BLYTHEVILLE — Now, for another 5A-East District football championship and a top seeding into the Class 5A State Playoffs.
With the Batesville Pioneers’ 56-21 walloping of the Blytheville Chickasaws at Haley Field here Friday night, and the Greene County Tech Eagles’ 54-49 win over the Beebe Badgers in Paragould, a victory at home on Senior Night this coming Friday night against the Eagles, or a win at Beebe in the regular-season finale on Nov. 4 will accomplish both for the Pioneers.
MONETTE — Concord split with Bay in Joe V. Jones Jamboree high school basketball games here Saturday.
The Lady Pirates defeated the Bay Lady Yellowjackets 46-28 as Kayla Richardson scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Emanda Reaves chipped in 11 points for the 2-1 Lady Pirates.
The Yellowjackets, defending Classs 1A state champions, defeated Concord 54-44. No other details were available at press time.
Friday in Concord, Mount Vernon-Enola and Concord split senior games. The Lady Warhawks won 67-48 as Catherine Bartley scored 15 points and Sidney Davies added 12.
AUGUSTA — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves recorded their first football victory of the season, and they moved out of the 2A-3 District cellar.
That spot now belongs to the Augusta Red Devils. They and the T-wolves shared it until the visitors’ 40-21 decision here Friday night.
Trailing 15-8, quarterback Justin Lovell passed to fullback Matt Hudson for 85 yards and a touchdown late in the second quarter. Hudson ran in the 2-point conversion for a 16-15 lead and the T-wolves didn’t trail again.
CAVE CITY — Brandt Mathews scored twice in the first half and the Cave City Junior Cavemen thumped the Southside Junior Southerners 30-6 in a 4A-2 District football game here Thursday night.
Mathews, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound fullback, scored on runs of 40 and three yards.
The Junior Cavemen led 24-0 at halftime as Cody Childers added a 10-yard TD pass reception from Cobie Robinson. That pair also hooked up for a 2-point conversion. The other 2-pointers were scored on runs by Jordan Ables and Tristian McSpadden.
Stuttgart at Cave City
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
If the Cavemen are going to have a shot at downing this 4A-2 District championship contender, they will have to move the football, Cave City Coach Jon Bradley said. “If we don’t, it’s going to be a long night. Stuttgart is big and fast — a very good football team that does a lot of things right.” Especially on defense, Bradley added. “Number five for them (Waymon Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 211-pound junior) looks like Darren McFadden.
CONWAY — Suzanne Fincham hit for 21 kills and Samantha Comet added 10 as the Lyon College Scots battled by the Hendrix Lady Warriors in a nonconference volleyball match here Thursday night.
“Fincham came up huge for us,” Lyon Coach Ray Green said, “and then Sam Comet hits for 10 kills. Anytime you can get double-digit kills that’s really big.”
And they were needed, the coach said.
CONCORD — Concord’s senior teams opened the basketball season with a sweep of visiting White County Central here Thursday night.
The Lady Pirates won 51-31 as Emanda Reaves scored 16 points and Kayla Richardson snared 10 rebounds.
The Pirates won 70-33 as Ryan Cornelison poured in 19 points, Jacob Roark added 12 and Ethan Hebert reeled in 14 rebounds.
The visitors avoided a sweep with then WCC junior girls won 27-24.
WALNUT RIDGE — The Southside Lady Southerners did not get what they wanted out of this volleyball state tournament tune-up.
The Lady Bobcats won 25-17, 25-23, 19-25, 25-20.
“This was intended to be a tune-up for next week’s state tournament, but we didn’t play very well at all,” Southside Coach David Shilkitus said. “We looked sloppy and disorganized out there, and we definitely have some things to fix between now and next Tuesday. There was a definite lack of focus and intensity.”
JONESBORO — Cedar Ridge sophomore Spencer Reaves posted a good showing at the Class 2A State Tournament for tennis at Allen Park, advancing to the singles semifinals before falling.
On Wednesday, the first day of the event, Reaves defeated Walnut Ridge’s Clayton Hufstedler 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, and won in straight sets (6-4, 7-5) over Kyle Coke of Parker’s Chapel.
On Thursday, Conway Christian’s Drew Dodge knocked Reaves out of the championship round, winning 6-4, 6-1. Reaves won the third-place match, defeating Riverside’s Logan Meurer 6-3, 6-3.
JONESBORO — The Nettleton Lady Raiders swept the Batesville Lady Pioneers 3-0 in a high school volleyball regular-season finale here Thursday night.
The home team won 25-20, 25-16, 25-24.
Batesville’s Jayme Shell and Kassie Foreman combined for 28 kills. Shell led with 15. Lainey Rumans led the assist chart with 19, and Morgan Huff added 11 digs.
Nettleton’s junior varsity squad won 25-17, 25-19.
In a losing effort, Arden Kven dug up 15 shots, Amy Everett recorded nine digs and Hailey Hastings added eight digs.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers left no doubts they are still a 5A-East District championship contender.
Just ask the Blytheville Junior Chickasaws.
Led by the passing and running of quarterback Kenton Crawford, and a stingy defense, the defending district champions bolted to a 26-point first-half lead en route to a 36-0 thrashing of the Junior Chicks in Pioneer Stadium Thursday night.
Coach Maurice Moody meant it when he said the Blytheville Chickasaws’ record “isn’t what it’s supposed to be.”
Officially, they are 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the 5A-East District with the Batesville Pioneers coming to town Friday night for a key district contest, but, yes, Moody takes issue with the loss last week at Beebe.
“It was a heartbreaking loss for us, and one of those situations where a ref blew a call,” he said.