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The Heber Springs softball team opens 4-4A district tournament play today at Pottsville against the host school with a lot on the line for both teams.
A win would advance the Panthers to the 4A-North Regional Tournament at Morrilton next week.
“It has been three seasons since a Heber softball team has played in the postseason,” Heber Springs coach Dusty West said. “We have talked all year about setting the foundation for the future and rebuilding the legacy of Heber Softball and this is part of the equation.”
To rebuild that legacy, the Panthers (9-11 overall) must get past a Pottsville team that beat Heber Springs 7-0 on April 5th in Pottsville.
“We are excited to play the host school Tuesday in the first round,” West said on Monday. “They beat us the first time on only two earned runs.
“If we can limit the number of free passes and errors, we will have a great opportunity to move on to the semis (of the district tournament) and regionals. Making a regional has been this team’s goal this year. We knew it would be a challenge and we have set ourselves up to make it reality.”
The Panthers are coming off a week which saw victories over Rose Bud (7-3 on April 18) and South Side Bee Branch on Friday (13-6) sandwiched in-between a 13-2 loss to a hard-hitting Dardanelle team on April 19th.
“This team has really been playing well here of late,” West said. “They have been getting better every time we get to play. Our pitching has become more consistent over the past two weeks and that has really helped us as a team.”
The Panthers will play the second game of the day (Dardanelle will open with Ozark) around 6:30 p.m. A win would set-up a re-match with conference champion Morrilton in the semifinals on Thursday at Pottsville.
“Coming from where we were this time last year, I couldn’t be more excited for this team and the opportunity they will have Tuesday night,” West said on Monday. “We have improved in all areas on the field this year and Tuesday is a chance for these kids to see their hard work throughout the summer/fall/winter finally pay off. ”
4-4A CONFERENCE FINAL STANDINGS Morrilton 5-0 16-6 Clarksville 4-1 11-7 Dardanelle 3-2 13-5 Pottsville 2-3 3-13 Heber Springs 1-4 9-11 Ozark 0-5 3-17
HEBER SPRINGS 13, SOUTH SIDE BEE BRANCH 6
Senior Kylie Carr finished with five RBIs in helping lead Heber Springs to the 13-6 win.
Each team collected 11 hits each. Heber Springs was led by junior Madison Clemons, who finished 3-for-3 at the plate.
The Panthers score a pair of runs in the first inning highlighted by a Carr double.
Singles by Clemons, Carr and Gracie Parish, and a walk by Vallie Cantrell helped Heber Springs plate six runs in the fourth inning as the Panthers led 8-0.
South Side plated three in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Addison Hudspeth also finished with a pair of hits for the Panthers.
Freshman Taylor Parker claimed the win in the circle for Heber Springs working four innings and striking out four. Brooklyn Barnes and Hudsepth each pitched in relief.
DARDANELLE 13, HEBER SPRINGS 2
Dardanelle scored in five of the seven innings to claim the win over Heber Springs.
Trailing 6-0, the Panthers plated a run in the fourth on a Hudspeth RBI single that drove in Parker, who had reached on a double.
The Sand Lizards made it 9-1 with three in the fifth and 10-1 with a run in the sixth before the Panthers plated another run after Vallie Cantrell singled and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Rylee Birmingham.
HEBER SPRINGS 7, ROSE BUD 3
Parker pitched a complete striking out 11 for Heber Springs allowing three runs on seven hits.
Hudspeth went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the Panthers.
Rose Bud scored all three of its runs in the fifth inning.
Heber Springs took a 1-0 advantage in the second after Hope Turney reached on a walk and would later score on a Barnes single.
The Panthers made it 3-0 in the third as both Parish and Turney reached base and would later score on an error.
In the fourth, Parker walked, stole second and score on an error off the bat of Hudspeth. After a strikeout, Clemons drove in a Hudspeth with a two-out single to right.
Heber Springs added two insurance runs in the sixth as Parker and Birmingham both scored.
The Heber Springs Panthers won a 4-4A conference contest on Friday and then split two games on Saturday at tournament held at the Heber Springs Sports Complex.
On Friday, Taylor Parker started on the mound and got the win, but the freshman’s grand slam in the bottom of the fifth helped spark a 10-run inning in leading the Panthers to a run-rule 15-5 victory over Ozark.
