The Batesville Pioneers dominated in all phases while thumping the Vilonia Eagles 37-14 in a Class 5A State Playoff high school football opener in Pioneer Stadium Friday night.
“I don’t know if it could have been any better a start,” Batesville Coach Dave King said.
He was talking about the first half and the first game of the postseason.
PULASKI, Tenn. — Lyon’s bid for its first-ever TranSouth Athletic Conference soccer championship was stopped by perennial powerhouse Martin Methodist 1-0 in the championship game here Friday night.
It is the seventh straight conference tournament championship for the RedHawks.
The lone goal came in the 13th minute off Brazilian Simone Souza’s header. Souza was named the TranSouth’s player of the year.
Lyon finished its season with a 12-4-1 record.
The No. 22 Xavier Lady Gold Nuggets edged the Lyon Scots 60-59 in a nonconference womens basketball game Saturday in Becknell Gymnasium.
With the score tied 57-57 and time running out, Lyon’s Debbie Onukwube put the home team ahead when she hit a shot from the right baseline.
Xavier’s Brandi Young hurried down the court and scored on a layup with three seconds to play. Young was fouled on the shot and her free throw proved to be the game-winner as Phagen Altom’s half-court shot missed.
SOUTHSIDE — Cave City’s girls and Cedar Ridge’s boys won the First National Banking Company Tournament championships here Saturday.
The Cavewomen improved to 4-0 with a 40-33 victory over the Cedar Ridge Junior lady Timberwolves. Jamie Holley led the winners with 13 points Evie Gay chipped in 12.
“We shot free throws well, especially down the stretch,” Cave City Coach Karen Miller said. “We hit 14 of 19 free throws for the game and 10 of 12 in the fourth quarter.
Chaney Ryan and Shannon Butler scored eight points each for Cedar Ridge.
BEARDEN — The No. 1 Bearden Bears blanked the upstart Cedar Ridge Timberwolves 49-0 in the first round of the Class 2A State Playoffs Friday night at Rogers Field.
Bearden (9-1) has turned on the sportsmanship clock in all but two of its games this season. The “mercy” clock ran all of the second half after Bearden led 35-0 at halftime.
Coach Mike Cox said the eight straight blowouts his team has enjoyed could also be its Achilles heel in its quest for a ring.
Bad Boy Promotions is getting set for round four of boxing in Batesville, promoter Brandon Foster announced.
Batesville’s National Guard armory is the venue for “Seasons Beatings,” set for Dec. 11.
Batesville High graduate Hunter Limbaugh will headline the 7-bout event. He will go toe to toe with veteran fighter Dominique Azeez, who fought Jake Thomas in the main event of the last show at the armory.
Also on the card are Sulphur Rock grad April “the Assassin” Ward (7-2), Kristen “TNT” Treadway (2-0), James Frazier, Josh Williams (1-1), Kari Johnston and Yasmine Brown.
WALNUT RIDGE — The Lyon Scots mens basketball team held off the Williams Baptist Eagles 84-81 in a nonconference basketball game here Thursday night.
“It was exciting and a challenge,” Lyon Coach Kevin Jenkins said. “We had to hold them off at the end.”
The Eagles hit 49 percent from the field, but Lyon countered with 51 percent. The Scots led 40-36 at halftime.
SOUTHSIDE — The Highland Junior Rebels edged the Southside Junior Southerners in overtime Thursday night in the First National Banking Company Tournament’s semifinals.
The score was 27-27 at the end of regulation. Highland won 33-30. Junior Rebel Avery Johnson forced OT when he hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Johnson finished with 15 points to lead Highland. Cody Goodman scored nine points for Southside (2-1).
In the other boys semifinal, Cedar Ridge blasted Newport 42-29.
The top finishers in the 15 divisions of the White River Roadrunners Race Series will be recognized Tuesday at the club’s monthly meeting at the Citizens Bank Annex, announced Joe Pool.
Listed by divisions, those runners are:
Overall — Clan Weatherford, Shannon Box, Canisius Mbarushimana; 10-14 — Tristan Driver; 15-19 — Tyler Bishop, Joshua Butler; 20-29 — Rusty Staggs, Dean Rawlings; 30-39 — Brian Yeager, Geary Paul, Jr., B.L. Barber; 40-49 — Brenden Bishop, Robert Barber, Ken Rich; 50-59 — Tim Oster, Sam Cooke, Joe Pool; 60-plus — Rusty Hinges, Danny Dale
They’re big hits for the Batesville Pioneers, and they’re playing in a stadium near you.
They are Matthew Showalter and Keaton Thacker, two of the leading men in the Batesville-Vilonia, Class 5A State Playoff high school football game that will be played out at Pioneer Stadium tonight.
Showalter, a 6-foot-2, 170-pound senior safety, wide receiver and kicking game specialist, has provided many big plays during the Pioneers’ unbeaten, 5A-East District championship season.
LITTLE ROCK — Modern gun deer season opens this weekend, so find a spot with lots of acorns.
Experienced deer hunters know that when acorns are plentiful, deer likely will be in woods feeding on acorns and not out in the open in soybean fields or hanging around corn feeders.
Wildlife biologists report that this is a good year for acorns across much of the state.
Deer prefer acorns for food over just about anything else, including the corn you put out in abundance, rice bran, peanut butter, or young turnip greens.
But what kind of acorns?
LITTLE ROCK — Since all hunters are using the telephone or Internet to check their deer this year, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is able to rapidly evaluate this year’s harvest numbers, according to Arkansas Outdoors, the commission’s weekly newsletter.
And so far, it looks like another good year statewide, the newsletter states.