SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerner volleyball team accomplished another program first Thursday night with a 3-2 win over the Beebe Lady Badgers.
For the first time in program history, Southside won a 5-set match.
“This is a very important victory for us,” Southside Coach David Shilkitus said. “Their focus and intensity during that final set was amazing, especially when you consider how flat we looked in the third and fourth.”
Southside won 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 20-25, 15-7 to improve to 2-1 this season.
New season, new opponent and new experience.
That’s what the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves are hoping for in their season- and home-opening high school football game Friday night. The Palestine-Wheatley Patriots will try to avoid being the first to lose to the T-wolves.
Last fall, their first in varsity high school football, the T-wolves went 0-9.
Arkansas State Motocross Series racers will make a stop in the area this weekend when the O’Neil Bottoms MX hosts Round 7 in the series, according to a news release from series organizer Michael Donelson.
The racers will practice from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday at the track near Bethesda. Donelson said live music will be provided. Fans can purchase a weekend pass for $10.
The gates will open at 6 Sunday evening. After practice laps beginning at 7:30, the races will start at 9:30.
LOCUST GROVE — Two weeks remain in the points racing season at Batesville Motor Speedway and there’s still plenty up for grabs.
Richie Tosh and Joe Payne are tied for the street stock championship and Kevin Grizzle is just 12 points off the pace headed into Friday night’s racing action.
Joe Forman is holding the top spot in the economy modified class with a 18-point edge over Adam Maple and Rick Engles is only another two back.
Never mind that the Sara Low Memorial 5K Run and Walk is not part of the Arkansas Grand Prix series. It’s still breaking records.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the entry number stood at 203. The third annual event is set to go off at 8 Saturday morning. The starting line is in front of Batesville High. The finish line is a couple of hundred yards away inside Pioneer Stadium.
Last fall’s race, which was a Grand Prix event, drew 197.
HORSESHOE BEND — The Southside Southerners won a 4-team golf match Wednesday at The Course on Turkey Mountain.
Southside carded a 127. Salem was second with a 137, then came Izard County (145) and Calico Rock (191).
Clayton House shot a 3-over-par 40 to win medalist honors and pace the Southerners. Adam Martin fired a 43 and Matt Anderson completed the team score with a 44.
Not factoring into the team scoring were Dalton Littleton and Chris Vaughn, each with a 45, and Chris Martin with a 50.
Batesville High got it’s tennis season off on a good foot Tuesday, sweeping Cave City on the Lyon College courts.
The Lady Pioneers won 7-1. The Pioneers won 6-3.
The Lady Pioneers and Cavewomen split two singles matches, but the Lady Pioneers dominated in doubles.
The Pioneers won both singles matches and edged the Cavemen 4-3 in doubles.
NEWPORT — The Batesville Junior Pioneers jumped on the Newport Greypups early and put on a dominating season-opening performance here Tuesday night.
After several years of tightly-contested football games with Newport, Batesville has turned on the mercy clock the last two seasons. They followed last year’s 36-0 win with a 36-12 decision Tuesday. It was the first time the visitor has won in several years. Batesville has won three straight years.
Batesville’s volleyball teams got off to a good start in the 5A-East District and Becknell Gymnasium.
Playing for the first time in the Lyon College facility, they swept the West Helena junior and senior high squads. The games were played as preliminaries to the Lyon College Pipers’ home-opening match with the Williams Baptist Lady Eagles. WBC won (see report on page 17).
The Junior Lady Pioneers won 25-6. 25-13. The Lady Pioneers won 25-8, 25-7, 25-9.
The Williams Baptist Lady Eagles stormed into Becknell Gymnasium and earned a 3-0 sweep of the Lyon College Pipers in Lyon’s home opener on Tuesday.
Lyon has now lost five straight to open the season and is idle until a 4-match weekend in the Mazzio’s Tournament at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo.
WBC won 25-19, 26-24, 25-23.
Senior outside hitter Lauren Castleberry paced the Pipers with nine kills and teammate Julie Arnold recorded 24 assists.