Area teams win one each in Sharp County tourney

March 20, 2009 CAVE CITY — Cave City, Southside and Hillcrest won a game apiece in the first day of the Sharp County Tournament here Thursday.Cave City defeated Southside in the first game 14-8, Southside rebounded with an 8-6 decision over Buffalo Island Central and then Hillcrest topped Cave City 5-3 in the nightcap.The tourney got started with an onslaught of runs. Southside opened with a 5-run first inning and then Cave City belted out seven in the bottom half.

Memphis Tigers fend off plucky Matadors

March 20, 2009 By The Associated PressKANSAS CITY, Mo. — After overcoming heartbreak and tragedy just to get to the NCAA Tournament, the Matadors of Cal State-Northridge could not get past the greatest game of Roburt Sallie’s life.Sallie, averaging 4.5 points all year for Memphis, scored 35 and the second-seeded Tigers beat the plucky Matadors 81-70 here Thursday in the West Regional, dodging what would have been one of the biggest upsets in tournament history.

Paragould teams KO BJHS cagers

February 20, 2009 PARAGOULD — Paragould teams eliminated Batesville in the semifinal round of the 5A-East District Tournament here Thursday.The Paragould Junior Lady Rams outscored the Junior Lady Pioneers 22-8 in the first half and held on for a 51-36 victory.“We hit six three pointers, with five of those coming in the fourth quarter, made a furious comeback but came up short,” Batesville Coach Chip McDonald said.Maggie Beshears scored seven points to lead the Junior Lady Pioneers. They finished 15-8.

Privateers hand Red Wolves sixth straight basketball loss

February 20, 2009 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kyndall Dykes scored a career-high 27 points and T.J. Worley added 20 to lead New Orleans to a 73-63 victory over Arkansas State on Thursday night.Dykes hit 10 of 19 from the field and seven of nine from the free-throw line for the Privateers (11-16, 6-10 Sun Belt Conference), who made 88 percent of their foul shots (22-for-25), tying their season high.New Orleans ended a 3-game skid while winning a conference game by double figures for the first time this year.

Cave City, Valley Springs girls set for tiebreaker

February 20, 2009 FLIPPIN — The tiebreaker between the Cave City Cavewomen and Valley Springs Lady Tigers is set.The Cavewomen, top-seeded team in the tournament and the top-ranked team in Class 3A, walloped the Yellville-Summit Lady Panthers 62-26 here Thursday afternoon in the semifinals of the 3A 1-East District Tournament.A few hours later, the Lady Tigers, second in the district and second in the state, downed the Mountain View Lady Yellowjackets 49-33.Cave City (24-3) and Valley Springs (30-5) are scheduled to play at 6 Saturday night.

Southerners trying to recover from graduation cuts

February 19, 2009 SOUTHSIDE — Seven starters return from the Southerner soccer team that posted a 4-9 record last spring, but graduation cut the heart out of their offense and defense, Coach Jason Weaver said.“Offensively, we really lost a lot, and Tony Smith was the heart of our defense,” Weaver said.Jeffery Thatch and Smith were all-conference and all-state selections. Thatch scored 13 goals and chalked up five assists. Smith played center fullback when he was not playing midfield.

Series for local runners to start with Penguin 5K

February 19, 2009 The White River Roadrunners race series is set to begin with the Penguin 5K on Feb. 28, according to a news release from Joe Pool.That’s the first of six races scheduled for the year. The series is designed like the Arkansas Grand Prix series, a state-wide points series, to encourage more participation, the release said.The other five local races in the series are the 1040 Tax Run 5K on April 11, the 4-Mile Classic Road Race (Aug. 1), the Sara Low Memorial 5K (Sept. 5), the WRMC 5K (Oct. 17) and Run Wild for a Child 5K (Nov. 14).

Women Can Run clinics slated to start Tuesday

February 19, 2009 The 12th Annual Women’s Running/Walking Training Clinics are scheduled for Tuesday, according to a news release.The “Women Can Run” running and walking clinics are a 10-week training program for runners of all levels as well as walkers and will culminate with the 5K run/walk graduation event in Conway on May 9.“By the end of the training clinic each participant will be able to run, run/walk or walk a 5K (3.1 miles) event.The clinic is held twice a week on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m.

BHS soccer teams need time, experience, coaches say

February 19, 2009 The Batesville Pioneers are scheduled to kick off their soccer season this weekend in a 3-game-guaranteed event in Paragould, and the Lady Pioneers are to do the same the following weekend.Thank goodness for the opportunity to experiment, their coaches said.“To be honest, I really don’t know a whole lot about this team yet,” Pioneer Coach TJ Stroud said Wednesday night. “We’ve got so many places to fill from the teams that had so much success the past two years.”

Juniors move into district semifinals

February 19, 2009 PARAGOULD — Batesville Junior High basketball teams won quarterfinal games in the 5A-East District Tournament at Greene County Tech here Wednesday night.The Junior Lady Pioneers defeated the Forrest City Junior Lady Mustangs 42-22 as Natalie Meinzer scored 11 points and Kassie Foreman added 10.Batesville led 37-26 at halftime.“We played what was probably our best first half of the year,” Batesville Coach Chip McDonald said. “We got them in early foul trouble and took care of the basketball.”