Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Harry Wright is new Jackrabbits football coach

New Lonoke Jackrabbits football coach Harry Wright visits with his new team following an initial meeting on Tuesday. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer

LONOKE — Harry Wright, the defensive coordinator at Bentonville West High School, is the new Lonoke Jackrabbits head football coach.
Wright, 34, was hired by the Lonoke School Board during its regular meeting Monday night. He replaces Taggart Moore, who resigned to enter into private business.
Wright has been at Bentonville West for four seasons, following coach Bryan Pratt from McAlester, Okla., to Bentonville when Bentonville High School split into two schools. 
“My family and I are excited to be here,” Wright said. 
Wright is a graduate of Eufala High School in Oklahoma. He played four years of football at Bacone College, earning All-American Honors twice. 
Wright coached at several Oklahoma schools before making his way to Bentonville.
But Lonoke reminds him of Eufala, his hometown.
“This is opportunity came open, it reminds me a lot of where I went to high school,” Wright said. “I graduated from a 3A Oklahoma school. So it’s similar. 
“I have a 6-year-old son and I wanted him to grow up in the same environment that I grew up in. Football was a huge deal. The town shut down where I went to high school. I feel like Lonoke can be that type of situation and opportunity. It really enticed me for him to grow up in that type on environment, along with the tradition of success and athletes that they’ve had here.”
Wright said everyone he’s talked to about the Lonoke job said it was a good opportunity.
“This is a place where you can be successful at and the kids are going to work hard and take pride in it,” he said. 
Wright and his wife Lauren have one son, Evan. 
“It’s always been my dream when I got into coaching to be a head football coach,” Wright said. “I’ve kind of tried to set myself up throughout my career to learn from the best. I’ve worked for some really good head coaches. My head coach in high school, Kerry Roberts, was one of my mentors. I worked for him for three years.”
The Jackrabbits finished the 2018 season 6-6. They beat Prairie Grove in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs. They lost to Ozark in the second round.
Lonoke opens the 2019 season Aug. 30 at Carlisle. 

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Bison rally to beat Pangburn, qualify for state tourney

The Carlisle Bison are headed to the Class 2A state tournament after beating Pangburn 6-3 on Friday. (Photo courtesy of Sara Seidenschwarz)

By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer

CARLISLE — For the first time in five years and the eighth time in school history, the Carlisle Bison baseball team is headed to the state tournament.
Carlisle (17-9) rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Pangburn 6-3 in the first round of the central regional tournament at Rockefeller Park on Friday. With the win, Carlisle will play in the Class 2A state tournament next week in Mountain Home. 
“We haven’t really talked a whole lot about wins this season but we knew one of the goals was to make it to the state tournament,” said first-year Bison coach coach Steven Tew. “It feels good to accomplish that and we hope to keep it going from there.”
Pangburn, which beat the Bison 13-3 on April 17, scored two runs in the bottom of the second and the score remained the same until the top of the fifth.
Carlisle’s Cody Brown and Ben Orton both scored runs to tie the game at 2-2.
The Bison then plated four runs in the top of the sixth to take a 6-2 lead. Scoring were Noah Seidenschwarz, Brown, Orton and Blake White. 
Pangburn added a run in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 6-3. The Tigers had a change to score in the bottom of the seventh but left runners at first and second to end the game. 
White got the win, giving up three runs in six innings. He struck out seven while allowing nine hits and five walks. Brown pitched a scoreless seventh. 
“Blake really didn’t have his best stuff early on but he batted up there,” Tew said. “They got something going in the second but he did a good job limiting the damage and giving up only two runs that inning. 
“Around the fourth, something clicked for him and he started to command his pitches a little better. After that moment, we were able to start spotting fastballs and throwing curveballs and change ups for strikes. It helped keep Pangburn’s hitters off balance.”
The Bison had seven hits but also left 12 runners on base. Brown, Orton and Ian Seidenschwarz had two hits each. 
“Offensively, we felt like we had opportunities but couldn’t get a big hit to score any of them,” Tew said. “We just kept grinding and kept having good at bats until we got two across in the fifth and four more in the sixth. 
“I was proud of how they handled themselves during those tough innings. A good example of it was really Braiden Jenkins. He had a good at bat with two outs and runners on second and third. It ended in a strikeout but it also did two important things for us. It rolled the lineup over to the top for the next inning and it helped run the pitch count up for Pangburn’s guy, which led to them having to go to the bullpen. Braiden was a little down on himself after that one but he didn’t carry it over to the field.”
Jenkins dove for a fly ball in the gap on the first pitch of the next inning for an out.
“He made of the best plays we’ve had all year by diving to the gap,” Tew said of Jenkins. “It was a big moment and got us fired up.”
The Bison will play Conway St. Joseph on Sunday in the semifinals of the regional at Rockefeller Park. 

