Notch another one for “defense wins championships.”
Pioneer defenders rescued a sputtering offense in Pioneer Stadium Friday night. The save was good for a 17-13 high school football victory over the Beebe Badgers, an unbeaten regular-season, a 5A-East District championship and, possibly, a big home-field advantage in the playoffs.
The 10-0 Pioneers are scheduled to host the Vilonia Eagles, the fourth seed out of the 5A-West District, at 7:30 this coming Friday night. The winner will face the Arkadelphia-Monticello winner.
SOUTHSIDE — The Newport Greyhounds earned their state record 24th-straight trip to the playoffs with a 49-20 win over the Southside Southerners Friday night at Stewart Field.
Southside opened Senior Night with a quick score. Storm Tipton recovered a fumble on Newport’s first play from scrimmage and the Southerners took advantage with a Jared Dahl-to-Princeton Foster, 2-yard pass. Dahl ran in the 2-pointer to make it 8-0 just 84 seconds into the Class 4A-2, regular season finale.
ROGERS — By all counts, they’re not finished counting.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers won their seventh straight state championship in cross country here Saturday afternoon with a dominating run on the Rogers High School course.
Batesville’s first five runners all finished in the top 10 of the Class 5A girls race. The Lady Pioneers’ winning total of 28 points matched the day’s other best score. The Russellville Cyclones won the boys 6A crown with the same count.
JACKSON, Tenn. — It took awhile, but the Union Bulldogs defeated the Lyon Scots in the first round of the TranSouth Athletic Conference mens soccer tournament here Saturday.
The score was 1-1 at the end of regulation and remained that way after two overtime periods. Union won the match when it outscored Lyon 5-4 in a penalty kick shootout.
Serhiy Zhykin scored the lone goal for Lyon during regulation. It was countered by Brian Castro in the 33 seconds before halftime.
CAVE CITY — Cave City won three of four benefit games against Highland here Saturday evening.
The Junior Cavewomen got it started with a 33-15 win as Jamie Holley netted 13 points and teammate Ashley Ratliff added eight.
That was followed by the Junior Rebels’ 31-30 decision. Grant Walling scored 12 points for Cave City.
The Cavewomen won 44-31, led by Brooklyn Brinkley’s 19 points. Jessica Hall threw in 15 and Rachel Roebuck earned a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Lindsey Wooldridge led Cave City on the defensive end with five steals.
CONCORD — The Julian Martin Invitational Tournament junior high basketball championships went to Guard-circulation area teams here Thursday night.
The Concord Junior Pirates blasted the White County Central Junior Bears 52-28 with an onslaught of 3-pointers.
“We hit nine 3-pointers in the first half,” Concord Coach Keith Cornett said. “Dylan Bullard hit four of those, all in the first quarter.”
The Junior Pirates led 18-5 after one quarter of play and 38-10 at halftime.
CONWAY — Lyon senior Andy Lee broke a long-standing school record for most 3-pointers in a game and scored a career-high 42 points in an 81-78 victory over the Central Baptist Mustangs on Thursday night in nonconference play.
Lee hit 10 of 12 3-point shots and broke the old single-game, school record of nine, formerly held by Charlie Traub and set in 1987.
Lee sank 12 of 22 shots from the field and cashed in on eight of nine free throws. The senior guard also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
Newport at Southside
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
Southside will recognize its seniors 30 minutes before kickoff of this Class 4A-2 regular season finale. Newport needs to win or hope Clinton beats Lonoke if it wants to make its 24th consecutive trip to the state playoffs. Artez Brown (jersey number 6) and Quadarius Ross (35) are the playmakers for Newport’s offense. Southside is still searching for its first win since 2008.
CHERRY VALLEY — “Unbelievable.”
That’s what Cedar Ridge Coach Todd Lovell said about the Timberwolves’ 14-12, come-from-behind victory over the Cross County Thunderbirds here Thursday night.
With the win, Cedar Ridge earned its first trip to the postseasaon. The T-wolves, in just their third year of existence, will visit the Bearden Bears next week in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs.
CABOT — Southside’s McKenzie King led Guard-circulation area runners across the finish line in the Walmart Invitational Cross Country Meet here last weekend.
King finished sixth in a time of 13 minutes, 13 seconds over the 2-mile course in the annual event for junior high teams. Batesville’s Madison Stave finished seventh.
Batesville’s Tristan Driver led the area boys with a 26th place in 12:31.
Listed below are the rest of Batesville’s and Southside’s results (times were not available for most runners):
It should be fast times at Rogers High and the State Cross Country Championships, and we’ll see how that jibes with Batesville’s target number.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers will run for their seventh straight Class 5A state championship on the 5-kilometer course on the Rogers High School campus on Saturday afternoon.
Lady Pioneer Coach Diane Treadway seemed to be doing all she could to avoid talking about the number seven in a telephone interview Thursday morning.