Arkansas State wins soccer opener, 2-0
CONWAY — Arkansas State defeated Central Arkansas 2-0 in its women’s soccer opener Sunday evening.
In the 71st minute, Victoria MacIntosh broke a scoreless tie when she scored on a penalty kick. Hailey Furio gave the Red Wolves an insurance goal in the 79th minute.
Sarah Sodoma and Furio each took two shots on the night while managing one shot on goal. Megan McClure collected two saves in the shutout victory.
The Red Wolves (1-0) return to action Sunday when they host Louisiana-Monroe at noon.
Blazers nip Raiders at RidgePointe
JONESBORO — Valley View edged Nettleton by two strokes Thursday in boys’ high school golf at RidgePointe Country Club.
The Blazers (20-2) finished with a 115 team score to the Raiders’ 117. Hunter Jowers led Valley View with a 37, followed by Peyton Ellis (38) and Luke Morgan (40).
Nettleton’s Nathan Belk fired a two-under par 34 for medalist honors. The Raiders’ team total also included scores from Jake Daughdrill (41) and Parker Clements (42).
Paragould’s Simon McBride finished at 37, while Valley View’s Parker Turley shot 39, playing individually.
Valley View’s Emily Minton finished at 41 to earn medalist honors in the girls’ match, followed by teammates Caroline Prestidge (50) and Kenzie Green (53).
Marion golfers prevail at JCC
JONESBORO — Medalist Braden Purnell carded a 77 Thursday at Jonesboro Country Club to lead Marion to an 11-stroke victory over Jonesboro in boys’ high school golf.
Marion finished with a 333 team score to Jonesboro’s 344. Ro Gibson (80), Win Paul Gibson (86), Jackson Adams (89) and Carrington Reid (89) combined for the team score for the Hurricane (17-6).
Jonesboro (17-4) won the girls’ match with a 145 team score to Marion’s 165. Individual runner-up Caroline Hughes finished at 45 for Jonesboro, followed by Celia Mayfield (48), Mya Fulkerson (52) and Bella Kattaviravong (52).
Wildcats win six-team match
POCAHONTAS — Trumann’s Luke Montgomery shot 36 Thursday as the Wildcats won a six-team boys’ high school golf match at Rolling Hills Country Club.
Connor Everhart and Cobey Riddle both added a 39 for Trumann’s 114 team total. Pocahontas was next at 125, led by Caleb Sullivan (38), Logan Dunkerson (40) and Kenan Ogden (47).
Brookland finished at 128, paced by Sawyor Hamilton (41), Harrison McMechen (43) and Cole Kirby (44). Austin Circle (42), Brayden Burns (44) and Cooper Carter (45) combined for Highland’s 131.
Cameron Moore (46), Harry Mosier (47) and Daxton Engle (48) combined for Westside’s 141. Cave City had a 147 team score.
Glenn leads Hoxie past Westside
HOXIE — Kayden Glenn gained 187 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries Thursday, leading Hoxie to a 14-6 victory over Westside in junior high football.
Glenn scored on an 86-yard run and passed to Mattheis Dobbs for the two-point conversion to give Hoxie (2-0) an 8-0 lead in the first quarter. The junior Mustangs added a defensive score in the second quarter when Dobbs forced a fumble on a sack, with Jake Jones returning the fumble 50 yards for a touchdown.
Westside’s Justice Floyd scored on an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Gaines leads EPC comeback
LEPANTO — Dennis Gaines scored two second-half touchdowns Thursday to help East Poinsett County rally for a 22-16 victory over Marked Tree in junior high football.
EPC tied the game at 16 on Gaines’ 42-yard run and a two-point conversion with 2:06 left in the third quarter.
Gaines, who finished with 197 yards on 12 carries, scored the winning touchdown on an 88-yard run with three minutes left in the game.
Marked Tree took an 8-0 lead in the first quarter. EPC tied the game after Cooper Argo’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Moore in the second quarter, only to see Marked Tree take a 16-8 halftime lead.