NEWPORT — The Newport Greyhounds made it 25 straight playoff appearances and the Southside Southerners are still looking for their first.
That was determined here Friday night when the Greyhounds defeated the Southerners 34-12 in a 4A-2 District and regular-season high school football finale.
Sparked by the passing of left-handed senior quarterback Michael Reynolds and the receiving of classmate Kordre Taylor, the ’Hounds broke away from the upstart Southerners and continued their state-record run of playoff appearances.
BEEBE — Thanks to a defense that did its part and then some, the Batesville Pioneers ran their unbeaten string against 5A-East District high school football foes to two seasons here Friday night with a 28-14 victory over the Beebe Badgers.
If you’ve forgotten, the Pioneer defense saved a struggling offense this time last year in a 17-13 win over the Badgers in Pioneer Stadium. That night, it was big stops that helped the Pioneers win the district title, complete a 7-0 district mark and a 10-0 regular season.
HARRISON — In their last shot at getting by the Batesville Lady Pioneers, the Siloam Springs Lady Panthers did it here Saturday in the Class 5A State Cross Country Meet on the North Arkansas College campus.
The Lady Panther cross country teams, like the rest of the Siloam Springs sports teams, will move up to Class 6A next fall. These Lady Panthers, and some others before them, have been chasing the Lady Pioneers while they were winning seven straight state championships.
FLIPPIN — Two of three circulation area teams playing in the Arvest-Modern Woodman Tournament won here Saturday.
The Melbourne Bearkatz defeated the Western Grove Warriors 48-28 and the Izard County Lady Cougars took down the Yellville-Summit Lady Panthers 53-28.
The Lady Bearkatz fell to the Lead Hill Lady Tigers. A score and details were unavailable at press time.
For the 1-0 Bearkatz, Kyler McLaughlin scored 13 points and Cecil Dowdle added 10. Melbourne is scheduled to take on Jasper this evening at 5:30.
Lyon College’s basketball teams swept Ecclesia in home openers at Becknell Gymnasium here Friday night.
The men’s team won 83-75 after trailing 38-29 at halftime.
The Scot women bolted to a big early lead, led 41-19 and continued to dominate in the second half en route to an 84-39 decision.
Lyon Coach Kevin Jenkins said the Scots rallied with a more concerted effort to get the ball inside and by picking up the tempo at both ends of the floor.
“We were getting good shots (from the outside) in the first half, but just not making them,” he said.
Southside at Newport
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
This time, some new guys are involved in the playoff chase. The Southerners, 2-4 in the 4A-2 District and 4-5 overall, will get the district’s fifth and final Class 4A State Playoff spot and their first-ever playoff game with a win in Jackson County. The Greyhounds (2-4, 3-6) must win or be left out of the playoffs for the first time in 25 years. If you’ve forgotten, the ’Hounds faced the same scenario this time last year when they came to Independence County.
MELBOURNE — The Melbourne Junior Bearkatz completed an unbeaten season here Thursday night with a 42-12 victory over the Brookland Junior Bearcats.
Quarterback Conor Fogle, who finished the night with three touchdown runs, got the first score on a 3-yard run. It was the first of four Melbourne TDs in the first quarter.
Fogle added TD runs of 20 and 50 yards, Brady Duckett tacked on a 7-yarder, and Skiler Dwyner contributed a 2-point conversion.
CONCORD — West Side Greers Ferry and White County Central took home the Julian Martin Invitational Tournament championship trophies Thursday night.
The Junior Lady Eagles defeated the Concord Junior Lady Pirates 40-29 as Abby Turney scored 20 points.
For Concord, Emily McClure scored 12.
In semifinals on Wednesday, Greers Ferry defeated Midland 52-24 as Turney rang up 12 points. Concord advanced with a 37-34 decision over Rural Special as McClure and Julia Wilson each scored 12 points.
Ecclesia College Lady Royals (0-1) vs. Lyon College Scots, 6 p.m.
Ashton Abshier, a long-range shooter, is the player Lyon College Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange remembers from last season. Sabrina Westmoreland, however, led the Lady Royals in scoring against Central Baptist in a season-opening loss on Tuesday. Coach Stewart-Lange is hoping for something pretty simple from the Scots in their season opener. “I just hope we show a lot of excitement and energy. Like Christmas … they can’t wait for it to be here.”
Royals (1-1) vs. Scots (1-0) , 8
The Beebe Badgers have found their quarterback, but they’re not so sure about their defensive linemen, said Beebe Coach John Shannon.
Friday night, the Badgers and the 5A-East District football champion Batesville Pioneers are scheduled to battle in Beebe’s Bro Erwin Stadium.
NEWPORT — Steve Simpson, Tony Newberry and William Runyan were winners here Sunday at Speedy’s Drag Strip.
Simpson won the Street class title. Gary Spicer and Don Holcomb finished second and third, respectively. Newberry was followed by Logan King and Spicer in the Footbrake division, and Kelsey Armstrong-Hopper and Peggy Smith placed second and third, respectively, behind Runyan in the Super Pro class.
Weather permitting, the Southside Southerners will watch “Rocky IV” on Stewart Field tonight, then they’ll try and knock out the Newport Greyhounds on Greyhound Field Friday night.
The winner will advance to the Class 4A State Playoffs as the 4A-2 District’s fifth seed. The loser’s season will end.
If Newport wins, their state’s-best run of consecutive playoff appearances will continue with their 25th.
If Southside wins, the Southerners will write into their football program history book their first playoff appearance.