CHARLOTTE, N.C. — If the first round of the Chase for the championship is any indication, NASCAR is in for a doozy of a title race.
Clearly, there’s no time for the practice of riding around for a few hundred miles in cruise control before turning it up at the end of the race.
LA CROSSE — Led by medalist Rachel Harmon, the Izard County Lady Cougars followed up their district golf championship with the Class 2A Region 2 crown here Friday at Cooper’s Hawk.
Harmon shot a 3-over-par 75 to defeat Melbourne’s Maggie Cooper by two strokes. The Lady Bearkatz also finished second in the team standings. They shot a 332, 54 strokes back.
Greers Ferry West Side shot a 339, followed by Calico Rock (354), Buffalo Island Central (364) and Armorel (392).
The Batesville Pioneers had heard and seen the truth. Friday night they felt the consequences.
The Mountain Home Bombers matched the Pioneers in halves and left Pioneer Stadium with a 17-17 tie Friday night. Chris Armistead kicked the tying 33-yard field goal with 6.8 seconds remaining in the game.
RUSSELLVILLE — The Lyon College Pipers split a nonconference tri-match, winning 3-0 against Champion Baptist and losing 3-0 to Arkansas Tech, at Arkansas Tech University Saturday.
Lyon (5-11) lost to Tech in the first match 25-16, 25-17, 25-20, but bounced back to take the afternoon match against Champion Baptist 25-20, 25-12 and 25-12.
Senior Katie Beineke notched a team-high seven kills and two blocks for the Pipers in the loss. Meghann LaBorn pitched in six kills and six digs.
In the win, the Lyon freshmen were trusted with the heavy lifting.
CONWAY — Four Batesville Lady Pioneers finished in the top 15 as the 5-time defending Class 5A state champions won big at the Conway Wampus Cat Invitational here Saturday.
Sophomore Natalie Meinzer finished second, completing the 5-kilometer course at Lake Beaverfork Park in 18 minutes, 21 seconds. She finished 59 seconds behind the winner, Erika Setzler, a senior from Conway.
Melbourne’s Emily Carroll, the only other Guard-circulation area runner to compete, finished third in a time of 18:46.
CAVE CITY — The scoreboard showed 34-18 in favor of the Cave City Cavemen, but there were no losers here Friday night.
The Yellville-Summit Panthers returned to a small piece of normalcy after the tragic loss of a teammate. For a few hours, the squad was able to focus on football. They had practiced just two hours all week, and it was non-contact.
LOUDON, N.H. — Through three years in NASCAR, Juan Pablo Montoya had exactly zero experience lining up for a double-file restart with a win on the line.
Given his chance Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Montoya got beat by the man some would call the best in the business.
Mark Martin beat Montoya on a 3-lap sprint to the finish Sunday to win the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship opener and spoil what could have been a blockbuster 34th birthday for Montoya.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Batesville Junior Pioneers returned to form here Thursday night with a 23-6 win over the Mountain Home Junior Bombers in a final tune-up before the conference football season begins.
Mountain Home’s lone touchdown came on its first possession when Devin Jefferson capped an 80-yard drive with a 33-yard run.
Daron Stigger returned the ensuing kickoff 27 yards to the Batesville 42-yard line. Six plays later, Jaron Stigger outran the defense and scored on a 19-yard, end around play.
PARAGOULD — The home teams swept Batesville in 5A-East volleyball matches here Thursday night.
The Paragould Junior Lady Rams won 25-22, 25-18. The Lady Rams won 25-12, 25-23, 25-13.
“Paragould is an extremely tough defensive team, but we are capable of beating them,” Junior Lady Pioneer Coach Lisa McCord said. “We just were not hitting last night, for whatever reason.”
The Junior Lady Pioneers fell to 4-3 overall and 4-2 in the district.
The Lady Pioneers fell to 4-3 and 3-3. In this match, the Lady Pioneer strikers did not get enough opportunities, McCord said.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Junior Southerners are off to the best start in the school’s football history.
With freshman Jake Hendricks running for 179 yards and four touchdowns and the defense containing the Des Arc Junior Eagles’ running game, the Junior Southerners won 30-6 here Thursday night, improving their record to 3-0.
Southside has had a varsity program in junior high for six years and a varsity senior high team for four years.
SOUTHSIDE — Led by Mollie Arnold’s 14 kills and 11 digs, the Westside Consolidated Lady Warriors improved to 15-0 with a sweep.
The Lady Warriors won 25-7, 25-13, 25-16.
Madison Morgan added 10 kills for the winners. Abby Taylor provided 24 assists. Hailey Tate contributed 11 digs.
Westside won the junior high match 19-25, 25-8, 25-16 while Kelly Taylor registered six kills and Jessie James served seven aces.
Westside won the senior B game 25-7 and the junior B game 25-4.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — University of Arkansas basketball Coach John Pelphrey said Thursday he will suspend at least one player 2-3 games following a rape investigation that did not result in charges.
The athletic department released a statement from Pelphrey outlining punishment in the aftermath of the allegations. The release did not name any players and Pelphrey said he could not disclose specific punishments because of federal privacy laws.