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The Southside Mavericks dropped a 63-27 decision to Blytheville Thursday at the Arvest Hoopfest Tournament at Rogers Heritage High School. The Mavericks play Mount Vernon, Mo. today at 4 p.m. Mykale Franks led the Mavericks Thursday with 10 points....

12/13/2019

Bishop Miege, which won the Kansas 4A title a season ago by going 24-0, opened up a 25-2 lead at the end of the first quarter of Thursday’s ToC game. Ashton Verhulst, a 6-3 senior center, had 14 points, as did Gabi Henderson-Artisio, a sophomore guard. Also in double figures for Miege was Adrianna Smith with 11 points. Southside got five points apiece from Essynce Norwood and Sabrina Phonkhoumphon....

12/13/2019

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

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