Two days before they are to host the Batesville Pioneers in a key 5A-East District football game, Coach Jeff Conaway said one of those absolute “This, I know,” about his Greene County Tech Golden Eagles.
“These kids have been through the fire,” the third-year coach said. “They’ve been through a lot of ups and downs this year, and we’re still a young team,” he said. “We’ve got 13 seniors, and, remember, these seniors were on a ninth-grade team that didn’t win a single game.”
They’re 1, 2, 3 on the tackle chart, and something special for one of the top defenses in Class 5A football.
“They all asked to be on special teams,” Batesville Coach Dave King said of seniors Justin Smithee, Steven Baney and Chance Rogers. “I look at things like that to get a measure of what players mean to the team. Your seniors who start (at other positions) don’t always want to play on kickoff and punt teams. That tells you a lot about them.”
WYNNE — In their first-ever state volleyball tournament appearance, the Batesville Lady Pioneers survived some early nervousness, rallied often in a match with 10 lead changes and stood their ground against a team with much more post-season experience.
Include all that with their 3-0 victory over the Magnolia Lady Panthers in the first round of the Class 5A State Tournament here Tuesday. The game scores were 25-22, 25-17, 25-15.
No wonder Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood sounded so happy this morning.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers have already clinched their second straight Class 5A-East District championship, but there’s still plenty to play for in the season finale Thursday night.
That’s when Batesville will host Greene County Tech with hopes of giving Coach Doug Walls his fourth undefeated season in 29 years.
But, the proverbial cherry on top is not a given.
Batesville Offensive Coordinator Craig Stave remembers being in similar situations.
JACKSON, Tenn. — The TranSouth Athletic Conference Media Day happened Monday and the Lyon College Scots womens basketball team was picked to finish fifth in the conference standings while the Lyon men were rated seventh.
Lyon’s women, under the direction of sixth-year Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange, received 42 votes in the poll. They finished 17-13 and fifth in the TranSouth last season.
Union, the 2-time defending NAIA national champion, is the favorite to win its fifth straight TranSouth title and received all nine first-place votes.
PLEASANT PLAINS — The Midland Mustangs won a 48-46 nail-biter over the Pangburn Tigers in high school basketball action here Tuesday night.
John Farrar hit the front end of a 2-shot foul to make 48-46 with three seconds to go. Pangburn’s missed a desperation shot.
Midland trailed 27-21 at halftime. Starters Thomas Puentez and Kyle Martin got in foul trouble early and sat out a good portion of the first half, Midland Coach Rick McKinney said.
Three of the four Guard-circulation area junior high football teams will finish their season Thursday night, and all but one of them could finish .500 or above.
The Melbourne Junior Bearkatz, playing their first season of varsity football, is the team scheduled to play into November and the newcomers to the sport are the one team assured of finishing .500 or above.
The Junior ’Katz will take a 4-2 record to Mountain Home tonight where they will take on the Class 6A school’s eighth-grade team. Mountain Home Coach Kevin Roach could not be reached for information or comment.
Lyon Sports Information
WALNUT RIDGE — The Lyon College Scots erupted for a season-high seven goals in a 7-1 rout of the Williams Baptist Eagles on Monday afternoon in a nonconference mens soccer match.
Lyon (11-4-1) has won three straight and has only allowed one goal in those three wins. The Scots have scored a school-record 43 goals this season and have been on a tear since Sept. 25, winning seven of their last eight.
The Batesville Pioneer junior varsity football team completed an unbeaten season with a 42-0 victory over the Mountain Home Bombers in Pioneer Stadium on Monday night.
Things got off to a good start for the Pioneers when Hunter Vinson intercepted a pass on the first play from the line of scrimmage. Phillip Archuleta cashed in on the turnover with a 13-yard touchdown run. Mario Garcia followed with the first of his six successful point-after kicks.
TIMBO — The Midland Mustangs and Lady Mustangs won their first-round games in the Timbo Invitational here Monday night.
The Mustangs (3-0) had no trouble knocking off St. Joe 62-29. Five Mustangs recorded double-digit point totals. Drew Fortson led with 12 points while teammates Thomas Puentez, Nate Rickett, Logan Smith and Kyle Martin added 10 each.
Rickett and Fortson were credited with a team-high six rebounds apiece. Midland earned 23 steals and 16 assists.
NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves stunned the Augusta Red Devils 34-16 in a Class 2A-3 District showdown here Friday night.
“That was probably the biggest upset, I guess anywhere,” Cedar Ridge Coach Todd Lovell said.
Ishma Clark, Augusta’s star running back who averages 240 yards per game, didn’t play due to illness. That didn’t matter, Augusta Coach Roosevelt Turner said.
Very quickly, the Batesville Pioneers kicked any notions of an upset out from under the Blytheville Chickasaws.
With winning moves in every phase of the kicking game, the Pioneers jumped to a 22-0 first-quarter lead, built it to 35-7 by halftime and cruised in with a 49-14 victory Friday on Homecoming night in Pioneer Stadium.
With that, the Pioneers remained unbeaten and atop the 5A-East District standings and clinched a berth in the Class 5A State playoffs.