Change is the story for volleyball in these parts.
Along with the usual roster changes, junior and senior high schools in the Guard circulation area are experiencing expanded conferences, new conference affiliations, new coaches and new programs this fall.
Today’s preview includes reports on the teams at Southside, Cave City, Cedar Ridge and our newest entry into the sport, Izard County. In Friday’s edition, we will get to Batesville’s teams, which are also seeing some big changes.
JONESBORO — Wynne’s boys and Valley View’s girls won the team titles at the Blazer Invitational at RidgePointe Country Club here Tuesday.
The Wynne Yellowjackets shot a 239 as Colten Smith led with a 4-over-par 76. The Paragould Rams, a fellow 5A-East District team, finished one stroke back. Dylan Bateman led the Rams with a 75.
Southside’s boys scored a 294 and finished eighth out of 11 teams. Clayton House led with an 82, finishing eighth among the individuals. Rounding out the Southerners’ team score were Dalton Littleton (102) and Wyat Gambill (110).
LOCUST GROVE — The 18th Annual Comp Cams Topless 100 is set for this weekend at Batesville Motor Speedway and fans will get their first chance to see some of the best dirt track drivers in the country Thursday night.
That’s when BMS opens its gates for a practice session. Grandstands admission is free and cars will begin their practices at 7 p.m. The track will be open until 10. Pit gates open at 3 p.m.
FAYETTEVILLE — Preseason surprises often aren’t surprises by the first preseason scrimmage.
They tend to just just forgotten.
This one won’t be. The Arkansas Razorbacks’ first preseason scrimmage has come and gone and the preseason surprise is the first-team defensive nose tackle.
On July 29 at Coach Bobby Petrino’s media golf outing, a week before the Razorbacks’ first preseason practice, he was asked about what he had heard from the Razorbacks strength and conditioning coaches — who might be one of the preseason practice surprises?
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Izard County Cougar golf teams finished a distant second to their hosts in a triangular high school match at Big Creek Golf Club here Monday.
Mountain Home, a Class 6A school, won the boys division by 17 shots (124-141) and the Lady Bombers won by 37 strokes (146-183). Izard County is a 1A school. Flippin, a 3A school, finished third in both divisions. The Bobcats shot a 143. The Lady Bobcats scored a 190.
Mountain Home’s Richard Zimmerman shot a 37, the day’s low score for nine holes. Miranda Manchester did the same for the Lady Bombers with a 46.
MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Foundation Board of Directors announced its annual benefit golf scramble is set for Sept. 18 at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Club in La Crosse.
First National Banking Company serves as the major corporate sponsor again this year. Liberty Bank, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, and Centurylink are also event sponsors this year.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Mountain Home Bombers shot down the Batesville Pioneers by 14 stroke in a high school golf match at Big Creek Golf & Country Club here Friday.
Senior Richard Zimmerman topped the Bombers’ 172 team score with an even-par 36 for nine holes. The event was shortened due to the 100-plus temperatures.
Mountain Home’s other scores came from Weston Monger (43), Joel Hudson (46) and Tyler Thomas (47).
Shane Vanbenschoten led Batesville with a 44. Thomas Walton and Hayden Cockrill added 47s. David Cox and Hunter Freiert shot 48s.
LA CROSSE — Former Izard County High School golfer Justin Burns won the Arkansas State Golf Association Designated Stroke-play Tournament at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Club this past weekend.
Playing in the Open Division, Burns followed up the 72 he shot on Saturday with a 4-under-par 68 on Sunday to pull away from the field. Casey Castleberry of Batesville finished seven strokes back with a 74-73 — 147.
Rounding out the top five were Winston Sizemore (148), Nathan Circle (149) and Trevor Sellers and Michael Shedd (150).
LOCUST GROVE — Make it two for two for Andy Carpenter.
The winner of the inaugural Chrome Shop Factory Stock Shootout defended his title Friday night at Batesville Motor Speedway.
Carpenter, the current points leader and defending points champion, was billed as the favorite for Friday night’s 30-lap feature.
Like last year, Carpenter had to wait longer than normal for his win to be official. Several cars were disqualified for failing to pass inspection. When the dust settled and the inspections were complete, Carpenter claimed the trophy and the $750 check.
As forecast, “the Newport boys” did well at the Reekie Gardner Jr. White River Bass Classic Saturday. Who would have expected, however, a stringer of five largemouth bass weighing 21.28 pounds?
Certainly not the grandpa-grandson team of Bill Wooten-Bobby Hubbard, winners of the $1,000 first prize.
Don Stitcher won two titles in drag racing action last weekend.
The Cave City man won the FootBrake division at the Great River Road Raceway in Dyersburg, Tenn., on Saturday and beat all competitors in the same division at Speedy’s Newport Drag Strip on Sunday.
Ross Williams and William Runyon finished second and third, respectively, in the same division at Newport.
In order, here are the top finishers in two other divisions at Speedy’s: Street — Bill Taylor, Donovan Bishop, Gary Spicer; Street — Richard Lee, Nick Dew.
Melbourne won a triangular high school golf match Thursday at the Batesville Municipal Golf Course.
Bradley Lamb led the Bearkatz and all other golfers with a 7-over-par score of 43 on the 9-hole layout. Other scores for Melbourne were: Levi Cooper, 54; Kerby Smith and Howie Lewis, 55.
The Newport Greyhounds finished second as Sky Summers shot a 48, John Robinson added a 54 and Taylor Ball contributed a 57.
Cedar Ridge followed with a 176. The Timberwolves’ scores were: Jordan Steele and Jacob Cline, 58; Jake Shirley, 60; and Clayton Butler, 62.