Ray Green enters his second season as the Lyon College Pipers volleyball coach and he’s looking to build on the success the team enjoyed last season.
Lyon finished 19-12 overall, placed fourth in the TranSouth Athletic Conference with an 8-6 record and advanced to the TranSouth Conference Tournament semifinals for just the second time in school history.
Green’s aggressive style produced the Pipers’ first honorable mention All-American nod and a school-record five all-conference selections.
LACROSSE — The Cave City Cavemen beat the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves by six strokes Wednesday at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course.
Cave City’s Tyler Booth (50), Kendall Cherry (53) and Alex Cossey (56) combined for the team score of 159 over nine holes.
Jordan Steele led Cedar Ridge with a 13-over par 49. That was good for medalist honors. Jake Shirley added a 57 and Luke Henderson carded a 59 for the team total of 165. Not factoring into Cedar Ridge’s team score were Clayton Butler and Braxton Alexander, each with a 64.
Batesville and Heber Springs won team titles in high school golf matches at The Course at Eagle Mountain on Tuesday.
Led by Shayne VanBenschoten’s 2-over-par 38 for nine holes, the Pioneers won the 5-team match with a 122. The Southside Southerners finished nine strokes back. Heber Springs finished third with a 132, followed by Riverview (136) and Newport (175).
Riverview’s Jordan Perry won medalist honors with a 37.
HARRISON — Batesville Coach Doug Walls gave a positive assessment after a pair of scrimmages Monday night with Harrison.
“We were very pleased. The kids knew their assignments and the execution looked good for both the eighth- and ninth-graders,” Walls said. “I don’t think we had any serious injuries, maybe a couple minor bumps, but those happen all the time anyway.”
Lyon College Coach Brett Parker’s first Scots know what it takes to win soccer matches in the TranSouth Athletic Conference.
Parker was hired in February, replacing the only men’s soccer coach the school has known. Jeremy Bishop resigned in January to accept the men’s assistant coaching position at the University of Central Arkansas. Under Bishop, the Scots went 54-64-6 in seven seasons. Bishop’s last team won a program best 10 games, going 10-9 overall, 3-4 and finishing fourth in the conference and reaching the conference tournament semifinals.
With a great finish Tuesday night in Pioneer Gymnasium, the Batesville Lady Pioneers got a good start to the high school volleyball season.
Trailing 0-2 in games, the Lady Pioneers rallied to defeat the Mountain Home Lady Bombers. The game scores were 18-25, 17-25, 25-21, 25-16, 15-9.
Conditioning was the key, Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said.
“The big thing, I believe, is we really are in tip-top shape,” the coach said. “We outlasted them. Also, the girls are really determined about this season. They have a focus.”
SEARCY — Southside Junior Southerner Coach James Housdan said he saw some positive things out of Southside’s junior and senior high football teams during scrimmages here Monday night with Riverview.
“We sure found out some of the things we’re needing to work on,” he said about the Junior Southerners. “We’re needing to work on all facets of our offense, and we need to find some depth.
Coming off their first Southerner Invitational Tournament victory, the Southside Southerners won a 4-team golf match Monday at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
Southside carded a team score of 124 over nine holes, beating Bald Knob by 30 strokes. Lonoke was third with a 162 and Cave City shot a 181.
Clayton House led the Southerners with a 2-over-par 38 while teammates Adam Martin and Matt Anderson added a 42 and 44, respectively.
Not factoring in the team score were Chris Martin, 47, Dalton Littleton, 50, and Tyler Devers, 59.
Walking two by two, the Lyon College Pipers got a quick introduction to one thing their new soccer coach emphasizes.
“Ladies, any time we are in a public forum, we’re going to be organized,” Tyson John told the Pipers one recent evening before their second practice of 2-a-day practices. “So, we will walk together like this onto the field. Organization, you can tell, is important to me.”
The Batesville Junior Pioneers are scheduled to get their first real assessment Tuesday night when they visit the Harrison Junior Goblins for preseason scrimmages.
The eighth-graders will begin at 5 p.m. with the first string running 10 plays. Possession will change for the next 10 plays and then the second stringers will take the field for 7-play sets. From there, the format will remain the same until the hour has expired.
DRASCO — On their 10th try, the Southside Southerners won their first Southerner Invitational title at Tannenbaum Golf Course here Friday.
Led by Clayton House’s 27-hole score of 10-over-par 118, the Southerners edged the Izard County Cougars by four strokes and topped the 7-team field in the annual high school golf tournament.
Adam Martin added a 125 and Matt Anderson chipped in a 133 to round out the Southerners’ team score of 376. Chris Vaughn’s 135 did not count.
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Mark Martin has never been a dirty racer.
With trophies on the line, or points, or a spot in the season-defining Chase for the championship, he’s prided himself on being a clean driver though 1,000 NASCAR races. So as a sold-out crowd watched to see if Martin would lay a bumper to Kyle Busch in the closing laps at Bristol Motor Speedway, it never even crossed his mind.