Monday, April 29, 2019

LHS football coach Moore leaving education field

Lonoke football coach Taggart Moore talks to his offensive line during the 2017 season. Moore is stepping down as Jackrabbits football coach, going into loan selling business. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer

LONOKE — Taggart Moore had a career opportunity he could not pass up.
Moore, 32, the head football coach of the Lonoke Jackrabbits for 2 1/2 years, is stepping down to make a career move, getting out of education.
Moore is going to work as a loan officer at First Trust Home Loans, based in Sheridan but with a satellite office in Cabot. 
“It is something I don’t take lightly,” Moore said, referring to being the head coach of the Jackrabbits. “I didn’t think I’d ever get out of coaching and teaching. I thought I’d be doing this for the next 25 years. I love football and I love the game and I love coaching. 
“But this is an opportunity to do something different, an opportunity for me to do things for my family that I can’t do while I’m coaching. It just came down to that. It’s an opportunity for my family that I couldn’t pass up. I can now spend more time with my family.”
Moore said he will continue to teach and fulfill his contract, which expires June 30. 
Moore said his wife Anna will continue to teach at Lonoke High School. They have a young son, Mills. 
Moore was named interim coach of the Jackrabbits following the resignation of longtime coach Doug Bost following a  1-3 start in 2016. The Jackrabbits finished the season 2-4 under Moore. In the 2017, Lonoke went 3-7 but took a major step forward in 2018 as the Jacrkabbits went 6-6, including a home playoff victory over Prairie Grove. 
“I think differently it’s in a good spot,” Moore said of the Jackrabbits football program. “Talking to Dr. Tackett [Lonoke Superintendent John Tackett], we kind of discussed it and how it’s in a much better place than what I found it in. There are so many positive things doing on there right now.”
Tackett spoke highly of Moore.
"In the short time I've known him, he seems to be an educator of the highest character who puts students first," Tackett said. "He treats fellow coaches and colleagues with respect and is a great role model for students. From what I have seen, he models the skills, values and character traits most sought after in coaching and teaching.
"He will be greatly missed. We wish Coach Moore the very best and appreciate all he has done."
Tackett said the football coaching position will be posted on the school website and will including a physical education teaching assignment.
"Applications will be reviewed and candidates will be selected by a district-level team comprised of administrators and coaches," Tackett said.
Moore said he's leaving a great job.
“Whoever takes that job is going to be in a really good position to win a conference championship next year,” Moore said. “We’ve put in a lot of hard work, and I want the program to success. I feel like it’s going to.”

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Jackrabbits win 5 in a row

Lonoke's Anderson Fletcher awaits a pitch during the Jackrabbits' sweep of EStem on Tuesday. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer

