Sunday, December 28, 2014

Rabbits, Lady Rabbits win opener of Goldfish Classic


LONOKE — The Lonoke Jackrabbits and Lady Jackrabbits were both victorious in the first round of the second-annual Goldfish Classic on Saturday at the Gina Cox Center. 

Jackrabbits 60, Hazen 48
The Lonoke Jackrabbits shook off a slow start to beat the Hazen Hornets 60-48 in a first round game.
Hazen led 11-3 after one quarter. Lonoke got some offense going in the second quarter, outscoring the Hornets 24-18 to trail 29-21 at halftime. 
Lonoke outscored Hazen 17-10 in the third quarter and 19-9 in the fourth quarter. The highlight of the game was a posterizing dunk by Justin Meadows in the fourth quarter.
Jawaun Bryant led Lonoke with 17 points. Meadows had 11. Isaac Toney scored 10. Yancy Cooney scored 8. Bryson Jackson had 6. Tyler Spencer added 5. Haven Hunter had 2 while Brenton Bryant added a free throw.
Lonoke will play Stuttgart in the semifinals on Monday at 7:20 p.m.

Lonoke's Tashalla Gomillion rights for a rebound. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

Lady Rabbits 58, Hazen 15
The Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits outscored Hazen 14-2 in the first quarter, en route to a 58-15 win.
Lonoke led 33-7 at halftime. 
Eboni Willis led Lonoke with 19 points. Kerasha Johnson and Ashlyn Allen had 9 points each. Jarrelyn McCall scored 8. Riely Rowton had 7. Amanda Sexton scored six. Kimistri Balance had 2.
Lonoke will play Stuttgart in the semifinals Monday at 6 p.m.

Bison, Lady Bison fall in first round of Goldfish Classic

Carlisle coach Jonathan Buffalo talks to his team during their recent win over Hazen. (Photo by Kym Warren)

LONOKE — The Carlisle Bison and Lady Bison both fell in the first round of the Gold Fish Classic on Saturday at the Gina Cox Center. 

E-Stem 61, Lady Bison 44
The E-Stem Lady Mets held off Carlisle for a 61-44 win. 
Carlisle will play Des Arc in the consolation round Monday at 12:40 p.m.
Carlisle got off to a slow start, trailing 12-6 after one quarter. The Lady Bison kept it close, staying within 6 points until a late run in the quarter by E-Stem, which led 31-18 at halftime. 
Each team scored 12 points in the third quarter. The Lady Mets outscored Carlisle 18-14 in the fourth quarter. 
Kylie Warren led Carlisle with 24 points. Molli Weems and Elex McClain had 6 points each. Nicquira Burnett had 5. Peyton Hitchings added a three-pointer. 
Gia Hayes led E-Stem with 22 points. 

Carlisle's Brynden Weems shoots for 2 against Watson Chapel on Saturday at the Goldfish Classic. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)
Watson Chapel 86, Bison 22
The Carlisle Bison ran into a buzz saw in Class 5A Watson Chapel in an 86-22 loss to the Wildcats.
Nick Schafer and Brynden Weems led Carlisle with 6 points each. Cole Sheets added 4. Devon Kendrick, Lewis Bunch and Gray Amaden has 2 points each.
Carlisle will play Bald Knob on Monday at 2 p.m. in the consolation round. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Lady Rabbits bounce back, beat North Pulaski

Lonoke's Riely Rowton drives to the basket against Southside Batesville. She scored 10 points against North Pulaski on Friday. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

LONOKE — The Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits bounced back from a tough conference loss to Riverview by beating North Pulaski 65-37 on Friday at the Gina Cox Center.
Lonoke is now 7-4 overall. 
The Lady Jackrabbits got off to a quick start, leading 16-3 after one quarter. Riely Rowton and Kerasha Johnson had 5 points each in the first quarter. Jarrelyn McCall, Amanda Sexton and Eboni Willis had 2 points each.
North Pulaski outscored Lonoke 14-13 in the second quarter but Lonoke outscored the Lady Falcons 36-20 in the second half. 

Willis led Lonoke with 13 points. McCall had 12. Rowton scored 10. Johnson had 9. Kimistri Balance and Sexton had 5 each. Ashlyn Allen had 4. Callie Whitfield added 2. 

Lonoke hosts Goldfish Classic

Lonoke High School is hosting the second-annual Gold Fish Classic, which starts Saturday at the Gina Cox Center. 
The tournament continues Monday and Tuesday.
First-round girls games include: Bald Knob-Stuttgart at 11 a.m.; Carlisle-E-stem at 1:40 p.m.; England-Des Arc at 4:20 p.m.; and Lonoke-Hazen at 7 p.m.

First-round boys games are: Des Arc-Stuttgart at 12:20 p.m.; Carlisle-Watson Chapel at 3 p.m.; England-Bald Knob at 5:40 p.m.; and Lonoke-Hazen at 8:20 p.m.
Boys Bracket

Girls Bracket

Carlisle splits 2 games with Hazen


Carlisle's Kylie Warren drives to the basket against Hazen. (Photo by Kym Warren)

Lady Bison rout Lady Hornets
HAZEN — The Carlisle Lady Bison improved to 7-3 overall and 6-0 in the 2A-6 conference with a 54-33 win over Hazen on Friday night.
Carlisle led 15-6 after one quarter. Kylie Warren scored 9 first-quarter points. Molli Weems had 4 while Elex McClain had 2.
Carlisle then outscored the Lady Hornets 18-4 in the second quarter to lead 33-10 at halftime. Warren added 10 points. McClain had 6 while Nikita Harper had 2.
Hazen outscored Carlisle 23-21 in the second half but it wasn't enough to dig out of the hole. 
Warren led Carlisle with 27 points. McClain had 13. Scoring 4 each were Harper and Weems. Peyton Hitchings, Nicquira Burnett and Ashby Terry had 2 points each.
Carlisle will play E-Stem in the first round of the Goldfish Classic at the Gina Cox Center in Lonoke on Saturday at 1:40 p.m. 

