• Points racing to conclude tonight

    LOCUST GROVE — The 2009 points season is set to conclude tonight at Batesville Motor Speedway.
    Last week’s races were washed out, so the points remain the same. That means Richie Tosh and Joe Payne are still knotted for the street stock championship and there’s a chance Kevin Grizzle could factor into the mix. He’s 12 points off the pace.
    The front-wheel drive title will likely go to Jesse Brooks. Tyson Franks has clinched the modified championship and Andy Carpenter has done the same in the factory stock class.

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  • Benefit golf tournament set for injured Cave City athlete

    CAVE CITY — Entries are being accepted now for the Alex Cossey Benefit Golf Tournament, set for Oct. 31 at Cooper’s Hawk in La Crosse, Cave City Coach Jamie King said.
    Proceeds from the 4-person scramble event will go to the Cossey family. The junior at Cave City High School is in Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock after suffering serious injuries in a car crash. Cossey is a member of the Cave City golf team.
    The entry fee is $50 per person. To enter, call King at (870) 283-3333.

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  • Lady Southerners earn ‘W’ in Newark

    NEWARK — The Southside Lady Southerners defeated the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves 3-1 in a nonconference volleyball match here Thursday.
    The game scores were 25-19, 25-9, 23-25 and 26-24.
    Cedar Ridge led the last match 24-20 before letting it slip away.
    “We started off this match fairly sloppy, but Cedar Ridge kept raising their level of intensity and execution,” Southside Coach David Shilkitus said. “In some ways, we were fortunate to escape with the victory.”

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  • Highway 167 rivalry keeps growing

    The Highway 167 rivalry continues to grow and this will be the last time the Cave City Cavemen and Southside Southerners meet before joining the same conference next season.
    Southside won the series opener, but Cave City has taken the last two.
    “It’s a great rivalry, one our kids always look forward to playing,” Southside Coach Jon Johnston said. “They’ve gotten the best of us the last two years, so we want to bring that trophy back down here.”
    However, Johnston said his team is in for a tough test.

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  • Pioneers get an unexpected home game

    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.

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  • Harding Academy sweeps Southside

    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.

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  • John Brown Lady Golden Eagles blank Pipers in volleyball

    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.

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  • Southerners, ’Katz, Lady Cougars win district titles

    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.

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  • Lady Pioneer harriers eye 6th straight state title

    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.”

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  • Jr. Cavemen to open with Hwy. 167 rivals

    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.

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  • Juniors to tangle with Cubs in home opener

    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.”

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  • Pioneer golf team places second in Cabot

    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.

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