ATLANTA (AP) — Four guys are in the Chase for the Championship. Ten others are sweating it out.
On to Richmond!
Kasey Kahne greatly improved his chances of making the season-ending Chase with a victory Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, pulling away from Kevin Harvick after a fortunate yellow flag late in the race.
Kahne leaped five spots in the Sprint Cup standings — from a tenuous 11th to more comfortable sixth — but he’s not ready to count himself in just yet.
Two more first-time champions were crowned Saturday morning at the end of the Sara Low Memorial 5K.
Well, at least they are first-time winners of this annual race.
Steve Lovell won the men’s title, completing the 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes 10.67 seconds. The 40-year-old man from Paragould, a regular road racer the past four years, was running for the first time in Batesville.
The quick-stepping suddenness of 29 points early in the second quarter even surprised their coach.
Shortly after the Batesville Pioneers’ season-opening 36-20, high school football victory over the Newport Greyhounds, Coach Dave King didn’t hesitate when asked if he would have ever imagined the Pioneers would score four touchdowns in three minutes and 21 seconds, and that three of those would be on long runs.
“No. Honestly, we went into the game thinking we would throw the ball a lot more than we did,” he said.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — The Southside Junior Southerners defeated the Mountain View Junior Yellowjackets 20-6 in a football season opener here Thursday as Dalton Watts scored two touchdowns.
Watts caught a Jake Henderson pass for about 20 yards and a score, Coach Jon Johnston said. Watts’ other score came on a 16- to 18-yard run, the coach said.
Running back Jake Hendricks scored on about a 30-yard run. He also added a 2-point conversion.
All the scoring came in the first half.
LA CROSSE — The Southside Southerners defeated the Salem Greyhounds 124-133 in a dual match Thursday at Cooper’s Hawk golf course.
Southside was led by Clayton House’s 3-over par 39. Teammate Adam Martin added a 42 and Matt Anderson completed the team total with a 43.
Not factoring into the team total were Chris Martin (48), Dalton Littleton (53), Chris Vaughn (53), Robert Hendricks (54), Trey Sisk (56) and Tyler Devers (60).
CAVE CITY — Mountain View defeated Cave City in tennis matches Thursday.
The visitors took the girls match 7-3 and the boys 8-3.
Megan Graddy and Cheyenne Childers were singles winners for Cave City. Kalah Wooten and Jasmine Tate teamed for the Cavewomen’s lone doubles win.
Adam Gann collected both of the Cavemen’s singles wins while Tyler Booth and Brandon Gillihan combined for the lone doubles win.
WYNNE — Wynne took two of three 5A-East District volleyball matches against Batesville here Thursday.
The host school swept the varsity matches, winning the high school contest 3-1 and the junior high meeting 2-0. Batesville’s seventh-grader won a 1-game match.
The loss for the Lady Pioneers was their first. They are 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the district.
The Lady Yellowjackets winning score was 25-16, 22-25, 25-17, 25-22.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerner volleyball team accomplished another program first Thursday night with a 3-2 win over the Beebe Lady Badgers.
For the first time in program history, Southside won a 5-set match.
“This is a very important victory for us,” Southside Coach David Shilkitus said. “Their focus and intensity during that final set was amazing, especially when you consider how flat we looked in the third and fourth.”
Southside won 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 20-25, 15-7 to improve to 2-1 this season.
New season, new opponent and new experience.
That’s what the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves are hoping for in their season- and home-opening high school football game Friday night. The Palestine-Wheatley Patriots will try to avoid being the first to lose to the T-wolves.
Last fall, their first in varsity high school football, the T-wolves went 0-9.
Arkansas State Motocross Series racers will make a stop in the area this weekend when the O’Neil Bottoms MX hosts Round 7 in the series, according to a news release from series organizer Michael Donelson.
The racers will practice from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday at the track near Bethesda. Donelson said live music will be provided. Fans can purchase a weekend pass for $10.
The gates will open at 6 Sunday evening. After practice laps beginning at 7:30, the races will start at 9:30.