Batesville Coach Dave King, talking with his players during a 40-21 victory over Pulaski Academy in Little Rock on Friday, said he felt this would be the year for the Pioneers, but the loss of four senior starters during the offseason presented a bigger challenge. The Pioneers met it, defeating Hot Springs Lakeside and Greenbrier in the Class 5A playoffs to advance to Friday’s title game, where they will meet Camden Fairview at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
Batesville playing for the Class 5A state championship isn’t a surprise.
Then again, it is.
Sports, Pages 19 on 11/28/2012