Very quickly, the Batesville Pioneers kicked any notions of an upset out from under the Blytheville Chickasaws.
With winning moves in every phase of the kicking game, the Pioneers jumped to a 22-0 first-quarter lead, built it to 35-7 by halftime and cruised in with a 49-14 victory Friday on Homecoming night in Pioneer Stadium.
With that, the Pioneers remained unbeaten and atop the 5A-East District standings and clinched a berth in the Class 5A State playoffs.
PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland Mustangs capped Homecoming celebrations here Friday night with a 50-35 high school basketball win over the Bradford Eagles.
Logan Smith led the winners in scoring with 21 points. Nate Rickett added 10 points for the 2-0 Mustangs. Drew Fortson led in rebounding with nine.
Bradford’s Sean Nelson scored 11 points.
The Lady Eagles held off the Lady Mustangs for a 49-48 win.
“We had several chances to win at the end and couldn’t pull through,” Midland Coach Brandon Gates said.
Zeroes are becoming a habit for the Lyon Scots’ defense.
The Scots’ back four locked down on the Trevecca Nazarene Trojans for a 4-0 soccer shutout — their fifth consecutive clean sheet — on Saturday during a TranSouth Athletic Conference womens match at Huser Field.
Cave City at Stuttgart
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
Playing flawlessly is the only option for the Cavemen against this perennial powerhouse, Coach Jon Bradley said.
“We have to play mistake free to have a chance in this game. They are too good for us to give them anything for free,” Bradley said. “Hopefully we will be able to play better. We are beat up right now and have about four or five kids out for this ballgame, but will compete and try to give ourselves a chance to pull off the upset.”
MELBOURNE — The team with the better balance and the bigger plays won here Thursday night.
The Mebourne Junior Bearkatz, novices in the world of football, broke away from the Cedar Ridge Junior Timberwolves in the second half for a 38-16 victory.
With the score tied at 16 late in the third quarter, Marcus Alvarado cut back to his left on a play designed for the right side and sped away from the nearest Cedar Ridge en route to a 59-yard touchdown run.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners finished with their first-ever winning record in volleyball here Thursday night. The 2-0 win over Cedar Ridge bumped their record to 15-10.
The game scores were 25-17, 25-16, 25-19. Lindsey Coe, one of four to be recognized on Senior Night, hit for 13 kills and added eight assists. The other seniors are Danielle Jaco, Kendra Collier and Stephanie Palmer.
Other Southside statistical highlights were provided by: Crystal McBride, four aces; Courtney Farrier, 11 kills and three blocks; and Collier, 20 assists.
JONESBORO — The Nettleton Lady Raiders, co-champions for the 5A-East Conference, handed the Batesville Lady Pioneers a 3-1 loss in a regular-season high school volleyball finale here Thursday.
The game scores were 25-12, 22-25, 25-15, 25-15.
“We started out kind of standing around, and we’ve been known to do that,” Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said. “In the second game, we picked it up a little and several of our girls had blocks. We did real well defending the nets in that game we won.
JUDSONIA — Concord’s senior high basketball teams split their season-openers Thursday night against White County Central and the Junior Lady Pirates escaped with a 25-22 decision.
The Lady Pirates were 54-37 winners despite a shaky first half. They scored two points in the first quarter and led 14-12 at halftime.
Casey Gorecke unloaded for 28 points in the second half and finished with 31. Molly Jefferson added 10.
The Pirates led 32-23 at halftime, but lost 57-53. Logan King and Casey Turney scored 14 points each for Concord.
BLYTHEVILLE — How sweet it is!
The Batesville Junior Pioneers are Class 5A-East District champions again.
After each win, Batesville Coach Doug Walls leads the “How sweet it is” cheer. Those four words echoed loud and clear in the dressing room after Batesville defeated Blytheville 30-0 and claimed its second straight championship.
Batesville will get a chance to put the cherry on top next week when Greene County Tech visits for the season finale. The Junior Pioneers are 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the 5A-East.
LITTLE ROCK — Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission this week approved an 18-day spring turkey season, said commission spokesman Keith Stephens.
“The season framework was approved after a review of recent harvests, brood surveys and gobbling chronology data along with input from turkey hunters.”
“Commissioners also removed two zones on Arkansas lands east of the Mississippi River. Zone 17A, which included adjacent Tennessee lands and Zone 17B which included adjacent Mississippi lands, will now be in Zone 17.
Cave City at Southside
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
A victory in this longstanding rivalry would be good medicine for either of these 4A-2 District teams. The Southside Junior Southerners have been competitive, but don’t have much to show for it. They are 2-4 overall and 1-4 in the district. The visiting Junior Cavemen are 1-5, 1-4 and have been outscored 94-6 over the last three games.