Panthers fall to Bulldogs in nonconference action

By LARRY “SCOOP” McCARTY

Monday’s nonconference baseball match with Conway St. Joseph turned into one of those kind of days that the Heber Springs Panthers will try and forget quickly.

Playing for the first time in 10 days, the Panthers resumed the schedule and lost to St. Joseph 15-1 at the Heber Springs Sports Complex.

The game ended on the 10-run rule after five innings.

“It turned into one of those days when the wheels completely fell off,” Heber Springs coach Monterio May said. “We practiced for the past four days, but we have a lot of rust to get rid of.”

St. Joseph scored one run during the first inning and two more runs in the second. The Bulldogs broke the game open  by scoring 11 runs during the third and added one run in the fifth.

The Panthers avoided a shutout in the bottom of the fifth.

Cole Payton was hit by a pitch and Conner Riddle walked.  St. Joseph turned a double play as Payton reached third base. Kenan Sneed followed with an RBI single, scoring Payton from third base.

The Panthers (2-3 in 4-4A Conference, 3-5 overall) were scheduled to play at Ozark on Tuesday and at Morrilton on Thursday. Heber Springs will play Woodlawn and Rose Bud at Rose Bud on Saturday.

St. Joseph 13(11) 01–15 9 2
Heber Springs 000 01–1  4 4
St. Joseph hitters — Nicholas French single, double, 2 RBIs; Collin Coney 2 singles; Luke Pope single, 3 RBIs; Max Longing single, 2 RBIs; Caleb Mallett single, 1 RBI; Jared Sanders single, 1 RBI; Gabriel Stobaugh single; Luke Brigger 1 RBI; Cole Garner 1 RBI.
St. Joseph pitchers — Cole Garner (W) 4 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts in 5 innings.
Heber Springs hitters — Kenan Sneed 2 singles, 1 RBI; Matthew Cook single; Garrett Hudspeth single.
Heber Springs pitchers — Xander Lindley (L, 0-2) 6 hits, 6 runs, 5 earned runs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts in 2 innings; Mathew Cook 1 hit, 3 earned runs, 2 walks in 0 innings; Gage Buford 2 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned runs, 2 walks in .1 inning; Corbin Jones 0 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 1 strikeout in 2.2 innings.

Panthers fall late to St. Joseph

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Heber Springs’ Conner Riddle runs into a Conway St. Joseph defender in action Tuesday night from the Panther Den. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

By LARRY “SCOOP” McCARTY

Heber Springs never successfully solved Conway St. Joseph’s change of defense during the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s nonconference basketball game at the Panther Den.

St. Joseph went on a 21-7 fourth quarter scoring run and defeated the Panthers, 43-33.

Heber Springs led 18-16 at halftime and took a 26-24 lead into the fourth quarter.

“St. Joseph made defensive adjustments against what we were doing in the first half at halftime,” Heber Springs coach Dusty West said. “They were playing a 2-3 zone and a soft man-to-man defense during the first half. They switched to a full-court man defense and forced us to play at a different pace during the second half. We took a lot of quick shots and were held to seven points in the fourth quarter.”

West said work remains on the team’s conditioning, so the players can maintain that pace for four quarters.

“We looked tired and fouled too much,” he said. “We have been working on our conditioning. St. Joseph’s man defense made a difference in the fourth quarter. We were getting good shots in the second quarter, but we didn’t do that during the second half.”

St. Joseph built an 11-5 lead and increased it to 14-5 by early in the second quarter.

Conner Riddle led the Heber Springs’ rally, scoring eight points, while Ryan Crocker made a 3-pointer and Austin Winchester scored as Heber Springs led 18-16 at halftime.

The Panthers kept the momentum at the start of the second half and led 26-22 going into the fourth quarter.

Riddle scored 17 points for Heber Springs. Luke Bruich led St. Joseph with 18 points.