On Saturday, Heber Springs hosted a four-team tournament with Pangburn, Calico Rock and Searcy. The Panthers dropped the first contest, 5-4, as Searcy walked-off Heber Springs with a run, but the Panthers rebounded with an 8-3 victory over Calico Rock.
Heber Springs, 1-2 in conference play, is scheduled to play at Clarksville on Tuesday in another conference contest before taking on Lonoke Thursday in a nonconference game.
The Panthers set at 7-9 on the season.
HEBER SPRINGS – The spring sports season opened up on Monday for four Heber Springs Panther teams with mixed results.
The boys and girls soccer teams won home matches over Riverview at Panther Stadium, while the baseball and softball teams opened with losses.
For the track teams, the senior boys and girls competed at the Class 4A state indoor track meet on Saturday in Fayetteville.
Cristina Garcia scored three times and Sam Gilley twice as Heber Springs (1-0) led 5-0 until late in the contest before the Riverview (0-1) added late goal on the Lady Panther reserves.
Heber Springs returns to action on Thursday at Panther Stadium against Conway St. Joseph (0-0).
Senior Gus Hannah and freshman Braden Biggs each scored as Heber Springs (1-0) opened with a 2-1 win over Riverview (0-1).
Chandler Webber picked up the assist on each of the goals, while senior goalkeeper Jackson West had 10 saves in the night.
Heber Springs will return to action on Thursday at home against Conway St. Joseph (0-0).
Heber Springs opened the coach Ryan Bridges era with a trip to Bridges’ alma mater, Sheridan, for a nonconference tournament.
The 4A Panthers led until the late innings but were not able to pull out the win against the 5A Yellowjackets falling 13-4.
Heber Springs (0-1) will tangle with another 5A school today in the same tournament when they face Searcy at Benton with first pitch set for 5:45 p.m.
Due to wet field conditions, Heber Springs’ season-opener was moved from Maumelle. Despite the home field advantage, the Lady Panthers dropped a 7-2 decision.
Heber Springs will look to bounce back today as they host Nemo Vista at 4:30 p.m.
At the Class 4A state indoor meet on Saturday on the campus of the University of Arkansas, sophomore Parker Brown and junior Jaylea Hooten each won individual state titles by winning the high jump.
The boys mile relay team also claim a first-place finish.
HEBER SPRINGS RESULTS:
SENIOR BOYS 60: 4. Parker Brown 7.38, 14. Bent McClain 7.90 200: 4. Parker Brown 23.83, 10. Bent McClain 25.40 400: 14. Weston Warden 1:02.34, 16. Hunter Warren 1:07.21 800: 8. Nathan Poff 2:21.43, 11. Wade Harris 2:27.47 1600: 7. Mason Harris 5:08.62, 10. Wade Harris 5:18.20 3200: 6. Nathan Poff 11:33.68, 8. Reagan Buell 12:22.27 60 HURDLES: 8. J.P. Bonkoski 12.36, 9. Aaron Combs 14.46 MILE RELAY: 1. Heber Springs 3:55.88 TWO-MILE RELAY: 4. Heber Springs 9:55.49 HIGH JUMP: 1. Parker Brown 6-0, 4. Liam Buffalo 5-6 LONG JUMP: 2. Parker Brown 19-7.5, 3. Liam Buffalo 19-6.75 TRIPLE JUMP: 2. Parker Brown 40-0.25 POLE VAULT: 5. Justin Ogle 10-6 SHOT: 9. Aaron Combs 22-7, 10. Kevin Leal 19-5. SENIOR GIRLS 60: 12. Natalie Buffalo 8.88, 15. Ava Noble 9.68 200: 7. Jaylea Hooten 28.57, 11. Joanna Wilson 29.65 400: 7. Joanna Wilson 1:06.81, 10. Maygan Jarvis 1:08.5 800: 8. Riley Bailey 2:52.79, 11. Vallie Cantrell 3:00.9 1600: 7. Joy Bray 6:18.98, 9. Riley Bailey 6:33.28 3200: 7. Riley Bailey 14:37.63, 10. Vallie Cantrell 15:12.32 60 HURDLES: 2. Rylee Birmingham 10.84, 4. Jaylea Hooten 10.95 MILE RELAY: 5. Heber Springs 4:55.04 HIGH JUMP: 1. Jaylea Hooten 4-10, 6. Vallie Cantrell 4-4 LONG JUMP: 2. Jaylea Hooten 15-11.75, 10. Natalie Buffalo 14-2.35 TRIPLE JUMP: 8. Taylor Parker 27-11.25 POLE VAULT: 2. Maygan Jarvis 10-0, 5. Ava Noble 7-0 SHOT: 8. Miah Tharp 21-11.75, 10. Lily Hendrix 19-3
HEBER SPRINGS – Heber Springs was held to a single point in the first two quarters and fell, 32-12, to Pangburn in junior girls action at the Panther Den.
