Batesville juniors finish home slate with three wins

January 31, 2012 In their last appearance at home, Batesville’s junior high basketball teams recorded a sweep in 5A-East District play.In the varsity opener, the Junior Lady Pioneers clobbered the Wynne Lady Bees 42-12. The Junior Pioneers followed with a 39-29, come-from-behind decision over the Bees.Batesville’s girls shut out the visitors in the first quarter. Batesville led 11-0, 19-5 and 27-8 at the quarter breaks.Sarah Hayes led the winners with 12 points. Kassie Blake and Katie Baxter chipped in 11 and eight points, respectively.

Cedar Ridge T-wolves roll on to 27-0 record

January 31, 2012 JUDSONIA — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves hammered the White County Central Bears 82-39 in a 2A-2 District contest, improving their record to 27-0 overall and 10-0 district.Jordan Steele led the T-wolves with 19 points, hitting five 3-pointers. Jacob Ardrey added 18 points, scoring four 3-pointers. Spencer Reaves provided 15 points.The Cedar Ridge senior girls won 51-20. Haley Hix and Tosha Lovell both scored 12 points.The Cedar Ridge junior girls won 35-11. Shannon Butler led with 15 points. 

Super Bowl rematch doesn’t sound trashy

January 31, 2012 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Hear what Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told the pep rally before leaving New England for the Super Bowl? He got ‘em riled up by saying he hoped to come back as a winner, greeted by an even larger crowd.Wait, don’t yawn! Sure, it’s not the most controversial comment, not even close to a foot-in-mouth moment. But it can’t be overlooked.For this Super Bowl rematch, Brady’s tame words are about as trashy as it gets.

‘40 Minutes of Hell’ to premiere after UofA plays on Feb. 11

January 31, 2012 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — University of Arkansas men’s basketball fans will get to view the premiere of an ESPNU film on Nolan Richardson, former head coach, and the Arkansas basketball program.“40 Minutes of Hell” will debut Feb. 11 after the Razorbacks’ game against South Carolina at Bud Walton Arena.The 48-minute film will feature Richardson, former President Bill Clinton, ESPN’s Dick Vitale, former players and others.

Razorbacks hope to stay undefeated at home

January 31, 2012 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Mardracus Wade let out a “there it is” as soon as the basketball left his right hand.A split-second later, the ball swished through the basket inside Bud Walton Arena during the Razorbacks’ practice Monday afternoon — once again showing the comfort level Wade and his teammates have at home this season.Arkansas (15-6, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) has yet to lose in Fayetteville this season, including wins over a pair of ranked teams — then-No. 15 Mississippi State and No. 20 Michigan.

Tech sweeps BHS with hot shooting, lots of turnovers

January 30, 2012 PARAGOULD — The red-hot shooting Greene County Tech Lady Eagles broke away with an early flurry of 3-point shots, and the Eagles did the same in the second quarter with a slew of Batesville Pioneer turnovers while posting a 5A-East District sweep here Friday.The Lady Eagles won 63-25, improving to 5-1 in the district and 18-2 overall. The Lady Pioneers fell to 1-5 and 3-14 (see district standings, scores and schedules on this page).

S-side girls break away from Lonoke

January 30, 2012 LONOKE — The Southside Lady Southerners improved their record 8-2 in 4A-2 District play by defeating the Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits 43-42 here Friday.The Lady Southerners, 17-4 overall, were down 5-2 at the first quarter break, but tied it at halftime 16-all. Southside went on a 21-12 run late in the second half with Jordan Hicks hitting a crucial 3-pointer to help secure the victory.Jessica Robertson led the Lady Southerners with 12 points. 

Lyon games moved to today

January 30, 2012 The Lyon-at-Blue Mountain women and men basketball teams are scheduled to play tonight, with the women leading off at 6, announced Kevin Jenkins, Lyon College men’s basketball coach and athletic director.The TranSouth Athletic Conference games in Blue Mountain, Miss., were moved from their original time on Saturday afternoon to Monday night due to funeral services for Wesley Stewart, father of Tracy Stewart-Lange, Lyon’s women’s basketball coach.Below are the TranSouth standings, scores from Saturday and the schedule for Monday and Thursday.

Cougs cap county tourney with wild win

January 30, 2012 BROCKWELL — It was the longest night at the Izard County Invitational Tournament and, at times, it looked like “The Longest Yard.”The Izard County Cougars won a rough-and-tumble, come-from-behind championship game with the Cave City Cavemen, winning 72-68 in the third of four title games to require an overtime here Saturday night. Add 69 fouls — 40 on the host team — to the senior boys nightcap and it’s no wonder the high school basketball action didn’t end until 11.

Former Razorback, NBA star to be inducted into Hall of Fame

January 30, 2012 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Lee Mayberry was 10 years old the first time Nolan Richardson watched him dribble a basketball.It was 1981, and both were in Tulsa — Richardson as the University of Tulsa’s new coach and Mayberry as a kid whose older sister was dating Richardson’s son.At that time, Richardson couldn’t know Mayberry would become an All-America point guard for him at Arkansas and a first-round NBA Draft pick.“He’s still the same Lee Mayberry I first saw all those years ago,” Richardson said. “All the success he had, it never went to his head or changed him.