• The Playoffs: Nov. 12

    Vilonia at Batesville

    KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7:30

    It’s a renewal in Pioneer Stadium. Batesville and Vilonia have played each other many times in many high school sports through the years. Football, less so. When they have, though, the games have been fun to watch. Batesville holds a 2-1 lead in the series, which includes a state championship victory. Tonight’s game will end the season for one team. The winner will play the Monticello-Arkadelphia winner next Friday night.

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  • Junior Southerners win FNBC tourney opener

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Junior Southerners capped the first round of the First National Banking Company Tournament here Wednesday night with a 36-19 basketball victory over the Cave City Junior Cavemen.
    Myles Hooper led the winners wih 13 points. McCormick Murphy added 10 points for 2-0 Southside.
    Grant Walling scored 13 points for the Junior Cavemen.

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  • Lyon v-ball eliminated from league tourney

    HENDERSON, Tenn. — The Lyon Scots gave the Freed-Hardeman Lady Lions a run for their money in the first round of the TranSouth Athletic Conference volleyball tournament here Monday.
    In the end, the tournament host won 3-1. FHU, the second seed, had no trouble with Lyon last week when it left Becknell Gymnasium with a lopsided 3-0 sweep. Lyon didn’t buckle this time. The seventh-seeded Scots lost the first game 25-22 and won the second game 25-21. FHU completed the victory with 25-15, 25-18 scores.

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  • 7 years later, Pioneers, Eagles to meet again

    The history of Batesville-Vilonia high school football is short, storied and has little to do with their meeting Friday night in Pioneer Stadium in the first round of the Class 5A State Playoffs, said their coaches.
    First, the history.
    In 2002, Jim Stanley’s first year as head coach of the Vilonia Eagles, Coach Dave King’s seventh in charge of the Batesville Pioneers and the school’s first year together in the 4A-East District, the Eagles and Pioneers met for the first time ever. The Eagles won that district opener in Vilonia, 35-25.

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  • No. 1 Bears await T-wolves

    When Mike Cox took the head coaching job at Bearden High in 2006, he inherited a team that had just posted a 2-7 record.
    Since then, the Bearden Bears have been one of the top teams in Class 2A each year. Cox, a 24-year veteran, is 45-6 at Bearden. His teams have reached at least the state semifinals each year he’s been at the helm, but they haven’t won a championship.
    That quest begins Friday night when the No. 1 Bears (8-1) host the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves (6-4) in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs.

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  • Hillcrest, Cave City seniors split in Lynn

    LYNN — Cave City’s and Hillcrest’s senior high teams split two close nonconference high school basketball games here Tuesday night.
    The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles capped the night’s action with a 68-66 victory. The home team won when Dylan Wooten hit two free throws with two seconds to play.
    The visitors had tied the game on Lane Gay’s layup with four seconds to play. Wooten was fouled on the inbounds play.
    Wooten, a senior guard, led all scorers with 29 points. Sophomore Zach Doyle added 18 points and senior Trevor Morgan chipped in 13.

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  • Hillcrest, Cave City seniors split in Lynn

    LYNN — Cave City’s and Hillcrest’s senior high teams split two close nonconference high school basketball games here Tuesday night.
    The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles capped the night’s action with a 68-66 victory. The home team won when Dylan Wooten hit two free throws with two seconds to play.
    The visitors had tied the game on Lane Gay’s layup with four seconds to play. Wooten was fouled on the inbounds play.
    Wooten, a senior guard, led all scorers with 29 points. Sophomore Zach Doyle added 18 points and senior Trevor Morgan chipped in 13.

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  • Football playoff tickets available in advance

    Tickets for the Batesville-Vilonia, Class 5A State Playoff high school football game can be purchased in advance at the Batesville High School main office, Coach Dave King announced.
    The price of the ticket is $5, which is set by the Arkansas Activities Association.
    The tickets can be purchased until 4 p.m. today, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon on Friday.

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  • Strong second half lifts Cougs by Scots

    The Columbia Cougars used a strong second half to pull away from the Lyon Scots and win a nonconference basketball game 71-60 Tuesday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
    Lyon opened the game with a 3-pointer from Kip Kelly and a barrage of blocked shots on the defensive end.
    Columbia didn’t score for the first three and a half minutes and Lyon led 17-11 at the first timeout, which came with 11:45 remaining in the first half.

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  • Lyon to play for first soccer crown

    The Lyon College women will play for a soccer championship for the first time in the program’s history Friday in Pulaski, Tenn., and they’ll take on the 6-time defending TranSouth Athletic Conference champions.
    Tuesday afternoon on Marshal Huser Field, the second-seeded Scots defeated the Cumberland Lady Bulldogs 3-1 in a conference tournament semifinal. Meanwhile, in the other semifinal, the regular-season champs and top-seeded Martin Methodist RedHawks were edging the Union Bulldogs 2-1 in Pulaski, Tenn.

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  • Drag results announced

    NEWPORT — Billy Whitehead of Newark won the street division Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
    Donavon Bishop and Dan Holcomb were second and third, respectively.
    Ron Davis was fastest in the street division with William Runyan and Edward Littlejohn in tow.
    The top spot in super pro went to Mike Tarr. He was followed by Tye Combs and John Taylor.

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  • Area teams win 1st rounders at FNBC tourney

    SOUTHSIDE — Southside and Cedar Ridge junior girls basketball teams advanced in The First National Banking Company Tournament with first-round victories here Monday.
    The Junior Lady Southerners, hosts of the annual event, edged the Highland Junior Lady Rebels 21-18. Kenzie Batterton scored six points for the winners.
    The Junior Lady Timberwolves downed the Lady Greyhounds 40-32 as Haley Hix and Cassie Hendrix scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.

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