Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow said it was only fitting that senior Garth Branstetter closed out a stellar high school career as medalist of the Class 5A State Tournament golf championship Wednesday at Paragould Country Club.
“He’s an outstanding young man,” Morrow said about his No. 1 golfer. “It was a great way for him to finish his (high school) career.”
Southside and Cave City collected 4A-2 District championships in tennis Wednesday at Lyon College, and doubles play were the key for both teams.
With senior Shani Henley and junior Jordan Hicks teaming to win the doubles title, the Lady Southerners held off the Heber Springs Lady Panthers 8-7 for a team title. Had Southside lost one more matchup, its team would have fallen from first place to third.
HORSESHOE BEND — The Izard County Cougars won the Class 1A Boys State Golf Championship Wednesday at The Course on Turkey Mountain.
Izard County’s Preston Harmon was runner-up to Ridgefield Christian’s Cameron McKinney for the tournament medal. McKinney shot a 1-over par 74 while Harmon carded a 76.
The Cougars won with a team total of 268. Ridgefield Christian was second with a 274. Concord finished third with a 278, followed by Lead Hill 280, Shirley 288, Jasper 306, Sacred Heart 313, Ouachita 326, Taylor 333, Kirby 355, Nemo Vista 372 and Van Cove 399.
Batesville at Forrest City
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
The 5A-East championship is on the line tonight. The winner won’t secure the title just yet, but the loser will have to be perfect the rest of the way and hope the other contenders lose. It’s a scenario that has played out the last two years for Batesville. The Junior Pioneers went unbeaten in league play last year and won the crown. Two years ago, their lone loss was to Forrest City and the Junior Mustangs went on to claim the championship.
The move up to Class 4A hasn’t been a fun one for the Cave City Cavemen and the climb doesn’t get any easier this week as the undefeated Clinton Yellow Jackets pay a visit to Caveman Stadium.
Clinton has cruised to a 5-0 record and is 2-0 in the Class 4A-2 with wins against Marianna (48-18) and Southside (49-32). Southside (0-5, 0-2) scored two touchdowns late last week to make the score respectable.
Cave City went to Lee County and got hammered by Marianna last week, 32-8.
The Forrest City Mustangs haven’t run out of time just yet, Coach Rich Trail said Wednesday evening.
The defending 5A-East District champions are scheduled to visit the Batesville Pioneers Friday night when the regular season begins its second half. The Mustangs will bring a 1-4 overall record and a 0-2 mark into Pioneer Stadium. Waiting for them will be the unbeaten (5-0 and 2-0) Pioneers.
“I still think we can rebound and wind up with a good team,” their coach said. “So far, our lack of a quarterback and lack of depth has not been kind to us.”
JONESBORO (AP) — To mark its first home appearance on national television, Arkansas State is asking fans to wear black for its Nov. 2 game against Middle Tennessee.
The Tuesday night game will be televised on ESPN2.
The school is offering commemorative T-shirts to mark the occasion, and selling them with tickets as well. To allow time for the shirts to be produced, the school says ticket and T-shirt orders must be placed with the school by Oct. 15.
Fans often wear red apparel at Arkansas State home games.
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.