SPORTS >> Devils get their due

By KELLY FENTONLeader sports editorHOT SPRINGS — Deshone McClure almost ran out of time, almost lost the ball, almost passed it off to a teammate.Almost. Instead, Jacksonville’s junior guard was able to launch a three-point shot with 1.2 seconds left and his Red Devils trailing by a point to Little Rock Hall in the 6A state championship.McClure missed the shot […]

SPORTS >> Early, late, McClure answers the call

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterHOT SPRINGS — Deshone McClure may not have had a career night, scoring-wise, but all 17 of his points came at critical times for Jacksonville, from a pair of three-pointers to start the game to his winning free throws at the end. He was 5 of 6 from the floor and 3 of 4 on three-point attempts. […]

SPORTS >> Falcon freeze-out

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterHOT SPRINGS – North Pulaski couldn’t have picked a bigger game to go ice cold.Greene County Tech overcame its own sloppy offensive performance to claim a 39-34 win over the Falcons in the Class 5A championship game on Saturday at Summit Arena. It was their second state crown in three years.North Pulaski (25-7) suffered through a dismal […]

SPORTS >> Numbers clearly tell the tale of North Pulaski’s loss

By KELLY FENTONLeader sports editorThere must be as many ways to quantify North Pulaski’s offensive futility on Saturday as there were missed Falcon shots (46, for the record).You could begin with the 0-for-11 start or you could refer to the 0-for-6 start to the second half. You could point out that the Falcons went 3 for 10 over the final […]

SPORTS >> Every Devil had a hand in bringing home the crown

By KELLY FENTONLeader sports editorJacksonville’s 13-point lead was suddenly just a precarious five after three-pointers by Marland Smith and A.J. Walton and four straight points by David Rivers. Two minutes and 40 seconds remained in the 6A state championship and all the momentum had shifted to Little Rock Hall.That’s when Cortrell Eskridge made an aggressive move from the top of […]