Central Arkansas Christian’s Lady Mustang golf team finished second last week in the 2-4A District Tournament at Mountain Ranch to qualify for a return to the Class 4A State Tournament.
Steve Quattlebaum’s Lady Mustangs, state champions in 2015 and runners-up in ‘14 and ‘16, played at Maumelle Country Club on Tuesday. Results weren’t available by press time.
Led by junior Josie Roberson’s 73, CAC shot a team score of 294 in the district tournament. Jane Ross fired 106 and Ashley Mann 115.
Bailey Grace Dunstan’s 71 led Baptist Prep to a repeat of its district championship. Her sister Kaitlyn Dunstan shot 72. The Lady Eagles shot a team score of 233. Southside Batesville finished third at 348; Heber Springs was fourth at 365.
Baptist Prep was a likely favorite to repeat its state title, Quattlebaum said Sunday.
The top three golfers will qualify for the Arkansas High School Overall Championship next month which brings together the top finishers at each of the state tournaments.
“Baptist is probably the best,” Quattlebaum said Sunday. “They should win if the sisters play like they’ve been playing, and they’re familiar with Maumelle, so they should play well. I really had no idea we’d even be close to qualifying.
“Josie’s got a pretty good chance to qualify for the Overall.”
Roberson had finished one place out of an Overall berth as a freshman and sophomore.
Senior Andrew Taylor shot 89 to qualify for the Class 4A Boys State Tournament, to be played at Red Apple Inn on Tuesday.
Baptist Prep won with a team score of 271. Stuttgart finished second to take the other state berth. Southside Batesville was third at 291, followed by CAC, 301; Heber Springs, 319; eStem, 343; and Riverview, 363.
Taylor’s 89 was the second of three individual qualifiers for state. Other CAC scores were Eli DeMarco, 102; and Greyson Price, 110.
“Good for Andrew,” Quattlebaum said. “He’s worked really hard and improved a lot. He’s a good kid, and I’m proud for him to get a chance to play at state.”
Central Arkansas Christian’s volleyball team will have a chance to avenge its 1A-4A District 7 loss to Baptist Prep when the Lady Eagles visit Mustang Mountain on Tuesday, Oct. 3.
Baptist prevailed in the first match, 25-16, 25-20, 25-20.
CAC was 11-2 overall and 8-1 in District 7 play at press time. The Lady Mustangs beat Atkins last week, 25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 25-20.
The Lady Mustangs, who played Conway Christian on Tuesday, will visit Joe T. Robinson on Thursday. The Lady Senators were 3-9 at press time, including a 25-12, 25-18, 25-18 loss to CAC.