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.
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.
The first of two registration days for Independence County Youth Athletic Association summer baseball and softball leagues is set for Saturday, announced T.J. Palese.
Registrations will begin at 9 a.m. and continue to 1 p.m. at the First Community Bank’s George Rider Room. The same site and time will be used to register on Feb. 28.
The entry fees for children from 5 to 16 years old are $50 for one child, $95 for two and $135 for three.
For more information, call John Hayes (501) 412-2943 or Palese (870) 834-6298.
The Lyon Pipers are doing the right things at the right times and it’s taken the squad from a less than mediocre existence to a contender in the TranSouth Athletic Conference.
The Pipers’ latest feat came Monday night in Becknell Gymnasium when they stunned another nationally ranked team. Lyon shocked the No. 19 Lady Wildcats of Bethel 85-84 in overtime. In their previous meeting, Bethel blasted Lyon 70-47 in McKenzie, Tenn.
The Bethel Wildcats have two wins in the TranSouth Athletic Conference and they’re both against the Lyon Scots.
The Wildcats had to earn their most recent win as they battled to the wire for a 75-72 decision Monday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
They won 76-59 in McKenzie, Tenn. on Jan. 22.
Monday night, the Scots were up by 15 (29-14) with less than five minutes to play in the opening half, but went cold and watched as the Wildcats rallied to close the gap to 34-31 at halftime.
CONWAY — The Lyon College softball team split its season-opening doubleheader with Central Baptist at Conway High School Monday afternoon.
Central Baptist won the opener 5-2 and Lyon took game two 4-2.
In the opener, Lyon used back-to-back RBI singles from Kristi Keller and Kiley Parker to tie the game at 2-2 in the top of the fifth inning.
The Lady Mustangs responded with three runs in the sixth.
The Pipers stranded 12 runners in that contest and managed just two runs on 11 hits.
Keller was four of four and Brittney Fawcett recorded two hits.
SOUTHSIDE — All the top seeds advanced here Monday night in the 4A-2 District Tournament, and one of the host teams was included.
The fifth-seeded Southside Southerners downed the eighth-seeded DeWitt Dragons 44-30 as Mikey Fulcher poured in 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Garrett Batterton added 15 points and Ryan Mesa contributed three steals.
The Southerners outscored the Dragons 14-5 in the fourth quarter as they hit 10 of 10 free throws. For the game, the Southerners were a perfect 19 of 19 at the charity stripe.
The Batesville Pioneers are scheduled to visit the Searcy Lions for a benefit high school baseball scrimmage on Thursday, Batesville Coach Mark Rush said.
Proceeds from the scrimmage will go to the Arkansas Activities Association Catastrophic Insurance Fund. The admission price is $4 for students and adults.
The Pioneers are scheduled to open their regular season Feb. 25 in Mountain Home with varsity and junior varsity games.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners finished off the regular season with a 50-43 victory over the Stuttgart Lady Ricebirds in 4A-2 District action on Friday night.
Down 21-18, the Lady Southerners outscored their visitors 20-10 in the third quarter. Senior Brandi Payne led the way with 10 of her 12 points.
Classmates Kelly Jackson and Lunden Roberts scored 16 and 10 points respectively.
Jackson also grabbed 10 rebounds. Roberts contributed seven rebounds.
Lyon Coach Kirk Kelley collected win number 500 as his squad defeated visiting Indiana Wesleyan 11-1 in a run-rule-shortened contest Friday afternoon.
Kelley was recognized prior to the start of game two Friday, but he was quick to deflect the attention away from himself.
“It’s about the program. I know that sounds like one of those clichés, but I mean that sincerely,” Kelley said. “It’s a nice milestone for the program.”
MAYFIELD, Ky. — Maribeth Waters scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Lyon College Pipers to a 56-44 victory over the Mid-Continent Lady Cougars Saturday in TranSouth Athletic Conference action here Saturday.
Waters hit six of 14 from the field and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds to give the Pipers (11-15, 6-7) their fourth straight victory and their third consecutive win over a TranSouth opponent. Mid-Continent falls to 2-19 and is winless in 11 conference games this season.
MAYFIELD, Ky. — The Lyon College Scots continued their recent trend of balanced scoring, but it failed to yield a win against the Mid-Continent Cougars here Saturday.
The host team won the TranSouth Athletic Conference contest 96-86.
Lyon (8-16, 2-11) has lost eight of its last 10 games. MCU improved to 10-12 overall and 6-5 in league play.
Freshman Jacob Worlow led a group of five Scots who scored in double figures. He netted 16 points and pulled down a team-high six rebounds. Andy Lee added 16 points, Preston Butts 14, Quinn Cooper 11 and Craig Amos 10.