Carlisle's Devon Kendrick attempts a layup against Des Arc. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

Bison play hard but come up short
HAZEN — The Carlisle Bison gave the Hazen Hornets all they wanted but came up short in a  59-53 loss. 
Hazen lead 16-14 after one quarter. Carlisle's Devon Kendrick scored 5 points in the first quarter. Nick Schafer had 3. Dominic Castleberry, Zach Caviness and Drake Adams has 2 points reach. 
The Bison rallied to tie the game at 29-29 at halftime. 
Each team scored 11 points in the third quarter; Hazen outscored the Bison 19-13 in the fourth quarter to get the win. 
Schafer led the Bison with 21 points. Kendrick has 10. Cole Sheets had 6. Castleberry and Adams had 5 points each. Brynden Weems had 4. Caviness had 2. 
The Bison will play Watson Chapel in the first round of the Goldfish Classic at the Gina Cox Center in Lonoke on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lady Bison stay perfect in 2A-6 play


Carlisle's Elex McClain shoots for 2 of her 17 points against Des Arc on Monday. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer
lonokecountysports@gmail.com

CARLISLE — The Carlisle Lady Bison stayed perfect in 2A-6 play with a hard-fought 50-40 win over the Des Arc Lady Eagles on Monday night at Bison Arena.
Carlisle is now 5-0 in 2A-6 play and 6-3 overall. 
The game did not get off to a good start as Des Arc 6-2 and 23-15 with 3:42 left in the first half. 
The Lady Bison then scored the final 11 points of the half to lead 26-23 at halftime. Elex McClain started the run with a field goal. Kylie Warren then scored five in a row before McClain hit another field goal. Warren scored two more points during the run. 
The run continued in the second half with McClain scoring early to give the Lady Bison a 28-23 lead.
Carlisle outscored Des Arc 10-8 in the third quarter to lead 36-31 heading into the fourth quarter. 
Des Arc made a run and pulled to within two at 40-38 with 3:48 left in the game. Carlisle responded with a 7-0 run to lead 47-38 with 35.9 seconds left. Peyton Hitchings hit three free throws. McClain and Warren each scored two points during the run. 
Warren led all scorers with 24 points. McClain had 17. Hitchings had 5. Molli Weems and Nicquira Burnett had 2 points each.
Jade Bell and Natalie Reidher had 9 points each to lead the Lady Eagles.

Carlisle's Ashby Terry drives to the baseline against Des Arc. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Bison end drought with win over Des Arc

Carlisle's Nick Schafer (13) shoots for 2 against Des Arc. Also pictured for Carlisle is Gray Amaden. (Photos by Mark Buffalo)

By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer
lonokecountysports@gmail.com

CARLISLE — For the first time since the 2012-13 season, the Carlisle Bison basketball team was victorious on the court.
Carlisle never trailed in beating the Des Arc Eagles 48-37 on Monday night at Bison Arena. 
The win was Carlisle's first since beating Palestine-Wheatley 86-60 in the quarterfinal round of the 2A-6 District Tournament at Hughes on Feb. 11, 2013. The Bison received a forfeit win over Brinkley last season. 
Carlisle scored the game's first six points, including four by Brynden Weems. The Eagles cut the deficit to 6-3 before the Bison scored the next seven points, including a 3-pointer by Devon Kendrick at the first-quarter buzzer to give the Bison a 13-3 lead.
Carlisle pushed its lead to 17-3 on four free throws by Nick Schafer early in the second quarter. Des Arc made a late run and trailed 22-13 at halftime and 22-15 early in the second half following a basket by Jacob Adams.
The Bison responded with a 7-0 run to lead 29-16 with 4:24 left in the third quarter. Schafer and Cole Sheets each scored two points while Kendrick hit a 3-pointer.
Carlisle's largest lead was 18 points at 39-21 and 41-23. The Eagles went on a 7-0 run to pull to within 11 at 41-30 with 3:50 left. The closest that Des Arc would get is 10 points at 47-37 with 25 seconds left. Kendrick set the final margin by hitting 1 of 2 foul shots with 21.3 seconds left.
First-year Carlisle coach Chris Houser was proud of his team for the win. 
"We weren't used to playing with a lead in the fourth quarter at all," he said. "They started to press us and we had to handle that. It was a hard-fought win, for sure."
Schafer led the Bison with 14 points. Kendrick had 11. Weems scored 8. Sheets had 7. Lewis Bunch and Drake Adams had 3 points each. Gray Amaden added 2 points. 
Colt Covington led Des Arc with 14 points. 

Carlisle's Brynden Weems looks to pass against Des Arc. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Lady Bison stay perfect in league play

Carlisle's Molli Weems drives to the basket during the season opener against Woodlawn. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)


The Carlisle Lady Bison improved to 4-0 in 2A-6 play with road wins at Augusta and Clarendon last week.
Carlisle beat Augusta 39-28 on Dec. 9.
The Lady Bison led 7-6 after one quarter and 15-8 at halftime. The Lady Bison pushed its lead to 26-17 after three quarters then the Lady Bison outscored the Lady Red Devils 13-11 in the fourth quarter to get the double-digit victory.
Kylie Warren led Carlisle with 16 points, 20 rebounds and 4 steals. Elex McClain had 12 points and 14 boards. Molli Weems had 5 points. Kayla Golleher had 4 points and 9 rebounds. Nikita Harper had 2 points.
The Lady Bison then beat Clarendon 56-34 on Friday. 
Carlisle trailed 7-0 before scoring three late points. The Lady Bison then rallied in the second quarter to lead 22-14 at halftime and 42-26 heading into the final 8 minutes.

