Southside at Cave City
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
One team will end a lengthy losing streak tonight in the Highway 167 Showdown. Southside has lost 20 straight, dating back to October of 2008 while the Cavemen have lost nine in a row. Cave City’s skid began with a loss to Paris in the first round of the Class 3A state playoffs last season. The Cavemen are winless since moving up to Class 4A and the odds are against them tonight with six starters expected to be sidelined with injuries.
NEWPORT — The Southside Junior Southerners posted a first-ever football victory over the Newport Greypups with a 24-14 decision in a 4A-2 District and season finale here Thursday night.
The Junior Southerner defense allowed just one score and shut out the Greypups in the second half. Newport led 14-12 at halftime.
The Lyon College basketball program will host a youth clinic at Becknell Gymnasium on Saturday morning, Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange announced.
The clinic is for boys and girls in grades third through eighth. It will focus on fundamental skills and will be taught by Stewart-Lange, her assistant Julie Church and Lyon players.
Registration starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at Becknell Gym. The cost is $35.
For more information, call (870) 307-7248.
TIMBO — Midland and Shirley split high school basketball games at the Timbo Invitational Tournament here Thursday.
The Midland Lady Mustangs whipped the Shirley Lady Blue Devils 61-41 as Emma Sellers and Kerstie Bumpous both recorded double doubles. Seller hit for 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Sellers added 22 points and 10 boards.
The Lady Mustangs also won despite committing 20 turnovers.
“We rebounded very well last night and that was probably the major factor in our win,” Midland Coach Brandon Gates said this morning.
Midland’s girls improved to 3-3.
When the Batesville Junior Pioneers’ football season began, Coach Doug Walls and crew hoped for the best, but were prepared for a lackluster season. They wanted their team to improve each week and let the chips fall where they may.
To say the least, they didn’t expect to repeat as Class 5A-East District champions and they sure didn’t expect to do it with an undefeated season.
TIMBO — Midland’s senior high basketball teams were defeated Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Timbo Invitational.
Lead Hill rallied from a 15-point, second-half deficit to drop the Lady Mustangs 66-62.
“We were up 15 in the second half and blew it,” Midland Coach Brandon Gates said.
The Lady Mustangs are 2-3 and all three of their losses have been close.
“It seems like the other teams are playing with more fire than we are,” Gates said. “I am not a guy who makes excuses, but we have played every night this week and I saw some tired legs out there.”
Greene County Tech at Batesville
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
Batesville Coach Doug Walls has been the Junior Pioneers’ head coach for 29 years and has enjoyed a lot of success. A win tonight would give him just his fourth undefeated season and his second straight outright championship. Batesville clinched a share of the title last week and is one game ahead of Forrest City in the standings. Forrest City has Wynne tonight and Blytheville next week. Batesville running back Joey Rodriguez should reach 1,000 yards tonight. He needs 58.
NEWPORT — Bill Smith of Batesville won the foot brake competition Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Daniel White and Ross Williams finished second and third, respectively.
Gary Spicer won the street division with Glen Nugent and Steven Simpson in tow.
The top spot in super pro went to Tye Combs with Roger Moon Jr. second and Robin Koenig third.
Joey Bogard won the outlaw street bike division.
CAVE CITY — The Southside Southerners and Cave City Cavemen are scheduled to meet Friday night in a game that has been circled on each team’s calendar for a long time.
What wasn’t anticipated was that the week nine Highway 167 Showdown would be between two winless teams. Cave City, one year removed from a 9-2 record and its first district championship, is 0-8 this season. To its credit, the Cavemen lost a lot of talent at graduation and moved up one classification to 4A.
WYNNE — The Batesville Lady Pioneers’ volleyball season came to an end here Wednesday night at the hands of the 6-time defending state champions.
The Siloam Springs Lady Panthers swept the Lady Pioneers, winning 25-18, 25-13, 25-12 in a quarterfinal match of the Class 5A State Tournament at Wynne High School.
The Lady Pioneers finished with a 15-8 record, shared the 5A Central Conference championship with Little Rock Christian Academy, qualified for their first state tournament and collected their first state-tournament victory along the way.
Two days before they are to host the Batesville Pioneers in a key 5A-East District football game, Coach Jeff Conaway said one of those absolute “This, I know,” about his Greene County Tech Golden Eagles.
“These kids have been through the fire,” the third-year coach said. “They’ve been through a lot of ups and downs this year, and we’re still a young team,” he said. “We’ve got 13 seniors, and, remember, these seniors were on a ninth-grade team that didn’t win a single game.”
They’re 1, 2, 3 on the tackle chart, and something special for one of the top defenses in Class 5A football.
“They all asked to be on special teams,” Batesville Coach Dave King said of seniors Justin Smithee, Steven Baney and Chance Rogers. “I look at things like that to get a measure of what players mean to the team. Your seniors who start (at other positions) don’t always want to play on kickoff and punt teams. That tells you a lot about them.”