• Southside rallies, secures region tourney berth

    CLINTON — For the first time in four seasons, the Southside Lady Southerners will play in a region basketball tournament.
    They punched the ticket with a 37-19 win over the Cave City Cavewomen in a Class 4A-2 District Tournament quarterfinal game here Tuesday night.
    Cave City, last year’s Class 3A state runner-up, ended its season with a 17-10 record. It was also the last game for Coach Russell Fowler and his assistant, Crystal Bradley.

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  • Basketball in town tonight

    Nettleton Lady Raiders (6-4, 5A-East District; 14-10, overall) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (8-2, 15-7), Pioneer Gymnasium, 6

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  • Registration dates announced for ICYAA ball, soccer leagues

    The first of two registration dates for the Independence County Youth Athletic Association’s baseball, softball and soccer spring programs is set for Saturday, 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the First Community Bank George Ryder Community Room, according to a news release from the association.
    The second registration day is Feb. 27, 1-3 p.m., at the same site.
    Registration forms received after March 5 will be put on a waiting list.

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  • Junior Pioneers break skid

    The Batesville Junior Pioneers broke through in the 5A-East District Tuesday evening with a 39-36 victory over the Blytheville Junior Chickasaws in Pioneer Gym.
    The victory was the Junior Pioneers’ first in 13 tries against district foes. They are 3-16 overall.
    “We’ve had a long season and struggled at times, but we showed a lot of heart and determination,” Batesville Coach Kelly Rush said.
    The visitors led 11-6 after one quarter of play. Batesville led 18-17 and 25-24 at the next two stops.

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  • Sisters spark Lady Pioneers by ’Lady Jackets

    The Foreman sisters combined for 34 points and 13 rebounds to help the Batesville Lady Pioneers hold off the Wynne Lady Yellowjackets 52-46 in a 5A-East District high school basketball game in Pioneer Gymnasium Tuesday night.
    With the victory, the Lady Pioneers clinched a top-4 finish in the district and a berth in the Class 5A State Tournament.
    Now, it’s four games for a seeding position. Tonight, the Lady Pioneers are to host the Nettleton Lady Raiders. Friday they’ll visit the Greene County Tech Lady Eagles in Paragould.

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  • Junior Timberwolves complete perfect season

    JUDSONIA — The Cedar Ridge Junior Timberwolves completed their sweep of the 2A-2 District and the season here Monday night.
    Battling back from a 5-point deficit in the last three minutes, the Junior T-wolves defeated the Salem Junior Greyhounds 46-41 to win the district tournament championship and complete an unbeaten season. They went 22-0.

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  • BJHS cagers to lead off play tonight in 4-game set at Pioneer Gymnasium

    The Batesville Junior High basketball games lost to weather and road conditions last week have been rescheduled, and one matchup has become part of a 4-game set beginning this afternoon, Batesville High Athletic Director Dave King announced Monday afternoon.
    The Forrest City-at-Batesville junior games will precede the Wynne-at-Batesville senior games, with the junior girls tipping off at 3:30 in Pioneer Gym. The junior boys game will follow. The Wynne-Batesville senior girls are set to tip off at 6. The senior boys will provide the nightcap.

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  • Basketball in town tonight

    Wynne Lady Yellowjackets (3-6, 5A-East District; 7-14, overall) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (7-2, 14-8), Pioneer Gymnasium, 6

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  • Victory sweetens Valentine’s Day for Scots

    Valentine’s Day was a little sweeter for the Lyon College Scots as they rallied to defeat the Trevecca Nazarene Trojans 61-58 in a TranSouth Athletic Conference meeting Monday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
    The Scots now have won two straight after an abysmal start to the month. And the early going Monday night wasn’t favorable for the home team. Lyon trailed 32-21 at halftime. Given losses to a pair of cellar dwellers, several players injured or ill and then a 15-point deficit, “it would be easy to fold the tent,” Lyon Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said.

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  • OWU sweeps Lyon in Kelley’s return to Scots Field

    Coach Kirk Kelley’s teams have won hundreds of games at Scots Field, but Monday afternoon provided a first.
    Kelley, who collected 531 wins as the Scots’ skipper, made his first trip to Batesville as the head coach of the Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagles and they swept Lyon 11-9 and 4-0.

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  • Basketball in town tonight

    Trevecca Nazarene Trojans (11-11 overall, 8-3 TranSouth Athletic Conference) vs. Lyon Scots (13-11, 4-7), Becknell Gymnasium, 6
    The Trojans are on a 4-game win streak after blasting Cumberland 70-40 Saturday. They are led by London Elie, a 6-3 sophomore who averages 12 points per game.
    Lyon is coming off a 76-73 win against Martin Methodist Saturday after dropping a pair to Cumberland (11-13, 3-8) and Mid-Continent (1-23, 1-10).

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  • Lyon baseball finally plays home opener

    After six failed attempts to host a baseball game at Scots Field, Lyon College finally broke through Sunday.
    The Scots improved to 4-0 with a nonconference doubleheader sweep of the Hillsdale Baptist Saints. Lyon won game one 19-0 in five innings and took game two 10-4.
    Garry Richards walked the first batter he faced in game one and then he and Colton McSpadden combined for a perfect game the rest of the way.

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