They are the middle men in the Batesville Pioneers’ offensive line, and starting points for another championship football season.
They are Hunter Wilson, Khang Nguyen and Jeremy Willis.
Way back in August, just like he and many other football coaches before, Batesville Coach Dave King pointed to the prospects in the interior offensive and defensive lines and said that they held the keys to how good the Pioneers could be.
CONCORD — Both host teams won here Saturday on the first day of the Julian Martin Invitational Tournament, an annual event for junior high squads.
The Concord Junior Lady Pirates won 43-19 over the Timbo Junior Lady Tigers and the Junior Pirates edged the Junior Tiger 44-41.
Maghin Bradford scored 15 points and Emily McClure added 10 for Concord’s girls. D.J. Richardson and Colton Billington scored 17 and 12 points, respectively, for the Junior Pirates.
CAVE CITY — Mixing a little football with a lot of basketball, it will be a busy weekend for Cave City’s junior and senior high sports teams, according to Cave City Athletic Director Russell Fowler.
Friday night at 6:30, just prior to their season finale with the unbeaten Heber Springs Panthers at Caveman Stadium, the Cavemen senior football players will be recognized in a ceremony. Kickoff is scheduled to follow at 7.
A late goal by Bill Jeffries lifted the Lyon College Scots by the Williams Baptist Eagles 2-1 in regular-season finale on Marshal Huser Field Monday afternoon.
Jeffries’ winner was assisted by Sean O’Toole.
The Scots opened the scoring on a goal by Jeremie Karege. Williams Baptist answered with a penalty kick by Esteban Piccinini.
Lyon outshot Williams Baptist 16-7, including 7-2 in shots on goal. Lyon’s Tomas Guarino recorded one save. Williams Baptists’ JJ Lopez posted five saves.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Cedar Ridge’s Spencer Reaves participated in the Overall State Tennis Tournament at Burns Park last week, Cedar Ridge Coach Kevin Arms announced.
Reaves, a sophomore and the third-place finisher in the Class 2A State Tournament, was invited when another qualifier chose not to play. Trent Brandon of Episcopal Collegiate in Little Rock defeated Reaves 6-1, 6-0 in the first round.
Jake Kacoby of Pulaski Academy won the boys singles title by defeating Cole Guy of White Hall 6-3, 6-4.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Southerners broke a 4-year losing string to the Cave City Cavemen here Friday night at Stewart Field, winning this 4A-2 District high school football game 26-14.
Now, the Southerners will try to end a couple of more noteworthy strings.
A victory next Friday night in Newport would give the Southerners their first-ever playoff berth and end the Greyhounds’ string of consecutive playoff appearances at 24.
The Batesville Pioneers pocketed some big high school football numbers last weekend. Sunday, their coach said they want to collect one more in Beebe this coming weekend.
“We want to be undefeated champs,” Dave King said.
With a 56-20 victory over the Greene County Tech Golden Eagles in Pioneer Stadium Friday night, the Pioneers collected the school’s 500th victory, a share of their second straight 5A-East District championship and the top seeding into the Class 5A State Playoffs.
MELBOURNE — Melbourne’s junior high teams won three halves of football against their Class 6A visitors from Baxter County here Thursday night. Melbourne is a Class 3A-sized school.
The Junior Bearkatz seventh-graders won 20-6 against their counterparts from Mountain Home. The home team’s varsity team (eighth- and ninth-graders) edged the visitors’ eighth-graders 8-0. In the nightcap involving just eighth-graders, Melbourne won 36-14.
Conor Fogle ran in the only touchdown for the 8-0 Junior Bearkatz, Coach Clinton Gore said. Skiler Dwyer ran in the 2-point conversion.
SEARCY — Southside’s junior high cross country teams finished second in the Harding Academy Meet here Tuesday and one of their harriers took home the first-place medal.
Junior Lady Southerner McKenzie King won the 1.5-mile race in a time of nine minutes, 3.86 seconds, and three teammates also finished in the top 10. Meagan Phillips finished sixth in a time of 10:03 and was followed closely by Hayden Webb (eighth, 10:27) and Alli Broadway (10th, 10:39).
Kaitlyn Gramling finished 13th in 10:49 to round out the team’s scoring.
Cave City at Southside
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
The Southerners will try to break a 4-game losing string to the Cavemen and keep the Highway 167 Showdown trophy from traveling back to Sharp County. This game could also be a stepping stone for the winner to reach the Class 4A State Playoffs, though both teams are likely to need to win their season-finale next week to make that a possibility. Cave City is scheduled to host currently unbeaten Heber Springs on Thursday, and Southside finishes up at Newport next Friday.
PARAGOULD — The Batesville Lady Pioneers kept their winning pace in the postseason here Thursday, winning their third straight 5A-East District championship in cross country.
That’s as many championships the district has conducted.
On. Nov. 5, the Lady Pioneers will try to win their eighth straight Class 5A State Meet title in Harrison.
Thursday, on the 5-kilometer course on the campus of Crowley’s Ridge College, Lady Pioneer seniors Logan Bishop and Natalie Meinzer finished first and second in times of 19 minutes, 50 seconds and 21:37, respectively.
PARAGOULD — The Batesville Junior Pioneer defense played its bend-but-don’t-break role again here Thursday, and did something extra during a 31-0, 5A-East District football victory over the Greene County Tech Junior Eagles.
With their first possession of the night, the Junior Eagles drove 49 yards and had a first down at the Batesville 9. That’s when Kenton Crawford intercepted quarterback Trace Williams’ pass at the 5, dashed through a narrow corridor of Tech players and turned up the Batesville sideline and ran for a touchdown.