Warren led Carlisle with 19 points. Weems had 8. Peyton Hitchins, Golleher and Nicquira Burnett had 6 points each. Harper had 5. Elex McClain scored 4 while Kim Lott added 2.

Rabbits drop 2 conference games

Lonoke's Byron Fair shoots for 2 against Carlisle earlier this season. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

The Lonoke Jackrabbits dropped two conference games last week to Helena-West Helena Central and Stuttgart. The Jackrabbits are now 2-2 in 4A-2 Conference play.
Lonoke fell to West Helena 57-35 on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the Gina Cox Center. 
Lonoke trailed 15-6 after one quarter. Jawaun Bryant scored 4 points while Brenton Bryant added a field goal. The Jackrabbits then trailed 28-16 at halftime. 
Lonoke made run  in the third quarter, trailing 39-32 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Jackrabbits made only one field goal in the final eight minutes. Jawaun Bryant hit a 3-pointer. 
"We payed well to fight back to down 4 and then we only hit 1 shot after that," Lonoke coach Dean Campbell said. "I'm proud of the fact that we were 6 for 6 from the free throw line. We are getting better. It's a process. I love how hard we play and they try to do what we ask."
Jawaun Bryant led Lonoke with 10 points. Isaac Toney had 9. Scoring 4 each were Nick Bates, Justin Meadows and Brenton Bryant. Yancy Cooney and Tyler Spencer had 2 points each. 
Lonoke lost at Stuttgart 44-36 on Friday.

Jawaun Bryant led Lonoke with 15 points. Toney had 8. Byron Fair scored 6. Cooney, Spencer and Brenton Bryant had 2 points each. Bryson Jackson added a free throw. 

Lonoke girls rout West Helena

Lonoke's Amanda Sexton looks to score against Carlisle earlier this season. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

The Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits routed the Helena-West Helena Central Lady Cougars 70-41 on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Gina Cox Center. 
Lonoke led 20-14 after one quarter and 32-25 at halftime. 
The second half was a different story. Lonoke outscored West Helena 13-6 in the third quarter to lead 45-31. 
Lonoke put the game away with a 25-point fourth quarter. Eboni Willis scored 8 in the final eight minutes. Amanda Sexton had 7. Jarrelyn McCall scored six while Jasalyn Truelove and Kerasha Johnson had 2 points each in the final quarter.

McCall led Lonoke with 18 points as the Lady Jackrabbits had four in double figures. Willis scored 16. Sexton added 14. Johnson had 11. Riely Rowton scored 5. Ashlyn Allen had 4. Truelove added 2.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Lady Bison, Bison open 2A-6 play

Carlisle's Kylie Warren drives to the basket past the screen of teammate Peyton Hitchings against Brinkley. (Photos by Kym Warren)

The Carlisle Lady Bison and Bison opened 2A-6 conference play last week with games against Palestine-Wheatley and Brinkley. 

Lady Bison sweep 
The Carlisle Lady Bison opened conference action with two wins to improve to 3-1 on the season. 
Carlisle beat Palestine-Wheatley 64-36 on Dec. 2.
The Lady Bison led 20-8 after one quarter. Peyton Hitchings and Kayla Golleher each scored 5 points in the first quarter. 
The Lady Bison pushed their lead to 33-18 at halftime and 49-30 after three quarters. 
Kylie Warren led Carlisle with 21 points. Elex McClain has 12. Golleher scored 7. Nicquira Burnett had 6. Hitchings and Nikita Harper had 5 points each. Molli Weems and Ashley Harbison had 3 points each. Ashby Terry added 2.
The Lady Bison then beat Brinkley  58-35 on Friday at Bison Arena. 
The game was close after one quarter as Carlisle led 13-12. The Lady Bison pushed their lead to 28-21 at halftime. Warren then scored 11 of game-high 27 points in the third quarter as the Lady Bison pushed their lead to 46-32 heading into the fourth quarter.
McClain added 13. HItchings had 6. Golleher had 4. Weems and Burnett had 3 points each. 

Carlisle's Nick Schafer shoots for 2 against Palestine-Wheatley. 


Bison drop 2 games
Carlisle dropped both conference games to Palestine-Wheatley and Brinkley.
The Bison lost to the Patriots 54-35.
Carlisle trailed 30-10 at halftime. 
Devon Kendrick led Carlisle 11 points. Nick Schafer had 9. Cole sheets scored 4. Brynden Weems had 3. Drake Adams, Lewis Bunch and Gray Amaden had 2 points each. 
The Bison dropped a 54-24 decision to Brinkley on Friday night. 
The Tigers led 31-14 at halftime.
Schafer led the Bison with 11 points. Zack Caviness had 6. Dominic Castleberry had 3. Scoring 2 each were Bunch and Weems.




Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Lonoke sweeps Southside Batesville in 4A-2 action

Lonoke's Riely Rowton, right, fights for the ball with Southside's Ashton Ford. Also pictured for Lonoke is Eboni Willis. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer
lonokecountysports@gmail.com

Lady Rabbits hold on to beat Southside
LONOKE — The Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits held off a second half rally to beat Southside Batesville 41-36 in a 4A-2 conference game on Tuesday night at the Gina Cox Center.
Lonoke led 22-9 at halftime and 24-9 early in the second half on a jumper by Jarrelyn McCall. 
The Lady Southerners scored 11 consecutive points to cut Lonoke's lead to 24-20. 
Lonoke's Ashlyn Allen the scored four consecutive to push the Lady Jackrabbits lead to 28-20.
However, Southside did not go away. 
Southside's Ashton Ford scored six in row for the Lady Southeners to make the score 32-30 with 2:24 left.
Lonoke's Eboni Willis hit a short jumper with 2 minutes left. Lonoke then hit 7 of 8 free throws in the 1:13 to secure the victory.
McCall led Lonoke with 12 points. Willis had 10. Kerasha Johnson scored 7. Amanda Sexton scored 6. Allen had 4. Riely Rowton had 2.
Ford led Southside with 17 points.
Lonoke is now 1-1 in league play. 

