Posted: February 24, 2013 at 2:06 a.m.

Commanding lead Cliff Pace of Petal, Miss., separated himself from a crowd Saturday to take a commanding 7-pound lead after the second round of the Bassmaster Classic at Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees. Performing with a high level of consistency, Pace caught five bass weighing 21 pounds, 12 ounces for a combined two-day total weight of 43-4. He caught five bass weighing 21-8 during Friday’s first round. An afterthought after the third round, Brandon Palaniuk of Rathbun, Idaho, roared from 11th place to second place by catching five bass weighing 19-10 for a two-day total of 36-4. 6C No problem As many as five Bentonville wrestlers missed time for various reasons this season, leaving Coach Bill Desler wondering how strong his team would be for the state tournament. Based on the results this weekend, the Tigers were just fine, scoring 254 points to easily outdistance Little Rock Catholic and Rogers for the state championship. 10C Saturday’s results COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOP 25 MEN Wake Forest 80, (2) Miami 65 (3) Gon

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