Pangburn’s Danielle Baser led all scorers with 10 points as the Tigers, who led 4-1 at the end of the first quarter, outscored the Panthers 10-0 in the second quarter.
The Tigers also led 28-8 at the end of the third quarter.
HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (12): Taylor Parker 2, Jovie Smithson 4, Baliegh Burchfield 1, Zoey Hendrix 1, Mya Foster 2, Ada Choate 5, Haven Downs 2
PANGBURN SCORING (32): Rylee Ramsey 2, Tori Collett 6, Danielle Baser 10, Kendell Gallegly 3, Baily Buress 7, Jae Smith 2, Abbi Langley 2
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HEBER SPRINGS JUNIOR GIRLS 2021-2022 SCHEDULE AND RESULTS OVERALL RECORD: 2-6 4A-4 CONFERENCE: 0-0 (For past write-up click on game) Nov. 09 Mount St. Mary 21, Heber Springs 16 Nov. 11 Mount Vernon-Enola 37, Heber Springs 21 Nov. 15 Newport 35, Heber Springs 16 Nov. 18 Bald Knob 37, Heber Springs 19 Nov. 22 Heber Springs 32, Guy-Perkins 15 Nov. 23 Heber Springs 40, Shirley 35 Nov. 30 Southside Batesville 33, Heber Springs 16 Dec. 01 Pangburn 32, Heber Springs 12 Dec. 06 at Cedar Ridge Dec. 07 at Benton Harmony Grove Dec. 09 at Rose Bud Dec. 14 South Side Bee Branch Dec. 17 at Ozark * Dec. 20 at Lonoke Dec. 21 at Des Arc Jan. 07 at Dardanelle * Jan. 13 White County Central Jan. 14 Pottsville * Jan. 21 Ozark * Jan. 24 at Mayflower Jan. 27 Bradford Feb. 01 Dardanelle * Feb. 03 at Pottsville * Feb. 05 District Tournament at Dardanelle (* - Denotes conference contest)
HEBER SPRINGS – Southside Batesville defeated Heber Springs, 33-16, in a junior girls contest at the Panther Den.
The Southerners led 15-6 at the break and 23-11 after three quarters.
SOUTHSIDE BATESVILLE SCORING (33): Carter 14, McCance 4, Sutton 5, Hargwood 2, Sherberth 4, Trucks 2, Guillette 2.
HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (16): Taylor Parker 3, Jovie Smithson 5, Baleigh Burchfield 4, Ella Williams 4
SHIRLEY – Jovie Smithson finished with a game-high 19 points as Heber Springs downed Shirley, 40-35.
Heber Springs trailed 13-10 at the end of the first quarter, but outscored the Blue Devils 10-6 in the second quarter to take a one-point advantage into the half.
Shirley outscored the Panthers 12-6 in the third quarter before Heber Springs rallied by outpacing the Blue Devils, 14-4, in the final stanza.
HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (40): Taylor Parker 5, Jovie Smithson 19, Baleigh Burchfield 4, Zoey Hendrix 2, Ella Williams 6, Ada Choate 4
SHIRLEY SCORING (35): Overturf 11, Rocha 18, Vasquez 6
HEBER SPRINGS — Jovie Smithson finished with 10 points and Ada Choate added a pair of 3-pointers in lifting Heber Springs to 32-15 victory over Guy-Perkins Monday night at the Panther Den in junior girls play.
The victory improved the Panthers to 1-4 on the season.
