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Rogers 65, Southside 35 BOYS — Rogers shot out to a 17-3 to open the game and never looked back on the way to a 65-35 victory Tuesday night. Mykale Franks led the Mavericks with 18 points. Rogers 72, Southside 20 GIRLS — Rogers’ Camiran Brockhoff and Kate Miller scored 15 points each and the Lady Mounties forced 24 turnovers in a 72-20 non-conference victory Tuesday. Sabrina Phomkhoumphon and Ari Rice led Southside (0-2) with four points each....

11/27/2019

https://www.swtimes.com/sports/20191119/ground-zero-first-year-mavs-coach-brunk-expects-team-to-play-hard There are reminders of the greatness the Southside Mavericks achieved two decades ago — state championship team photos that adorn the wall at Southside Gym. Then he sits down to peer over video of last season’s games. He’s seen them all. Robert Brunk knows this is ground zero. “We know there’s nowhere to go but up,” he said. There’s an overall push at Southside High School to rebrand itself. That’s certainly true of the girls basketball program. Since reaching the 2013 state title game, when they finished 22-9, the Mavericks have won just 30 games since 2013-14 — and 16 of those came in ’13-14. The Mavs are 18-110 over the last five seasons. Cross-town rival Northside, which set the standard for success over the last 2½ decades ago, is 129-21 during that same span. Brunk, who signed on last spring to replace Steve Brown, is hopeful some new blood can generate some excitement by doing the little things right, such as protect the basketball and rebound. “We met awhile back and talked about what a good team looks like,” he said. “Where we’re at right now has to be our lowest point, and every game from here on out we want it to be better than we were yesterday. We’ve talked about three things.” Brunk pulls out a notepad. His players, on their own, came up with three things they’ve shortened to D-U-C-K: “Good teams are determined!” “Good teams are unified and united!” “Good teams have good character; they communicate with other players, they acknowledge officials!” “These are things the girls came up with on their own,” Brunk said. “Moving forward, we want to something from every situation.” The Mavericks don’t talk about their current losing streak. Bu it’s there — 26 straight losses. The team, 0-24 in Brown’s final season, opens the Brunk era today when Ozark rolls into Southside Gym. “Obviously we want to win some games, but right now we’re trying to focus on doing better at the little things,” Brunk said. “Every day right now in practice we’re talking about getting better. “It starts with taking care of the basketball and rebounding better.” Shielo Laranjo, Sabrina Phonkhoumphon and Taylor Gist are among those Brunk is counting on early. Newcomers Aleigha Johnson and Lauren Redding are also potential big pieces to the puzzle. “Lauren missed all of last year with an ACL tear,” Brunk said. “I think she has a great chance to have a lot of meaningful minutes. She didn’t play in our benefit game but will play some against Ozark.” Johnson and Ari Rice will be battling for minutes. Brunk expects Laranjo to play a vital role offensively. “Last year we averaged about 27 points a game, and we graduated a lot of offense,” Brunk said. “She’s going to have to be a leader for us. She’s going to have to play a lot more minutes than she did last year. She’s going to have a big load on her.” Phonkhoumphon is a good defender, Brunk said. Gist saw time last season, and Sayira Reed is coming off a good off-season. “We have some tough games early,” Brunk said. “But we’re going to get after it; we’re going to have effort.”...

11/22/2019

Southside 60, Subiaco 43 Mykale Franks scored 24 points and the Southside Mavericks defeated Subiaco, 60-43, in a benefit boys basketball game Saturday. The Mavericks open the season for keeps Tuesday against Ozark. The Trojans used a 15-2 first quarter run to grab a 20-14 lead after a quarter. Subiaco, however, managed just 10 points (four in the second and six in the third) over the next 16 minutes. Conner King led the Trojans with 16 points. Junior Jairo Phonesouphan added eight points for the Mavericks....

