Batesville High’s soccer teams appear to have the experience and proven talent to make another upward move this season.
Whoa, there, their coaches said.
“One thing I’m really worried about is we’ve got so many kids who were important players for us last year coming back from injuries and surgeries,” Pioneer Coach TJ Stroud said. “Right now, because the bad weather has kept us from getting to work outside, we really don’t know how those guys are going to be able to perform.”
Independence Softball Association members will begin organizing at a meeting Thursday night at 7 in Believer’s Community Church, according to ISA President Sammy McBride.
McBride said entry fees will not be required at the meeting for the adult slow-pitch leagues. “We’re just trying to get people there to begin organizing,” he added.
The Batesville City Tournament will celebrate its 50th birthday in March and entries are now being accepted for the team, doubles and singles events at Hollywood Bowl, according to a news release from the Women’s Bowling Association.
Registration forms can be picked up at Hollywood Bowl.
The team competitions are scheduled for March 13 and 20, with sessions at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The doubles and singles events are set for March 14 and 21, with a 1 p.m. starting time each day.
In its second year of existence, the White River Roadrunners Race Series has grown by two races.
The White River Roadrunners Club announced in a recent news release that two races in nearby towns have been added to the previous 7-race schedule. The Take the Lake 5K at Greers Ferry on April 24 and the Pioneer Day 5K in Melbourne are new to the series.
PULASKI, Tenn. — Lyon College’s Kristi Kelley has been named the TranSouth Athletic Conference Player of the Week, according to the conference’s Web site.
Kelley, a 5-foot-3 junior center fielder from DeBerry, Texas hit seven for 13, including three extra base hits, two doubles and one home run while the Pipers split four games last weekend. She also scored four runs and knocked in three.
The Lyon Scots collected a sweep of the William Jewell Cardinals in a home-opening doubleheader on Monday afternoon at Scots Field.
Lyon (5-3) won the first game 5-3 on Lans Hardin’s walk-off, 3-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Scots took the second game 7-2, thanks to a 5-run bottom of the fifth. The Scots have won three straight and were set to host Williams Baptist this afternoon at 1. The losses were the first of the season for William Jewell, which falls to 3-2.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southerners got the high school soccer season off to a good start Monday with an 8-2 shellacking of the Marion Patriots at Stewart Field.
“The kids played really hard, and I’m pleased with that,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said. “Obviously, we didn’t look real fluid, but they gave great effort.”
The Greene County Tech Eagles, the defending state champions in Class 5A, kept a district championship in their sights with a 58-36 victory over the Batesville Pioneers in Pioneer Gym Friday night.
Tech is 10-2 in the 5A-East District, one-half game behind the Wynne Yellowjackets. Tech is scheduled to visit Blytheville Tuesday night and host Wynne on Thursday. Wynne is scheduled to host Forrest City tonight in a game that was postponed Feb. 9 due to weather-related road conditions, then host West Helena on Tuesday before the showdown Thursday in Wynne.
The Greene County Tech Lady Eagles squashed any thoughts the Batesville Lady Pioneers had for upward mobility here Friday night in Pioneer Gym.
The Lady Eagles rallied from a 13-point, third-quarter deficit and won 52-44, clinching at least a third-place finish in the 5A-East District and setting up a chance for a movin’-on-up game of their own Tuesday night.
Melbourne and Concord won district basketball tournament titles over the weekend and the former doubled up in the event at Sloan-Hendrix High School.
Following are reports from the four district tournaments in which area schools were involved:
IMBODEN — The Lady Bearkatz got things going Melbourne’s way with a 69-52 victory over the Midland Lady Mustangs. It wasn’t as easy as the final score indicates.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The United States pulled off the biggest Olympic hockey upset since the Miracle on Ice, stunning Canada 5-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.
Brian Rafalski scored two goals, Ryan Miller held off a flurry of shots and the Americans quieted a raucous, pro-Canada crowd that came to cheer its dream team.
FAYETTEVILLE — Melbourne’s Emily Carroll defended one of two State Indoor Track and Field Champion-ships at the Randal Tyson Track Center here Friday.
The senior won the 3,200-meter race in a time of 12 minutes, 15.27 seconds, finishing nearly 40 seconds ahead of Grace Bodron of Heber Springs, the second-place finisher.
Carroll finished second in the 1,600, 13 seconds behind Grace Heymsfield of Elkins. Carroll won both of the long-distance races last February.