With the game tied at 8-all at the half, Heber Springs outscored the Thunderbirds 15-4 in the third quarter to pull away as Choate had five points, including a 3-pointers; and Smithson and Taylor Parker each had four.
HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (32): Taylor Parker 4, Jovie Smithson 10, Zoey Hendrix 1, Mya Foster 3, Kensley Sneed 2, Ella Williams 2, Ada Choate 8, Haven Downs 2.
GUY-PERKINS SCORING (15): K. Henry 4, R. Passmore 3, J. Blaylock 8.
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HEBER SPRINGS JUNIOR GIRLS 2021-2022 SCHEDULE AND RESULTS OVERALL RECORD: 1-4 4A-4 CONFERENCE: 0-0 (For past write-up click on game) Nov. 09 Mount St. Mary 21, Heber Springs 16 Nov. 11 Mount Vernon-Enola 37, Heber Springs 21 Nov. 15 Newport 35, Heber Springs 16 Nov. 18 Bald Knob 37, Heber Springs 19 Nov. 22 Heber Springs 32, Guy-Perkins 15 Nov. 23 at Shirley Nov. 30 Southside Batesville Dec. 02 Pangburn Dec. 06 at Cedar Ridge Dec. 07 at Benton Harmony Grove Dec. 09 at Rose Bud Dec. 14 South Side Bee Branch Dec. 17 at Ozark * Dec. 20 at Lonoke Dec. 21 at Des Arc Jan. 07 at Dardanelle * Jan. 13 White County Central Jan. 14 Pottsville * Jan. 21 Ozark * Jan. 24 at Mayflower Jan. 27 Bradford Feb. 01 Dardanelle * Feb. 03 at Pottsville * Feb. 05 District Tournament at Dardanelle (* - Denotes conference contest)
BALD KNOB – Bald Knob outscored Heber Springs 22-4 in the second and third quarters to pull away and claim a 37-19 victory in junior girls action.
The Bulldogs led 10-6 at the end of the first quarter before increasing their advantage to 18-8 at the break.
Heber Springs (0-4) was led by Ella Williams’ seven points.
HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (19): Taylor Parker 5, Baleigh Burchfield 2, Zoey Hendrix 2, Ella Williams 7, Ada Choate 3
BALD KNOB SCORING (37): A. Daugherty 5, A. Foust 8, D. Jackson 6, W. Winkler 6, A. Mullen 2, M. Andrew 3, T. McSpadden 5, T. White 2.
HEBER SPRINGS – Ada Choate paced Heber Springs with a pair of 3-pointers, but it was not enough as Newport handed the Panthers a 35-16 setback Monday night at the Panther Den.
Newport led 17-10 at the half and 25-13 at the end of the third quarter.
HEBER SPRINGS SCORING (16): Taylor Parker 2, Jovie Smithson 2, Baleigh Burchfield 1, Annalyse Wilson 2, Ada Choate 6, Haven Downs 3.
NEWPORT SCORING (35): Aubrey Burns 6, Niya Davis 4, Sadie Washam 9, Tamera Morgan 9, Lexi Hembrey 3, Sabarbra Ridley 4
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HEBER SPRINGS JUNIOR GIRLS 2021-2022 SCHEDULE AND RESULTS RECORD: 0-3. 4A-4 CONFERENCE: 0-0 (For past write-up click on game) Nov. 09 Mount St. Mary 21, Heber Springs 16 Nov. 11 Mount Vernon-Enola 37, Heber Springs 21 Nov. 15 Newport 35, Heber Springs 16 Nov. 18 at Bald Knob Nov. 22 Guy-Perkins Nov. 23 at Shirley Nov. 30 Southside Batesville Dec. 02 Pangburn Dec. 06 at Cedar Ridge Dec. 07 at Benton Harmony Grove Dec. 09 at Rose Bud Dec. 14 South Side Bee Branch Dec. 17 at Ozark * Dec. 20 at Lonoke Dec. 21 at Des Arc Jan. 07 at Dardanelle Jan. 13 White County Central Jan. 14 Pottsville * Jan. 21 Ozark * Jan. 24 at Mayflower Jan. 27 Bradford Feb. 01 Dardanelle * Feb. 05 District Tournament at Dardanelle (* - Denotes conference contest)