The Batesville Junior Pioneers are scheduled to get their first real assessment Tuesday night when they visit the Harrison Junior Goblins for preseason scrimmages.
The eighth-graders will begin at 5 p.m. with the first string running 10 plays. Possession will change for the next 10 plays and then the second stringers will take the field for 7-play sets. From there, the format will remain the same until the hour has expired.
DRASCO — On their 10th try, the Southside Southerners won their first Southerner Invitational title at Tannenbaum Golf Course here Friday.
Led by Clayton House’s 27-hole score of 10-over-par 118, the Southerners edged the Izard County Cougars by four strokes and topped the 7-team field in the annual high school golf tournament.
Adam Martin added a 125 and Matt Anderson chipped in a 133 to round out the Southerners’ team score of 376. Chris Vaughn’s 135 did not count.
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Mark Martin has never been a dirty racer.
With trophies on the line, or points, or a spot in the season-defining Chase for the championship, he’s prided himself on being a clean driver though 1,000 NASCAR races. So as a sold-out crowd watched to see if Martin would lay a bumper to Kyle Busch in the closing laps at Bristol Motor Speedway, it never even crossed his mind.
FAYETTEVILLE — You know you’ve got a deep bench if you can substitute to the tune of “Send in the Clones” instead of “Send in the Clowns.”
In Arkansas’ scrimmage last Saturday, it seemed the Petrino brothers cloned receivers instead of substituting them.
Bobby, the play-calling head coach, and Paul, the offensive coordinator/receivers coach, were without big-running, big-blocking London Crawford and glue-handed, possession-extending Lucas Miller.
Crawford sat because of leg injuries nagging him since the previous scrimmage.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers are few in numbers, but deep in experience and talent, their coach said.
Tuesday night, when Batesville hosts the Mountain Home Lady Bombers in a season opener in Pioneer Gymnasium, eight Lady Pioneers will take the floor in the second of two games. The first match will involve the schools’ junior high teams.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside junior and senior high teams are scheduled to be the first to play preseason football scrimmages when they visit Riverview in Searcy on Monday night.
The junior high teams are scheduled to scrimmage at 5:30. The senior teams will follow.
Southerner Coach Jon Johnston said the scrimmages will involve only the two schools and will be situational.
Coming off the best season of their short existence, the Southside Lady Southerners will have to fill some big gaps, Coach David Shilkitus said.
“We graduated six players and had another key player transfer, so that has me concerned coming in,” Shilkitus said. “We’re a young team, but have lots of players with experience. We hope we can build off that.”
Two seniors have made an impression on their coach. They are outside hitter Kayla Brooks and libero Kristen Collins.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis will be forced to vacate the record 38 victories from its Final Four season of 2007-08, according to a report by the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
The newspaper, citing a source close to the situation, said on its Web site Wednesday night that the NCAA will release findings of its investigation into violations committed by the program today.
The NCAA investigated whether someone took the SAT exam for a player on that Final Four team. Memphis was notified of potential violations in January and met with the NCAA in June.
Jake Deskin, a sophomore at Batesville High, recently won gold and silver medals at the Amateur Athletics Union Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa.
The 15-year-old teamed with Southwind Arkansas teammates Corey Scott, Dillon Davis and A.J. Stutts to win the 200-meter freestyle relay. The foursome also won silver medals in the 400- and 200-meter medley relays and the 400-meter freestyle relay.
Deskin also won a silver medal in the 200-meter butterfly, considered to be one of the toughest events for younger swimmers.
Former Batesville High Pioneer Price Holmes has been added to the Arkansas Razorback football roster.
An all-state selection for the Pioneers last fall, and a 2-time all-district choice, Holmes walked on in Fayetteville and was officially added to the 105-member roster this week, according to Zack Higbee, a member of the University of Arkansas Media Relations Department.
Walk-ons who make the team roster usually dress out for home games, but that is determined on a game-by-game basis, Higbee said.
NEWPORT — Edward Littlejohn and Nikki Rutherford were winners Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Dragway.
Littlejohn won the street division and Rutherford took the top spot in the foot brake division. Rutherford was also second to Littlejohn with Gary Spicer third.
Joe Williams and Jerry Huber finished second and third, respectively, in the foot brake division.
A week prior on the same strip, Spicer edged Littlejohn in the street division while David Bell beat Don Stitcher down the line in the foot brake division.