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.
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.
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.
MELBOURNE — Cave City sophomore Layne Davis was throwing a no-hitter going into the fifth inning, but settled for a 2-hitter as the Cavemen routed the Melbourne Bearkatz 21-4 in nonconference action here Thursday.
Davis, who got the Cavemen out of a jam with five outs in five pitches in his high school debut at the Pioneer Classic last week, gave up a grand slam in the fifth inning as Melbourne set the final score.
Cave City (9-10) scored six runs in the first inning then followed with three, two, nine and 10. The 21 runs came on 14 hits and five Melbourne errors.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners held off the Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits 12-11 in eight innings to win a Class 4A-2 District softball game here Thursday.
Southside (8-3, 4-1) jumped ahead 5-0 in the first inning, but a 6-run second put Lonoke ahead. Southside regained the lead with four runs in the bottom of the second and then Lonoke tied it at 9-9 with a 3-run third.
CAVE CITY — The starting time for Saturday’s Cave City Bass Club tournament on Crown Lake is 6:30 a.m.
A previous Guard article listed an incorrect starting time. The tournament will be out of Box Hound ramp.
Anyone with questions about the tournament may call Ron Watkins at (870) 793-3274 or Clark Neal at (870) 613-2077.
BROCKWELL — Morgan Lamb pitched a 4-hitter and Matt Stone provided two hits to help the Calico Rock Pirates down the Izard County Cougars 4-1 in a nonconference high school baseball game here Wednesday.
Lamb struck out six and walked just one while pitching a complete game.
Stone doubled and scored a run. Alex Skidmore and Tyler Lewis were each credited with a run batted in.
Zane Worsencroft provided two hits for Izard County. He also gave up two hits, walked six and was tagged for three earned runs over four innings while being tagged with the pitching loss.
Arkansas Havoc, a 10-and-under softball team with some area players, recently dominated while winning a tournament in Batesville, Miss.
With the help of Southside’s Kyleigh Vines and Taylor Hammack, the Havoc outscored eight opponents 67-6.
They defeated the Houston, Miss., Hot Shots 7-0, the Germantown, Tenn., Red Devils 10-0, the Arlington, Tenn., Lady Wildcats 6-2, the Memphis Phoenix Fastpitch 8-0, the Southaven, Miss., Lady Tigers 13-0, the Desoto, Miss., Storm 13-0, the DC, Miss., Rage 2-1 and, in the championship game, they beat the Rage 8-3.
The Viola Longhorns remained undefeated and won the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic small school division championship Wednesday night at the Batesville North Complex.
Viola beat Midland 10-1 in a run-rule shortened contest to improve to 17-0.
The Longhorns got all the runs they would need in the first inning as they sent four in. Jacob Payne led off with a 2-strike single, moved to second on Matt Prinner’s sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on Jordan Cotter’s infield single and scored on a 2-out, bases loaded, full-count triple by Dolan Johnston.
CONCORD — The Concord Lady Pirates finally got to play on their new field and the timing seemed to be right.
Led by the pitching of Sydney Harlan and the hitting of Hannah Cornett, the Lady Pirates defeated the Midland Lady Mustangs 5-2 in a 1A 2-South District contest.
Harlan limited the visitors to four hits and three walks while striking out five. Cornett hit two for three with four stolen bases and two runs scored.
Harlan helped her cause with two hits, two stolen bases and two runs. Jenny Lawrence doubled for the winners.
NEWPORT — Gary Spicer, Edward Littlejohn, Gary Kent and Jason Russell were winners Sunday at Speedy’s Raceway.
Spicer won the street division with Don Holcomb and Billy Whitehead second and third, respectively.
Littlejohn got down the strip fastest in the foot brake class with Steve Mack and Gene Lovins giving chase.
Kent took the top spot in super pro with Wade Lake and Jeff Davis in tow.
Russell beat Joey Bogard and Byron Guill in the outlaw street bike competition.
LOCUST GROVE — After months of preparation, local race car drivers will finally begin the 2011 points racing season at Batesville Motor Speedway Friday night.
The season was scheduled to start last weekend, but heavy rains forced the cancellation of that show.
Tonight, drivers from the late model, IMCA modified, street stock, factory stock and front-wheel drive classes will have an opportunity to practice on the 3/8-mile clay oval.
On Friday night, the season will begin with qualifying heat races for each class and then five features.