Early on, it looked like a scoring festival Friday night in Pioneer Stadium. In the end, only the Batesville Pioneers kept the beat going.
In high school junior varsity and varsity preseason football scrimmages, the Batesville Pioneers scored 86 points to the Harrison Goblins’ 18. In respective sessions, the Pioneer JVs outscored their counterparts 44-18, and the Pioneers blanked the Goblins 42-0.
CAVE CITY — The Southside Lady Southerners led area volleyball teams in the Cavewoman Classic here Saturday, finishing second to the Harding Academy Lady Wildcats.
The Lady Southerners went 2-0 during pool play, defeating Bay 25-7, 25-16 and edging Conway Christian 25-21, 25-19. Seeded third in the single elimination tournament bracket, the Lady Southerners drew a first-round bye and then thumped the host team 25-12, 25-11 and battled past Conway Christian 25-12, 19-25, 15-8 in the semifinals. The Harding Lady Wildcats defeated the Lady Southerners 28-26, 25-18 to win the title.
MOBILE, Ala. — Ben Parman won his first match as coach of the Lyon College women’s soccer team here Saturday, and freshman goalie Stephanie Spiteri recorded the first shutout of her collegiate career during a 3-0 win over the Belhaven Blazers at Spring Hill University’s annual Classic on the Hill tournament.
“It was a great game, and the girls played really well for us,” Parman said. “It’s always good to get the monkey off your back by winning your first game.”
Senior Creeia Nuckols scored all three goals for the Scots with her first coming at 35:27.
The Lyon College Scot volleyball team lost their season and TranSouth Conference opener to the Bethel Lady Wildcats at home Saturday in straight sets, but by a total of only 10 points.
Bethel won 25-22. 25-20, 27-25.
Scot Head Coach Ray Green said he was pleased with his team’s effort and said they looked sharp.
“The outcome wasn’t what we wanted, but it was a good game for the opening match of the season,” Green said. “The match could have gone either way. The girls played well, and we hope to keep to continue to improve as the season progresses.”
CAVE CITY — Cave City opened its high school tennis season with a sweep of Mountain View here Thursday. Both victories were decided by one game.
The Cavewomen’s 5-4 advantage was in singles play, where they won four of five matches. The Cavemen won it with their doubles play, again winning four of five, en route to a 5-4 decision.
Senior Jasmine Tate and junior Leigh Ann Bridgers each won a pair of singles matches for the Cavewomen. seniors Bree Cook and Leesia Fugett teamed to win the decisive doubles match.
LA CROSSE — The Izard County Cougars and Calico Rock Pirates won the golf team titles Thursday at Cooper’s Hawk.
Preston Harmon led the Cougars with an even-par 36 for nine holes. Brad Lamb also shot a 36 for the second-place Melbourne Bearkatz. The medalist, however, was Shayne Rorie of Flippin. He shot one under.
Uriah Mead added a 41 for Izard County. Zack Logan’s 45 completed the team score.
Melbourne finished two strokes back as Dylan Smith added a 40 and Tyler Webb a 48.
Shirley’s boys finished third with 129. Cave City placed fourth with a 139.
TRUMANN — The Southside Lady Southerners battled back to win after dropping the first two sets of their match to the Trumann Lady Wildcats here Thursday.
After the match, Southside Coach David Shilkitus described his team as resilient.
“This was a big step for our team,” Shilkitus said. “We dug ourselves a pretty deep hole at the start of the match, then rallied, came together and found a way to pull out the win. We’d rather not have the issues we saw in the first two sets, but we showed we have the ability to overcome a deficit.”
Six a.m. and the temp is already hovering around 80 degrees, I carefully place the two, 5-pound training weights on the sidewalk (don’t want a broken toe 10 blocks from home) as I unscrew the cap to my bottle of green tea.
After a couple of back stretches to ease tightening muscles, I grab the weights and pick up the stride again, this time headed for home and uphill all the way.
CABOT — Serving made the difference here Thursday night when the Batesville Lady Pioneers rallied for a 3-2, nonconference high school volleyball victory over the Cabot Lady Panthers.
“In the fifth game, Jayme Shell went on a 7-point serving spree for a 7-0 lead,” Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said. “Kassie Foreman served out the the last five points for us.”
Batesville trailed twice as Cabot won the first game 25-15 and the third game 25-23. The Lady Pioneers won the second game 25-22, the fourth game 25-21 and the deciding fifth game 15-7.
NEWARK — After a sluggish start, the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves outscored the Mountain View Yellowjackets during the timed portion of the football scrimmage and came away with a 12-7 victory Thursday.
“We were flat to begin with; just draggin’ around, and I wasn’t pleased about that,” Cedar Ridge Coach Todd Lovell said. “Later, during the timed scrimmage, we came out and played better. I was very pleased with some of our kids that came in off the bench.”
During the 15-play session, Mountain View scored once and Cedar Ridge failed to score.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The NCAA said it wanted to send a clear message by slapping Bruce Pearl with a 3-year show-cause penalty: Coaches are responsible for their programs.
The sanctions announced Wednesday make it harder for the former Tennessee men’s basketball coach to get another college job anytime soon. Pearl is prohibited from recruiting during the next three years.
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A pair of former goalies are, and they will be leading the men’s and women’s soccer programs at Lyon College this season. Both teams are scheduled to play season-openers in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday.
Coach Ben Parman, who played goalie during his collegiate career, looked to beat the Scots last year when he was an assistant at Hendrix, but now the 25-year-old will be on the Lyon College sideline.
The team finished with a 12-4-1 overall record and 4-1-1 in conference last year.