Lyon College Coach Brett Parker’s first Scots know what it takes to win soccer matches in the TranSouth Athletic Conference.
Parker was hired in February, replacing the only men’s soccer coach the school has known. Jeremy Bishop resigned in January to accept the men’s assistant coaching position at the University of Central Arkansas. Under Bishop, the Scots went 54-64-6 in seven seasons. Bishop’s last team won a program best 10 games, going 10-9 overall, 3-4 and finishing fourth in the conference and reaching the conference tournament semifinals.
With a great finish Tuesday night in Pioneer Gymnasium, the Batesville Lady Pioneers got a good start to the high school volleyball season.
Trailing 0-2 in games, the Lady Pioneers rallied to defeat the Mountain Home Lady Bombers. The game scores were 18-25, 17-25, 25-21, 25-16, 15-9.
Conditioning was the key, Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said.
“The big thing, I believe, is we really are in tip-top shape,” the coach said. “We outlasted them. Also, the girls are really determined about this season. They have a focus.”
SEARCY — Southside Junior Southerner Coach James Housdan said he saw some positive things out of Southside’s junior and senior high football teams during scrimmages here Monday night with Riverview.
“We sure found out some of the things we’re needing to work on,” he said about the Junior Southerners. “We’re needing to work on all facets of our offense, and we need to find some depth.
Coming off their first Southerner Invitational Tournament victory, the Southside Southerners won a 4-team golf match Monday at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
Southside carded a team score of 124 over nine holes, beating Bald Knob by 30 strokes. Lonoke was third with a 162 and Cave City shot a 181.
Clayton House led the Southerners with a 2-over-par 38 while teammates Adam Martin and Matt Anderson added a 42 and 44, respectively.
Not factoring in the team score were Chris Martin, 47, Dalton Littleton, 50, and Tyler Devers, 59.
Walking two by two, the Lyon College Pipers got a quick introduction to one thing their new soccer coach emphasizes.
“Ladies, any time we are in a public forum, we’re going to be organized,” Tyson John told the Pipers one recent evening before their second practice of 2-a-day practices. “So, we will walk together like this onto the field. Organization, you can tell, is important to me.”
The Batesville Junior Pioneers are scheduled to get their first real assessment Tuesday night when they visit the Harrison Junior Goblins for preseason scrimmages.
The eighth-graders will begin at 5 p.m. with the first string running 10 plays. Possession will change for the next 10 plays and then the second stringers will take the field for 7-play sets. From there, the format will remain the same until the hour has expired.
DRASCO — On their 10th try, the Southside Southerners won their first Southerner Invitational title at Tannenbaum Golf Course here Friday.
Led by Clayton House’s 27-hole score of 10-over-par 118, the Southerners edged the Izard County Cougars by four strokes and topped the 7-team field in the annual high school golf tournament.
Adam Martin added a 125 and Matt Anderson chipped in a 133 to round out the Southerners’ team score of 376. Chris Vaughn’s 135 did not count.
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Mark Martin has never been a dirty racer.
With trophies on the line, or points, or a spot in the season-defining Chase for the championship, he’s prided himself on being a clean driver though 1,000 NASCAR races. So as a sold-out crowd watched to see if Martin would lay a bumper to Kyle Busch in the closing laps at Bristol Motor Speedway, it never even crossed his mind.
FAYETTEVILLE — You know you’ve got a deep bench if you can substitute to the tune of “Send in the Clones” instead of “Send in the Clowns.”
In Arkansas’ scrimmage last Saturday, it seemed the Petrino brothers cloned receivers instead of substituting them.
Bobby, the play-calling head coach, and Paul, the offensive coordinator/receivers coach, were without big-running, big-blocking London Crawford and glue-handed, possession-extending Lucas Miller.
Crawford sat because of leg injuries nagging him since the previous scrimmage.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers are few in numbers, but deep in experience and talent, their coach said.
Tuesday night, when Batesville hosts the Mountain Home Lady Bombers in a season opener in Pioneer Gymnasium, eight Lady Pioneers will take the floor in the second of two games. The first match will involve the schools’ junior high teams.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside junior and senior high teams are scheduled to be the first to play preseason football scrimmages when they visit Riverview in Searcy on Monday night.
The junior high teams are scheduled to scrimmage at 5:30. The senior teams will follow.
Southerner Coach Jon Johnston said the scrimmages will involve only the two schools and will be situational.
Coming off the best season of their short existence, the Southside Lady Southerners will have to fill some big gaps, Coach David Shilkitus said.
“We graduated six players and had another key player transfer, so that has me concerned coming in,” Shilkitus said. “We’re a young team, but have lots of players with experience. We hope we can build off that.”
Two seniors have made an impression on their coach. They are outside hitter Kayla Brooks and libero Kristen Collins.