The Batesville Lady Pioneers took a big step toward collecting the second of their three high school volleyball goals Thursday night at Pioneer Gym.
The 3-1 victory over the Little Rock Christian Lady Warriors evened Batesville and LR Christian atop the 5A-Central Conference standings. If both teams win their district finale on Tuesday, they will share the conference title. That’s a first for Batesville High’s volleyball program.
It’s not supposed to be this easy.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers plowed through another opponent Thursday night, dominating the Wynne Junior Jackets 30-8 in a key Class 5A-East District football game.
Then again, Wynne didn’t help itself. The Junior Jackets turned the ball over six times, allowed two long touchdowns on trick plays and were missing a talented running back.
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The early start isn’t the only thing different about this junior high meeting. These two met on Sept. 23 in Melbourne and the home team won 33-0. That was the inaugural varsity win for Melbourne’s new sports program. The Junior Wildcats are 3-3, but they didn’t travel very well on Sept. 23, and that’s one of the main concerns for Melbourne’s coaches. If the Junior Bearkatz win, it will be three in a row and get them above .500. Currently, they’re 2-2.
The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneer volleyball team ended the season Wednesday night in Pioneer Gym with a 2-0 victory over the Beebe Junior Lady Badgers.
Amy Everett provided three aces, two blocks and two kills as Batesville won 25-9, 25-16. Arden Kvern contributed five aces and one kill.
The Junior Lady Pioneers finished with a record of 12-6.
“We finished strong,” Batesville Coach Lisa McCord said. “We faced some injuries with one starter missing half of the season. I’m proud of them and I have a real positive outlook for next year.”
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Lamar High School football player who collapsed after practice in August died Tuesday at a hospital, the school district superintendent said.
Lamar Superintendent Roy Hester said Warriors lineman Tyler Davenport died at about 2:45 a.m. The 16-year-old junior had been treated at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock since he was stricken with apparent heat-related illness on Aug. 11.
“It’s a terrible thing. Our heart and prayers go out to the family and the community,” Hester said. “Everyone is sad.”
A 4-person scramble golf tournament, benefitting Southside’s Drug Free Graduation Party, is set for Oct. 23 at the Batesville Municipal Golf Course, according to a news release.
The starting time is 9 a.m.. The $140-per-team entry fee also covers a barbecue lunch and a closest-to-the-pin contest. The lunch will be served after the first nine holes.
Prizes will be awarded according to the number of entries. The first 22 teams to register will be accepted. A sign-up sheet is at the course pro shop.
MOUNTAIN HOME — Southside seventh-grader McKenzie King won the junior high girls division of the Bomber Invitational Cross Country Meet here Tuesday.
King ran the 2.5-kilometer course in 9 minutes 57.42 seconds. That was two seconds faster than Hannah Watkins of West Plains (Mo.) Middle School.
Mountain Home won the team title with a score of 32. West Plains Middle School was second with 58. Harrison (82), Southside (99), Berryville (103) rounded out the top five.
CLEVELAND, Miss. — The Lyon College womens soccer team notched its sixth shutout of the season in a 3-0 triumph over Delta State on Wednesday against the NCAA Division II team.
Lyon (8-3) is on a 3-match winning streak, has won five of its last six and has recorded two straight via shutout. Delta State (3-10-1) has lost two in a row and hasn’t won since Sept. 18th against TranSouth Athletic Conference member Freed-Hardeman.
The Southside Southerners are scheduled to host the Marianna Trojans in a Class 4A-2 District high school football game Friday night at Stewart Field.
It’s Homecoming for the Southerners and those festivities are set to begin at 6 p.m. The game will follow an hour later.
The Pioneers aren’t taking any comfort in the Wynne Yellowjackets’ 7-0 loss at Beebe last week.
“They look more like the really good Wynne teams,” Batesville Coach Dave King said. “Their offensive linemen are quick off the line of scrimmage and they block hard, their running backs run hard and their defensive people fly to the football.”
The Beebe Badgers won because they out-Wynned Wynne — holding the ball for long periods of time with a grind-it-out, Dead T-formation running game.
They’re the inside guys and the starting pieces to the puzzle picture of any complete defensive football team.
For the Batesville Pioneers, unbeaten and allowing an average of 7.8 points per game, they are tackle Darius Johnson, noseman Clint Arnold and tackle Jacob Gillihan. All three are seniors.
BROOKLAND — The Brookland Lady Bearcats defeated the Cave City Cavewomen 25-15, 25-19 25-20 in conference volleyball action here Tuesday.
Rachel Roebuck was credited with 24 points and 20 digs to pace Cave City (11-12, 4-9). Katie Freeman added 10 points and 11 blocks, Elisha Ramos earned 36 digs, Blair Weaver tallied six points and 15 assists and Laura Basinger collected six points and 20 digs.
The Junior Lady Bearcats were 26-28, 25-21, 25-13 winners.