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.
The Lyon College Pipers went two for four in the home-opening softball weekend.
On Saturday, the Pipers suffered a pair of losses on the final day of the Lyon College Invitational at House Field. Lyon lost a 1-0 pitcher’s duel to Mid-America Nazarene in game one and dropped a 10-0 rout to Southern Nazarene in game two.
The Pipers fall to 3-3 and all three losses have been by shut out. Lyon managed only four hits total in Saturday’s losses — all by center fielder Kristi Kelley, who had a double and three singles.
The Bethel Wildcats and Lyon Scots struggled to make baskets Saturday afternoon in Becknell Gymnasium, but Bethel made enough to win the TranSouth Athletic Conference contest 71-61.
The Wildcats managed to hit just 33 percent of their field goals (19 of 57), including 30 percent from 3-point range (six of 20).
Meanwhile, the Scots were settling for 18 of 53 (34 percent) from the field, including five of 17 3-pointers (29 percent).
The Lyon Pipers and the No. 22 Bethel Lady Wildcats battled to the wire in a TranSouth Athletic Conference basketball game Saturday afternoon in Becknell Gymnasium.
When the smoke cleared, the Lady Wildcats were 81-76 winners of the key contest. Bethel now controls its own fate. If it wins one of two or if Lyon losses one of its next two, Bethel will clinch at least fourth-place and will host a first round playoff game.
PLEASANT PLAINS — A sign-up for the Pleasant Plains youth tee-ball, baseball and softball leagues will be held Saturday at the Pleasant Plains Fire Department from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Margaret Milam announced.
The league fee is $20 per player. Milam said. Players should have their birth certificates with them at the registration.
Green County Tech Lady Eagles (8-3, 5A-East District; 16-6, overall) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (7-4, 13-10), Pioneer Gym, 6 p.m.
The Lady Eagles, third in the district standings and one game ahead of the Lady Pioneers, won 62-58 in overtime in Paragould on Feb. 3. Brittany Chesser, Tech’s leading scorer, led that night, too, totaling 25 points. They included the only four points scored in overtime.
Eagles (9-1, 18-5) vs. Pioneers (1-10, 2-21), 7:30
CLARKSVILLE — Nick Salahub hurled a 3-hit, complete-game shutout and the Lyon College Scots collected seven hits en route to a 4-0 victory over the University of the Ozarks on Thursday in a nonconference game at Lonnie Qualls Field.
Salahub (2-1) has only given up one run and seven hits in his last 16 innings and is 2-0, since losing to Henderson State in the season-opener. The 6-foot-9 senior pitcher struck out nine and walked only one for his first complete game of the season and the sixth of his career.