HOT SPRINGS — Batesville Pioneer golfer Garth Branstetter finished tied for 11th and won all-state honors here Wednesday at the Class 5A State Tournament.
The junior shot a 6-over-par 78 on the Hot Springs Country Club’s Park Course. He tied two other golfers.
“Garth played really well off the tee and his irons were good, but missed at least 10 birdie putts.” Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow said. “They just weren’t rolling in the hole for him.”
The Cave City Cavemen have enjoyed an easy schedule thus far and another struggling opponent is set to pay a visit Friday night.
The Manila Lions are 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the Class 3A-3 District while the Cavemen are enjoying a program-best 5-0, 2-0 start. A win Friday night will guarantee Cave City a winning season after a 3-7 outing last year.
The other top teams in the district standings — Rivercrest (4-1, 2-0), Harrisburg (4-1, 1-1), Hoxie (2-3, 1-1) and Earle (5-0, 2-0) — remain on Cave City’s schedule, and in that order.
LA CROSSE — The third golfer came through and the Beakatz carried their second state championship across the highway to Melbourne High School Wednesday afternoon.
Following up senior Sam Cooper’s and freshman Brad Lamb’s 2-over-par 74s, Spencer Caraway added an 87 to help the Bearkatz to a 20-stroke victory in the Class 2A State Tournament. The Smackover Buckaroos scored the distant second.
The Bearkatz’ first state golf championship came in 2002. The Lady Bearkatz have also won two state titles (2005 and ’06).
LA CROSSE — The C.L. Moore Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled to tee off at 9 a.m. here Saturday morning at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course.
The entry fee is $300 per 4-man scramble team. All proceeds will go to the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves Alumni Association.
Along with a million dollar hole-in-one shot, there’s a $5,000-to-win putting contest and $2,000 will go to anyone making an ace on any of the par-3 holes. Longest-drive and closest-to-the-pin winners will collect $100.
For more information, call Kevin Arms (870) 799-9116 or Danny Davis (870) 307-2469.
LITTLE ROCK — Suzanne Fincham tallied 11 kills and five blocks to push the Lyon College Pipers to their third consecutive victory in a 3-0 sweep of Philander Smith College Tuesday in nonconference action.
Coach Ray Green opted to play his freshman lineup for the entire match. They won 25-21, 25-20, 25-18.
Pipers Kristen Margrabe and Jennifer Jones notched six kills apiece. Tanisha Tucker added three service aces, seven digs and three blocks. Kylie Chronister led Lyon with 30 assists, Rachel Miller-Havens added four blocks and Destiny Gordon accounted for a team-high 10 digs.
Lyon College’s Stephen Dallas and Matt Callaway have been selected as the TranSouth Athletic Conference’s top soccer performers among the men for the week of Sept. 28-Oct. 4, according to a news release from Lyon.
Dallas was named the TSAC Offensive Player of the Week and Callaway has been honored as the TSAC Defensive Player of the Week.
Dallas, a junior forward-midfielder from Glasgow, Scotland, scored two goals this week in a 1-1 week for the Scots. The junior’s big game occurred in a 2-0 shutout of No. 24 Martin Methodist, when he accounted for both goals.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers endured one bad half of football last season and it cost them the district championship. They’ll seek redemption Thursday night when they host the defending Class 5A-East District champions.
The Forrest City Junior Mustangs are set to visit Pioneer Stadium for a key district meeting. Kickoff is set for 7.
Last year in Forrest City, the Junior Pioneers self-destructed in the first half and a second-half rally came up just shy. The 24-16 loss was their only blemish in a 9-1 season.
The White River Medical Center 5K Run/Walk is set for Saturday, according to a news release from the White River Roadrunners running club.
The 5-kilometer event is the fifth race in the WRRR Race Series. The sixth and final series race is the Run Wild for a Child 5K on the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville campus on Nov. 14.
Fifteen males and seven females have completed the previous four races. They remain in contention for an Iron Runner award, which will be given all runners who complete the six races.
Batesville swept Forrest City in 5A-East District volleyball matches in Pioneer Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
The Lady Pioneers took a 3-0 victory, winning 25-12, 25-14, 25-6.
The Junior Lady Pioneers also served up a shutout. The scores were 25-12, 25-11.
The Lady Pioneers improved to 10-5-1 overall and 5-6 in the district. The Junior Lady Pioneers improved to 7-5 and 7-4.
“Right now we’re still fighting sickness and injuries,” Junior Lady Pioneer Coach Lisa McCord said. “We’re focusing on getting well and our efforts on getting ready for Blytheville this Thursday.”
CAVE CITY — The Cave City Cavewomen swept the Rose Bud Lady Ramblers in a conference match here Tuesday night.
Cave City moved to 9-2 in the conference standings with one match left. Game scores were 25-8, 25-12, 25-18.
Rachel Roebuck paced the winners with 20 points, 10 aces and 15 digs. Elisha Ramos collected 35 digs while Kendra Demster added 20 digs and 15 assists. Blair Weaver served 13 straight points in the first set and finished with 14 aces on the night. Katie Freeman completed the list of statistical leaders with 10 points.
The Bald Knob Junior Bulldogs and Southside Junior Southerners will play a football game that counts in the 4A-2 District when they meet Thursday night at Stewart Field.
Southside, Bald Knob, Clinton and Heber Springs are members of the district’s North Division. Stuttgart, Lonoke, DeWitt and Marianna are South Division members. Based on their records against division members, the first- through fourth-place teams will meet each other for single playoff games on Oct. 29.
A drawing for four tickets to the Arkansas vs. Eastern Michigan Homecoming game in Fayetteville on Oct. 31 will be held Oct. 23, Cave City Coach Jamie King announced.
Each $10 donation will receive a chance in the drawing. The funds raised will help offset medical costs for Cave City golfer Alex Cossey, who remains hospitalized after an automobile accident last month.
King said Cossey is making progress but still has a long road to recovery.