CAVE CITY — Pocahontas defeated Cave City in varsity volleyball matches here Tuesday.
The Lady Redskins won 16-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-18 and the Junior Lady Redskins were 25-13, 25-23 victors.
In the senior high match, Cave City’s statistical leaders were Elisha Ramos with 40 digs; Rachel Roebuck with 24 points, nine aces, 15 kills and 22 digs; Whitney Bell with 18 points and 13 kills; Katie Freeman with 12 points; Kendra Demster with 24 digs and 12 assists; and Blair Weaver with 17 digs and 10 assists.
The Cavewomen fell to 1-3.
Southside High opened its tennis season Tuesday afternoon with a triangular match at Lyon College.
The host school’s one victory came in boys doubles. Kevin Jackson and Dallas Hess teamed to defeat a team from Stuttgart 8-6.
The Southside rosters total seven and only two with varsity experience. Junior Shani Henley and sophomore Jordan Hicks return for the Lady Southerners.
“I’m expecting them to be a good doubles combination,” Southside Coach Kristie Jenkins said.
FAYETTEVILLE — Bobby Petrino was asked last week if a productive preseason has returned his Razorbacks’ “swagger.”
The Arkansas coach kind of grimaced and mumbled briefly and disparagingly, it seemed, about “swagger” before answering the question like swagger means confidence.
Petrino’s reaction, though brief, revealed his distaste for “swagger.” It would be better still for some coach somewhere to give a “swagger” advocate a vocabulary lesson ending with, “No, we don’t have our swagger back because I hope we never had it in the first place.”
The Batesville Pioneer junior varsity football team held off the Heber Springs Panthers for a 7-6, season-opening win at Pioneer Stadium Tuesday night.
Batesville’s one score came in the second quarter when quarterback Storm Tipton scrambled into the end zone from five yards out. Roberto Jimenez kicked the winning extra point.
The Pioneers preserved the victory by stopping the Panthers on downs at the Batesville 6 in the game’s last minute.
LA CROSSE — Batesville High junior Garth Branstetter followed a 2-under-par 70 with a 71 to win the United States Junior Golf Tour event at Cooper’s Hawk golf course over the weekend.
Hot Springs’ Evan Greenwood was the leader after day one with a 68, but a dismal 78 on Sunday sent him to a tie for third.
Wesley Harris of Hot Springs carded a 144 to finish second and Melbourne’s Sam Cooper tied with Greenwood.
Preston Harmon of Franklin was 10th with a 76-83—159.
LOCUST GROVE — Points racing at the Batesville Motor Speedway was rained out Friday night.
That’s good news for some and bad news for others as the season concludes this weekend.
Richie Tosh and Joe Payne remain tied for the street stock championship. Visit www.bms-ar.com for more information.
NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves and their fans had to go through a lot here Friday night while getting their first varsity high school football victory.
Before Cody Weathers’ 3-yard touchdown run with 45.5 seconds to go clinched a 42-30 decision over the Palestine-Wheatley Patriots, the T-wolves were one touchdown away from turning on the mercy clock in both the first and second halves, and then the Patriots rallied to within six points.
Cedar Ridge Coach Todd Lovell groaned when asked about the dramatic turnaround.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — After Arkansas dispatched Missouri State in its season opener, Coach Bobby Petrino admitted the Razorbacks had been looking ahead to Georgia.
It certainly didn’t show.
Ryan Mallett and Tyler Wilson threw for 447 combined yards, setting a school record and helping the Hogs to a 48-10 win over Missouri State on Saturday night. Arkansas will now have a weekend off before opening its Southeastern Conference season at home against Georgia.
ATLANTA (AP) — Four guys are in the Chase for the Championship. Ten others are sweating it out.
On to Richmond!
Kasey Kahne greatly improved his chances of making the season-ending Chase with a victory Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, pulling away from Kevin Harvick after a fortunate yellow flag late in the race.
Kahne leaped five spots in the Sprint Cup standings — from a tenuous 11th to more comfortable sixth — but he’s not ready to count himself in just yet.
Two more first-time champions were crowned Saturday morning at the end of the Sara Low Memorial 5K.
Well, at least they are first-time winners of this annual race.
Steve Lovell won the men’s title, completing the 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes 10.67 seconds. The 40-year-old man from Paragould, a regular road racer the past four years, was running for the first time in Batesville.
The quick-stepping suddenness of 29 points early in the second quarter even surprised their coach.
Shortly after the Batesville Pioneers’ season-opening 36-20, high school football victory over the Newport Greyhounds, Coach Dave King didn’t hesitate when asked if he would have ever imagined the Pioneers would score four touchdowns in three minutes and 21 seconds, and that three of those would be on long runs.
“No. Honestly, we went into the game thinking we would throw the ball a lot more than we did,” he said.