The Heber Springs Lady Panthers completed a last-to-first surge in the Girls Class 4A State Golf Tournament at The Course at Eagle Mountain on Wednesday.
And that requires even more explanation than you would think. Heber Springs Coach Gaye Stark did manage to say it in a few words, however.
“Commitment,” she said of senior Brooke Blankenship’s and junior Morgan Fire’s big improvements. “And having Katie Webb transfer to your school doesn’t hurt.”
This is not what Paragould Coach Tim Branum had in mind when he returned to Paragould and the 5A-East District.
“Health-wise, it’s been one of the worst years I ever remember,” he said. “We lost Steven Vericker, our quarterback, the first game with a knee injury. We lost Trent Wooldridge, our best running back, in week 2 to a hip injury. We’ve had three miss games with concussions, and Zach Franks, our best receiver, has been out all this week with the flu.”
Friday night, the Rams are scheduled to visit Batesville for another district contest.
The Corning Bobcats are celebrating homecoming Friday night as they host the Cave City Cavemen for a 3A-3 District contest.
The Bobcats are under the direction of first-year coach Kenneth Moore and they’re ailing. Two years removed from a 10-1 year, Corning is in jeopardy of canceling its season due to a lack of players.
“They dressed out about 16 last week. We’re really hoping they can hang on and finish the season,” Cave City Coach Jon Bradley said.
Batesville and Wynne split 5A-East District varsity volleyball matches Tuesday in Pioneer Gymnasium.
The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers won 25-20, 23-25, 25-15. The Lady Yellowjackets won 23-25, 25-13, 25-14, 25-20.
“We were without two starters (Amy Everett and Anna Richards) who are injured and ill, but I had a couple of girls, Jayme Shell and Shelby McGough, who stepped up and played really well,” Junior Lady Pioneer Coach Lisa McCord said.
The coach also cited the hustle of Kinsey Skaggs.
LA CROSSE — For the fourth straight year, the Conway St. Joseph Lady Bulldogs are state golf champions.
St. Joseph won the Class 2A State Golf Tournament at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course on Tuesday. The Lady Bulldogs’ previous three were at the Class 3A level.
On Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs carded a team score of 251 — 15 strokes fewer than the second-place Izard County Lady Cougars. Smackover placed third with a 283.
Below are results from Batesville and Southside tennis matches played last week, and Cave City matches on Monday. Batesville played a triangular match with Blytheville and Nettleton in Jonesboro that was cut short by rain. Southside played Heber Springs at Eden Isle. Cave City hosted Harding Academy for dual matches.
CAVE CITY — The Cave City Cavewomen defeated the Nemo Vista Lady Red Hawks 3-1 here Tuesday night to keep pace in the conference standings.
The game scores were 25-16, 26-24, 21-25, 25-22.
“This was a big game for us,” Cave City Coach Crystal Bradley said. “They are pretty much right up there with us in the top four. It’s looking like us, Nemo, Conway Christian and (Conway) St. Joseph vying for the top four spots.”
The Cavewomen are 6-6 overall, 6-6 in the conference and scheduled to host the Conway Christian Lady Eagles Thursday night.
McCrory Coach Gary Moody sounds sure the Junior Jaguars are improving.
Cedar Ridge Coach Todd Lovell sounds hopeful that the Junior Timberwolves are making progress.
Thursday, they’ll meet in Newark and get another measurement.
The Junior Jaguars are 1-2-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the 2A-3 District. The tie happened last week with the Marked Tree Junior Indians. The score was 12-12. The Junior Jags’ one victory was a 6-0 decision against Cross County.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers are set to visit the Paragould Junior Rams Thursday night for a Class 5A-East District contest.
Coach Mike Mathis has taken the reins of the junior high program, replacing Michael Sloas. Mathis was not available for comment before press time. Sloas is now an assistant on the high school staff.
The Norman Dozier Memorial Golf Tournament, an annual fund-raiser for Batesville and area high school golf programs, has been called off due to lack of participation, announced Scott Wood.
The 2-person scramble event was scheduled for this weekend at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
“We will consider trying to have the tournament again this spring, but Liberty Bank and Scott Wood Chevrolet will still contribute money to the school golf teams next fall,” Wood said.
PERRYVILLE — The Cave City Cavewomen swept the Perryville Lady Mustangs in a conference volleyball match here Monday night.
The game scores were 25-16, 25-20 and 25-12.
Rachel Roebuck collected 27 points and nine aces while Blaire Weaver added 11 points, 10 of which came via ace.
Katie Freeman tallied 13 points and seven aces, Elisha Ramos was credited with 32 digs and Whitney Bell chipped in 10 points.
Cave City’s jayvee squad won 17-25, 25-15, 25-11.
Nemo Vista is scheduled to visit Cave City (5-6, 5-2) today for a conference match.
The Batesville Pioneer junior varsity football team improved to 4-0 with a 41-6 victory over the Newport Greyhounds in Pioneer Stadium Monday night.
The Pioneers led 24-6 at halftime as Corbett Courtney scored on a 6-yard run, Storm Tipton tallied a 4-yard run and Colton Bailey passed to Jake Russell for a 25-yard TD. Along with three point-after kicks, Roberto Jimenez kicked a 34-yard field goal a few seconds before halftime.