Lonoke's Justin Meadows looks to make a move to the basket against Southside Batesville. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)


Jackrabbits pull away in second half
LONOKE — The Lonoke Jackrabbits bounced back from a loss to Guy-Perkins on Monday to beat Southside Batesville 41-29 on Tuesday.
The Jackrabbits fell to the Thunderbirds in the first round of the Conway St. Joseph Tournament before beating Southside in a 4A-2 conference game. Lonoke is now 2-0 in league play. 
Lonoke trailed 7-5 after one quarter. The Jackrabbits shut out the Southerners in the second quarter but only scored four points — all in the final 1:19 of the first half. Justin Meadows converted a three-point play and Jawaun Bryant hit a free throw.
The third quarter was close until Bryson Jackson hit consecutive three-pointers late int he quarter to give the Jackrabbits a 25-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Lonoke continued the run in the fourth quarter as the Jackrabbits went on a 9-2 run to lead 34-19 with 3:15 left in the game. 
The closest that Southside got the remainder of the game was 10 points at 34-24. 
Meadows led Lonoke with 9 points. Jackson had 7. Scoring 6 each were Yancy Cooney and Brenton Bryant. Byron Fair had 5. Jawaun Bryant had 4. Scoring 2 each were Nick Bates and Anthony Morris. 
Braden Mead and Hunter Tatum led Southside with 7 points each. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Lonoke, Carlisle swimmers do well in Cabot meet

Carlisle's Tristan Bennett, the lone Lady Bison swimmer, finished 10th in the team standings. 

CABOT — Swimmers from Carlisle and Lonoke high schools participated in the Cabot Invitational on Nov. 19.
Tristan Bennett was the lone Lady Bison swimmer. She finished seventh in the 50-yard freestyle and ninth in the 100-yard backstroke. She finished 10th in the team standings. 
The Lady Jackrabbits relay team, comprised of Colby Hartley, Baileigh Dulaney, Kayla McGee and Cassidy Roland finished seventh in the 200 medley and seventh in the 200 freestyle.
The Lonoke boys really team of Casey Long, Tanner Edwards, Jimmy Evans and Will Armstrong finished seven in the 200 medley and sixth in the 200 free style.
McGee won the 50-yard girls freestyle. Hartley was 16th.
Edwards won the 50-yard boys freestyle. Armstrong was 15th.
Casey Long was seventh in the boys 100-yard butterfly. 
Dulaney was 11th in the girls 100-yard freestyle. Hartley was 17th. 
Evans was third in the boys 100-yard freestyle. Edwards was fifth. Long was 14th and Armstrong was 15th.
Evans was sixth in the 100-yard backstroke. 
McGee was second in the girls 100-yard breaststroke. 
The Lady Jackrabbits finished sixth; the Jackrabbits finished fifth. 

Lonoke's Casey Long

Lonoke's Jimmy Evans

Lonoke's Kayla McGee


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Jackrabbits beat Heber Springs while Lady Rabbits fall

The Lonoke coaching staff talks to its players during the season opener with Carlisle. (Photos by Mark Buffalo)


The Lonoke Jackrabbits and Lady Jackrabbits split their 4A-2 conference openers with Heber Springs on Nov. 25 at the Gina Cox Center.
Lonoke won the boys game 51-38 while the Lonoke girls lost 51-45.
In the boys game, Lonoke (2-0)  got off to a quick start, leading 15-4 after one quarter. Brenton Bryant scored 5 points in the first quarter. Nick Bates had 4 while Byron Fair, Justin Meadows and Jawaun Bryant had 2 each. 
Lonoke pushed its lead to 29-11 by halftime. Heber Springs made a run in the second half but could not get over the hump.
Lonoke's Jawaun Bryant made all 6 of his free throws in the fourth quarter. He led the Jackrabbits with 15 points. Bates added 8. Scoring 7 each were Brenton Bryant and Bryson Jackson. Fair added 6. Meadows scored 4. Tyler Spencer had 3. Yancy Cooney added a free throw.
In the girls game, Lonoke (2-1) led 10-9 after one quarter and 23-18 at halftime. Eboni Willis scored 8 points in the first half. Ashlyn Allen scored 7.
Heber Springs outscored Lonoke 33-22 in the second half. 
Willis led Lonoke with 12 points. Amanda Sexton had 11. Kerasha Johnson had 9. Jarrelyn McCall scored 7. Allen added 6.

Loonke coach Nathan Morris talks to his team during their game with Carlisle. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Jr. Lady Bison win Guy-Perkins Invitational

The Carlisle Junior Lady Bison with their plaque after beating Pangburn to win the Guy-Perkins Invitational
(Photos by Mark Buffalo)

By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer
lonokecountysports@gmail.com

GUY — The Carlisle Junior Lady Bison jumped out to a 12-point first half led then held off a furious rally to beat Pangburn 38-34 to win the Guy-Perkins Junior High Invitational on Saturday night. 
Carlisle (4-2) led 10-3 after one quarter and 15-3 following a putback by Heather Bowlan with 4:27 left in the first half. The Junior Lady Bison led 22-11 at halftime.
Pangburn opened the second half with a 9-2 run to pull to within four at 24-20. Carlisle's Arius McClain scored four in a row to push her team's lead to 28-20 with 1:29 left in the third quarter.
Pangburn eventually got on a roll in the fourth quarter and closed to within one at 35-34 following a steal and layup by Hannah Bourgeois with 47 seconds left in the game.
After a Carlisle turnover, Pangburn had a chance to take the lead but missed a short jumper. Carlisle's Deshaye Ricks hit 1 of 2 foul shots with 15.9 seconds left. Pangburn missed a layup and fouled Ricks again with 7.7 seconds left. Ricks hit both foul shots to ice the victory.
The victory over Pangburn was Carlisle's third in a row after losing to Lonoke on Tuesday. Carlisle beat Conway Christian in the first round and host Guy-Perkins in the semifinals.
"We bounced back and won three in a row after going to Lonoke where we struggled," Carlisle coach Jonathan Buffalo said. "Tonight, we got up to a big lead  in the first half. I told them at halftime that it was going to be tough and to find a way to win. We don't want to play to lose but to win. And we were able to do so."
Ricks led Carlisle with 15 points. Arius McClain had 14. Bowlan scored 8. Dreya McClain added a free throw.

