JONESBORO — Taylor Handford is the only Batesville Pioneer to qualify for the Class 5A State Tournament.
The senior defeated Beebe’s K.J. Maples 8-5 in the third-place singles match in the Class 5A-East District Tennis Tournament at Allen Park here Monday. Handford received a first-round bye and defeated Forrest City’s Avery Winson 6-2, 6-1 before being knocked out of the championship bracket by Beebe’s Hunter Spakes, 76 (7-5), 6-2, in the semifinals.
MEMPHIS, Tenn — Suzanne Fincham and Chelsea Hinton each notched double-digit kills for the Lyon College Scots but Christian Brothers utilized balanced play to record a 3-1 victory here Tuesday.
Christian Brothers won 25-15, 25-19, 23-25, 25-14. The 10-20 Scots have lost seven of its last 10 matches and are 5-8 on the road this year. Christian Brothers, which improved to 12-10, shares the Gulf South Conference lead with Harding.
Fincham and Hinton registered 10 kills each. Fincham added three blocks. Meghann LaBorn recorded nine kills.
The teams of Nathan Howard-Charles Penn and Stan Wood-James Buchanan took home the championships of the Norman Dozier Memorial Senior Golf Scramble, an annual tournament played over the Batesville Municipal and Batesville Country Club 9-hole courses.
Howard-Penn won the 55- to 69-year-old age bracket with a 69. Wood-Buchanan took the 70-and-up division with a 66.
JACKSONVILLE — Battling back from a 1-game deficit, the Batesville Lady Pioneers pushed aside the North Pulaski Lady Falcons here Tuesday night, winning 3-1 and setting up a key conference contest in a home finale on Thursday.
The victory in Pulaski County improved the Lady Pioneers’ overall record to 12-6. More importantly, they moved to 9-1 in the 5A-Central Conference.
The last time Stuttgart Junior Ricebirds were seen in these parts, they broke a losing streak. They’ll try to do the same Thursday night in Cave City.
Stuttgart Coach Elgin Perry chuckled and said, “Lose, lose and lose,” when asked what’s been happening with the Junior Ricebirds since they broke through with a 17-0 victory in Southside back on Sept 16.
That night, they came to Independence County with a 0-2 record. Since then, they’ve lost to Heber Springs by four, to Newport by six and to Clinton by 17.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers and Wynne Junior Jackets are scheduled to meet in Pioneer Stadium Thursday night for a Class 5A-East District showdown.
The meeting pits the only unbeaten teams in the conference. Batesville snuck out of Forrest City with a 22-14 victory last Thursday, giving the Junior Mustangs their only conference loss. The win made the Junior Pioneers 3-0 in the 5A-East and 6-0 overall.
PARAGOULD — Crowley’s Ridge Academy swept Cave City in nonconference volleyball action here Monday night.
The Lady Falcons won 25-19, 25-22 and 25-16. Rachel Roebuck led Cave City with 24 points and 19 digs. Katie Freeman added 16 points and 13 blocks while libero Elisha Ramos earned 32 digs. Also factoring into the team stats were Laura Basinger with 18 digs and six points and Blair Weaver with 13 assists.
The Cavemen fell to 11-11.
The Junior Cavewomen are 12-5 after a 25-17, 25-19 loss.
Lyon College’s Erica Cox was named TranSouth Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 10, according to a press release from the league office.
Cox, a senior goalkeeper from Antelope, Calif., logged 90 minutes in goal in a 6-0 shutout victory over Belhaven University. The senior saved seven shots and notched her fifth shutout of the year.
Cox leads the TranSouth in goals against average and has allowed just 0.59 goals per match. Her shutout total ties her for the league lead with Martin Methodist’s Hanit Schwarz.
The Jonesboro Annie Camp Whirlwinds collected a 2-0 win over the Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers in a volleyball match Monday at Pioneer Gym.
The visitors won 25-22, 25-21.
Morgan Huff collected nine kills and seven digs, and teammates Arden Kvern and Elley Lindsey served three aces apiece in a losing cause. Amy Everett, who had been out with a broken arm, returned to action and was credited with three blocks.
The Junior Lady Pioners are 11-6 and will play their regular-season finale with Beebe at home Wednesday starting at 4 p.m.
The Batesville Pioneers junior varsity football team remained unbeaten after outscoring the Searcy Lions 22-0 in the second half Monday night at Pioneer Stadium.
The final score was 28-7, raising the Pioneers’ record to 6-0.
After Searcy scored with their opening possession, Robert Smith stopped a Searcy drive with a fumble recovery. A few plays later, Jacob Hardin passed to Jaron Stigger for 70 yards and a touchdown. The run for two failed and Searcy led 7-6 at halftime.
HOT SPRINGS — The Batesville Lady Pioneers returned to the site of several of their state championships in cross country here Saturday and won again.
With four runners in the top 10, the Lady Pioneers rolled to victory in the Lake Hamilton Invitational across the infield at Oaklawn Park.
Natalie Meinzer led the 6-time defending Class 5A champs with a second place-finish. Her 5-kilometer time was 20 minutes, 23 seconds, 50 seconds behind Little Rock Christian’s Randi Ferguson.
Batesville’s Garth Branstetter and Izard County’s Preston Harmon know some of their fellow competitors in the Overall Golf Tournament championship, but not much about the toughest competition.
Neither have played the Pleasant Valley Country Club course, widely regarded as one of the state’s most challenging. They will get to play a practice round on Wednesday, one day before the event.
“I hear it’s a tight and long course,” Branstetter said. “My dad has talked with people about the course, but I haven’t talked with him yet.”