• Southerners, Cavemen to begin 4A-2 District play

    For the second week in a row, the Southside Southerners will host a team that prefers to gain small chunks of yards at a time and eat up the clock.
    “We try to control the game by running the ball,” said Stuttgart Ricebird Head Coach Billy Elmore. “We mostly run the spread, but we like to grind it out.”
    Last week, against England’s double-wing running attack, the Southerners suffered their first loss of the season, falling 22-14.
    Stuttgart is also 2-1 after losing last week. The Ricebirds defeated McGehee 27-0 and White Hall 39-10 before falling to Malvern 24-15.

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  • Volleyball Hornets sting T-wolves

    HARRISBURG — The Harrisburg Lady Hornet volleyball team defeated the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves in three straight sets Tuesday.
    The Hornets won 25-6, 25-12, 25-7.
    Brittany Wammack (nine for nine on serves, four aces, three assists) and Megan Galloway (five for six on serves, two digs, an aces) were the statistical leaders for Cedar Ridge.
    Harrisburg claimed the junior high contest 25-19, 25-18.

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  • Betsy Tucker sets another state record

    Last weekend, four months after she broke the 8-kilometer state road race record, the 55-year-old woman from Batesville did the same for 20 kilometers.
    Tucker’s most-recent standard was set at the Arkansas 20K in Benton. Her time of one hour, 35 minutes and 32.35 seconds was almost three seconds better than the previous best, which was set in 1987.
    Tucker finished fifth overall among the women. Leah Thorvilson of Little Rock won the race with a time of 1:16:36.89. Tracy Tungac of Bryant placed second in 1:23:32.78.

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  • Southside volleyball gets win at NHS

    NEWPORT — The Southside Lady Southerners defeated the Newport Lady Greyhounds in a 3-set volleyball match Tuesday.
    Southside won 25-10. 25-19, 26-24 to improve their record to 10-6 overall and 4-3 in conference.
    “We started off very strong, but we seemed to lose focus and intensity as the match progressed,” said Southside Head Coach David Shilkitus. “Credit goes to Newport, they played us really tough in that third set.”
    Shilkitus said he was pleased with the play of one of his girls.

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  • Cougars, Pirates win golf crowns

    MELBOURNE — Preston Harmon and the Izard County Cougars topped one division of the 1A-4 District Golf Tournament here Tuesday at Cooper’s Hawk.
    Harmon, a left-handed senior, won the medal with a 2-under-par 70, 10 strokes better than his closest competitor, teammate Uriah Mead. The Cougars finished 31 strokes better (260-291) than the second-place Ridgefield Christian Warriors.

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  • It’s official: Newport Greyhounds drop Pioneers from grid schedules

    For now, the White River Bowl Trophy has found a permanent home at Batesville High.
    Tuesday, Newport High football Coach Jeromy Poole called Batesville High Coach and Athletic Director Dave King to inform him that Newport will drop Batesville from its football schedules, senior and junior high, ending the longtime rivalry.
    The Pioneers defeated the Greyhounds 55-15 in a season opener three weeks ago. That victory was their fourth in a row over their Jackson County neighbors and 11th Batesville victory in their last 13 meetings.

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  • Jr. Pioneers to begin district title defense

    The Batesville Junior Pioneers are scheduled to begin their defense of the district title at home against 5A-East foe Nettleton on Thursday.
    Batesville has finished the two previous seasons undefeated claiming the district crown both years.
    Nettleton Raider Head Coach Blake Tennison expressed tremendous respect for the Junior Pioneer football program.
    “Batesville is always one of the best teams that we play each year,” Tennison said. “They are always very well-coached and well-prepared.”

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  • Three area cross country teams finish in top 5

    The Batesville Lady Pioneers, Melbourne Junior Lady Bearkatz and Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers posted top-5 finishes in the team standings of the Conway Wampus Cat Invitational Cross County Meet that was held in Conway on Saturday.
    Results from the event, which was held at Lake Beaverfork Park, were not available until Tuesday.

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  • Lady Warriors sweep Lady Pioneers in key 5A-Central Conference match

    The Little Rock Christian Academy Lady Warriors brought the Batesville Lady Pioneers’ run in the 5A-Central Conference to a screeching halt Tuesday night in Pioneer Gym.
    The Lady Warriors, who shared the volleyball title with the Lady Pioneers last season, dominated this meeting. The visitors won 25-13, 25-18, 25-12.
    The Lady Pioneers fell to 11-3 overall and 4-1 in the conference.

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  • Scot volleyball team breaks through against WBC

    The Lyon College volleyball team defended their home court to beat the Williams Baptist College Lady Eagles in a 5-set match Tuesday night at Becknell Gymnasium.
    Lyon (4-9) won 25-23, 17-25, 27-25, 22-25, 15-11 to snap a 5-game losing streak.
    “It was great to get a win against our biggest in-state rival,” said Lyon Head Coach Ray Green. “We haven’t beaten them since my first year here.”
    Green began coaching the Scots in 2008.
    The play of middle hitter Suzanne Fincham impressed Green in the match’s deciding set.

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  • Junior ‘Katz taking unbeaten record to Pope County

    The Melbourne Junior Bearkatz will return to the road Thursday night and put their unbeaten football record on the line against the Hector Junior Wildcats.
    The Junior Bearkatz improved to 3-0 last Thursday night with a 20-14 decision over the Yellville-Summit Junior Panthers. Their first two victories came in Rose Bud and Bookland.
    The Junior Wildcats are 1-2, with a victory against Dardanelle’s junior varsity squad and losses to Poyen and Two Rivers.

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  • Pioneer JV football team thumps Searcy; visitors take two seventh-grade games

    The Batesville Pioneer junior varsity footballers team walloped their Searcy Lion counterparts 33-6 in Pioneer Stadium on Monday night.
    Eli Childress got Batesville’s scoring going with a 9-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Mario Garcia added the point-after kick, as he would twice more.
    Phillip Archuleta added a 7-yard TD run in the second quarter and a 40-yarder in the third quarter.
    Batesville’s other second-half scores came on a 60-yard, Nick Morton-to-Cody Campbell pass play and a 26-yard run by Robert Smith.

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