Searcy Coach Tim Harper said the Lions really are much better, and then he quickly said all the things you would expect of a high school football coach whose team is visiting an opponent it hasn’t beaten in seven straight meetings.
“I’ve been real proud of how hard this team has worked and the improvements we’ve made,” he said. “The thing is, now the task gets a lot harder. Batesville, I believe, is the best team remaining on our schedule except, maybe, for West Memphis.”
NEWPORT — Gary Spicer, Joe Williams and Larry Romine were winners Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Spicer won the street division. Donovan Bishop and James Spence were second and third, respectively.
Ron Davis and Lonnie Allwhite finished behind Williams in the footbrake class.
Bobby Hall played second fiddle to Romine in the super pro class.
LOCUST GROVE — The points champions will be crowned Friday night at Batesville Motor Speedway as the 2010 points racing season comes to an end.
Each class, with the exception of the NeSmith Late Models, has a driver who has all but clinched the title.
In the late model class, however, the championship is up for grabs with four drivers in contention. Tyler Stevens holds a 2-point edge over Roger Witt while defending champion Jason Wilkey sits third, just 10 points back. Johnny Virden is fourth, 12 points off the pace.
Brookland at Melbourne
Kickoff • tonight 6:30
Our one homestanding junior high team this week will also start about a half hour earlier than the rest. That’s because the preceding seventh-grade game is set for a 5 p.m. kickoff. It’s also a legitimate measuring stick for both programs. The team from Craighead County is fielding it’s second varsity team. This is the first year for our Izard County representative. You may have already noticed another similarity: It’s the Brookland Junior Bearcats against the Melbourne Junior Bearkatz.
The Southside Southerners are scheduled to host the Riverview Raiders Friday night at Stewart Field, and it is the first-ever meeting of the teams in the regular season.
Riverview, a Class 3A school in Searcy, is coming off a 28-6 loss to Carlisle while the Class 4A Southerners are recovering from a 38-36 loss to Class 2A Cedar Ridge — another first-time opponent.
Southside Coach Jon Johnston said his squad is “banged up.” Then he added “It’s awful early to be beat up this bad. You expect stuff like this in week four or five, but not this early.”
Incorrect information was provided to the Batesville Daily Guard regarding the Townsends Invitational. The 4-person scramble golf tournament is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 16 at The Course at Eagle Mountain. It will start at 8 a.m. with tee time at 9.
BATESVILLE — The Lyon College womens soccer team remained unbeaten and registered another shutout with a 2-0 decision against the Missouri Valley Vikings on Huser Field Tuesday afternoon.
The Scots improved to 3-0 as goalkeeper Erica Cox notched her second shutout of the season and the 12th of her college career with eight saves in 90 minutes of work.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers are scheduled to visit the Searcy Lion Cubs Thursday night for a nonconference football game.
Searcy is the only team to beat Batesville in almost two years. A year ago, Searcy put the only blemish on Batesville’s 9-1 record. The Junior Pioneers are coming off a 41-6 walk through against Newport, making for an eerily similar situation. Last year, Batesville handed Newport a 36-12 loss only to struggle in the early going against Searcy. The Lion Cubs won 21-8.
NEWARK — Harrisburg swept Cedar Ridge in conference volleyball matches here Tuesday.
The Lady Hornets won 25-16, 26-24, 25-16.
TaQuila Hunt, Carlie Easley, Maci Thomas, Courtney Cummings, Brittany Wammack and Allison Terrell were Cedar Ridge’s statistical leaders.
The visitors took the hard-fought junior high match 25-23, 27-25.
Junior Lady Timberwolves Blair Willis, Chaney Ryan, Cassey Kelley and Whitney Wood received praise for their efforts from Coach Raydean Wheeler Jr.
It’s opening week for two of the four Guard-circulation area junior high football teams, and they’re all looking for their first victory.
The Southside Junior Southerners are set to open their season Thursday night at 7 in Searcy against the Riverview Junior Raiders and the Cave City Junior Cavemen will get going in Highland on the same day and time against the Junior Rebels.