FORREST CITY — The Batesville Junior Pioneers cleared the first major hurdle here Thursday night in their quest to repeat as Class 5A-East District football champions.
Batesville defeated Forrest City 22-14 in a critical contest that pitted the last two champions of the 5A-East.
JONESBORO — Westside Consolidated won four of five volleyball matches against the visitors from Cave City here Thursday night in 4A-Northeast Conference action.
The defending 4A state champion Lady Warriors won 25-7, 25-12, 25-12. In varsity junior high play, the home team won 25-3, 25-7.
Rachel Roebuck totaled 10 points and 25 digs in a losing cause for the Cavewomen. Elisha Ramos added 29 digs. Laura Basinger chipped in 15 digs.
The Cavewomen fell to 8-9 overall and 4-8 in the league.
MELBOURNE — Izard County Single Parent Scholarship committee recently awarded scholarships to two Ozarka College students for Fall. Kim Madera of Melbourne and Melva Wood of Horseshoe Bend received $250 each.
Madera is currently in her second semester of the Practical Nursing program. She said she is grateful for the extra help this scholarship affords her as a single mother. She anticipates graduating in May 2011 with her LPN degree.
Wood is seeking her Associate of Arts degree at Ozarka College and plans to transfer to Arkansas State University to major in social work.
LITTLE ROCK — A man who was assembling a bomb at his Little Rock home was severely injured when the explosive detonated between his legs, authorities said Wednesday.
Aaron Lewis, 36, was listed in serious condition at University Hospital, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. Police said Lewis was taken to the emergency room Tuesday to be treated for wounds from the blast.
Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow said it was only fitting that senior Garth Branstetter closed out a stellar high school career as medalist of the Class 5A State Tournament golf championship Wednesday at Paragould Country Club.
“He’s an outstanding young man,” Morrow said about his No. 1 golfer. “It was a great way for him to finish his (high school) career.”
Southside and Cave City collected 4A-2 District championships in tennis Wednesday at Lyon College, and doubles play were the key for both teams.
With senior Shani Henley and junior Jordan Hicks teaming to win the doubles title, the Lady Southerners held off the Heber Springs Lady Panthers 8-7 for a team title. Had Southside lost one more matchup, its team would have fallen from first place to third.
HORSESHOE BEND — The Izard County Cougars won the Class 1A Boys State Golf Championship Wednesday at The Course on Turkey Mountain.
Izard County’s Preston Harmon was runner-up to Ridgefield Christian’s Cameron McKinney for the tournament medal. McKinney shot a 1-over par 74 while Harmon carded a 76.
The Cougars won with a team total of 268. Ridgefield Christian was second with a 274. Concord finished third with a 278, followed by Lead Hill 280, Shirley 288, Jasper 306, Sacred Heart 313, Ouachita 326, Taylor 333, Kirby 355, Nemo Vista 372 and Van Cove 399.
Batesville at Forrest City
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
The 5A-East championship is on the line tonight. The winner won’t secure the title just yet, but the loser will have to be perfect the rest of the way and hope the other contenders lose. It’s a scenario that has played out the last two years for Batesville. The Junior Pioneers went unbeaten in league play last year and won the crown. Two years ago, their lone loss was to Forrest City and the Junior Mustangs went on to claim the championship.
The move up to Class 4A hasn’t been a fun one for the Cave City Cavemen and the climb doesn’t get any easier this week as the undefeated Clinton Yellow Jackets pay a visit to Caveman Stadium.
Clinton has cruised to a 5-0 record and is 2-0 in the Class 4A-2 with wins against Marianna (48-18) and Southside (49-32). Southside (0-5, 0-2) scored two touchdowns late last week to make the score respectable.
Cave City went to Lee County and got hammered by Marianna last week, 32-8.
The Forrest City Mustangs haven’t run out of time just yet, Coach Rich Trail said Wednesday evening.
The defending 5A-East District champions are scheduled to visit the Batesville Pioneers Friday night when the regular season begins its second half. The Mustangs will bring a 1-4 overall record and a 0-2 mark into Pioneer Stadium. Waiting for them will be the unbeaten (5-0 and 2-0) Pioneers.
“I still think we can rebound and wind up with a good team,” their coach said. “So far, our lack of a quarterback and lack of depth has not been kind to us.”
JONESBORO (AP) — To mark its first home appearance on national television, Arkansas State is asking fans to wear black for its Nov. 2 game against Middle Tennessee.
The Tuesday night game will be televised on ESPN2.
The school is offering commemorative T-shirts to mark the occasion, and selling them with tickets as well. To allow time for the shirts to be produced, the school says ticket and T-shirt orders must be placed with the school by Oct. 15.
Fans often wear red apparel at Arkansas State home games.
VILONIA — The Batesville Lady Pioneers stood up to a tough challenge here Tuesday night in 5A-Central Conference volleyball action, battling back from two deficits to defeat the Vilonia Lady Eagles 3-2.
“We stayed aggressive and kept our serves over and in,” Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said after the 23-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-11, 15-12 victory. “That’s the two things I tell them every night.”
And it all came together in the fourth game.