LONOKE — After a getting off to a slow start, the Lonoke Jackrabbits have won five in a row, including four conference games, to improve to 6-7 on the season. 
Lonoke is now 5-3 in the 4A-5 conference. The Jackrabbits are tied for third with Mills but hold the tiebreaker over the Comets by virtue of their sweep. Joe T. Robinson is 6-0. Wynne is second at 5-1. 
“We’re sitting at 5-3 in the conference, which is a good spot for us right now,” Lonoke coach Nick Smith said. “We have a huge doubleheader at Wynne on Tuesday. That could really put us in a great position going forward.”
Before spring break, Lonoke beat Mills 9-1 and 11-4 on March 15. 
In the first game, Lonooke led 8-0 after four innings. 
Dalton Smith led Lonoke with four runs. Spencer Pepper had two. Also scoring were Julian Medina, Christian Cooper, and Anderson Fletcher. 
Noah Mulligan had three RBIs. Cooper, Smith, and Pepper had two hits each. 
Will Roark got the win. He struck out four in six innings of work. 
In the second game, Lonoke jumped out to a 8-0 lead after two innings. 
Cooper, Smith and Pepper each scored two runs. Also scoring were Logan Sharp, Ryan Cleveland, Grant Lingo, Mulligan and Riley Miller. 
Lonoke swept a doubleheader from EStem on Tuesday. The Jackrabbits won the first game 25-0 and the nightcap 12-0. 
Media, Smith and Roark each scored three runs. Scoring two runs were Cleveland, Miller and Pepper. Also scoring were Cooper, Will McNeil, Sharp, Fletcher, Mulligan and Daniel DeViney.
Mulligan hit a home run. 
In the second game, Lonoke scored five runs in the second and seven in the fourth. 
McNeil and Chase Rogers each scored two runs. Also scoring were Isaiah Thomas, Cooper, Smith, Roark, Sharp, Fletcher, Brayden Knox and DeViney.
Smith, Shapr and Mulligan competed on a no-hitter, striking out 11 EStem batters.
“Our pitching is really starting to settle in and pound the strike zone,” Coach Smith said. “At the plate, our guys are really seeing the ball well and squaring a lot of balls up. I’ve been please with the depth of this team. We’ve got a lot of good ball players on this team so we have a lot of options on doubleheaders on conference nights.
“Lastly, this team is starting to put all phases of the game together and it’s showing.”

Bison hold off Hornets, improve to 8-3

The Carlisle Bison rally up before an inning during their win over Hazen on Friday. (Photos by Mark Buffalo)

By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer

Ian Seidenschwarz makes contact with a pitch
against Hazen. 
CARLISLE — The Carlisle Bison continued their early-season roll with a 9-5 win over the Hazen Hornets on Friday at Rockefeller Park.
The Bison aren now 8-3 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
Carlisle led 5-0 after three innings. Hazen scored twice in the top of the fourth to cut it to 5-2. The Bison plated a run in the bottom of the frame to lead 6-2. However, the Hornets would not go away, scoring once in the fifth and twice in the sixth to make the score 6-5.
The Bison scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth push the lead back to four at 9-5. 
“I wasn’t surprised at jumping out to a big lead,” first-year Carlisle coach Steven Tew said. “Yesterday at practice, it was probably the best we’ve swung the bat all year. That was really encouraging coming off the last two games where I thought we didn’t swing the bat that well. 
“We knew we were facing one of the top guys in our conference in Jacob Weems. He’s had great numbers. Everything that I heard is that he’s a two strikeout an inning pitcher. It was going to be hard for us.”
Ben Orton, Blake White and Kamryn Taylor each scored two runs. Also scoring were Coby Brown, Gauge Shaw and Jasean Harper.
Brown and White led Carlisle with three hits each. Orton and Eli Moody had two hits each. 
Also getting a  hit was Creed Carter. 
Paxton Hitchings pitched the first three innings. He allowed no hits but two runs while striking out give. White got a save, pitching the final 1 2/3 innings, He struck out three. Also pitching were Noah Seidenschwarz and Brown. 
“Paxton gave us three solid innings and I kinda pushed him for a fourth,” Tew said. “He got into a little bit of trouble. Noah came in and pitched really well. Coby struggled some. He didn’t have his best stuff but he got out there and competed. 
“Then we just got to Blake. We knew that if we had the lead and we were getting late in the game that we were going straight to Blake. He was able to come in and get five big outs for us.”
A year ago, the Bison were 12-11 but had turmoil because of a midseason coaching change, going from Phil Bernhardt to Ryan Johnson, son of former Arkansas Razorbacks pitching coach Wes Johnson. 
Carlisle made it to the regional under Johnson and was close to advancing to the state tournament. 
Tew is pleased with the progress his team is making in his first season as the head Bison. 
“Next week, we’re playing five out of the first six days,” he said. “We’ll get to see a lot of baseball and get a lot of at bats. We’re definitely happy with where we’re at right now. We just have to keep it going and finish.”
Carlisle also bet Abundant Life 12-10 last week. 
White and Carter each scored three runs. Orton scored twice. Also scoring runs were Ian Seidenschwarz, Hitchings, Taylor and Harper. 
The Bison beat Bigelow 6-3 in a conference game Monday. 
Bigelow led 2-0 after one inning. The Bison plated three runs in the both the third and fourth innings to lead 6-2. The Panthers scored once in the top of the seventh. 
Brown and Moody each scored one run. Also scoring were Carter and Taylor. 
White got the win, pitching six innings. He struck out 13. 

