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.
CAVE CITY — The Cedar Ridge Junior Lady Timberwolves defeated the Cave City Junior Cavewomen in a junior high volleyball match here Thursday.
Cedar Ridge won 25-17, 24-26, 15-9.
Jennifer Grissom led Cave City with 15 points, 20 digs and eight aces. Nikki Ford added 12 points, 22 digs, seven assists and five aces while Kayla Presley contributed nine points, 17 digs and seven aces.
CARLISLE — Cave City Coach Jon Bradley said there’s still plenty for the Cavemen to work on after a final assessment here Thursday night.
“We didn’t throw and catch the way I hoped, but our pass blocking was the best it’s been. We just have to catch the ball and part of it was timing,” Bradley said. “Overall, there were some positives. We still have things to work on, but the good thing is they are fixable.”
LOCUST GROVE — As the season reaches its final weeks at Batesville Motor Speedway, there are still a few points championships up for grabs. The first of three remaining points nights is Friday.
The street stock class is the most tightly-contested. Richie Tosh is clinging to a 10-point lead over Joe Payne and Kevin Grizzle is just another four back.
The maximum points a driver can earn per night is 50. The feature winner gets 40 and the heat winner gets 10.