BEARDEN — The No. 1 Bearden Bears blanked the upstart Cedar Ridge Timberwolves 49-0 in the first round of the Class 2A State Playoffs Friday night at Rogers Field.
Bearden (9-1) has turned on the sportsmanship clock in all but two of its games this season. The “mercy” clock ran all of the second half after Bearden led 35-0 at halftime.
Coach Mike Cox said the eight straight blowouts his team has enjoyed could also be its Achilles heel in its quest for a ring.
Bad Boy Promotions is getting set for round four of boxing in Batesville, promoter Brandon Foster announced.
Batesville’s National Guard armory is the venue for “Seasons Beatings,” set for Dec. 11.
Batesville High graduate Hunter Limbaugh will headline the 7-bout event. He will go toe to toe with veteran fighter Dominique Azeez, who fought Jake Thomas in the main event of the last show at the armory.
Also on the card are Sulphur Rock grad April “the Assassin” Ward (7-2), Kristen “TNT” Treadway (2-0), James Frazier, Josh Williams (1-1), Kari Johnston and Yasmine Brown.
WALNUT RIDGE — The Lyon Scots mens basketball team held off the Williams Baptist Eagles 84-81 in a nonconference basketball game here Thursday night.
“It was exciting and a challenge,” Lyon Coach Kevin Jenkins said. “We had to hold them off at the end.”
The Eagles hit 49 percent from the field, but Lyon countered with 51 percent. The Scots led 40-36 at halftime.
SOUTHSIDE — The Highland Junior Rebels edged the Southside Junior Southerners in overtime Thursday night in the First National Banking Company Tournament’s semifinals.
The score was 27-27 at the end of regulation. Highland won 33-30. Junior Rebel Avery Johnson forced OT when he hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Johnson finished with 15 points to lead Highland. Cody Goodman scored nine points for Southside (2-1).
In the other boys semifinal, Cedar Ridge blasted Newport 42-29.
The top finishers in the 15 divisions of the White River Roadrunners Race Series will be recognized Tuesday at the club’s monthly meeting at the Citizens Bank Annex, announced Joe Pool.
Listed by divisions, those runners are:
Overall — Clan Weatherford, Shannon Box, Canisius Mbarushimana; 10-14 — Tristan Driver; 15-19 — Tyler Bishop, Joshua Butler; 20-29 — Rusty Staggs, Dean Rawlings; 30-39 — Brian Yeager, Geary Paul, Jr., B.L. Barber; 40-49 — Brenden Bishop, Robert Barber, Ken Rich; 50-59 — Tim Oster, Sam Cooke, Joe Pool; 60-plus — Rusty Hinges, Danny Dale
They’re big hits for the Batesville Pioneers, and they’re playing in a stadium near you.
They are Matthew Showalter and Keaton Thacker, two of the leading men in the Batesville-Vilonia, Class 5A State Playoff high school football game that will be played out at Pioneer Stadium tonight.
Showalter, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound senior safety, wide receiver and kicking game specialist, has provided many big plays during the Pioneers’ unbeaten, 5A-East District championship season.
LITTLE ROCK — Modern gun deer season opens this weekend, so find a spot with lots of acorns.
Experienced deer hunters know that when acorns are plentiful, deer likely will be in woods feeding on acorns and not out in the open in soybean fields or hanging around corn feeders.
Wildlife biologists report that this is a good year for acorns across much of the state.
Deer prefer acorns for food over just about anything else, including the corn you put out in abundance, rice bran, peanut butter, or young turnip greens.
But what kind of acorns?
LITTLE ROCK — Since all hunters are using the telephone or Internet to check their deer this year, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is able to rapidly evaluate this year’s harvest numbers, according to Arkansas Outdoors, the commission’s weekly newsletter.
And so far, it looks like another good year statewide, the newsletter states.
Vilonia at Batesville
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7:30
It’s a renewal in Pioneer Stadium. Batesville and Vilonia have played each other many times in many high school sports through the years. Football, less so. When they have, though, the games have been fun to watch. Batesville holds a 2-1 lead in the series, which includes a state championship victory. Tonight’s game will end the season for one team. The winner will play the Monticello-Arkadelphia winner next Friday night.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Junior Southerners capped the first round of the First National Banking Company Tournament here Wednesday night with a 36-19 basketball victory over the Cave City Junior Cavemen.
Myles Hooper led the winners wih 13 points. McCormick Murphy added 10 points for 2-0 Southside.
Grant Walling scored 13 points for the Junior Cavemen.
HENDERSON, Tenn. — The Lyon Scots gave the Freed-Hardeman Lady Lions a run for their money in the first round of the TranSouth Athletic Conference volleyball tournament here Monday.
In the end, the tournament host won 3-1. FHU, the second seed, had no trouble with Lyon last week when it left Becknell Gymnasium with a lopsided 3-0 sweep. Lyon didn’t buckle this time. The seventh-seeded Scots lost the first game 25-22 and won the second game 25-21. FHU completed the victory with 25-15, 25-18 scores.
The history of Batesville-Vilonia high school football is short, storied and has little to do with their meeting Friday night in Pioneer Stadium in the first round of the Class 5A State Playoffs, said their coaches.
First, the history.
In 2002, Jim Stanley’s first year as head coach of the Vilonia Eagles, Coach Dave King’s seventh in charge of the Batesville Pioneers and the school’s first year together in the 4A-East District, the Eagles and Pioneers met for the first time ever. The Eagles won that district opener in Vilonia, 35-25.