Pirates to play for GF title

December 30, 2011 PANGBURN — The Concord Pirates broke away here in the second half and posted a 65-42 victory over the Nemo Vista RedHawks in the semifinals of the Greers Ferry Lake Classic.Concord led 31-21 at halftime.Jacob Roark led the winners with 33 points. Teammate Ryan Cornelison added 10.The Pirates improved to 19-3 and take on the West Side Greers Ferry Eagles tonight at 7:15 in the title game.Mount Vernon-Enola and Rose Bud are slated to square off in the girls final at 6.

Pioneers fall again in Harrison

December 30, 2011 HARRISON — The Batesville Pioneers went 0-for-Harrison.Thursday afternoon, the Prairie Grove Tigers held on for a 58-50 victory, handing the Pioneers their third loss in as many games in the Lendel Thomas Classic, an annual high school basketball event for boys.Delton Rhodes led the winners with 24 points.For Batesville, Tanner Ring and Garrett Denton scored 17 points apiece. Ring added four assists.The Pioneers hit 16 of 32 shots from the field (two of eight 3-pointers) and hit just four of 13 free throws.

Scots defeat Lady Pilots on road

December 30, 2011 JACKSON, Miss. — The Lyon College women defeated LSU-Shreveport 73-66 here Thursday afternoon in the Belhaven Holiday Basketball Classic, and that result could show up in the next NAIA poll.The LSUS Lady Pilots went into the game with a 6-3 record and receiving more votes than the Scots, though both are just out of the Top 25.

Timberwolves to face state champion in NEA final

December 29, 2011 JONESBORO — If the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves add another tournament title to their unbeaten run, they’ll also bag a state champion.Wednesday night, the T-wolves scored the first 12 points en route to a 56-35 decision over the Izard County Cougars in a semifinal of the NEA Tournament at the Arkansas State University Convocation Center.In the nightcap, the Bay Yellowjackets routed the Marked Tree Indians 85-70.

Scott leads Razorbacks to 80-67 win

December 29, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’ Rickey Scott might want to consider talking with his uncle, D.C., the night before every game.Scott flourished for the second straight game on Wednesday night, setting another career high with 23 points in an 80-67 win over Charlotte (N.C.). The sophomore had a previous career-best 18 points in the Razorbacks’ last game against Louisiana Tech, breaking out of a recent shooting slump following a talk with his uncle in Georgia.

Eagles down Pioneers in tourney at Harrison

December 29, 2011 HARRISON — The Huntsville Eagles defeated the Batesville Pioneers 43-37 in a losers’ bracket semifinal of the Lendel Thomas Classic here Wednesday afternoon.The Eagles led 21-13 at halftime. Blake Evans led the winners with 14 points.For the 2-8 Pioneers, senior guard Tanner Ring recorded 11 points, nine blocked shots and six rebounds, and Jonathan Hendrix added 10 points.The Pioneers hit 10 of 25 shots from the field (four of 11 3-pointers), four of 11 free throws and committed 11 turnovers.

Central Arkansas can’t hang with No. 19 UNLV

December 29, 2011 LAS VEGAS (AP) — Despite strong performances from LaQuentin Miles, Mark Rutledge and Jarvis Garner, Central Arkansas wasn’t able to stay with No. 19 UNLV on Wednesday night.“I like the way we competed tonight after our big loss to Iowa,” Central Arkansas Coach Corliss Williamson said of the 124-75 loss to the Rebels. “Tonight we were up against a great team. LaQuentin Miles and Mark Rutledge played well, and Jarvis Garner did a great job for us.

Ash, turnovers help Texas get past Cal in San Diego

December 29, 2011 SAN DIEGO (AP) — To Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns, the difference between finishing 8-5 and 7-6 is immense.David Ash added his name to the list of quarterbacks who’ve caught a touchdown pass in the Holiday Bowl and also threw for a score to lead Texas to a 21-10 victory over California on Wednesday night.Ash caught a 4-yard pass from wide receiver Jaxon Shipley in the second quarter to join BYU’s Steve Young, Texas A&M’s Bucky Richardson and Oregon’s Harrington as quarterbacks who’ve caught touchdown passes in the Holiday Bowl.

Location of Texas A&M game, open dates keep Arkansas football schedule incomplete

December 29, 2011 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — There’s no question that Texas A&M is on Arkansas’ 2012 football schedule but where the game will be played remained an open question on Wednesday.The Aggies, who with Missouri will be in the Southeastern Conference next season, have Arkansas as a home opponent. Arkansas and Texas A&M have played the last three seasons at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Toledo wins wild Military Bowl

December 29, 2011 WASHINGTON (AP) — Air Force is a go-for-it kind of team. So is Toledo.So when Air Force pulled within a point on a touchdown with 52 seconds to play in the Military Bowl, Toledo knew to expect that the Falcons might attempt a 2-point conversion, trying to win then and there instead of settling for overtime.The Rockets were ready. Air Force lined up as if to kick, but holder David Baska took off and got bottled up trying to run the option. The ball squirted toward kicker Parker Herrington, who chased it until it went out of bounds in the end zone.