NORTH LITTLE ROCK — It was a career day for Batesville High’s soccer teams.
The Lady Pioneers won their first-ever match in a sanctioned postseason event here Friday, defeating the North Pulaski Lady Falcons 1-0 in a first-round soccer match in the Class 5A State Tournament in Burns Park.
A little later and in the same park, the Pioneers did the same with a 3-1 decision over the Little Rock McClellan Lions.
The Lady Pioneers improved to 9-4-1 and the Pioneers are 8-6-1.
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MELBOURNE — Clan Weatherford and Emily Carroll won the Pioneer Day 5K here Saturday.
Weatherford, a Mount Pleasant resident and a regular winner in road races in the area, completed the 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 17.69 seconds. Joseph Spray of Highland finished three minutes behind Weatherford.
Carroll, a junior at Melbourne High School, finished in 20:30.04. Melanie Mead of Batesville finished second among the females in a time of 23:26.24.
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Several local boxers will be on the card when Bad Boy Promotions hosts “A Night of Future Champs” at the National Guard armory in Batesville on June 13.
“The plan is to highlight local fighters that are being trained here in Batesville,” a news release from Brandon Foster said.
The local talent includes Brad Welch, Josh Bridges and Hunter Limbaugh, who will fight in exhibition matches. Former Batesville High football star Tyler Osborne as well as Sulphur Rock basketball standout April Ward are also on the card as professionals.
TAYLOR — The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles won and lost in the Class 1A State Tournament over the weekend.
Friday in Magnolia, the Screamin’ Eagles downed the Poyen Indians 5-3 in a first-round game at Southern Arkansas University.
Saturday at Taylor High School, West Side Greers Ferry whipped Hillcrest 17-5 in a run-ruled five innings.
On Friday, Derek Wooten struck out 14 while pitching a complete-game 6-hitter. Wooten walked five.
HARRISON — The Arkansas Baptist Lady Eagles eliminated the Cave City Cavewomen in the first round of the Class 3A State Tournament here Friday evening.
The game was interrupted in the fifth inning by a tornado warning. About two hours and an inning later, Arkansas Baptist put together enough runs to enforce the 10-run rule and take an 11-1 victory.
“I hated the way it ended, but we had a great season,” Cave City Coach Crystal Bradley said. “We’ve been to four straight state tournaments.”
High school softball: Class 1A State Tournament in White Hall — Hillcrest vs. Lockesburg, noon, Izard County vs. Bradley, 5:15 p.m.; Class 2A State Tournament in Rogers — Midland vs. Benton Harmony Grove, 1:45, Melbourne vs. Decatur, 3:30; Class 3A State Tournament in Harrison — Cave City vs. Arkansas Baptist, 3:30
Behind the plate, beside the plate and in the field, Jake Palese and his savvy has always been there for the Pioneers.
“He’s what I call a student of the game,” Batesville Coach Mark Rush said of the Pioneers’ senior catcher. “He’s just real knowledgeable about the game, and not just catching and the other positions he’s played, but the game as a whole. For me, through my eyes, that’s always been there.”
Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino said he wants to coach in Atlanta again.
The former Atlanta Falcons coach was the featured speaker Thursday at Batesville High School during the annual Hog Bash celebration.
Prior to taking the coaching job at the University of Arkansas, Petrino coached the Falcons in the Georgia Dome. A trip back to that building for the Southeastern Conference championship is one of Petrino’s goals. He got an even bigger ovation when he listed his next goal — a national championship.
HEBER SPRINGS — Lacey Foster and Courtney Farrier won individual titles and helped the Southside Junior Lady Southerner track and field team to a second-place finish in the 4A-2 District Meet here Tuesday.
Foster won the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and placed second in the 100 hurdles.
Farrier led a trio of Southside pole vaulters. Following her in second and third, respectively, were Kristina Keeney and Morgan Case.
The Junior Southerners finished last of eight teams.
Here are Southside’s results (distances and times listed for winners):
PULASKI, Tenn. — The Union Lady Bulldogs put together a 4-run third inning to break a 1-1 tie and that lead held up in a 5-1 victory over the Lyon College Pipers in a quarterfinal softball game Thursday in the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament.
Lyon ends its second season with a 21-26 overall record and collected its first TranSouth tournament victory earlier in the day with a 6-2 win over Mid-Continent. Union (26-22) moves on to face top-seeded Martin Methodist in the semifinals today.
Aaron Farris, a 6-foot-4 power forward-center from Mountain View, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for the Lyon Scots, according to a news release from the college.
Farris averaged 20 points and nine rebounds per game as a senior on Mountain View’s Class 3A State Tournament semifinalist team. He is a two time all-state and three time all-district selection. During his senior year, the Yellowjackets were district, regional, Lyon College, and North Arkansas Community College tournament champions. Farris is also a Arkansas Governor’s Scholar.