At least a half-dozen states are considering measures that would toughen restrictions on young athletes returning to play after head injuries, inspired by individual cases and the attention the issue has received in the NFL.
Washington state led the way last year, passing what is considered the nation’s strongest return-to-play statute. Athletes under 18 who show concussion symptoms can’t take the field again without a licensed health care provider’s written approval. Several other states, including California and Pennsylvania, have similar bills pending.
Nettleton swept Batesville in 5A-East District junior high basketball games Wednesday night in Pioneer Gymnasium.
The Junior Lady Raiders downed the Junior Lady Pioneers 31-21. The Junior Raider pummelled the Junior Pioneers 40-15.
The games were originally scheduled for tonight. They were moved to Wednesday because of forecasts for ice and snow tonight.
Lexi Beliew led the Junior Lady Raiders with 16 points.
Stars and Stripes Gymnastics Center won a team championship and 10 of its athletes won all-around titles at the All-Star Classic, the annual meet hosted by the Batesville business.
The team title went to the Level 6 Stars and Stripes gymnasts. Bailee Zirbel led the way by winning the 11-year-old all-around championship. She won the vault, uneven bars and floor exercise and placed second on the balance beam.
Cave City Coach Jon Bradley was named to the East All-Star coaching staff in an announcement Tuesday morning from the Arkansas Activities Association.
The Cavemen won a share of the Class 3A-3 District football championship this season and advanced to the state playoffs for the second time in their 4-year existence.
Bald Knob’s Paul Johnston was selected as the East’s head coach. Tommy Gilleran of Fountain Lake will head the West.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers won a high school basketball game Tuesday night in Pioneer Gym that left most people scratching their heads.
Pioneer fans were also smiling, however.
This morning, several hours after the 42-39 victory over the Wynne Lady Yellowjackets, Batesville Coach Patricia Stave couldn’t help but laugh as she said, “I have no earthly idea how we pulled that one out.”
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Southerners stunned the Heber Springs Panthers 51-49 in a Class 4A-2 District basketball game here Tuesday night.
Southside led most of the game, but Heber Springs nudged ahead in the fourth quarter. Southside’s Tyler Hoover tied the game with 15 seconds to play and Heber Springs called a timeout five seconds later.
On the ensuing inbounds play, the Panthers were called for a 5-second violation, giving the ball back to the Southerners. Hoover then hit a shot in the lane to set the final.
Wynne Lady Yellowjackets (1-3, 5A-East District; 5-12, overall) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (2-2, 8-8), Pioneer Gym, 6 p.m.
Senior guard Lanora Bryant and junior center Porche Hall are each averaging 15 points per game for the Lady Yellowjackets. Hall, who stands 6-foot-2, is also averaging eight rebounds per contest. First-year Coach Ashley Keenon said her squad has had trouble holding onto the basketball in recent games, but she’s hoping that the return of Yasmine Cox, a junior guard, will help remedy that problem. Cox was academically ineligible during the first semester.
MARSHALL — The Cave City Cavewomen hit the 20-win mark with the help of Lindsey Wooldridge’s accurate 3-point shooting here Monday night.
Wooldridge hit six of seven 3-point shots while scoring 20 points to lead the Cavewomen to a 59-31 victory over the Marshall Lady Bobcats.
As a team, the Cavewomen hit 10 of 19 3-point shots. Claire Caldwell contributed eight steals. Jessica Hall provided five assists. Haley Bell led in rebounding with five.
With four 3A-1 East District games remaining, the Cavewomen are 7-1 in the district and 20-2 overall.
Melbourne senior Sara Beth Adams has signed a letter of intent to play for the Lyon College Pipers basketball team.
The signing ceremony took place Monday at Melbourne High School.
Adams began her high school career in Mount Pleasant and became a Lady Bearkat when the schools merged two years ago.
This season, she averages 12 points and nine rebounds per game.
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts started this season with one goal: winning another Super Bowl.
Now they are a victory away from a championship and headed back to the site of their previous one.