Talking to James Housdan and Michael Gray is almost like talking to the same person. They are Southside’s and Mountain View’s junior high head football coaches, respectively, and both are concerned about similar obstacles in Thursday night’s season-opening contest in Mountain View.
The obstacles are tackling, moving the ball, controlling the clock and eliminating turnovers, they said.
Newport Coach Greg Brannon said the Greyhounds remember Dec. 5, 2008, and it means something in 2009.
That Friday night, nine months ago in a Class 4A Playoff semifinal game in Pine Bluff, the Dollarway Cardinals edged the ’Hounds 24-23 in overtime.
“The kids remember that. We were one play away from the finals. They want to reach that point again and we’ve all worked hard to get back to that point again,” he said in a telephone interview Tuesday afternoon.
Fifty years ago, Charlie Jeffery began his bowling career. Paying only 45 cents a game or three for a dollar, the then 30-year-old threw a 126 on his first game.
Jeffery was recently inducted into the Arkansas State Bowling Association Hall of Fame. The former owner of what is now known as Hollywood Bowl in Batesville was recognized for his outstanding dedication and service to the sport which has seen its per game price jump to $3.
Southside and Heber Springs tied for the boys title while Heber Springs ran away with the girls title Monday at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
Southside and Heber Springs each turned in a score of 136. Izard County was third with a 146 and Concord carded a 159.
Preston Harmon of Izard County and Tanner Rockwell of Heber Springs shared medalist honors, each with a 6-over par 42. Southside’s Clayton House was a stroke back and teammate Adam Martin was another stroke off the pace.
Southside’s team score was completed by Chris Martin’s 49.
The Batesville Bassmasters will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the George Rider Room in First Community Bank to discuss an upcoming tournament on Lake Dardanelle, secretary Colin Patterson said.
The tournament will be from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 12, out of the Russellville state park ramp, he said.
Billy Littleton and Tommy Clark won the Aug. 8 tournament on Norfork Lake. They weighed in 16.96 pounds, including Clark’s 5.74-pounder that was the biggest bass caught during the event.
Lyon College’s Anja Klotzle and Matt Callaway have been selected as the offensive player of the week and defensive player of the week, respectively, by the TranSouth Athletic Conference for the week of Aug. 24-30, according to a news release from the conference.
Klotzle, a sophomore from Altadena, Calif., notched five goals and five assists in wins over Central Baptist College and Harris-Stowe State. She earned two goals and five assists in the win over CBC and collected her second career hat trick in a victory over Harris-Stowe State. The Pipers are 2-0 this season.
MELBOURNE — The Melbourne Booster Club is hosting the first-ever Red, White and Blue football scrimmage on Thursday, according to a news release.
All of Melbourne’s football teams will be featured in the intrasquad contests. The seventh-graders will get the night started at 6. Junior and senior high junior varsity teams will follow. The price of admission is $1.
SEARCY — Searcy swept Batesville in a dual high school match at the Searcy Country Club here Monday.
The Lions won 320-417, despite Pioneer Garth Branstetter’s medal-winning even-par 71. His teammates scores were: David Cox, 100; Spencer Barnes, 108; Jacob Gaither, 138.
The Lions’ scores were: Connor Murphy, 75; James Fiscus, 75; Jordan Hopper, 82; Trace Neaville, 88; and Harrison Gooch, 88. The top four scores count as the team total, so one of the 88s was tossed out.
The Lady Lions won 171-181.
NEWPORT — Newport defeated Cave City 2-1 in a nonconference junior high volleyball match here Monday.
Cave City (0-3) won the first set 27-25 then Newport won 25-15 and 15-12.
Jennifer Grissom led Cave City with 16 points, 10 assists, five aces and 20 digs. Nikki Ford added 28 digs, 15 points and 10 aces while Rachel Woods chipped in 10 digs, eight points and five aces and Kayla Presley contributed 15 digs and seven points.
The teams split the junior high jayvee match and the seventh-grade match. Cave City won the senior high JV match 25-15, 26-24.
The Batesville Pioneers won the preseason high school football scrimmage with the Harrison Goblins Friday night in Pioneer Stadium, but they lost one of their leaders.
Early in the second quarter, senior tailback Dustin Strecker suffered a broken right ankle at the end of a 12-yard run to the Harrison 7. He also fumbled on the play and the Goblins recovered.
FORREST CITY — The Batesville Pioneers finished seventh among 10 high school teams in the McDonald’s Mustang Classic at the Forrest City Country Club here Saturday.
The Marion Patriots won the team title.
Pioneer sophomore Garth Branstetter shot a 5-over-par 76 and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Other scores that counted toward Batesville’s team total were: Shayne VanBenschoten, 86; David Cox, 97; and Spencer Barnes, 109. Sam Beary’s 139 did not count.
CABOT — Batesville’s John Vinson finished second to Stan Lee here Sunday in the Arkansas State Golf Association’s Senior Stroke Play Championship at Greystone Country Club’s Cypress Creek course.
Lee, from Tumbling Shoals, and Vinson entered the third and final round tied.
Lee shot a final-round 1-over-par 73 to overtake Vinson by one stroke. Vinson led after Friday’s first round after shooting a 3-under 69. Lee, who shot a 74 on Friday, answered with a 69 of his own on Saturday while Vinson was shooting a 74.