• Jr. Pioneers’ title defense in sight despite long trip

    The Batesville Junior Pioneers can clinch at least a share of their second straight Class 5A-East District championship Thursday night, but they’ll have to go a long way to do it.
    The showdown with the Blytheville Junior Chickasaws is the longest road trip of the season, but Batesville Coach Doug Walls said that doesn’t concern him.
    “I think the boys will be ready. It’s not much further than Forrest City and we didn’t have any problems there,” Walls said. “We’ve had good practices this week and the kids are really focused on the next two games.”

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  • Times corrected

    Incorrect times were listed for Melbourne’s junior high runners in a report on the Chili Pepper Cross Country Festival in Monday’s Guard.
    Here are their correct times over the 5-kilometer course:
    Junior girls — Shelby Brokaw, 22 minutes, 12 seconds; Haley Brokaw, 23:53; Charlee Byram, 24:30; Emily Gardner, 24:31; Bailey George, 24:29
    Junior boys — Nick Miller, 21:03; Tyler Webb, 21:04; Kyler McLaughlin, 21:07; Will Dowdle, 21:25; Aaron McAnally, 21:27

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  • Cedar Ridge tennis player wins in first round of state tourney

    At least one tennis player from a circulation area school won a state tournament match on Monday.
    In the Class 2A event at Allen Park in Jonesboro, Cedar Ridge freshman Spencer Reaves defeated Johnny Lee of Parkers Chapel 6-2, 6-2. In the quarterfinals, Tyler Turner of Hampton dismissed Reaves 6-4, 6-4.
    In another first-round match, Conway Christian’s Drew Dodge defeated Cedar Ridge’s Luke Henderson 6-0, 6-0.
    Alissa Sullivan, Cedar Ridge’s other representative, fell in a first rounder to Riverside’s Rebekah Frayer 6-0, 6-2.

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  • Hoxie holds off Cave City in volleyball season finale

    CAVE CITY — Hoxie swept Cave City in high school varsity and junior varsity volleyball matches here Monday night.
    The varsity score was 17-25, 25-19, 24-26, 25-23, 15-11. The JV score was 25-18.
    Rachel Roebuck chalked up 33 kills, eight blocks and nine aces in her final game. Other statistical highlights for Cave City were: Katie Freeman, nine blocks, 16 kills; Elisha Ramos, eight 8 aces, 45 digs; Blair Weaver, 20 assists; Laura Basinger, 20 digs; Jamie Price, 12 assists.
    The Cavewomen finished with a record of 11-14.

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  • Evans hits winner in Hillcrest opener

    STRAWBERRY — Coleman Evans stole the show as he led the Hillcrest Junior Screamin’ Eagles to a season-opening basketball victory over the Maynard Junior Tigers Monday night.
    Evans capped a 28-point performance with a floating layup with 2.8 seconds remaining to give Hillcrest a 45-43 decision. Maynard turned the ball over at midcourt and didn’t get a final shot.
    The teams combined to shoot 56 free throws. Maynard hit 14 of 35 (40 percent) and Hillcrest netted 11 of 21 (52 percent).
    There was no drama in the junior girls game. Hillcrest won 46-19.

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  • Last-minute stunner keeps Pioneers unbeaten

    WYNNE — The Batesville Pioneers defeated the Wynne Yellowjackets 17-13 here Friday night, improving to 7-0 and quick-stepping their way through a legendary sports moments while doing so.
    The stuff of legend began with a minute to play, the Pioneers out of timeouts, the Yellowjackets leading 13-10, with the ball and running a third-down play from just inside the Batesville 3.

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  • BHS, Melbourne harriers compete in well known Chili Pepper races

    FAYETTEVILLE — The Batesville Lady Pioneers finished 21st overall and sixth among Arkansas schools at the Chili Pepper Cross Country Festival here Saturday.
    The event, which also includes collegiate divisions, draws the top high school teams from across the country.
    Sarasota Springs, N.Y., won the senior girls invitational division. Rogers finished fourth to lead the Arkansas representatives. The other in-state schools finishing ahead of Batesville were: Bentonville, 10th; Fayetteville, 16th; Bryant, 17th; and Mountain Home, 18th.

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  • Branstetter places 17th, Harmon finishes 20th in Overall golf event

    LITTLE ROCK — Batesville’s Garth Branstetter and Izard County’s Preston Harmon finished 17th and 20th, respectively, in the Arkansas High School Overall Championships for golf at the Pleasant Valley Country Club here Thursday.
    Branstetter shot a 15-over-par 87 and Harmon shot a 90.
    Little Rock Catholic’s Matthew Mabrey won the boys title with an even-par 72. Kyle Cook finished second with a 73.
    The girls title was won by Clarksville’s Madsion Talley, who shot a 78. Conway’s Summar Roachell finished a stroke back.

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  • Southside, Cave City v-ballers ousted in first round

    JONESBORO — Brookland swept Cave City 25-16, 25-20, 25-22 in the Class 4A-Northeast Conference Tournament Saturday at Westside Consolidated, ending the Junior Cavewomen’s season.

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  • Trojans overpower Southerners on Homecoming

    SOUTHSIDE — The Marianna Trojans spoiled the Southside Southerners’ Homecoming Friday night with a 44-20 decision in a Class 4A-2 District meeting.
    Southside jumped ahead with a 69-yard drive on the opening possession. The drive took eight plays and was capped by a screen pass from Jared Dahl to Storm Tipton that went for 40 yards. The point-after kick was blocked.
    Lonoke responded and led 34-14 at halftime.
    Southside’s second score was a 6-yard, Dahl-to-Dustin Hurst pass in the second quarter.

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  • Branstetter places 17th, Harmon finishes 20th in Overall golf event

    LITTLE ROCK — Batesville’s Garth Branstetter and Izard County’s Preston Harmon finished 17th and 20th, respectively, in the Arkansas High School Overall Championships for golf at the Pleasant Valley Country Club here Thursday.
    Branstetter shot a 15-over-par 87 and Harmon shot a 90.
    Little Rock Catholic’s Matthew Mabrey won the boys title with an even-par 72. Kyle Cook finished second with a 73.
    The girls title was won by Clarksville’s Madsion Talley, who shot a 78. Conway’s Summar Roachell finished a stroke back.

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  • Junior Timberwolves strike for another big district win

    AUGUSTA — The Cedar Ridge Junior Timberwolves pulled down another 2A-3 District football top dog, and this time they did it on the road.
    The Junior T-wolves rallied past the Augusta Junior Red Devils for a 38-26 victory as Cody Powell scored three touchdowns, Brett Bell added two TDs and the Cedar Ridge defense shut down the home team in the second half.
    Augusta’s one score in the second half was a return of a Cedar Ridge fumble.

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