SOUTHSIDE — The Lonoke Junior Jackrabbits struck for four touchdowns in the second half here Thursday at Stewart Field, breaking open a close game and breaking into the win column.
The 1-4 visitors led 22-12 at halftime. They won this 4A-2 District contest 46-18.
Running back Kody Smith led the visitors with 137 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries. Quarterbacks Grant Dewey and Ethan Luman also produced well. Dewey completed four of four passes for 31 yards and ran for a TD. Luman connected on three of five passes 42 yards. Among those was a TD strike to Tykel Gray.
The Nettleton Raiders swept the Batesville Lady Pioneers in non-conference high school volleyball matches in Pioneer Gymnasium Thursday night.
The varsity score was 25-22, 25-17, 25-17. The visiting junior varsity team won 25-12, 25-23, handing the Lady Pioneer jayvee’s their first loss.
Hannah Huff provided three assists, eight kills and five digs for the Lady Pioneer varsity. Kandess Pfitzner added seven assists, six kills and four digs, Lainey Rumans chalked up seven assists and five digs, Kayla Butler blocked three hits, and Alyza Vasquez contributed nine digs.
BAY — Cedar Ridge swept both varsity volleyball matches here Thursday in 3A-Northeast action.
The Lady Timberwolves won 15-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-6. The Junior Lady T-wolves won 28-26, 25-21.
In the high school match, TaQuila Hunt led the way by serving up three aces, hitting for four kills and dug out nine Bay shots. Carlie Easley added two blocks and seven assists, Maci Thomas contributed five aces, three kills and seven digs, Courtney Cummings also registered seven digs, Brittany Wammack served seven aces, and Chelsea Wiles blocked three hits.
Paragould at Batesville
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
Batesville will play another unbeaten opponent tonight. Last week, the Junior Pioneers blistered the previously undefeated Nettleton Junior Raiders 30-0. Batesville has had no trouble with Paragould in recent years. The Junior Rams beat the Junior Pioneers 14-6 in 2006. Since then, the Junior Pioneers have outscored their Greene County opponent 77-0. This is the conference opener for the 2-0-1 Junior Rams.
FORT SMITH — Endsley Evans shot a 1-under-par 72 and led the Greenwood Lady Bulldogs to the Class 5A state golf championship Wednesday at Ben Geren Golf Course.
Hot Springs Lakeside finished eight strokes back (244-252). Wynne’s Caroline Boone shot a 75 to finish second among individuals.
Batesville’s Sydney Nail, Ariel Wann and Molly Luster played individually. Nail carded a 105, Wann shot a 116 and Luster added a 120.
There are three 9-hole courses at Ben Geren. The tournament was played on the Willow and Magnolia Courses.
Cave City Coach Jon Bradley liked most of what he saw last week in a 49-22 loss to Newport and he’s hoping the Cavemen can build on that Friday night in Marianna.
“Hopefully, we’ll see a lot more of what we saw last Friday,” Bradley said. “We’re going to run at them and if we can cut down on some mistakes, I think we have a chance to win the ballgame.”
POCAHONTAS — The Batesville Lady Pioneers ran away with the team title at a cross country meet here at Old Davidsonville State Park.
Natalie Meinzer led the way, winning the 5-kilometer race in a time of 20 minutes, 12 seconds. Seven seconds later, teammate Logan Bishop crossed the finish line in second place. The rest of the Lady Pioneers to score were: Mollie Matthews, who finished fourth in 21:35; Halle Rush, who placed seventh in 22:47, and Lauren Garrison, eighth in 22:52.
Near the end of a telephone interview Wednesday evening, Paragould Coach Tim Branum found an opportunity for some humor.
“We’re just worried about how we’re going to get to the dance early,” he said, laughing.
Then he apologized for the funny little dodge to a question about what the Rams had to do to give themselves a chance to win against the Batesville Pioneers in a 5A-East District high school football game Friday night.
It’s also the Rams’ homecoming game and, yes, there is a dance afterward.
BEEBE — The Batesville Lady Pioneers improved to 6-1 in 5A-Central Conference volleyball with a 3-0 win over the Beebe Lady Badgers.
The game scores were 25-18, 25-22, 25-15. Hannah Huff led the visitors with 11 kills and 14 digs. Kandess Pfitzner tacked on 10 assists, 10 kills and eight digs. Jayme Shell provided four aces and 15 kills. Lainey Rumans led in assists with 18. Libero Alyza Vasquez registered 25 digs. Kali Foreman tallied three blocks.
LA CROSSE — The West Side Greers Ferry Lady Eagles won the Class 1A golf state championship Tuesday at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course.
The Lady Eagles earned a team total of 294 to beat Shirley by eight strokes. Calico Rock was third with a 308.
Calico Rock’s Emily Johnson was the tournament medalist with a 12-over-par 84. Sydney Sutterfield of Rural Special was second with a 90 while Makenzie Head of Shirley carded a 94.
West Side’s team total was the combined effort of Laney Lucas (95), Mara Duncan (96) and Brooke Rogers (103).
This time last season, the Southside Junior Southerners were preparing for a school-record 4-0 start in football, and they got it with a 20-12 victory over the Lonoke Junior Jackrabbits.
Thursday night at Stewart Field, the Junior Southerners will try to stop a 2-game skid and break through in the 4A-2 District when they host the Jackrabbits. After winning their season opener in Searcy against nonconference foe Riverview, the Junior Southerners fell to district foes Stuttgart and Clinton.
SOUTHSIDE — The Cave City Cavewomen earned a season split with the Southside Lady Southerners here Tuesday night, and it came down to another tough tiebreaker.
The winning game scores were 25-17, 25-22, 13-25, 22-25, 15-10. Back on Aug. 31, Southside won the tiebreaker 15-12.