HIGHLAND — Cave City and Highland split tennis matches here Thursday.
The Cavemen won 3-2. The Lady Rebels won 6-0.
The decisive matches for Cave City happened in doubles where Brandon Gillihan and Tyler Booth teamed for a 6-4 victory, and Parker Nolen and Jordan Felts chalked up a 6-2 win.
Josh Danzy provided Cave City its lone win in singles.
In matches played against Valley Springs and Bergman Tuesday in Mountain Home, Caveman Adam Gann won two matches in singles and the doubles team of Nolen-Felts won.
FORREST CITY — Batesville swept Forrest City in 5A-East District volleyball matches here Thursday.
The Lady Pioneers won 25-9, 25-9, 25-2. The Junior Lady Pioneers won 25-18, 25-12.
For the Lady Pioneers, Kassie Foreman registered 18 aces, Rachel Shellenberger led with eight kills, Kandess Pfitzner added seven aces and 14 assists and Lainey Rumans served up 11 aces.
Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said the Lady Pioneers didn’t play very well in the victory.
“We’re still not going into these matches with much focus,” she said. “We’ve got to get it back.”
JONESBORO — John and Cecilia Vinson won the Hernando Hills Country Club Doubles Scramble here last weekend.
The husband-and-wife team shot a 26-under-par 116 and won by two strokes over Tim and Paula Reeves of Jonesboro. The Vinsons shot rounds of 57 and 59 over the par-72 layout.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”