Fast running backs and an aggressive defense await the Batesville Junior Pioneers, according to Batesville Coach Doug Walls.
Batesville is scheduled to host the Searcy Lion Cubs on Thursday night for a nonconference football game.
“They look like they have good size and fast running backs. They’re going to run a lot and use some reverses out of their (shotgun) wing T formation,” Walls said. “Defensively, they look like they swarm to the ball. I didn’t see many individual tackles as much as I did gang tackles. We expect another hard-fought game.”
CABOT —The Batesville Pioneers finished second among four high school golf teams in a match here Tuesday on Greystone Country Club’s Mountain Springs course.
The Central Arkansas Christian Mustangs won with a 152. The Pioneers finished 19 strokes back and one ahead of the Beebe Badgers (172). The Harding Academy Wildcats finished fourth with a 195.
Batesville’s Garth Branstetter shot a medal-winning par 36 for nine holes. Shayne Vanbenschoten followed with a 43. Laman Fountain (44) and David Cox (48) rounded out the team score. Spencer Barnes’ 59 did not count.
DRASCO — West Side Greers Ferry swept the Class 2A-2 East District Tournament at Tannenbaum Golf Resort on Tuesday.
The Eagles fired a 258, 25 strokes fewer than Quitman. Concord was third with a 288, followed by Bradford with a 343 and Cedar Ridge with a 367.
West Side’s Cody Barger won medalist honors with a 10-over-par 82.
Concord’s team score came from Chase Thomas’ 94, Dylon Shelly’s 95 and Ryan Cornelison’s 99. Cameron Reeser’s 111 didn’t count.
The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers accomplished a first Tuesday night in Pioneer Gymnasium.
Their come-from-behind victory over the Nettleton Junior Lady Raiders is a first for Batesville’s volleyball program. After the Junior Lady Raiders took the first game 25-19, the Junior Lady Pioneers rallied to win 25-21, 25-20.
“It was absolutely a team effort,” Batesville Coach Lisa McCord said. “We had eight girls playing with enthusiasm. They had fun and got rolling. After losing the first game and getting behind in the second, they fought back to win.
MELBOURNE — A ragball tournament has been scheduled for Saturday at the Melbourne High School fields to benefit Tim “Little Pete” Smith, announced Lolly Engles.
Smith is receiving treatment for cancer in the Baxter County Regional Medical Center.
The entry fee is $110 per team. The event is scheduled to start at 8 a.m.
For more information call Engles at (870) 291-2379 or Jason Miller 291-7890.
CAVE CITY — Pocahontas defeated Cave City in varsity volleyball matches here Tuesday.
The Lady Redskins won 16-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-18 and the Junior Lady Redskins were 25-13, 25-23 victors.
In the senior high match, Cave City’s statistical leaders were Elisha Ramos with 40 digs; Rachel Roebuck with 24 points, nine aces, 15 kills and 22 digs; Whitney Bell with 18 points and 13 kills; Katie Freeman with 12 points; Kendra Demster with 24 digs and 12 assists; and Blair Weaver with 17 digs and 10 assists.
The Cavewomen fell to 1-3.
Southside High opened its tennis season Tuesday afternoon with a triangular match at Lyon College.
The host school’s one victory came in boys doubles. Kevin Jackson and Dallas Hess teamed to defeat a team from Stuttgart 8-6.
The Southside rosters total seven and only two with varsity experience. Junior Shani Henley and sophomore Jordan Hicks return for the Lady Southerners.
“I’m expecting them to be a good doubles combination,” Southside Coach Kristie Jenkins said.
FAYETTEVILLE — Bobby Petrino was asked last week if a productive preseason has returned his Razorbacks’ “swagger.”
The Arkansas coach kind of grimaced and mumbled briefly and disparagingly, it seemed, about “swagger” before answering the question like swagger means confidence.
Petrino’s reaction, though brief, revealed his distaste for “swagger.” It would be better still for some coach somewhere to give a “swagger” advocate a vocabulary lesson ending with, “No, we don’t have our swagger back because I hope we never had it in the first place.”
The Batesville Pioneer junior varsity football team held off the Heber Springs Panthers for a 7-6, season-opening win at Pioneer Stadium Tuesday night.
Batesville’s one score came in the second quarter when quarterback Storm Tipton scrambled into the end zone from five yards out. Roberto Jimenez kicked the winning extra point.
The Pioneers preserved the victory by stopping the Panthers on downs at the Batesville 6 in the game’s last minute.
LA CROSSE — Batesville High junior Garth Branstetter followed a 2-under-par 70 with a 71 to win the United States Junior Golf Tour event at Cooper’s Hawk golf course over the weekend.
Hot Springs’ Evan Greenwood was the leader after day one with a 68, but a dismal 78 on Sunday sent him to a tie for third.
Wesley Harris of Hot Springs carded a 144 to finish second and Melbourne’s Sam Cooper tied with Greenwood.
Preston Harmon of Franklin was 10th with a 76-83—159.
LOCUST GROVE — Points racing at the Batesville Motor Speedway was rained out Friday night.
That’s good news for some and bad news for others as the season concludes this weekend.
Richie Tosh and Joe Payne remain tied for the street stock championship. Visit www.bms-ar.com for more information.
NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves and their fans had to go through a lot here Friday night while getting their first varsity high school football victory.
Before Cody Weathers’ 3-yard touchdown run with 45.5 seconds to go clinched a 42-30 decision over the Palestine-Wheatley Patriots, the T-wolves were one touchdown away from turning on the mercy clock in both the first and second halves, and then the Patriots rallied to within six points.
Cedar Ridge Coach Todd Lovell groaned when asked about the dramatic turnaround.