5A Playoffs: Semifinal

November 25, 2011 White Hall at BatesvilleKickoff • tonight 7:30The day before Thanksgiving, Batesville Coach Dave King couldn’t help but tie the season to the Class 5A State Playoff semifinal game between the Batesville Pioneers and White Hall Bulldogs.“Like smelling that Thanksgiving dinner and getting to the table, we’ve got to have some urgency about sticking the football into the end zone,” he said in a telephone interview Wednesday morning.

4-0 Lady Southerners win big

November 23, 2011 SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners and Southerners swept their visitors from Highland in Sharp County here Tuesday in a pair of nonconference contests.The Lady Southerners won 56-28 as Jordan Hicks and Lynsey Ellis scored 10 points apiece. Hicks also provided four steals. Alex Burroughs hit four of five shots from the field for the 4-0 Lady Southerners and Candace Smith led in rebounding with seven.

Bombers do just that in Pioneer Gymnasium

November 23, 2011 The Mountain Home Lady Bombers and Bombers did just that in Pioneer Gym on Tuesday night.While blasting the Lady Pioneers 57-22, the visitors from Baxter County hit 11 3-point shots.While leveling the Pioneers 68-29, the Bomber boys hit seven 3-pointers.That’s not all they did.The Lady Bombers moved the basketball with a lot more patience and efficiency, compounding the Lady Pioneers’ poor shooting, Batesville Coach Patricia Stave said.

Autopsy: Heart condition killed 19-year-old Uekman

November 23, 2011 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A heart condition that likely was undiagnosed killed the University of Arkansas football player who was found unconscious in his dorm room over the weekend, a coroner said Tuesday.Washington County coroner Roger Morris said that to the best of his knowledge, Garrett Uekman’s condition, called cardiomyopathy, was not previously detected. In the condition, the heart becomes enlarged.

Pioneer football tradition deepens

November 23, 2011 Pioneer fans are getting very familiar with this little bit of Thanksgiving tradition.Batesville High School Coach Dave King announced that the Pioneers are inviting all their fans to join them in Pioneer Stadium Thursday morning at 9 for doughnuts, hot cider and coffee, and to watch what is the Pioneers’ usual Thursday afternoon walk-through practice.

White Hall brings 9-game win streak to Batesville

November 23, 2011 White Hall Coach Mike Vaughn hesitated, then admitted he’s never seen anything like these blossoming Bulldogs.After a 0-3 start, when the Bulldogs were outscored by an average score of 26-7, they won nine straight and the 5A-Southeast District title while outscoring their opponents by an average of 38-11.“No, I’ve never had a team do anything like this,” the veteran head coach said. “Now, I’ve had some teams lose the first couple of games and then come back and make the playoffs, and I’ve also had teams that went 3-0 and then not make the playoffs. But this, no.

Basketball in town tonight!

November 22, 2011 Mountain Home Lady Bombers (0-0) vs. Batesville Lady Pioneers (0-2), Pioneer Gymnasium, 6 p.m.The Lady Bombers return 5-foot-11 center Katie Katler and 5-11 guard Nicole Bolt, all-state selections from a team that went 22-6 and lost to Texarkana on a last-second shot in the quarterfinals of the Class 6A State Tournament. Bolt, who’s recovering from a knee injury, will not play tonight, Mountain Home Coach Dell Leonard said. Among other regulars from last year’s winning squad are Anna Floyd and Sam Conner. 

Torpedo swim team wins 25 events at indoor meet

November 22, 2011 HEBER SPRINGS — The Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes collected 25 first-place medals here Saturday in the Heber Springs Fall Invitational, an indoor season-opening swim meet.Anthony Sonnier, an 8-year-old, and 11-year-old Seth Bailey led the way with six individual victories apiece. Thomas Sonnier, 10, wasn’t far behind with five.Because points were not recorded for individuals, Coach David Sonnier said he wasn’t sure if the Torpedoes won the team title.

Mtn. Home junior cagers sweep Batesville again

November 22, 2011 MOUNTAIN HOME — The Mountain Home junior basketball teams held sway over Batesville here Monday.Two days after defeating them in a tournament in Beebe, they did it again as the Junior Bombers thrashed the Junior Pioneers 43-23 and the Junior Lady Bombers held off the Junior Lady Pioneers 29-21.In the opener, Sarah Hayes scored 11 points for Batesville.Coach Tim Palmer said the Junior Lady Pioneers played much better than they did while losing 37-5 to the Baxter County team on Saturday.

Lady Southerners stop Lady Bulldogs

November 22, 2011 CONWAY — The Southside Lady Southerners handed the St. Joseph Lady Bulldogs their first loss of the basketball season here Monday night.Led by Ashlynne King’s 13 points and three steals, the Lady Southerners won 44-43. St. Joseph hit a 3-point shot with six seconds to play to close the gap to one.Southside improved to 3-0. St. Joseph fell to 8-1.Morgan Case added nine points for Southside.The Bulldogs edged the Southerners 49-45.