Inexperience will be a liability for the Southside cross country teams this year, but Coach Donald Anderson said the future is looking good.
“I have high expectations out of our junior high. The boys will be really good and the girls will be good as well,” Anderson said. “The senior high groups are both fairly young.”
Heather Bostock is the pacesetter for the Lady Southerners. She finished the recent Sara Low Memorial 5K race in about 24 minutes.
“That’s a little slow for her. I expect a lot better time at the Josh Parks Memorial,” Anderson said.
The Lyon College Pipers fell in their TranSouth Athletic Conference volleyball opener Saturday morning in Becknell Gymnasium, but they bounced back to take a nonconference contest in the afternoon.
The Bethel Lady Wildcats remained unbeaten with a 25-15, 25-21, 25-17 sweep. The visitors from McKenzie, Tenn., are 4-0 in the conference and 7-0 overall.
A few hours later, the Pipers improved to 4-8 overall with a 3-1 decision (25-5, 11-25, 27-25, 25-16) over the Philander Smith Lady Panthers.
The Lyon College Scots notched their third shutout of the season and stayed unbeaten with a 3-0 victory over Bacone College on Sunday at Marshall Huser Soccer Field.
Lyon (5-0) has won five straight to open the season and matched its season-high with three goals.
Gabriel LeBlanc helped the Scots draw first blood in the 26th minute with a goal past Bacone keeper Jonatas Polesello. Greg Ibach earned his first assist in a Scots’ uniform on the play and LeBlanc’s goal was his first of the season.
Now, for a better second half.
The Batesville Pioneers improved to 2-0 with a 17-6, nonconference high school football victory over the Searcy Lions in Pioneer Stadium on Friday night.
Happy as he is with an unbeaten start from a very young football team, Batesville Coach Dave King pointed out that the Pioneers are not finishing as they should.
“For the second week in a row, we got out to a lead and didn’t put our opponent away,” he said. “We’re not showing good concentration and, therefore, we’re not executing like we should with the lead.”
Mark Martin is atop the Sprint Cup standings after a top 5 finish at Richmond International Raceway Saturday night. Martin was 10th prior to the race, but moved to the top spot after the top 12 drivers’ points were reset for the 10-race Chase for the Championship.
“We’ll see how things fare here,” Martin told NASCAR.com. “But anybody in this Chase can win this Chase. Every team that’s in it is capable of putting together a 10-race roll. That’s all it takes is the magic 10 races, and anybody can win it.”
LOCUST GROVE — The champions have been identified as Batesville Motor Speedway completed its points racing season Friday night.
It was already known that Andy Carpenter and Tyson Franks had the factory stock and modified titles clinched, but the street stock class was knotted heading into the finale.
Joe Payne won his heat race and finished third in the feature to edge Richie Tosh for the crown. Tosh was second in his heat race and sixth in the feature.
SOUTHSIDE — The Cave City Cavemen put together another solid second half and ran away with a 36-0 victory over the Southside Southerners in the nonconference Highway 167 showdown.
In week one, Cave City led Walnut Ridge 8-0 at the half before unloading for a 35-6 win.
CAVE CITY — The Southside Junior Southerners ran for 207 yards and passed for 154 while routing the Cave City Junior Cavemen 36-6 here Thursday night.
Running back Jake Hendricks accounted for 177 yards of the rushing total. Quarterback Jake Henderson accounted for all the passing yards.
Henderson got things going with a 68-yard touchdown pass to Dalton Watts in the first quarter. A Henderson-to-Chaber Roan pass made it 8-0.
NEWPORT — Edward Littlejohn, Ross Williams and Dylan Kick were class winners Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Littlejohn won the street class with Gary Spicer and Henry Stracener in tow. Williams took the foot brake title. Ray Townsend was second and Cave City’s Don Stitcher was third. Kick was the junior dragster winner ahead of Ryan Song and Kami Kick.
Stitcher also raced Saturday and Monday. On Saturday, he finished fifth in Dyersburg, Tenn. He was fourth Monday in Byhalia, Miss.
HIGHLAND — Cave City and Highland split tennis matches here Thursday.
The Cavemen won 3-2. The Lady Rebels won 6-0.
The decisive matches for Cave City happened in doubles where Brandon Gillihan and Tyler Booth teamed for a 6-4 victory, and Parker Nolen and Jordan Felts chalked up a 6-2 win.
Josh Danzy provided Cave City its lone win in singles.
In matches played against Valley Springs and Bergman Tuesday in Mountain Home, Caveman Adam Gann won two matches in singles and the doubles team of Nolen-Felts won.
FORREST CITY — Batesville swept Forrest City in 5A-East District volleyball matches here Thursday.
The Lady Pioneers won 25-9, 25-9, 25-2. The Junior Lady Pioneers won 25-18, 25-12.
For the Lady Pioneers, Kassie Foreman registered 18 aces, Rachel Shellenberger led with eight kills, Kandess Pfitzner added seven aces and 14 assists and Lainey Rumans served up 11 aces.
Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said the Lady Pioneers didn’t play very well in the victory.
“We’re still not going into these matches with much focus,” she said. “We’ve got to get it back.”