• Mustangs target Pioneers for breakthrough win

    No doubt, the Batesville Pioneers will be marked men in Forrest City on Friday night.
    The Forrest City Mustangs, one of the youngest football teams in the 5A-East District, are 0-4-1 overall, 0-2 in the district and feeling oh-so-close to hitting the mark.
    After getting hammered 41-6 and 64-6, respectively, by West Memphis and Marion, two of the best teams in Class 6A, the Mustangs rallied late to get a tie with Marianna (24-all), and then lost two heartbreakers in district play.

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  • Harmon, Cougars top Class 1A state golf again

    HORSESHOE BEND — The Izard County Cougars evened the count with the Concord Pirates here Wednesday and collected a second straight 1A State Tournament golf championship in the process.
    Led by medalist Preston Harmon’s even-par 73, the Cougars beat the team that many thought would stand atop the winners’ platform when the day was done at The Course on Turkey Mountain.
    The Concord Pirates had routed the Cougars in their own Cougar Classic, a 36-hole, 2-day season-opening event played over the Cooper’s Hawk and Turkey Mountain courses the first week in August.

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  • Last two 5A-East junior high champs to clash

    The Forrest City Junior Mustangs, the last 5A-East football team to win the district before Batesville’s 2-year streak began, will be looking to unseat the Junior Pioneers from their place atop the league standings Thursday night.
    Junior Mustang Head Coach Stan Siler and his team sport a 2-2-1 overall record and are 1-0 in the 5A-East.

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  • Lyon soccer player wins POW award

    Lyon College senior soccer player Brina Siddiq was awarded defensive player of the week honors by the TranSouth Athletic Conference office Monday.
    Siddiq led the Lyon defense in victories against LSU-Shreveport and Cumberland. The Scots only allowed two goals in the two wins.
    The Newport Beach, Calif. native was named second team all-conference in 2008 and first team all-conference in 2009.
    The Scot women’s soccer team is scheduled to host Martin Methodist on Saturday.

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  • Cedar Ridge wins tennis crown

    NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves won the 2A-2 District Tournament tennis title Tuesday as sophomore Spencer Reaves won the singles crown.
    Reaves received a first-round bye and then defeated Hunter Pitts of Marked Tree 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals and took another straight-set victory, 6-3, 6-2, over Weiner’s Logan Bray in the championship match.
    Luke Henderson, a senior, finished third in the singles division and will join Reaves in the 2A State Tournament in Jonesboro on Oct. 19-20. Henderson won two of three matches, including a win over Pitts in the third-place match.

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  • Lady Warriors dominate Lady Southerners

    JONESBORO — The Westside Consolidated Lady Warriors volleyball team dispatched the Southside Lady Southerners in three straight sets Tuesday 25-7, 25-17, 25-9.
    The loss drops Southside to 13-7 overall and 7-4 in 4A-Northeast Conference play.
    “This was a disappointing performance,” Southside Head Couch David Shilkitus said. “Westside is one of the top teams in the conference. If we want to be considered in their class, we need to be more competitive against teams of their caliber. We simply didn’t do that tonight.”

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  • Unbeaten Junior ’Katz to face challenge from once-beaten Walnut Ridge gridders

    The once-beaten Walnut Ridge Junior Bobcats will step out of the 2A-3 District and take a shot at the unbeaten Melbourne Junior Bearkatz in a football game in Melbourne Thursday night.
    The Junior Bobcats are 4-1 overall and in the district.
    The Junior ’Katz are 5-0 overall. Their most-recent victory came on Sept. 26, a 30-8 decision over the Mountain Home Junior Bombers’ eighth-graders in Mountain Home.
    Remember, the Junior ’Katz are in just their second year of varsity play. They will join a district when the high school team begins varsity play next season.

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  • Southerners finish 12th in Class 4A golf tourney

    BLYTHEVILLE — Led by medalist Drake Merritt, the Valley View Blazers took the team title in the Class 4A State Tournament in high school golf here Tuesday at Thunder Bayou Links.
    The Southside Southerners, the Guard-circulation area’s only team playing Tuesday, finished 12th.
    Valley View shot a 230 and finished nine strokes in front of Brookland. Merritt shot a 73. Jacob Calhoon (75) and Reed Pitt (82) rounded out the winning team score.
    Malvern’s Parker Kindy and De Queen’s Brennan Watkins matched Merrit’s regulation score.

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  • Lady Pioneers move to 7-1 in league v-ball

    The Batesville Lady Pioneers held on to second place in the 5A-Central Conference with a 3-1 volleyball victory over the Vilonia Lady Eagles in Pioneer Gymnasium on Tuesday.
    The game scores were 26-24, 25-18, 22-25, 25-22.
    Lainey Rumans, Kassie Foreman and Jayme Shell led the offense. Rumans set the ball for 34 assists and served up four aces. Foreman led in kills with 21. Shell added 16 kills and 16 points were won on her serve, including four aces.

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  • Lyon College v-ball wins, loses at Tech

    RUSSELVILLE — The Lyon College volleyball team finished 1-1 Monday night in a tri-match hosted by Arkansas Tech.
    Arkansas Tech defeated the Scots in their opening match 25-14, 25-14, 25-15.
    “I thought that we played a little flat in the first game, and you can’t do that against a good team,” said Lyon Head Coach Ray Green.
    Against Tech, Chelsea Hinton hit eight kills. Emily Sprick posted 17 assists, and Ariel Smith tallied 11 digs.
    Lyon later beat Central Baptist College 25-21, 25-16, 25-15.

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  • Lamb places 4th; ’Katz 7th in state golf

    BISMARK — The Melbourne Bearkatz finished seventh, and Brad Lamb tied for fourth at the Class 3A boys state golf tournament at the DeGray State Park Golf Course on Monday.
    Melbourne shot a 275, which was 43 strokes behind first-place Episcopal Collegiate’s 232. Harding Academy (248), Benton Harmony Grove (260), Camden Harmony Grove (265)and Fordyce (266) round out the top five team scores.

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  • IC volleyballers win twice in Cotter

    COTTER — Izard County swept Cotter in 3A-North Conference volleyball matches Monday.
    The Lady Cougars won 25-6, 25-23, 25-10 and the Junior Lady Cougars won 25-23, 25-19.
    “We played really good team volleyball and we were focused,” Izard County Coach Tony Booth said of the senior high squad.
    The Lady Cougars improved to 8-6 overall and 7-6 in the conference.
    “I’m really glad to see our junior high really coming together,” Booth said. “Cotter had beat us here (Brockwell) earlier in the season.”
    The Junior Lady Cougars improved to 4-8 and 4-7.

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