“Conner had a good game,” West said. “He handled the ball and the pressure of bringing the ball up well. I’m proud of how he played. The team keeps improving overall, but we let this game get away from us. We led going into the fourth quarter and had a change at winning.”

Heber Springs (1-5) will play Riverview in Searcy at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

“Riverview will be a challenge,” West said. “It will be a different style of game because Riverview will play at a faster pace. We are giving a great effort, and that is all you can ask from them.”

Conway St. Joseph 11 5 6 21–43
Heber Springs 5 13 8 7–33
Conway St. Joseph scorers — Luke Bruich 18, Luke Pope 8, Jake Hill 7, Jacob Williams 6, Gage Kordsmeier 3, Matt Brorman 1.  
Heber Springs scorers — Conner Riddle 17, Ryan Crocker 6, Austin Winchester 4, Gus Hannah 3, Logan Monahan 3.

Lady Panthers hold off St. Joseph

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Heber Springs’ LiLi Chaney with a pass against Conway St. Joseph Tuesday night at the Panther Den. PHILIP SEATON PHOTO

By LARRY “SCOOP” McCARTY

After a scoring marathon for 29 minutes, the Heber Springs Lady Panthers finally shut the door on Conway St. Joseph at the Panther Den Tuesday.

The Lady Panthers (5-3) went on an 11-2 run during the final three minutes and defeated St. Joseph 71-62 in a nonconference basketball game for their third straight win.

Heber Springs started the fourth quarter trailing 51-49 as the lead changed three times during the next five minutes. St. Joseph tied the game at 60-60 on Savannah Mooney’s 3-pointer before the Lady Panthers made their move. Hailey Bresnahan broke the deadlock by hitting a jumper and seconds later, she made two free throws, and Heber Springs never trailed again.

“I knew the first team that got a couple of defensive stops was going to win,” Heber Springs coach Jamey Riddle said. “We got deflections, rebounds and made shots. Our defense came through in a big way.”

Jaylee Hooten scored a game-high 29 points for the Lady Panthers, followed by Sophie Stone with 14 points and Ellie Riddle had 12 points. Stone and Bresnahan, who combined for 23 points, led the charge late in the game.

“They (Stone and Bresnahan) are capable scorers and understand their roles,” Riddle said. “They helped out the team in that situation.”

Savannah Mooney led St. Joseph with 22 points. Lilly Hill contributed 15 points and Livi Williams added 12 points. Maggie Mooney scored 11 points.

“St. Joseph’s shooting surprised us, but our defense didn’t rotate quick enough to the right spot,” Riddle said. “We didn’t slow down their passes.”

The two teams exchanged field goals during most of the first quarter. St. Joseph took a 16-14 before Hooten scored on an inside move and Riddle’s jumper put the Lady Panthers ahead 18-16 with 1:11 left in the quarter.
Hill made 1-of-2 free throws and made a short jumper, giving the Lady Bulldogs a 19-18 lead going into the second quarter.

Heber Springs rallied for a 28-23 lead midway through the second quarter. The Lady Panthers maintained that margin and took a 35-30 lead into the dressing room at halftime.

St. Joseph took a 49-44 lead midway through the third quarter. The Lady Bulldogs survived Heber Springs’ rally and led 51-49 going into the fourth quarter.

The Lady Panthers hope to continue the momentum from the win against Riverview in Searcy at 6 p.m. Friday.

“We have played a lot of homes games and Friday will be an opportunity to show we can win on the road,” Riddle said. “Conference play is coming, and we need to learn how to win on the road. It will be a good test in preparing for the conference opener against Ozark, which had a great run late last season and returns experienced players.”

Conway St. Joseph 19 11 21 11–62
Heber Springs 18 17 14 22–71
Conway St. Joseph scorers — Savannah Mooney 22, Lilly Hill 15, Livi Williams 12, Maggie Mooney 11, Chloe Skinner 2.
Heber Springs scorers — Jaylee Hooten 29, Sophie Stone 14, Ellie Riddle 12, Hailey Bresnahan 9, Melissa Clemons 4, Hope Turney 3.

