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WEST MEMPHIS -- National Park opened its men's basketball season over the weekend with a pair of losses in the Greyhound Classic, hosted by ASU Mid-South.

The Nighthawks (0-2) dropped their season opener to Parkland College, 87-72, on Friday before losing, 90-87, to North Lake College on Saturday.

National Park opened strong with an 8-0 run to open the game, but after a 10-0 response by Parkland, the Nighthawks could not regain the lead, falling behind 39-28 at the break. NPC added 44 in the second half, but the Cobras added 48 to secure the win.

The Nighthawks earned more than half of their points off the bench with Reyhan Cobb leading the team with 23 points off 6-for-7 shooting from the field and 10-for-11 shooting at the free throw line while grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds with two assists and a block against one turnover. Starter Jakalyn Kaiser added 12 points on 4-for-4 shooting from the field and 4-for-4 shooting from the line with eight rebounds, two asissts and two steals against a turnover, and Patrick Greene added 12 points of 5-for-13 shooting (2 of 6 from 3-point range) with one rebound and one assists against three of the team's 18 turnovers.

Parkland's Brunard Williams Jr. also had 23 points as five Cobras finished in double-digits while shooting 43.1% (28 of 65) from the field and 47.1% (8 of 17) from distance. The Cobras also out-rebounded the Nighthawks 46-35 with 15 total turnovers.

The Nighthawks struggled in Saturday's contest as well, trailing by nine, 48-39, at the half, but despite outscoring the Blazers 48-42 in the second half, fell short in the end. North Lake's Trey Nelson led the Blazers with 23 points, and Neyland Block had 22.

The Nighthawks will host their home opener on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against UA Cossatot at The Kettle. The Nighthawk women open their season in the Lady Greyhound Classic at ASU Mid-South in West Memphis on Friday at 5 p.m. against Southwest Tennessee Community College and on Saturday at noon against St. Louis Community College.

Bismarck strong

in conference meet

TEXARKANA -- Bismarck's senior boys won while the junior boys and girls teams finished second Saturday at the 3A-7 conference cross country meet at Genoa Central.

The Lions finished with 32 points with host Genoa Central taking second (43), and Centerpoint was third with 54 points.

Alex Ventress led the Lions with a third-place finish (18:20) behind Genoa Central's Dalton Jones (16:50) and Caedmon Kyles (18:13). Wayne Porterfield (fifth, 19:07), Criss Ramos (sixth, 19:17), Brooks DePriest (eighth, 19:35) and Reynaldo Vasquez (10th, 20:18) rounded out Bismarck's scoring.

Centerpoint was led by sophomore Luis Morales (ninth, 20:18) while Keaton Nunez (11th, 20:33), Taylor Garner (15th, 22:16), Kevin Medina (19th, 23:16) and Daniel Watson (20th, 23:43) all earned points for the Knights.

Bismarck's only senior girl, Victoria Bourgious, finished fourth with a time of 24:01 with the Lady Dragons' Faith Green (22:42) winning the event. Centerpoint junior Gabby Ramirez finished sixth with a time of 24:47. Genoa Central won with 15 points.

The junior Lions picked up 41 points to finish second behind Genoa (38) with Ashdown (57) and Centerpoint (85) rounding out the scoring.

Joseph Porter (second, 11:41) and Eli Van Wie (third, 12:09) led the junior Lions with Ty Ventress (seventh, 12:40), Colin Jones (10th, 13:22) and James Roeck (20th, 15:20) contributing to the team's scoring. Centerpoint's Brandon Hernandez (fourth, 12:11) led the junior Knights with Kaleb Horn (19th, 15:11), Kaedin Brown (23rd, 16:02), Leo Estrada (24th, 16:16) and Hayden Lewis (25th, 16:23) earning points for the team.

The junior Lady Dragons took the win at the meet with 21 points, Bismarck was second with 57 and Centerpoint third with 58.

Bethany Massey (13:46) took second place to lead the junior Lady Knights behind Genoa Central's Savannah Williams (13:13). Kylie Ingram (ninth, 15:08), Lauren Spears (15th, 15:51), Katie Clinton (25th, 16:50) and Dara Smith (31st, 26:00) rounded out the team's scoring.

Kelssi Davis led Bismarck with a fifth-place finish in 14:13. Norah Kopkau (12th, 15:30), Laruryn Ventress (14th, 15:43), Regan Parrie (17th, 15:54) and Callie Corley (23rd, 16:43) rounded out the junior Lady Lions' scoring.

Sports on 11/07/2019

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