Carlisle's Heather Bowlan [24] fights for a loose ball.

Deshaye Ricks eyes a shot against Pangburn.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Lonoke knocks off Carlisle in basketball

Lonoke's Amanda Sexton, left, battles for a loose ball with Carlisle's Kylie Warren and Kayla Golleher. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)


By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer
lonokecountysports@gmail.com

LONOKE — In a the "Battle of Highway 70," Lonoke swept Carlisle on Tuesday night at the Gina Cox Center.

Senior girls
The Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits (2-0) used a 13-0 run in the first half to help beat the Carlisle Lady Bison 62-31.
Lonoke led 3-0 after a three-pointer by Kerasha Johnson. Carlisle's Molli Weems hit 1 of 3 free throws before the Lady Jackrabbits scored the final 13 points of the first quarter to lead 16-1.
Carlisle (1-1) went on an 11-2 run to pull to within six at 18-12 with 2:38 left in the first half. 
Carlisle was hampered by foul trouble as starting guard Kylie Warren picked up her fourth foul with 2 minutes left in the first half. Lonoke led 27-14 at halftime.
Lonoke pushed its lead to 29-14 on a putback by Jarrelyn McCall early in the second half. Carlisle's Peyton Hitchings hit a short jumper to make the score 29-16. From there, Lonoke outscored Carlisle 15-12 to end the quarter. 
The Lady Jackrabbits scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter. McCall scored 8 of those points.
McCall led Lonoke with 20 points. Amanda Sexton had 14. Callie Whitfield added 8. Johnson scored six. Ashlyn Allen had 5. Eboni Willis added 4. Riely Rowton and Kimistri Ballance has 3 points each.  
Elex McClain led Carlisle with 12 points. Weems had 7. Warren scored six. Scoring 2 each were Hitchings, Nikita Harper and Nicquira Burnett.

Lonoke's Isaac Toney drives past Carlisle's Lewis Bunch. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

Senior boys
The new-look Lonoke Jackrabbits used a 13-0 run in the first quarter to help build a 24-13 halftime lead en route to a 58-27 win over the Carlisle Bison in the season opener for both teams.
Lonoke played in the Class 4A state championship game a year ago and lost their top six players to graduation. 
Carlisle took a 2-0 lead on a baseline jumper by Drake Adams. Lonoke's Nick Bates scored four in a row to start the run, which was highlighted by a breakaway dunk from Justin Meadows. Carlisle's Devon Kendrick broke the run with a layup late in the quarter.
Carlisle tried to keep it close but trailed 24-13 at halftime. The Jackrabbits scored the first 10 points of the second half to pull away from the Bison. They led 38-19 after three quarters. 
Jawaun Bryant led Lonoke with 9 points. Isaac Toney scored 8. Brenton Bryant had 7. Yancy Cooney scored 6. TaMarrae Moore had 5. Bates scored 4. Bryson Jackson, Tyler Spencer and Byron Fair scored 3 points each. Scoring two each were Meadows, Ryan Truelove and Kylan Branscomb.
Nick Schafer led Carlisle with 6 points. Scoring 4 each were Adams, Lewis Bunch, Cole Sheets and Kendrick. Zack Caviness had 3.  Bryden Weems had 2 points each.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Bison fall to Gurdon in first round of 2A playoffs

Bison quarterback Chase Brazeal looks to pitch the ball to Jacob Cagle during action earlier in the 2014 season. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)


By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer
lonokecountysports@gmail.com

GURDON — The Carlisle Bison's 2014 season came to an end with a 40-24 loss to the Gurdon Go-Devils in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs on Friday. With the loss, Carlisle's final record is 4-7.
Gurdon led 18-0 after one quarter and 40-0 at halftime. 
Carlisle kept fighting in the second half, scoring 24 points.
Jacob Cagle scored on a 15-yard run with 8:45 left in the third quarter. Thomas McCallie scored the two-point conversion.
The Bison's second touchdown came on a 4-yard run by Chase Brazeal with 8:35 left in the game. Clinton Hampton scored the two-point conversion.
McCallie scored the Bison's final touchdown of the season on a 3-yard run with 20 seconds left. Cagle scored the two-point conversion. 
Hampton led the Bison with 113 yards rushing on 15 carries. Cagle had 76 yards rushing on 11 carries. He caught 3 passes for 20 yards. 
Brazeal completed 3 of 8 passes for 20 yards. 

