Newport at Southside
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 7
Southside will recognize its seniors 30 minutes before kickoff of this Class 4A-2 regular season finale. Newport needs to win or hope Clinton beats Lonoke if it wants to make its 24th consecutive trip to the state playoffs. Artez Brown (jersey number 6) and Quadarius Ross (35) are the playmakers for Newport’s offense. Southside is still searching for its first win since 2008.
CHERRY VALLEY — “Unbelievable.”
That’s what Cedar Ridge Coach Todd Lovell said about the Timberwolves’ 14-12, come-from-behind victory over the Cross County Thunderbirds here Thursday night.
With the win, Cedar Ridge earned its first trip to the postseasaon. The T-wolves, in just their third year of existence, will visit the Bearden Bears next week in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs.
CABOT — Southside’s McKenzie King led Guard-circulation area runners across the finish line in the Walmart Invitational Cross Country Meet here last weekend.
King finished sixth in a time of 13 minutes, 13 seconds over the 2-mile course in the annual event for junior high teams. Batesville’s Madison Stave finished seventh.
Batesville’s Tristan Driver led the area boys with a 26th place in 12:31.
Listed below are the rest of Batesville’s and Southside’s results (times were not available for most runners):
It should be fast times at Rogers High and the State Cross Country Championships, and we’ll see how that jibes with Batesville’s target number.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers will run for their seventh straight Class 5A state championship on the 5-kilometer course on the Rogers High School campus on Saturday afternoon.
Lady Pioneer Coach Diane Treadway seemed to be doing all she could to avoid talking about the number seven in a telephone interview Thursday morning.
CAVE CITY—Cave City’s Red-White basketball scrimmages are scheduled for Friday night, Coach Russell Fowler announced.
The night will begin with a seventh-grade girls game at 5 and conclude with the senior boys. Each team will play one half.
Fowler said admission is laundry detergent, towels and/or monetary donations. There will also be a fund-raising cake and pie auction.
The coach also reminded fans that Saturday’s games originally scheduled to be played at Highland will be played at Cave City.
Melbourne at Brookland
KICKOFF • TONIGHT 6:30
The Melbourne Junior Bearkatz could put a pretty bow on their first season of varsity football with a victory in Craighead County. They’ve won five in a row after beginning the season with two losses. The Brookland Bearcats are in their third year of football and second season of varsity football. They are 1-6. A seventh-grade contest will lead off the evening’s action at 5.
The Newport Greyhounds are one win away from securing a trip to the state playoffs. But, they’re also one loss away from missing the playoffs for the first time in 24 years.
The Greyhounds will visit the Southside Southerners Friday night for a regular season finale. It’s Senior Night for Southside and those activities will begin 30 minutes prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff.
Beebe Coach John Shannon didn’t have any trouble pinpointing when and where the Badgers turned things around and began their drive toward Batesville and the 5A-East District high school football championship game.
The Badgers and Pioneers are scheduled to square off at 7:30 Friday night in Pioneer Stadium.
“We’re at Forrest City (Sept. 30) and down at halftime. I think the score was 27-21. We came out in the second half and played one of the best halves of football we’ve played since I’ve been here and won (41-33),” the fourth-year head coach said.
Pay no attention to their tough-guy mug shots on this page. Pioneer seniors Colton Bailey and Jake Russell are smiling most of the time.
As members of the 9-0 Batesville High School football team, they have good reasons.
Bailey has made good on an unexpected opportunity.
Russell made good on a second opportunity after being sidelined by an injury.
Bailey was running second to junior Storm Tipton after spring football, but became the leader of the offense when Tipton transferred to Southside.
NEWPORT — Newark’s Lonnie Allwhite won the foot brake competition Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Allwhite was followed by Tracy Crossen and Cave City’s Don Stitcher.
Donvan Bishop won the street division with Gary Spicer second and Glen Nugent third.
Peggy Smith was the super pro winner with Ray Lawerence and Stephen Wilson on the podium.
The Lyon Scots lost their seventh straight volleyball match in a 3-0 decision against Freed-Hardeman on Tuesday in the two teams’ TranSouth Athletic Conference regular-season finale at Becknell Gymnasium.
The visitors from Henderson, Tenn. won 25-15, 25-17 and 25-11.
“Score-wise it looks like a beat down, but play-wise we did OK,” Lyon Coach Ray Green said.
“Run behind us” might be the best way to describe the Batesville Pioneers’ nine wins in nine high school football games.
With seniors Jon Drew, Dustin Bachman, Cody McClure and Alan Michael Morrow in the lead, and juniors Hunter Wilson and Khang Nguyen joining them in the front line, those words certainly best describe the 2010 Pioneer offense.