Mercy, mercy, me!
And the 5A-East, too.
For the fourth week in a row, the unbeaten Batesville Pioneers turned the mercy clock on in the second half. Most recently, they turned it on against the Forrest City Mustangs, the 5A-East District’s defending champions, while winning 46-7 at home.
And this shortened Friday night feature included a special show. Pioneer senior Matthew Showalter provided one of the better performances ever seen in Pioneer Stadium.
Well, anywhere else, for that matter.
HARRISBURG — The Cave City Cavewomen posted a third-place finish here Saturday in the Gold Division of the Harrisburg Hornet Classic, topping the results for area teams.
Cave City defeated 4A-Northeast Conference and area rival Southside 20-25, 25-21, 15-10 before falling 25-23, 25-20 to Walnut Ridge in the semifinals.
Cave City tied for first in pool play with a 6-2 record but received the third seed based on points.
Cave City’s record is 11-10 and 4-8.
Martel Reid-Warden tied a single-season school record and broke another in the Lyon Scots’ 6-2 demolition of Mid-Continent on Saturday in TranSouth Athletic Conference play at Huser Field.
Lyon’s 6-goal outburst was a season-high and improved the team to 7-3-1 overall. The Scots have won three straight and also moved to 3-1 in the conference, placing them in sole possession of second place in the standings. Mid-Continent, who was receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, fell to 6-6-1 and 3-2.
NEWARK — The McCrory Jaguars defeated the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves 34-6 in a Class 2A-3 high school football game here Friday night.
McCrory opened the scoring in the first quarter when Collin Campbell and Drew Holland connected for a 30-yard pass. The attempt for 2 failed with 7:44 remaining in the first frame.
The Jaguars scored again midway through the second quarter on an 88-yard by Logan Best. Campbell hit Thomas Hernandez for the 2-pointer.
McCrory at Cedar Ridge
Kickoff • tonight 7
This Class 2A-3 contest pits a pair of 3-2 squads. McCrory has the upper hand in the conference standings at 2-1 while Cedar Ridge sits 1-2. The Jaguars edged Marked Tree last week 30-26 while Cedar Ridge took the week off.
The bad news for the Timberwolves is the Jags are back to full strength after a few key injuries. The good news is the T-wolves are also healthy.
NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge Junior Timberwolves stayed steady enough to give the 2A-3 District a shake here Thursday night.
“We just didn’t beat ourselves tonight,” Cedar Ridge Coach Joey Nelson said shortly after the Junior T-wolves held off the previously unbeaten East Poinsett County Junior Warriors 22-14. “We finally played enough of a complete game and did enough of what we should do.”
Batesville’s senior high volleyball team defeated Sylvan Hills 3-1 in a 5A-Central Conference volleyball match Thursday night at Pioneer Gymnasium while the Junior Lady Pioneers were falling 2-0 in Little Rock.
At home, the Lady Pioneers won 25-19, 22-25, 25-11, 25-21 as Hannah Huff led with 13 kills, 12 digs and three blocked shots. Kandess Pfitzner added 11 kills, a team-high 13 assists and nine digs. Kassie Foreman chipped in 10 kills, nine digs and a team-high six aces. Lainey Rumans contributed 12 assists and 10 digs, and Alyza Vasquez notched a team-high 15 digs.
FORREST CITY — The Batesville Junior Pioneers cleared the first major hurdle here Thursday night in their quest to repeat as Class 5A-East District football champions.
Batesville defeated Forrest City 22-14 in a critical contest that pitted the last two champions of the 5A-East.
JONESBORO — Westside Consolidated won four of five volleyball matches against the visitors from Cave City here Thursday night in 4A-Northeast Conference action.
The defending 4A state champion Lady Warriors won 25-7, 25-12, 25-12. In varsity junior high play, the home team won 25-3, 25-7.
Rachel Roebuck totaled 10 points and 25 digs in a losing cause for the Cavewomen. Elisha Ramos added 29 digs. Laura Basinger chipped in 15 digs.
The Cavewomen fell to 8-9 overall and 4-8 in the league.
MELBOURNE — Izard County Single Parent Scholarship committee recently awarded scholarships to two Ozarka College students for Fall. Kim Madera of Melbourne and Melva Wood of Horseshoe Bend received $250 each.
Madera is currently in her second semester of the Practical Nursing program. She said she is grateful for the extra help this scholarship affords her as a single mother. She anticipates graduating in May 2011 with her LPN degree.
Wood is seeking her Associate of Arts degree at Ozarka College and plans to transfer to Arkansas State University to major in social work.
LITTLE ROCK — A man who was assembling a bomb at his Little Rock home was severely injured when the explosive detonated between his legs, authorities said Wednesday.
Aaron Lewis, 36, was listed in serious condition at University Hospital, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. Police said Lewis was taken to the emergency room Tuesday to be treated for wounds from the blast.
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.”