SOUTHSIDE — The host basketball teams moved into the semifinal round of the First Community Bank Junior High Tournament here Wednesday.
The Southside Junior Lady Southerners began the evening with a 29-9 victory over the McCrory Junior Lady Jaguars. A little later, the Junior Southerners edged the Heber Springs Junior Panthers 19-17.
In other first-round games, Riverview’s boys downed Izard County 49-45, Cedar Ridge’s boys defeated Cave City 33-25 and Newport’s boys trimmed Highland 37-32.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Bye-bye Big 12, hello SEC.
After weeks of private flirtations and the college sports’ equivalent of prenuptial negotiations with their respective lawyers, Missouri and the Southeastern Conference took their mutual attraction public Sunday
First the SEC released a statement welcoming Missouri as its newest member. Later a campus pep rally in Columbia came replete with a new SEC banner, the school’s marching band and exploding confetti.
SOUTHSIDE — The Cave City Junior Cavewomen advanced into the semifinals of the First Community Bank Junior High Tournament here Monday while two other circulation-area teams fell out.
The Junior Cavewomen edged the Newport Lady Greyypups 26-21 as Shyanne Price scored 12 points. It was the season-opener for Cave City, which is scheduled to play Heber Springs Thursday evening at 5.
Heber Springs advanced with a 28-25 overtime win over Cedar Ridge. Izard County, the other circulation-area team, was knocked out by Riverview by a 51-33 count.
COLUMBIA, MO. — The Columbia College basketball teams are both ranked in NAIA Top 25 polls, and they showed Lyon College’s teams why here Monday night.
In the opener, the 18th-ranked Lady Cougars downed the Scot women 71-53. In the nightcap, the 14th-ranked Cougars routed the Scot men 93-39.
NEWPORT — The Newport Greyhounds made it 25 straight playoff appearances and the Southside Southerners are still looking for their first.
That was determined here Friday night when the Greyhounds defeated the Southerners 34-12 in a 4A-2 District and regular-season high school football finale.
Sparked by the passing of left-handed senior quarterback Michael Reynolds and the receiving of classmate Kordre Taylor, the ’Hounds broke away from the upstart Southerners and continued their state-record run of playoff appearances.
BEEBE — Thanks to a defense that did its part and then some, the Batesville Pioneers ran their unbeaten string against 5A-East District high school football foes to two seasons here Friday night with a 28-14 victory over the Beebe Badgers.
If you’ve forgotten, the Pioneer defense saved a struggling offense this time last year in a 17-13 win over the Badgers in Pioneer Stadium. That night, it was big stops that helped the Pioneers win the district title, complete a 7-0 district mark and a 10-0 regular season.
HARRISON — In their last shot at getting by the Batesville Lady Pioneers, the Siloam Springs Lady Panthers did it here Saturday in the Class 5A State Cross Country Meet on the North Arkansas College campus.
The Lady Panther cross country teams, like the rest of the Siloam Springs sports teams, will move up to Class 6A next fall. These Lady Panthers, and some others before them, have been chasing the Lady Pioneers while they were winning seven straight state championships.
FLIPPIN — Two of three circulation area teams playing in the Arvest-Modern Woodman Tournament won here Saturday.
The Melbourne Bearkatz defeated the Western Grove Warriors 48-28 and the Izard County Lady Cougars took down the Yellville-Summit Lady Panthers 53-28.
The Lady Bearkatz fell to the Lead Hill Lady Tigers. A score and details were unavailable at press time.
For the 1-0 Bearkatz, Kyler McLaughlin scored 13 points and Cecil Dowdle added 10. Melbourne is scheduled to take on Jasper this evening at 5:30.
Lyon College’s basketball teams swept Ecclesia in home openers at Becknell Gymnasium here Friday night.
The men’s team won 83-75 after trailing 38-29 at halftime.
The Scot women bolted to a big early lead, led 41-19 and continued to dominate in the second half en route to an 84-39 decision.
Lyon Coach Kevin Jenkins said the Scots rallied with a more concerted effort to get the ball inside and by picking up the tempo at both ends of the floor.
“We were getting good shots (from the outside) in the first half, but just not making them,” he said.
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.