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.
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.
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.
Marianna at Southside
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
The Trojans are the last team Southside beat, but that was a long time ago. To snap an 18-game losing streak, the Southerners will have to do what they haven’t been able to do against Marianna in the past — score points.
“In the past, we have moved the ball against them, but we haven’t been able to translate that to points. We have to score and we can’t turn the ball over,” Southside Coach Jon Johnston said.
Homecoming activities are scheduled to begin an hour before kickoff.
The Independence County Volleyball League will meet to organize Tuesday night at 6 in the First Community Bank George Rider Room.
For more information, call James McReynolds at (870) 307-5027.
The White River Roadrunners will select a race director for the 2011 White River 4-Mile Classic Road Race when they meet Tuesday night at the Citizens Bank Annex on College Street.
The meeting is scheduled to being at 7. Members and guest can meet at the annex an hour earlier for a run.
Along with their regular monthly meeting agenda, they will also discuss the Literacy Council and the 1040 Tax Run and plan for the club’s annual Christmas party.
JONESBORO — Valley View swept nine games against Cave City here Thursday night.
It ended with a 3-0 win in the senior high match. The home team won 25-5, 25-11 25-15.
Rachel Roebuck (16 points, 12 blocks and 18 digs), Elisha Ramos (26 digs), Laura Basinger (five points and 10 digs) and Katie Freeman (five points and eight blocks) led Cave City’s effort.
The Cavewomen fell to 11-13 overall and 4-10 in league play. They will play Hoxie Monday night for Senior night.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers took a big step toward collecting the second of their three high school volleyball goals Thursday night at Pioneer Gym.
The 3-1 victory over the Little Rock Christian Lady Warriors evened Batesville and LR Christian atop the 5A-Central Conference standings. If both teams win their district finale on Tuesday, they will share the conference title. That’s a first for Batesville High’s volleyball program.
It’s not supposed to be this easy.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers plowed through another opponent Thursday night, dominating the Wynne Junior Jackets 30-8 in a key Class 5A-East District football game.
Then again, Wynne didn’t help itself. The Junior Jackets turned the ball over six times, allowed two long touchdowns on trick plays and were missing a talented running back.
Melbourne at Hector
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 6
The early start isn’t the only thing different about this junior high meeting. These two met on Sept. 23 in Melbourne and the home team won 33-0. That was the inaugural varsity win for Melbourne’s new sports program. The Junior Wildcats are 3-3, but they didn’t travel very well on Sept. 23, and that’s one of the main concerns for Melbourne’s coaches. If the Junior Bearkatz win, it will be three in a row and get them above .500. Currently, they’re 2-2.
The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneer volleyball team ended the season Wednesday night in Pioneer Gym with a 2-0 victory over the Beebe Junior Lady Badgers.
Amy Everett provided three aces, two blocks and two kills as Batesville won 25-9, 25-16. Arden Kvern contributed five aces and one kill.
The Junior Lady Pioneers finished with a record of 12-6.
“We finished strong,” Batesville Coach Lisa McCord said. “We faced some injuries with one starter missing half of the season. I’m proud of them and I have a real positive outlook for next year.”
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Lamar High School football player who collapsed after practice in August died Tuesday at a hospital, the school district superintendent said.
Lamar Superintendent Roy Hester said Warriors lineman Tyler Davenport died at about 2:45 a.m. The 16-year-old junior had been treated at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock since he was stricken with apparent heat-related illness on Aug. 11.
“It’s a terrible thing. Our heart and prayers go out to the family and the community,” Hester said. “Everyone is sad.”