The Batesville Lady Pioneers won their home opener and evened their record with a 3-0 decision over the Harding Academy Lady Wildcats in non-conference high school volleyball action in Pioneer Gym Tuesday night.
The varsity won 25-9, 26-24, 25-22 as Kassie Foreman served up five aces and registered 16 kills. Other statistical highs were provided by: Hannah Huff, seven digs; Kandess Pfitzner, 13 assists; and Jayme Shell, two blocks.
Also, Kali Foreman contributed three aces and Lainey Rumans dealt out five assists.
The remaining preseason football scrimmages for Guard-circulation area junior and senior high school teams will happen on the road.
On Thursday, Cave City’s teams will scrimmage in Hoxie, and Cedar Ridge will travel to Mountain View. Friday, Melbourne’s first-year junior high team will scrimmage in Corning and Batesville’s senior high team will take on the Harrison Goblins in Harrison.
First up will be Hoxie and Cave City’s junior high teams. They’re scheduled to get started at 5 p.m. Thursday and go until 7 when the high school teams will scrimmage.
Batesville Junior High Coach Doug Walls and his staff got their first look at the Junior Pioneers in a game-like situation Tuesday night and they returned with mixed reviews.
Harrison and Batesville played one half of game-like football and the Junior Goblins walked away with a 20-14 win. Prior to the 16 minutes of a game-like scenario, each team took turns running 10 plays apiece for 50 minutes.
WALNUT RIDGE — The Southside Southerners showed some big-play ability while winning a preseason scrimmage with the Walnut Ridge Bobcats here Tuesday night.
Senior quarterback Jared Dahl ran five yards for a touchdown and threw TD passes to junior Storm Tipton and senior Brandon Ritter of 25 and 15 yards, and the first score was set up by a 50-yard pass to junior Levi Henderson.
The Southerners also had a 30-yard TD run from freshman Jake Hendricks called back just before halftime.
With five solid returners, the expectations are high as the Lyon Scots volleyball team hopes to erase the memory of its dismal 11-26 mark last season.
The .297 win percentage was the first time in seven years that Lyon finished below .500 in the overall standings.
All-American Katie Beineke graduated, as did Julie Arnold and Lauren Castleberry.
Meghann LaBorn, Ashley Daniel, Suzanne Fincham, Chelsea Hinton and Jennifer Jones are the top returners.
CAVE CITY — The incorrect site for the next Cave City Bass Club tournament was given to the Guard for an article in Friday’s edition.
The tournament will be from 7 p.m. Saturday until 1 a.m. Sunday on Greers Ferry Lake, out of Hill Creek Ramp, tournament director Ron Watkins said.
NEWARK — The Cave City Cavewomen swept the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves in volleyball openers here Monday.
In varsity action, the Cavewomen won 25-18, 25-16, 25-15 and the Junior Cavewomen also swept, winning 25-11, 25-17.
Senior Rachel Roebuck, a returning all-state selection, piled up 18 kills, seven aces, six blocks and 12 digs. Courtney Ewing added 10 kills and seven blocks. Laura Basinger chipped in seven aces. Blair Weaver led with 15 assists. Elisha Ramos topped the charts in digs with 20. Mollie Wolfe added seven aces.
Batesville Junior Lady Pioneer and Lady Pioneer volleyball seasons started with disappointing losses Monday night.
In Pioneer Gymnasium, Valley View’s junior high teams swept, winning the eighth-grade match 25-22, 25-18 and the varsity contest 25-6, 25-11.
In Wynne, Batesville won the junior varsity match 27-25, 25-21, but the Lady Yellowjacket varsity struck back, rallying for a 20-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-13 victory.
LA CROSSE — Preston Harmon and his Izard County Cougar teammates won a 9-hole high school golf tournament Monday at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course.
Harmon shot a 3-over-par 39 to earn medalist honors and lead the Cougars to a 15-stroke win over Salem.
Teammate Uriah Mead was second with a 41 and Caleb Cowan completed the team score of 124 with a 44. Jake Dockins’ 46 was not applied.
Melbourne was third with a 140. Cave City 144, Southside 145 and Cedar Ridge 169 rounded out the team scores.
FAYETTEVILLE — Still alive through the eyes of underprivileged children seeing better with eye glasses and via kids attending Arkansas Razorbacks football games and football camps through the Burlsworth Foundation, the late Brandon Burlsworth now also lives on through a trophy.
The Brandon Burlsworth Trophy was announced Monday at the University of Arkansas’ A-Club as a national award annually recognizing each football season’s outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on.
FORREST CITY — The Batesville Pioneers finished sixth in the McDonald’s Mustang Tradition, an annual high school golf tournament, here Saturday at the Forrest City Country Club.
Wynne and Greene County Tech, fellows in the 5A-East District with Batesville, finished tied for the team title in regulation play. They shot 332s. Wynne won it in a playoff.
Marion finished two strokes back. The rest of the team scores were: West Memphis, 338; Forrest City, 339; Batesville, 344; Heber Springs, 351; Stuttgart, 376; and Nettleton, 411.
The first of the preseason football scrimmages involving circulation-area teams is scheduled to kick off in Batesville Tuesday night.
The Harrison Junior Goblins and Batesville Junior Pioneers are to square off in Pioneer Stadium beginning at 5. A half hour later, the Walnut Ridge an`d Southside junior high teams will meet in Walnut Ridge. At 7, the schools’ senior high squads are scheduled to play.
Batesville Coach Doug Walls said the eighth-grade teams will lead off and play for about an hour.