VILONIA — The Batesville Lady Pioneers stood up to a tough challenge here Tuesday night in 5A-Central Conference volleyball action, battling back from two deficits to defeat the Vilonia Lady Eagles 3-2.
“We stayed aggressive and kept our serves over and in,” Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said after the 23-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-11, 15-12 victory. “That’s the two things I tell them every night.”
And it all came together in the fourth game.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers are scheduled to visit the Forrest City Junior Mustangs Thursday night in a Class 5A-East matchup that could determine the district champion.
Both teams enter the contest undefeated in league play. Forrest City joined the conference two seasons ago and promptly won the championship. Batesville is the defending champion.
Lyon’s Martel Reid-Warden has been named the TranSouth Athletic Conference Mens Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 3rd, according to a news release from the college.
Reid-Warden, a freshman from London, England, scored a goal and assisted on two in a 4-3 victory over Cumberland. The freshman has scored eight goals this season and leads the team in that category. He is just one goal away from tying the school record for goals in a season, set by Tyler Richter in 2008.
The Lyon College Scots lost for the seventh time in its last 10 games as Williams Baptist collected a nonconference volleyball sweep Tuesday evening in Becknell Gymnasium.
WBC cruised 25-17, 25-13 and 25-16.
Lyon dropped to 9-17 overall and has one win at home in nine tries. The Scots play again on Friday at home against McKendree. First serve is set for 6 p.m.
Chelsea Hinton paced the Scots with six kills and seven digs. Danielle Reed added 16 assists and nine digs.
Haley Motley led WBC with eight kills and Heather Paulis led all players with six blocks.
SOUTHSIDE — The Jonesboro Westside Consolidated Lady Warriors, defending Class 4A state champions, got by the Southside Lady Southerners in three close games here Tuesday.
“We played better tonight than we ever have before against Westside, but it still wasn’t enough,” Southside Coach David Shilkitus said after the 25-23, 25-19, 25-19 decision.
The Lonoke Junior Jackrabbits found the end zone often last week in Southside, and they’ll try for a repeat performance in Cave City Thursday night.
The ’Rabbits outscored the Junior Southerners 24-6 in the second half, racing away to a 46-18 victory — their first of the season. Lonoke, 1-4 overall and 1-2 in the 4A-2 District, had lost close, low-scoring contests the previous two weeks.
Lots of pink will mix with the Pioneer black-and-orange on the home side of Pioneer Stadium on Friday nights for the rest of this month, White River Medical Center Pros and Batesville High School Athletic Trainer Keith Shireman said.
In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, team physician Dr. Jeff Angel, his assistant, Shireman, student trainers and the Pioneer coaching staff will wear pink polo shirts during the Batesville-Forrest City game Friday night and the Batesville-Blytheville contest on Oct. 22, Shireman said.
Dee Dee Jeffery recently bowled a 300 during Monday Night Mixed League play at Hollywood Bowl, and it was perfect in another way.
“My papa, Charlie Jeffery, was on hand to watch the game and set,” Jeffery said. “He is my biggest fan and supporter. I get my passion for the sport from him and my family and friends. Papa has been with me through thick and thin.”
Jeffery’s 300 came in the middle of a 789 series. She led off with a 246, and followed the 300 with a 243.
FAIRFIELD BAY — Melbourne sophomore Brad Lamb shot a 9-over-par 81 and earned all-state honors in the Class 3A State Tournament Monday Mountain Ranch Golf Club.
Lamb was the only circulation area golfer in the tournament.
Conley Hurst of Episcopal Collegiate was the tournament medalist. He shot even par. Luke Carpenter and Corbin Renner led Arkansas Baptist to the state championship with a 73 and 74, respectively. The winning team score was 229, just 13 over par. Episcopal Collegiate was second, 19 strokes back.
Nettleton won two of three nonconference junior high volleyball matches Monday at Pioneer Gym.
The Junior Lady Raiders swept the Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers 25-16, 25-12.
“We just didn’t show up to play,” Batesville Coach Lisa McCord said of the 10-5 Junior Lady Pioneers.
Batesville’s eighth-grade squad improved to 11-1 with a 25-20, 25-23 victory. Molly Kieffer hit for nine aces and recorded two blocks for the winners. Other statistical highs came from: Abby Edwards, 11 digs; and Sara Hayes, eight digs.
JONESBORO — The Batesville Pioneer junior varsity football team remained unbeaten with a 40-7 romp here Monday over the Jonesboro Golden Hurricane.
Batesville jumped out to a 26-0 halftime lead. A Jacob Hardin-to-Daron Stigger 4-yard pass play got things going for the 5-0 Pioneers.
A 3-yard TD run by Stigger, TD passes of 87 yards, Hardin-to-Jaron Stigger, and 35 yards, Hardin-to-Michael Shellenberger, and two Mario Garcia point-after kicks rounded out the first-half scoring.