Local gymnasts win team title, three all-around championships

December 20, 2011 A Stars & Stripes Gymnastics team won a team title and three of the Batesville gymnasts won all-around championships recently in the Arkansas Pepsi Challenge meet in Hot Springs.Caroline Booker, Miracle Sentell and Mary Claire McNabb were the individual champs for the Level 4 team title holder. Booker, competing in the Children B division, won the vault, balance beam and floor exercise, and finished fifth on the uneven bars to accumulate her winning all-around score.

Arkansas State’s ‘bigs’ make it tough on Scots

December 20, 2011 JONESBORO — Malcoln Kirkland, a 6-foot-8, 265-pound senior, is just one of the big guys who roughed up the Lyon College Scots here Monday night.“Number 33 (Kirkland) and number 15 (Brandon Peterson, 6-7, 215) provided 43 of their points,” Lyon Coach Kevin Jenkins said after the NCAA Division I Arkansas State Red Wolves mashed the Scots 108-61 in an exhibition basketball game.

Iowa Hawkeyes trounce UCA Bears

December 20, 2011 IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — In what’s often been a trying stretch for Iowa, the Hawkeyes finally got to clear out the bench and savor an easy victory.Devyn Marble led with 19 points and six assists, freshman Aaron White added 17 points and Iowa pounded Central Arkansas 105-64 on Monday night.Melsahn Basabe also provided 14 points and nine rebounds for the Hawkeyes (7-5), who cracked the 100-point barrier for just the second time under Coach Fran McCaffery.

Real ‘geniuses’ know success is made of players, effort

December 20, 2011 Apparently, Ivy League schools run second to college and pro football teams at churning out geniuses.Catch football on TV and eventually the camera focuses on some offensive or defensive coordinator while the play-by-play man and his sidekicks discuss the “genius.”By the broadcasts you would almost swear the coordinators were bigger than their teams.

Freeze gets busy with rebuilding job at Ole Miss

December 20, 2011 OXFORD, Miss. — Hugh Freeze has spent his first weeks as Mississippi’s football coach playing catch-up, constantly on the road or on the phone trying to convince prospects to give the Rebels a chance.He said it’s been encouraging experience. It’s also been a humbling one.“We’ve been running wide open for about eight days now,” Freeze said. “Trying to make up some ground in recruiting is a priority. We are behind. We acknowledge that. But we’re also glass-half-full guys and think that we’ll do OK in this recruiting class.”

Season’s Beatings main event ends in draw

December 19, 2011 In the end, no one got the big present at the “Season’s Beatings” professional boxing show.Kristen Treadway, the local favorite, and Christina Fuentes of Laredo, Texas, fought to a draw Friday night in the main event of the Bad Boy Promotions show at the National Guard Armory.Treadway came into the Super Flyweight bout — billed as a Mid-South championship fight, complete with a belt for the winner — with a 4-0 record. Fuentes was 2-1 with two draws.

Lady Mustang hits for 44 points

December 19, 2011 SEARCY — Emma Sellers scored a career-high 44 points to lead the Midland Lady Mustangs past their hosts in the Riverview Classic here Friday night.The senior hit eight of nine 3-point shots and four of four free throws during the 90-54 win over the Riverview Lady Raiders. Classmate Kerstie Bumpous added 13 points, and sophomore Jessica Hertz contributed 11 points and nine rebounds.

Pioneers finish off Eagles for 48-38 home victory

December 19, 2011 This time, the Batesville Pioneers finished.Four days after a heartbreaking loss at home to the Newport Greyhounds, the Pioneers defeated the Vilonia Eagles 48-38 in Pioneer Gymnasium. The swarm of Batesville High students pouring onto the court as the final buzzer sounded was all you had to see to know something more was going on in this 10-point, non-conference victory.Against Newport, the Pioneers did about everything wrong a team could do as the Greyhounds turned a 32-22 deficit into a 47-35 victory in the last six minutes.

Lyon wins two in Springdale

December 19, 2011 SPRINGDALE — Lyon College collected two non-conference basketball victories here Saturday as the men’s team won 85-71 and the women won 80-57 over Ecclesia College.The Scot men started fast, but lost some of their intensity in the second half, their coach said.“We got off to a great start,” Kevin Jenkins said. “We shot it really well and played pretty good defense. In the second half, though, we let down a little and Ecclesia shot it better.”

Fayetteville holds off PA at top of final AP poll – BHS third in Class 5A

December 16, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE — Fayetteville’s run to the Class 7A state championship was enough to earn the top spot in the final Associated Press Arkansas high school football poll of 2011, narrowly ahead of Class 4A champion Pulaski Academy.The Bulldogs (12-2) defeated defending state champion Bentonville 29-28 in the championship game Dec. 3, avenging a 41-6 defeat to the Tigers earlier this season. The win earned Fayetteville its first state title since 2007, and is the school’s second.