Circulation-area schools collected two team championships and three individual titles at the Sloan-Hendrix Invitational Cross Country Meet at the Old Davidsonville State Park course here Tuesday.
The team titles went to the Batesville Lady Pioneers and Melbourne Junior Lady Bearkatz and the individual crowns went to Batesville Lady Pioneer Logan Bishop, Southside Lady Southerners McKenzie King and Batesville Junior Pioneer Tristen Driver.
Marianna at Cave City
Kickoff • tonight 7
Cave City suffered a last-minute loss to the Newport Greyhounds last week. Will the Cavemen be able to rebound with their first win of the season tonight when they host the Marianna Trojans, or will the visitors leave town with their first 4A-2 District victory of the year? The night’s activities will begin with an introduction of the Fall Royalty at 6:30.
CAVE CITY — Led by running back-receiver Robert Ferrell, the Clinton Junior Yellow Jackets started fast and ran away from the Cave City Cavemen for a 46-22, 4A-2 District football victory here Thursday night.
Ferrell scored touchdowns from approximately 40 and 60 yards out in the first half, sparking the visitors to a 32-8 halftime lead, then added a 50-yard TD run in the third quarter.
On his first big-play strike, Ferrell caught a pass from quarterback Fielder Dufrene.
PARAGOULD — The Batesville Junior Pioneer football team traveled to Paragould and earned their first 5A-East District road win of the year against the Junior Rams by a final score of 28-14.
The victory improves Batesville’s record to 4-0-1 overall and 2-0 in league play.
On their opening possession, the Junior Rams marched down the field on a 4-play, 2-minute drive to score the game’s opening touchdown. Paragould quarterback Dylan Hoggard raced 51 yards to put the home team on top, but only momentarily.
FORT SMITH — The Hot Springs Lakeside Lady Rams won the Class 5A State Tournament here Wednesday at Ben Geren Golf Club course.
The individual medal went to Greenwood’s Endsley Evans, who shot an even-pare 73, edging Wynne’s Caroline Boone by one stroke. Siloam Spring’s Emery Rakestraw finished third with a 78, then came Lakeside’s top golfer, Kristen Garner, with a 79.
Garner was followed closely by teammates Molly Kyle and Sam Patrico, who both shot 82s to round out the winning team score.
The annual Lyon College Alumni baseball game is set for Saturday afternoon a 1 on Scots Field.
According to Lyon Baseball Coach Tony Roepcke, former players Zac Wallace, Sam Neal, Evan Segler and Kyle Kallsnick will participate in the game.
“We never know who is going to show up, but we usually have a pretty good crowd,” Roepcke said. “It is a fun time for everybody, and the players like it because it gives them a chance to see some old friends. They enjoy sitting in the dugout and talking like old times.”
PARAGOULD — Before the high school football season started, Paragould Coach Tim Branum said the Rams “will take some lumps this season.”
Wednesday evening, he admitted it’s been rougher than even he expected. The Rams are 0-4 and have been outscored 187-91.
“All of us in this profession try to be optimistic and look for the positives. I’m no different,” he said. “But we knew what the challenges were, but we hoped some of our kids would play better than they have played. Reality hit home pretty quick.”
Clinton at Cave City
Kickoff • tonight 7
Cave City Coach Jon Bradley answered quickly when asked what was the first thing the Junior Cavemen need to accomplish tonight if they are going to knock off the unbeaten Clinton Junior Yellow Jackets. “Limit turnovers. That’s been the emphasis this week and, hopefully, it will pay off,” he said. The 1-2 Junior Cavemen won last week in Marianna despite losing the football six times. Defensively, the Junior Cavemen will have to be sharp in all areas against the 4-0 Junior Jackets.
The Southside Southerners (2-2) travel to Clinton this Friday to face the last season’s 4A-2 District champion Yellow Jackets on the gridiron.
“They are defending conference champs, and they look pretty good on film,” said Southside Head Coach Kenny Simpson. “They are a physical team, and they are very well coached.”
The Yellow Jackets finished last season with a 9-2 record. Their losses came to fellow 4A-2 member Heber Springs during the regular season and to Ashdown in the second round of the state playoffs. On their way to the district title, Clinton beat Southside 49-24.
Two unbeaten football teams will visit Guard-circulation area schools for junior high games Thursday night, and one looks really familiar.
The Clinton Junior Yellow Jackets, who pushed their overall record to 4-0 and their 4A-2 District record to 2-0 with a 28-6 victory in Southside about this time last week, heads east again this week to take on the Cave City Junior Cavemen in another district contest.
Two undefeated football teams are set to square off Thursday night in Paragould when the Batesville Junior Pioneers take on the Junior Rams.
The Junior Rams possess victories over Manilia, Corning and MacArthur.
The Junior Pioneers, who opened their season with a tie against Newport, sport wins against Searcy, Mountain Home and Nettleton.
The play of Ram signal caller Dylan Hoggard concerns Batesville Junior High Head Coach Doug Walls because of the quarterback’s ability to gain yards on the ground.
JONESBORO — The Batesville Pioneer junior varsity football team scored in the final minute here Monday night to remain unbeaten.
A 56-yard, Nick Morton-to-Wesley Rudd pass play provided the winning points in the 33-28 decision over the Nettleton Raiders. The victory brings the Pioneers’ record to 3-0.
After falling behind 8-0, the Pioneers scored 27 unanswered points. The Pioneers’ first score was also a 56-yard Norton-to-Rudd connection early in the second quarter, Norton ran in the 2-point conversion for a tie.