The Batesville Junior Pioneers are scheduled to begin their defense of the district title at home against 5A-East foe Nettleton on Thursday.
Batesville has finished the two previous seasons undefeated claiming the district crown both years.
Nettleton Raider Head Coach Blake Tennison expressed tremendous respect for the Junior Pioneer football program.
“Batesville is always one of the best teams that we play each year,” Tennison said. “They are always very well-coached and well-prepared.”
The Batesville Lady Pioneers, Melbourne Junior Lady Bearkatz and Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers posted top-5 finishes in the team standings of the Conway Wampus Cat Invitational Cross County Meet that was held in Conway on Saturday.
Results from the event, which was held at Lake Beaverfork Park, were not available until Tuesday.
The Little Rock Christian Academy Lady Warriors brought the Batesville Lady Pioneers’ run in the 5A-Central Conference to a screeching halt Tuesday night in Pioneer Gym.
The Lady Warriors, who shared the volleyball title with the Lady Pioneers last season, dominated this meeting. The visitors won 25-13, 25-18, 25-12.
The Lady Pioneers fell to 11-3 overall and 4-1 in the conference.
The Lyon College volleyball team defended their home court to beat the Williams Baptist College Lady Eagles in a 5-set match Tuesday night at Becknell Gymnasium.
Lyon (4-9) won 25-23, 17-25, 27-25, 22-25, 15-11 to snap a 5-game losing streak.
“It was great to get a win against our biggest in-state rival,” said Lyon Head Coach Ray Green. “We haven’t beaten them since my first year here.”
Green began coaching the Scots in 2008.
The play of middle hitter Suzanne Fincham impressed Green in the match’s deciding set.
The Melbourne Junior Bearkatz will return to the road Thursday night and put their unbeaten football record on the line against the Hector Junior Wildcats.
The Junior Bearkatz improved to 3-0 last Thursday night with a 20-14 decision over the Yellville-Summit Junior Panthers. Their first two victories came in Rose Bud and Bookland.
The Junior Wildcats are 1-2, with a victory against Dardanelle’s junior varsity squad and losses to Poyen and Two Rivers.
The Batesville Pioneer junior varsity footballers team walloped their Searcy Lion counterparts 33-6 in Pioneer Stadium on Monday night.
Eli Childress got Batesville’s scoring going with a 9-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Mario Garcia added the point-after kick, as he would twice more.
Phillip Archuleta added a 7-yard TD run in the second quarter and a 40-yarder in the third quarter.
Batesville’s other second-half scores came on a 60-yard, Nick Morton-to-Cody Campbell pass play and a 26-yard run by Robert Smith.
The Lyon College Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Kevin Jenkins, Chris Marcak and Jennifer Walls Payton was, more than anything else, about family.
“Kevin being inducted into this hall of fame is very special to me because he’s a former player of mine here, then an assistant men’s basketball coach to me and then the head coach while I was the athletic director,” said Terry Garner, the first presenter on the stage Saturday night at Becknell Gymnasium.
CAVE CITY — The Cave City Cavewomen successfully defended their home court against the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves in a nonconference volleyball match Monday.
Cave City won 25-10, 25-22, 25-7 as Laura Basinger scored 18 points, hitting 11 kills and serving up seven aces. Other statistical leaders were: Blair Weaver, 18, assists, 15 digs, 13 points, seven aces, six kills; Mollie Wolfe, 20 digs, 11 points, seven kills, four aces; Kayti Perkey, 12 assists, 10 points, six aces; Rachel Woods, 10 points, seven kills, three aces; and Nikki Ford, 22 digs.
The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville Foundation is scheduled to host its annual golf tournament Oct. 19.
The 4-person scramble will be at The Course at Eagle Mountain with tee time set for 11 a.m. Proceeds from this year’s tournament will support foundation scholarships. First Community Bank will again serve as this year’s corporate gold sponsor for the tournament.
ARKADELPHIA — The West Alabama Lady Tigers (25-10, 25-20, 25-15) and the Henderson State Lady Reddies (25-14, 25-17, 25-23) defeated the Lyon College volleyball team in a tri-match Monday.
Suzanne Fincham recorded six kills, two blocks and an ace against West Alabama. Chelsea Hinton and Samantha Comet each posted five kills. Emily Sprick tallied eight assists and Bre Wright chipped in seven assists. Ariel Smith hit 13 digs.
The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers rallied for 2-1 volleyball victory over the Beebe Junior Lady Badgers in Pioneer Gym on Monday night.
The game scores were 20-25, 25-12, 25-20.
“We were sluggish and had a lack of communication in that first game,” Batesville Coach Lisa McCord said. “In the second game, we took care of business.”
In particular, Sarah Hayes stepped to the service line and Batesville scored 15 consecutive points. Among those were 10 aces. Hayes also provided five kills and three digs.