11/17/2019

The city championship was all that remained for Northside and Southside on a cold November night. No conference championship, no playoff seedings, not even a playoff berth was to be decided in the final game of the regular season on Friday night. The Grizzlies did retain Fort Smith bragging rights with a 35-12 win for their fourth straight victory over the Mavericks at Southside’s Jim Rowland Stadium. Northside increased its lead in the Battle of Rogers Avenue to 32-25-2 and notched the longest winning streak by the Grizzlies over Southside since winning seven straight from 1979 through 1985. Both teams were eliminated from the Class 7A playoffs with last week’s losses. The last time both teams missed the post-season in the same season was 1980 when Northside was a member of the large-school conference, which played a round-robin schedule before it was absorbed into the current playoff format in 1983. Northside and Southside will meet again in just nine months in week zero of the 2020 season as nonconference opponents with Southside moving to the 7A-West for the next two-year cycle of the Arkansas Activities Association’s reclassification. The Fort Smith School District appealed the conference alignment, and a subsequent vote by member schools of Class 7A that would have moved both schools into the 7A-West failed by an 11-5 margin two weeks ago. That will leave Northside and Southside in different conferences for the first time since 1980. Friday, Northside (3-7, 1-6 7A-Central) claimed its first 7A-Central win with a first-half flurry against its rivals. The Grizzlies responded after two scoreless possessions to open the game with three straight scoring drives. After a 5-yard punt by Southside, Northside had to go just 45 yards. Fullback Ty Massey bulled in from a yard out to cap an 8-play scoring drive with eight seconds left in the opening quarter. Slate Stanton booted the first of his five extra points for a 7-0 lead. Northside’s defense stopped a fourth-down try by the Mavericks on their next series with a sack by Montay Parks. Northside needed just five plays to go 58 yards with Drey Norwood scooting the final 17 yards around the left side with 8:00 left in the half for a 14-0 cushion. Northside forced another punt, and four plays later Tyheen Prosise took a screen pass down the right sideline before cutting back and completing a 68-yard touchdown play with 6:29 left in the half to push the lead to 21-0. Drey Norwood bumped Northside’s lead to 28-0 in the third quarter with a 56-yard scoring scamper just 1:49 into the new half. Southside (1-9, 0-7) got on the scoreboard early in the fourth quarter after Dakota Wareham stopped a Northside drive with a fumble recovery. Luke Wyatt fired a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jack Clark, who was wide open, with 10:36 left in the fourth quarter. Northside answered on its next drive with Matthew Hollenbeck throwing a 3-yard touchdown pass to J.T. Thorne on fourth down with 5:43 left for a 35-6 lead. Southside scored its final touchdown when Wyatt scrambled 31 yards with 1:27 left to set the final score. The two teams combined for 256 yards of penalties, including 151 on Northside. At one point, Northside was flagged for three straight 15-yard penalties on one offensive play that resulted in second and 48. Norwood ran for 106 yards and passed for 99 yards to lead Northside’s 402-yard attack. Hollenbeck threw for 128 yards. Prosise had seven catches for 128 yards. Wyatt threw for 159 yards and ran for 80 for Southside, which had 290 yards of offense....

