LOCUST GROVE — Batesville Motor Speedway hosted its final night of points racing here Friday.
Joe Payne edged Kevin Grizzle for the top spot in the street stock class. Ronnie Jones was crowned champion in the front-wheel drive division. Greg Waugh complied the most points in the IMCA modified class. William Lawrence was the season’s best factory stock driver. Roger Witt claimed top honors in the NeSmith late model division.
SEARCY — The Southside Southerners, the only remaining undefeated Guard-circulation area varsity high school football team, bounced back from a 10-point halftime deficit Friday night to defeat the Riverview Raiders 40-28.
Southside trailed 22-12 at the half, but the visitor’s locker room remained calm during the break, according to Southerner Coach Kenny Simpson.
“There was no panic from our team at halftime,” Simpson said.
FORREST CITY — Southside Southerners Clayton House and Wyat Gambill led the way among Guard-circulation area golfers at the McDonald’s Mustang Tradition Tournament on the Forrest City Country Club course here Saturday.
House shot a 10-over-par 81 and Gambill added an 85 — good enough for both to be named to the all-tournament team.
The Southerners finished sixth as a team. Dalton Lamons added a 111 and Clint Thomas a 125 for the team total of 402.
WEST PLAINS, Mo. — The Batesville Lady Pioneers won one match in pool play and one in volleyball tournament play at the West Plains Show-me Showdown here Saturday.
After falling 25-21, 25-19 to West Plains and 25-23, 25-15 to Rogersville, Mo., the Lady Pioneers defeated Salem, Mo., 25-20, 25-14. Liberty, Mo., and Batesville split two games in the finale of their pool play. Batesville won the first game 25-18. The Missourians took the second 28-26.
Clan Weatherford and Kristen Treadway returned to the front in one of the top local road races here Saturday, and they led a record field.
On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Sara Low Memorial 5K drew a field of 321 runners and walkers.
Weatherford, who has won most of the area races over the last several years, decided to run at the last minute after taking most of the summer off. He won the 1040 Tax Run title back in April and, despite struggling with a groin injury, took the White River Medical Center Run the Wave 5K crown about a month later.
CAVE CITY — The seventh- and eighth-grade and high school junior varsity football games set here for Monday have been cancelled, announced Cave City Athletic Director Russell Fowler.
Fowler said the cancellation was at the request of Highland, the visiting team school, due to parent-teacher conferences.
The Independence County Youth Athletic Association, in conjunction with Stanley Wood Chevrolet and Scott Wood Chrysler, are sponsoring a fall baseball league for kids in ages 4-10, according to a news release from Scott Wood.
The league will run through the end of October.
Games start each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings at 5:45. This year’s league includes tee-ball, pitching machine and live pitch.
BROOKLAND — The Melbourne Junior Bearkatz improved to 2-0 with a 32-26 football victory over the Brookland Junior Bearcats here Thursday night.
Both of Melbourne’s victories have come on the road.
“We didn’t play exceptionally well, but we won and we feel good about that,” Melbourne Coach Clinton Gore said.
The Junior ’Katz led 16-0 at halftime, 24-6 after three quarters and 32-12 late in the game. The home team scored twice in the last two minutes.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers never trailed in their 23-11 football victory over the Searcy Lion Cubs at Pioneer Stadium on Thursday.
Junior Pioneer running back Michael Robinson ran for 100 yards on 20 carries and improved his play, according to Batesville Coach Doug Walls.
“Our blocking was a little better than it was last week, and it seemed like Michael was quicker and more intense,” Walls said. “He didn’t take his time getting to the holes. He got after it.”
The Lyon College Scots bounced back after a tough volleyball loss, defeating Crowley’s Ridge College 3-1 in Becknell Gym on Thursday night.
The scores were 31-29. 20-25, 25-15, 25-16.
“We showed tenacity after losing game two, and the last two game scores reflect that,” said Lyon Coach Ray Green.
The Scots outscored Crowley’s Ridge 50-31 in the final two frames.
Some first-year players saw action for the Scots.
LACROSSE — The Southside Southerners narrowly defeated the Melbourne Bearkatz in a 4-way golf match at Cooper’s Hawk here Thursday.
The Southeners shot a 127 and finished two shots better than the Bearkatz. The Mountain View Yellowjackets placed third with 131, and the Cave City Cavemen carded a 142 to finish fourth. The win was earned on the scores of Southerners Clayton House (40), Wyat Gambill (43) and Tanner McGuire (44). Southside’s Clint Thomas shot a 52 that was not counted.
CAVE CITY — The Pocahontas Lady Redskins swept the Cave City Cavewomen here Thursday night in 4A-Northeast Conference play.
The Lady Redskins won 25-18, 25-23, 25-14.
For the Cavewomen, Laura Basinger notched 11 kills and 18 digs. Other statistical highs were: Rachel Woods, nine kills; Blair Weaver, 30 digs and 15 assists; Mollie Wolfe, 20 digs; Brooklyn Bailey, eight blocks; and Kayti Perkey, 11 assists.
Cave City’s junior varsity team won 25-16 as Jaysa Barnett, Lyndsay Eddy and Kayla Presley scored six points each.