MELBOURNE — The Melbourne Booster Club is hosting the first-ever Red, White and Blue football scrimmage on Thursday, according to a news release.
All of Melbourne’s football teams will be featured in the intrasquad contests. The seventh-graders will get the night started at 6. Junior and senior high junior varsity teams will follow. The price of admission is $1.
SEARCY — Searcy swept Batesville in a dual high school match at the Searcy Country Club here Monday.
The Lions won 320-417, despite Pioneer Garth Branstetter’s medal-winning even-par 71. His teammates scores were: David Cox, 100; Spencer Barnes, 108; Jacob Gaither, 138.
The Lions’ scores were: Connor Murphy, 75; James Fiscus, 75; Jordan Hopper, 82; Trace Neaville, 88; and Harrison Gooch, 88. The top four scores count as the team total, so one of the 88s was tossed out.
The Lady Lions won 171-181.
NEWPORT — Newport defeated Cave City 2-1 in a nonconference junior high volleyball match here Monday.
Cave City (0-3) won the first set 27-25 then Newport won 25-15 and 15-12.
Jennifer Grissom led Cave City with 16 points, 10 assists, five aces and 20 digs. Nikki Ford added 28 digs, 15 points and 10 aces while Rachel Woods chipped in 10 digs, eight points and five aces and Kayla Presley contributed 15 digs and seven points.
The teams split the junior high jayvee match and the seventh-grade match. Cave City won the senior high JV match 25-15, 26-24.
The Batesville Pioneers won the preseason high school football scrimmage with the Harrison Goblins Friday night in Pioneer Stadium, but they lost one of their leaders.
Early in the second quarter, senior tailback Dustin Strecker suffered a broken right ankle at the end of a 12-yard run to the Harrison 7. He also fumbled on the play and the Goblins recovered.
FORREST CITY — The Batesville Pioneers finished seventh among 10 high school teams in the McDonald’s Mustang Classic at the Forrest City Country Club here Saturday.
The Marion Patriots won the team title.
Pioneer sophomore Garth Branstetter shot a 5-over-par 76 and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Other scores that counted toward Batesville’s team total were: Shayne VanBenschoten, 86; David Cox, 97; and Spencer Barnes, 109. Sam Beary’s 139 did not count.
CABOT — Batesville’s John Vinson finished second to Stan Lee here Sunday in the Arkansas State Golf Association’s Senior Stroke Play Championship at Greystone Country Club’s Cypress Creek course.
Lee, from Tumbling Shoals, and Vinson entered the third and final round tied.
Lee shot a final-round 1-over-par 73 to overtake Vinson by one stroke. Vinson led after Friday’s first round after shooting a 3-under 69. Lee, who shot a 74 on Friday, answered with a 69 of his own on Saturday while Vinson was shooting a 74.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers are set to begin their 2009 season Tuesday when they visit the Newport Greypups.
Last year in Pioneer Stadium, the Junior Pioneers got a fast start and never looked back en route to a 39-0 victory.
It began with a blocked punt and a quick score, then a recovered fumble on the ensuing kickoff which led to another score six plays later. Just a few minutes in, the home team was up 16-0.
Don’t expect the same this year, Batesville Coach Doug Walls said.
LOCUST GROVE — Points leaders Tyson Franks and Andy Carpenter collected feature wins while other leaders struggled Friday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
Franks won the modified feature and is well on his way to securing the championship. His lead over Brandon Smith jumped from 24 points to 72. Smith did not participate Friday night.
Carpenter clinched the factory stock class weeks ago, but added to the trophy case with his win Friday.
BROOKLAND — Batesville’s seventh-grade volleyball team got a feel for winning and losing here Saturday during a season-opening, jamboree-styled event.
“They had it set up where you played 2-game matches with several teams. We split each one we played,” Batesville Coach Lisa McCord said.
The Junior Lady Pioneers split with Paragould, Greene County Tech, Marion, Valley View, Brookland and Annie Camp (Jonesboro).
McCord said she is encouraged by what she saw.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Lyon College Pipers went 0-4 in a season-opening tournament at Oklahoma City University, but Piper Coach Ray Green didn’t sound that displeased this morning.
“We’ve got another tough tournament coming up this weekend, too,” he said. “I told the girls when we started that I scheduled us for two really difficult tournaments right at the start so we can see where we are.”
It was a good weekend for the Lyon College soccer programs.
The Pipers and the Scots combined for four shutouts. The Pipers did their part with a 9-0 win over Central Baptist on Friday and a 11-0 decision over Harris-Stowe on Sunday. The Scots won 1-0 in each of their matches.
Katie Marshall and Anja Klotzle each recorded a hat trick. Marshall scored a hat trick in her Lyon debut. Klotzle, a sophomore, scored two goals and assisted on five more Friday. Sara Merker added two goals.
CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Paragould and Greene County Tech won golf matches at Cherokee Village’s north course Thursday.
Paragould won the boys match with a team score of 123. That was 20 strokes fewer than Izard County. Highland finished third with a 148 and Cave City turned in a 168.
Dylan Bateman of Paragould won medalist honors with a 3-over-par 39. Teammate Noah Tullis was second, two strokes back and the team score was completed by Miles Repress’ 43. Carson Riggan’s 45 was not applied to the team total.