JACKSONVILLE — The Searcy Lions downed the Batesville Pioneers by seven strokes in a high school dual golf match and regular-season finale at Southern Oaks Country Club here Thursday.
Led by McNeil Killough even-par 36, the Lions won 171-178. Teammates Graham Doane (41), Brayton Young (44) and Drew Lawrence (50) completed the team scored. Killbrough scored a hole-in-one on the par 3 seventh hole.
Hunter Freiert led Batesville with a 4-over-par 40. Thomas Walton (43), Hayden Crockrill (44) and Sumner Barnes (51) rounded out the team total.
JACKSONVILLE — The Batesville Lady Pioneers kept rolling in 5A-Central Conference volleyball here Thursday, defeating the North Pulaski Lady Falcons 25-12, 25-16, 25-9.
Kassie Foreman, Lainey Rumans and Jayme Shell led Batesville’s offense. Foreman led in kills with 17. Shell added 10 kills, and Rumans set up most of the kills, recording 22 assists. Shell and Foreman also led in service aces, hitting six and five respectively.
Morgan Huff and Foreman led the defense. Huff chalked up 19 digs. Foreman added eight.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Batesville Junior Pioneers only punted once in last night’s football game here with the Mountain Home ninth-grade Bombers, but when they did it was a big one.
On a fourth down-and-15 play at the Bomber 39-yard line, with the Junior Pioneers clinging to an 18-12 fourth-quarter lead, Osval “Oz” Expericueta booted a punt that was downed at around the home team’s 1-yard line by eighth-grader Cole McReynolds.
HENDERSON, Tenn. — The Freed-Hardeman Lady Lions volleyball squad defeated the Lyon College Scots 25-21, 25-13, 25-16 here Thursday night.
Defensively for the Scots, Ariel Smith posted 14 digs, and Danielle Reed tallied 12 digs and a solo block. Junior Suzanne Fincham added five digs and two block assists. Fincham led the Lyon attack with nine kills, and Samantha Comet and Chelsea Hinton each hit five kills.
Fernanda Ferreria led the Freed-Hardeman offense with eight kills. Sydney Rice and Sandra Montoya each contributed six kills while Nataly Gutierrez hit five.
SOUTHSIDE — The Valley View Lady Blazers defeated the Southside Lady Southerners 25-12, 25-15, 25-11 in a volleyball contest Thursday.
Courtney Farrier recorded five kills and four blocks, and Jenn Wyatt hit six digs for Southside.
In other action, Valley View won the junior high match 25-11, 25-14, the jayvee match 25-7, the junior high “B” match 25-6, and the seventh-grade match 21-8, 18-11, 19-13.
FAIRFIELD BAY — Southside won a 4-way golf match Thursday at the Mountain Ranch Golf Club with a team total of 124.
Rounding out the team scores are Clinton (135), Lonoke (139) and Morrilton (145).
Clayton House led the Southerners with a 1-over-par 37. Also scoring for Southside were Wyat Gambill (41) and Tanner McGuire (46). Colton Young (54), Clint Thomas (58), Dalton Lamons (59) and Josh Lewis (70) turned in scores that didn’t count in the team total.
MELBOURNE — The Melbourne Junior Bearkatz dominated the first half, and then hung on for a 20-14 football victory over the Yellville-Summit Junior Panthers here Thursday night.
Oh, and thank you very much for what might have been an extra play, say the unbeaten Junior ’Katz.
CAVE CITY — Ron Watkins won the Cave City Bass Club’s Angler of the Year award due to results of the last tournament of the year, held Saturday on Lake Norfork, according to a press release.
Watkins finished the regular season with 451 points.
The outcome was in doubt until the team of Danny Matthews and Keith Lawrence failed to do well in that tournament.
Matthews and Lawrence are runner-up anglers of the year with 408 points each.
Tory Bishop and Michael Holt teamed to win the Batesville Bassmasters Anglers of the Year award with 08 points at the conclusion of the regular season, said club spokesman Billy Littleton.
Jim Starzy and Michael McDaniel are runner-up anglers of the year with 00 points.
Yellville-Summit at Melbourne
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
This is the home opener for the Junior Bearkatz, and you’ve got to figure they’ll have a big crowd cheering them on tonight. A win against the Junior Panthers, the last team to beat them in 2010, will keep them perfect for this fall and run their win streak to nine games. That’s very heady stuff for a second-year varsity program.
A seventh-grade contest between the pair will get things going at 5:30. That will be the case for the games in Cave City and Newark, too.
The Batesville Pioneers edged the Nettleton Raiders in a dual high school golf match on The Course at Eagle Mountain on Wednesday.
Thomas Walton led the Pioneers with a 5-over-par 41. Teammates Hunter Freiert (44), Hayden Cockrill (46) and Sumner Barnes (48) completed the team score. Taylor Moser’s 53 didn’t count.
Nettleton’s Mason Lemmons and Tanner McElrath matched Walton’s score. Travis Owens (46) and Lee Beal (56) round out the Raiders’ team total. Dalten Hodges’ 56 didn’t count.
The Mountain Home Bombers, the Batesville Pioneers’ guests on Friday night, are 2-0 and feeling good about themselves after a 37-0 victory over the Harrison Goblins last weekend.
Bomber Coach Benji Mahan said that’s true, and he’s glad for it, but he also said he’s been trying to talk the Bombers down just a little.
“I really like the mental makeup of this team,” he said. “We stressed mental toughness all through our offseason and fall workouts and I think it showed on Friday night against Harrison.