Panthers head to White County Central

December 16, 2019

Heber Springs dropped a pair of nonconference contests to end the week.

On Friday, the Panthers traveled to Marshall and were handed a 69-43 setback to the Bobcats.

On Thursday, Heber Springs got 33 points from Adam Martin in a losing effort dropping a 64-53 decision to South Side Bee Branch – its second loss to the Hornets in a week after falling to South Side Bee Branch on December 5 at the St. Joseph tournament.

In the rematch, Martin was 16-of-18 from the free-throw line on the night and scored 23 of his 33 points in the second half. Martin had 21 when the two teams squared off in Conway.

South Side Bee Branch’s Sevan Hurt led scorers with 36 points.

Heber Springs will travel to White County Central tonight for a nonconference contest.

HEBER SPRINGS SENIOR BOYS BOXSCORES 
December 12 at South Side Bee Branch
South Side Bee Branch 20 14 15 15 - 64
Heber Springs          6 17 13 17 - 53
SOUTH SIDE BEE BRANCH SCORING (64): Sevan Hurt 36, Parker Knapp 7, Brody Smith 6, Parker Hutchins 6, Stephen Walthall 5, Gage Johnston 2, David Justus 2
HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (53): Adam Martin 33, Wyatt Sanders 6, Dalton McCollum 6, Gus Hannah 2, Garrett Hudspeth 2, Logan Monahan 2, Ryan Crocker 2

December 5 at Conway St. Joseph Tournament
South Side Bee Branch 16 15 8 11 - 50
Heber Springs          9 18 8 14 - 49
SOUTH SIDE BEE BRANCH (50): Sevan Hart 27, Parker Knapp 6, Parker Hutchins 5, Stephen Walthall 3, Ayden Griffith 3, Reece Beard 2, Kyle Evans 2, Brody Smith 2
HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (49): Adam Martin 21, Garrett Hudspeth 11, Logan Monahan 6, Ryan Crocker 5, Dalton McCollum 4, Wyatt Sanders 2

December 3 at Conway St. Joseph Tournament
Conway St. Joseph 8 13 11 12 - 44
Heber Springs     8  5  4  4 - 21
CONWAY ST. JOSEPH SCORING (44): Luke Pope 13, John McKenna 6, Hunter Watkins 6, Luke Briggler 6, Luke Bruch 5, Caleb Hiegel 4, Ryan Davis 2, Gage Kordsmeier 2
HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (21): Adam Martin 6, Dalton McCollum 6, Wyatt Sanders 3, Logan Monahan 3, Ryan Crocker 2, Garret Hudsepth 1

HEBER SPRINGS SENIOR BOYS BASKETBALL
2019-2020 SCHEDULE RESULTS
RECORD: 1-6
4A-4 RECORD: 1-0
November 21 - Riverview 68, Heber Springs 36
November 26 - Clinton 71, Heber Springs 35
December 3 - Conway St. Joseph 44, Heber Springs 21 #
December 5 - South Side Bee Branch 50, Heber Springs 49 #
December 10 - Heber Springs 37, Dover 32 ^
December 12 - South Side Bee Branch 64, Heber Springs 53
December 13 - Marshall 69, Heber Springs 43
December 16 - at White County Central
December 20 - Ozark ^
December 26 - Cowboy Chevrolet Holiday Classic
December 27 - Cowboy Chevrolet Holiday Classic
December 28 - Cowboy Chevrolet Holiday Classic
January 7 - Pottsville ^
January 10 - at Subiaco Academy ^
January 14 - Dardanelle ^
January 17 - at Clarksville ^
January 21 - Morrilton ^
January 24 - Dover ^
January 28 - at Pottsville ^
January 31 - at Ozark ^
February 4 - at Dardanelle ^
February 7 - Subiaco Academy ^
February 11 - at Morrilton ^
February 14 - Clarksville (Senior Night) ^
February 17 - 4A-4 District at Dardanelle

(# - Denotes Conway St. Joseph Tournament)
(^ - Denotes 4A-4 conference contest) 

Lady Panthers fall at Marshall

December 13, 2019

Heber Springs couldn’t overcome a sluggish second quarter Friday night at Marshall and as a results suffered a 70-52 nonconference setback in senior girls action.

