The Batesville Junior Pioneers are scheduled to open their season Tuesday night as they host the Newport Greypups in Pioneer Stadium.
Batesville has dominated the White River rivalry the last two seasons, turning on the mercy clock each time, but the consensus is don’t expect the Junior Pioneers to walk away with a third straight blowout.
“It will be a challenge,” Batesville Defensive Coordinator Matt Wentz said. “They played quite a few eighth-graders last year and getting to play 10 games as an eighth-grader makes a big difference.”
The fortunes of the 2010 Lyon College Scots men’s soccer team are tied to an transfusion of fresh blood on the pitch this season. Twenty-three players have a season or less of individual experience at the collegiate level, but Coach Brett Parker hopes that his upperclassmen can set an example for the youngsters and speed the aging process along.
HOXIE — The Hoxie Mustangs edged the Cave City Cavemen 19-13 in a preseason scrimmage here Thursday night.
The teams played four 10-minute periods with no kickoffs. Hoxie led 19-0 at halftime.
Cave City responded with a Jeremy Runyan-to-Jacob Martin pass that went 65 yards for a touchdown.
Runyan accounted for the other touchdown with a 10-yard surge that which was set up by a 50-yard pass to Eddie McCullough.
Hoxie scored its first TD after Cave City fumbled on its own 20-yard line.
HORSESHOE BEND — Preston Harmon and his Izard County Cougars continued to stay at the top of the leaderboard.
Their latest wins came Thursday at The Course on Turkey Mountain. Harmon fired an even par 37 to win medalist honors while the Cougars defeated Salem and Mountain View in team scoring.
Harmon’s 37 was three strokes better than Matt Twilley and Ryan Rich, each of Salem. Uriah Mead’s 41 and Jake Dockins’ 43 completed the team total for Izard County.
Clayton Everett shot a 47 to finish Salem’s score.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers remained unbeaten at home and improved to 2-1 overall with a sweep of upstart Searcy Thursday night in Pioneer Gym.
Batesville beat the second-year program 25-6, 25-8, 25-11.
Hannah Huff collected four digs, two aces, two assists and six kills for the Lady Pioneers. Teammates also making their marks on the stat sheet were: Kandess Pfitzner (11 aces, eight assists, six kills), Lainey Rumans (10 assists, three aces), Kassie Forman (nine kills, five aces), Kali Foreman (nine aces) and Jayme Shell (two aces, two kills).
NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves gave the Bay Lady Yellowjackets a run for their money here Thursday night, but the visitors came away with the senior high volleyball victory.
Bay won 25-23, 21-25, 25-17, 25-23.
Keeping the statistician busy were: TaQuila Hunt (four digs, served for 10 points), Carlie Easley (three aces, two kills, five points), Maci Thomas (four aces, three digs, 14 points), Courtney Cummings (two digs, six points), Brittany Wammack (two aces, eight points) and Chelsea Wiles (three blocks, two kills).
LITTLE ROCK — It’s an old and useful adage — be sure you are right, then go ahead.
It applies to dove hunting, which is coming up quickly. The Arkansas season opens Sept. 4.
Be sure the place you hunt is not baited. Obviously, if you come to a field and see piles of wheat or sunflower seed or salt or something else on the ground, it is baited, and is to be avoided for dove hunting.
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas waterfowlers have a chance to get into action even before the mid-September teal season. It is a statewide Canada goose hunting season that begins Sept. 1.
Year-round resident Canada geese, the nonmigrating subspecies called giant Canada geese, have become too numerous in some places in Arkansas to the point that they are nuisances. Hunting is the tool that’s being used by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to try to slow population growth and get the numbers of geese back down to an acceptable level.
Michael Holt and Torry Bishop teamed to win the Aug. 21 Batesville Bassmasters tournament on Lake Norfork with a five-fish limit totaling 17.34 pounds, said secretary Colin Patterson.
Their stringer was anchored by Holt’s 6.01-pound bass, the biggest fish of the tournament.
Patterson and Charles Kibbe placed second with five fish totaling 14.55 pounds, Kerwin Bishop and Kerry Dowell were third with five fish weighing 13.28 and Billy Littleton and Tommy Clark came in fourth with five fish weighing 11.16 pounds.
The splash of fins hitting too-blue water still haunts me. Often my dreams are of the deep cerulean of the ocean with flying fish skimming the surface, or the light aquamarine of shallows that means a coral reef is nearby.
For 30 years I was a scuba bum.
Every few months, when money and leave added up, my dive partner Ken Fanning and I would hop a plane and end up on some island or country that bordered the Caribbean.
Lyon womens soccer coach Tyson John had an impressive first season with the squad, posting a 10-2-2 record.
Now, he’s hungry for more and thinks he has the right personnel to take the Scots to the next level.
“I am really excited about this year,” John said. “For the first time in womens soccer at Lyon, we haven’t played a game and we’re already receiving top 25 votes. We want to break that threshold into the top 25. We are on our way and our recruiting class is absolutely stellar.”