Greene County Tech at Batesville
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
Batesville Coach Doug Walls has been the Junior Pioneers’ head coach for 29 years and has enjoyed a lot of success. A win tonight would give him just his fourth undefeated season and his second straight outright championship. Batesville clinched a share of the title last week and is one game ahead of Forrest City in the standings. Forrest City has Wynne tonight and Blytheville next week. Batesville running back Joey Rodriguez should reach 1,000 yards tonight. He needs 58.
NEWPORT — Bill Smith of Batesville won the foot brake competition Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Daniel White and Ross Williams finished second and third, respectively.
Gary Spicer won the street division with Glen Nugent and Steven Simpson in tow.
The top spot in super pro went to Tye Combs with Roger Moon Jr. second and Robin Koenig third.
Joey Bogard won the outlaw street bike division.
CAVE CITY — The Southside Southerners and Cave City Cavemen are scheduled to meet Friday night in a game that has been circled on each team’s calendar for a long time.
What wasn’t anticipated was that the week nine Highway 167 Showdown would be between two winless teams. Cave City, one year removed from a 9-2 record and its first district championship, is 0-8 this season. To its credit, the Cavemen lost a lot of talent at graduation and moved up one classification to 4A.
WYNNE — The Batesville Lady Pioneers’ volleyball season came to an end here Wednesday night at the hands of the 6-time defending state champions.
The Siloam Springs Lady Panthers swept the Lady Pioneers, winning 25-18, 25-13, 25-12 in a quarterfinal match of the Class 5A State Tournament at Wynne High School.
The Lady Pioneers finished with a 15-8 record, shared the 5A Central Conference championship with Little Rock Christian Academy, qualified for their first state tournament and collected their first state-tournament victory along the way.
Two days before they are to host the Batesville Pioneers in a key 5A-East District football game, Coach Jeff Conaway said one of those absolute “This, I know,” about his Greene County Tech Golden Eagles.
“These kids have been through the fire,” the third-year coach said. “They’ve been through a lot of ups and downs this year, and we’re still a young team,” he said. “We’ve got 13 seniors, and, remember, these seniors were on a ninth-grade team that didn’t win a single game.”
They’re 1, 2, 3 on the tackle chart, and something special for one of the top defenses in Class 5A football.
“They all asked to be on special teams,” Batesville Coach Dave King said of seniors Justin Smithee, Steven Baney and Chance Rogers. “I look at things like that to get a measure of what players mean to the team. Your seniors who start (at other positions) don’t always want to play on kickoff and punt teams. That tells you a lot about them.”
WYNNE — In their first-ever state volleyball tournament appearance, the Batesville Lady Pioneers survived some early nervousness, rallied often in a match with 10 lead changes and stood their ground against a team with much more post-season experience.
Include all that with their 3-0 victory over the Magnolia Lady Panthers in the first round of the Class 5A State Tournament here Tuesday. The game scores were 25-22, 25-17, 25-15.
No wonder Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood sounded so happy this morning.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers have already clinched their second straight Class 5A-East District championship, but there’s still plenty to play for in the season finale Thursday night.
That’s when Batesville will host Greene County Tech with hopes of giving Coach Doug Walls his fourth undefeated season in 29 years.
But, the proverbial cherry on top is not a given.
Batesville Offensive Coordinator Craig Stave remembers being in similar situations.
JACKSON, Tenn. — The TranSouth Athletic Conference Media Day happened Monday and the Lyon College Scots womens basketball team was picked to finish fifth in the conference standings while the Lyon men were rated seventh.
Lyon’s women, under the direction of sixth-year Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange, received 42 votes in the poll. They finished 17-13 and fifth in the TranSouth last season.
Union, the 2-time defending NAIA national champion, is the favorite to win its fifth straight TranSouth title and received all nine first-place votes.
PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland Mustangs won a 48-46 nail-biter over the Pangburn Tigers in high school basketball action here Tuesday night.
John Farrar hit the front end of a 2-shot foul to make 48-46 with three seconds to go. Pangburn’s missed a desperation shot.
Midland trailed 27-21 at halftime. Starters Thomas Puentez and Kyle Martin got in foul trouble early and sat out a good portion of the first half, Midland Coach Rick McKinney said.
Three of the four Guard-circulation area junior high football teams will finish their season Thursday night, and all but one of them could finish .500 or above.
The Melbourne Junior Bearkatz, playing their first season of varsity football, is the team scheduled to play into November and the newcomers to the sport are the one team assured of finishing .500 or above.
The Junior ’Katz will take a 4-2 record to Mountain Home tonight where they will take on the Class 6A school’s eighth-grade team. Mountain Home Coach Kevin Roach could not be reached for information or comment.
Lyon Sports Information
WALNUT RIDGE — The Lyon College Scots erupted for a season-high seven goals in a 7-1 rout of the Williams Baptist Eagles on Monday afternoon in a nonconference mens soccer match.
Lyon (11-4-1) has won three straight and has only allowed one goal in those three wins. The Scots have scored a school-record 43 goals this season and have been on a tear since Sept. 25, winning seven of their last eight.