• Lady Pioneers win big for 2-0 volleyball start

    SEARCY — The Batesville Lady Pioneers routed the Searcy Lady Lions for a 3-0, nonconference volleyball victory here Tuesday night.
    The Lady Pioneers improved to 2-0 with a 25-16, 25-13, 25-16 decision.
    Things will get tougher from here on out, Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said.
    “Our real test is going to be Thursday night,” she said of the nonconference road contest with Class 7A/6A Cabot, “ and then we’ve got Beebe next week.”
    That match in Beebe is scheduled for Tuesday and is the Lady Pioneers’ 5A-Central Conference opener.

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  • Junior Pioneers play in 3-way scrimmage

    HARRISON — Batesville Junior Pioneer Head Coach Doug Walls said he was pleased with the play of his eighth and ninth graders, but still sees room for improvement after Tuesday’s 3-way scrimmage with the Harrison Junior Golden Goblins and the Rogers Heritage Junior War Eagles.
    “They played hard, but we still have some things that we need to work on,” Walls said. “We have these scrimmages to see how we can be better.”
    The Junior Pioneers ran ten plays on offense and ten plays on defense against both teams.

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  • Southerners defeat Bobcats in preseason scrimmage

    SOUTHSIDE — The effort of the offensive line impressed first-year Southside Head Coach Kenny Simpson more than any other unit during a preseason scrimmage Tuesday with the Walnut Ridge Bobcats on Stewart Field.
    “The whole team played well tonight, but I was most pleased with how the guys on the offensive line did,” Simpson said. “They did a great job of blocking for us.”

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  • BHS places last in golf triangular

    SEARCY — The Batesville Pioneers finished last in a triangular golf match at the Searcy Country Club here Monday.
    The hosts, the Searcy Lions won with a 21-over-par 161. The Cabot Panthers finished 13 strokes back. The Pioneers finished another four strokes back.
    Madison Wright led the Lions with a 9-hole total of 38. Cabot’s Parker Pearson won the medal with a 2-over 37.
    Thomas Walton and Hayden Cockrill led Batesville with 42s, Sumner Barnes added a 46 and Hunter Freiert completed the team score with a 48. Taylor Moser’s 55 did not count in the team total.

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  • Melbourne Bearkatz Bash slated for Thursday night

    MELBOURNE — Melbourne junior and senior high athletes in all the fall sports, cheerleaders and band members will be introduced during the Bearkatz Bash, a community-wide pep rally at Bearkatz Stadium on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., according to a news release from the Bearkatz Booster Club.
    In addition to the introductions and pep rally, the football teams will play short, controlled scrimmage, a pie auction and drawings for $200 in free gas and a season pass to all home football games are scheduled. The drawing for the season pass requires a $1 donation at the game.

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  • Browns’ Hillis not practicing

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns star running back and former Arkansas Razorback Peyton Hillis is not practicing because of an injury.
    Hillis rode the exercise bike today as his teammates worked out in preparation of Thursday night’s exhibition in Philadelphia. Hillis did not play in Cleveland’s preseason game on Friday because of a hamstring injury.

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  • Lady Southerners tumble in home, season opener

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners dropped their season-opening volleyball match Monday to the Walnut Ridge Lady Bobcats.
    Southside won the opening set but dropped the next three to Walnut Ridge. The game scores were 25-27. 25-19, 25-17, 25-21.
    Southerner Coach David Shilkitus was disappointed with his team’s play and said he felt they were flat and uninspired.

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  • BHS volleyball opens with victory

    SEARCY — The Batesville Lady Pioneers opened the volleyball season here Monday with a 3-1, nonconference victory over the Harding Academy Lady Wildcats.
    “The varsity played well, being it was our first match,” Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said. “We struggled with our serve receive in the third game, and we’ll be looking to change that tonight.”
    The Lady Pioneers won 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 25-18.
    Tonight, the Lady Pioneers are scheduled to visit the Class 6A Searcy Lady Lions.

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  • Date corrected for golf tourney

    The McDonald’s Mustang Tradition, a high school golf tournament in Forrest City, was incorrectly listed in last week’s “Sports calendar.”
    The event at the Forrest City Country Club, which includes Batesville and Southside teams, has been rescheduled for Sept. 10.

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  • Shirley, Izard County finish 1-2 in golf matches at Mtn. Ranch

    MOUNTAIN HOME — The Shirley Blue Devils edged the Izard County Cougars on the Mountain Ranch Golf Course in a high school triangular golf match Friday.
    Led by Darren King’s 9-hole round of 41, Shirley posted a 136, one shot better than the Cougars. Cory Ward added a 44 for the winners. Blake Watts’ 51 rounded out the Blue Devils’ score.
    Izard County’s Preston Harmon won the medal with a 39. Uriah Mead (47) and Zack Logan (51) completed the Cougars’ score.

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  • First area football scrimmages scheduled for Tuesday night

    The first preseason football scrimmages involving Guard-circulation area schools are set for Tuesday, and one will be hosted by an area school.
    The Southside Junior Southerners and Walnut Ridge Junior Bobcats will get things going at Southside’s Stewart Field at 5:30 p.m. The high school teams are scheduled to scrimmage beginning at about 7, Southside Coach Kenny Simpson said.
    The other scrimmages will also start at 5:30 p.m., but they will happen in Harrison and include the Batesville Junior Pioneers, Harrison Junior Goblins and Rogers Heritage Junior War Eagles.

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  • Bloomquist wins sun-kissed Topless 100

    LOCUST GROVE — Usually, the night time is the right time for COMP Cams Topless 100, but for the last two races have been run in the light of day.
    A strong Saturday night thunderstorm during the 12th lap forced race officials to postpone the 19th annual event until Sunday afternoon.
    Scott Bloomquist, who led all but the first four laps, dominated the field of 24 other drivers to win the 100-lap race at Batesville Motor Speedway claiming the $40,000 prize.
    “It feels really good to win,” Bloomquist said. “It means a lot. We have been so close so many times.”

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