The loss drops the Lady Panthers to 7-2 on the season.

Heber Springs will look to bounce back tonight (Dec. 16) at White County Central in another nonconference contest.

Against the Bobcats, Heber Springs and Marshall were tied at 14-all at the end of the first quarter before the Bobcats outscored the Panthers, 19-4, in the second quarter. Heber Springs also trailed 47-30 at the end of three.

HEBER SPRINGS SENIOR GIRLS
BOXSCORES
December 7 at Conway St. Joseph Tournament
CONSOLATION CHAMPIONSHIP
WONDERVIEW SCORING (43): Angel Olds 13, Emmy Lou Duvall 12, Audrey Ward 10, Alexis McClaven 6, Taylor Zimmerman 2
HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (44): Jillian Herring 12, Ellie Riddle 12, Ashley Spanel 10, Claudia Newberry 6, Hailey Bresnahan 2, Mary Shearer 2

December 5 at Conway St. Joseph Tournament
South Side Bee Branch  4 12 7 11 - 34
Heber Springs         10 20 16 7 - 53
SOUTH SIDE BEE BRANCH SCORING (34): Briana Yount 12, Hannah Mauldin 9, Mary Payne 6, Maggi Huddleston 5, Abi Shepard 2
HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (53): Claudia Newberry 12, Jillian Herring 11, Libby Stutts 10, Ellie Riddle 8, Lili Chaney 5, Hailey Bresnahan 4, Mary Shearer 2, Kylie Carr 1

December 3 at Conway St. Joseph Tournament
Conway St. Joseph  11 10 10 16 - 47
Heber Springs      12 15  8  9 - 44
CONWAY ST. JOSEPH SCORING (47): Lilly Hill 13, Emily Briggler 10, Brooklyn Kordsmeier 10, Savannah Mooney 9, Elizabeth Chandler 3, Ashleigh Mallett 2
HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (44): Libby Stutts 16, Jillian Herring 12, Claudia Newberry 12, Ellie Riddle 2, Mary Shearer 2

HEBER SPRINGS SENIOR GIRLS 
2019-2020 SCHEDULE/RESULTS
RECORD: 7-2
4A-4 RECORD: 1-0
November 12 - Heber Springs 55, Nemo Vista 31
November 19 - Heber Springs 70, South Side Bee Branch 45
November 21 - Heber Springs 67, Riverview 27
November 26 - Heber Springs 56, Clinton 54 (OT)
December 3 - Conway St. Joseph 47, Heber Springs 44 #
December 5 - Heber Springs 53, South Side Bee Branch 34 #
December 7 - Heber Springs 44, Wonderview 43 #
December 10 - Heber Springs 59, Dover 56 ^
December 13 - Marshall 70, Heber Springs 52
December 16 - at White County Central
December 20 - Ozark ^
December 26 - Cowboy Chevrolet Holiday Classic
December 27 - Cowboy Chevrolet Holiday Classic
December 28 - Cowboy Chevrolet Holiday Classic
January 7 - Pottsville ^
January 9 - at Newport
January 14 - Dardanelle ^
January 17 - at Clarksville ^
January 21 - Morrilton ^
January 24 - Dover ^
January 28 - at Pottsville ^
January 31 - at Ozark ^
February 4 - at Dardanelle ^
February 11 - at Morrilton ^
February 14 - Clarksville (Senior Night) ^
February 17 - 4A-4 District at Dardanelle

(# - Denotes Conway St. Joseph Tournament)
(^ - Denotes 4A-4 conference contest) 

Panthers fall to St. Joseph

December 3, 2019

Heber Springs dropped a 44-21 decision to Conway St. Joseph in a first-round contest from the Joe Mallett Classic.

