SOUTHSIDE — The Riverview Raiders returned to Searcy with a 33-20 nonconference victory over the Southside Southerners Friday night.
Southside led 8-7 at the end of the first quarter, but Riverview scored five minutes into the second frame and kept the Southerners at bay.
Despite the win, Riverview Coach Stuart Hill was anything but satisfied after the game.
SEARCY — The Batesville Junior Pioneers outlasted the Searcy Lion Cubs en route to a 42-20 nonconference victory here Thursday night.
Batesville Coach Doug Walls said prior to the game that it would be important to not let Searcy jump ahead early. The Lion Cubs did that last year and Batesville was never able to recover, suffering their only loss of the season.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers remained unbeaten in 5A-Central Conference volleyball action with a 3-1 victory over the Vilonia Lady Eagles in Pioneer Gymnastium on Thursday night.
The game scores were 25-14, 25-18, 24-26, 25-18.
The Lady Pioneers won despite 18 service errors. They won, Coach Tanya Haigwood said, because, “We stayed aggressive … and our passing, setting and hitting were good. Our passing, especially when receiving serve, is getting better,” she added.
If holding up to the heat is a measure of what the 2010 Batesville junior and senior high cross country teams can do, this is a promising bunch.
“The heat made things much harder, but they just kept hanging in there and hanging in there,” said Diane Treadway, who directs the Lady Pioneers and Junior Lady Pioneers. “It was nice when we got this recent break in the weather.”
If “hanging in there” leads to a state championship for the Lady Pioneers, it will be their seventh straight. With four of their five scoring runners returning, that’s not a stretch.
EDEN ISLE — The Heber Springs Panthers won a triangular high school golf match at Red Apple Inn on Thursday.
Led by Tanner Rockwell’s 4-over-par 39, Heber Springs’ team score was 127, 20 strokes better than Southside. Lonoke finished another six strokes back.
Clayton House led Southside with a 43. Adding to the team score were Wyat Gambill (48) and Dalton Littleton (56). Tanner McGuire’s 58 and Chris Morris’ 64 did not count.
Louisiana-Monroe will have one factor in its favor when it tries to pull off the upset against No. 14 Arkansas: the element of mystery.
The Warhawks are only now playing their season opener, and that means no scouting report from last weekend to help the Razorbacks. In fact, even last year’s tapes might be a bit deceiving because Louisiana-Monroe has a new coach and a new quarterback.
“There’s no question about it,” Warhawks Coach Todd Berry said. “There are some unique things to us that they haven’t seen from us before or haven’t seen from me.”
JONESBORO — The Westside Consolidated Lady Warriors, defending Class 4A state high school champions, handed the Southside Lady Southerners their first volleyball loss of the season here Thursday night.
The scores were 25-13, 25-7, 25-20.
“We didn’t play at the level I’ve come to expect from this team,” Southside Coach David Shilkitus said. “It starts with our passing, and we did a poor job of getting the ball to the setter. A lot of that had to do with how well Westside served and attacked, but we must do better.
CONWAY — Sophomore Suzanne Fincham put together a monster match at the net and junior Chelsea Hinton pitched in an all-around performance as the Lyon College Scots thumped the Central Baptist College Lady Mustangs 3-1 here Thursday.
Fincham totaled 14 kills on 22 swings with just three errors. Hinton added 12 kills, 14 digs and six aces.
Danielle Reed collected a team-high 36 assists. Meghann LaBorn totaled four blocks.
SEARCY — After a scoreless first half, the Southside Junior Southerners scored three times and posted a season-opening 14-0 victory over the Riverview Junior Raiders here Thursday night.
“Our defense played really well,” Southside Coach James Housdan said. “We gave up a couple of plays on the edge, but, otherwise, we contained the run well. We had some injuries and we had to shuffle a lot of kids in and out and I was proud of the way they played.”
LITTLE ROCK — It’s been a hot, dry summer, but this week’s rains are a welcome sight for the state’s teal hunters.
The special September teal season in Arkansas begins Saturday and continues through Sept. 26.
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission waterfowl biologist Luke Naylor says scouting is important, but teal are often here today and gone tomorrow.
The Independence County Chapter of The National Wild Turkey Federation and FutureFuel Chemical Co. have partnered to provide a Jakes Day on Sept. 18 at FutureFuel Park, said Gary Stroud, spokesman for the local NWTF chapter. “Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the events will start at 9 a.m.,” he said. “Lunch will be provided at 12 noon. We will have archery, a BB gun shoot, turkey calling, tree stand safety, a skeet shoot for the older Jakes, geocaching — a new event, and fishing, thanks to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.