• April showers bring more than flowers

    April showers might bring May flowers, but they also bring headaches for coaches who have to scramble to reschedule games.
    Almost all of Monday’s “Sports calendar” was wiped out due to rain that covered the area Monday morning. All that was played were conference soccer matches between Conway St. Joseph and Southside at Stewart Field.
    Southside’s baseball game with Bradford was moved to today and the softball game with Riverview has not yet been rescheduled.

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  • Lyon soccer adds another Californian

    New Lyon College women’s soccer Coach Ben Parman recently added California native Stephanie Spiteri to his 2011 squad, according to a news release from Lyon.
    Spiteri is a native of Hayward, Calif., where she is currently the senior captain at Mt. Eden High School. She continues a wave of Californians who have played for Lyon. Almost half of the players on Lyon’s 2010 roster are from the Golden State.
    In her four years playing for the Monarchs, Spiteri has earned All-League honors each season.

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  • St. Joseph sweeps Southside in key 4A-3 soccer matches

    SOUTHSIDE — The Conway St. Joseph soccer teams swept Southside in a pair of key 4A-3 Conference matches at Stewart Field on Monday.
    The Lady Bulldogs scored four goals in the last 23 minutes to rally for a 4-2 victory. The Bulldogs dominated, jumping to a 3-0 halftime lead and winning 4-0.
    The Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs improved to 3-1 in the conference and 6-2 overall. Both of St. Joseph’s conference losses were to Valley View. Southside is scheduled to host Valley View on April 18.

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  • S-side juniors collect 9 wins

    BALD KNOB — Southside Junior High track and field athletes collected nine blue ribbons in a meet here Friday.
    Winning in the girls division were Kristina Keeney, Morgan Jones and McKenzie King. Kenney won two events.
    Lane Callahan, Angus Alexander and Tyson Branscum won individual events for the Junior Southerners, and Cody Goodman, Luis Canals, Tanner Prince and Alexander, and Myles Hooper, Prince, Canals and Goodman teamed for two relay victories.

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  • BJHS 7th-graders dominate relays

    Team totals were not kept, but Batesville dominated the Pepsi Junior Pioneer Seventh-grade Relays in Pioneer Stadium on Friday.
    In the girls division, Noah Pollett, Kendra Vinson, Summer Strecker, Madison Stave, Haley Coles and Cassie Blake won individual events, with Stave winning the 800- and 1,600-meter titles. The Junior Lady Pioneers also won two of the three relays. Stave, Cole, Alli Agee and Pollett teamed for the blue ribbon in the 3,200 relay, and Cole, Blake, Stave and Strecker finished up the night by winning the 1,600 relay.

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  • Pioneers rally by Lions for 11th victory

    The Batesville Pioneers are hoping their 11th high school baseball victory will be telling.
    The Pioneers overcame deficits twice and broke two ties for a 9-8 victory over the Searcy Lions in a nonconference meeting at the North Complex on Friday.

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  • Scots take 2 of 3, end 9-game skid

    Jay Husband hit his first home run of the season and Zach Malone pitched four shutout innings as the Lyon Scots rallied to beat the Blue Mountain Toppers 14-12 in a TranSouth Athletic Conference baseball game Saturday at Scots Field.
    The teams split Friday’s doubleheader with the visitors taking the opener 4-1 and Lyon securing the nightcap 6-5.

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  • Kenseth breaks 2-year, Sprint Cup skid

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Matt Kenseth can quit wondering. He is still good enough to win.
    After going 76 races without a win, Kenseth finally got back into Victory Lane with a dominating run at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night when the entire Roush Fenway team was outstanding.
    “As you start to get a little older and start looking up at the results, it’s been over two years since we won,” Kenseth said. “You can’t help but think, is the way it’s going to go? Are we going to keep trickling backwards?”

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  • Son, father take top two crowns in ASGA tourney at Eagle Mtn.

    The Course at Eagle Mountain Men’s Stroke-play Tournament belonged to the Bentons.
    The son and father from Cabot claimed two of the Arkansas State Golf Association designated titles over the weekend. Colby, the son, won the championship flight with a 3-over-par 147. Jeff, the father, took the Mid-Senior Division crown with a 152.

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  • Lady Pioneers, state champs win Low titles

    The Batesville Lady Pioneers defended the Sara Low Relays championship at Pioneer Stadium on Thursday and the Rivercrest Colts just kept on winning.
    The Colts won the Class 3A State Track and Field Meet last spring, the same state championship in football this fall and, again, the same in basketball just a few weeks ago.
    And, yes, many of the Colts who were involved in those big happenings provided points in Batesville Thursday night. It was the Rivercrest teams’ (girls and boys) first time to run in the Sara Low Relays.

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  • This 300 looks, feels special

    For a lot of reasons, Jeff Phillips’ third perfect game was extra special.
    The 48-year-old Safety Director for White River Distributors and part owner of Hollywood Bowl, rolled a 300 Sunday night — 17 years after his second one, seven years after a kidney transplant — and this one was really perfect.
    His 300 came at the Hollywood Bowl in the second game of a series rolled for Shutup and Bowl during Sunday Night Mixed League action.

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  • S-side, Melbourne hire coaches

    Southside and Melbourne school districts filled coaching vacancies this week. One involves a long-range move and the other was a short cast.
    Southside High School filled its head football coaching position with Kenny Simpson, from Alabama Christian Academy in Montgomery. He replaces Jon Johnston, who is staying on staff as track and field coach.
    Simpson has been the head football coach for Alabama Christian for three years and worked previously there as defensive coordinator.

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