MOUNTAIN HOME — The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers rallied for a desperately close 2-1 victory over the Junior Lady Bombers here Thursday.
The game scores were 25-22, 24-26, 26-24.
“The teams were very evenly matched, but we started the first game with great focus and intensity,” Batesville Coach Lisa McCord said. “The third game we showed nothing but heart and hustle. We were down 17-23 when we gained possession of the ball with Arden Kvern up to serve. With all that pressure, Arden served over and in, including three aces, every time and we won each rally.”
LITTLE ROCK — The Lyon College Scots took a 3-1 decision from Philander Smith and battled NCAA member Mississippi Valley State in a 5-set loss on Saturday afternoon in season-opening matches.
In the lid lifter, the Scots (1-1) topped PSC 25-16, 16-25, 25-22 and 25-21. They lost the second match to MVS 25-21, 23-25, 13-25, 25-23, 15-12.
TRUMANN — The Southside Lady Southerners improved to 2-0 overall and, more importantly, notched a first-ever victory over the Trumann Lady Wildcats in 4A Northeast Conference volleyball action here Thursday.
The Lady Southerners won 25-19, 25-22, 25-22 as Lindsey Coe racked up 18 kills, four digs and hit all 13 of her serves in play.
LA CROSSE — The Heber Springs Panthers won the team title and a Southside Southerner won the individual medal in a high school golf event Thursday at Cooper’s Hawk.
Jackson Thomas shot a 9-hole round of 43 to lead Heber Springs. Rounding out the team score of 132 were Tanner Rockwell (44) and Nate Bartlett (45).
The Southerners finished two strokes back and were led by Clayton House’s 39. Tanner McGuire (46) and Dalton Littleton (49) and Wyat Gambill (49) completed the team score.
The remaining team scores were: Bald Knob, 136; Cave City, 139; and Hillcrest, 166.
Serhiy Zhykin provided the game-winning goal in the 74th minute of a 2-1 Lyon Scots’ victory over Spring Hill at Huser Field in a season-opening match Sunday afternoon.
With both teams tied at one in the second half, Zhykin took a pass from Robert Hall and bounced a shot over a diving Corey Bronencamp and into the net for the winning goal.
“In transition, we got the ball to one of our center fielders. Robert got it to the corner and Serhiy outran and outmuscled (the defender) and looped it in. It wasn’t pretty, but it was a workman’s goal,” Lyon Coach Brett Parker said.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers are scheduled to open their season Tuesday night as they host the Newport Greypups in Pioneer Stadium.
Batesville has dominated the White River rivalry the last two seasons, turning on the mercy clock each time, but the consensus is don’t expect the Junior Pioneers to walk away with a third straight blowout.
“It will be a challenge,” Batesville Defensive Coordinator Matt Wentz said. “They played quite a few eighth-graders last year and getting to play 10 games as an eighth-grader makes a big difference.”
The fortunes of the 2010 Lyon College Scots men’s soccer team are tied to an transfusion of fresh blood on the pitch this season. Twenty-three players have a season or less of individual experience at the collegiate level, but Coach Brett Parker hopes that his upperclassmen can set an example for the youngsters and speed the aging process along.
HOXIE — The Hoxie Mustangs edged the Cave City Cavemen 19-13 in a preseason scrimmage here Thursday night.
The teams played four 10-minute periods with no kickoffs. Hoxie led 19-0 at halftime.
Cave City responded with a Jeremy Runyan-to-Jacob Martin pass that went 65 yards for a touchdown.
Runyan accounted for the other touchdown with a 10-yard surge that which was set up by a 50-yard pass to Eddie McCullough.
Hoxie scored its first TD after Cave City fumbled on its own 20-yard line.
HORSESHOE BEND — Preston Harmon and his Izard County Cougars continued to stay at the top of the leaderboard.
Their latest wins came Thursday at The Course on Turkey Mountain. Harmon fired an even par 37 to win medalist honors while the Cougars defeated Salem and Mountain View in team scoring.
Harmon’s 37 was three strokes better than Matt Twilley and Ryan Rich, each of Salem. Uriah Mead’s 41 and Jake Dockins’ 43 completed the team total for Izard County.
Clayton Everett shot a 47 to finish Salem’s score.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers remained unbeaten at home and improved to 2-1 overall with a sweep of upstart Searcy Thursday night in Pioneer Gym.
Batesville beat the second-year program 25-6, 25-8, 25-11.
Hannah Huff collected four digs, two aces, two assists and six kills for the Lady Pioneers. Teammates also making their marks on the stat sheet were: Kandess Pfitzner (11 aces, eight assists, six kills), Lainey Rumans (10 assists, three aces), Kassie Forman (nine kills, five aces), Kali Foreman (nine aces) and Jayme Shell (two aces, two kills).
NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves gave the Bay Lady Yellowjackets a run for their money here Thursday night, but the visitors came away with the senior high volleyball victory.
Bay won 25-23, 21-25, 25-17, 25-23.
Keeping the statistician busy were: TaQuila Hunt (four digs, served for 10 points), Carlie Easley (three aces, two kills, five points), Maci Thomas (four aces, three digs, 14 points), Courtney Cummings (two digs, six points), Brittany Wammack (two aces, eight points) and Chelsea Wiles (three blocks, two kills).