Lady Bison edge Hazen, improve to 6-1 on the season

Carlisle third baseman Raegan Mills catches a fly ball in front of shortstop Mackenzie Raper during the seventh inning of the Lady Bison's 3-1 win over Hazen on Friday (Photos by Mark Buffalo)

By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer
Carlisle pitcher Bailey Crump picked up a save
against Hazen. 

CARLISLE — The Carlisle Lady Bison used pitching performances from sophomores Shelby Hancock and Bailey Crump to hold off Hazen for a 3-1 win Friday at Bobby Glover Field at Rockefeller Park.
With the win, Carlisle improves to 2-0 in conference play and 6-1 on the season. 
Hancock struck out seven in five innings to get the win. She allowed two hits while walking only one. Crump struck out three in two innings. She allowed two hits and one run, which was unearned, to get the save. 
“I thought we were pretty solid on defense and the pitchers did a good job of hitting their spots,” Carlisle coach Jonathan Buffalo said. “We did just enough at the plate, but we have to continue to get better at all facets of the game.”
The game was scoreless until the third inning when the Lady Bison plated three runs. 
Heather Bowlan and Gracie Brown both scored on a single by Crump with two outs, who eventually scored on a single by Caty Parker.
Carlisle had seven hits in the game. Bowlan and Brown had two each.
“It is always good to get a big win over a rival, especially when it’s a conference game,” Buffalo said. “It was a complete team effort, and that’s how it has to be.
Carlisle also beat Abundant Life.
The Lady Bison beat the Lady Owls 15-0. 
Ansley Terry and Crump each scored three runs. Scoring twice were Parker, Hancock and Brown. Also scoring were Hailey Thrift, Josie Fortner and Bowlan. 
Hancock and Crump each hit home runs, with Crump’s coming as an inside-the-park homer.
Crump got the win, allowing only one hit through four innings of work. She struck out eight. 

Monday, March 25, 2019

Lady Bison open conference play with rout of Bigelow

Carlisle's Ansley Terry follows through on her swing during the fourth inning of the Lady Bison's win over Bigelow on Monday at Bobby Glover Field. (Photo by Mark Buffalo)

By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer

CARLISLE — The Number 4 was key for the Carlisle Lady Bison in their 12-2 win over Bigelow in the 2A-5 North opener at Bobby Glover Field.
Carlisle scored four runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings en route to their fourth win of the season. The Lady Bison are now 4-1 on the year. 
“It was a great way to start off the conference season, especially coming off spring break,” Carlisle coach Jonathan Buffalo said. “We put the ball in play against a good pitcher. They have a good team, and we played very well.”
The Lady Bison based out 12 hits in the victory and took advantage of three Bigelow errors. 
In the first inning, Bailey Crump singled with one out. Mackenzie Raper followed with a single then Caty Parker walked. Raegan Mills reached on an error, which allowed Crump, Raper and Parker to score. 
Mills scored on a single by Shelby Hancock. 
Scoring for the Lady Bison in the fourth were Heather Bowlan, Gracie Brown, Ansley Terry and Crump. 
The Lady Bison ended the game in the fifth inning, scoring four in the bottom of the fifth. Brown tripled with one out and scored scored on a single by Terry. Crump followed with a double, driving in Terry. Crump scored on a single by Raper. Parker then hit a ground rule double to center field. Raper scored on a the play after she went to second on a passed ball. 
Crump led Carlisle with three hits. Getting two hits each were Terry, Raper and Brown. Parker, Hancock and Bowlan had one hit each. 
Hancock got the win. She gave up two runs in five innings of work. She struck out nine. 

