The Batesville Junior Pioneer defense protected its home turf Thursday night by pitching a 23-0 football shutout against the Forrest City Junior Mustangs in Pioneer Stadium.
“We finally played up to our potential,” said defensive coordinator Matt Wentz. “Our linebackers did a good job of pursuing and tackling.”
The home team’s defensive unit set the tone early by forcing a punt by the Junior Mustangs on their first possession.
“I don’t think that we’ve started a game with a three and out all year,” Wentz said. “It’s definitely a good sign.”
JONESBORO — Beebe swept the 5A-East District Tournament tennis championships here Thursday, just like they did this time last year.
The Lady Badgers and Badgers each totaled 17 points. The Nettleton Lady Raiders finished second, eight points back. The Raider also finished second, six points back.
The singles titles were won by Beebe’s Sarah White and Nettleton’s Drew Nichols. The doubles crowns went to Nettleton’s Addison Turner-Caraline Vaughn and Beebe’s Than Kersey-Ben Grove.
Heber Springs tennis teams swept the 4A-2 District Tournament titles and two circulation-area doubles teams defended doubles titles Wednesday on the Lyon College courts.
Heber Springs’ boys tallied nine points to finish one point ahead of Cave City.
The Lady Panthers collected eight wins on the day. Southside and Stuttgart tied for second place with six victories.
Cave City’s team of Jordan Felts and Parker Nolen repeated as boys doubles champs by defeating Heber Springs’ John Price-Judson Smith 7-6, 6-1 in the finals.
The Lonoke Jackrabbits blasted the Southerners 50-14 in last season’s contest and will be looking to put a damper on Friday night’s homecoming festivities for Southside this year.
Last week, the Jackrabbits (1-4) earned their first victory of the season by beating fellow 4A-2 District member Newport 28-21. Their losses came at the hands of Star City, Beebe, McGhee and Heber Springs.
Lonoke lines up in the spread on offense and keeps the ball on the ground on most plays.
Forrest City at Batesville
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
Last season, the Batesville Junior Pioneers jumped out to an early 14-point lead on their way to defeating the Forrest City Junior Mustangs 22-14. Both teams are currently undefeated in 5A-East games. Batesville is 4-0-1 overall and 2-0 in the district. Forrest City is 2-2-1 and 1-0. There are no ties in league games, and the winner of this one should have a leg up in the 5A-East District race.
TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa has scheduled football games against Arkansas, Iowa State and Fresno State during the next three seasons.
Tulsa Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham announced the Golden Hurricane’s nonconference football schedules for the next four years Thursday.
Tulsa will open the 2012 season at Iowa State and play at Arkansas on Nov. 3. Fresno State will visit H.A. Chapman Stadium in September.
The following year, TU will host Iowa State and Colorado State and play on the road at Bowling Green, in addition to a previously scheduled game at Oklahoma.
No doubt, the Batesville Pioneers will be marked men in Forrest City on Friday night.
The Forrest City Mustangs, one of the youngest football teams in the 5A-East District, are 0-4-1 overall, 0-2 in the district and feeling oh-so-close to hitting the mark.
After getting hammered 41-6 and 64-6, respectively, by West Memphis and Marion, two of the best teams in Class 6A, the Mustangs rallied late to get a tie with Marianna (24-all), and then lost two heartbreakers in district play.
HORSESHOE BEND — The Izard County Cougars evened the count with the Concord Pirates here Wednesday and collected a second straight 1A State Tournament golf championship in the process.
Led by medalist Preston Harmon’s even-par 73, the Cougars beat the team that many thought would stand atop the winners’ platform when the day was done at The Course on Turkey Mountain.
The Concord Pirates had routed the Cougars in their own Cougar Classic, a 36-hole, 2-day season-opening event played over the Cooper’s Hawk and Turkey Mountain courses the first week in August.
The Forrest City Junior Mustangs, the last 5A-East football team to win the district before Batesville’s 2-year streak began, will be looking to unseat the Junior Pioneers from their place atop the league standings Thursday night.
Junior Mustang Head Coach Stan Siler and his team sport a 2-2-1 overall record and are 1-0 in the 5A-East.
Lyon College senior soccer player Brina Siddiq was awarded defensive player of the week honors by the TranSouth Athletic Conference office Monday.
Siddiq led the Lyon defense in victories against LSU-Shreveport and Cumberland. The Scots only allowed two goals in the two wins.
The Newport Beach, Calif. native was named second team all-conference in 2008 and first team all-conference in 2009.
The Scot women’s soccer team is scheduled to host Martin Methodist on Saturday.
NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves won the 2A-2 District Tournament tennis title Tuesday as sophomore Spencer Reaves won the singles crown.
Reaves received a first-round bye and then defeated Hunter Pitts of Marked Tree 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals and took another straight-set victory, 6-3, 6-2, over Weiner’s Logan Bray in the championship match.
Luke Henderson, a senior, finished third in the singles division and will join Reaves in the 2A State Tournament in Jonesboro on Oct. 19-20. Henderson won two of three matches, including a win over Pitts in the third-place match.
JONESBORO — The Westside Consolidated Lady Warriors volleyball team dispatched the Southside Lady Southerners in three straight sets Tuesday 25-7, 25-17, 25-9.
The loss drops Southside to 13-7 overall and 7-4 in 4A-Northeast Conference play.
“This was a disappointing performance,” Southside Head Couch David Shilkitus said. “Westside is one of the top teams in the conference. If we want to be considered in their class, we need to be more competitive against teams of their caliber. We simply didn’t do that tonight.”