The Panthers (0-3) will face either Shirley or South Side Bee Branch in consolation contest Thursday night at 8:15 at the St. Joseph Family Activity Center in Conway.

Over the Thanksgiving break, Heber Springs traveled to Clinton on November 26 and was a 71-35 setback.

The Panthers were held scoreless in the first quarter and trailed 34-15 at the half. Senior Adam Martin, who finished with 19 points and four 3-pointers, scored 11 of the Panthers first-half points including three 3-pointers.

Clinton’s Kragen Bradley led all scorers with 26 points, including 19 in the second half.

Clinton also lost it’s first-round contest at the Joe Mallett Classic so if the Yellowjackets and Panthers both win on Thursday night, the two teams would meet in the consolation championship at 1:20 p.m. on Saturday.

Clinton 14 20 20 17 – 71
Heber Springs 0 15 14 6 – 35
CLINTON SCORING (71): Kragen Bradley 26, Jasper Burgess 13, Zac Alexander 9, Reid Hensley 8, Lathan Newland 6, Harrison Hall 6, Nick Eppley 3.
HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (35): Adam Martin 19, Dalton McCollum 4, Gus Hannah 3, Garrett Hudspeth 3, Logan Monahan 2, Ryan Crocker 2, Zach Thomas 1, Wyatt Sanders 1.

HEBER SPRINGS SENIOR BOYS BASKETBALL
2019-2020 SCHEDULE RESULTS
RECORD: 0-3
November 21 - Riverview 68, Heber Springs 36
November 26 - Clinton 71, Heber Springs 35
December 3 - Conway St. Joseph 44, Heber Springs 21 #
December 5 - vs. SS Bee Branch/Shirley #
December 10 - at Dover ^
December 13 - at Marshall
December 16 - at White County Central
December 20 - Ozark ^
December 26 - Cowboy Chevrolet Holiday Classic
December 27 - Cowboy Chevrolet Holiday Classic
December 28 - Cowboy Chevrolet Holiday Classic
January 7 - Pottsville ^
January 10 - at Subiaco Academy ^
January 14 - Dardanelle ^
January 17 - at Clarksville ^
January 21 - Morrilton ^
January 24 - Dover ^
January 28 - at Pottsville ^
January 31 - at Ozark ^
February 4 - at Dardanelle ^
February 7 - Subiaco Academy ^
February 11 - at Morrilton ^
February 14 - Clarksville (Senior Night) ^
February 17 - 4A-4 District at Dardanelle

(# - Denotes Conway St. Joseph Tournament)
(^ - Denotes 4A-4 conference contest)

Lady Panthers suffer first loss of season

December 3, 2019

Heber Springs was knocked into the consolation bracket of the Joe Mallett Classic with a 47-44 setback to the host Conway St. Joseph.

Heber Springs will face South Side Bee Branch Thursday at 7 p.m. in consolation contest at the tournament. The Lady Panther defeated the Lady Hornets, 70-45, in game last month at the Panther Den.

If Heber Springs wins on Thursday, they would play in the consolation championship game at noon on Saturday in Conway.

In a played over the Thanksgiving break on November 26, the Lady Panthers traveled to Clinton and claimed a 56-54 overtime victory.

Jillian Herring and Ellie Riddle each finished with 17 points on the night to pace Heber Springs.

The Lady Panthers trailed, 38-36, but outscored the the Lady Yellowjackets, 17-15, in the fourth quarter thanks in part to six points in the quarter by Herring.

Neither team managed a field goal in the extra period but Ellie Riddle hit a pair of free throws in the overtime period while Hailey Bresnahan added another. Heber Springs was 3-for-8 in the overtime period from the line while Clinton was 1-of-4.

Aly Bramlett paced the Yellowjackets with 19 points.