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Bison win two games in Ouachita tourney

Carlisle catcher Eli Moody catches a pitch during the Bison's season-opening loss at Atkins. (Photo by Micah Moody)

By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer

DONALDSON — The Carlisle Bison baseball team won two games out of three in the Ouachita High School Spring Break Tournament.
Carlisle lost to Nevada 4-0 in the first game Thursday. The Bison beat fellow conference member England 10-1 in their second game Friday then routed Gurdon 16-1 on Saturday. The Bison are now 5-3 on the season. 
“I thought the tournament went really well,” Carlisle coach Steven Tew said. “It was fun to get down there and play over the break with conference play starting Monday.”
The Bison host Bigelow in the conference opener Monday at Rockefeller Park. 
In the loss to Nevada, the Bison had only two hits. Coby Brown and Blake White each had hits. 
Nevada scored twice in the third and once each in the fourth and sixth.
“Nevada gave us a real good look and that kid who pitched for them did a great job commanding three different pitches and keeping us off balance,” Tew said. “Our defense and pitching kept us in the game but we just couldn’t get anything going offensively. It was a tough break for Blake, who got stuck with he loss.”
In the win over England, the Bison led 2-1 after one inning. Carlisle scored six runs in the fourth and two in the fifth. 
Creed Carter scored three runs for the Bison. Brown and White scored two runs each. Also scoring were Gauge Shaw, Noah Seidenschwarz and Blane Sharp. 
Paxton Hitchings pitched three innings. He allowed no earned runs while striking out five to get the win. Zac VanHouten pitched two scoreless innings. 
“I was happy with how we competed against England,” Tew said. “We had some good at-bats against their guys and did a  good job backing up Paxton and Zac.”
In the win over Gurdon, the Bison scored four runs in the first and 12 in the second. The game lasted 2 1/2 innings. 
For the second game in a row, Carter led the Bison with three runs scored. Sharp also had three runs. Kamryn Taylor scored twice. Also scoring were Brown, White, JaCoda Gray, Ian Seidenschwarz, VanHouten, Jasean Harper, Shaw and Hitchings. 
Brown, Eli Moody, White, Shaw and Taylor had two hits each. 
“Saturday, we played a real young Gurdon team,” Tew said. “I think they start four or five freshmen. In those games though against a team which is struggling, we accomplished what we wanted. We swung the bat well so we earned the majority of our runs.
“Our pitchers, Coby and Ben Orton, threw well. They didn’t strike out very many so our defense had to make the plays behind them.”
Tew was pleased with the tournament.
“All in all, it was good to build a little momentum heading into an important part of our schedule,” he said. “I hope we can continue this type of play.”

Monday, March 18, 2019

Lady Bison start season 3-1

Carlisle's Raegan Mills stands at third base during the Lady Bison's 15-0 win over Des Arc in the season opener. (Photo by Cara Parker)

