Four locals to play in AACS All-Star game

Four locals to play in AACS All-Star game

One St. Joseph and three Ridgway Christian players will compete in tonight’s Arkansas Association of Christian Schools All-Star boys basketball game at Southwest Christian Academy in Little Rock. The All-Star games will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the girls, followed by the boys.

Larry Tate and Blake Pennington of Ridgway and Randy Whiteside of St. Joseph automatically qualified for the game by making their all-district team. Micah Cottrell, who was an alternate, also will play tonight.

Tate averaged 17.5 points and 10 rebounds per game for the Eagles, who reached the state semifinals, while Pennington averaged 8.5 points and 8 rebounds per game and Cottrell had 5 points per game. Statistics for Whiteside were unavailable.

It was also announced Ridgway’s Demetrius McCullough made the all-state tournament team. McCullough averaged 9.5 points for the season.

Blossoms go 1-1 on final day of 7-State

BENTONVILLE — Arkansas-Monticello closed out the 7-State Classic on Sunday with an 8-5 victory over Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) followed by a 4-2, eight-inning loss to 18th-ranked Emporia State (Kan.)

Beth Johnson smacked two home runs against Concordia. Randa Perry hit a two-run single to the Emporia State game to extra innings.


Super Ninety Nine super in Southwest Stakes

HOT SPRINGS — Trainer Bob Baffert earned his fourth career Southwest Stakes victory Monday with Super Ninety Nine.

The horse, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, went straight to the lead and never looked back. He won by 11 1/4 lengths and turned in a time of 1:44 4/5 over the 1 1/16 miles on the sloppy Oaklawn Park track in front of 25,854 fans.

Super Ninety Nine returned $4, $3.80 and $3. The exacta returned $44.80 and the trifecta paid $781.60.

The purse for the race was $300,000.

Wilson hits 18 in UA women’s victory

FAYETTEVILLE — Freshman Dominique Wilson scored 18 points and sophomore Calli Berna had nine Sunday in Arkansas’ 61-40 women’s basketball victory over Missouri.

Wilson became the first Arkansas freshman since 2006 to score at least 17 points in three consecutive games.

The Razorbacks (17-8, 5-7 SEC) held one of the top five three-point shooting teams in the country with just two triples and allowed the Tigers just 11 first-half points, an opponent low in an SEC game in program history.


Lakers owner Buss, 80, dies

LOS ANGELES — Jerry Buss, whose Los Angeles Lakers franchise won 10 NBA championships under his ownership, died Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was 80.

It was revealed last week that Buss was hospitalized with an undisclosed form of cancer.

In 1979, the Times reported, Buss bought the Lakers, their arena at the time (The Forum), the NHL’s Kings and a 13,000-acre ranch for $67 million from Jack Kent Cooke.

His death came a half-day after Clippers guard Chris Paul earned the MVP award in the West’s 143-138 win over the East in the NBA All-Star Game. Paul had 20 points and 15 assists.

Patrick on pole for Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Danica Patrick made more history Sunday.

She became the first woman to win the pole position for the Daytona 500, turning in her best speed of 196.434 mph. Jeff Gordon (196.292) will start alongside Patrick on the front in the Feb. 24 race.

Patrick, whose third-place finish in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 is the highest for a woman, became the first woman to win the pole in a Nationwide Series last year. Her only victory on a major racing came in a 2008 IndyCar race in Japan.

— Staff and wire reports