The once-beaten Walnut Ridge Junior Bobcats will step out of the 2A-3 District and take a shot at the unbeaten Melbourne Junior Bearkatz in a football game in Melbourne Thursday night.
The Junior Bobcats are 4-1 overall and in the district.
The Junior ’Katz are 5-0 overall. Their most-recent victory came on Sept. 26, a 30-8 decision over the Mountain Home Junior Bombers’ eighth-graders in Mountain Home.
Remember, the Junior ’Katz are in just their second year of varsity play. They will join a district when the high school team begins varsity play next season.
BLYTHEVILLE — Led by medalist Drake Merritt, the Valley View Blazers took the team title in the Class 4A State Tournament in high school golf here Tuesday at Thunder Bayou Links.
The Southside Southerners, the Guard-circulation area’s only team playing Tuesday, finished 12th.
Valley View shot a 230 and finished nine strokes in front of Brookland. Merritt shot a 73. Jacob Calhoon (75) and Reed Pitt (82) rounded out the winning team score.
Malvern’s Parker Kindy and De Queen’s Brennan Watkins matched Merrit’s regulation score.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers held on to second place in the 5A-Central Conference with a 3-1 volleyball victory over the Vilonia Lady Eagles in Pioneer Gymnasium on Tuesday.
The game scores were 26-24, 25-18, 22-25, 25-22.
Lainey Rumans, Kassie Foreman and Jayme Shell led the offense. Rumans set the ball for 34 assists and served up four aces. Foreman led in kills with 21. Shell added 16 kills and 16 points were won on her serve, including four aces.
RUSSELVILLE — The Lyon College volleyball team finished 1-1 Monday night in a tri-match hosted by Arkansas Tech.
Arkansas Tech defeated the Scots in their opening match 25-14, 25-14, 25-15.
“I thought that we played a little flat in the first game, and you can’t do that against a good team,” said Lyon Head Coach Ray Green.
Against Tech, Chelsea Hinton hit eight kills. Emily Sprick posted 17 assists, and Ariel Smith tallied 11 digs.
Lyon later beat Central Baptist College 25-21, 25-16, 25-15.
BISMARK — The Melbourne Bearkatz finished seventh, and Brad Lamb tied for fourth at the Class 3A boys state golf tournament at the DeGray State Park Golf Course on Monday.
Melbourne shot a 275, which was 43 strokes behind first-place Episcopal Collegiate’s 232. Harding Academy (248), Benton Harmony Grove (260), Camden Harmony Grove (265)and Fordyce (266) round out the top five team scores.
COTTER — Izard County swept Cotter in 3A-North Conference volleyball matches Monday.
The Lady Cougars won 25-6, 25-23, 25-10 and the Junior Lady Cougars won 25-23, 25-19.
“We played really good team volleyball and we were focused,” Izard County Coach Tony Booth said of the senior high squad.
The Lady Cougars improved to 8-6 overall and 7-6 in the conference.
“I’m really glad to see our junior high really coming together,” Booth said. “Cotter had beat us here (Brockwell) earlier in the season.”
The Junior Lady Cougars improved to 4-8 and 4-7.
The Jonesboro Golden Hurricane held off the Batesville Pioneers for a 16-12 junior varsity high school football victory in Pioneer Stadium on Monday night.
The loss was the first for Batesville’s jayvees since the 2009 season. They went 9-0 last season. This year’s squad is 3-1.
Batesville trailed 16-0 late in the second quarter when Wesley Rudd intercepted a pass and returned the football 22 yards to set the Pioneers up on Jonesboro’s 32. On the next play, quarterback Nick Morton ran for a touchdown. The pass for two points failed.
An organization meeting for the Independence County Volleyball League is set for Monday night at 7 in the First Community Bank George Ryder Room, according to a news release. Teams that want to join the league must have a representative present. Players w
The annual Ladies No-Tap Tournament is scheduled for this weekend at Hollywood Bowl, according to a news release from the Batesville Women’s Bowling Association.
The 2-day tournament, a United States Bowling Congress-sanctioned event, is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The entry fee is $25. The best three of four games will count for a series score.
Additionally, gold dollars will be awarded for special conversions.
For more information, call 793-5781.
The Batesville Pioneers got all the points they would need during the game’s first seven and a half minutes Friday night in Pioneer Stadium, and there wasn’t much to get excited about after that.
That was the look, sound and feel of the Pioneers’ 41-13 dispatching of the winless Paragould Rams in a 5A-East District high school football game, and that concerns their coach.
The Lyon College women’s soccer team edged Cumberland University 2-1 in a home TranSouth Conference match Saturday.
Scot Leach Pascal scored the game-winner in the 87th minute. Chandler Rae scored Lyon’s first goal on an assist by Anja Klotzle.
The win improves Lyon to 6-6 overall and 1-1 on league play.
Lyon’s Stephanie Spiteri recorded three saves.
The Lyon women are scheduled to host Martin Methodist, the defending conference champion, on Saturday.
Lyon’s men tied Cumberland 1-1 in the second match of the afternoon.
CAVE CITY — The Cave City Cavemen claimed their first football victory of the season against 4A-2 District foe Marianna at home Friday night.
The 9-0 win over the Trojans improves the Cavemen to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in district play.
A Fall Festival crowd witnessed the Cave City offense open the game with a 10-play scoring drive that took almost five minutes to complete and was capped by a 14-yard touchdown run by senior wingback Jacob Martin.
“We were able to move the football and burn a lot of clock,” Bradley said.