With one Guard-circulation area junior high team playing a rare Tuesday night contest and two not opening their season until next week, Thursday night will be lighter for football than normal.
It will, however, be a big night for the only Izard County football school. The Melbourne Junior Bearkatz’ season opener with the Rose Bud Junior Ramblers is a first. This is Melbourne’s first varsity team.
The other Thursday night contest will happen in Newark where the Cedar Ridge Junior Timberwolves are scheduled to host the Walnut Ridge Junior Bobcats.
Coach Greg Brannon said the Newport Greyhounds are now being held more accountable, and we’ll see how that counts in the win and loss columns.
“The main thing we’re doing is getting our grades up,” Brannon said. “All our kids are in tutoring from 4 to 5 p.m. each day, they’re on a grading system in practice, also, keeping count of absences and times they are tardy.”
It’s working, he said.
What was billed as a potential nail-biter turned into another blowout Tuesday night in Pioneer Stadium.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers picked up where they left off last season and collected a 41-6 victory over the Newport Greypups in a nonconference, season-opening football game.
“I thought that if we won, it would be real close,” Batesville Coach Doug Walls said.
It is the third straight year the mercy rule has been applied in the White River rivalry. Batesville won last year’s meeting 36-12 and the tilt was 36-0 in 2008.
JACKSON, Tenn. — Sophomore Suzanne Fincham and junior Audrey Myers had big nights at the net, but the Lyon College Scots fell, 3-1, in their TranSouth Conference opener against Union on Tuesday night.
Union won 25-19, 25-18, 24-26, 25-22.
Fincham recorded 18 kills and three blocks, while Myers collected 10 kills, 12 digs and two aces.
Lyon falls to 1-2 overall and has lost in back-to-back matches. Union picks up a win in what was its season and conference opener.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers won their 5A-Central Conference opener Tuesday night in Pioneer Gymnasium by sweeping the Beebe Lady Badgers.
The scores were 25-9, 25-11, 25-14. The victory improved the Lady Pioneers overall record to 3-1.
“We played very good on offense,” Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said. “Defensively, though, we got to where we were standing a little. We got content and relaxed on defense, and that’s true of our varsity team and JV team. We’ve got to stay low and focused.”
CAVE CITY — The Southside Lady Southerners took a big step when they rallied past the Cave City Cavewomen for a 3-2 volleyball victory here Tuesday night.
“It’s difficult to overstate the importance of what we accomplished tonight,” Southside Coach David Shilkitus said. “Not only did we win a conference road match against a team that has given us fits the past few years, we did it in impressive fashion, facing adversity, under tension and high emotions.”
The game scores were 25-20, 22-25, 18-25, 26-24, 15-12.
Newport Junior Greypups (0-0) vs. Batesville Junior Pioneers (0-0), Pioneer Stadium
WYNNE — With three players shooting sub-par rounds, Wynne won two high school golf matches from Batesville at the Crowley’s Ridge Country Club course on Monday.
The Yellowjackets won by 23 strokes (287-310) as Paul Cooper shot a 2-under 68 and Colton Smith added a 69. Teammates Dylan Baskins and Dillon Thompson rounded out the team total with a 73 and a 77, respectively.
Batesville was led by Shane Vanbenschoten’s 73. Completing the team total were Hunter Freiert (77), Hayden Cockrill (80) and David Cox (80).
SEARCY — The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers made short work of the homestanding Harding Academy Junior Lady Wildcats here Monday night, sweeping three volleyball matches.
The seventh-grade scores were 25-7, 25-2, eighth-graders tallies were 25-9, 25-10, and Batesville’s varsity squad won 25-8, 25-12.
“We’ve been talking a lot about the importance of serving, and last night we got on a roll,” Batesville Coach Lisa McCord said. “In the seventh-grade match, Anna Beth Conditt led with 19 aces, Lucy Woodbury hit 12 aces and Xena McFatter added nine aces.”
NEWARK — Hoxie swept Cedar Ridge in conference matches here Monday.
The Lady Mustangs won 25-9, 25-8, 25-10 and the Junior Lady Mustangs were 25-14, 25-9 winners.
“It was a tough night for us,” Cedar Ridge Coach Raydean Wheeler said. “Hoxie’s girls were definitely hitting all the right spots and we couldn’t get to where we needed to be. We made mistakes, but what’s important now is that we learn from them and move forward. A major part of moving forward is knowing how to communicate. We learn that, we’re the team to beat.”
CORNING — Melbourne scored one touchdown each against Corning and Rector, and didn’t give up a score during a junior high football scrimmage here Friday, Melbourne Coach Clinton Gore reported.
“We felt good about it,” Gore said. “We threw the ball and caught it a little, our quarterback played well and our halfbacks ran it well.”
The quarterback, Kyler McLaughlin, threw touchdown passes to split ends Nick Miller and Jackson Schuetz, the coach said. Jared Downing and Aaron McAnally, the halfbacks in Melbourne’s wishbone offense, provided most of the ground game.
HARRISON — The Batesville Pioneers hit some big plays and made some big stops on short-yardage plays while winning a preseason scrimmage with the Harrison Goblins here Friday night.
During a session of 12-play possessions, the Pioneers scored twice to the Goblins’ once. Batesville’s first score came on a 56-yard run by senior wide receiver Matthew Showalter, after catching a short pass from classmate Colton Bailey. The second score was a 2-yard run by sophomore tailback Jordan Childress.