PARAGOULD — The Batesville Junior Pioneers made several quick strikes and so did the weather here Thursday night.
Batesville defeated Paragould 35-0 in a Class 5A-East junior high football contest. Lightning in the area at halftime forced the cancelation of the second half.
JONESBORO — Nettleton swept Batesville in varsity 5A-East District volleyball matches here Thursday.
The Lady Raiders won 25-15, 25-11, 25-6 as Nettleton’s Mandi Bauer totaled 40 assists, nine digs and two aces. Allison Wyatt provided 24 digs. Madison Rupard led the offense with 12 kills.
The Junior Lady Raiders won 25-19, 25-16.
“We made some minor offensive errors that we don’t normally make and it cost us,” Batesville Coach Lisa McCord said. “Defensively we played pretty well against their sound hitting team. Morgan Huff did a fantastic job of digging.”
Beau Palmer, Cethlinn Cunningham and Emily Sexton each earned a top 10 finish in their respective races at the Lyon College Cross Country Invitational Meet held on Thursday.
Palmer placed third for the Scots in the 8-kilometer men’s race with a time of 30:24.76. Cunningham earned top honors for the Pipers with a seventh-place time of 23:56.62 in the 5K women’s race. Sexton rounded out the top 10 finishers with a ninth-place finish in the women’s race and ran a time of 24:15.37.
CAVE CITY — Cave City collected a key win Thursday night at home against Conway Christian in a conference volleyball match.
Cave City won the match 25-10, 25-21, 20-25, 25-21 to move to 7-2 in the conference.
“The crowd was in it and it was a big game. We’re tied for second now behind Conway St. Joseph,” Cave City Coach Crystal Bradley said. “The atmosphere was awesome and the girls played great. I was proud of the fact that we came out so strong. We knew Conway Christian wouldn’t back down, so I was happy with the way we kept up the intensity.”
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A Conway man has filed a lawsuit over the cancellation of the fall turkey hunting season in Arkansas.
The lawsuit by David Clark claims the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission was arbitrary and capricious in its decision. It also says hunters didn’t have opportunity to object to the decision.
A Game and Fish Commission spokesman declined comment on the lawsuit.
The commission voted last week to cancel the fall turkey season over concerns the turkey population is falling too low.
A hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Wynne.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas’ last game in the Dallas area was unpleasant — a blowout loss to Missouri in the 2008 Cotton Bowl.
The Razorbacks’ last game against a Big 12 team? A 52-10 loss at Texas last year.
In fact, you have to go all the way back to the 2003 Independence Bowl to find the last Arkansas win over a non-SEC team from a BCS conference. This weekend offers a good opportunity for another, but it’s no sure thing.
PARAGOULD — The home team won here Wednesday in the Girls Class 5A State Golf Tournament.
Led by Anna Flanrey’s 4-over-par 74, the Greene County Tech Lady Eagles held off the Greenwood Lady Bulldogs for an 8-stroke victory (246-254) on the Paragould Country Club course.
Tech’s other scores came from Clara Tefteller (85) and Allie Massey (87).
Flanrey and Wynne’s Caroline Boone shot 74s. Boone won the individual medal in a 1-hole playoff.
The Heber Springs Lady Panthers completed a last-to-first surge in the Girls Class 4A State Golf Tournament at The Course at Eagle Mountain on Wednesday.
And that requires even more explanation than you would think. Heber Springs Coach Gaye Stark did manage to say it in a few words, however.
“Commitment,” she said of senior Brooke Blankenship’s and junior Morgan Fire’s big improvements. “And having Katie Webb transfer to your school doesn’t hurt.”
This is not what Paragould Coach Tim Branum had in mind when he returned to Paragould and the 5A-East District.
“Health-wise, it’s been one of the worst years I ever remember,” he said. “We lost Steven Vericker, our quarterback, the first game with a knee injury. We lost Trent Wooldridge, our best running back, in week 2 to a hip injury. We’ve had three miss games with concussions, and Zach Franks, our best receiver, has been out all this week with the flu.”
Friday night, the Rams are scheduled to visit Batesville for another district contest.
The Corning Bobcats are celebrating homecoming Friday night as they host the Cave City Cavemen for a 3A-3 District contest.
The Bobcats are under the direction of first-year coach Kenneth Moore and they’re ailing. Two years removed from a 10-1 year, Corning is in jeopardy of canceling its season due to a lack of players.
“They dressed out about 16 last week. We’re really hoping they can hang on and finish the season,” Cave City Coach Jon Bradley said.
Batesville and Wynne split 5A-East District varsity volleyball matches Tuesday in Pioneer Gymnasium.
The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers won 25-20, 23-25, 25-15. The Lady Yellowjackets won 23-25, 25-13, 25-14, 25-20.
“We were without two starters (Amy Everett and Anna Richards) who are injured and ill, but I had a couple of girls, Jayme Shell and Shelby McGough, who stepped up and played really well,” Junior Lady Pioneer Coach Lisa McCord said.
The coach also cited the hustle of Kinsey Skaggs.