By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer

The Carlisle Lady Bison softball team is off to a  3-1 start under first-year coach Jonathan Buffalo, who previously coached the softball team during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. 
“We’ve been playing well at times,” Buffalo said. “I’m please with the way the season has started but we’ve got a long ways to go.”
Carlisle beat Des Arc 15-0 in the season opener March 5. The Lady Bison beat Class 5A Jacksonville 7-2 on March 7. They lost to Riverview 8-7 on March 11 before beating Midland 12-6 on Thursday.
In the win over Des Arc, Carlisle scored 14 runs in the bottom of the first. Ansley Terry, Mackenzie Raper, Shelby Hancock, Raegan Mills and Caty Parker each scored two runs in the inning. Also scoring were Heather Bowlan, Bailey Crump, Hailey Thrift and Gracie Brown.
Thrift scored Carlisle’s 15th run in the fourth inning. 
Hancock got the win, striking out four in two innings. Crump pitched two innings, striking out three.
In the win over Jacksonville, Carlisle led 5-1 after three innings. 
Raper led Carlisle with two runs scored. Also scoring were Terry, Hancock, Mills, Parker and Crump. 
Hancock struck out four in five innings of work to get the win. Crump struck out three in two innings of work to get the save. 
In the win over Midland, Raper hit a grand slam in the third inning. 
Parker, Hancock and Shea Alberson each scored two runs. Also scoring were Raper, Mills, Bowlan and Emma Cook.
Hancock got the win, allowing two earned runs in four innings of work. She struck out three. Crump pitched the last three innings, striking out five.
The Lady Bison will host Bigelow in the conference opener on March 25. 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Bison win third straight, beat Episcopal in 8 innings

Carlisle's Blake White delivers a pitch against Midland. White picked up a win in relief against Little Rock Episcopal on Friday. (Photo by Micah Moody)

By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer

LITTLE ROCK — The Carlisle Bison won their third consecutive game Friday, beating Little Rock Episcopal 7-2 in eight innings at history Lamar Porter Field.
Carlisle is now 3-2 on the season following the victory. 
The score was tied 2-2 after seven innings. Coby Brown led off the top of the eighth and scored on a triple by Blake White. Creed Carter followed with a sacrifice fly to score White with the second run. 
Also scoring in the eighth were Ian Seidenschwarz, Noah Seidenschwarz and Jasean Harper. 
White allowed a walk to start the bottom of the eighth then retired the next three batters to end the game. 
“Pitchers and defense did a great job making plays,” Carlisle coach Steven Tew said. “Paxton Hitchings, Noah and Blake all threw really well. Our defense made great plays behind them. Ben Orton made a couple of really outstanding plays in center and Ian Seidenschwarz made a key play, picking off a runner on third after a pitch from behind he plate.”
Carlisle scored two runs in the top of the first to lead 2-0. Scoring were Brown and Ben Orton. 
The Wildcats scored single runs in the fourth and seventh innings. 
Brown led the Bison with three hits. Orton, Zac VanHouten and White had two hits each. Also collecting hits were Noah Seidenschwarz, Ian Seidenschwarz, Kamryn Taylor and Gauge Shaw.
White the victory in relief. He struck out seven in four innings of work. He allows five hits and one earned run. 
“To get out of the game in the bottom of the seventh was a huge boost to force extra innings,” Tew said. “In extras, Cody had a great at bat to start it then Blake drove him in with the go-ahead run. After that, we got several more big hits that inning, and it was nice to come out of there with a  big win going into spring break.”

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Jackrabbits split DH with Stuttgart

Lonoke third baseman Dalton Smith skies to keep a throw from going into the outfield during the Jackrabbits' recent game with Joe T. Robinson. (Photo by Ashley McGowan)

By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer

LONOKE — The Lonoke Jackrabbits baseball team has gotten off to a slow start this season. 
After eight games, Lonoke is 1-7 under first-year coach Nick Smith, who previously served as interim coach during the 2016 season.
Lonoke’s lone victory came over Stuttgart, 17-9, in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday at Stuttgart.
Lonoke led 6-1 after two innings but trailed 9-8 after five. The Jackrabbits scored nine runs in the seventh to get the victory.
Dalton Smith was 3 for 5 with three runs scored and four RBIs. He also hit a home run in the victory. 
Also scoring runs were Julian Median (2), Christian Cooper (2), Isaiah Thomas, Ryan Cleveland (2), Anderson Fletcher (2), Noah Mulligan (2), Daniel DeVinney and Spencer Pepper (2), who went 3 for 3 at the plate with four RBIs. 
Mulligan gets credit for the win as he pitched the last 2 2/3 innings of the game. He struck out four while giving up four runs, three of which were earned. 
Lonoke lost the opener 8-4.
The Jackrabbits led 3-1 after two innings but the Ricebirds scored five runs in the third and two in the fifth. Lonoke scored once in the seventh. 
Smith was 3 for 3 at the plate with a run scored. Pepper was also 3 for 3 with a run scored. 
Lonoke will host the Carlisle Bison on Monday at the Lonoke Ball Park. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.
Carlisle enters the game at 2-2, riding a two-game winning streak. 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Bison rout Riverview for second win

