HEBER SPRINGS — The Batesville Junior Pioneers held off the Vilonia Junior Eagles here Saturday to win the Heber Springs Buffalo Medical Panther Relays title.
Led by sprinter Peter Okolo, the Junior Pioneers scored 151.5 points to the Junior Eagles’ 141. Okolo won the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and brought home the blue ribbon in the long jump.
The Junior Pioneers’ other victory came in the 400-meter relay where Chris Covington, Jalen Meadows, Michael Robinson and Nick Morton teamed up. Meadows scored in five other events.
Winning a second straight Citizens Bank Orange Crush Classic title was nice, and regaining some confidence was even better, Trumann Coach Brian Haynes said.
The Lady Wildcats came to the annual event at the Batesville North Complex on Saturday morning with an 11-2 record. Friday night, they split a 4A-3 District doubleheader with the Gosnell Lady Pirates, losing 4-3 and winning 2-0.
VILONIA — It was a doubly good April Fools’ Day for Batesville High School’s soccer teams.
The Pioneers and Lady Pioneers swept their hosts by the same 2-0 count in two key 5A-East Conference matches.
Sam Johnson scored the Pioneers’ first goal with an assist from Oscar Valdez at the 18:41 mark of the first half. Brener Costello scored on a penalty kick at 14:06 of the second half.
For the second straight match, the Pioneers controlled play from start to finish, took 41 shots — 22 in the first half — and missed often.
The First Community Bank Pioneer Classic championship trophy has taken its first trip out of state.
The Covington Chargers of Tipton County, Tenn., won the title on their first try. The Chargers defeated the Searcy Lions 6-3 on Friday night, rallied past the White Hall Bulldogs 6-5 and held off the Sylvan Hills Bears 9-6 on Saturday.
The 3-0 weekend in Batesville brought the Chargers’ record to 12-1, and may serve as building blocks to bigger things.
PULASKI, Tenn. — Lyon College was winless in five games against Martin Methodist over the weekend.
Lyon’s baseball team was swept 3-0 and Lyon’s softball team took a doubleheader loss.
On Saturday, the RedHawks won a baseball doubleheader 14-4 and 10-3 and followed it with a 10-6 win on Sunday.
Martin Methodist opened the series with six runs in the bottom of the first inning. Lyon responded with three in the second, but a 3-run third and a 4-run fourth was more than enough for the RedHawks.
BROCKWELL — Preston Harmon struck out 17 batters and pitched a 2-hitter as the Izard County Cougars improved to 6-4 overall and 2-1 in the Class 1A 2-East with a 6-1 victory over the Mammoth Spring Bears here Friday.
Harmon walked three and the run was earned. He also provided himself with run support, going three for four with a double and two runs batted in.
Zane Worsencroft and Zack Logan added two hits and an RBI apiece.
BLACK ROCK — The Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles won the Lawrence County Tournament championship Saturday with a 6-3 win over the top-seeded Walnut Ridge Lady Bobcats.
Hillcrest opened with two runs in the top of the first inning and led 4-1 midway through the fifth. Walnut Ridge made it a 1-run game with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning and Hillcrest set the final with a 2-run seventh.
Samantha Blevins was the winning pitcher. She gave up no earned runs, allowed three hits, walked three and struck out five.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners and Southerners each chalked up 7-0, 4A-3 Conference victories over the Lisa Academy Lady Jaguars and Jaguars on Stewart Field here Thursday.
Alex Burroughs scored five unassisted goals for the Lady Southerners. Alicia Weaver and Dee Jaco each added an unassisted goal.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners struck for seven runs in the sixth inning to record a run-ruled, 10-0 nonconference high school softball victory over the Riverview Lady Raiders.
“It was a good win against a much-improved Riverview squad,” Southside Coach Fred Denison Jr. said. “We were fortunate that our field remained playable with the rain that came before and during the game.”
CAVE CITY — David Wooten, fishing by himself, won the Cave City Bass Club’s tournament on Lake Norfork on Saturday with a 9.50-pound stringer, tournament director Ron Watkins said.
Wooten weighed in five bass.
Payout for first place was $125.
Terry Bishop and Michael Holt weighed in three bass totaling 8.40 pounds. They split their $75 in winnings.
Watkins and Chris Wooten, with four bass totaling 7.15 pounds, split $50 for placing third.
Mark Owens won $70 for catching the biggest bass of the tournament. It weighed 4.30 pounds.
What’s been dubbed “the tournament that never ends” got in a few more games Thursday before rain forced more postponements.
Viola defeated Cave City and Bald Knob to advance to the championship game of the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic baseball tournament.
When that championship game will be played is still unknown. West Side Greers Ferry, Southside and Midland are still alive in the other side of the bracket. They were unable to play due to field conditions Thursday. Those games have been reset for Wednesday.
BEEBE — The Beebe Lady Badgers handed the Batesville Lady Pioneers their eighth and ninth straight softball losses here Thursday.
The Lady Badgers won 13-0 and 10-3, sweeping the Lady Pioneers in a 5A-East District doubleheader. The Lady Badgers improved to 4-0 in the district and 7-6 overall. The Lady Pioneers fell to 0-6 and 3-9.
In the 5-inning, run-ruled opener, Sarah White highlighted a 7-run third inning with a grand slam home run. All the Beebe runs came with two outs.
Beebe leadoff hitter Morgan Hartle also led the offense, hitting two for two with two walks.