Southside at Newport
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
This time, some new guys are involved in the playoff chase. The Southerners, 2-4 in the 4A-2 District and 4-5 overall, will get the district’s fifth and final Class 4A State Playoff spot and their first-ever playoff game with a win in Jackson County. The Greyhounds (2-4, 3-6) must win or be left out of the playoffs for the first time in 25 years. If you’ve forgotten, the ’Hounds faced the same scenario this time last year when they came to Independence County.
MELBOURNE — The Melbourne Junior Bearkatz completed an unbeaten season here Thursday night with a 42-12 victory over the Brookland Junior Bearcats.
Quarterback Conor Fogle, who finished the night with three touchdown runs, got the first score on a 3-yard run. It was the first of four Melbourne TDs in the first quarter.
Fogle added TD runs of 20 and 50 yards, Brady Duckett tacked on a 7-yarder, and Skiler Dwyner contributed a 2-point conversion.
CONCORD — West Side Greers Ferry and White County Central took home the Julian Martin Invitational Tournament championship trophies Thursday night.
The Junior Lady Eagles defeated the Concord Junior Lady Pirates 40-29 as Abby Turney scored 20 points.
For Concord, Emily McClure scored 12.
In semifinals on Wednesday, Greers Ferry defeated Midland 52-24 as Turney rang up 12 points. Concord advanced with a 37-34 decision over Rural Special as McClure and Julia Wilson each scored 12 points.
Ecclesia College Lady Royals (0-1) vs. Lyon College Scots, 6 p.m.
Ashton Abshier, a long-range shooter, is the player Lyon College Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange remembers from last season. Sabrina Westmoreland, however, led the Lady Royals in scoring against Central Baptist in a season-opening loss on Tuesday. Coach Stewart-Lange is hoping for something pretty simple from the Scots in their season opener. “I just hope we show a lot of excitement and energy. Like Christmas … they can’t wait for it to be here.”
Royals (1-1) vs. Scots (1-0) , 8
The Beebe Badgers have found their quarterback, but they’re not so sure about their defensive linemen, said Beebe Coach John Shannon.
Friday night, the Badgers and the 5A-East District football champion Batesville Pioneers are scheduled to battle in Beebe’s Bro Erwin Stadium.
NEWPORT — Steve Simpson, Tony Newberry and William Runyan were winners here Sunday at Speedy’s Drag Strip.
Simpson won the Street class title. Gary Spicer and Don Holcomb finished second and third, respectively. Newberry was followed by Logan King and Spicer in the Footbrake division, and Kelsey Armstrong-Hopper and Peggy Smith placed second and third, respectively, behind Runyan in the Super Pro class.
Weather permitting, the Southside Southerners will watch “Rocky IV” on Stewart Field tonight, then they’ll try and knock out the Newport Greyhounds on Greyhound Field Friday night.
The winner will advance to the Class 4A State Playoffs as the 4A-2 District’s fifth seed. The loser’s season will end.
If Newport wins, their state’s-best run of consecutive playoff appearances will continue with their 25th.
If Southside wins, the Southerners will write into their football program history book their first playoff appearance.
Brookland at Melbourne
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 6
The Junior Bearkatz can post a first, and it didn’t take them long to do it. With a victory over the Brookland Bearcats, the second-year varsity program will finish the season with a 10-0 record. Last fall, the Junior ’Katz went 6-2, and there were other indicators for greater success this fall. The Melbourne seventh-graders went 7-2 and their coaches thought some of them could make an impact on the varsity as eighth-graders.
The wrong day was listed in a story reporting on Cave City sports events in the coming days.
The Heber Springs-at-Cave City football game is scheduled for Thursday night. Cave City’s seniors will be recognized in a ceremony starting at 6:30. The kickoff is set for 7.
By Paul Glover
Guard Sports Editor
The Batesville Lady Pioneers will face the challenge of winning an eighth straight Class 5A state championship in cross country on Saturday, and they’ll also take on a very challenging course.
“It will be more of a tactical race,” Batesville Coach Diane Treadway said. “It’s not a fast course. It’s going to come down to who runs the guttier and smarter race.”
LYNN — Mammoth Spring took two of three games here Tuesday night in 1A 2-North District openers.
The Lady Bears edged the Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles 47-43 and the Bears won 54-41.
The Junior Screamin’ Eagles took the night’s first game by a 47-34 count.
In the senior girls contest, Hillcrest’s Lindsey Crews scored 14 points and made six steals. Teammate Kellie Beasley added 11 points for the 2-2 Lady Screamin’ Eagles.
MEMPHIS — The Lyon College Scots opened their basketball season here Tuesday night with a clutch victory.
After leading by as many as 16 late in the first half, and trailing by as many as seven late in the second half, the Scots rallied for an 86-84 decision.
“We got out and played very well early and built a 16-point lead (38-14), but then they made a run at us and got it back to within two by halftime (41-39, Lyon),” Scot Coach Kevin Jenkins said. “In the second half, again, we got out by as many as 10, but Victory, who’s very talented, rallied and got ahead by seven.”