Six a.m. and the temp is already hovering around 80 degrees, I carefully place the two, 5-pound training weights on the sidewalk (don’t want a broken toe 10 blocks from home) as I unscrew the cap to my bottle of green tea.
After a couple of back stretches to ease tightening muscles, I grab the weights and pick up the stride again, this time headed for home and uphill all the way.
CABOT — Serving made the difference here Thursday night when the Batesville Lady Pioneers rallied for a 3-2, nonconference high school volleyball victory over the Cabot Lady Panthers.
“In the fifth game, Jayme Shell went on a 7-point serving spree for a 7-0 lead,” Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said. “Kassie Foreman served out the the last five points for us.”
Batesville trailed twice as Cabot won the first game 25-15 and the third game 25-23. The Lady Pioneers won the second game 25-22, the fourth game 25-21 and the deciding fifth game 15-7.
NEWARK — After a sluggish start, the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves outscored the Mountain View Yellowjackets during the timed portion of the football scrimmage and came away with a 12-7 victory Thursday.
“We were flat to begin with; just draggin’ around, and I wasn’t pleased about that,” Cedar Ridge Coach Todd Lovell said. “Later, during the timed scrimmage, we came out and played better. I was very pleased with some of our kids that came in off the bench.”
During the 15-play session, Mountain View scored once and Cedar Ridge failed to score.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The NCAA said it wanted to send a clear message by slapping Bruce Pearl with a 3-year show-cause penalty: Coaches are responsible for their programs.
The sanctions announced Wednesday make it harder for the former Tennessee men’s basketball coach to get another college job anytime soon. Pearl is prohibited from recruiting during the next three years.
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A pair of former goalies are, and they will be leading the men’s and women’s soccer programs at Lyon College this season. Both teams are scheduled to play season-openers in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday.
Coach Ben Parman, who played goalie during his collegiate career, looked to beat the Scots last year when he was an assistant at Hendrix, but now the 25-year-old will be on the Lyon College sideline.
The team finished with a 12-4-1 overall record and 4-1-1 in conference last year.
Settling on a starting lineup and a regular rotation of players will be a tough call for Lyon College’s volleyball coach, and how the players’ respond to that will also play a big role in how the team progresses, said their coach.
“With as big a freshman class as we have, and with the high skill level that they and our transfers have, our returning players have to understand that they’re going to have to work very hard to keep their position, and if they do get passed by a freshman or a transfer, it’s what’s best for the team that counts,” Lyon Coach Ray Green said.
The Cave City Cavemen and Cedar Ridge Timberwolves are scheduled to host junior and senior high school preseason football scrimmages tonight, and then the Batesville Pioneers are to put a bow on the preliminaries Friday night in Pioneer Stadium.
The Cave City and Hoxie juniors are to kick things off tonight at 5:30. The senior teams are to follow at 7.
FAIRFIELD BAY — Concord and Shirley split high school matches on the Mountain Ranch Golf Club course here Tuesday.
Led by Luke Cornett’s medal-winning 4-over-par 40 for nine holes, the Pirates scored a 123, finishing 15 strokes in front of the Blue Devils. The West Side Greers Ferry Eagles finished third, another 28 strokes back.
Teaming with Cornett, Ryan Cornelison shot a 41 and A.J. Cannon added a 42. Cameron Reesor’s 46 did not count in the team total.
The Lady Blue Devils won as medalist Simone Sheele recorded a 44.
NEWARK — Southside and Cedar Ridge squared off here Tuesday in four volleyball matches here Tuesday, and the visitors won them all.
The Lady Southerners varsity outscored the Lady Timberwolves in three straight sets to improve their record to 1-1 for the season. Southside won 25-9, 25-4, 25-8.
Southside Coach David Shilkitus said his team bounced back after Monday’s loss to Walnut Ridge.
“This was a much better performance,” Shilkitus said. “This is how I expect us to play every night.”
Shilkitus noted four specific things the Lady Southerners have improved.
SEARCY — The Batesville Lady Pioneers routed the Searcy Lady Lions for a 3-0, nonconference volleyball victory here Tuesday night.
The Lady Pioneers improved to 2-0 with a 25-16, 25-13, 25-16 decision.
Things will get tougher from here on out, Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said.
“Our real test is going to be Thursday night,” she said of the nonconference road contest with Class 7A/6A Cabot, “ and then we’ve got Beebe next week.”
That match in Beebe is scheduled for Tuesday and is the Lady Pioneers’ 5A-Central Conference opener.
HARRISON — Batesville Junior Pioneer Head Coach Doug Walls said he was pleased with the play of his eighth and ninth graders, but still sees room for improvement after Tuesday’s 3-way scrimmage with the Harrison Junior Golden Goblins and the Rogers Heritage Junior War Eagles.
“They played hard, but we still have some things that we need to work on,” Walls said. “We have these scrimmages to see how we can be better.”
The Junior Pioneers ran ten plays on offense and ten plays on defense against both teams.
SOUTHSIDE — The effort of the offensive line impressed first-year Southside Head Coach Kenny Simpson more than any other unit during a preseason scrimmage Tuesday with the Walnut Ridge Bobcats on Stewart Field.
“The whole team played well tonight, but I was most pleased with how the guys on the offensive line did,” Simpson said. “They did a great job of blocking for us.”