Michael Young won the 2009 “Guard grid picks” championship and he didn’t miss setting a record by much.
Young, the Guard’s Assistant Sports Editor, picked 91 winners in 120 tries. Donnie Creech holds the record. He picked 93 winners in the 1998 contest. Young’s number of winners tied Sports Editor Paul Glover’s winning total in 2005 for second best.
The trip will be 100 miles longer, but the Cave City Cavemen are just happy to be playing football this week after all the uncertainties.
Originally scheduled to visit Yellville-Summit in the first round of the Class 3A State Football Playoffs, the Cavemen will now travel to Paris. The shift came about because Lamar was awarded an injunction after being kicked out of the playoffs for using an ineligible player during the season. The legal battle is ongoing, but the Arkansas Activities Association decided to reinstate Lamar and begin the playoffs a week late.
BEEBE — Batesville’s junior high basketball teams broke through here Wednesday night in the losers bracket semifinals of the Beebe-Centennial Bank Tournament.
The Junior Lady Pioneers defeated the Lonoke Junior Lady Jackrabbits 25-17, posting their first win in five games. The Junior Pioneers followed that up with a 24-16 victory over Lonoke’s junior boys — again, the Junior Pioneers’ first win in five tries.
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Four Lyon College Pipers were recently selected to the TranSouth Athletic All-Conference volleyball team, according to the league office.
Middle hitter Katie Beineke earned first-team, all-conference honors, Meghann LaBorn picked up a spot on the second team and outside hitters Lauren Castleberry and Chelsea Hinton were named all-conference honorable mention.
Eight Guard-circulation area golfers and tennis player earned all-state honors.
Unlike some sports, golf and tennis all-state recognition is based on the players’ results in state tournaments. Among the golfers, the top finishers were Izard County seniors Kiley Mettler and Rachel Harmon, who finished second and third, respectively, in the Class 2A State Tournament, and Melbourne freshman Brad Lamb and senior Sam Cooper, who tied for second while leading the Bearkatz to the 2A team title.
Seven Lyon College soccer players were recently named to All-TranSouth Athletic Conference teams and the Pipers led the way with four.
Lyon forward Katie Marshall and midfielder Kristin Maas were named first-team all conference and forwards Anja Klotzle and Katy Smith were honored with second-team all conference selections.
The Pipers recently finished with a record of 10-2-2. They were fourth in the conference standings and reached the conference tournament semifinals before falling to the Martin Methodist RedHawks. Martin Methodist defeated Bethel in the title game.
Jacob Worlow blocked Craig Campbell’s shot and Slater Belew snagged the loose ball as the Lyon College Scots held on for an exciting 86-85 nonconference win over the College of the Ozarks Bobcats Tuesday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
Brandon Cowart put the Scots up by one with eight seconds to play as he drove to the basket from the left side.
Lyon (2-2) ended a 2-game losing string and snapped a 4-game losing streak against the Bobcats. The Bobcats (2-5), who were ranked No. 5 in the NAIA Division II Preseason Poll, have lost three in a row and five of their last six.
The Lyon College Pipers won the battle of unbeatens Tuesday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
Lyon overcame a 10-point deficit and defeated College of the Ozarks 77-71 in a nonconference basketball contest.
The Pipers improved to 5-0, their best start in more than a decade. It was also the first win against Ozarks in five tries.
The Lady Bobcats, ranked No. 7 in the NAIA Preseason Division II poll, fell to 6-1.
CAVE CITY — The home teams took three of four from their nonconference foes here Tuesday night.
The Cave City Cavewomen jumped to a 23-4 halftime lead and won 41-19 over the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves.
Haley Bell led Cave City’s scoring with 15 points, Cheyenne Childers contributed nine rebounds, five blocks and four steals. Jessica Hall and Claire Caldwell chalked up five assists apiece.
The 3-0 Cavewomen have allowed less than 20 points in each victory.
HEBER SPRINGS — Batesville High opened its basketball season here Tuesday night with a pair of nonconference losses.
The Heber Springs Lady Panthers jumped out to a 10-point advantage in the first quarter, withstood a Lady Pioneer rally in the second quarter and won 67-52.
The Panthers also started fast and led by as many as 16 points in the first half, but the Pioneers rallied to within one point in the third quarter and stayed in contention until the final seconds. The final score was 84-77.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rick Pitino easily got the best of another matchup against a former player. Then again, John Pelphrey was at a decided disadvantage.
Reginald Delk scored 20 points in a reserve role to double his previous career high and sparked key surges in both halves, helping No. 20 Louisville open with a 96-66 victory over depleted Arkansas in the Hall of Fame Showcase on Tuesday night.
“We had more numbers, we had fresher bodies,” Pitino said. “I’m real proud of John Pelphrey, he’s just undermanned right now.”
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies announced they have ended their one-year contract with 10-time All-Star and former league MVP Allen Iverson in what it called a mutual agreement.
Iverson began an indefinite leave of absence on Nov. 7 to deal with a personal issue after playing only three games with the Grizzlies, all in California.
The Grizzlies plan to waive Iverson, who announced he was headed to Memphis on his Twitter account but hasn’t posted any updates there since Nov. 2 when he played his first game with the team.