MOUNTAIN HOME — The Batesville Lady Pioneer cross country dynasty added another championship here Saturday afternoon at the Class 5A state meet.
Batesville collected a team total of 36 points, 24 fewer than second-place Little Rock Christian, to win its sixth straight state championship.
Randi Ferguson of Little Rock Christian paced the field with a time of 20 minutes and seven seconds. Batesville’s Natalie Meinzer, last year’s champion, finished second, 21 seconds back.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers will make a run for their sixth straight state championship in cross country Saturday. Succeed or fail, it will happen on one of their favorite courses.
No, we’re not talking about the course on which their remarkable run of state titles began in 2004 and continued through last fall. The 12 state championship races were originally scheduled to return to the 5-kilometer route on the infield of Oaklawn Park’s horse racing track in Hot Springs, but it was changed at Oaklawn’s request due to some Breeder’s Cup simulcasts set for Saturday.
CAVE CITY — The Cave City Cavemen earned a share of the 3A-3 District championship with a 28-8 win over the Earle Bulldogs here Thursday night.
The Cavemen finished the regular season with records of 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the conference. Harrisburg and Rivercrest also have a share of the title after posting the same conference marks. Cave City will be the third seed for the state playoffs. Rivercrest is the top seed, Harrisburg is second and Earle is fourth.
NEWARK — The East Poinsett County Warriors jumped out to a 14-0 lead and kept the beat going to collect a season-ending, 2A-3 District victory over the homestanding Timberwolves.
Cody Weathers scored on touchdown runs of eight and 25 yards for Cedar Ridge. The T-wolves’ other score came on a 4-yard run by Trey Rounds. Quarterback Justin Lovell ran in a 2-pointer and passed to Grant Carroll for another.
Scoring details and stats were not available on the Warriors. They finished with records of 4-5 (overall) and 3-5 (district). Cedar Ridge finished 2-8 and 1-7.
LYNN — Brothers Derek and Dylan Wooten combined for 25 points as the Screamin’ Eagles routed the Pirates in a 1A 2-North District contest.
Derek Wooten tallied 13 points and 11 rebounds. His younger brother added 12 points and six assists. Logan Spray snared 15 rebounds for Hillcrest.
The Lady Pirates won 63-48 as Taylor Cox poured in 23 points.
Miranda Doyle scored 15 points for Hillcrest 2-3. Mackenzie Nunnally added 13 points and 10 rebounds.
CONCORD — The hosts swept the Julian Martin Invitational Tournament titles here Thursday night.
The Concord Junior Lady Pirates defeated the Pangburn Junior Lady Tigers 32-28 as Kayla Richardson scored 11 points. The Junior Lady Pirates are 6-2.
Concord’s junior boys romped 59-44 on Greers Ferry West Side. Jacob Roark poured in 22 points for the winners. Ryan Cornelison added 16 for the 5-0 Junior Pirates.
Cave City standout Cheyenne Childers is set to sign a letter of commitment with Williams Baptist College at 4:30 this afternoon prior to the Red-White scrimmages in the Cave City gym.
Childers, a multi-sport athlete, will play basketball for the Walnut Ridge college after consideration of several others.
“WBC just showed interest after my season last year, so I visited their campus and really like the other girls on the team,” Childers said.
K.K. Hodges earned a double-double and three other players landed a double-digit scoring night in the Lyon College Pipers’ 78-57 victory over the Ecclesia Lady Royals on Thursday evening in the Pipers’ home opener at Becknell Gymnasium.
Hodges poured in a game-high 17 points and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. Morgan Myrick added 11 points and teammates Syeeda Echols and Lauren Ramsey chipped in 10 apiece.
Lucinda Sylvain led Ecclesia with 11 points and teammate Mandie Keith added 10.
Never mind the jump ball, said the Batesville Junior Pioneers. We’re not quite ready for basketball.
The Junior Pioneers shook off an early big play — a long pass and jump-ball-type catch — leading to a West Helena Cougar Cat touchdown, and rolled to a 43-7 football victory Thursday night in Pioneer Stadium.
With it came an outright championship in the 5A-East District. The Junior Pioneers entered the game with a 9-0 overall record, a 6-0 district count and a share of the title in hand.
The unbeaten Bald Knob Bulldogs, fifth-ranked among the state’s Class 4A football teams, plays host to the Southside Southerners Friday night in Heverling Stadium in the regular-season finale for both teams.
By Paul Glover
Guard Sports Editor
When the West Helena Cougars quit dropping the football, they took off.
The Cougars fumbled the ball 10 times and lost it nine while losing 31-27 to Forrest City at home on Oct. 2. They lost five fumbles and threw an interception while losing 26-0 at Wynne the next Friday night.
Since then, they’ve lost the football rarely while defeating Blytheville 41-14, Greene County Tech 19-14 and Nettleton 48-6.
The Hillcrest senior class is hosting a wrestling benefit at the Strawberry Gymnasium on Friday night, according to a news release.
The card features two main events — a pony tail match between The Doc and Big Indian in which the loser must cut off his pony tail, and a Battle Royale which will be an every-man-for-himself fight with all the wrestlers on the card.
Admission is $6. Children ages 6 to 9 will be admitted for $3 and admission is free for children ages 5 and younger. All proceeds benefit the Hillcrest senior class.