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Vargas gives JHS hard-fought victory

Jonesboro’s Francisco Zavala (13) and Valley View’s David Puryear battle for the ball during Thursday’s game at Central Dealerships Stadium. Jonesboro scored in the 66th minute for a 1-0 victory.

Staci Vandagriff | The Sun

By Sean Saunders, Sun Staff Writer

JONESBORO — This season's second iteration of the Jonesboro-Valley View soccer rivalry was like anything but the first meeting, but the Golden Hurricane still managed to come out on top.

Freshman Jorge Vargas . . . more »

   

Classic puts prep teammates on opposite sides

Valley View’s Molly Poe (right) shoots over Walnut Ridge’s Megan Jared during Sun Senior Classic practice Wednesday at Nettleton’s Raider Gym.

Cory Clark | The Sun

By Cory Clark, Sun Staff Writer

JONESBORO — While some teammates will play one last game together Sunday in the 13th annual Sun Senior Classic basketball games, some longtime teammates will become opponents.

Both games will feature high school teammates . . . more »

   

ASU sets record for overall APR score

By Matthew V. Roberson, Sun staff writer

JONESBORO — Arkansas State keeps raising the bar for its Academic Progress Rate.

ASU improved its department-wide APR score for the third straight year with a record overall score of 971 for 2016-17 school year. The . . . more »

   

Area baseball roundup

Brookland 13, Riverside 0

LAKE CITY — Brookland clinched the regular-season conference title by beating Riverside 13-0 in high school baseball.

Brandon Glenn earned the pitching win for Brookland (12-7-1, 8-1 conference), striking out seven while allowing . . . more »

   

Area softball roundup

Brookland 15, Riverside 1

LAKE CITY — Ashlyn Matthews struck out 10 batters and hit a solo home run at the plate Thursday as Brookland defeated Riverside 15-1 in high school softball.

Matthews earned the win in the circle for Brookland (15-8), going all . . . more »

   

Lester, Heyward lead Cubs past Cardinals

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs made Jon Lester's job easier by staking him to an early lead.

Lester was dominant through six innings of two-hit ball in his 100th start with the Cubs, Jason Heyward hit a two-run homer and Chicago defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 8-5 on . . . more »

   

Cook shoots 70 to start Texas Open

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Austin Cook shot a 2-under-par 70 in the first round of the Valero Texas Open on Thursday. . . . more »

   

Lopez leads Nettleton past Wynne

JONESBORO — Manuel Lopez scored three goals Thursday as Nettleton beat Wynne 6-0 in high school boys' soccer. . . . more »

   

Brusberg, Sabotta power GCT

MARION — Greene County Tech nipped Marion 2-1 in high school boys' soccer Thursday. . . . more »