Carlisle's Ian Seidenschwarz  waits on a pitch during action against Des Arc. (Photo by Micah Moody)

By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer

The Carlisle Bison baseball team is now 2-2 after beating Riverview 15-1 on Thursday and Midland 11-7 on Monday. 
Carlisle had started the season 0-2 with losses to Atkins and Des Arc before getting on a winning streak this weeks. 
In the win over Riverview, the Bison scored twice in the first, six in the second, four in the third and three in the fifth. The Raiders lone run came int he bottom of the second. 
Coby Brown, Ben Orton and Blake White each scored three runs. Zac VanHouten scored twice. Also scoring runs were Creed Carer, Ian Seidenschwarz, Braiden Wakefield and Jasean Harper. 
The Bison had 13 hits. Getting two each were Brown, Orton, White, Carter,  Noah Seidenschwarz and VanHouten.
The Bison used three pitchers. Paxton Hitchings pitched the first inning while Noah Seidenschwarz and Wakefield pitched two innings each. Seidenschwarz got the win. He struck out give. 
“Tonight, we did a good job with a little adversity too,” first-year Bison coach Steven Tew said. “Paxton was scheduled to start. He went out there and stuck out the first two guys on six pitches, but after his third strikeout of the inning, he said he just didn’t feel right out there. We shut him down and had to go to our relievers a little earlier than expected.”
Tew said Seidenschwarz and Wakefield pitched well in relief.
“They threw a lot of strikes,” Tew said. “Our hitters did a great job shining the bat and continued to score runs. It made it a lot easier for those pitchers, who hadn’t gotten whole lot of experience pitching in varsity games yes.”
In the win over Midland, the Bison banged out 18 hits. 
White, Hitchings and Ian Seidenschwarz had three hits each. Carter and Noah Seidenschwarz had two hits each. Also getting hits were Eli Moody and Orton. 
White got the win, pitching four innings. He gave up one earned run while striking out eight. Hitchings got the save, pitching 2/3 of an inning in the bottom of the seventh.
“I’m very proud of how well the kids are playing right now,” Tew said “They’ve shown me a lot of positives and done a good job of trying to do things that we’ve been working on — a lot of what is new to them. We’ve definitely got some things to clean up and work but that just gets us something to focus on.”

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Bison end streak with OT win over Hornets

Carlisle's Jasean Harper is fouled while making a move to the basket against Hazen. (Photos by Mark Buffalo)

By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer

CARLISLE — For the first time in over two months, the Carlisle Bison basketball team finished a game with a victory.
Carlisle outscored Hazen 11-6 in overtime to defeat the Hazen Hornets 63-58 at Bison Arena. The win broke Carlisle’s 15-game losing streak.
The Carlisle Lady Bison were also victorious Friday night, defeating Hazen 47-26.
The Bison opened the 2018-19 season with 56-42 win over Glen Rose on Nov. 13. After some turnover with the roster, Carlisle had struggled at times but everything came together against Hazen even though the start of game wasn’t a good one.
Hazen led 10-1 with 4:41 left in the first quarter. Carlisle outscored the Hornets 12-3 the remainder of the quarter to tie the game at 13-13.
Carlisle's Jasmyn McElyea attempts
 a three-pointer against Hazen.
Carlisle led 28-27 at halftime and 41-33 after three quarters. Carlisle led 52-48 following a free throw by Jasean Harper with 27.5 seconds left. 
Hazen’s L.J. Magee hit a basket with 22.7 seconds left. He was fouled on the play but the Hornets got the rebound. That led to Ay’Jon Green scoring on a putback to tie the game at 52-52.
Carlisle had a chance to win it in regulation but T.J. Henderson missed a three-point attempt with 3 seconds left.
Hazen took a 54-52 lead early in overtime. Harper tied the game at 54-54. Carlisle’s Creed Carter hit 1 of 2 free throws then Davarius Allen scored on a putback to give the Bison a 57-54 with 1:33 left.
Hazen pulled to within one twice, the last coming at 59-58. Carlisle’s Will Carter then hit four free throws in the final 20.7 seconds left to seal the victory. 
Will Carter led the Bison with 23 points. Harper had 16. Creed Carter had 10. Allen scored six. Ben Orton had four. Embry Thornton and Henderson had two points each. 
Green led Hazen with 14 points. 
The two teams will play again Monday night at Hazen. The game was postponed from December when the Hazen football team was playing in the Class 2A state championship game. 

