Cedar Ridge Coach Todd Lovell summed up his assessment of the Augusta Red Devils in three words.
“They’re extremely fast,” he said.
Then Lovell added “every kid on their team can run a little bit, but they have one main kid they go to.”
That one player is running back Ishma Clark. He wears number 23, but just watch for the blur out of the backfield. Clark is averaging 239 yards per game from his running back position and is currently being recruited by Arkansas colleges.
Speed and space are the main worries for the Batesville Pioneers when they take on the Blytheville Chickasaws in a 5A-East District football game Friday night in Pioneer Stadium.
As in: Don’t let Blytheville’s speedsters have too much space. If they get that speed in space, please, a Pioneer needs to make a good open-field tackle, and quickly, Batesville Coach Dave King said.
Another answer to the problem is to not let the Chickasaws run many offensive plays, King added.
He’s “The Quiet Man” on an unbeaten Batesville Pioneer football team.
Going into Friday’s Homecoming game with the Blytheville Chickasaws, Roberto Jimenez has scored 106 points for the Pioneers, hitting 79 of 83 point-after kicks and nine of 21 field goals over two-plus seasons.
Though official all-time records have not been kept, Jimenez probably holds the career points-scored record for Pioneer kickers, according to Batesville High’s coaching staff.
FAYETTEVILLE — Southside’s Shani Henley and Jordan Hicks teamed to win their first-round match in the Class 4A State Tennis Tournament girls doubles competition, but bowed out in round two.
Henley-Hicks defeated Gabrella Gorton-Kristin Haynes of Valley View 6-0, 6-4. They were eliminated in the quarterfinals after leading 5-1 in the first set. Malvern’s Megan Wallace-Emily Paul rallied to win the first set 7-5 and took the second set 6-3.
Maggie Carlisle-Kate Averchenko of Southside lost in first round against Valley View’s Alex Barylski-Taylor Tanner 6-3, 7-5.
Mary Clark won the Modern Woodmen Ladies No-Tap Tournament recently at Hollywood Bowl.
Clark turned in an 892 handicapped series. Yvonne Satterwhite was second with an 828 and Donna Magar rolled a 777.
The battle for fourth place was a good one. Tonya Coldwell took it with a 765 while Shelia Strain and Cheryl Lewis rolled 764 and 763, respectively.
NEWPORT — Bobby Hooker of Cave City won the super pro class at Speedy’s Newport Raceway Sunday with Tim Clary and Ross Williams in tow.
Donavan Bishop edged Don Holcomb for the top spot in the street class and Kelsey Armstrong was faster than Lonnie Allwhite in the foot brake class.
Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning, Cave City’s Don Stitcher recorded a fifth-place finish in the foot brake class at Dyersburg, Tenn. Racing at Dyersburg was delayed due to a non-racing related fire.
JUDSONIA — Midland swept White County Central in a trio of nonconference basketball games here Tuesday.
The Mustangs capped the sweep with a 45-35 decision. Drew Fortson led the way with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists. Nate Rickett and Thomas Puentez scored 10 points apiece. Rickett also grabbed 12 rebounds.
SEARCY — Harding breezed to a 3-0 sweep, dealing Lyon its seventh loss in its last 10 games
The Lady Bisons won 25-8, 25-17 and 25-9.
Lyon (10-21) has lost two straight and is 1-4 against NCAA Division II opponents from the Gulf South Conference. Harding improved to 12-8 overall and has won 20 straight matches against Lyon.
Harding was credited with 45 kills on 97 attempts with six errors for a season-high .402 hitting percentage.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The Batesville Lady Pioneers clinched a share of the 5A-Central Conference championship with a 3-1 win over the Central Arkansas Christian Lady Mustangs.
The game scores were 25-20, 22-25, 25-12, 25-20.
The Lady Pioneers finished 11-1 in conference play. They will take a 14-6 record into their regular-season finale Thursday night in Jonesboro where they will take on the Nettleton Raiders.
HENDERSON, Tenn. — The Lyon Scots unleashed 10 shots on goal, but none found the net in a 0-0 tie with the Freed-Hardeman Lady Lions on Tuesday in a TranSouth Athletic Conference soccer match.
The tie stopped a 3-match winning streak for Lyon (8-3-1, 2-1-1), but the Scots haven’t lost in four games. Freed-Hardeman settles at 8-4-3 overall and 1-2-2 in league matches.
Freed-Hardeman goalkeeper Tiffany Harris picked up 10 saves in 120 minutes in the net and notched her fifth shutout of the year.
The junior high football version of the Highway 167 Showdown is set for Stewart Field in Southside, and it’s one of two collisions between circulation-area schools on Thursday night.
The other will happen about 40 miles to the north, where the Cedar Ridge Junior Timberwolves will take on the Melbourne Junior Bearkatz in a nonconference meeting.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers can clinch at least a share of their second straight Class 5A-East District championship Thursday night, but they’ll have to go a long way to do it.
The showdown with the Blytheville Junior Chickasaws is the longest road trip of the season, but Batesville Coach Doug Walls said that doesn’t concern him.
“I think the boys will be ready. It’s not much further than Forrest City and we didn’t have any problems there,” Walls said. “We’ve had good practices this week and the kids are really focused on the next two games.”