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Sunday, February 6, 2011 SportS SECTIONBInterimSportsEditorAnnetteWhitehead501-268-8621 [email protected] CitizenTheReadeRs Rooting foR gReen BaYThis past week, we asked readers to vote at TheDailyCitizen.com on who they will be rooting for in the Super Bowl. Results of that poll are published here. Visit our website to make your pick before kickoff.
Results as of 8 p.m. Saturday.
Searcy girlS remain in Second place
Searcy senior forward Elliot Scarbrough looks for an open teammate during the Lady Lions victory over conference foe West Memphis on Saturday night. Craig Woodson/[email protected]
Lady Lions take down West Memphis [email protected]
The Lady Lions were in action Saturday in a game that was meant to be played Friday night until mother nature had other plans, caus-ing school officials to postpone the game.
For most teams, this one night layover would not be an issue. But due to Searcys schedule, this would be day No. 8 without a basketball game.
Head coach Michelle Birdsong said she would be lying if the extra day off didnt worry her a little bit.
We had our typical light pre-game practice on Thursday, she said. It was all about preparing for Friday. Then the game gets canceled, so we just did a short shoot-a-round on Friday to try and stay loose. It worries you a little bit because you never really know what
theyll look like coming off that kind of layoff.
The extra day off didnt seem to effect the Lady Lions.
The Lady Lions took control of the game early, jumping out to a 14-6 lead early in the game.
Birdsong said they had to alter their game plan due to an unexpect-ed injury on the Lady Devils team.
Our original game plan was to control their post player, she said. But she had broken her arm and they had gone to a guard-heavy lineup, so we had to change our game plan on the spot.
The change in approach seemed to work in Searcys favor, as they would go on to win the game 60-33.
The win keeps the Lady Lions in second place in the 6A East. Searcy guard Brittnee Broadway said they owe the success of their team to teamwork.
We share the ball, she said. We make sure everyone gets some points and that helps us secure the win. We need to keep playing aggressive and keep a good atti-tude.
As the end of conference play gets closer, Birdsong said her team needs to protect their home floor in order to stay in second place.
We have to take care of all our home games and then try to get a few on the road, she said. We always have to look at it one game at a time.
Searcy faces Mountain Home on Tuesday and Birdsong said it will be a key home game that they need to win.
They beat us by four points at their place, she said. So that will be a game that we will really need to concentrate on.
Former Razorback in the Super BowlByRobbieNeiswangerArkansas News Bureau
FAYETTEVILLE A former Arkansas Razorback will be playing in Super Bowl XLV tonight.
But Brett Goode, the Green Bay Packers long s n a p p e r , doesnt mind if no one notices him on the field. In fact, hed rather not become a house-hold name when the Packers meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in Dallas.
A snappers motto is if nobody knows who you are thats a good thing, Goode said. Its fine be me. Get a ring and go about my busi-ness.
Such is life as a long snap-per, where the only notoriety seems to come after a special teams disaster. Goode, a Ft. Smith Northside graduate and former Arkansas long snap-per (2003-06), is pretty happy toiling in relative obscurity as he tries to help one of the NFLs most storied franchises collect its fourth Super Bowl trophy.
Goode, who is in his third season in the NFL, is actu-ally enjoying the benefits after playing in all 16 regular sea-son games and Green Bays three playoff wins. It has him poised to join the short list of former Razorbacks to play in the Super Bowl.
It just feels unreal, Goode said. Its a surreal moment. Its a once-in-a-life-time type dream. You always dream about getting to play in the Super Bowl.
Goode admits, though, he wasnt exactly thinking it would be a reality when he was playing at Northside High. After completing his high school career, Goode walked on at Arkansas in 2003 and it didnt take him long to carve out a role in college, stepping in as the Razorbacks long snapper on punts as a true freshman.
