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.
LOCUST GROVE — Welcome home Jared Landers.
The Batesville product who recently moved to Welcome, N.C., to pursue a career in NASCAR’s Craftsman Truck Series or ARCA, won his first Super Late Model race Sunday afternoon at Batesville Motor Speedway.
Landers, who started sixth, held off defending champion Jimmy Owens and Earl Pearson Jr. to claim the rain-delayed 18th Annual Comp Cams Topless 100 victory. Rain late Saturday night forced the postponement of the race until 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
A doctor sums up the illness that hit 19 members of a northwest Oregon high school football team as “very weird.” They all suffered muscle damage after a preseason camp.
Three of the McMinnville High School players also were diagnosed with a rare soft-tissue condition called “compartment syndrome,” which caused soreness and swelling in their triceps. They underwent surgery to relieve the pressure.
LOCUST GROVE — More than 60 super late model cars took advantage of Thursday night’s practice session for the Topless 100 at Batesville Motor Speedway.
Speedway officials were unavailable for comment this morning, but the track’s website said “The pits are filled with some of the biggest names of late model racing in the nation. The track was fast, as were the super late models that took to the track as the drivers worked to get there cars dialed in for this weekend’s qualifying races and feature event.”
The Batesville Lady Pioneers are turning west for volleyball, and they’re hoping it turns around a pattern of just-missed disappointments.
In the Arkansas Activities Association’s realignment of Class 5A schools for volleyball, Batesville was moved out of the East Conference and placed in the Central Conference with Beebe, Vilonia, Central Arkansas Christian, Little Rock Christian and Sylvan Hills.
Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said she was “pretty upset” by the change at first, but now she likes the look of it.
The Thursday Morning Ladies League is scheduled to begin play Thursday at Hollywood Bowl, according to a news release from Beverly Sellers.
League bowling will begin at 9:30 and end at noon.
Sellers said anyone interested in joining should call (870) 834-1537.
ATLANTA — Excuse the Southeastern Conference if it views the national championship race as a rather private affair — neighbor against neighbor, battling it out through the fall until there are only two teams left standing, setting up a final showdown in Atlanta on the first Saturday in December.
Oh sure, there’s still that little formality known as the BCS championship game. But down in Dixie, that extra contest is viewed as nothing more than a chance to really rub it in, just in case anyone wishes to defy this indisputable gospel: