One of the biggest changes in the Guard’s “Sports calendar” has little to do with the weather.
Track and field coaches of the 5A-East District voted Tuesday to change the district championship meet to a single-day event rather than a 2-day event as originally scheduled, and had been organized in previous years. The meet will now start at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Originally, it was scheduled for Thursday and Saturday.
Weather and field conditions did make for other changes.
CONCORD — The Concord Lady Pirates were able to get in their nonconference softball game with Calico Rock Tuesday afternoon.
Concord won 13-3 in a run-ruled five innings.
Mandy Thompson hit three for three with a double and three runs batted in to pace Concord (14-7). Teammates Sydney Harlan and Hannah Cornett collected a double and single each. Harlan scored twice and Cornett was credited with four RBI.
Harlan was the winning pitcher. She threw a 4-hitter, walked one and struck out six.
The 2011 Lyon College womens basketball recruiting class continues to grow.
Whitney Keith recently signed a letter of intent to play for the Scots, Lyon announced.
A guard-forward from Jonesboro High School, Keith brings a variety of skills to the Lyon roster. As a senior, she averaged 14 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and almost two steals a game.
The annual Area 16 Special Olympics Track and Field Meet is set for Friday in Pioneer Stadium and approximately 200 athletes are scheduled to compete, announced Diane Wentz, one of the organizers.
The opening ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. The last event is expected to be completed by around 2 p.m., Wentz said.
Special Olympians from Batesville, The Community School, Southside, Cave City, Quitman, Melbourne and Mountain View schools will compete.
We will see what the weather and saturated fields will allow, but at least we now know the postseason baseball and softball schedules for four area teams.
In meetings Monday, assignments were made for the 4A-2 District Tournaments, which will be hosted by Cave City. The baseball tourney is set to begin Thursday and end Saturday. The softball tourney is slated to begin Friday and end Monday (see the “Sports calendar” on this page for the schedules through Saturday).
UNION CITY, Tenn. — Kaitlyn Duncan paced the Lyon College womens golf teams at the Union Spring Invitational that was completed on Friday, according to a news release from Lyon’s sports information department.
Duncan finished third after shooting an 85-83–168. Teammate Charli Steed was the second of three Lyon golfers, shooting a 2-round score of 181 (91-90) for a tie of 16th place, and Meredith Davis finished in 20th with a 258 (131-127).
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Southerners and Westside Consolidated Warriors split a pair of hard-fought, 4A-3 Conference soccer matches at Stewart Field on Friday.
The Southerners won 4-3 as Greg Smith scored two goals. Brody Clark and Chaz Zumwalt added a goal each. All were unassisted.
Southside goalie Cody McGaha stopped 22 shots.
“We played well,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said. “We controlled things most of the game, then they scored two goals late and gave us a scare.”
The Southerners improved to 5-3 in the conference and 8-8-1 overall.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Batesville Lady Pioneers won four events here Friday at the Heber Springs State Bank Relays, but that wasn’t enough to catch the Vilonia Lady Eagles.
The Lady Eagles rang up 149.5 points to the second-place Lady Pioneers’ 121. Harding Academy finished third, another 33.5 points back.
The Southside Lady Southerners finished 11th out of 14 teams with 22.5 points.
The Cumberland Bulldogs swept the Lyon Scots for the third straight year and spoiled “Senior Day” during a 3-game TranSouth Athletic Conference baseball series Friday and Saturday at Scots Field.
Cumberland, ranked No. 7 in last week’s NAIA poll, won 10-1 and 11-0 Friday and then collected a run-rule shortened 12-1 victory Saturday. The Bulldogs have won nine straight against the Scots.
Lyon seniors Kyle Kallsnick, Drew Davis, Evan Garris, Garry Richards, Aaron Thornton and Wes Coleman were honored prior to Saturday’s game.
By press time, only a few schools had called off their sports activities set for today, but, considering the heavy rains this morning and the forecast for today, Tuesday and Wednesday, don’t expect many outdoor sporting events to happen the next few days.
Because some teams have not finished their regular-season district games, little is also known about district tournament assignments. Some of those begin this week; some next.
BROCKWELL — Kaydie Campbell pitched a 3-hitter and drove in two runs as the Izard County Lady Cougars collected an 11-1, run-ruled victory over the Mammoth Spring Lady Bears in a 1A 2-East District softball game here Friday.
Campbell struck out four and walked none.
Makayla Gross provided two hits for the winners. Teammate Angel Engelhardt doubled in a run, and Kristen Doty, Sami Wagner and Kelsie Taylor scored two runs each.
NEWPORT — The Southside Southerners and Newport Greyhounds split a 4A-2 District, high school doubleheader on Friday and they ended the weekend with identical district records.
The Southerners won the opener 5-1 and the ’Hounds stole the nightcap 2-1.
On Saturday, Newport and Stuttgart split a doubleheader. The Southerners and ’Hounds each finished with 7-5 marks in the 4A-2 standings. Southside’s overall record is 14-8; Newport’s is 13-8.