The Melbourne Junior Bearkatz and Yellville-Summit Junior Panthers will provide an early meeting of undefeated football teams here Thursday night, though the Junior Panthers are still looking for their first win.
The visitors from Marion County fell behind early in their season opener last Thursday in Mountain Home, but rallied for a 14-14 tie with the Junior Bombers’ eighth-grade team.
SOUTHSIDE — The Brookland Lady Bearcats won a close contest Tuesday against the Southside Lady Southerner volleyball team in five games.
Brookland won 23-25, 21-25, 25-12, 25-23, 25-13, and Southside Head Coach David Shilkitus said his team failed to put the Lady Bearcats away after taking the first two games.
The Batesville Lady Pioneer volleyball team improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in 5A-Central Conference play with a 3-0 victory over the Sylvan Hills Lady Bears in Pioneer Gymnasium on Tuesday.
“The Lady Pioneers were aggressive and passed well,” Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said after the decisive 25-17, 25-6, 25-14 victory.
They struggled, however, on serve, committing nine errors.
“We have to stay aggressive in our serving and focus during the game,” the coach said. “…that is a mental aspect we need to take care of.”
Than Kersey shot a 3-over-par 39 to lead the Beebe Badgers to victory in a high school triangular match at The Course at Eagle Mountain on Tuesday.
The Badgers’ team 9-hole total was 168. The Searcy Lions finished six strokes back. The Batesville Pioneers finished last with a 196.
The Pioneers’ team score came from: Hayden Cockrill, 41; Thomas Walton, 46; Hunter Freiert, 48; and Taylor Moser, 61.
Not enough girls played for a team competition. Searcy’s Delaney Bowles won the medal with a 44. Sydney Nail, the only Lady Pioneer to play, shot a 60.
FAIRFIELD BAY — The Concord Pirates took an 11-stroke high school golf victory over the Shirley Blue Devils at the Mountain Ranch Course on Tuesday.
Concord’s Cameron Reesor and Shirley’s Cory Ward each shot 4-over-par 40s to share medalist honors. The Pirates team total was 130 as Luke Cornett added a 44 and Ryan Cornilison a 46. A.J. Cannon’s 48 didn’t count in the team scoring.
The Cave City Cavemen finished another 13 strokes back as Grant Walling shot a 49, John Battles added a 54 and Travis Markum chipped in a 51. Kendall Cherry’s 60 didn’t count.
Christian Brothers University Lady Buccaneers won a volleyball match in four games against the Lyon Scots in Becknell Gym on Tuesday.
CBU won 19-25, 25-22, 16-25, 19-25.
“We had a lull in game three,” said Lyon Head Coach Ray Green. “We always have a lull where we aren’t executing like we should be. We are working to correct that problem.”
The Batesville Junior Pioneers are set to play in their last nonconference game of the season on the road Thursday night at Mountain Home against the unbeaten Junior Bombers. Next week, Batesville will host the Nettleton Raiders in a 5A-East District clash. Junior Bomber Head Coach Kevin Roach expresses nothing but respect for the Batesville squad. “They (Batesville) are always a physical and well-coached team,” Roach said. “The game is always hard-fought and tough.
Led by Seth Bailey and the Sonnier brothers, Louis, Thomas and Anthony, the Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes won their first indoor swim meet of the year Saturday at Lyon College.
Bailey, Thomas and Louis each won four individual events, and Anthony won three to propel the boys team to 302 points. The Heber Springs squad finished a distant second with 67 points.
The Lady Torpedoes finished second, 43 points behind Heber Springs, which totaled 236.
Maison Mitchell won four individual events to lead the Lady Torpedoes.
HEBER SPRINGS — Batesville won two team titles and two of its runners won in their divisions here Tuesday in the Josh Park Memorial Cross Country Meet.
The Lady Pioneers, 7-time defending Class 5A champions, topped a field of 11 teams, and the Junior Lady Pioneers led a field of 13 teams. Logan Bishop, a senior, won the senior girls 5-kilometer race with a time of 19 minutes, 43.62 seconds. Madison Stave finished first among the eighth-graders in a time of 15:01.3.
JONESBORO — The Nettleton Junior Lady Raiders downed the Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers 2-0 here Monday night.
“We did a great job on defense, but our offense just wasn’t there,” Batesville Coach Lisa McCord said.
Amanda Wolfe led Batesville with three kills and two digs. Sara Hayes added two kills and two digs, and the Junior Lady Pioneers scored seven points on the serve of Olivia Looney.
The Junior Lady Pioneers’ record fell to 4-3.
Batesville swept the preliminary matches and 19-14, 23-9 in a seventh-grade contest.
MARSHALL — The Izard County Lady Cougars swept the Marshall Lady Bobcats in a high school volleyball match here Monday, winning 25-19, 25-15, 25-21.
Lady Cougar Coach Tony Booth felt his team did not compete at the level at which they are capable.
“We did not play as well as we did against Cotter, but this young team found a way to win on the road,” Booth said.
Lady Cougar Taylor Booth led Izard County with 14 kills, two aces, two blocks and two assists. Teammate Denver Reiley tallied 12 assists, three kills and an ace.