Action begins this week in high school sports
CARROLL COUNTY -- This week marks the first week of high school athletic competion for athletes who have lifted weights, sweated through sweltering workouts, done pushups, run sprints, and basically tortured their bodies back into top shape this August.
And that's just the volleyball girls from Berryville and Green Forest!
Included in that list of exhausting workouts are the cross country teams from Eureka Springs and Berryville who have been running roads, and football teams at Green Forest and Berryville that have suffered a blistering sun.
Although players on golf teams from all three schools have been spared the physical rigors of the other fall sports, they have still had to contend with soaring temperatures and a sun that bites.
Here's what the week looks like, with several events already completed by press time.
Green Forest -- Coach Bill Niven reported that his girls team traveled to the Big Sugar course near Pea Ridge on Monday, Aug. 8, for their first match of the season.
At the match, Haley Roney shot a 51 over nine holes, Kamarra Hoppe a 59, and Janessa Carlton a 65.
The team, which should include a few boys, will travel to Farmington on Tuesday, Aug. 23, for matches at Valley View.
Berryville -- BHS golf coach Patricia Conner took the team to the Razorback course in Fayetteville on Monday for a 4-way meet, then hosted a meet at Berryville on Tuesday. Hali Williams is the lone girl, with Cody Sanders, Colby Singer, Clayton Taff, Russell Whitely, and Jacob Wright filling the boys roster.
District is Monday, Sept. 12, so the season is really just three weeks long.
Eureka Springs -- Coach Aaron Hall said the teams are playing matches at Berryville on Tuesdays and at Huntsville on Thursdays until the district tournaments, which will be around the third week of September.
Hall said Renee Tollett is back for the girls, and that Josh Guindon, Isaac Pirkle, Criag Follmer, Troy Mosley, and Kevin Storie should be playing on the boys team.
Green Forest -- The Lady Tigers of Green Forest kick off their season Tuesday night with junior high, junior varsity, and varsity matches at Shiloh Christian at 5 p.m.
They play again on Thursday at Huntsville at 5 p.m., with JV and varsity squads, then go to Mountain Home on Saturday for a mini tournament.
Green Forest's first home matches are on Monday, Aug. 29, against Marshall.
Berryville -- The Lady Bobcats play their first match on Tuesday at the new Springdale Har-Ber High School. That is varsity only, at about 6 p.m.
Then on Monday, Aug. 29, they host Alpena for as many teams as there are players available.
Jamborees -- The Tigers of Green Forest are playing in the Elkins Jamboree on Tuesday, Aug. 23, along with Mountainburg and Lincoln, with action beginning at 6 p.m.
The Bobcats of Berryville are hosting a jamboree for Ozark and Harrison on Friday, Aug. 26, with Green Forest bringing their junior high for that part.
The junior high teams will scrimmage at 5:30 p.m., with the varsity scrimmages beginning around 7 p.m.
Berryville -- The Junior Bobcat team opens its season on Thusday, Sept. 1, at Harrison, with the seventh-grade playing at 5:30 p.m., and the junior high at 7 p.m.
The varsity opens their season at Cassville, Mo., on Friday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m.
First home games are against Yellville-Summit, Thursday, Sept. 8, for the junior high teams at 5:30 and 7 p.m., and Friday, Sept. 9, for the varsity at 7:30 p.m.
Green Forest -- The Junior Tigers host Yellville-Summit on Thursday, Sept. 1, with the varsity traveling to Reeds Spring, Mo., on Friday, Sept. 2.
The Tigers host Pottsville on Friday, Sept. 9, for their first home game.