Five area softball teams vying for state crowns

April 30, 2009 Five Guard-circulation area softball teams qualified for state tournaments and they’re set to begin play Friday.The Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles are first up with a Class 1A showdown against the Lockesburg Lady Blue Darters at noon in White Hall, just outside of Pine Bluff.At the same place at 5:15 p.m., the Izard County Lady Cougars are scheduled to meet the Bradley Lady Bears. Izard County is the second seed from Region 2 while Bradley is third out of Region 4.Hillcrest finished fourth in its region tournament and Lockesburg is the Region 4 champion.

Pioneers aim to start fast against Badgers

April 30, 2009 The Batesville Pioneers are scheduled to lead off Guard circulation area high school teams Friday in state baseball tournaments, and their coach is hoping for a fast start.“We need to go out and make a statement early,” Mark Rush said. “We need to score early. Beebe is more inexperienced in state tournaments than we are, so the more pressure we can put on them the better it should be for us.”

Sports Calendar

April 30, 2009 Today  College softball: TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament in Pulaski, Tenn. — Lyon vs. Mid-Continent, 11 a.m.Junior high track and field: Batesville at 5A-East District Meet in Paragould, 3:30 p.m.High school track and field: Batesville at Pocahontas, 3:30 p.m.Hog Bash 2009 at Batesville High School cafeteria, 6 p.m.   

Cave City duo wins at Speedy’s

April 30, 2009 NEWPORT — A pair of Cave City men were victorious Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Dragway, according to results provided to the Guard.Bobby Hooker of Cave City won the superpro division while John Taylor and Stephen Wilson finished second and third, respectively.Don Stitcher, also of Cave City, was fastest down the line in the footbrake class, ahead of Ron Davis and Steve Mack.Steve Simpson was quicker than Stephen Simpson in the street class and Cole Wilson took third.

Two-day bass event set

April 30, 2009 The Batesville Bassmasters’ regular meeting for May will take place Saturday as part of the club’s annual 2-day tournament on Bull Shoals Lake, secretary Colin Patterson said.The tournament, out of Lead Hill Ramp, is from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.The monthly meeting will begin around 6 or 6:30 Saturday evening, Patterson said.“We normally have a cookout, but this year we asked people to bring their own, whatever they want to eat, and grill it. We had too many people wanting too many different things.”

Six classes of racing set for Friday night

April 30, 2009 LOCUST GROVE — The Batesville Motor Speedway is set to host another carload night Friday.That means fans can pack as many people in a vehicle as they legally can for just $15 per vehicle. That includes vans and buses.For the $15 admission, fans will be entertained with six classes of dirt-slinging action.Peyton Taylor is eyeing his fourth straight modified feature win and currently holds a 22-point lead over Brandon Smith. Shawn Walsh, the only driver other than Taylor to win a modified feature this season, is riding third, 26 points off the pace.

Lady ’Dogs put Pipers on brink of elimination

April 30, 2009 PULASKI, Tenn. — The sixth-seed Lyon Pipers gave up 10 hits to the third-seed Union Lady Bulldogs, but only allowed two runs in a 2-0 loss Wednesday in the first round of the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament.Lyon (20-25) collected six hits and left five of those runners on base. Union (25-21) scored two runners in the bottom of the third, but stranded nine runners over seven innings.

Cavewomen fall in 3rd-place game

April 30, 2009 TUCKERMAN — The Corning Lady Bobcats scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a 5-5 tie and grab a 7-5 win over the Cave City Cavewomen in the consolation game of the Class 3A Region 3 Tournament here Wednesday.Harrisburg won the championship with a 6-4 decision over Rivercrest.Corning won the game against Cave City, but lost a valuable piece of their puzzle when starting pitcher Rachel George took Amelia Bray’s line drive off her collarbone in the fourth inning.

Batesville juniors sweep in Pocahontas

April 29, 2009 POCAHONTAS — Batesville swept the team titles in a junior high track and field meet here Tuesday.The Junior Lady Pioneers edged the Paragould Junior Lady Rams, 5A-East District foes. The Junior Lady Pioneers totaled 125 points, 20 better than the Lady Rams.The Junior Pioneers won by a larger margin. They chalked up 119 points to the Rivercrest Junior Colts’ 84.Batesville’s Natalie Meinzer won the 1,600- and 800-meter races. Maggie Beshears (discus) and Logan Bishop (100-meter hurdles) were the other individual winners.

Lady Pioneers, Badgers win Low Relay crowns

April 29, 2009 The Batesville Lady Pioneers kept winning while the Beebe Badgers picked up their second track and field team trophy of the season at Pioneer Stadium on Tuesday night.With the Lady Pioneers’ First Community Bank-Sara Low Relays title in hand, the 4-time defending Class 5A state champions are unbeaten in six track and field meets this spring.The Lady Pioneers dominated, scoring 161.5 points more than the second-place Des Arc Lady Eagles (241.5-80). Twelve senior girls teams competed.