Circle Dec. 6 on your calendar.
That’s when the Lyon and Williams Baptist College teams will play the second and final round in their annual series for this basketball season. Lyon took round one Tuesday night in Becknell Gymnasium with the Scot women winning 73-67 and the Scot men also taking a hard-earned 6-pointer, winning 86-80.
The visiting Lady Eagles led most of the game and the Scots had to outscore them 11-3 over the last three minutes to get the win.
SOUTHSIDE — Cedar Ridge and Riverview took home the First Community Bank Junior High Invitational Tournament basketball titles here Saturday.
The Junior Timberwolves downed the Riverview Junior Raiders 36-33 as Cade Crabtree scored 18 points and Austin Reaves added 15. The Junior T-wolves improved their record to 5-0.
The Junior Lady Raiders downed the Cave City Junior Cavewomen 43-32 for the other crown as Erykah Johns totaled 20 points.
Shyanne Price poured in 24 points for 2-1 Cave City.
Williams Baptist Lady Eagles (2-1) vs. Lyon College Scots (2-1), Becknell Gymnasium, 6 p.m.
The Lady Eagles will bring a veteran and offensive-minded team to Becknell, said Lyon College Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange. “They’re pretty mature with a lot of seniors and shooters. We will have to extend our defense and find them in transition.” Some of those senior leaders are Becky Caldwell, Kayla Tyus and Jessica Shepard.
BEEBE — The Batesville Junior Pioneer and Junior Lady Pioneer basketball teams went opposite directions in season-opening games at a tournament in Beebe.
The Junior Pioneers moved into the winners’ bracket portion of the annual event by defeating the Beebe Junior Bobcats 43-29. The Junior Lady Pioneers fell 27-17 to the Junior Lady Badgers and went into the losers’ bracket.
The Junior Pioneers broke open a close game in the third quarter. They led 10-6 and 12-10 at the first two breaks. They led 34-22 after three quaerters.
The Lyon College Scots played enough good defense in the first half to record a 69-48, nonconference basketball victory over the Christian Brothers Lady Buccaneers in Becknell Gymnasium on Saturday.
After that, well, there’s plenty of work to be done, Lyon Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said.
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.