULD — Batesville Junior High basketball teams won quarterfinal games in the 5A-East District Tournament at Greene County Tech here Wednesday night.
The Junior Lady Pioneers defeated the Forrest City Junior Lady Mustangs 42-22 as Natalie Meinzer scored 11 points and Kassie Foreman added 10.
Batesville led 37-26 at halftime.
“We played what was probably our best first half of the year,” Batesville Coach Chip McDonald said. “We got them in early foul trouble and took care of the basketball.”
SOUTHSIDE — Seven starters return from the Southerner soccer team that posted a 4-9 record last spring, but graduation cut the heart out of their offense and defense, Coach Jason Weaver said.
“Offensively, we really lost a lot, and Tony Smith was the heart of our defense,” Weaver said.
Jeffery Thatch and Smith were all-conference and all-state selections. Thatch scored 13 goals and chalked up five assists. Smith played center fullback when he was not playing midfield.
The White River Roadrunners race series is set to begin with the Penguin 5K on Feb. 28, according to a news release from Joe Pool.
That’s the first of six races scheduled for the year. The series is designed like the Arkansas Grand Prix series, a state-wide points series, to encourage more participation, the release said.
The other five local races in the series are the 1040 Tax Run 5K on April 11, the 4-Mile Classic Road Race (Aug. 1), the Sara Low Memorial 5K (Sept. 5), the WRMC 5K (Oct. 17) and Run Wild for a Child 5K (Nov. 14).
University of Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long made his first trip to Batesville Tuesday night to speak at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Speaker Series in the Batesville High cafeteria.
Long began by thanking local businessman Doyle Rogers for inviting him to Batesville. The two met at an Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranches function in Little Rock.
Long was a member of FCA in high school and was president of his group his senior year.
“It was a very worthwhile experience and has left a mark on me even today,” Long said.
SOUTHSIDE — It happened again.
The Southside Lady Southerners, one of the winningest teams in the Guard circulation area, suffered another season-ending loss in their first postseason assignment.
The Heber Springs Lady Panthers defeated the Lady Southerners 54-43 in Southside’s gymnasium in the quarterfinal round of the 4A-2 District Tournament Tuesday night.
Last February, the Stuttgart Lady Ricebirds stopped the Lady Southerners.
This Lady Southerner team finished 22-7. The 2007-08 squad went 22-6.
The Wynne Lady Yellowjackets found Porche Hall often enough in the second half Tuesday night in Pioneer Gym to post a 49-39, 5A-East District high school basketball victory.
With it came a berth into the Class 5A State Tournament in Alma.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers, simply put, didn’t find the basket often enough. Now, as losers of four in a row, they’re in real jeopardy of finding themselves on the outside looking in come state tournament time.
The Lyon Pipers rallied from an 8-3 deficit to take a 9-8 extra-inning victory and then held on for a 1-0 decision in the nightcap for a doubleheader sweep of the Henderson State Reddies Tuesday afternoon at the Batesville Recreation Complex.
The Pipers scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh to force the extra inning. April Wright played hero in the eighth with a run-scoring single down the left-field line. Kiley Parker scored the winning run.
With quick penetrations and sharp shooting at one end of the floor, and a wide and woolly 3-2 zone defense at the other, the Wynne Yellowjackets dominated most of the way Tuesday night in Pioneer Gymnasium.
The Yellowjackets outscored the Pioneers 24-9 in the first quarter and finished with a 64-36 win in 5A-East District basketball action.
The victory, coupled with top-ranked Forrest City’s win at home against West Helena, moved the ’Jackets into third in the district standings. They are 7-4 in the district and 17-7 overall.