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.
The Batesville Junior Pioneers are set to begin their 2009 season Tuesday when they visit the Newport Greypups.
Last year in Pioneer Stadium, the Junior Pioneers got a fast start and never looked back en route to a 39-0 victory.
It began with a blocked punt and a quick score, then a recovered fumble on the ensuing kickoff which led to another score six plays later. Just a few minutes in, the home team was up 16-0.
Don’t expect the same this year, Batesville Coach Doug Walls said.
LOCUST GROVE — Points leaders Tyson Franks and Andy Carpenter collected feature wins while other leaders struggled Friday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
Franks won the modified feature and is well on his way to securing the championship. His lead over Brandon Smith jumped from 24 points to 72. Smith did not participate Friday night.
Carpenter clinched the factory stock class weeks ago, but added to the trophy case with his win Friday.
BROOKLAND — Batesville’s seventh-grade volleyball team got a feel for winning and losing here Saturday during a season-opening, jamboree-styled event.
“They had it set up where you played 2-game matches with several teams. We split each one we played,” Batesville Coach Lisa McCord said.
The Junior Lady Pioneers split with Paragould, Greene County Tech, Marion, Valley View, Brookland and Annie Camp (Jonesboro).
McCord said she is encouraged by what she saw.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Lyon College Pipers went 0-4 in a season-opening tournament at Oklahoma City University, but Piper Coach Ray Green didn’t sound that displeased this morning.
“We’ve got another tough tournament coming up this weekend, too,” he said. “I told the girls when we started that I scheduled us for two really difficult tournaments right at the start so we can see where we are.”
It was a good weekend for the Lyon College soccer programs.
The Pipers and the Scots combined for four shutouts. The Pipers did their part with a 9-0 win over Central Baptist on Friday and a 11-0 decision over Harris-Stowe on Sunday. The Scots won 1-0 in each of their matches.
Katie Marshall and Anja Klotzle each recorded a hat trick. Marshall scored a hat trick in her Lyon debut. Klotzle, a sophomore, scored two goals and assisted on five more Friday. Sara Merker added two goals.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Patty Wetterling keeps a scrapbook of news clippings about abducted children being reunited with their families years later. It’s a source of hope for Wetterling, whose son, Jacob, was abducted nearly 20 years ago in central Minnesota.
Soon, Wetterling will add another child’s story to her book: Jaycee Lee Dugard’s.
Sex Signals, performers who provide a humorous but in-your-face look at issues surrounding dating, sex and date rape on college campuses, will perform at Lyon College at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Holloway Theatre.
“The show explores how mixed messages, gender role stereotypes and unrealistic fantasies contribute to misunderstandings between the sexes,” according to a news release.
Jonesboro — A group of Arkansas State University faculty recently presented a Technology Education through eXploration of Teaching Science (TEXTS) workshop to 15 middle school students and four teachers on July 6-7.
STRAWBERRY — Mary Martha Roach, 77, of Strawberry died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, in a Batesville hospital.
Born Oct. 23, 1931, at Stegall, she was the daughter of George and Rosie Boone Brown. She was retired from GenCorp Automotive in Batesville. She enjoyed fishing and playing with her dog and was a member of the Church of Christ in Poughkeepsie.