Jackrabbits fall to Prairie Grove in first round of 4A playoffs

The Lonoke coaching staff talks to their game during their win over Riverview two weeks ago. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)


By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer
lonokecountysports@gmail.com

PRAIRIE GROVE — The Lonoke Jackrabbits late-season run came to an end with a 41-24 loss to Prairie Grove in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs Friday night. With the loss, Lonoke ends its season at 5-6; The Tigers advance to the second round where they will play at Nashville.
Prairie Grove led 14-0 after the first quarter. Blake Faulk scored on an 11-yard run with 5:39 left. The two-point conversion was good. Reed Orr then scored on a 3-yard run with 1 second left.
Lonoke scored the next 16 points to lead 16-14 at halftime. Josh Coleman scored on a 15-yard run with 7:49 left in the first half. Logan Dozier scored the two-point conversion. Justin Meadows then caught a 66-yard touchdown pass from Savonte Rountree with 4:18 left. Meadows scored the two-point conversion. 
Lonoke then pushed its lead to 24-14 when Caleb Bailey returned the second half kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown. Dozier scored the two-point conversion.
From there, Prairie Grove scored the game's final 27 points. Bobby Catt scored on a 10-yard run. Isaac Disney caught a 46-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Marrell. Eli Lopez and Faulk both scored on a 2-yard runs in the fourth quarter. 
Rountree completed 5 of 12 passes for 118 yards. Meadows caught 2 passes for 69 yards. Also catching passes were Bailey, Coleman and Chandler Elmore. 
Coleman led Lonoke with 77 yards rushing on 14 carries. Meadows had 64 yards on 9 carries. 
Elmore led Lonoke with 14 tackles. Meadows had 11. Devin Mosley had 10. Trey Bevis had 8.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Lady Rabbits open season with win

Lonoke's Kerasha Johnson drives to the basket during action last week. She scored 12 points in the Lady Jackrabbits' season-opening win over DeWitt on Tuesday. 


By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer
lonokecountysports@gmail.com

LONOKE — The Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits opened the 2014-15 season with a 57-26 win over the DeWitt Dragonnettes on Tuesday at the Gina Cox Center.
The game was close in the first quarter as Lonoke led 9-4 after eight minutes. Lonoke's Eboni Willis scored four points while Amanda Sexton had three and Kerasha Johnson hit a field goal. 
The Lady Jackrabbits pulled away in the second and third quarters. They scored 22 points in the second and 24 in the third while DeWitt had only 16 points combined in that time frame. 
Johnson scored six points in the second. Ashlyn Allen had five. Sexton scored four. Riely Rowton had a three-pointer. Scoring two each were Willis and Jarrelyn McCall. 
McCall scored seven points in the second quarter. Sexton hit two three-pointers. Johnson had four. Rowton hit a three-pointer while Callie Whitfield and Allen scored two points each.
McCall scored Lonoke's only basket of the fourth quarter. 
Sexton led Lonoke with 13 points. Johnson had 12. McCall added 11. Allen had seven. Rowton and Willis had six points each. Whitfield had two. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lady Bison open season with win over Woodlawn

Carlisle's Kylie Warren shoots for 2 during the Lady Bison's win over Woodlawn. (Photos by Mark Buffalo)


By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer
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CARLISLE — The new-look Carlisle Lady Bison opened the 2014-15 season with a 47-35 win over the Woodlawn Lady Bears at Bison Arena on Tuesday night. 
Carlisle lost five seniors off last year's squad, which finished as co-conference champions with Brinkley. 
In the win over Woodlawn, Carlisle 11-10 after one quarter and 21-16 at halftime.
Carlisle pushed its lead to 23-16 early in second half on a jumper by Peyton Hitchings. Woodlawn made a run to lead 27-26 with 1:49 left in the third quarter. Carlisle's Kylie Warren then converted a three-point play with 17.7 seconds left in the quarter to give the Lady Bison a 29-27 lead.
Woodlawn tried to keep it close, trailing 33-31 with 5:19 left in the game. The Lady Bison closed the game on a 14-4 run. They hit 8 of 10 free throws in the final 5:08. 
"I told the girls that in the second half, it's just about finding a way to win," Carlisle coach Jonathan Buffalo said. "Getting the win was important as is getting better."
Warren led Carlisle with 25 points. Hitchings added 9. Scoring 4 each were Molli Weems, Kayla Golleher and Elex McClain. Nicquira Burnett added three.
Jordan Wylie led Woodlawn with 12 points. 

Carlisle's Peyton Hitchings brings the ball up the floor against Woodlawn.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Bison fall to McCrory; to face Gurdon in playoffs

The Bison coaching staff talks to their players during a recent game. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)


CARLISLE — The Carlisle Bison could not keep up with the McCrory Jaguars in a 46-34 loss on Senior Night last Thursday at Fred C. Hardke Field.
With the loss, the Bison (4-6)  will be the fifth seed from the 2A-6 conference and travel to Gurdon to play the Go-Devils in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs this Friday. 
McCrory took an 8-0 lead  on the first play of the game. The Jaguars scored on a 65-yard run. The Bison tied it at 8-8 on a 6-yard run by Clinton Hampton with 10:17 left in the first half. Jacob Cagle added the two-point conversion. 
Carlisle took a 14-8 lead on a 1-yard run by quarterback Chase Brazeal. McCrory reclaimed the lead at 16-14 with 2:29 left. The Jaguars scored again late in the half to lead 22-14 at halftime.
Carlisle cut the deficit to 22-20 early in the third quarter. Hampton scored on a 12-yard run. That is as close it would get the remainder of the game.
McCrory scored 24 consecutive points to lead 46-20 with 6:03 left in the game. The Bison scored two late touchdowns. Devon Kendrick scored on a 12-yard run with 5:50 left. Hampton added the two-point conversion. Brazeal scored on a 20-yard run with 10 seconds left.
Hampton led Carlisle with 206 yards rushing on 29 carries. He caught 1 pass for 7 yards. 

Cagle had 92 yards rushing on 20 carries. 

