It wasn’t what a struggling high school football program needed.
The Searcy Lions found out Thursday that their expected home opener Friday night with the Batesville Pioneers had become another road trip, and there could be many more to come this season.
The light poles the school had purchased from Fort Worth, Texas-based Whitco Co. LLP in 2001 for Lion Stadium, Searcy’s football field, and in 2006 for the baseball and softball fields, are structurally unsound. Whitco has since declared bankruptcy.
SEARCY — Harding Academy defeated Southside in junior high volleyball matches here Tuesday.
The Junior Lady Southerners varsity team lost 25-17, 14-25, 15-2.
“I felt we played well in some areas. When we made good passes, we had excellent setting and hitting,” Southside Coach David Shilkitus said. “Unfortunately, we were very inconsistent in our defense and our serving.”
Courtney Farrier recorded eight kills, two blocks and five digs. Jennifer Wyatt added eight digs and three kills. Maggie Ried threw in 10 digs and six assists.
SILOAM SPRINGS — Outside hitter Lauren Castleberry recorded a team-high nine kills and six digs but the Lyon College Pipers were swept by John Brown Lady Golden Eagles Wednesday evening in nonconference play.
Lyon (3-7) lost 25-12, 25-13, 25-17. The Pipers have lost back-to-back matches after winning three straight at the College of the Ozarks Invitational over the weekend.
Castleberry earned her nine kills in twenty swings, but the Pipers hit just .065 as a team. John Brown (6-0) chalked up 37 kills and hit a whopping .478 as a team.
The Southside Southerners won the Class 4A-2 District Tournament with a 271-278 win over the Heber Springs Panthers Wednesday at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
Adam Martin led the Southerners with a 13-over-par 85. Clayton House shot an 88 and Matt Anderson completed the team score with a 98. Chris Vaughn’s 111 was thrown out.
The Panthers were led by Tanner Rockwell’s 87. Jackson Thomas contributed a 95 and Denton Kilgore shot a 96. Not factoring into the team total was Chase Tamburo’s 106.
Summer smiled on the Batesville cross country program, which is sure to cause worry lines elsewhere.
Five days before their season-opening meet in Heber Springs, the 5-time defending Class 5A state champion Lady Pioneers are ahead of their usual pace, Coach Diane Treadway said.
“The weather has been so kind, we’ve been able to work a lot harder than usual,” Treadway said. “The girls are ahead of themselves, compared to where we usually are at this time of the year, and they’re feeling confident.”
The Cave City Junior Cavemen are scheduled to open their football season at home with the Southside Junior Southerners.
Southside is coming off a solid 20-6 performance against Mountain View.
Dalton Watts, Jake Henderson and Jake Hendricks provided the offense last week.
Watts caught a pass from Henderson for a 20-yard score and ran in another TD from 17 yards out. Hendricks ran for a 30-yard strike.
The Junior Southerner defense was also solid. It held Mountain View to just one first down. The lone score allowed was on a 60-yard burst on fourth down.
Fast running backs and an aggressive defense await the Batesville Junior Pioneers, according to Batesville Coach Doug Walls.
Batesville is scheduled to host the Searcy Lion Cubs on Thursday night for a nonconference football game.
“They look like they have good size and fast running backs. They’re going to run a lot and use some reverses out of their (shotgun) wing T formation,” Walls said. “Defensively, they look like they swarm to the ball. I didn’t see many individual tackles as much as I did gang tackles. We expect another hard-fought game.”
CABOT —The Batesville Pioneers finished second among four high school golf teams in a match here Tuesday on Greystone Country Club’s Mountain Springs course.
The Central Arkansas Christian Mustangs won with a 152. The Pioneers finished 19 strokes back and one ahead of the Beebe Badgers (172). The Harding Academy Wildcats finished fourth with a 195.
Batesville’s Garth Branstetter shot a medal-winning par 36 for nine holes. Shayne Vanbenschoten followed with a 43. Laman Fountain (44) and David Cox (48) rounded out the team score. Spencer Barnes’ 59 did not count.
DRASCO — West Side Greers Ferry swept the Class 2A-2 East District Tournament at Tannenbaum Golf Resort on Tuesday.
The Eagles fired a 258, 25 strokes fewer than Quitman. Concord was third with a 288, followed by Bradford with a 343 and Cedar Ridge with a 367.
West Side’s Cody Barger won medalist honors with a 10-over-par 82.
Concord’s team score came from Chase Thomas’ 94, Dylon Shelly’s 95 and Ryan Cornelison’s 99. Cameron Reeser’s 111 didn’t count.
The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers accomplished a first Tuesday night in Pioneer Gymnasium.
Their come-from-behind victory over the Nettleton Junior Lady Raiders is a first for Batesville’s volleyball program. After the Junior Lady Raiders took the first game 25-19, the Junior Lady Pioneers rallied to win 25-21, 25-20.
“It was absolutely a team effort,” Batesville Coach Lisa McCord said. “We had eight girls playing with enthusiasm. They had fun and got rolling. After losing the first game and getting behind in the second, they fought back to win.
MELBOURNE — A ragball tournament has been scheduled for Saturday at the Melbourne High School fields to benefit Tim “Little Pete” Smith, announced Lolly Engles.
Smith is receiving treatment for cancer in the Baxter County Regional Medical Center.
The entry fee is $110 per team. The event is scheduled to start at 8 a.m.
For more information call Engles at (870) 291-2379 or Jason Miller 291-7890.
CAVE CITY — Pocahontas defeated Cave City in varsity volleyball matches here Tuesday.
The Lady Redskins won 16-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-18 and the Junior Lady Redskins were 25-13, 25-23 victors.
In the senior high match, Cave City’s statistical leaders were Elisha Ramos with 40 digs; Rachel Roebuck with 24 points, nine aces, 15 kills and 22 digs; Whitney Bell with 18 points and 13 kills; Katie Freeman with 12 points; Kendra Demster with 24 digs and 12 assists; and Blair Weaver with 17 digs and 10 assists.
The Cavewomen fell to 1-3.