• Cavemen erase doubt with 19-14 win over Colts

    CAVE CITY — The Cave City Cavemen remained unbeaten and helped erase doubts here Friday night with a 19-14 high school football win over the Rivercrest Colts.
    Cave City moves to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the 3A-3 District while Rivercrest falls to 5-2 and 3-1, respectively.
    Rivercrest was a heavy favorite going into the contest after beating the top ateams in the conference. Going in, Cave City’s unbeaten record was discounted because of the caliber of opponent it had played. However, the Cavemen showed they can hang with the conference front-runners Friday night.

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  • Jr. Pioneers control destiny after victory in Wynne

    WYNNE — The Batesville Junior Pioneers edged the Wynne Junior ’Jackets 22-14 in a clash of conference unbeatens here Thursday night.
    Wynne opened the 5A-East contest with a scoring drive. On fourth down from the Batesville 40-yard line, Franklin Settles broke away from the Junior Pioneer defenders and was eventually hauled down at the 10. Moments later, Settles covered the remaining yardage to put the home team up 6-0. It stayed that way after a failed 2-point try.

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  • Tonya Caldwell dominates no-tap tourney by 54 pins

    Tonya Caldwell won the Ladies No-Tap Tournament hosted by the Batesville USBC Women’s Bowling Association at Hollywood Bowl, according to a news release from the local bowling alley.
    Caldwell rolled a 275-212-263—882 series which was 54 pins better than second-place Beverly Sellers’ 206-221-239—828. Pam Kitsmiller was third with a 231-255-263—815. Karen Hamilton threw a 219-204-263—809.
    The results consisted of the best three scores of a 4-game series plus the bowler’s handicap.

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  • Clinton juniors rally by Southside

    CLINTON — The Clinton Junior Yellow Jackets rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit to post a 28-22 victory over the Southside Junior Southerners in 4A-2 District football action here Thursday night.
    Running back Jake Hendricks scored two touchdowns. His 15-yard TD run and 2-point conversion came in the first half. His 5-yard TD run and 2-pointer made it 22-6 early in the third quarter.
    Southside’s other score came on a 30-yard, Jake Henderson-to-Chaber Rone pass play. The pass for two points failed.
    Southside led 14-6 at halftime.

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  • Overall golf event reset for Nov. 4

    Due to wet conditions and the threat of more rain, the Overall Golf Tournament has been rescheduled for Nov. 4, according to the Arkansas Activities Association.
    Among the qualifiers for the annual high school golf event are four Guard-circulation area athletes. They are Kiley Mettler and Rachel Harmon of Izard County, and Sam Cooper and Brad Lamb of Melbourne.

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  • Vinson to play in new golf event

    Batesville’s John Vinson will be among the senior golfers in Fayetteville this weekend at the Orville Henry Cup Matches, according to a news release from the Arkansas State Golf Association.
    The inaugural event is named for the late sports editor at the Arkansas Gazette.
    The 4-ball matches are set for Saturday at Paradise Valley and the individual matches will be played at Fayetteville Country Club on Sunday.
    The golfers have been divided into teams (Red and White) representing mid-senior, senior and super senior divisions.

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  • CRA blanks Cave City in v-ball; Trumann does same at Southside

    CAVE CITY — The Crowley’s Ridge Academy Lady Falcons swept the Cave City Cavewomen 26-24, 25-23, 25-23 here Thursday night in nonconference high school varsity volleyball.
    Rachel Roebuck led Cave City with 20 points, 25 digs and 16 kills. Katie Freeman totaled 13 points while serving five aces and making seven blocks. Libero Elisha Ramos led with 40 digs. Courtney Ewing chipped in 11 points and five blocks.

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  • BHS, Tech varsities split 5A-East v-ball matches

    PARAGOULD — Batesville and Greene County Tech split varsity volleyball matches here Thursday.
    The 5A-East District matches were also season finales for the visitors. The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers won 19-25, 25-19, 25-23.
    “I’m just so proud of these girls,” Batesville Coach Lisa McCord said. “They didn’t get down when we lost that first game. They played well and I can’t think of a better way to cap the season than winning at Greene County Tech.”

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  • Some numbers give instructions on BHS-Wynne

    Numbers can be instructive. Take a look at these:
    The Batesville Pioneers managed to get out of Wynne last fall with a 14-12 victory despite being doubled in first downs (16-8) and more than doubled in rushing yards (307-109) and offensive plays (63-29).
    Even more telling are these:
    That loss to the Pioneers last October made the Yellowjackets 0-4 in the 5A-East District and 0-7 overall. Four weeks later they were 3-4, 3-7 and in the state playoffs.
    Batesville Coach Dave King said it best about the resilient ’Jackets.

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  • CSJ remains flawless

    CAVE CITY — The Conway St. Joseph Lady Bulldogs finished the conference season with an unblemished record after sweeping the Cave City Cavewomen (9-3) in a senior high volleyball match here Wednesday night.
    St. Joseph and Cave City finished 1-2 in the conference.
    CSJ won Wednesday’s meeting 25-23, 25-11, 25-16.
    “The first game was awesome all the way around, but our balloon popped after that,” Cave City Coach Crystal Bradley said.

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  • Cavemen set to begin toughest part of 3A-3 test

    The bar has risen for the unbeaten Cave City Cavemen (6-0) as the Rivercrest Colts (5-1) make the 128-mile gallop from near the banks of the Mississippi River.
    Each team is 3-0 in the 3A-3 District, but most will argue Cave City’s opponents to this point have been much weaker than what Rivercrest has gone up against. Cave City Coach Jon Bradley is among them.

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  • BHS girls win 4th league tennis title in row; Pioneers join them with surprising victory

    JONESBORO — The Batesville Lady Pioneers won their fourth 5A-East District championship in a row here Monday, and they were joined atop the victory stand by the Pioneers.
    The Lady Pioneers edged the Nettleton Lady Raiders on the home courts at Allen Park. In the team total, the Lady Pioneers scored 13 points to the Lady Raiders’ 11.
    The Pioneers also won narrowly over the Raiders. The Pioneers tallied 12 points; the Raiders totaled 10.

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