PARAGOULD — The Batesville Lady Pioneers won their third cross country meet in as many tries here Thursday as they held off the Mountain Home Lady Bombers.
Batesville, the 5-time defending state champion in Class 5A, held off the defending Class 6A champs 33-49.
Lady Bombers Sam Mohloer and Kelsie Harris finished 1-2 with times of 20 minutes, 21 second and 20:50, respectively.
It wasn’t supposed to be that easy, but the Batesville Junior Pioneers corralled the Forrest City Junior Mustangs 32-6 in a rematch between the defending Class 5A-East champions and the runner-up.
“We figured going in that it would be a real tight, close game like we had last year,” Batesville Coach Doug Walls said. “We thought it would come down to a last drive because they looked real good on film against Helena-West Helena and Greene County Tech.”
POCAHONTAS — Pocahontas blanked Southside in varsity volleyball matches here Thursday night.
The Lady Redskins won 25-18, 25-19, 25-15 as Kelly DeClerk and Olivia Bell tallied nine kills each and Madison Futrell added 24 assists.
The Junior Lady Redskins won 25-22, 25-22.
Southside won a junior high “B” match 25-15.
The Lady Southerners fell to 6-10 overall and 0-6 in conference play.
Lindsey Coe totaled 10 kills for the Southside senior team. Kristen Collins added 10 digs and Kendra Collier contributed 16 assists.
Southside’s Shani Henley and Jordan Hicks advanced to the Class 4A State Tournament with a third-place finish in girls doubles action Wednesday at Lyon College’s tennis courts.
The duo is the only Southside representative for the state tourney. Stuttgart’s Hannah Hopson and Alisha Hancock won Wednesday’s Class 4A-2 District championship with a 7-5, 6-0 decision over Heber Springs’ Jena Kelley and Kelly Dixon.
The boys doubles champion was the team of Caleb Brock and Jeason Wiedower. They beat Stuttgart’s Tyler Black and Jacob Hoy.
SOUTHSIDE — Bald Knob Junior Bulldog Mason Moody caught five passes, and it was one from a Southside player that counted most here Thursday night at Stewart Field as the Junior Bulldogs won 14-0 in a key 4A-2 District North Division football game.
With the contest still scoreless early in the fourth quarter, he intercepted a Jake Henderson pass at the Bald Knob 14 and returned it 70 yards.
Four plays later, facing a fourth-and-6 play from the Southside 12, Moody ran a crossing route and caught a pass from his quarterback, Cordell Crisp, for a touchdown.
For most Arkansas high school football fans, a sit up and take notice score happened last week when the Forrest City Mustangs went to West Helena and defeated the Cougars 31-27.
Those are the defending 5A-East District champion and state runner-up Cougars.
The more discerning fans noticed the Mustangs when they rallied from a 24-6 halftime deficit and won 38-24 at Marion in the second week of the season.
What few knew was that the Mustangs began their rumblings earlier than that and they’ve been gaining momentum all along, their coach said.
BISMARCK — Southside golfers Adam Martin and Clayton House finished 15th and 20th, respectively, at the Class 4A State Golf Tournament at Lake DeGray on Wednesday.
Playing as individuals, Martin fired an 11-over-par 83 and House carded an 85.
“Those were very good scores considering the conditions,” Southside Coach Terry Watson said. “It rained several different times while we were playing. I’m proud of Adam because this was one of his better rounds and it was good that he could finish his high school career with a good round in the state tournament.”
HOT SPRINGS — Batesville Pioneer golfer Garth Branstetter finished tied for 11th and won all-state honors here Wednesday at the Class 5A State Tournament.
The junior shot a 6-over-par 78 on the Hot Springs Country Club’s Park Course. He tied two other golfers.
“Garth played really well off the tee and his irons were good, but missed at least 10 birdie putts.” Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow said. “They just weren’t rolling in the hole for him.”
The Cave City Cavemen have enjoyed an easy schedule thus far and another struggling opponent is set to pay a visit Friday night.
The Manila Lions are 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the Class 3A-3 District while the Cavemen are enjoying a program-best 5-0, 2-0 start. A win Friday night will guarantee Cave City a winning season after a 3-7 outing last year.
The other top teams in the district standings — Rivercrest (4-1, 2-0), Harrisburg (4-1, 1-1), Hoxie (2-3, 1-1) and Earle (5-0, 2-0) — remain on Cave City’s schedule, and in that order.
LA CROSSE — The third golfer came through and the Beakatz carried their second state championship across the highway to Melbourne High School Wednesday afternoon.
Following up senior Sam Cooper’s and freshman Brad Lamb’s 2-over-par 74s, Spencer Caraway added an 87 to help the Bearkatz to a 20-stroke victory in the Class 2A State Tournament. The Smackover Buckaroos scored the distant second.
The Bearkatz’ first state golf championship came in 2002. The Lady Bearkatz have also won two state titles (2005 and ’06).
LA CROSSE — The C.L. Moore Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled to tee off at 9 a.m. here Saturday morning at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course.
The entry fee is $300 per 4-man scramble team. All proceeds will go to the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves Alumni Association.
Along with a million dollar hole-in-one shot, there’s a $5,000-to-win putting contest and $2,000 will go to anyone making an ace on any of the par-3 holes. Longest-drive and closest-to-the-pin winners will collect $100.
For more information, call Kevin Arms (870) 799-9116 or Danny Davis (870) 307-2469.
LITTLE ROCK — Suzanne Fincham tallied 11 kills and five blocks to push the Lyon College Pipers to their third consecutive victory in a 3-0 sweep of Philander Smith College Tuesday in nonconference action.
Coach Ray Green opted to play his freshman lineup for the entire match. They won 25-21, 25-20, 25-18.
Pipers Kristen Margrabe and Jennifer Jones notched six kills apiece. Tanisha Tucker added three service aces, seven digs and three blocks. Kylie Chronister led Lyon with 30 assists, Rachel Miller-Havens added four blocks and Destiny Gordon accounted for a team-high 10 digs.