Lady Bison win scrimmages against North Pulaski, Fair

Carlisle coach Jonathan Buffalo talks to his team during their scrimmage game at Little Rock Fair on Saturday. (Photo by Kym Warren)

By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer
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LITTLE ROCK — The Carlisle Lady Bison basketball team kicked off the 2014-15 season with scrimmages on Saturday at Little Rock Fair High School. 
They played both North Pulaski and Fair for two quarters each. Carlisle beat the Class 5A Lady Falcons 26-25; the Lady Bison then beat the Class 5A Lady War Eagles 35-12.
In the win over North Pulaski, Kylie Warren led Carlisle with 18 points. Nikita Harper had 3. Peyton Hitchings and Nicquira Burnett had 2 points each. Kayla Golleher added a free throw.
In the win over Fair, Warren led Carlisle with 8 points. Golleher had 7. Molli Weems, Elex McClain, Harper and Hitchings had 4 points each. Journey Jennings added two.
Carlisle coach Jonathan Buffalo said playing the scrimmage games was good for his team so they got rid of any nervousness they might have before the season opener Tuesday against Woodlawn at Bison Arena. 
"It was good to get on the court against someone besides yourself," he said. "I could find good things that all 12 players did today. They played hard and they played defense. I was proud of the effort that they put forth today."

Carlisle will play Woodlawn in three girls games Tuesday night. The seventh-grade girls game starts at 5:30 p.m. followed by the junior girls then senior girls. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Jackrabbits end regular season with rout of Raiders


Lonoke's Chance Bronson and Lucas McKenzie block during the Jackrabbits' win over Riverview on Friday. (Photos by Mark Buffalo)


By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer
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LONOKE — The Lonoke Jackrabbits ended the 2014 regular season with a 48-16 win over the Riverview Raiders on Thursday at James B. Abraham Stadium. 
With the win — Lonoke's third in a row — the Jackrabbits clinch the fourth seed from the 4A-2 and a playoff game at Prairie Grove next week. 
"I'm real proud of the kids for finishing up the season strong, heading into the playoffs," said Lonoke coach Doug Bost, whose team is now 5-5 on the season. 
Lonoke reeled off 4 wins in its last 5 games to earn a spot in the Class 4A state playoffs. They included wins over Central Arkansas Christian and Stuttgart 
"Winning that last 4 of 5 was huge," Bost said. "We started off 0-2 in conference but, it's like we told them, there was still a lot of football left to play. We were able to win out after that. I'm real proud."
In the win over Riverview, Lonoke jumped out to an 18-0 lead after one quarter. Savonte Rountree threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Justin Meadows with 8:17 left. Caleb Bailey returned an interception 34 yards for a score and Meadows scored on a 29-yard run with a minute left.
Lonoke pushed its lead to 26-0 with 9:25 left in the first half. Josh Coleman scored on a 5-yard run then added the two-point conversion. 
Riverview had a chance to get on the board but turned the ball over on downs at the Lonoke 10. However, Lonoke was not able to move the ball and Riverview's Blake Edom blocked a Lonoke punt threw the goal post for a safety. 
Riverview's Bennie Watson then returned the free kick 60-yards for a touchdown with 4:34 left in the first half. Andrew Moore scored the two-point conversion to make the score 26-10. 
Lonoke responded late in the first half, driving 54 yards in 11 plays with Rountree throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Meadows with 10 seconds left, giving the Jackrabbits a 32-10 halftime lead.
The Jackrabbits led 40-10 with 6:34 left in the third quarter. Meadows scored on an 8-yard run then added the two-point conversion. 
Riverview scored again on an 83-yard touchdown pass from David Lee to Luke Hoofman with 3:19 left in the third quarter. 
The final points of the game came on a 78-yard touchdown pass from Rountree to Logan Dozier with 2:19 left in the third quarter. Meadows added the two-point conversion.
Rountree completed 11 of 18 passes for 205 yards and 3 touchdowns. Meadows and Bailey each caught 3 passes for 45 yards. Dozier caught 2 passes for 78 yards.
Meadows rushed for 76 yards on 12 carries. Coleman had 59 yards on 11 carries.
Devin Mosley and Chandler Elmore led Lonoke with 9 tackles each. Ethan Holland and Ricky Nichols had six tackles each. Bailey had five.


The Lonoke defense makes a stop against Riverview

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Jackrabbits clinch playoff spot with rout of Ricebirds

Lonoke's Josh Coleman scores for the Jackrabbits against Stuttgart. (Photo by Scott Ward/KOESPORTS.COM)

STUTTGART — Once again, the Lonoke Jackrabbits have a made a late-season push to earn a spot in the Class 4A state playoffs. 
Lonoke shut out Stuttgart 28-0 at Burkle Field on Friday night. With the win, Lonoke is now 4-5 overall and 3-3 in 4A-2 league play with one game remaining. Lonoke is tied with both Central Arkansas Christian and Stuttgart at 3-3 but Lonoke swept both teams. 
After a scoreless first quarter, Lonoke got on the board with 10:56 left in the first half on a  31-yard run by Savonte Rountree. Josh Coleman, lining up at the wildcat position, took the direct snap and scored the two-point conversion to give Lonoke an 8-0 lead.
Lonoke pushed its lead to 14-0 when Rountree scored on a 34-yard run with 7:39 left in the third quarter. 
Lonoke scored again in the third quarter on a 7-yard run by Coleman with 4:35 left. He also scored the two-point conversion to make the score 22-0. 
Devin Mosley scored the Jackrabbits' final touchdown on a 3-yard run with 8:22 left in the game.
Justin Meadows led Lonoke with 181 yards rushing on 23 carries. Rountree had 91 yards on 11 carries. He also completed 3 of 6 passes for 37 yards. 
Coleman had 50 yards rushing on 19 carries. He caught 2 passes for 14 yards. Caleb Bailey caught one pass for 23 yards.
The Jackrabbits held the Ricebirds to 109 yards in total offense — 81 yards passing and 28 yards rushing. 
Trey Bevis led Lonoke with 17 tackles. Mosley had 13. Gabe Rooney had 9. Dylan Goforth, Ricky Nichols and Chandler Elmore had 8 tackles each. 
Lonoke will host the Riverview Raiders on Thursday in the regular-season finale. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at James B. Abraham Stadium. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Bison "clinch" playoff spot with rout of Lions

