LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas’ Southeastern Conference opener against Georgia is finally here, and the game is no easier to predict than it was six months ago.
There’s no understating its importance. Win, and the Razorbacks will have a victory over a Top 25 team and instant proof that the Hogs have indeed improved quite a bit since last year. Lose, and Arkansas will have to deal with disappointment immediately before a trip to Alabama.
The unbeaten Southside Junior Southerners will make their home debut Thursday night in a nonconference finale, and the visitors have been stingy.
The Des Arc Junior Eagles have given up just one touchdown in two games. The score was decisive, however. After defeating Hector 36-0 in their opener, the Junior Eagles fell to the Brinkley Junior Tigers by an 8-0 count last week.
“Defensively, we’ve looked pretty good,” Des Arc Coach Nick Hill said. “Offensively, we had a tough time moving the football last week. The week before we didn’t.”
After a disappointing loss last week, the Batesville Junior Pioneers have responded well in preparation for Thursday night’s showdown in Mountain Home.
“The film session Friday was brutal, but they had great attitudes all the way through it. They took responsibility and that was the first step,” Coach Craig Stave, Batesville’s offensive coordinator, said.
That was echoed by the defensive coordinator, Coach Matt Wentz. “They’ve taken everything to heart and they know we still have a lot of work to do.”
EDEN ISLE — The Southside Lady Southerners missed qualifying for the Class 4A State Golf Tournament by three strokes at Red Apple Inn Tuesday.
Heber Springs won the Class 4A Region 2 Tournament with a 267. Highland was second with a 282, DeWitt 259, Southside 362 and Pocahontas and Greers Ferry West Side each with 389.
Maggie Carlisle shot a 39-over-par 100 to lead Southside. K-Leigh Richardson added a 123 and Samantha Wilson shot a 139.
Carlisle and Richardson qualified for the state tournament as individuals.
Batesville swept Blytheville in 5A-East District volleyball action at Pioneer Gymnasium on Tuesday night.
Batesville took the high school match 3-0 as Rachel Shellenberger recorded 12 kills and Kassie Foreman chipped in 10. The game scores were 25-13, 25-10, 25-10.
Assistant Coach Lisa McCoy said freshman Lainey Rumans did an excellent job passing. Rumans was credited with 22 assists.
The Lady Pioneers improved to 4-2 overall and 3-2 in the district.
The Junior Lady Pioneers improved to 4-2 and 4-1 with a 2-0 win. The game scores were 25-3, 25-7.
HEBER SPRINGS — Batesville cross country runners brought home two team titles, two individual championships and a runner from an area school also won here Tuesday in a cross country season opener for junior and senior high teams.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers and Junior Lady Pioneers won the Josh Park Memorial titles for Class 5A-7A teams and they were led by race winners Natalie Meinzer and Halle Rush. Meinzer, a sophomore, completed the 5-kilometer course at the Greers Ferry Dam Park in 20 minutes, 41.48 seconds. Rush won the 3,200-meter course for juniors in 14:25.21.
NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves swept the Bay Lady Yellowjackets in a senior high varsity volleyball match here Tuesday.
Each game score was 25-17.
Christy Lovell recorded 10 kills, seven blocks and two aces. TaQuila Hunt added a block, two kills and three assists. Denise Cosey, Maci Thomas Haley Hooper and Courtney Cummings were other statistical leaders for the Lady Timberwolves.
“We played much better as a team,” Cedar Ridge Coach Paula Lovell said.
The senior jayvee team won 25-23 in a timed game.
Bay won the junior high match 25-23, 26-24.
CLARKSVILLE — Katie Marshall notched her second hat trick and Brittany Steeb earned her first shutout as the Lyon Pipers rolled to a 6-0 nonconference win over the University of the Ozarks Lady Eagles on Tuesday.
Lyon ran its season-opening unbeaten streak to five games and notched its fourth shutout of the year. UofO falls to 1-5 and has lost four straight since opening the season with a 1-0 win over Central Baptist.
The Batesville Pioneer junior varsity football team outscored their counterparts from Mountain Home 21-0 in the second half while posting a 35-16 victory in Pioneer Stadium Monday night.
“Mountain Home returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown and we fumbled their kickoff. It couldn’t have started any worse,” Batesville Coach TJ Stroud said.
Batesville’s defense did hold, however, and the Pioneers tied the score at 8 with a 5-yard, Colton Bailey-to-Jake Russell pass late in the first quarter. Bailey passed to Ryan Coles for the tying 2-pointer.
The Batesville United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Women’s Bowling Association is hosting its annual Bakers Mixed Doubles Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, according to a news release.
The start time each day is 1:30 p.m. and the tournament will be played at Hollywood Bowl in Batesville.
Each team will consist of a man and a woman who will alternate each frame. Four games will be bowled and the lowest score will be thrown out.
The entry fee is $40 per couple with 100-percent prize fund.
The Batesville High golf and tennis matches scheduled for Monday were rained out, as was the BHS tennis match on the road today.
The Batesville-at-Wynne golf has been rescheduled for Thursday afternoon at 3:30. The dual match between 5A-East District foes will be played at the Wynne Country Club.
Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow also announced that the district tournament for girls and boys at the Paragould Country Club has been set for Sept. 23 and an 8:30 a.m. start.
SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. — Wilsene Moody, riding Moody Star and Foolish Dollar, collected three titles at the World Championship for Walking Horses here recently.
The former Batesville resident won the Ladies on Stallions Elite and the Elite World Championship titles aboard Moody Star, and the Amateur Mare and Gelding crown aboard Foolish Dollar.
Moody Star, a black stallion, has won three World Championship titles and one World Grand Championship.
Moody said Moody Star received a standing ovation each time he was shown.