Goode held the job throughout his career. And even as Arkansas long snap-per for four years, he didnt think about making it a career until after his senior year. Houston Nutt, then Arkansas coach, called Goode and told him he had been invited to participate in the Senior Bowl, one of the NFLs premier pre-draft events.
I thought maybe I do have a chance, Goode said. From then, its just built up. I got
more recognition and every-thing has just worked out.
Goode was originally signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent in 2007, but was cut by the team in 2008. It was a difficult time and Goode said plenty of people told him his days as a football player were over. But Goode landed in Green Bay just before the 2008 season and has played in every game for the Packers since.
He has even gained some recognition through his friend-ship with Green Bay quarter-back Aaron Rodgers. A video of the two budding musicians performing during an open mike night in Green Bay can be found on YouTube. Goode and a date also were identi-fied by gossip tabloids just last month when they joined Rodgers and actress Jessica Szhor for dinner.
Its unreal how the fan support is here, Goode said. If you win everybody is cheering. If you lose, pretty much the whole town goes into depression for a week. So its pretty crazy. It reminds me a lot of Arkansas. Just a couple notches higher.
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lions record 60-40 victory
Senior Casey Wilmath drives the ball down the court for the Lions during their game against West Memphis Saturday night. The Lions defeated the Devils, 60-40. Craig Woodson/[email protected]
Warren lifts ole miss past arkansas 69-60 ByKurtVoigtThe Associated Press
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. Chris Warren took control in the second half, scoring 19 points as Mississippi pulled away for a 69-60 win over Arkansas on Saturday.
Warren, who hit a game-winning 3-pointer against Kentucky on Tuesday, scored 15 of his points in the second half for the Rebels. Ole Miss (15-8, 3-5 Southeastern) has now won three of four after four-straight losses to open conference play.
The Rebels led throughout the first half before Arkansas took its first lead after a steal and layup by Mardracus Wade put the Razorbacks up 38-36 in the second half.
After Julysses Nobles tied the game at 43 for Arkansas, Ole Miss took con-trol with a 17-4 run to go up 60-47 and never trailed again.
Marshawn Powell led the Razorbacks (14-8, 4-5) with 19 points despite sit-ting out more than five minutes to start the game after injuring an ankle during the pregame shootaround.
Arkansas appeared out of sorts early on offense without Powell in the lineup. The Razorbacks first two possessions each ended in turnovers after intended
entry passes for Delvon Johnson sailed into the first row.
The third ended when Mississippi's Reginald Buckner blocked Jeff Peterson's layup attempt, Buckner's school-record 65th block of the sea-son. Bucker finished with eight blocks, tying the school record, to go along with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Meanwhile, the Rebels surged early behind the combination of Powell's absence and the carried-over momen-tum following Warren's late game-win-ning 3-pointer against Kentucky.
Following Buckner's block, Zach Graham connected on a 3-pointer to put Mississippi up 7-0. Graham scored seven of the Rebels' first nine points, finishing with 17 points, and Nick Williams added back-to-back baskets to go up 13-2.
Powell entered the game with 14:40 remaining in the first half and scored on his first possession to pull Arkansas within 13-4.
After Trevor Gaskins made a 3-pointer to put Mississippi ahead 16-4, the Razorbacks responded with a 13-2 run to close to within 18-17 after a put-back by Julysses Nobles.
Arkansas never led in the half, trailing 33-27 at halftime after Powell scored its final six points of the half.
Neither team shot well in the first half, with the Rebels connecting on just 13 of 33 shots (39 percent) and the Razorbacks 9 of 25 (36 percent).
Tied at 43-43, Arkansas' Michael Sanchez was fouled by Gaskins but also called for technical foul after con-necting with a swinging elbow.
Sanchez missed the front end of his 1-and-1 free throw, while Warren a 94 percent free throw shooter entering the game hit both of his tries to put the Rebels up 45-43
That started the 17-4 run that effec-tively put the game away for Ole Miss, with Warren scoring seven points dur-ing the stretch.
Arkansas never got closer than eight points after that.