INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The West Virginia players came to the stadium with T-shirts that read “Do What We Do” — an unabashed acknowledgment that their style of basketball is often more effective than pretty.
If they could make the shirts in Duke, Butler and Michigan State colors, too, they might have a best seller.
Hard-nosed, stingy defense, combined with a few flying elbows and some well-timed rebounds, is what got this year’s Final Four teams to Indianapolis.
Paragould, defending champion of the large-school division of the Home Depot Orange Crush Classic, is rolling along at 6-0, but their coach said he’s still not sure about the Lady Rams.
“Team-wise, we’ve been pretty steady, but it’s still early and we’re needing to improve,” Bill Schatzley said. “We’ve got seven starters back from a team that was pretty solid last year. We went 20-9 and feel like we have a chance to be decent again. The thing is, there’s not too many easy days in our district.”
MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Southside Junior Lady Southerners dominated a track and field meet here Tuesday.
Team totals were not kept, but the Junior Lady Southerners won eight events. Ashlynne King led the way with victories in the triple jump, 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes.
The other individual winners were Hayleigh Justice (high jump), Kenzie Batterton (long jump) and Krista Keeney (pole vault). Jade Mason, Kaelin Schroder, Justice and Keeney teamed to win the 1,600-meter relay.
It will be an all-Cleburne County gathering tonight for the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic small-school championship game.
Heber Springs nipped Harding Academy 11-10 in the first winners’ bracket semifinal. West Side Greers Ferry knocked out the Midland Mustangs 11-2 in the nightcap.
Heber Springs is a 2-time Pioneer Classic champ and, now, 7-time finalist. The Panthers also came into the event as a favorite. The win improved their record to 12-2.
Greers Ferry will be trying for its first Classic title. The win over Midland boosted the Eagles’ record to 12-3.
The White Hall Bulldogs, winners of the 2009 large school division of the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic, are scheduled to come to Batesville for the annual event with a record of 4-5.
It’s unlikely anyone is going to put much stock in that record. They were 4-9 when they came to Batesville last April and edged the then unbeaten Greenwood Bulldogs 8-6, and then slapped around the Springdale Har-Ber Wildcats 12-5 and punched out the Cabot Panthers 9-2 in the title game.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin is home resting following surgery on his left knee. Dr. Patrick Connor repaired the anterior cruciate ligament in Hamlin’s left knee, injured while playing basketball in January.
He wanted to postpone surgery until after the NASCAR season, but decided to have it repaired this week. The surgery had been postponed from Monday, the same day Hamlin won his first race of the season at Martinsville Speedway.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — The reappearance of the spoiler on the back of the Sprint Cup cars at Martinsville Speedway drew high praise from many drivers because it makes the cars look better.
Where opinion differed is when the spoiler’s impact will be felt on the track.
At just 0.526 miles around, Martinsville didn’t allow for enough speed for the spoiler to have much of an effect beyond aesthetics. Though speeds will be higher at the next stop, Phoenix International Raceway on April 10, the spoiler’s influence on the racing is still likely to be marginal.
LOCUST GROVE — The Isle of Capri Late Model Series is scheduled to make its debut this weekend at Batesville Motor Speedway, and for once, the weather forecast is favorable for racing.
The last two weekends have been affected by rain. There’s a slight chance of rain Saturday morning, but it shouldn’t affect the racing schedule.
Friday night, the IMCA Modifieds and street stocks will join the late models on the racing card. On Saturday, the factory stock and front-wheel drive classes will run a support show for the late models.
The defending 5A-East District baseball champions never scored here Tuesday, and their lead in the 2010 district standings was short-lived.
Led by the pitching of senior left-hander Talan Roepcke and sophomore right-hander Tanner Ring, the Batesville Pioneers blanked the Forrest City Mustangs 3-0 and 10-0 at the North Complex.
A move to unseat the 5A-East Conference high school soccer champions was a no-go at Pioneer Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Central Arkansas Christ-ian squads shut out Batesville. The Mustangs won 3-0. The Lady Mustangs rolled 7-0.
It was a first loss and a first time to be scored upon for the Pioneers. The Mustangs broke through with a goal with just 31 seconds remaining in the first half.
“It was (after) a penalty that could have gone either way,” Batesville Coach TJ Stroud said. “They scored on a free kick.”
The Mustangs added two goals in the second half.
FORREST CITY — The Batesville Lady Pioneers snapped a 4-game losing streak in a big way here Tuesday, romping over the Forrest City Lady Mustangs 15-3 and 16-1 in a 5A-East District softball doubleheader.
Angela Woods pitched the win in both games. In the opener she gave up nine hits, struck out nine and walked none in the run-ruled 6-inning contest. In the 5-inning nightcap, the senior right-hander allowed four hits, struck out three and walked two.
The Midland Mustangs advanced into the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic semifinals in thrilling fashion Tuesday at the North Complex, and they got a little revenge for good measure.
They defeated the Tuckerman Bulldogs, longtime rivals, 6-5 when Logan Smith ripped a 2-out, 3-run, game-ending triple.