The Newport Greyhounds are one win away from securing a trip to the state playoffs. But, they’re also one loss away from missing the playoffs for the first time in 24 years.
The Greyhounds will visit the Southside Southerners Friday night for a regular season finale. It’s Senior Night for Southside and those activities will begin 30 minutes prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff.
Beebe Coach John Shannon didn’t have any trouble pinpointing when and where the Badgers turned things around and began their drive toward Batesville and the 5A-East District high school football championship game.
The Badgers and Pioneers are scheduled to square off at 7:30 Friday night in Pioneer Stadium.
“We’re at Forrest City (Sept. 30) and down at halftime. I think the score was 27-21. We came out in the second half and played one of the best halves of football we’ve played since I’ve been here and won (41-33),” the fourth-year head coach said.
Pay no attention to their tough-guy mug shots on this page. Pioneer seniors Colton Bailey and Jake Russell are smiling most of the time.
As members of the 9-0 Batesville High School football team, they have good reasons.
Bailey has made good on an unexpected opportunity.
Russell made good on a second opportunity after being sidelined by an injury.
Bailey was running second to junior Storm Tipton after spring football, but became the leader of the offense when Tipton transferred to Southside.
NEWPORT — Newark’s Lonnie Allwhite won the foot brake competition Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Allwhite was followed by Tracy Crossen and Cave City’s Don Stitcher.
Donvan Bishop won the street division with Gary Spicer second and Glen Nugent third.
Peggy Smith was the super pro winner with Ray Lawerence and Stephen Wilson on the podium.
The Lyon Scots lost their seventh straight volleyball match in a 3-0 decision against Freed-Hardeman on Tuesday in the two teams’ TranSouth Athletic Conference regular-season finale at Becknell Gymnasium.
The visitors from Henderson, Tenn. won 25-15, 25-17 and 25-11.
“Score-wise it looks like a beat down, but play-wise we did OK,” Lyon Coach Ray Green said.
“Run behind us” might be the best way to describe the Batesville Pioneers’ nine wins in nine high school football games.
With seniors Jon Drew, Dustin Bachman, Cody McClure and Alan Michael Morrow in the lead, and juniors Hunter Wilson and Khang Nguyen joining them in the front line, those words certainly best describe the 2010 Pioneer offense.
TIMBO — Izard County swept Timbo in three nonconference basketball games here Tuesday night.
The sweep was completed when the Cougars won 59-30. It started with a 35-16 decision for the Junior Lady Cougars. In between, the Lady Cougars dominated 55-25.
In the nightcap, Trenton Hatman led Izard County with 16 points in only eight minutes of work. Kyle King added nine points and seven rebounds while Dalton Grigg collected seven points, six rebounds, four steals and two assists. Jake Dockins was credited with game-high seven assists.
The Cedar Ridge Timber-wolves are one win away from earning a ticket for their first-ever trip to the state playoffs.
They’ll try to earn it Thursday night in Cherry Valley where they will take on the Cross County Thunderbirds in a Class 2A-3 showdown.
The winner goes to the playoffs to take on Bearden, last year’s state runner-up. The loser turns in its pads.
CONCORD — The Midland Junior Lady Mustangs and Concord Junior Pirates are among the finalists in the Julian Martin Invitational Tournament.
That was determined Monday night when Midland’s girls eliminated the Shirley Junior Lady Blue Devils 26-19 and the Junior Pirates knocked off the Pangburn Junior Tigers 55-27 in the semifinal round.
Other semifinal scores were West Side Greers Ferry girls 26, Concord 25 and White County Central boys 44, Shirley 37.
The championship games are set for Thursday night. The girls are to tip off at 6. The boys will follow.
The Batesville Bakers Mixed Doubles Tournament is scheduled for Nov. 13-14 at Hollywood Bowl, Yvonne Satterwhite announced.
Each team will consist of one man and one woman and they will alternate frames. Four games will be bowled and the lowest game score will be thrown out.
The entry fee is $50 per team and the payout will be 100 percent. This is a USBC sanctioned tournament and will start at 1:30 p.m. each day.
For more information, call Satterwhite at (870) 251-2321 or 834-8567.
WALNUT RIDGE — Williams Baptist dealt the Lyon Scots their sixth straight loss in a 3-0 sweep Monday night.
The Lady Eagles won 25-12, 25-15, 25-15.
Lyon (10-25) last won on Oct. 9 in a 3-1 decision over St. Gregory.
Meghann LaBorn led the Scots with eight kills and two blocks.
“Meghann started out really strong then went a few weeks struggling, but she has brought her game back to where it was,” Lyon Coach Ray Green said. “I hope the timing works out well for us.”
MEMPHIS — Mountain View alum Aaron Farris notched his first career double-double, but turnovers doomed the Lyon Scots in a 95-88 loss to Victory University on Monday.
Farris recorded 23 points and 12 rebounds to pace the Scots, who led 42-39 at the half. But, the team’s young backcourt turned the ball over 25 times in the game.