Batesville will send veteran squads into Paragould High School Stadium Friday night for high school soccer season openers.
Seven starters and five more with varsity experience return from the Pioneer team that posted an 8-4 record and finished second in the 5A-East Conference.
Eight starters and another with varsity experience return for the Lady Pioneer squad that went 7-5 and finished third in the conference.
CALICO ROCK — Forgive the Bradley Bears if they petition that no more Class 1A State Tournaments be held in the northern tier.
Wednesday afternoon, a young but very talented group of Bears were sent back to Bradley, just a little more than a rock’s throw from the Louisiana border, by the Concord Pirates and a 58-54 loss.
Last year, the Bears traveled to Lynn and entered the state tournament unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the state, and were promptly knocked out by the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles, the host team.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Lyon Scots advanced to the semifinals of the women’s TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament with a convincing 70-53 victory over the Trevecca Nazarene Trojans here Wednesday night.
The Scots (18-13) advance to take on No. 1 Union (29-1) Friday night in Jackson, Tenn.
Against the Trojans, junior Lauren Ramsey led all scorers with 20 points, including five 3-pointers. Freshman Alex Davidson was perfect, hitting four 3s and four free throws. She finished with a career-high 16 points.
ALMA — It was about defense, defense, defense and, for the Batesville Lady Pioneers, a heartbreaking shot at the end.
Vilonia’s Betsy Barlett, who was zero for six from 3-point range and no points until the last second, buried a 3-pointer from near the right corner to lift the Lady Eagles past the Lady Pioneers, 35-33, in the first round of the Class 5A State Tournament here Wednesday afternoon.
The Lady Pioneers, 8-point losers to the Lady Eagles back in December, led much of the second half and looked like they were going to win this defensive struggle.
FLIPPIN — After a scoreless first half, the Flippin Bobcats outscored the Southside Southerners 2-1 in the second half for a junior varsity soccer victory.
Greg Smith scored for Southside. Goalie Cody McGaha recorded 15 saves. The Southerners took 18 shots on goal.
“I thought our defense played pretty well,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said. “We had a little case of dead legs after playing Monday, but I thought our effort was good. We just didn’t execute very well.”
McCRORY — The Southside Southerners lost a 3-run lead late and lost a season-opening high school baseball game here Tuesday.
The McCrory Jaguars scored six runs in the sixth inning for a 9-5 victory.
“We led 5-3 and Colby (Sutton) had just struck out the side in the fifth,” Southside Coach Dale Dahl said.
Sutton hit the first McCrory batter in the sixth, then came an error, and another HBP. Levi Henderson was called in to stop the bleeding, but he walked the first batter he faced, gave up a 2-run double and a 3-run home run to Collin Campbell.
The Lyon College Scots made short work of the Crowley’s Ridge Pioneers in a nonconference baseball doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Scots Field.
Lyon won each game 10-0 in five innings and completed the two games — including a 30-minute break — in less than three hours.
Picking up the victory on the mound in game one was Garry Richards, while Josh McNatt got the job done in the nightcap.
The Lyon College Scots held off the Blue Mountain Toppers 76-71 in the play-in game of the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament Tuesday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
It was the second meeting for the teams in three days. Lyon won both games. Up next for the Scots (9-20) is a Thursday meeting with top-seeded, and the NAIA’s No. 6 team, Martin Methodist in Pulaski, Tenn.
The Toppers closed the season with an 8-22 record in Lyon alum J.D. Parker’s first season as head coach. Prior to this season, Blue Mountain had posted a record of 3-92 in three seasons.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK — With the help of some errant pitches, the Batesville Lady Pioneers struck for eight runs in the fifth inning and rallied for a 14-8, season-opening high school softball victory over the Pulaski Robinson Lady Senators in Burns Park.
The Lady Senators led 7-0 after two innings.
“Early, it was ugly,” Batesville Coach Shawn Coker said. “We just didn’t make any plays and one of the Robinson girls hit an inside-the-park homer. Our girls just looked nervous.”
The Southside Southerners’ season-opening baseball game set for Monday at Pangburn was called off due to a scheduling conflict, Southside Coach Dale Dahl said.
The Southerners are scheduled to play at McCrory this afternoon at 4.
Coach Dahl also announced he is trying to reschedule Thursday’s home game with Salem for a 4:30 p.m. start. The Southside Lady Southerner basketball team is scheduled to play at 1 Thursday afternoon in the first round of the 4A State Tournament in Heber Springs.
Randy and Tonya Coldwell teamed to win the mixed no-tap tournament at Hollywood Bowl recently.
The couple rolled a 1,596 handicapped score and defeated Brittany Johnson-Tracy Stanley by two pins.
Beverly Sellers-Charlie Morris was third with 1,558. Cheryl Lewis-Cory Smith (1,553) and Yvonne Satterwhite-Randy Bolin (1,551) rounded out the top five.
Twenty-six teams competed in the 2-day tournament.
PARAGOULD — The Southside Southerners began their high school soccer season here Monday with a tie in nonconference action.
Brody Clark gave the visitors a 1-0 lead with about five minutes to play, but the Rams scored about three minutes later. Chaz Zumwalt assisted on Clark’s goal.
In nonconference games, play ends after regulation time.
Southside goalie Cody McGaha registered eight saves. The Southerners took 12 shots on goal.