SEARCY — After a scoreless first half, the Southside Junior Southerners scored three times and posted a season-opening 14-0 victory over the Riverview Junior Raiders here Thursday night.
“Our defense played really well,” Southside Coach James Housdan said. “We gave up a couple of plays on the edge, but, otherwise, we contained the run well. We had some injuries and we had to shuffle a lot of kids in and out and I was proud of the way they played.”
LITTLE ROCK — It’s been a hot, dry summer, but this week’s rains are a welcome sight for the state’s teal hunters.
The special September teal season in Arkansas begins Saturday and continues through Sept. 26.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission waterfowl biologist Luke Naylor says scouting is important, but teal are often here today and gone tomorrow.
The Independence County Chapter of The National Wild Turkey Federation and FutureFuel Chemical Co. have partnered to provide a Jakes Day on Sept. 18 at FutureFuel Park, said Gary Stroud, spokesman for the local NWTF chapter. “Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the events will start at 9 a.m.,” he said. “Lunch will be provided at 12 noon. We will have archery, a BB gun shoot, turkey calling, tree stand safety, a skeet shoot for the older Jakes, geocaching — a new event, and fishing, thanks to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
The Batesville-at-Harrison junior high volleyball matches set for tonight have been canceled, Batesville Coach Lisa McCord said.
The coach said Harrison school officials called to inform Batesville officials of the mistake and apologize. McCord said Harrison had inadvertently scheduled two matches for the same date.
The fourth running of the Sara Low Memorial 5K Run and Walk is set for Saturday, and a record number of participants is all but guaranteed.
“We have 235 runners pre-registered,” race director Ken McSpadden said Wednesday night. “If most show, along with the people we’ll register the day of the race, we should have our best number yet.”
The race is in memory of Low, a Batesville High graduate who was a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11, the first of two planes which crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.
Searcy Coach Tim Harper said the Lions really are much better, and then he quickly said all the things you would expect of a high school football coach whose team is visiting an opponent it hasn’t beaten in seven straight meetings.
“I’ve been real proud of how hard this team has worked and the improvements we’ve made,” he said. “The thing is, now the task gets a lot harder. Batesville, I believe, is the best team remaining on our schedule except, maybe, for West Memphis.”
NEWPORT — Gary Spicer, Joe Williams and Larry Romine were winners Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Spicer won the street division. Donovan Bishop and James Spence were second and third, respectively.
Ron Davis and Lonnie Allwhite finished behind Williams in the footbrake class.
Bobby Hall played second fiddle to Romine in the super pro class.
LOCUST GROVE — The points champions will be crowned Friday night at Batesville Motor Speedway as the 2010 points racing season comes to an end.
Each class, with the exception of the NeSmith Late Models, has a driver who has all but clinched the title.
In the late model class, however, the championship is up for grabs with four drivers in contention. Tyler Stevens holds a 2-point edge over Roger Witt while defending champion Jason Wilkey sits third, just 10 points back. Johnny Virden is fourth, 12 points off the pace.
Brookland at Melbourne
Kickoff • tonight 6:30
Our one homestanding junior high team this week will also start about a half hour earlier than the rest. That’s because the preceding seventh-grade game is set for a 5 p.m. kickoff. It’s also a legitimate measuring stick for both programs. The team from Craighead County is fielding it’s second varsity team. This is the first year for our Izard County representative. You may have already noticed another similarity: It’s the Brookland Junior Bearcats against the Melbourne Junior Bearkatz.
The Southside Southerners are scheduled to host the Riverview Raiders Friday night at Stewart Field, and it is the first-ever meeting of the teams in the regular season.
Riverview, a Class 3A school in Searcy, is coming off a 28-6 loss to Carlisle while the Class 4A Southerners are recovering from a 38-36 loss to Class 2A Cedar Ridge — another first-time opponent.
Southside Coach Jon Johnston said his squad is “banged up.” Then he added “It’s awful early to be beat up this bad. You expect stuff like this in week four or five, but not this early.”
Incorrect information was provided to the Batesville Daily Guard regarding the Townsends Invitational. The 4-person scramble golf tournament is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 16 at The Course at Eagle Mountain. It will start at 8 a.m. with tee time at 9.