Carlisle's Devon Kendrick carries the ball during the third quarter of the Bison's win over Clarendon (Photo by Mark Buffalo)


By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer
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CARLISLE — The Carlisle Bison needed a win against Clarendon to keep their playoff hopes alive. And that is just what they got.
The Bison pulled away from the Lions in the second half for a 58-34 win. Carlisle is now 4-5 overall and 4-3 in 2A-6 play. 
There are a few tie-breaking scenarios depending upon what happens in Week 10 but could finish anywhere from third to fifth in standings.
The Bison led 28-20 at halftime. Jacob Cagle scored on an 18-yard run in the first quarter. Chase Brazeal scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter. He also scored on a 1-yard run int he second quarter while Cagle had a 26-yard scoring run.
The Lions forced Carlisle to punt on the first possession of the second half. That led to a 67-yard scoring run by Marderrius Amos with 8:37 left to cut the Bison's lead to 28-26. 
The Bison responded with a 68-yard, 7-play drive. Clinton Hampton scored on a 17-yard run with 5:59 left. Devon Kendrick scored the two-point conversion to make the score 36-26. 
Kendrick intercepted a Clarendon pass on the next possession. That eventually led to a 9-yard touchdown run by Hampton with 2:58 left in the third quarter. Tyler Teel added the two-point conversion, giving the bison a 44-26 lead.
Carlisle forced Clarendon to punt; the Bison pushed the lead to 52-26 when Cagle scored on a 29-yard run with 1:05 left in the third quarter. He also scored the two-point conversion. 
Clarendon did not go away. The Lions cut the Bison's lead to 52-34 with 11:15 left in the game. Donnie Lowery threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Amos. The Lions also scored the two-point conversion. 
Carlisle made the score 58-34 on a 20-yard run by Hampton with 7:10 left. Carlisle then sealed the victory when Kendrick intercepted his third pass of the game with 6:29 left. 
"We had to win to give ourselves any chance to get into the playoffs," Carlisle coach Jack Keith said. "I was very proud of the kids. Our backs were against the wall. They had to step up and take care of business and they did."
Keith said the Bison's offense is one that can wear on a team. 
"Toward the middle of the third quarter, they were starting to wear down," Keith said of Clarendon. "We were starting to get the 5-, 6- and 7-yard chunks. It just snowballed for us from there. They answered every score they made."
Hampton led the Bison with 209 yards rushing on 25 carries. Cagle had 190 yards on 26 carries. Kendrick had 34 yards on 8 carries. He also had three interceptions. 
The Bison will play McCrory at Fred C. Hardke Field in the regular-season finale Thursday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Jacob Cagle heads to the end zone for a two-point conversion. 


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bison fall to Tigers, host Clarendon on Friday

The Bison coaching staff talks to its team during a recent game. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

BRINKLEY — The Carlisle Bison are in need of a win this Friday to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Carlisle will host the Clarendon Lions at Fred C. Hardke Field. Game time is 7 p.m.
The Bison are 3-5 overall and 3-3 in 2A-6 play following a 28-22 loss at Brinkley last Friday.
Brinkley took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter.
The Bison took an 8-6 lead with 7:36 left in the first half. Chase Brazeal threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Clinton Hampton. Jacob Cagle added the two-point conversion.
The Bison added to their lead when Brazeal threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Devon Kendrick with 50 seconds left in the half. Hampton added the two-point conversion.
Brinkley pulled to within two at 16-14 with 10:04 left in the third quarter. 
The Tigers took a 22-16 lead on a 59-yard run with 6:27 left in the third quarter. The Bison tied it at 22-220 on a 19-yard pass from Brazeal to Kendrick on the final play of the third quarter.
Brinkley took a 28-22 lead with 6:30 left in the game. 
Hampton led the Bison with 112 yards rushing on 33 carries. Brazeal completed 3 of 4 passes for 54 yards.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lady Jackrabbits extend state tourney streak to 13; tourney starts Tuesday at Lonoke

Lonoke's Emily Moore sends the ball back across the net against Southside Batesville in finals of the conference tournament. (Photos by Nathan McGowan)

Lonoke's Jarrelyn McCall serves against Southside. 


By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer
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LONOKE — The Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits volleyball team extended its state tournament appearance streak to 13 this season. However, the Lady Jackrabbits have a bigger goal in mind.
"We're all excited … but they've all said, 'we don't just want to make it to state — we want to win state,'" Lonoke coach Laura Park said. 
Park said the team's goal was to go into the state tournament as either a No. 1 or No. 2 seed. The Lady Jackrabbits are the second seed from the 4A-Central in the Class 4A state tournament, which starts Tuesday at the Gina Cox Center and the old LHS gymnasium in Lonoke. 
Lonoke finished 4A-Central play at 15-1. The Lady Jackrabbits lost to Southside Batesville in the finals of the conference tournament last week. 
"They won conference and probably should have won the district tournament … it is hard to beat a team three times," Park said. "They are going as a No. 2 seed so they have accomplished two of their goals. It's a great group of kids and everything they do, they do it with their whole heart. They are very excited and I'm very excited."
Lonoke will play Prairie Grove in the first round Tuesday at noon in the old gym. The winner will play either Mena or Newport on Wednesday in the Gina Cox Center at 4 p.m.  The semifinals are Thursday at 4 p.m. The state finals are Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
Park said playing the state tournament in Lonoke will bring "normalcy" to the events this week. 
"I think it will help the girls stay a little more focused on actually playing the game instead of traveling somewhere to play in a tournament," she said. "To be able to have your home crowd and hopefully some students from school and have a little more support is big. Every time we've played in the state tournament, it's been so far away. 
"We'll have an opportunity for more of our people to see the girls in this situation and it's tremendous."