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Alma sports wrap 4/15/22

Alma sports wrap

By Kevin Taylor

Alma Schools 


Taylor lifts Alma to 1-0 thriller


Presli Taylor’s penalty kick with four minutes left capped a thrilling 1-0 win over Vilonia on Senior Night Thursday at Airedale Stadium. 


Alma (4-4-2, 2-4-1) outshot Vilonia 23-3 with 10 shots on target. 


Presli has 10 goals and one assist on 29 shots this season. 


But it wasn’t until a penalty kick, which resulted from a handball in the box, that enabled Alma to breakthrough. 


Senior goalkeeper Olivia Spears had a perfect sheet with one save. Alma held possession for 47 percent of the match and had a successful passing ratio of 34 percent. 


The Airedales’ and Eagles’ boys battled to a 2-2 tie. Alma made good on six of 11 shots on target. 


Vilonia took a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute before Eric Dover’s 35-yard left-footed strike tied the match in the 45th minute. 


Down 2-1 in the 52nd minute, Dover tied the game on a free kick from 40 yards out. 




Conner Stacy is back in the six-foot club. 


Four months removed from knee surgery, Stacy hit the six-foot mark in the high jump at the Pointer Relays Thursday. 


Stacy placed third in the event. Alma was eighth overall with 44 points. 


Stacy was also second (44.45) in the 300 intermediate hurdles. The Airedales’ Japheth Barnhill was fourth (18.09) in the 110 hurdles. 


Sophomore Brayden Welch was third (2:04.98) in the 800. Teammate Jael Nunez placed fifth. 


Welch was fourth (4:35.12) in the 1600. 


The Lady Airedales placed 10th overall with 23 points. Senior Rebekah McIntosh was third (4-11) in the high jump and fifth in the triple jump. 




Makenzie Martin had three hits and Jada Wallis slugged her third home run of the spring as Alma scored eight first-inning runs en route to a 17-7 win over Ozark in non-conference play. 


The Lady Airedales (11-6) resume 5A-West play Tuesday against Greenbrier. 


Wallis finished with two hits and a career-high five RBIs. She’s batting .357 with 16 runs batted in for the season. 


Winning pitcher Jordan Gramlich had two hits, as did Kaytlin Willis and Julia Nutt. Gramlich, Martin, Wallis, and Taelynn Perry each scored two runs. 


Jocelyn Harless and Jaden Gramlich scored three times apiece. Harless reached base four times and raised her batting average to .438. 




Booneville sophomores Dax Goff and Rylen Ray belted two-run homers to help carry the Bearcats to a 9-8 win over Alma Thursday, the Bearcats’ eighth straight victory. 


Alma (6-16) has lost six in a row. 


The Airedales trailed 7-1 before battling back to tie the game at 7. Branson Brogan, who suffered the loss in relief, had two hits to raise his batting average to .328. Brogan leads the team with 19 RBIs. 


Lucas Hayes and Camden Curd had two hits for the Airedales. Senior Logan Taylor swatted a third-inning double; his 50th career hit is the most by an Airedale since Alex Burris had 66 between 2012-14. 


Junior Jackson Wright added his first career RBI for the Airedales. 


Alma resumes the 5A-West play Tuesday against Greenbrier.