The Greene County Tech Eagles owned the second half and broke a couple of high school football droughts in Pioneer Stadium Friday night.
Rallying from a 14-7 first-half deficit, the Eagles defeated the Batesville Pioneers 28-14 in a key 5A-East District contest. With that, the Eagles snapped a losing string to the Pioneers at 15 and clinched their first berth in the playoffs in 18 years.
With the victory, the Eagles improved to 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the district. The Pioneers fell to 5-3-1 and 3-3.
Suzanne Fincham and Katie Beineke each recorded double-digit kills and the Lyon College Pipers broke a 2-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over Mid-Continent University on Saturday in a TranSouth Athletic Conference volleyball match at Becknell Gymnasium.
Lyon (11-21, 5-7) alternated sets, starting its freshman squad and its regular starting lineup and won 20-25, 25-21, 18-25, 25-13 and took the tie-breaker set by a 15-8 count. Mid-Continent (5-17, 0-14) lost for the 40th consecutive time in TranSouth play and is 2-44 in the league over the past three seasons.
LEPANTO — Chandler Smith returned a fumble 42 yards for a touchdown and that proved to be the difference here Thursday night as the East Poinsett County Junior Warriors edged the Cedar Ridge Junior Timberwolves 14-8 in a 2A-3 District football game.
The teams’ offenses each scored one TD. In the first half, EPC’s Aaron Scales passed to brother Byron Scales for 22 yards and a TD. The run for two points failed and the host team led 6-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Cedar Ridge’s Brett Bell scored on a 4-yard run and Cody Powell tacked on a 2-point run.
NEWPORT — David Roper of Batesville won the foot brake division at Speedy’s Newport Raceway on Sunday, according to information provided to the Guard.
Mark Doty was second behind Roper and Ross Williams finished third.
Gary Spicer recorded the fastest time in the street division. James Spence and Henry Stracener were in tow.
Harold Finch won the super pro division. He was followed by Mike Tarr and Norman Quinn.
Dylan Kick took the top spot in the junior dragsters competition, edging Jordan Holifield and Lisa Williams.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Lyon College Pipers dropped to sixth place in the TranSouth Athletic Conference race with a 3-0 loss to the Trevecca Nazarene Trojans on Thursday night in league action.
The Trojans won 25-21, 25-20 and 25-14 in straight sets. TNU’s victory over Lyon was its fourth consecutive sweep.
Lyon (10-20, 4-6 TranSouth) has lost six of its last seven and has lost three of its last five matches to Trevecca Nazarene. The Pipers’ loss, coupled with a win by Cumberland over Martin Methodist on Wednesday, sinks the Pipers into the sixth spot in the standings.
PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland won two of three nonconference basketball games played here Thursday night.
The Mustangs defeated the Izard County Cougars 56-47 as Derek Tharp scored 22 points and Jarod Perry added 13. The Mustangs improved to 5-0.
“Ben Lytle is out with an ankle injury, and Nathan Rickett and Mitchell Turner did a tremendous job on Izard County’s two post kids,” Midland Coach Rick McKinney said. “We limited Ryan Walker to 16 points. He’s a really good player for them.”
Preston Harmon added 14 points for Izard County.
PARAGOULD — Batesville and Greene County Tech dominated the first-ever 5A-East District Cross Country Meet here Thursday on the Crowley’s Ridge College campus.
With sophomores Natalie Meinzer and Logan Bishop finishing first and second, the Lady Pioneers scored 24 points and finished 23 points ahead of the Greene County Tech Lady Eagles. Meinzer finished the 5-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 51 seconds. Bishop’s time was 21:20.
Senior Keri Rogers placed sixth, freshman Halle Rush finished seventh and sophomore Lacey Lee followed in eighth to complete Batesville’s scoring.
PARAGOULD — The Batesville Junior Pioneers remained unbeaten in the 5A-East District with a 24-0 win over the Greene County Tech Junior Eagles in a mudpit here Thursday night.
With the win, Batesville clinched at least a share of the district championship.
A constant rain made an already damaged field even more treacherous, but it didn’t stop the Junior Pioneers from collecting more than 200 yards of offense.
Reserve running back Emprea Childress led Batesville’s offensive effort with 99 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries. He fumbled twice and lost one.
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Mark Martin senses that this is going to be a good week for him as he continues chasing Jimmie Johnson and the NASCAR season championship he so covets.
If he’s right, it would only add to what has been an emotional ride for the 50-year-old Martin, who has largely discarded his curmudgeonly shell in his return to full-time racing with Hendrick Motorsports and shown a softer, even somewhat sappy side on a regular basis.
Robert Hall’s game-winning goal late in the second half gave the Lyon College Scots a 1-0 victory over the Williams Baptist Eagles Wednesday in a boggy nonconference match at Huser Field.
Hall’s goal, his third of the season, sailed past WBC goalkeeper Lance Cummings. Daniel Young got the assist in the 81st minute.
“It was a game where our opponent committed to putting as many people behind the ball as possible,” Scot Coach Brett Parker said. “We showed some resilience and finally broke through.”
This time, it’s survival time for both teams.
When the Greene County Tech Eagles visit the Batesville Pioneers Friday night, they will represent half of the teams tied for second in the 5A-East District high school football standings.
The Wynne Yellowjackets and West Helena Cougars are the other two teams with 3-2 district marks.
The Blytheville Chickasaws are 2-3 and not out of the mix. The Forrest City Mustangs lead with a 5-0 district record.
The Cave City-at-Earle junior high football game which was scheduled for tonight has been forfeited by the Junior Bulldogs due to a lack of players, Cave City Coach Travis Stewart said.
The coach received a call from Earle’s athletic director around 1 p.m. Wednesday. Injuries, illness and unwilling participants are the culprits. The Junior Bulldogs began the season with 29 players. Only three showed up for practice Tuesday.
The Junior Cavemen are credited with the win, their only one this season. They finished 1-7 overall and 1-6 in the Class 3A-3 District.