The Lonoke Jackrabbits blasted the Southerners 50-14 in last season’s contest and will be looking to put a damper on Friday night’s homecoming festivities for Southside this year.
Last week, the Jackrabbits (1-4) earned their first victory of the season by beating fellow 4A-2 District member Newport 28-21. Their losses came at the hands of Star City, Beebe, McGhee and Heber Springs.
Lonoke lines up in the spread on offense and keeps the ball on the ground on most plays.
Forrest City at Batesville
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
Last season, the Batesville Junior Pioneers jumped out to an early 14-point lead on their way to defeating the Forrest City Junior Mustangs 22-14. Both teams are currently undefeated in 5A-East games. Batesville is 4-0-1 overall and 2-0 in the district. Forrest City is 2-2-1 and 1-0. There are no ties in league games, and the winner of this one should have a leg up in the 5A-East District race.
TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa has scheduled football games against Arkansas, Iowa State and Fresno State during the next three seasons.
Tulsa Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham announced the Golden Hurricane’s nonconference football schedules for the next four years Thursday.
Tulsa will open the 2012 season at Iowa State and play at Arkansas on Nov. 3. Fresno State will visit H.A. Chapman Stadium in September.
The following year, TU will host Iowa State and Colorado State and play on the road at Bowling Green, in addition to a previously scheduled game at Oklahoma.
No doubt, the Batesville Pioneers will be marked men in Forrest City on Friday night.
The Forrest City Mustangs, one of the youngest football teams in the 5A-East District, are 0-4-1 overall, 0-2 in the district and feeling oh-so-close to hitting the mark.
After getting hammered 41-6 and 64-6, respectively, by West Memphis and Marion, two of the best teams in Class 6A, the Mustangs rallied late to get a tie with Marianna (24-all), and then lost two heartbreakers in district play.
HORSESHOE BEND — The Izard County Cougars evened the count with the Concord Pirates here Wednesday and collected a second straight 1A State Tournament golf championship in the process.
Led by medalist Preston Harmon’s even-par 73, the Cougars beat the team that many thought would stand atop the winners’ platform when the day was done at The Course on Turkey Mountain.
The Concord Pirates had routed the Cougars in their own Cougar Classic, a 36-hole, 2-day season-opening event played over the Cooper’s Hawk and Turkey Mountain courses the first week in August.
The Forrest City Junior Mustangs, the last 5A-East football team to win the district before Batesville’s 2-year streak began, will be looking to unseat the Junior Pioneers from their place atop the league standings Thursday night.
Junior Mustang Head Coach Stan Siler and his team sport a 2-2-1 overall record and are 1-0 in the 5A-East.
Lyon College senior soccer player Brina Siddiq was awarded defensive player of the week honors by the TranSouth Athletic Conference office Monday.
Siddiq led the Lyon defense in victories against LSU-Shreveport and Cumberland. The Scots only allowed two goals in the two wins.
The Newport Beach, Calif. native was named second team all-conference in 2008 and first team all-conference in 2009.
The Scot women’s soccer team is scheduled to host Martin Methodist on Saturday.
NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves won the 2A-2 District Tournament tennis title Tuesday as sophomore Spencer Reaves won the singles crown.
Reaves received a first-round bye and then defeated Hunter Pitts of Marked Tree 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals and took another straight-set victory, 6-3, 6-2, over Weiner’s Logan Bray in the championship match.
Luke Henderson, a senior, finished third in the singles division and will join Reaves in the 2A State Tournament in Jonesboro on Oct. 19-20. Henderson won two of three matches, including a win over Pitts in the third-place match.
JONESBORO — The Westside Consolidated Lady Warriors volleyball team dispatched the Southside Lady Southerners in three straight sets Tuesday 25-7, 25-17, 25-9.
The loss drops Southside to 13-7 overall and 7-4 in 4A-Northeast Conference play.
“This was a disappointing performance,” Southside Head Couch David Shilkitus said. “Westside is one of the top teams in the conference. If we want to be considered in their class, we need to be more competitive against teams of their caliber. We simply didn’t do that tonight.”
The once-beaten Walnut Ridge Junior Bobcats will step out of the 2A-3 District and take a shot at the unbeaten Melbourne Junior Bearkatz in a football game in Melbourne Thursday night.
The Junior Bobcats are 4-1 overall and in the district.
The Junior ’Katz are 5-0 overall. Their most-recent victory came on Sept. 26, a 30-8 decision over the Mountain Home Junior Bombers’ eighth-graders in Mountain Home.
Remember, the Junior ’Katz are in just their second year of varsity play. They will join a district when the high school team begins varsity play next season.
BLYTHEVILLE — Led by medalist Drake Merritt, the Valley View Blazers took the team title in the Class 4A State Tournament in high school golf here Tuesday at Thunder Bayou Links.
The Southside Southerners, the Guard-circulation area’s only team playing Tuesday, finished 12th.
Valley View shot a 230 and finished nine strokes in front of Brookland. Merritt shot a 73. Jacob Calhoon (75) and Reed Pitt (82) rounded out the winning team score.
Malvern’s Parker Kindy and De Queen’s Brennan Watkins matched Merrit’s regulation score.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers held on to second place in the 5A-Central Conference with a 3-1 volleyball victory over the Vilonia Lady Eagles in Pioneer Gymnasium on Tuesday.
The game scores were 26-24, 25-18, 22-25, 25-22.
Lainey Rumans, Kassie Foreman and Jayme Shell led the offense. Rumans set the ball for 34 assists and served up four aces. Foreman led in kills with 21. Shell added 16 kills and 16 points were won on her serve, including four aces.