Heber Springs 12 9 15 17 3 – 56
Clinton 15 13 10 15 1 – 55
CLINTON SCORING (55): Aly Bramlett 19, Madison Speer 8, Lacey Belle McJunkins 5, Haven Stoltzfus 5, Livie Dufrene 2, Ashley James 2.
HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (56): Jillian Herring 17, Ellie Riddle 17, Libby Stutts 8, Ashley Spanel 6, Mary Shearer 5, Claudia Newberry 2, Hailey Bresnahan 1.

HEBER SPRINGS SENIOR GIRLS 
2019-2020 SCHEDULE/RESULTS
RECORD: 4-1
November 12 - Heber Springs 55, Nemo Vista 31
November 19 - Heber Springs 70, South Side Bee Branch 45
November 21 - Heber Springs 67, Riverview 27
November 26 - Heber Springs 56, Clinton 54 (OT)
December 3 - Conway St. Joseph 47, Heber Springs 44 #
December 5 - vs. South Side Bee Branch #
December 10 - at Dover ^
December 13 - at Marshall
December 16 - at White County Central
December 20 - Ozark ^
December 26 - Cowboy Chevrolet Holiday Classic
December 27 - Cowboy Chevrolet Holiday Classic
December 28 - Cowboy Chevrolet Holiday Classic
January 7 - Pottsville ^
January 9 - at Newport
January 14 - Dardanelle ^
January 17 - at Clarksville ^
January 21 - Morrilton ^
January 24 - Dover ^
January 28 - at Pottsville ^
January 31 - at Ozark ^
February 4 - at Dardanelle ^
February 11 - at Morrilton ^
February 14 - Clarksville (Senior Night) ^
February 17 - 4A-4 District at Dardanelle

(# - Denotes Conway St. Joseph Tournament)
(^ - Denotes 4A-4 conference contest)

Field set for Joe Mallett Classic at St. Joseph

November 26, 2019

2019 JOE MALLETT CLASSIC 
At Conway St. Joseph
December 2-7
SENIOR GIRLS
December 2
Game 1 - Shirley vs. South Side Bee Branch, 4:30 p.m.
Game 2 - Wonderview vs. Mayflower, 7 p.m.
December 3
Game 3 - Clinton vs. England, 4:30 p.m.
Game 4 - St. Joseph vs. Heber Springs, 7 p.m.
December 4
Game 5 - Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 4:30 p.m.
Game 6 - Game 1 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m.
December 5
Game 7 - Game 2 loser vs. Game 3 loser, 4:30 p.m.
Game 8 - Game 1 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 7 p.m.
December 7
Game 9 - Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, noon
Game 10 - Game 5 loser vs. Game 6 loser, 2:40 p.m.
Game 11 - Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 5:20 p.m.
SENIOR BOYS
December 2 
Game 1 - Shirley vs. South Side Bee Branch, 5:45 p.m.
Game 2 - Wonderview vs. Mayflower, 8:15 p.m.
December 3 
Game 3 - Clinton vs. England, 5:45 p.m.
Game 4 - St. Joseph vs. Heber Springs, 8:15 p.m.
December 4
Game 5 - Game 3 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 5:45 p.m.
Game 6 - Game 1 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 8:15 p.m.
December 5 
Game 7 - Game 2 loser vs. Game 3 loser, 5:45 p.m.
Game 8 - Game 1 loser vs. Game 4 loser, 8:15 p.m.
December 7
Game 9 - Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 1:20 p.m.
Game 10 - Game 5 loser vs. Game 6 loser, 4 p.m.
Game 11 - Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 6:40 p.m.

 

Conway St. Joseph downs Heber Springs in Volleyball action

August 29, 2019

HEBER SPRINGS – Conway St. Joseph swept Heber Springs in nonconference volleyball play Thursday night at the Panther Den.

The Bulldogs (2-1) downed the Panthers (1-1) in four sets, 25-17, 26-24, 20-25, and 25-18.

In senior girls junior varisty play, St. Joseph defeated Heber Springs (1-1), 25-14 and 25-14.

Heber Springs will open 4A-Central play with a road contest at Pulaski Academy on Sept. 5.