The Batesville Area Athletic Hall of Fame has reorganized and is asking for help from the community as it prepares for an induction ceremony, John Ellis said.
Ellis is joined on the new committee by Gary Anderson, Joe Biard, Ernestine Boyce, Bobby Hill, Elbert Lindsey, Stan Reed, Stuart Smith and Rodney Stroud.
The committee is tentatively planning an induction ceremony for sometime this summer. Seventeen induction ceremonies have been held since the hall was started in 1987. The hall numbers 65.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers snapped their losing streak at 12 with a 60-43 decision over the Paragould Junior Rams in 5A-East District action in Pioneer Gymnasium Thursday night.
“It’s been a long time,” Batesville Coach Kelly Rush said. “The last time we won was down in the Beebe tournament (against Lonoke). We’ve been close in a few games and finally pulled one out.”
Jaron Stigger scored 15 points to lead the 2-16 Junior Pioneers. Wesley Rudd added 10 points. Batesville is 1-7 in the district.
MELBOURNE — Two Cave City teams moved into the championship round of the Izard County Invitational Tournament with victories here Thursday.
The Cave City Cavewomen, 18-2 and winners of eight in a row, blasted the Izard County Lady Cougars 58-36. Cave City led 34-12 at halftime.
Cheyenne Childers totaled 11 points and seven rebounds for the winners. Lindsey Wooldridge added 10 points. Claire Caldwell contributed four steals. Jessica Hall dealt out five assists. Ten Cavewomen scored.
Seventy-five Lyon student-athletes have been named to the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for the Fall 2009 semester, according to a news release from Lyon’s athletic department.
To make the AD’s honor roll, a student athlete must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average or better. Seven athletes — Ellen Heimbach (cross country), Monica Fuller (cross country), Lauren Castleberry (volleyball), Jennifer Flegel (golf), Elizabeth Fuller (soccer), Gabriel LeBlanc (soccer) and Marc Andre LeBlanc (soccer) — maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout the semester.
Kiley Mettler, a senior and 4-time all-state selection for the Izard County High School golf team, recently signed a letter of intent to attend Seminole State College in Sanford, Fla.
Mettler visited the school, which is located northeast of Orlando, for the first time last week. The honor roll student at the school in Brockwell signed before returning home.
WEST HELENA — Maybe with No. 13 out of the way, the Batesville Pioneers’ fortunes will change.
Tuesday night, the 1-14 Pioneers lost another close one and their 13th in a row, falling 43-39 to the West Helena Cougars.
It was the same song, same verse. The Pioneers lost after leading much of the way. After trailing 8-3 after one quarter of play, they led 14-10 and 26-24 at the next two stops.
“We keep putting ourselves in a position to win,” Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow said. “We know we can play with people, but we have to learn to win.”
WEST HELENA — The Batesville Lady Pioneers cut up the West Helena Cougarettes with short and long shots and collected a 70-51 victory in 5A-East District high school basketball action here Tuesday.
The Lady Pioneers hit 30 of 50 shots from the field (60 percent), including three of six on 3-point shots, while scoring a season high. They also committed just nine turnovers.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners collected a 4A-2 District victory against a recent nemesis Tuesday night when they defeated the Bald Knob Lady Bulldogs 41-36.
Jordan Hix paced the Lady Southerners (5-12 overall, 2-5 in the conference) with 12 points, including three 3-pointers. Sami Hallowell added 10 points and Shani Henley pulled down five rebounds, which included some key ones in the third quarter.
Henley was also credited with a team-high three assists while teammate Haley Mourer contributed four steals.
Bald Knob was led by Desiree White’s 11 points.
Mountain Home swept Batesville in junior high basketball games Monday night at Pioneer Gymnasium.
The Junior Lady Bombers won 30-20. The Junior Bombers won 32-12.
Megan Cantrell hit four 3-pointers and scored 14 points for the Junior Lady Bombers. They led 4-2, 11-6 and 22-15 at the quarter breaks.
“We really struggled to score,” Batesville Coach Chip McDonald said. “It’s not that we didn’t get good shots. We couldn’t get them to go down.”
The Junior Lady Pioneers fell to 5-10.
The Junior Pioneers fell to 1-15.
MELBOURNE — The Cave City Cavemen and Izard County Lady Cougars advanced into the Izard County Tournament semifinals here Monday.
The Cavemen did it with a 51-35 victory over the Izard County Cougars. Seth Foreman led the winners with 21
points. Thamail Morgan added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the 13-8 Cavemen.
Trenton Hatman scored 22 points and made four steals in a losing effort. Caleb Cowan led the Cougars in rebounding with seven. Ryan Walker blocked three shots.
Brina Siddiq, a defender from Newport Beach, Calif., has transferred to Lyon College to play soccer for the Pipers, beginning this fall, according to a news release from Lyon.
Siddiq, a 5-foot-6 junior, was a 2-time All-Orange Empire Conference performer at Santiago Canyon College with second-team nods in both her freshman and sophomore seasons. In high school, Siddiq earned first-team all-conference honors her junior and senior seasons at Mater Dei High School and was named her league’s Defensive Player of the Year.