Stuttgart at Southside
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
The 2-1 Southerners will be looking to secure an early 4A-2 District win after last week’s home loss to the England Lions in a nonconference finale. Stuttgart’s coach wants the Ricebirds to eat up as much clock as possible in an effort to keep the high-octane Southerner offense on the sideline. The Ricebirds are also 2-1 overall.
CALICO ROCK — The third annual Calico Rock Trout Tournament kicks off at 7 a.m. Saturday with registration in River Road Park in downtown Calico Rock, according to a press release.
From Highway 5 at the White River Bridge turn onto Railroad Street and drive under the railroad tracks down to the park. Registration ends at noon. Weigh-in will be at the same location until 5 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded based on the number of entrants, the release states, with first prize being 50 percent payback, second prize 25 percent and third prize 15 percent.
The Greene County Tech boys and Paragould girls won the 5A-District Tournament championships, but Wynne golfers swept the individual medals Wednesday at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
The Eagles finished seven strokes in front of the Wynne Yellowjackets (319-336) in the team competition. The Paragould Rams finished third with a 342. The top three teams qualify for the 5A State Tournament at the Pine Bluff Country on Oct. 4.
Wynne’s Paul Cooper shot a 2-over-par 74 to top the boys’ leaderboard.
Some might call the 5A-East District high school football opener in Jonesboro Friday night a tipping point.
The Batesville Pioneers will be trying to avoid something that hasn’t happened in 10 years — lose three straight.
After clobbering the Newport Greyhounds 55-15 in a season opener, they fell at Searcy, 37-22. Last week, at home, the Mountain Home Bombers won by a 27-20 count.
If they avoid the rarity, they will also take the first step in their efforts to defend the district championship.
Melbourne at Hector
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 5
We hope all you Melbourne fans are reading this en route to Pope County. It’s a long drive to Hector, about 17 miles north of Russellville, and this varsity junior high contest is starting two hours earlier than the usual kickoff time because it will be followed at 7 by a meeting between the schools’ high school teams.
HORSESHOE BEND — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolf golf team finished second at the 2A-2 District Tournament Wednesday, qualifying them for the state tournament.
The T-Wolves turned in a team score of 313 and finished 25 strokes behind the first place Buffalo Island Central Mustangs. Salem (321), Rector (329) and Riverside (396) round out the team scores.
Individually, Spencer Reaves carded a 99 to lead Cedar Ridge. Also scoring for the T-wolves were Ethan Weaver (100) and Jake Shirley (114). Jordan Steele shot a 115 that did not count in the team total.
For the second week in a row, the Southside Southerners will host a team that prefers to gain small chunks of yards at a time and eat up the clock.
“We try to control the game by running the ball,” said Stuttgart Ricebird Head Coach Billy Elmore. “We mostly run the spread, but we like to grind it out.”
Last week, against England’s double-wing running attack, the Southerners suffered their first loss of the season, falling 22-14.
Stuttgart is also 2-1 after losing last week. The Ricebirds defeated McGehee 27-0 and White Hall 39-10 before falling to Malvern 24-15.
HARRISBURG — The Harrisburg Lady Hornet volleyball team defeated the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves in three straight sets Tuesday.
The Hornets won 25-6, 25-12, 25-7.
Brittany Wammack (nine for nine on serves, four aces, three assists) and Megan Galloway (five for six on serves, two digs, an aces) were the statistical leaders for Cedar Ridge.
Harrisburg claimed the junior high contest 25-19, 25-18.
Last weekend, four months after she broke the 8-kilometer state road race record, the 55-year-old woman from Batesville did the same for 20 kilometers.
Tucker’s most-recent standard was set at the Arkansas 20K in Benton. Her time of one hour, 35 minutes and 32.35 seconds was almost three seconds better than the previous best, which was set in 1987.
Tucker finished fifth overall among the women. Leah Thorvilson of Little Rock won the race with a time of 1:16:36.89. Tracy Tungac of Bryant placed second in 1:23:32.78.
NEWPORT — The Southside Lady Southerners defeated the Newport Lady Greyhounds in a 3-set volleyball match Tuesday.
Southside won 25-10. 25-19, 26-24 to improve their record to 10-6 overall and 4-3 in conference.
“We started off very strong, but we seemed to lose focus and intensity as the match progressed,” said Southside Head Coach David Shilkitus. “Credit goes to Newport, they played us really tough in that third set.”
Shilkitus said he was pleased with the play of one of his girls.
MELBOURNE — Preston Harmon and the Izard County Cougars topped one division of the 1A-4 District Golf Tournament here Tuesday at Cooper’s Hawk.
Harmon, a left-handed senior, won the medal with a 2-under-par 70, 10 strokes better than his closest competitor, teammate Uriah Mead. The Cougars finished 31 strokes better (260-291) than the second-place Ridgefield Christian Warriors.
For now, the White River Bowl Trophy has found a permanent home at Batesville High.
Tuesday, Newport High football Coach Jeromy Poole called Batesville High Coach and Athletic Director Dave King to inform him that Newport will drop Batesville from its football schedules, senior and junior high, ending the longtime rivalry.
The Pioneers defeated the Greyhounds 55-15 in a season opener three weeks ago. That victory was their fourth in a row over their Jackson County neighbors and 11th Batesville victory in their last 13 meetings.