Hector at Melbourne
Kickoff • tonight 5
Melbourne Coach Clinton Gore said the Junior Bearkatz made some progress last week, though they suffered their second loss in as many tries. Gore didn’t hesitate when asked what he’s hoping to see out of his first-year varsity team this evening against the 2-1 visitors from Pope County: “Let’s quit giving them big plays. We’ve had some situations where they run a receiver deep, we go to sleep and they hit the long pass on us.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 1 Alabama simply inserted a few blue-chip recruits, some longtime backups and a healthy Dont’a Hightower into the defense.
And voila, the Crimson Tide once again has been shutting down opponents. Now that rebuilt defense gets to prove its mettle over the next three weeks.
Defensive-minded Nick Saban & Co. are set for encounters with: Bobby Petrino, Ryan Mallett and No. 10 Arkansas; Urban Meyer, Jeff Demps and No. 9 Florida, followed by Steve Spurrier, Marcus Lattimore and No. 12 South Carolina.
For now, it’s about keeping mind and body healthy, one of Nettleton’s football coaches said.
“The main job we have is keeping our kids motivated and working hard,” Assistant Coach Wade Massey said. “When you’re young and rebuilding like we are — and I mean rebuilding from the top down — we’ve got to work hard to keep them motivated … and then we’ve got to stay injury free. We’ve got so few guys out there with any experience to begin with.”
The Newport Greyhounds are set to visit the Cave City Cavemen Friday night and one team will come away with its first win of the season.
More importantly, the winning team will be undefeated in the Class 4A-2 District. For Newport Coach Greg Brannon, it’s about keeping the tradition alive at Newport. The Greyhounds hold the state record for longest consecutive trips to the playoffs.
“We have been to the playoffs the last 23 years and we will have to play hard to get back there,” he said.
Southside defeated Cave City 8-1 in a Class 4A-2 girls tennis matches Tuesday at Lyon College.
Jasmine Tate won 6-2 over Jessha Nicol for Cave City’s lone victory.
In other singles action, Kate Averchenken defeated Leigh Ann Bridgers, 6-1; Chelsey Harmon defeated Ashley Green, 6-1; Nicol defeated Allison Green, 6-2; and Harmon defeated Michelle Dehart, 6-2.
NEWPORT — Gary Spicer, Don Stitcher and David Bennett were winners Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Spicer won the street class. Steve Simpson and Billy Whitehead were second and third, respectively.
Stitcher took the foot brake win with Jack Despain and Edward Littlejohn in tow.
Bennett was fastest on a street bike. Thomas West and Edward Rust gave chase.
HARRISBURG — The Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves swept the Harrisburg Lady Hornets in a high school volleyball match here Tuesday.
The game scores were 25-19, 25-20 and 25-22.
TaQuila Hunt, Carlie Easley, Maci Thomas, Courtney Cummings, Chelsea Wiles and Allison Terrell were the statistical leaders for Cedar Ridge.
Harrisburg won the junior high match 25-20, 25-13.
Junior Lady T-wolves Blair Willis, Chaney Ryan, Cassey Kelley, Whitney Wood and Carlee Hollman were at the top of the stat sheeet.
The timed seventh-grade match went to the home team, 19-15 and 20-19.
WYNNE — Paragould and Wynne won the 5A-East District Tournament team golf championships, and Batesville’s Garth Branstetter qualified for the Class 5A State Tournament for the fourth straight year here Tuesday at Crowley’s Ridge Country Club.
The Rams won with a score of 297. The Greene County Tech Eagles, the Rams’ cross-Paragould rivals, finished 19 strokes back. In order, the rest of the team scores were: Wynne, 318; Forrest City, 320; Batesville, 329; Beebe, 384; and Nettleton, 413.
The top three teams qualify for the state tournament.
LA CROSSE — Ridgefield Christian’s boys and Calico Rock’s girls won the Class 1A-4 District championships Tuesday at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course.
Ridgefield Christian beat Izard County by six strokes, 259-265. Armorel was a distant third with a 282. Hillcrest was fourth, 106 strokes off the pace, followed by Bay (384), Crowley’s Ridge Academy (397) and Weiner (442).
Ridgefield Christian’s Cameron McKinney won medalist honors with a 2-under-par 70. Izard County’s Preston Harmon was second with a 74.
Someone is going to get their first win when the Cave City Junior Cavemen host the Marianna Junior Trojans Thursday night in a 4A-2 District football game.
Marianna Coach John Bell just chuckled and said, “No. A lot to a little,” when asked if he remembered the scores from the Junior Trojans’ losses to Wynne, West-Helena and Clinton. The loss to Clinton was a 4A-2 opener.
Their 0-3 start follows a 1-8 season in 2009.
Anja Klotzle booted two goals and one assist in the Lyon College Scots’ 5-0 shutout of Hendrix College on Tuesday in nonconference action at Huser Field.
Klotzle ran her season total to six goals and gave her 35 goals in her career, which is second on Lyon’s all-time list. Jordan Kalei Aliviado also assisted on two goals. Katie Marshall added a goal and an assist.
LITTLE ROCK — The Little Rock Christian Academy Lady Warriors stopped the Batesville Lady Pioneers here Tuesday night, handing them their first loss in 5A-Central Conference action.
The Lady Warriors improved to 7-2 overall and 4-0 with a 3-1 decision. The game scores were 20-25, 25-19, 25-18 and 25-16.
The Lady Pioneers fell to 6-3 overall and 4-1 in the conference.
Molli Pugh and Markie Schaedig, both sophomores, led the winners. Pugh chalked up 11 kills. Schaedig dealt out 20 assists.