MOUNTAIN HOME — The Mountain Home junior basketball teams held sway over Batesville here Monday.
Two days after defeating them in a tournament in Beebe, they did it again as the Junior Bombers thrashed the Junior Pioneers 43-23 and the Junior Lady Bombers held off the Junior Lady Pioneers 29-21.
In the opener, Sarah Hayes scored 11 points for Batesville.
Coach Tim Palmer said the Junior Lady Pioneers played much better than they did while losing 37-5 to the Baxter County team on Saturday.
CONWAY — The Southside Lady Southerners handed the St. Joseph Lady Bulldogs their first loss of the basketball season here Monday night.
Led by Ashlynne King’s 13 points and three steals, the Lady Southerners won 44-43. St. Joseph hit a 3-point shot with six seconds to play to close the gap to one.
Southside improved to 3-0. St. Joseph fell to 8-1.
Morgan Case added nine points for Southside.
The Bulldogs edged the Southerners 49-45.
Tanner Ring, Batesville High senior and returning Class 5A All-State pitcher-shortstop for the Pioneers, recently signed a national letter of intent to play for Arkansas State.
This afternoon at 3:30, a ceremony recognizing Ring and his decision to accept a scholarship from ASU will be held in the high school cafeteria, announced Mark Rush, Pioneer baseball coach.
While helping the Pioneers to a 20-7 record and a state tournament berth this past spring, Ring posted a 9-2 pitching record and a 1.23 earned-run average as he struck out 103 and walked just 15 in 68.2 innings.
Dezmond Stegall did it to the Pioneers again.
Monday night in Pioneer Gymnasium, the 6-foot-2 senior guard jumped up just in front of the Searcy bench and launched a 3-point shot that hit nothing but net with less than a second to play.
With that, the Lions won 43-42 in their basketball season opener and the Batesville Pioneers’ home opener.
In a recent Guard, incorrect information was published about a Batesville High football record.
Tim Hughes set the record at 4,172 yards during the 2008 season. Jordan Childress, a Pioneer junior, is second on the career list with 3,687 (See related story on page 14).
NEWPORT — Billy Whitehead, Don Holcomb and Mike Tarr led the way at Speedy’s Drag Strip here Nov. 13.
Whitehead beat Steve Simpson across the line in the Street division. Gary Spicer placed third.
Holcomb won the Footbrake class. Spicer and Jim Roach placed second and third, respectively.
In the Super Pro division, Tarr was followed by Scott Watts, William Runyan and Norman Quinn.
Searcy Lady Lions (0-1) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (0-1), Pioneer Gymnasium, 6 p.m.
The Lady Lions fell last week at home to the Nettleton Lady Raiders in a season opener. “We got beat pretty handily, but the kids never gave up, This bunch plays with a lot of heart,” Searcy Coach Michelle Birdsong said. Point guard Brittnee Broadway is the only starter returning from a team the went 16-14 last season, but Mercedes Whiney and shooting guard McKenna Smith have joined her as go-to players, Searcy’s coach said.
BEEBE — The Mountain Home Junior Bombers won 47-34 here Saturday night, collecting the Centennial Bank Junior High Tournament basketball title and handing the Batesville Junior Pioneers their first loss.
Mountain Home led 10-9, 26-14 and 31-24 at the quarter breaks.
“Mountain Home’s got a good team, but it was closer than the final score indicates,” Batesville Coach Kelly Rush said. “With about three minutes left we got to within three and then we missed four straight free throws. We were two for 10 from the free-throw line. They were 13 of 15.”
HIGHLAND — Southside won three of the four games they played here Saturday in the Highland Classic.
The Southerners thrashed the Izard County Cougars 62-35, the Lady Southerners won 65-41 over the Lady Cougars and the Junior Lady Southerners downed the Hillcrest Junior Lady Screamin’ Eagles 47-25.
For the Southerners, Kevin Jackson scored 18 points while hitting 10 of 10 free throws. Colby Sutton added 15 points, and Stephen Norris and Logan Brown each contributed three assists.
The Victory University Eagles outscored the Lyon College Scots 19-5 in the last six minutes to collect an 84-75 victory Saturday afternoon in Becknell Gymnasium.
The men’s team from Memphis improved to 6-1. The Scots fell to 3-3.
The score was tied at 40 going into the second half.
No surprise the Batesville Pioneers are in the Class 5A State Playoff high school football semifinals.
A little surprised at how the Pioneers’ ninth straight win went down.
Those were two observations by Batesville Coach Dave King after the Pioneers defeated the Greenbrier Panthers 16-6 in a quarterfinal playoff game Friday night in Pioneer Stadium.
NEWARK — Cedar Ridge and Southside split a couple of close junior high basketball games here Thursday night.
Led by Cade Crabtree’s 24 points and Zach Powell’s 11 rebounds, the Junior Timberwolves improved to 6-1 with a 34-32 decision.
Luc Ried scored 14 points for the 2-3 Junior Southerners.
The Junior Lady Southerners won 24-21 as McKenzie King and Kenzie Batterton scored 10 apiece for 3-2 Southside.
Shana Butler scored nine points for Cedar Ridge.
The high school junior varsity teams also split.