It was a 10 anyway you look at it.
The Batesville Pioneers’ 47-26, Class 5A State Playoffs high school football victory was their 10th in a row and it was symmetrical beauty.
Against the White Hall Bulldogs, another team that had won nine in a row, the Pioneers answered every challenge with a mix of good plays in all phases of the game and used a 4-1 advantage in turnovers to provide the difference.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — This is not the goodbye Texas A&M envisioned.
Justin Tucker kicked a 40-yard field goal as time expired to give the Longhorns a 27-25 victory over Texas A&M on Thursday night in the likely end of a more than century-old rivalry.
“This is by far the most painful loss I’ve had since I’ve been here,” Texas A&M safety Trent Hunter said. “It’s one of those things that we’re going to have to live with for a while since Texas and Texas A&M aren’t playing again.”
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Harbaugh brothers met in the middle of the field, hugged, expressed their love for each other and headed off in opposite directions.
After their much-anticipated, oft-analyzed and historic confrontation was over, John and Jim Harbaugh expressed gratitude over having the opportunity to face each other on Thanksgiving.
John was just little bit happier, of course, because his Baltimore Ravens beat Jim’s San Francisco 49ers 16-6 Thursday night.
A little something extra has been added to the Christmas Half Marathon, an annual free event on the running calendar.
In addition to the half marathon, an 8-kilometer race will run at the same time on Dec. 10, according to a news release from Corie Durham.
The event is set to start at 9 a.m. The start/finish line is located in front of the Fellowship Bible Church, formerly the site of the Landers Theatre, on Main Street.
The Edward Jones Panthers and the Lifeplus Titans won the Kiwanis Youth Football League championships this week.
Monday night, the Titans defeated the Citizens Bank Raiders 6-0 in overtime to take home the AFC title. Tuesday night, the Panthers defeated the First Community Bank Cowboys 6-0 to win the NFC title. Both games were played in Pioneer Stadium.
League play began in October with 156 players and five teams in each conference. This was the first year playoff games were played at night.
The “Season’s Beatings” professional boxing show is set for Dec. 16 at the National Guard Armory in Batesville, and it will include an unbeaten local boxer, according to a news release from Bad Boy Promotions.
Kristen “TNT” Treadway is scheduled to take on Christina Fuentes of Laredo, Texas, in a 115-pound 6-round bout. Treadway, a former star athlete at Sulphur Rock High School, is 4-0 in pro fights. Fuentes has a record of 2-1 with two draws.
White Hall at Batesville
Kickoff • tonight 7:30
The day before Thanksgiving, Batesville Coach Dave King couldn’t help but tie the season to the Class 5A State Playoff semifinal game between the Batesville Pioneers and White Hall Bulldogs.
“Like smelling that Thanksgiving dinner and getting to the table, we’ve got to have some urgency about sticking the football into the end zone,” he said in a telephone interview Wednesday morning.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners and Southerners swept their visitors from Highland in Sharp County here Tuesday in a pair of nonconference contests.
The Lady Southerners won 56-28 as Jordan Hicks and Lynsey Ellis scored 10 points apiece. Hicks also provided four steals. Alex Burroughs hit four of five shots from the field for the 4-0 Lady Southerners and Candace Smith led in rebounding with seven.
The Mountain Home Lady Bombers and Bombers did just that in Pioneer Gym on Tuesday night.
While blasting the Lady Pioneers 57-22, the visitors from Baxter County hit 11 3-point shots.
While leveling the Pioneers 68-29, the Bomber boys hit seven 3-pointers.
That’s not all they did.
The Lady Bombers moved the basketball with a lot more patience and efficiency, compounding the Lady Pioneers’ poor shooting, Batesville Coach Patricia Stave said.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A heart condition that likely was undiagnosed killed the University of Arkansas football player who was found unconscious in his dorm room over the weekend, a coroner said Tuesday.
Washington County coroner Roger Morris said that to the best of his knowledge, Garrett Uekman’s condition, called cardiomyopathy, was not previously detected. In the condition, the heart becomes enlarged.
Pioneer fans are getting very familiar with this little bit of Thanksgiving tradition.
Batesville High School Coach Dave King announced that the Pioneers are inviting all their fans to join them in Pioneer Stadium Thursday morning at 9 for doughnuts, hot cider and coffee, and to watch what is the Pioneers’ usual Thursday afternoon walk-through practice.
White Hall Coach Mike Vaughn hesitated, then admitted he’s never seen anything like these blossoming Bulldogs.
After a 0-3 start, when the Bulldogs were outscored by an average score of 26-7, they won nine straight and the 5A-Southeast District title while outscoring their opponents by an average of 38-11.
“No, I’ve never had a team do anything like this,” the veteran head coach said. “Now, I’ve had some teams lose the first couple of games and then come back and make the playoffs, and I’ve also had teams that went 3-0 and then not make the playoffs. But this, no.