Lady Bison win 12th game
The Carlisle Lady Bison improved to 12-7 on the season with a 47-26 win over Hazen.
Carlisle led 17-6 after one quarter and 40-9 at halftime. 
Kiara Milled led Carisle with 10 points. DeShaye Ricks and Leigh Ann Wolfe had eight points each. Shelby Hancock and Jasmyn McElyea had five points each. Heather Bowlan, Josie Fortner and Kate Faucett had three points each. Taylor Cullum scored two. 

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Lady Bison beat Malvern, fall to BK and England in Goldfish Classic

Carlisle's Shea Alberson looks for an open teammate in the Lady Bison's win over Malvern in the Goldfish Classic. (Photos by Mark buffalo

By Mark Buffalo
Staff Writer

LONOKE — The Carlisle Lady Bison went 1-2 in the sixth-annual Goldfish Classic last week at the Gina Cox Center.
Carlisle lost to Bald Knob 50-47 in the first round then beat Malvern 51-30 before losing the fifth-place game to fellow conference member England, 63-53 in overtime. 
In the loss to Bald Knob, Carlisle trailed 13-12 after one quarter and 27-19 at halftime. 
Carlisle outscored the Lady Bulldogs 16-8 in the third quarter and held a five-point lead in the fourth quarter before Bald Knob rallied for the victory. 
Shelby Hancock led Carlisle with 13 points. DeShaye Ricks had 12. Heather Bowlan added nine. Kiara Miller scored four. Jasmyn McElyea and Leigh Ann Wolfe had three points each. Taylor Cullum had two. Josie Fortner scored one. 
In the win over Malvern, the score was tied 9-9 after one quarter. Carlisle then outscored Malvern 16-9 in the second quarter and 18-5 in the third quarter to pull away for the win. 
Devon Buffalo shoots for three. 
Ricks led Carlisle with 16 points. Bowlan had eight. Miller scored six. Hancock and Shea Alberson had five points each. Cullum and Wolfe had four points each. Grace Lea added three. 
in the loss to England, Carlisle trailed by eight points heading into the fourth quarter. Carlisle outscored the Lady Lions 18-10 in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime. 
England outscored Carlisle 16-6 in the extra period. 
In the loss, Carlisle struggled at the free throw line like it has much of the season. The Lady Bison made only 22 of 41 attempts. 
Ricks led Carlisle with 18 points but made only 10 of 22 free throw attempts. Wolfe had 11 points. She had three three-pointers. Bowlan scored eight. Miller added seven. Cullum had five. Hancock scored three and Alberson had one. 

Bison go 0-2 in Goldfish Classic
The Carlisle Bison lost two games in the tournament. They lost to Bald Knob 77-27 in the first round and Bradford 69-46 in the consolation round. 
In the loss to Bald Knob, Will Carter led the Bison with 14 points. Creed Carter had seven. Jasean Harper scored four. Embry Thornton scored two
In the loss to Bradford, the score was tied 12-12 after one quarter. Bradford then led 31-21 at halftime. 
Will Carter led the Bison with 19 points. Harper had 10. Devon Buffalo scored six on two three-pointers. Davorious Allen had four. Ben Orton scored three. Thornton and Xavier Contereras had two points each.