The Batesville Junior Pioneers never trailed in their 23-11 football victory over the Searcy Lion Cubs at Pioneer Stadium on Thursday.
Junior Pioneer running back Michael Robinson ran for 100 yards on 20 carries and improved his play, according to Batesville Coach Doug Walls.
“Our blocking was a little better than it was last week, and it seemed like Michael was quicker and more intense,” Walls said. “He didn’t take his time getting to the holes. He got after it.”
The Lyon College Scots bounced back after a tough volleyball loss, defeating Crowley’s Ridge College 3-1 in Becknell Gym on Thursday night.
The scores were 31-29. 20-25, 25-15, 25-16.
“We showed tenacity after losing game two, and the last two game scores reflect that,” said Lyon Coach Ray Green.
The Scots outscored Crowley’s Ridge 50-31 in the final two frames.
Some first-year players saw action for the Scots.
LACROSSE — The Southside Southerners narrowly defeated the Melbourne Bearkatz in a 4-way golf match at Cooper’s Hawk here Thursday.
The Southeners shot a 127 and finished two shots better than the Bearkatz. The Mountain View Yellowjackets placed third with 131, and the Cave City Cavemen carded a 142 to finish fourth. The win was earned on the scores of Southerners Clayton House (40), Wyat Gambill (43) and Tanner McGuire (44). Southside’s Clint Thomas shot a 52 that was not counted.
CAVE CITY — The Pocahontas Lady Redskins swept the Cave City Cavewomen here Thursday night in 4A-Northeast Conference play.
The Lady Redskins won 25-18, 25-23, 25-14.
For the Cavewomen, Laura Basinger notched 11 kills and 18 digs. Other statistical highs were: Rachel Woods, nine kills; Blair Weaver, 30 digs and 15 assists; Mollie Wolfe, 20 digs; Brooklyn Bailey, eight blocks; and Kayti Perkey, 11 assists.
Cave City’s junior varsity team won 25-16 as Jaysa Barnett, Lyndsay Eddy and Kayla Presley scored six points each.
VILONIA — The Batesville Lady Pioneers rallied from two games down to defeat the Vilonia Lady Eagles in 5A-Central Conference action here Thursday night.
The home team won 25-16, 26-24 and had the Lady Pioneers on the ropes in the third, leading 16-7. The Lady Pioneers battled back to win 30-28, then won 25-17 in the fourth game and ran away from the Lady Eagles, winning 15-7 in the deciding game.
Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said the Lady Pioneers “rallied back with great jump serving from Jayme Shell,” and with the hitting of Kassie Foreman and Shell.
Valley View at Cave City
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
The Cave City Cavemen will be looking to even their season record at 1-1 when they face the Valley View Blazers. Last week, the Cavemen lost 35-0 at home to the Highland Rebels while the Blazers were whipping the visiting Paragould Rams 38-7. Cave City will have to find a way to contain talented Blazer quarterback Timmy Merten. He complied 303 yards of total offense against the Rams.
WARREN — Eleven years ago, Torry Cook set the unrestricted-tackle state record for largest longnose gar with a 36-pound, 5-ounce fish taken from the Ouachita River.
He smashed that mark Aug. 4 on the Arkansas River. Cook was bowfishing below Lock and Dam No. 2 when he shot a 54-pound longnose gar that stretched 66½ inches.
Cook, who lives in Warren, weighed the fish at the Monticello Post Office. The species was verified by Brad Fontaine, an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission fisheries biologist based at the Monticello office.
The Independence County Chapter of The National Wild Turkey Federation, FutureFuel and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission have partnered to bring you JAKES Day 2011. The event will take place Sept. 17 at FutureFuel Park.
JAKES is an acronym for Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship.
Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the activities begin about 9.
“The event is for children from age 3 thru 17,” states the release. “Activities will include fishing, a BB gun shoot, archery, turkey calling and skeet shooting for the older boys and girls.”
LITTLE ROCK — The annual public meetings concerning spring turkey season have passed, but there’s still time to send any comments or concerns to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Just visit www.agfc.com and click the “Talkin’ Turkey” banner at the top of the page to take a quick online survey.
The following considerations are being surveyed for the 2012 turkey season:
• Elimination of preference points for WMA permit turkey hunts
• Elimination of drawn permits for the youth hunt on some WMAs
• The continuation of an 18-day turkey season
GUION — The 18th annual Guion Trout Tournament hosted by the Wilson Creek Sportsmen’s Club will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, said organizer Larry Hill.
Weigh-in will be at 3 p.m.
The entry fee is $25 per person. Entry fees can be paid at Guion Landing, the starting place, anytime between 7 a.m. and noon Saturday. The late entries are for anglers who do not want to fish the full seven hours.
“We will have five (winning) places,” Hill said.
Prizes will be given by Ranger and Shawnee boat companies, he said.
The Southside Southerners hope to ride the momentum of last week’s season-opening win as they travel to Searcy to face the Riverview Raiders.
First-year Southerner Coach Kenny Simpson said his squad will face a talented Riverview team that likes to force the issue on offense.
“They are pretty tough and athletic,” Simpson said. “They run the spread, and I think that will present a challenge for our defense. They like to come after you offensively, so we will have to be ready.”
Melbourne at Brookland
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 6:30
They will try to play this one twice again this year. If you’ve forgotten, Izard County was hit with heavy rain about this time last year and he first scheduled meeting with Brookland when the new field in Melbourne became unplayable. Two months later, the Junior Bearkatz went to the Junior Bearcats’ field in Craighead County and outscored the home team 40-32, capping a surprising 6-2 season for the first-time varsity squad from Melbourne.