MELBOURNE — The Melbourne Junior Bearkatz shut out the Walnut Ridge Junior Bobcats for three quarters Thursday night while posting a 22-12 football victory and remaining unbeaten.
“They made their first first down in the fourth quarter,” Melbourne Coach Clinton Gore said. “Our defense played really, really well. Overall, that’s the best we’ve played by far.”
The Junior ’Katz improved to 6-0.
Lonoke at Southside
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
The Lonoke Jackrabbits will be hoping to ride the momentum of last week’s 28-21 win over the Newport Greyhounds into Southside when they face the Southerners. Beating the Greyhounds ended Lonoke’s 4-game losing streak. Southside needs the win to get their first 4A-2 District victory of the season. Homecoming activities are scheduled to start at 6:30.
MCKENZIE, Tenn. — Bethel University beat the Lyon College volleyball team in four games Thursday night.
Bethel won 25-16, 23-25, 25-9, 25-11 dropping Lyon to 6-14 overall and 0-7 in the TranSouth Athletic Conference.
Lyon’s Suzanne Fincham posted 10 kills. Chelsea Hinton added nine kills. Emily Sprick and Bre Wright each recorded 14 assists, and Wright tallied three aces. Ariel Smith totaled 15 digs.
The Scots are scheduled to host Mid-Continent University of Mayfield, Ky. on Saturday at 3 p.m.
BROOKLAND — The Brookland Lady Bearcat volleyball team defeated the Southside Southerners in three straight sets Thursday.
Brookland won 25-11, 25-11, 25-14.
“We just didn’t bring it tonight,” said Southside Coach David Shilkitus. “We played alright, but we were no match for Brookland offensively or defensively. We had no answers for their attack, and they dug up just about everything we hit.”
Southside’s record sits at 13-7 overall and 7-5 in the 4A-Northeast Conference.
PARAGOULD — The Southside Junior Lady Southerners won the Greene County Tech Invitational cross country meet on the Crowley’s Ridge College course Tuesday.
The Lady Southerners won with 19 points. Their hosts placed second with 37.
Southside’s McKenzie King finished second in her division, but first in the team scoring with a time of 10 minutes and 13 seconds over the 1.5-mile course. Teammate Cherysh Rone finished fourth overall in 11:10. Also scoring for Southside were: Meagan Phillips (sixth, 11:50), Hayden Webb (10th, 12:33) and Kaitlyn Gramling (19th, 13:42).
SHERWOOD — The Batesville Lady Pioneers improved to 15-5 and 8-1 in the 5A-Central Conference with a dominating performance Thursday night.
The Lady Pioneers drummed the Sylvan Hills Lady Bears 25-14, 25-11, 25-15 as Lainey Rumans recorded 36 assists and Kassie Foreman and Jayme Shell combined for 32 kills. Foreman led with 20 kills.
Other statistical highs came from Markayla Thorne and Shell. They each chalked up eight digs, and Shell added five aces. Morgan Huff contributed seven digs.
Sylvan Hills junior varsity won 25-23, 25-20.
The Batesville Junior Pioneer defense protected its home turf Thursday night by pitching a 23-0 football shutout against the Forrest City Junior Mustangs in Pioneer Stadium.
“We finally played up to our potential,” said defensive coordinator Matt Wentz. “Our linebackers did a good job of pursuing and tackling.”
The home team’s defensive unit set the tone early by forcing a punt by the Junior Mustangs on their first possession.
“I don’t think that we’ve started a game with a three and out all year,” Wentz said. “It’s definitely a good sign.”
JONESBORO — Beebe swept the 5A-East District Tournament tennis championships here Thursday, just like they did this time last year.
The Lady Badgers and Badgers each totaled 17 points. The Nettleton Lady Raiders finished second, eight points back. The Raider also finished second, six points back.
The singles titles were won by Beebe’s Sarah White and Nettleton’s Drew Nichols. The doubles crowns went to Nettleton’s Addison Turner-Caraline Vaughn and Beebe’s Than Kersey-Ben Grove.
Heber Springs tennis teams swept the 4A-2 District Tournament titles and two circulation-area doubles teams defended doubles titles Wednesday on the Lyon College courts.
Heber Springs’ boys tallied nine points to finish one point ahead of Cave City.
The Lady Panthers collected eight wins on the day. Southside and Stuttgart tied for second place with six victories.
Cave City’s team of Jordan Felts and Parker Nolen repeated as boys doubles champs by defeating Heber Springs’ John Price-Judson Smith 7-6, 6-1 in the finals.
The Lonoke Jackrabbits blasted the Southerners 50-14 in last season’s contest and will be looking to put a damper on Friday night’s homecoming festivities for Southside this year.
Last week, the Jackrabbits (1-4) earned their first victory of the season by beating fellow 4A-2 District member Newport 28-21. Their losses came at the hands of Star City, Beebe, McGhee and Heber Springs.
Lonoke lines up in the spread on offense and keeps the ball on the ground on most plays.
Forrest City at Batesville
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
Last season, the Batesville Junior Pioneers jumped out to an early 14-point lead on their way to defeating the Forrest City Junior Mustangs 22-14. Both teams are currently undefeated in 5A-East games. Batesville is 4-0-1 overall and 2-0 in the district. Forrest City is 2-2-1 and 1-0. There are no ties in league games, and the winner of this one should have a leg up in the 5A-East District race.
TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa has scheduled football games against Arkansas, Iowa State and Fresno State during the next three seasons.
Tulsa Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham announced the Golden Hurricane’s nonconference football schedules for the next four years Thursday.
Tulsa will open the 2012 season at Iowa State and play at Arkansas on Nov. 3. Fresno State will visit H.A. Chapman Stadium in September.
The following year, TU will host Iowa State and Colorado State and play on the road at Bowling Green, in addition to a previously scheduled game at Oklahoma.