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.
Brookland at Melbourne
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 6
The Junior Bearkatz can post a first, and it didn’t take them long to do it. With a victory over the Brookland Bearcats, the second-year varsity program will finish the season with a 10-0 record. Last fall, the Junior ’Katz went 6-2, and there were other indicators for greater success this fall. The Melbourne seventh-graders went 7-2 and their coaches thought some of them could make an impact on the varsity as eighth-graders.
The wrong day was listed in a story reporting on Cave City sports events in the coming days.
The Heber Springs-at-Cave City football game is scheduled for Thursday night. Cave City’s seniors will be recognized in a ceremony starting at 6:30. The kickoff is set for 7.
By Paul Glover
Guard Sports Editor
The Batesville Lady Pioneers will face the challenge of winning an eighth straight Class 5A state championship in cross country on Saturday, and they’ll also take on a very challenging course.
“It will be more of a tactical race,” Batesville Coach Diane Treadway said. “It’s not a fast course. It’s going to come down to who runs the guttier and smarter race.”
LYNN — Mammoth Spring took two of three games here Tuesday night in 1A 2-North District openers.
The Lady Bears edged the Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles 47-43 and the Bears won 54-41.
The Junior Screamin’ Eagles took the night’s first game by a 47-34 count.
In the senior girls contest, Hillcrest’s Lindsey Crews scored 14 points and made six steals. Teammate Kellie Beasley added 11 points for the 2-2 Lady Screamin’ Eagles.
MEMPHIS — The Lyon College Scots opened their basketball season here Tuesday night with a clutch victory.
After leading by as many as 16 late in the first half, and trailing by as many as seven late in the second half, the Scots rallied for an 86-84 decision.
“We got out and played very well early and built a 16-point lead (38-14), but then they made a run at us and got it back to within two by halftime (41-39, Lyon),” Scot Coach Kevin Jenkins said. “In the second half, again, we got out by as many as 10, but Victory, who’s very talented, rallied and got ahead by seven.”
It’s almost playoff time and, though none of these teams will be involved in them, two Guard-circulation area high school teams are scheduled to play on Thursday night in this the final week of the regular season.
Our one junior high football team still playing is in Izard County and the Melbourne Junior Bearkatz are trying to complete an unbeaten season.
Following is a little information on all three games:
They are the middle men in the Batesville Pioneers’ offensive line, and starting points for another championship football season.
They are Hunter Wilson, Khang Nguyen and Jeremy Willis.
Way back in August, just like he and many other football coaches before, Batesville Coach Dave King pointed to the prospects in the interior offensive and defensive lines and said that they held the keys to how good the Pioneers could be.
CONCORD — Both host teams won here Saturday on the first day of the Julian Martin Invitational Tournament, an annual event for junior high squads.
The Concord Junior Lady Pirates won 43-19 over the Timbo Junior Lady Tigers and the Junior Pirates edged the Junior Tiger 44-41.
Maghin Bradford scored 15 points and Emily McClure added 10 for Concord’s girls. D.J. Richardson and Colton Billington scored 17 and 12 points, respectively, for the Junior Pirates.
CAVE CITY — Mixing a little football with a lot of basketball, it will be a busy weekend for Cave City’s junior and senior high sports teams, according to Cave City Athletic Director Russell Fowler.
Friday night at 6:30, just prior to their season finale with the unbeaten Heber Springs Panthers at Caveman Stadium, the Cavemen senior football players will be recognized in a ceremony. Kickoff is scheduled to follow at 7.