NEWPORT — The Batesville Pioneers’ season-opening high school football victory over the Newport Greyhounds in Newport Thursday night would have received a workman’s stamp of approval.
Efficiently and consistently, they pressed their advantages while molding a 41-14 score.
“I thought we had a big advantage on the O and D lines,” Batesville Coach Dave King said. “I didn’t think they would be able to handle us and they didn’t until later in the game when they committed so many people into the box.”
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas State began the rebuilding process earlier than expected last season. Quarterback Ryan Aplin played extensively down the stretch as a redshirt freshman, helping the Red Wolves finish a dismal year on a positive note with two straight wins.
Arkansas State hopes that experience will pay off for both Aplin and his teammates.
“I think we’ve put last year in the past,” defensive lineman Bryan Hall said.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — For months, the Arkansas Razorbacks have embraced the expectations that they will make a no-excuses run at their first Southeastern Conference championship.
Now that the season is finally here, the No. 17 Hogs can barely contain their eagerness. So what if this weekend’s opener is against what could be an overmatched Tennessee Tech team?
“You can call it what you want. This is a game for us,” Defensive Coordinator Willy Robinson said. “This is not a tuneup game. This is a game.”
The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers made it three victories in a row when they rallied by the Marion Junior Lady Patriots for a 2-1 decision in Pioneer Gym Thursday night.
Batesville won 23-25, 25-22, 25-13 and improved to 3-1.
“We made nine serving errors in that first game,” Batesville Coach Lisa McCord said. “We found out what the problem was, fixed it came back and fought hard. It was a good win because Marion has some good hitters.”
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers won a cross country team title and Melbourne’s Shelby Brokaw won an individual crown at the Junior Bomber Invitational here Thursday.
Five Batesville runners finished in the top 12 is this season opener. Brokaw won the 2,500-meter race in a time of 10 minutes, 27.80 seconds.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners remained unbeaten with a 3-1 conference volleyball win over the Pocahontas Lady Redskins here Thursday.
Southside won 26-24, 23-25, 25-20, 25-21 and improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in 4A-Northeast Conference play.
“We’re very pleased with the overall results, and the Lady Redskins are the toughest opponent we’ve faced yet,” Southside Coach David Shilkitus said.
Statistical leaders for the Lady Southerners were: Kendra Collier, Lindsey Coe, Courtney Farrier, Jenn Wyatt, Haley Hooper, Maggie Ried and Christal McBride.
NEWARK — Wingback Dennis Flowers’ 6-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter was the winner here Thursday night as the Walnut Ridge Junior Bobcats rallied past the Cedar Ridge Junior Timberwolves 20-16 in a season- and 2A-3 District football opener.
Walnut Ridge’s Cole Hicks started the scoring with a 17-yard run. Derek Miller tacked on a 2-point run.
Cedar Ridge struck back with a 70-yard drive, capped by a 9-yard TD run by Tim Selvidge. Brandon Lindsey ran in the 2-pointer.
CAVE CITY — Travis Galloway, fishing by himself, won Saturday’s Cave City Bass Club tournament on Greers Ferry Lake with four fish totaling 8.80 pounds, said tournament director Ron Watkins.
Brent Chapman and David Wooten weighed in five bass totaling 5.95 pounds for second place.
Galloway caught the biggest bass of the day, a 2.65-pounder.
Ten boats were in the tournament.
The next tournament will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 11 on Lake Norfork, out of Quarry Ramp.
LITTLE ROCK — If it’s Labor Day weekend, football and dove hunting have begun in Arkansas. Monday’s opening of dove season represents the traditional opening of fall hunting in Arkansas.
Hunters need to make sure they’re registered for the Harvest Information Program. This is a mandatory federal program in effect in all states except Hawaii.
NEWPORT — Cave City and Newport split team competitions in a high school tennis season opener here Tuesday.
With a slight advantage in doubles, the Cavemen defeated the Greyhounds 5-4. The Lady Greyhounds won 2-1 with a victory in doubles.
In addition to the players listed in results below, players listed on the Cave City roster are: boys — Kendall Cherry, Colton Jones, Michael Pollard, Patrick England and Brandon Lay; girls — Kilee Reynolds, Michelle Dehart, Hailey Rhoades, Kelsi Garrett and Brittany Hall.
Cave City is scheduled to host Mountain View in a match today.