MELBOURNE — The team with the better balance and the bigger plays won here Thursday night.
The Mebourne Junior Bearkatz, novices in the world of football, broke away from the Cedar Ridge Junior Timberwolves in the second half for a 38-16 victory.
With the score tied at 16 late in the third quarter, Marcus Alvarado cut back to his left on a play designed for the right side and sped away from the nearest Cedar Ridge en route to a 59-yard touchdown run.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners finished with their first-ever winning record in volleyball here Thursday night. The 2-0 win over Cedar Ridge bumped their record to 15-10.
The game scores were 25-17, 25-16, 25-19. Lindsey Coe, one of four to be recognized on Senior Night, hit for 13 kills and added eight assists. The other seniors are Danielle Jaco, Kendra Collier and Stephanie Palmer.
Other Southside statistical highlights were provided by: Crystal McBride, four aces; Courtney Farrier, 11 kills and three blocks; and Collier, 20 assists.
JONESBORO — The Nettleton Lady Raiders, co-champions for the 5A-East Conference, handed the Batesville Lady Pioneers a 3-1 loss in a regular-season high school volleyball finale here Thursday.
The game scores were 25-12, 22-25, 25-15, 25-15.
“We started out kind of standing around, and we’ve been known to do that,” Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said. “In the second game, we picked it up a little and several of our girls had blocks. We did real well defending the nets in that game we won.
JUDSONIA — Concord’s senior high basketball teams split their season-openers Thursday night against White County Central and the Junior Lady Pirates escaped with a 25-22 decision.
The Lady Pirates were 54-37 winners despite a shaky first half. They scored two points in the first quarter and led 14-12 at halftime.
Casey Gorecke unloaded for 28 points in the second half and finished with 31. Molly Jefferson added 10.
The Pirates led 32-23 at halftime, but lost 57-53. Logan King and Casey Turney scored 14 points each for Concord.
BLYTHEVILLE — How sweet it is!
The Batesville Junior Pioneers are Class 5A-East District champions again.
After each win, Batesville Coach Doug Walls leads the “How sweet it is” cheer. Those four words echoed loud and clear in the dressing room after Batesville defeated Blytheville 30-0 and claimed its second straight championship.
Batesville will get a chance to put the cherry on top next week when Greene County Tech visits for the season finale. The Junior Pioneers are 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the 5A-East.
LITTLE ROCK — Commissioners with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission this week approved an 18-day spring turkey season, said commission spokesman Keith Stephens.
“The season framework was approved after a review of recent harvests, brood surveys and gobbling chronology data along with input from turkey hunters.”
“Commissioners also removed two zones on Arkansas lands east of the Mississippi River. Zone 17A, which included adjacent Tennessee lands and Zone 17B which included adjacent Mississippi lands, will now be in Zone 17.
Cave City at Southside
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
A victory in this longstanding rivalry would be good medicine for either of these 4A-2 District teams. The Southside Junior Southerners have been competitive, but don’t have much to show for it. They are 2-4 overall and 1-4 in the district. The visiting Junior Cavemen are 1-5, 1-4 and have been outscored 94-6 over the last three games.
Cedar Ridge Coach Todd Lovell summed up his assessment of the Augusta Red Devils in three words.
“They’re extremely fast,” he said.
Then Lovell added “every kid on their team can run a little bit, but they have one main kid they go to.”
That one player is running back Ishma Clark. He wears number 23, but just watch for the blur out of the backfield. Clark is averaging 239 yards per game from his running back position and is currently being recruited by Arkansas colleges.
Speed and space are the main worries for the Batesville Pioneers when they take on the Blytheville Chickasaws in a 5A-East District football game Friday night in Pioneer Stadium.
As in: Don’t let Blytheville’s speedsters have too much space. If they get that speed in space, please, a Pioneer needs to make a good open-field tackle, and quickly, Batesville Coach Dave King said.
Another answer to the problem is to not let the Chickasaws run many offensive plays, King added.
He’s “The Quiet Man” on an unbeaten Batesville Pioneer football team.
Going into Friday’s Homecoming game with the Blytheville Chickasaws, Roberto Jimenez has scored 106 points for the Pioneers, hitting 79 of 83 point-after kicks and nine of 21 field goals over two-plus seasons.
Though official all-time records have not been kept, Jimenez probably holds the career points-scored record for Pioneer kickers, according to Batesville High’s coaching staff.
FAYETTEVILLE — Southside’s Shani Henley and Jordan Hicks teamed to win their first-round match in the Class 4A State Tennis Tournament girls doubles competition, but bowed out in round two.
Henley-Hicks defeated Gabrella Gorton-Kristin Haynes of Valley View 6-0, 6-4. They were eliminated in the quarterfinals after leading 5-1 in the first set. Malvern’s Megan Wallace-Emily Paul rallied to win the first set 7-5 and took the second set 6-3.
Maggie Carlisle-Kate Averchenko of Southside lost in first round against Valley View’s Alex Barylski-Taylor Tanner 6-3, 7-5.