For the second consecutive week, a Kenton Crawford kneel down ends the football game for the Batesville Junior Pioneers.
The scoreboard read 27-8 when the ninth-grade quarterback’s knee touched the turf Thursday night at Pioneer Stadium.
The Nettleton Raiders looked strong early, but turnovers and defensive adjustments by the home team proved to be the difference.
Pam Kitsmiller and Tim Johnson teamed to win the Batesville Baker’s Mixed Doubles Tournament at the Hollywood Bowl last weekend.
Kitsmiller-Johnson rolled a 700 series, edging Stephanie and Keith Anderson by three pins. Nicki Sharp-Preston Meyer finished third with a 696 and Kitsmiller-Ronnie Trusty placed fourth with a 695.
Twenty-two teams competed in the annual event of the Batesville Women’s Bowling Association.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The Batesville Lady Pioneers bounced back from their first conference loss with a 3-1 win over the Central Arkansas Christian Lady Mustangs here Thursday night.
Senior Kassie Foreman and Junior Jayme Shell struck for 47 kills. Foreman led the way with 26 kills.
Junior Lainey Rumans led Batesville in assists with a season-high 54. She also served up a team-high five aces.
Sophomore Morgan Huff led the defense with 30 digs. Foreman added 19 digs, and juniors Anna Richards and Makayla Thorne added 14 digs apiece.
MARIANNA — The Cave City Junior Cavemen survived six turnovers and a fourth-quarter charge here Thursday night to post their first football victory of the season.
The 22-16 decision over the Marianna Junior Trojans brought the Junior Cavemen’s overall record to 1-2 and their 4A-2 District mark to 1-1.
LA CROSSE — Led by Bradley Lamb’s medal-winning 1-over-par 73, the Melbourne Bearkatz golfers rolled past the Valley Springs Tigers for a 30-stroke victory and the 3A-1 District Tournament crown here Thursday.
Lamb and Yellville-Summit’s Josh Lunsford tied in regulation.
Lamb won the medalist award with a par on the first playoff hole. Lunsford bogeyed the hole.
The Mountain View Yellowjackets finished third with a 295, just one stroke behind the Tigers.
Stuttgart at Southside
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
The 2-1 Southerners will be looking to secure an early 4A-2 District win after last week’s home loss to the England Lions in a nonconference finale. Stuttgart’s coach wants the Ricebirds to eat up as much clock as possible in an effort to keep the high-octane Southerner offense on the sideline. The Ricebirds are also 2-1 overall.
CALICO ROCK — The third annual Calico Rock Trout Tournament kicks off at 7 a.m. Saturday with registration in River Road Park in downtown Calico Rock, according to a press release.
From Highway 5 at the White River Bridge turn onto Railroad Street and drive under the railroad tracks down to the park. Registration ends at noon. Weigh-in will be at the same location until 5 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded based on the number of entrants, the release states, with first prize being 50 percent payback, second prize 25 percent and third prize 15 percent.
The Greene County Tech boys and Paragould girls won the 5A-District Tournament championships, but Wynne golfers swept the individual medals Wednesday at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
The Eagles finished seven strokes in front of the Wynne Yellowjackets (319-336) in the team competition. The Paragould Rams finished third with a 342. The top three teams qualify for the 5A State Tournament at the Pine Bluff Country on Oct. 4.
Wynne’s Paul Cooper shot a 2-over-par 74 to top the boys’ leaderboard.
Some might call the 5A-East District high school football opener in Jonesboro Friday night a tipping point.
The Batesville Pioneers will be trying to avoid something that hasn’t happened in 10 years — lose three straight.
After clobbering the Newport Greyhounds 55-15 in a season opener, they fell at Searcy, 37-22. Last week, at home, the Mountain Home Bombers won by a 27-20 count.
If they avoid the rarity, they will also take the first step in their efforts to defend the district championship.
Melbourne at Hector
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 5
We hope all you Melbourne fans are reading this en route to Pope County. It’s a long drive to Hector, about 17 miles north of Russellville, and this varsity junior high contest is starting two hours earlier than the usual kickoff time because it will be followed at 7 by a meeting between the schools’ high school teams.
HORSESHOE BEND — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolf golf team finished second at the 2A-2 District Tournament Wednesday, qualifying them for the state tournament.
The T-Wolves turned in a team score of 313 and finished 25 strokes behind the first place Buffalo Island Central Mustangs. Salem (321), Rector (329) and Riverside (396) round out the team scores.
Individually, Spencer Reaves carded a 99 to lead Cedar Ridge. Also scoring for the T-wolves were Ethan Weaver (100) and Jake Shirley (114). Jordan Steele shot a 115 that did not count in the team total.
For the second week in a row, the Southside Southerners will host a team that prefers to gain small chunks of yards at a time and eat up the clock.
“We try to control the game by running the ball,” said Stuttgart Ricebird Head Coach Billy Elmore. “We mostly run the spread, but we like to grind it out.”
Last week, against England’s double-wing running attack, the Southerners suffered their first loss of the season, falling 22-14.
Stuttgart is also 2-1 after losing last week. The Ricebirds defeated McGehee 27-0 and White Hall 39-10 before falling to Malvern 24-15.