LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas waterfowlers have a chance to get into action even before the mid-September teal season. It is a statewide Canada goose hunting season that begins Sept. 1.
Year-round resident Canada geese, the nonmigrating subspecies called giant Canada geese, have become too numerous in some places in Arkansas to the point that they are nuisances. Hunting is the tool that’s being used by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to try to slow population growth and get the numbers of geese back down to an acceptable level.
Michael Holt and Torry Bishop teamed to win the Aug. 21 Batesville Bassmasters tournament on Lake Norfork with a five-fish limit totaling 17.34 pounds, said secretary Colin Patterson.
Their stringer was anchored by Holt’s 6.01-pound bass, the biggest fish of the tournament.
Patterson and Charles Kibbe placed second with five fish totaling 14.55 pounds, Kerwin Bishop and Kerry Dowell were third with five fish weighing 13.28 and Billy Littleton and Tommy Clark came in fourth with five fish weighing 11.16 pounds.
The splash of fins hitting too-blue water still haunts me. Often my dreams are of the deep cerulean of the ocean with flying fish skimming the surface, or the light aquamarine of shallows that means a coral reef is nearby.
For 30 years I was a scuba bum.
Every few months, when money and leave added up, my dive partner Ken Fanning and I would hop a plane and end up on some island or country that bordered the Caribbean.
Lyon womens soccer coach Tyson John had an impressive first season with the squad, posting a 10-2-2 record.
Now, he’s hungry for more and thinks he has the right personnel to take the Scots to the next level.
“I am really excited about this year,” John said. “For the first time in womens soccer at Lyon, we haven’t played a game and we’re already receiving top 25 votes. We want to break that threshold into the top 25. We are on our way and our recruiting class is absolutely stellar.”
DRASCO — The Concord Pirates won a high school triangular golf match at Tannenbaum Golf Course here Tuesday.
The Pirates trimmed the West Side Greers Ferry Eagles by five strokes (148-153). The Guy-Perkins Thunderbirds finished another 16 strokes back.
Ryan Cornelison and Luke Cornett led the winners with 11-over-par 47s for nine holes. Cameron Reesor and A.J. Cannon added 54s.
West Side won the girls team competition.
With just two golfers, Concord did not participate in the girls team division, which was won by Greers Ferry.
Green Forest has been added to the preseason high school football scrimmage in Harrison on Friday and the Batesville Pioneer junior varsity squad will scrimmage the Class 3A varsity team starting at 6 p.m., Batesville Coach Dave King said.
King said something had happened to cancel Green Forest’s previously scheduled scrimmage and the Carroll County school had requested and received permission to join the scrimmage in Harrison.
BEEBE — The Southside Lady Southerners got their volleyball season started here Tuesday night with an impressive 3-1 victory over a Class 5A school.
The Lady Southerners downed the Beebe Lady Badgers 25-16, 21-25, 25-18, 25-14.
Some of the winning statistics were provided by Kendra Collier, who hit in play 14 of 14 serves and provided 28 assists; Lindsey Coe, 23 of 24 serves, seven aces, 13 kills and six digs; Courtney Farrier, 11 kills and four blocks; Haley Hooper, 18 of 18 serves; Maggie Ried, seven digs; Jessie Robertson, six digs; and Christal McBride, eight kills.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers won their home opener and evened their record with a 3-0 decision over the Harding Academy Lady Wildcats in non-conference high school volleyball action in Pioneer Gym Tuesday night.
The varsity won 25-9, 26-24, 25-22 as Kassie Foreman served up five aces and registered 16 kills. Other statistical highs were provided by: Hannah Huff, seven digs; Kandess Pfitzner, 13 assists; and Jayme Shell, two blocks.
Also, Kali Foreman contributed three aces and Lainey Rumans dealt out five assists.
The remaining preseason football scrimmages for Guard-circulation area junior and senior high school teams will happen on the road.
On Thursday, Cave City’s teams will scrimmage in Hoxie, and Cedar Ridge will travel to Mountain View. Friday, Melbourne’s first-year junior high team will scrimmage in Corning and Batesville’s senior high team will take on the Harrison Goblins in Harrison.
First up will be Hoxie and Cave City’s junior high teams. They’re scheduled to get started at 5 p.m. Thursday and go until 7 when the high school teams will scrimmage.
Batesville Junior High Coach Doug Walls and his staff got their first look at the Junior Pioneers in a game-like situation Tuesday night and they returned with mixed reviews.
Harrison and Batesville played one half of game-like football and the Junior Goblins walked away with a 20-14 win. Prior to the 16 minutes of a game-like scenario, each team took turns running 10 plays apiece for 50 minutes.
WALNUT RIDGE — The Southside Southerners showed some big-play ability while winning a preseason scrimmage with the Walnut Ridge Bobcats here Tuesday night.
Senior quarterback Jared Dahl ran five yards for a touchdown and threw TD passes to junior Storm Tipton and senior Brandon Ritter of 25 and 15 yards, and the first score was set up by a 50-yard pass to junior Levi Henderson.
The Southerners also had a 30-yard TD run from freshman Jake Hendricks called back just before halftime.
With five solid returners, the expectations are high as the Lyon Scots volleyball team hopes to erase the memory of its dismal 11-26 mark last season.
The .297 win percentage was the first time in seven years that Lyon finished below .500 in the overall standings.
All-American Katie Beineke graduated, as did Julie Arnold and Lauren Castleberry.
Meghann LaBorn, Ashley Daniel, Suzanne Fincham, Chelsea Hinton and Jennifer Jones are the top returners.