Thayer (Mo.) at Cave City
Kickoff • tonight 7
Cave City Coach Jon Bradley said he’s looking for the Cavemen to get better, regardless of the outcome of this nonconference contest. “If I see improvement, I will feel a lot better. We have to get everything worked out and this is the week to it has to be worked out because next week is the real deal,” Bradley said. The Cavemen begin their conference season next week hosting perennial powerhouse Newport for their first Class 4A-2 District game.
Batesville volleyball teams won at home and lost on the road Thursday.
In 5A-Central Conference matches in Pioneer Gymnasium, the Lady Pioneers won 3-0 against the North Pulaski Lady Falcons. The game scores were 25-21, 25-13, 25-21.
Kassie Foreman led the way with 11 kills, five aces and three digs.
Other statistical highs were provide by: Lainey Rumans, 18 assists; Hannah Huff, 15 kills, two blocks and five digs; Kandess Pfitzner, eight assists, four kills, three blocks and two digs; Kali Foreman, five aces and two blocks; Alyzz Sanchez, four digs.
SOUTHSIDE — Jackson Kennedy accounted for 11 points, and helped to keep the Southside Junior Southerners off the scoreboard, as the Stuttgart Junior Ricebirds won 17-0 in a 4A-2 District football opener Thursday night at Stewart Field.
The fleet little freshman ran for one touchdown, kicked a 21-yard field goal, two extra points, intercepted a pass and made a couple of tackles to stop potential scores as the Junior Ricebirds collected their first victory in three tries.
The Junior Southerners are 1-1 overall.
LA CROSSE — Uriah Mead beat Izard County teammate Preston Harmon by one stroke to win medalist honors at Cooper’s Hawk Thursday.
Mead shot a 2-over-par 38. Harmon’s 39, coupled with Jack Dockins 44, gave the Cougars a decisive win over Cave City and Salem.
Izard County won with a 121. Cave City carded a 140 and Salem turned in a 147.
Cave City’s leader was Seth Foreman with a 42. John Battles and Grant Walling added to the team score with a 45 and 53, respectively.
Izard County’s and Salem’s girls tied with 161s.
LOCUST GROVE — Seventy-six of the 83 cars vying for the Schoenfeld Headers Mid-America Street Stock Championship clocked times Thursday night at Batesville Motor Speedway.
There were seven cars after hot laps who didn’t make the call in time due to mechanical problems.
Defending champion Peyton Taylor earned the fourth spot in tonight’s eighth heat.
Robbie Arnold, who won in 2007 and 2008, is fourth in the first heat.
Kevin Salter, a 4-time champion of the event (2003-2006), was a no-show, according to the speedway’s website.
CAVE CITY — Westside Consolidated improved to 3-1 in 4A-Northeast conference play with 25-23, 25-15, 25-9 sweep of Cave City here Thursday.
Kelly Taylor provided 11 kills and 10 blocks for Westside. Madison Morgan added nine kills and two aces and Samantha Scalf contributed seven blocks.
Westside junior team won 25-13, 25-8 as Ashleigh Smith served six aces and Shelby Wallace added four kills.
The Lady Warriors also prevailed in the senior B (25-12), junior B (25-3) and seventh-grade (21-10, 25-7) contests.
Belonging will not be a concern for the Mountain Home Bombers on Friday night.
That’s the time and Bomber Stadium is the place where the Bombers and Batesville Pioneers, longtime combatants in many high school sports, will meet in a nonconference football game. The kickoff is set for 7:30.
Back in the summer, Mountain Home’s rookie head coach knew the Bombers were in the wrong place.
Mountain Home at Batesville
Kickoff • tonight 7
The 1-1 Junior Bombers bring in a new style, but it’s familiar to the 2-0 Junior Pioneers. “We both run the same offense and defense,” Mountain Home Coach Kevin Roach said. “We both use an odd front on defense. On offense, we’ve used our quarterback and fullback in the past, but now we have spread it out a little more. We’re using a double-set shotgun and our quarterback ran it a lot last week.” Batesville has a 10-game winning streak that started with a win over Mountain Home last season.
Lyon’s Martel Reid-Warden was named the TranSouth Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 5-12th, according to a news release from Lyon.
Reid-Warden, a freshman forward from London, England, scored four goals in a 2-1 week for the Scots.
Batesville’s Garth Branstetter shot a 7-under-par 65 to lead the Pioneers to a season-best score of 314 and a 67-stroke victory over the Beebe Badgers Wednesday afternoon at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
Branstetter wasn’t the only Pioneer golfer on target. Fellow senior Shayne VanBenschoten shot a 1-over 73.
“Those two were playing really well and rolling in 10- to 15-foot putts for birdies,” Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow said.
Finishing out the team score were Thomas Walton (87) and Hayden Cockrill (89).
The timing couldn’t be better, the coach said.
MONTICELLO — Meghann LaBorn, Suzane Fincham and Audrey Myers helped the Lyon College Scots dominate the net in a 3-1 victory over Arkansas-Monticello on Wednesday in nonconference play.
UAM, a Gulf South member, is winless in nine matches this season.
“This was their home opener and we spoiled the day for them,” Lyon Coach Ray Green said.
The game scores were 25-22, 24-26, 25-20 and 25-21.