HOT SPRINGS — Top-seeded Helon Ricks of Hot Springs Lakeside defeated Batesville’s Krystal Pham 6-0, 6-0 in a semifinal match of the Class 5A State Tournament here Tuesday.
Lakeside swept the team titles as Mary Wright and Parker Allen won the singles titles. Wright defeated teammate Ricks 6-4, 1-0 (retired).
CONWAY — For the second straight year, the Cave City Cavewomen are headed to the Class 3A State Volleyball Tournament.
Cave City earned the trip with a 25-22, 25-19, 12-25, 25-20 win over Nemo Vista in the third-place game of the 3A-Central Conference Tournament here Tuesday night.
Rachel Roebuck collected 35 points and 29 kills, each a career-best. Courtney Ewing added a personal-best 10 blocks and Kendra Demster was credited with a career-high 25 assists.
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An Arkansas-Ole Miss watch party is set for Saturday for members of the Independence County Chapter of the Arkansas Alumni Association, according to a news release from Gayle Ross.
The event is to begin 30 minutes prior to kickoff at Josie’s At The Lockhouse. Door prizes will be awarded.
Alumni are asked to RSVP by Friday by e-mailing email@example.com. For more information, call Ross at (870) 793-9079 or e-mail to the above address.
NEWPORT — Jerry Taylor and Bobby Hooker, both of Cave City, were winners Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Taylor beat Joe Williams down the line in the main event of the foot brake division. Don Stitcher, also of Cave City, was third.
Hooker was quicker than Evening Shade’s Johnny Van Taylor in the super pro division.
The street division winner was Gary Spicer, followed by Batesville’s Paige Walls. Jon Dunn was third.
MAYNARD — In another season opener, the visiting Junior Screamin’ Eagles won as Colman Evans scored 14 points, Hunter Nunnally added 11 points and Corey Richey snared 13 rebounds.
Maynard won the seventh-grade boys game 42-19.
The Junior Lady Tigers won by the same score. Shae Durham scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds for Hillcrest. Lindsey Crews collected eight steals.
FLIPPIN — Izard County and Flippin split season-opening junior high basketball games here Monday night.
The visiting Junior Cougars won 37-27 as Trenton Hatman scored 18 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked two shots.
Marcus Ragsdale scored 15 points in a losing effort.
The Junior Lady Bobcats won 41-26. Jessica Moore scored 12 points for the visitors. Makayla Gross added 10 for the Junior Lady Cougars.
In seventh-grade action, Izard County’s girls won but a score was not available.
The Batesville eighth-grade football team defeated Wynne 24-8 in Pioneer Stadium on Monday night.
Joey Rodriguez opened the scoring for Batesville with a 7-yard run. Peyton Richardson ran in the 2-point conversion.
Peter Roulier was next with a 14-yard burst and Rodriguez added the 2-pointer.
Batesville’s last strike was a 69-yard run by Richardson. Jalen Meadows crossed the line for 2.
All of Batesville’s scoring came in the first half.
The seventh-graders played two games and split. Scores were not provided.
CONWAY — The Conway Christian Lady Eagles shined in front of their home-court crowd in the opening rounds of the Class 3A-Central District Volleyball Tournament on Monday.
First, the Lady Eagles eliminated the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves then upset the Cave City Cavewomen to advance to today’s championship match with top-seeded Conway St. Joseph.
Cedar Ridge advanced to the quarterfinal match after defeating Rose Bud 25-12, 25-17, 25-18.
Batesville Lady Pioneer Krystal Pham will play in the second and final day of a state tennis tournament.
Pham, a senior who recently won the 5A-East District singles title, won two matches Monday in the Class 5A state event in Hot Springs. This morning, she was to take on top-seeded Helon Ricks of Hot Springs Lakeside, the host school, in a semifinal match.
In the other semifinal, Mary Wright, also of Lakeside, was to play Pulaski Academy’s Kelly Swanson. The championship match is set for some time this afternoon, Batesville Coach Greg Armstrong said.