The Batesville Pioneers junior varsity football team remained unbeaten after outscoring the Searcy Lions 22-0 in the second half Monday night at Pioneer Stadium.
The final score was 28-7, raising the Pioneers’ record to 6-0.
After Searcy scored with their opening possession, Robert Smith stopped a Searcy drive with a fumble recovery. A few plays later, Jacob Hardin passed to Jaron Stigger for 70 yards and a touchdown. The run for two failed and Searcy led 7-6 at halftime.
HOT SPRINGS — The Batesville Lady Pioneers returned to the site of several of their state championships in cross country here Saturday and won again.
With four runners in the top 10, the Lady Pioneers rolled to victory in the Lake Hamilton Invitational across the infield at Oaklawn Park.
Natalie Meinzer led the 6-time defending Class 5A champs with a second place-finish. Her 5-kilometer time was 20 minutes, 23 seconds, 50 seconds behind Little Rock Christian’s Randi Ferguson.
Batesville’s Garth Branstetter and Izard County’s Preston Harmon know some of their fellow competitors in the Overall Golf Tournament championship, but not much about the toughest competition.
Neither have played the Pleasant Valley Country Club course, widely regarded as one of the state’s most challenging. They will get to play a practice round on Wednesday, one day before the event.
“I hear it’s a tight and long course,” Branstetter said. “My dad has talked with people about the course, but I haven’t talked with him yet.”
NEWPORT — Donavan Bishop, Charles Dunn and Tye Combs were division winners Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Bishop was followed by Gary Spicer and James Spence in the street division
Dunn took the top spot in the foot brake division with Jack Despain and William Runyan second and third, respectively.
Combs was faster than Ross Williams and Ray Lawrence in the super pro class.
Mercy, mercy, me!
And the 5A-East, too.
For the fourth week in a row, the unbeaten Batesville Pioneers turned the mercy clock on in the second half. Most recently, they turned it on against the Forrest City Mustangs, the 5A-East District’s defending champions, while winning 46-7 at home.
And this shortened Friday night feature included a special show. Pioneer senior Matthew Showalter provided one of the better performances ever seen in Pioneer Stadium.
Well, anywhere else, for that matter.
HARRISBURG — The Cave City Cavewomen posted a third-place finish here Saturday in the Gold Division of the Harrisburg Hornet Classic, topping the results for area teams.
Cave City defeated 4A-Northeast Conference and area rival Southside 20-25, 25-21, 15-10 before falling 25-23, 25-20 to Walnut Ridge in the semifinals.
Cave City tied for first in pool play with a 6-2 record but received the third seed based on points.
Cave City’s record is 11-10 and 4-8.
Martel Reid-Warden tied a single-season school record and broke another in the Lyon Scots’ 6-2 demolition of Mid-Continent on Saturday in TranSouth Athletic Conference play at Huser Field.
Lyon’s 6-goal outburst was a season-high and improved the team to 7-3-1 overall. The Scots have won three straight and also moved to 3-1 in the conference, placing them in sole possession of second place in the standings. Mid-Continent, who was receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, fell to 6-6-1 and 3-2.
NEWARK — The McCrory Jaguars defeated the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves 34-6 in a Class 2A-3 high school football game here Friday night.
McCrory opened the scoring in the first quarter when Collin Campbell and Drew Holland connected for a 30-yard pass. The attempt for 2 failed with 7:44 remaining in the first frame.
The Jaguars scored again midway through the second quarter on an 88-yard by Logan Best. Campbell hit Thomas Hernandez for the 2-pointer.
McCrory at Cedar Ridge
Kickoff • tonight 7
This Class 2A-3 contest pits a pair of 3-2 squads. McCrory has the upper hand in the conference standings at 2-1 while Cedar Ridge sits 1-2. The Jaguars edged Marked Tree last week 30-26 while Cedar Ridge took the week off.
The bad news for the Timberwolves is the Jags are back to full strength after a few key injuries. The good news is the T-wolves are also healthy.
NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge Junior Timberwolves stayed steady enough to give the 2A-3 District a shake here Thursday night.
“We just didn’t beat ourselves tonight,” Cedar Ridge Coach Joey Nelson said shortly after the Junior T-wolves held off the previously unbeaten East Poinsett County Junior Warriors 22-14. “We finally played enough of a complete game and did enough of what we should do.”
Batesville’s senior high volleyball team defeated Sylvan Hills 3-1 in a 5A-Central Conference volleyball match Thursday night at Pioneer Gymnasium while the Junior Lady Pioneers were falling 2-0 in Little Rock.
At home, the Lady Pioneers won 25-19, 22-25, 25-11, 25-21 as Hannah Huff led with 13 kills, 12 digs and three blocked shots. Kandess Pfitzner added 11 kills, a team-high 13 assists and nine digs. Kassie Foreman chipped in 10 kills, nine digs and a team-high six aces. Lainey Rumans contributed 12 assists and 10 digs, and Alyza Vasquez notched a team-high 15 digs.
FORREST CITY — The Batesville Junior Pioneers cleared the first major hurdle here Thursday night in their quest to repeat as Class 5A-East District football champions.
Batesville defeated Forrest City 22-14 in a critical contest that pitted the last two champions of the 5A-East.