SEARCY — The Searcy Lions took advantage of big plays, turnovers and, as a result, the Batesville Pioneers in a nonconference high school football game here Friday night.
With the 37-22 victory, the resurgent Lions snapped a 7-game losing streak to their longtime rivals to the north and improved to 2-0.
The Pioneers fell to 1-1 and must now face another team on the upswing before beginning 5A-East District play. The Pioneers are scheduled to host the Mountain Home Bombers on Friday night. The Bombers also improved to 2-0 by blanking the Harrison Goblins 37-0 Friday night.
The Lyon College women’s soccer team dominated the Saint Gregory’s University Lady Cavaliers on Friday at Marshall Huser Field to earn their first home win of the season by a score of 12-0.
Senior forward Anna Klotzle recorded the match’s first score for the Scots at the 9:18 mark off a Norma Sanchez assist.
LOCUST GROVE — Batesville Motor Speedway hosted its final night of points racing here Friday.
Joe Payne edged Kevin Grizzle for the top spot in the street stock class. Ronnie Jones was crowned champion in the front-wheel drive division. Greg Waugh complied the most points in the IMCA modified class. William Lawrence was the season’s best factory stock driver. Roger Witt claimed top honors in the NeSmith late model division.
SEARCY — The Southside Southerners, the only remaining undefeated Guard-circulation area varsity high school football team, bounced back from a 10-point halftime deficit Friday night to defeat the Riverview Raiders 40-28.
Southside trailed 22-12 at the half, but the visitor’s locker room remained calm during the break, according to Southerner Coach Kenny Simpson.
“There was no panic from our team at halftime,” Simpson said.
FORREST CITY — Southside Southerners Clayton House and Wyat Gambill led the way among Guard-circulation area golfers at the McDonald’s Mustang Tradition Tournament on the Forrest City Country Club course here Saturday.
House shot a 10-over-par 81 and Gambill added an 85 — good enough for both to be named to the all-tournament team.
The Southerners finished sixth as a team. Dalton Lamons added a 111 and Clint Thomas a 125 for the team total of 402.
WEST PLAINS, Mo. — The Batesville Lady Pioneers won one match in pool play and one in volleyball tournament play at the West Plains Show-me Showdown here Saturday.
After falling 25-21, 25-19 to West Plains and 25-23, 25-15 to Rogersville, Mo., the Lady Pioneers defeated Salem, Mo., 25-20, 25-14. Liberty, Mo., and Batesville split two games in the finale of their pool play. Batesville won the first game 25-18. The Missourians took the second 28-26.
Clan Weatherford and Kristen Treadway returned to the front in one of the top local road races here Saturday, and they led a record field.
On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Sara Low Memorial 5K drew a field of 321 runners and walkers.
Weatherford, who has won most of the area races over the last several years, decided to run at the last minute after taking most of the summer off. He won the 1040 Tax Run title back in April and, despite struggling with a groin injury, took the White River Medical Center Run the Wave 5K crown about a month later.
CAVE CITY — The seventh- and eighth-grade and high school junior varsity football games set here for Monday have been cancelled, announced Cave City Athletic Director Russell Fowler.
Fowler said the cancellation was at the request of Highland, the visiting team school, due to parent-teacher conferences.
The Independence County Youth Athletic Association, in conjunction with Stanley Wood Chevrolet and Scott Wood Chrysler, are sponsoring a fall baseball league for kids in ages 4-10, according to a news release from Scott Wood.
The league will run through the end of October.
Games start each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings at 5:45. This year’s league includes tee-ball, pitching machine and live pitch.
BROOKLAND — The Melbourne Junior Bearkatz improved to 2-0 with a 32-26 football victory over the Brookland Junior Bearcats here Thursday night.
Both of Melbourne’s victories have come on the road.
“We didn’t play exceptionally well, but we won and we feel good about that,” Melbourne Coach Clinton Gore said.
The Junior ’Katz led 16-0 at halftime, 24-6 after three quarters and 32-12 late in the game. The home team scored twice in the last two minutes.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers never trailed in their 23-11 football victory over the Searcy Lion Cubs at Pioneer Stadium on Thursday.
Junior Pioneer running back Michael Robinson ran for 100 yards on 20 carries and improved his play, according to Batesville Coach Doug Walls.
“Our blocking was a little better than it was last week, and it seemed like Michael was quicker and more intense,” Walls said. “He didn’t take his time getting to the holes. He got after it.”
The Lyon College Scots bounced back after a tough volleyball loss, defeating Crowley’s Ridge College 3-1 in Becknell Gym on Thursday night.
The scores were 31-29. 20-25, 25-15, 25-16.
“We showed tenacity after losing game two, and the last two game scores reflect that,” said Lyon Coach Ray Green.
The Scots outscored Crowley’s Ridge 50-31 in the final two frames.
Some first-year players saw action for the Scots.