Southside Southerner Coach Kenny Simpson hopes the seniors on his squad can notch their first varsity win Friday when his team hosts the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves.
“The kids are tired of hearing about how they have never won a game,” Simpson said. “We want to start a new streak. We want it to be 1-0.”
The T-wolves won last year’s matchup 38-36.
“We got ahead of them pretty quick,” said T-wolves Head Coach Todd Lovell. “They started making a charge in the second half, but we were able to hold them off. We are expecting them (Southside) to be pretty good this year.”
No wonder Newport’s rookie head coach hinted that how the Greyhound defense performs Friday night in Pioneer Stadium may be the best early indicator of the team’s progress.
One, Coach Jeromy Poole’s background is defense. He and Kenneth Chick were co-defensive coordinators for the Greenwood Bulldogs, the Class 5A state champions last fall. That championship run was their fourth in six years and Poole played a role in three.
The Batesville Junior High Pioneers will get their first up-close glimpse at the new look of an old rival Thursday night at Greyhound Field in Newport.
Traditionally, the Greypups have featured a run-oriented offense and man-to-man coverage on defense, but things changed drastically during the off-season. The hiring of Jeromy Poole to lead the high school squad has led to new schemes being implemented on both teams.
The Cedar Ridge Junior Timberwolves will face a dilemma in their season-opening football game Thursday night when they visit the Walnut Ridge Junior Bobcats.
To win against a team with superior experience, size and speed, they will have to take some chances and, at the same time, not give up the big play, said Cedar Ridge Coach Joey Nelson.
“They’re big, fast and strong, so we’re going to have to gang tackle, wrap up and make sure tackles,” he said. “We’re also going to have get into the backfield and try to cause some problems.”
FAIRFIELD BAY — The Concord Pirates won a triangular high school golf match here Tuesday, defeating squads from Shirley and Cave City on the Mountain Ranch Course.
Led by Cameron Reesor’s medal-winning 5-over-par 41 for nine holes, the Pirates notched a 14-stroke win over the Shirley Blue Devils. The Cave City Cavemen finished another 23 strokes back.
The Pirates’ winning team score of 137 came from Reesor and Ryan Cornelison and A.J. Cannon, who each shot 48’s. Luke Cornett’s 50 did not count.
One day later, the Batesville Pioneers defeated the same golf team that beat them by 32 strokes in Wynne.
On The Course at Eagle Mountain, their home course, the Pioneers edged the Wynne Yellowjackets 189-190 in a 9-hole match.
Playing the front nine, Batesville junior Thomas Walton shot a 7-over-par 43. Hunter Freiert followed with a 48. Hayden Cockrill and Sumner Barnes carded 49s to complete the team total.
Wynne was led by Paul Smith’s medal-winning 40. Charlie Roberts (49), Carson Stewart (50) and Dylan Thompson (51) finished the scoring.
BEEBE — The Batesville Lady Pioneers remained unbeaten and, more importantly, got off to a good start in 5A-Central Conference play here Tuesday night with a 3-0 victory over the Beebe Lady Badgers.
The game scores were 25-10, 25-11, 25-22.
“Conference opener, on the road and we went out and played well and took advantage of it,” Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said. “We made another small change, moving Jayme (Shell) to a back row hitting position and she did well.”
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners defended their home court and improved to 5-2 for the season by defeating the Cave City Cavewomen in three straight sets here Tuesday.
Southside Head Coach David Shilkitus was impressed by his team’s “strictly business” approach to the match.
“I like what I saw from us tonight,” Shilkitus said. “At times we seem to struggle with distraction, but tonight the whole team seemed focused on the task at hand. We hit 72 of 73 serves and played our style of game from start to finish.”
Lyon College Coach Ray Green announced Monday afternoon that no admission will be charged for tonight’s home volleyball match with Harding.
The first serve in Becknell Gym is set for 7.
The match was originally listed as an exhibition and admission would have been charged, but the NCAA does not allow that, so it will be recorded as a scrimmage.
WYNNE — Led by Paul Smith’s 1-under-par 69, the Wynne Yellowjackets rolled to a 32-stroke victory over the Batesville Pioneers in a high school dual match at the Wynne Country Club on Monday.
Dylan Thomas added a 74, Carson Stewart an 83 and Charlie Roberts an 85 for Wynne’s team score of 311.
Thomas Walton shot a 78 to lead the Pioneers. Hayden Cockrill’s 85, Sumner Barnes’ 87 and Hunter Freiert’s 93 brought Batesville’s team total to 343.
Tickets for Friday night’s season-opening Batesville-Newport football game in Pioneer Stadium can be purchased in advance at the Batesville High School office, 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., according to Dave King, head football coach and athletic director.
Single ticket prices are $4 (students) and $5 (adults).
The seventh- and eighth-grade Batesville Junior Pioneer football teams lost Monday to the Wynne Yellowjackets at Pioneer Stadium.
Eighth-grade gunning back Will Freiert scored Batesville’s only touchdown on a 35-yard run in a 24-8 loss to the Yellowjackets. After the score, quarterback Sam Stalker carried the ball into the end zone for the 2-point conversion.
Seventh-grade quarterback Zach Griffen connected with Tanner Vinson for a 20-yard score, and Kylan Robinson rushed for a 70-yard touchdown in a 24-12 loss to the visitors.