Near the end of a telephone interview Wednesday evening, Paragould Coach Tim Branum found an opportunity for some humor.
“We’re just worried about how we’re going to get to the dance early,” he said, laughing.
Then he apologized for the funny little dodge to a question about what the Rams had to do to give themselves a chance to win against the Batesville Pioneers in a 5A-East District high school football game Friday night.
It’s also the Rams’ homecoming game and, yes, there is a dance afterward.
BEEBE — The Batesville Lady Pioneers improved to 6-1 in 5A-Central Conference volleyball with a 3-0 win over the Beebe Lady Badgers.
The game scores were 25-18, 25-22, 25-15. Hannah Huff led the visitors with 11 kills and 14 digs. Kandess Pfitzner tacked on 10 assists, 10 kills and eight digs. Jayme Shell provided four aces and 15 kills. Lainey Rumans led in assists with 18. Libero Alyza Vasquez registered 25 digs. Kali Foreman tallied three blocks.
LA CROSSE — The West Side Greers Ferry Lady Eagles won the Class 1A golf state championship Tuesday at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course.
The Lady Eagles earned a team total of 294 to beat Shirley by eight strokes. Calico Rock was third with a 308.
Calico Rock’s Emily Johnson was the tournament medalist with a 12-over-par 84. Sydney Sutterfield of Rural Special was second with a 90 while Makenzie Head of Shirley carded a 94.
West Side’s team total was the combined effort of Laney Lucas (95), Mara Duncan (96) and Brooke Rogers (103).
This time last season, the Southside Junior Southerners were preparing for a school-record 4-0 start in football, and they got it with a 20-12 victory over the Lonoke Junior Jackrabbits.
Thursday night at Stewart Field, the Junior Southerners will try to stop a 2-game skid and break through in the 4A-2 District when they host the Jackrabbits. After winning their season opener in Searcy against nonconference foe Riverview, the Junior Southerners fell to district foes Stuttgart and Clinton.
SOUTHSIDE — The Cave City Cavewomen earned a season split with the Southside Lady Southerners here Tuesday night, and it came down to another tough tiebreaker.
The winning game scores were 25-17, 25-22, 13-25, 22-25, 15-10. Back on Aug. 31, Southside won the tiebreaker 15-12.
Batesville and Cave City won more than they lost in tennis mixers with conference foes in Jonesboro and Fairfield Bay.
Batesville faced squads from Blytheville, Nettleton, Wynne and Forrest City in matches at Nettleton High School Cave City squared off with Stuttgart, Clinton and Heber Springs, the host school.
Here are the results:
The Paragould Junior Rams are scheduled to begin Class 5A-East District play Thursday night when they visit the Batesville Junior Pioneers in Pioneer Stadium.
Each team is unbeaten. Paragould is 2-0-1 and coming off a 14-14 tie against Jonesboro MacArthur. Batesville opened conference play last week in Jonesboro with a 30-0 drumming of Nettleton.
The Lyon Scots gave the Union Lady Bulldogs a run for their money, but the visitors cashed out with a 3-1 victory in a TranSouth Athletic Conference volleyball match Monday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
Lyon won the first game 25-23. Union won the next three 25-19, 27-25 and 25-20. The Scots (7-15, 0-7) have now lost seven straight conference games, while Union (9-3, 5-0) has won five in a row.
NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves collected their first-ever high school football shutout and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Their 16-0 win over the Salem Greyhounds here Friday night also snapped a 2-game losing streak in the 2A-3 District and put them back in the hunt for a first-ever bid to the state playoffs. They are currently tied for fifth in the 8-team standings.
“I’m feeling a lot better,” Cedar Ridge Coach Todd Lovell said with a laugh.
PULASKI, Tenn. — Robert Hall’s goal in the 80th minute led the Lyon College Scots to a 2-1 triumph over the Martin Methodist RedHawks on Saturday afternoon in a TranSouth Athletic Conference match.
Hall knocked in the unassisted game-winner at the 80:50 mark and gave the Scots their second straight victory over the RedHawks. The goal was Hall’s fourth of the season and his second game-winning goal of the year.
The Scots improved to 5-3-1 overall and 1-1 in conference.
JONESBORO — The Southside Lady Southerners had a solid showing in the ASU Playday volleyball tournament here Saturday.
Southside (12-4) finished third in the Gold Bracket. Bernie (Mo.) defeated Piggott for the Scarlet Division, Gold Bracket title.
Southside started the day well with a 5-1 record in pool play. First was a split with Walnut Ridge. That was followed by sweeps against Southland (Mo.) and Doniphan (Mo.).
The Lady Southerners opened bracket play with a 2-0 loss to Hoxie (25-18, 25-22). They beat Puxico (Mo.) 25-22, 25-17 and Malden (Mo.) 25-15, 25-23.