CAVE CITY — Cave City opened its high school tennis season with a sweep of Mountain View here Thursday. Both victories were decided by one game.
The Cavewomen’s 5-4 advantage was in singles play, where they won four of five matches. The Cavemen won it with their doubles play, again winning four of five, en route to a 5-4 decision.
Senior Jasmine Tate and junior Leigh Ann Bridgers each won a pair of singles matches for the Cavewomen. seniors Bree Cook and Leesia Fugett teamed to win the decisive doubles match.
LA CROSSE — The Izard County Cougars and Calico Rock Pirates won the golf team titles Thursday at Cooper’s Hawk.
Preston Harmon led the Cougars with an even-par 36 for nine holes. Brad Lamb also shot a 36 for the second-place Melbourne Bearkatz. The medalist, however, was Shayne Rorie of Flippin. He shot one under.
Uriah Mead added a 41 for Izard County. Zack Logan’s 45 completed the team score.
Melbourne finished two strokes back as Dylan Smith added a 40 and Tyler Webb a 48.
Shirley’s boys finished third with 129. Cave City placed fourth with a 139.
TRUMANN — The Southside Lady Southerners battled back to win after dropping the first two sets of their match to the Trumann Lady Wildcats here Thursday.
After the match, Southside Coach David Shilkitus described his team as resilient.
“This was a big step for our team,” Shilkitus said. “We dug ourselves a pretty deep hole at the start of the match, then rallied, came together and found a way to pull out the win. We’d rather not have the issues we saw in the first two sets, but we showed we have the ability to overcome a deficit.”
Six a.m. and the temp is already hovering around 80 degrees, I carefully place the two, 5-pound training weights on the sidewalk (don’t want a broken toe 10 blocks from home) as I unscrew the cap to my bottle of green tea.
After a couple of back stretches to ease tightening muscles, I grab the weights and pick up the stride again, this time headed for home and uphill all the way.
CABOT — Serving made the difference here Thursday night when the Batesville Lady Pioneers rallied for a 3-2, nonconference high school volleyball victory over the Cabot Lady Panthers.
“In the fifth game, Jayme Shell went on a 7-point serving spree for a 7-0 lead,” Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said. “Kassie Foreman served out the the last five points for us.”
Batesville trailed twice as Cabot won the first game 25-15 and the third game 25-23. The Lady Pioneers won the second game 25-22, the fourth game 25-21 and the deciding fifth game 15-7.
NEWARK — After a sluggish start, the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves outscored the Mountain View Yellowjackets during the timed portion of the football scrimmage and came away with a 12-7 victory Thursday.
“We were flat to begin with; just draggin’ around, and I wasn’t pleased about that,” Cedar Ridge Coach Todd Lovell said. “Later, during the timed scrimmage, we came out and played better. I was very pleased with some of our kids that came in off the bench.”
During the 15-play session, Mountain View scored once and Cedar Ridge failed to score.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The NCAA said it wanted to send a clear message by slapping Bruce Pearl with a 3-year show-cause penalty: Coaches are responsible for their programs.
The sanctions announced Wednesday make it harder for the former Tennessee men’s basketball coach to get another college job anytime soon. Pearl is prohibited from recruiting during the next three years.
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A pair of former goalies are, and they will be leading the men’s and women’s soccer programs at Lyon College this season. Both teams are scheduled to play season-openers in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday.
Coach Ben Parman, who played goalie during his collegiate career, looked to beat the Scots last year when he was an assistant at Hendrix, but now the 25-year-old will be on the Lyon College sideline.
The team finished with a 12-4-1 overall record and 4-1-1 in conference last year.
Settling on a starting lineup and a regular rotation of players will be a tough call for Lyon College’s volleyball coach, and how the players’ respond to that will also play a big role in how the team progresses, said their coach.
“With as big a freshman class as we have, and with the high skill level that they and our transfers have, our returning players have to understand that they’re going to have to work very hard to keep their position, and if they do get passed by a freshman or a transfer, it’s what’s best for the team that counts,” Lyon Coach Ray Green said.
The Cave City Cavemen and Cedar Ridge Timberwolves are scheduled to host junior and senior high school preseason football scrimmages tonight, and then the Batesville Pioneers are to put a bow on the preliminaries Friday night in Pioneer Stadium.
The Cave City and Hoxie juniors are to kick things off tonight at 5:30. The senior teams are to follow at 7.
FAIRFIELD BAY — Concord and Shirley split high school matches on the Mountain Ranch Golf Club course here Tuesday.
Led by Luke Cornett’s medal-winning 4-over-par 40 for nine holes, the Pirates scored a 123, finishing 15 strokes in front of the Blue Devils. The West Side Greers Ferry Eagles finished third, another 28 strokes back.
Teaming with Cornett, Ryan Cornelison shot a 41 and A.J. Cannon added a 42. Cameron Reesor’s 46 did not count in the team total.
The Lady Blue Devils won as medalist Simone Sheele recorded a 44.
NEWARK — Southside and Cedar Ridge squared off here Tuesday in four volleyball matches here Tuesday, and the visitors won them all.
The Lady Southerners varsity outscored the Lady Timberwolves in three straight sets to improve their record to 1-1 for the season. Southside won 25-9, 25-4, 25-8.
Southside Coach David Shilkitus said his team bounced back after Monday’s loss to Walnut Ridge.
“This was a much better performance,” Shilkitus said. “This is how I expect us to play every night.”
Shilkitus noted four specific things the Lady Southerners have improved.