Now, for a new high school football opponent.
The Batesville Pioneers took care of the West Helena Cougars, knocking out their recent nemesis by a 40-6 count Friday night in the first round of the Class 5A State Playoffs in Pioneer Stadium.
Next up are the Greenbrier Panthers, 38-16 first-round winners over the Arkadelphia Badgers.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Midland Lady Mustangs stepped up in classification and kept winning here Thursday.
Led by Kerstie Bumpous’ 25 points, the Class 1A Lady Mustangs held off the Class 4A Heber Springs Lady Panthers 60-54. The Lady Mustangs’ record is 8-0.
Jessica Hertz added 11 points for the winners. Emma Sellers provided 10 points.
“They were pretty good from the free-throw line and we got in some foul trouble, and they hit a lot of free throws to cut their deficit down,” Midland Coach Brandon Gates said.
FAYETTEVILLE — Perhaps no team enters the Arkansas high school playoffs with more momentum than Class 7A’s Springdale Har-Ber, despite losing its last game of the regular season.
Even though the No. 8 Wildcats (7-3) lost 28-14 to No. 1 Bentonville last week, they played one of their best games of the year in doing so. Har-Ber became the first team to avoid the 35-point sportsmanship rule by the Tigers this season, keeping the game close into the second half.
Cody Vaughn is something more than a smart and athletic 2-way player for the 5A-East District champion high school football team.
“He’s been very valuable on and off the field,” Batesville Coach Dave King said. “Without getting too deep, what’s been very valuable to our younger kids is his attitude — the kind of self-sacrifice he’s shown them.”
Pioneer fans know the story: After very promising starts as a sophomore and junior at tailback, Vaughn suffered season-ending injuries against the Wynne Yellowjackets in the seventh game of each season.
BROCKWELL — The Izard County boys golf team will host a “Deer Hunter’s Breakfast” in the school cafeteria Saturday morning from 4:30 until 10, according to a news release from the school.
The breakfast coincides with the opening of the modern gun deer season. The cost will be $5 per plate which includes pancakes, sausages, biscuits and gravy.
Proceeds from the event will go to buying state championship rings for the boys golf team. The Cougars recently won their second straight Class 1A State Tournament.
NEWPORT — Steve M. Simpson, Tracy Crossen and Steven Crocker were first across the finish line at Speedy’s Drag Strip here Sunday.
Simpson won the Street division title. Crossen and Crocker took the Footbrake and Outlaw Street Bike class titles, respectively.
Don Holcomb followed Simpson in the Street class and also placed second in among the Footbrake dragsters. Keath Sullivan placed second among the bikers. Gary Tate finished third in the Footbrake class.
We’ll see who keeps the beat going.
For the first time during a very up-and-down high school football season, the West Helena Cougars have won two in a row. Friday night in Pioneer Stadium, they’ll try to make it three in a row and move up in the Class 5A State Playoffs.
The Pioneers, meanwhile, will be trying to run their win streak to eight games. To do so, they’ll have to silence another Cougar beat. The Cougars have won two in a row against the Pioneers, finishing off the regular seasons in 2008 and 2009 by shutting out the Pioneers.
CAVE CITY — The Cave City Athletic Hall of Fame committee recently announced that four new members will be inducted during a ceremony at the high school gym on Dec. 16, said committee member Jamie King.
Dr. Chaney Taylor, Greg Foreman and Kristie Gay Jenkins will be inducted into the hall, and Tom Foley will be presented the Distinguished Service Award.
The ceremony will happen between basketball games when Cave City hosts Stuttgart.
SOUTHSIDE — The host basketball teams moved into the semifinal round of the First Community Bank Junior High Tournament here Wednesday.
The Southside Junior Lady Southerners began the evening with a 29-9 victory over the McCrory Junior Lady Jaguars. A little later, the Junior Southerners edged the Heber Springs Junior Panthers 19-17.
In other first-round games, Riverview’s boys downed Izard County 49-45, Cedar Ridge’s boys defeated Cave City 33-25 and Newport’s boys trimmed Highland 37-32.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Bye-bye Big 12, hello SEC.
After weeks of private flirtations and the college sports’ equivalent of prenuptial negotiations with their respective lawyers, Missouri and the Southeastern Conference took their mutual attraction public Sunday
First the SEC released a statement welcoming Missouri as its newest member. Later a campus pep rally in Columbia came replete with a new SEC banner, the school’s marching band and exploding confetti.
SOUTHSIDE — The Cave City Junior Cavewomen advanced into the semifinals of the First Community Bank Junior High Tournament here Monday while two other circulation-area teams fell out.
The Junior Cavewomen edged the Newport Lady Greyypups 26-21 as Shyanne Price scored 12 points. It was the season-opener for Cave City, which is scheduled to play Heber Springs Thursday evening at 5.
Heber Springs advanced with a 28-25 overtime win over Cedar Ridge. Izard County, the other circulation-area team, was knocked out by Riverview by a 51-33 count.