11/9/2019

Bentonville coach Michelle Smith never doubted Savannah Riney. Riney never doubted her teammates. “We knew in tight moments all year, Savannah was our go-to girl,” Smith said. “I just looked at her and said, ‘Hey, they’re (setters) going to find you no matter where they are.’ “She produced today.” Riney finished with 21 kills and was named the Most Valuable Player after the Lady Tigers rallied Saturday to beat the Mavericks, 16-25, 25-14, 25-11, 25-18, in the 6A finals at BankOZK Arena in Hot Springs. “Any time you’re a game down in the state championship, you get a little worried and you think you might need to mix it up,” Smith said. “That’s when I sat back and thought, ‘Hey, it’s worked this long.’ “I’m not going to make magic by switching up lineups.” The Mavericks (31-6) took the opener, 25-16, without ever falling behind. But Bentonville never trailed in the second set, trailed only briefly (2-1) in third, and refused to let Southside regain any momentum the rest of the way. “I really think Bentonville played outstanding,” Southside coach Natalie Throneberry said. “We kind of started second-guessing ourselves for a minute. “When our hitting fell off a little bit, our defense followed.” Smith felt like the Lady Tigers were too charged up in the opener. “The first game was nerves,” she said. “They’re playing in a gym they’ve never played in before, and when I brought them around for the second game I said, ‘Hey, it’s just another game.’ I’ve had groups that were strictly business, I’ve had groups that played off emotion, and I’ve had groups that just needed to relax.” “The first set we were just getting our nerves out,” Riney said. “We’ve never played anywhere this big. I think we were just sort of psyched ourselves out. But we trusted each other and we were good after that.” Southside junior Aleigha Johnson finished with four of her six blocks in the opening set. But Riney seemed to be everywhere the Mavericks weren’t in the second set. After helping the Tigers build a quick 5-1 lead, the Mavericks’ rallied to within 13-8 on kills by Toree Tiffee and Bailey Vega. But Riney responded with back-to-back kills, and before Southside knew what hit them, the deficit had swelled to 18-9. The Mavericks closed to within 19-14 on one of Johnson’s six kills, but any hope of carrying over some late momentum in the second set went by the wayside as the Tigers closed out the game, 25-14. The Mavericks led once (2-1 on Avery Fitzgerald’s ace) in the third game before Bentonville quickly pulled ahead by five (10-5). Southside just didn’t have an answer. “Losses teach you a lot about yourself,” Throneberry said. “For these kids to make it back to the finals two years in a row, I’m not going to hang my head for a second. I’ve got the utmost respect for Michelle Smith and what she’s done for that team. “It’s weird. I’ve been in coaching for 10 years and I’m looking up to coaches I’ve looked up to my whole career; how they handle motherhood; how they balance the team. Michelle’s one of the best.” Fitzgerald led the Mavs with 13 kills and three aces. Tiffee had eight kills, and Vega had six. Hannah Hogue had 31 assists and five blocks....

11/3/2019

Har-Ber had Southside on the ropes in Thursday’s 6A semifinals. Not only did the Mavericks trail, 24-19, in the third set, and were in danger of falling behind 2-1, but they were also out of rotation. Middle blocker Aleigha Johnson found herself serving, leaving a gap on the front row. Advantage Har-Ber? Not exactly. Johnson started serving, the Mavericks started running off points, and when Avery Fitzgerald hammered one of her 21 kills, Southside had miraculously stunned the Lady Wildcats as part of a 23-25, 25-21, 26-24, 25-19 victory at Cabot’s Panther Arena. Southside (31-5) faces longtime volleyball power Bentonville on Saturday in the 6A finals at BankOZK Arena in Hot Springs. “Aleigha killed it with the serves,” fellow middle blocker Bailey Vega said. “That was so cool. That is the grittiest we’ve ever been.” “We’ve been working on coming from (behind) 18-to-22 a lot in practice,” Johnson said. “We knew that might be a scenario we might have to go through, and it really paid off.” Grit, tenacity, perseverance. Coach Natalie Throneberry was still shaking her head following the match. “I’m still trying to figure that one out,” she said. “We had our middle blocker serving, and playing middle-back defense. We’ve done a lot of stuff this year trying to work on our mindset after last year, and the last thing we talked about Tuesday (at the end of practice) was predator verses the prey. “We don’t want to be the prey.” Har-Ber almost did the exact same thing in the opening set, erasing a 22-18 deficit for a 25-23 victory. Southisde won the second game, and appeared to be well on its way in the third game after one of Johnson’s nine blocks gave the Mavericks a 17-13 lead. But Har-Ber then outscored the Mavericks, 11-2, and was on the cusp of grabbing a 2-1 lead. The Mavericks shook free of a 13-12 lead in the fourth set thanks to a series of blocks. Johnson and Hannah Hogue’s combo block gave the Mavericks a 17-13 lead, and Johnson followed with another block to make it 19-13. Har-Ber pulled within 20-17, but Hogue’s tip and a Har-Ber hitting error extended the Mavericks’ lead to 22-17. Vega followed with back-to-back kills for a 24-18 lead. Southside’s middle blockers came up huge, with Vega and Johnson combining for 15 kills and 10 blocks. “They don’t get the attention and credit they deserve, because when they’re not swinging, they’re holding those blocks for the outsides (hitters),” Throneberry said. “They’ve played well.” In addition to her 21 kills, Fitzgerald added 16 digs and a pair of blocks. Hayley Hall had three aces, four blocks and 10 digs. Hogue finished with 40 assists and 17 digs. Teammate Kelsey Hamilton finished with 20 digs. Toree Tiffee had seven kills and 18 digs....

11/1/2019

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