Bobcat athletes in need of a break

Friday, March 25, 2016

Spring break has provided a week of rest for all of the Berryville athletes, something many of them have been looking forward to, as they have been rising at 5 a.m. for practice and coming home from practice at 5 p.m.

This early practice appears to be paying off for the Berryville baseball team, though. The Bobcats already have seven wins, one more than they did all of last year. Austin Woods and Davis Stone each had four RBIs in an impressive 18-7 win against Valley Springs. Thomas Trowbridge added three hits in a win against Bergman. If this trend continues, the Bobcats can win some conference games and will have a chance to do something in May.

The transition from basketball to softball season couldn't have been any smoother for the Berryville Lady Bobcats. Berryville is 6-3 and has a 20-0 win over Green Forest, an 11-0 win over Yellville-Summit and a 10-0 win over Huntsville. Emma Hill, Hannah Pruente and Jeanessa Smith each had three RBIs in the win against Green Forest. Aspen Smith had two hits in the win over Yellville-Summit and Hill pitched a complete game against Huntsville, giving up no hits and striking out five.

The Berryville soccer team is 0-1 thus far, but that loss came to Siloam Springs. With senior forward Oliver Perez, striker Jesse Diaz, defender Carlos Garduno and goal keeper Antonio Galdamez, the boys have a chance to make a run at state. Rachel Lehr graduated and she was one of the main reasons the girls made it to state last year, but with defenders Melanie Beristain and Leslie Tellez coming back, they could be a team that surprises a few teams throughout the year.

Lastly, in track and field, the Bobcats seem to be competitive throughout. At the most recent meet in Green Forest, Juanita Vilatoro ran well in both the girls 100 and 200 meter dashes. Oliver Perez and Jonathon Wood were competitive in the boys 800 meter run. Samantha Preston ran well in both the 800 and 1,600 meter run. The boys finished second at the 4x800 meter relay and the girls finished third. Miguel Martinez won the discus and finished second in the shot put.

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