Winter storm halts area basketball
JONESBORO — One high school district basketball tournament in Northeast Arkansas has been canceled and others are on hold in the wake of the snowstorm that blanketed the area Monday.
The 2A-2 district tournament, which would have included Tuckerman and Sloan-Hendrix, has been canceled. The top four teams in the 2A-2 regular-season race advance to the 2A Central Region tournament next week at Melbourne.
In boys’ basketball, 2A-2 teams that will advance to the regional tournament include Melbourne, White County Central, Tuckerman and Sloan-Hendrix. Girls’ teams that will advance from 2A-2 include Melbourne, Salem, Tuckerman and Cedar Ridge.
Administrators from 4A-3 conference schools will meet via Zoom on Thursday afternoon before making decisions on their district tournament, Westside athletic director Freddy Bowen said. If possible, the district could play through next Monday to certify its four qualifiers for the Class 4A East Region tournament in Blytheville.
The 3A-3, 2A-3 and 1A-3 tournaments have also been postponed. Buffalo Island Central superintendent Gaylon Taylor said 2A-3 administrators hope to make a decision on their tournaments by midweek.
Teams in the 5A-East conference were scheduled to conclude the regular season this week before holding a conference tournament next week. Jonesboro boys’ basketball coach Wes Swift said the conference’s athletic directors are expected to meet via Zoom on Wednesday.
State bowling tournaments and the state wrestling tournament have also been postponed.
Sun Belt cancels ASU-ULM game
JONESBORO — The Sun Belt Conference canceled Arkansas State women’s basketball’s home game scheduled for Monday against Louisiana-Monroe. The game will not be rescheduled.
ASU’s initial two-game series versus ULM was originally scheduled for Jan. 1-2 in Jonesboro, but one game was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns within the Warhawks program and the other canceled. The Sun Belt canceled the second game Sunday.
The Red Wolves are slated to travel to San Marcos, Texas, to take on Texas State in a two-game series Friday and Saturday.
CRA nips Armorel in 5OT
ARMOREL — Will Layne scored 46 points Saturday as Crowley’s Ridge Academy edged Armorel 104-101 in five overtimes to open the 1A-3 boys’ district basketball tournament.
Layne was one of four players to score in double digits for the seventh-seeded Falcons. Jace Elms added 15 points for CRA, followed by Sam Marshall with 13 and Jett Becerra with 10.
Armorel led 28-18 at halftime, but CRA pulled within 40-38 to end the third quarter and the score was tied at 56 to end regulation. The teams were tied at 63 to end the first overtime, at 73 to end the second, at 82 to end the third and at 90 to end the fourth.
Forrest Christensen scored 24 points and Drew Culp added 20 for sixth-seeded Armorel.
CRA is scheduled to visit third-seeded Marked Tree in the quarterfinals.
Arkansas moves into AP Top 25
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas moved into the Associated Press Top 25 on Monday at No. 24.
The Razorbacks (16-5, 8-4 conference) have won six consecutive Southeastern Conference games after edging then-No. 10 Missouri 86-81 in overtime Saturday. Arkansas, which also won 81-80 at Kentucky last week, is making its first appearance in the poll since January 2018.
Other SEC teams in the Top 25 this week are No. 8 Alabama, No. 19 Tennessee and No. 20 Missouri.
Arkansas remained No. 18 in the Women’s Top 25 Monday. The Razorbacks (15-7, 5-6 SEC) defeated Mississippi State 86-80 last Thursday.
A-State picked last in SBC West
JONESBORO — Arkansas State was picked last in the six-team West Division when the Sun Belt Conference preseason baseball poll was announced Monday.
The Red Wolves finished with 13 points to round out the West Division. Texas State registered 65 points and six first-place votes to top the West poll. Texas-Arlington (58 points) and Louisiana-Lafayette (52 points) followed the Bobcats, while Arkansas-Little Rock (33 points) and Louisiana-Monroe (27 points) were picked fourth and fifth, respectively.
Coastal Carolina registered a league-high point total of 69 to go along with 10 first-place votes to lead East balloting. South Alabama and Georgia Southern each finished with 51 points and one first-place vote apiece. Troy registered 44 points, Appalachian State notched 21 points and Georgia State rounded out the East with 16 points.