LOCUST GROVE — Points leaders Tyson Franks and Andy Carpenter collected feature wins while other leaders struggled Friday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
Franks won the modified feature and is well on his way to securing the championship. His lead over Brandon Smith jumped from 24 points to 72. Smith did not participate Friday night.
Carpenter clinched the factory stock class weeks ago, but added to the trophy case with his win Friday.
BROOKLAND — Batesville’s seventh-grade volleyball team got a feel for winning and losing here Saturday during a season-opening, jamboree-styled event.
“They had it set up where you played 2-game matches with several teams. We split each one we played,” Batesville Coach Lisa McCord said.
The Junior Lady Pioneers split with Paragould, Greene County Tech, Marion, Valley View, Brookland and Annie Camp (Jonesboro).
McCord said she is encouraged by what she saw.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Lyon College Pipers went 0-4 in a season-opening tournament at Oklahoma City University, but Piper Coach Ray Green didn’t sound that displeased this morning.
“We’ve got another tough tournament coming up this weekend, too,” he said. “I told the girls when we started that I scheduled us for two really difficult tournaments right at the start so we can see where we are.”
It was a good weekend for the Lyon College soccer programs.
The Pipers and the Scots combined for four shutouts. The Pipers did their part with a 9-0 win over Central Baptist on Friday and a 11-0 decision over Harris-Stowe on Sunday. The Scots won 1-0 in each of their matches.
Katie Marshall and Anja Klotzle each recorded a hat trick. Marshall scored a hat trick in her Lyon debut. Klotzle, a sophomore, scored two goals and assisted on five more Friday. Sara Merker added two goals.
CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Paragould and Greene County Tech won golf matches at Cherokee Village’s north course Thursday.
Paragould won the boys match with a team score of 123. That was 20 strokes fewer than Izard County. Highland finished third with a 148 and Cave City turned in a 168.
Dylan Bateman of Paragould won medalist honors with a 3-over-par 39. Teammate Noah Tullis was second, two strokes back and the team score was completed by Miles Repress’ 43. Carson Riggan’s 45 was not applied to the team total.
CAVE CITY — The Cedar Ridge Junior Lady Timberwolves defeated the Cave City Junior Cavewomen in a junior high volleyball match here Thursday.
Cedar Ridge won 25-17, 24-26, 15-9.
Jennifer Grissom led Cave City with 15 points, 20 digs and eight aces. Nikki Ford added 12 points, 22 digs, seven assists and five aces while Kayla Presley contributed nine points, 17 digs and seven aces.
CARLISLE — Cave City Coach Jon Bradley said there’s still plenty for the Cavemen to work on after a final assessment here Thursday night.
“We didn’t throw and catch the way I hoped, but our pass blocking was the best it’s been. We just have to catch the ball and part of it was timing,” Bradley said. “Overall, there were some positives. We still have things to work on, but the good thing is they are fixable.”
LOCUST GROVE — As the season reaches its final weeks at Batesville Motor Speedway, there are still a few points championships up for grabs. The first of three remaining points nights is Friday.
The street stock class is the most tightly-contested. Richie Tosh is clinging to a 10-point lead over Joe Payne and Kevin Grizzle is just another four back.
The maximum points a driver can earn per night is 50. The feature winner gets 40 and the heat winner gets 10.
NEWPORT — Don Holcomb, David Bell and Bryan Pilcher were winners Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Holcomb was followed by Eddie Gates and Scott Davis in the street class while Bell held off Joe WIlliams and Robert Hodge in the foot brake class and Pilcher topped the outlaw street bikes class.
Batesville Coach Dave King and Harrison Coach Tommy Tice indicated they’ve still got a lot to learn about their high school football teams, and they’re hoping Friday night’s scrimmage in Pioneer Stadium will be informative.
“Offensively, we need to see how our line is protecting (the passer) and blocking for the running game, and we need to see how our receivers catch the ball and how our running backs handle themselves in different situations,” King said.
Ray Green enters his second season as the Lyon College Pipers volleyball coach and he’s looking to build on the success the team enjoyed last season.
Lyon finished 19-12 overall, placed fourth in the TranSouth Athletic Conference with an 8-6 record and advanced to the TranSouth Conference Tournament semifinals for just the second time in school history.
Green’s aggressive style produced the Pipers’ first honorable mention All-American nod and a school-record five all-conference selections.
LACROSSE — The Cave City Cavemen beat the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves by six strokes Wednesday at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course.
Cave City’s Tyler Booth (50), Kendall Cherry (53) and Alex Cossey (56) combined for the team score of 159 over nine holes.
Jordan Steele led Cedar Ridge with a 13-over par 49. That was good for medalist honors. Jake Shirley added a 57 and Luke Henderson carded a 59 for the team total of 165. Not factoring into Cedar Ridge’s team score were Clayton Butler and Braxton Alexander, each with a 64.