Legion tryout set for May 17

April 24, 2009 A tryout for Batesville’s American Legion baseball teams is set for May 17 at the Batesville Recreation Complex, Coach Kirk Kelley said.Athletes 19 years old and younger are eligible. The tryout is to start at 2 p.m.For more information, call Kelley at 307-7337.

$15 per vehicle announced for tonight’s racing at BMS

April 24, 2009 LOCUST GROVE — The Batesville Motor Speedway has announced that tonight’s admission is $15 per car load, as opposed to the typical $10 per ticket. “Bring out the whole family for only $15 a carload,” BMS co-owner Connie Starr said. “That’s for a car, truck, bus, whatever. It’s only $15 per vehicle.”Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and racing is set to begin at 8. For more information, call the speedway at (870) 251-0011 or visit www.bms-ar.com.

Lady Southerners show resolve with big rally in Beebe

April 24, 2009 BEEBE — The Southside Lady Southerners got in a final tune-up game here Thursday as they visited the Class 5A Beebe Lady Badgers.The game was quickly put together because Searcy couldn’t make the trip to Beebe for the originally-scheduled contest.The Lady Badgers led 11-4 headed into the final inning of their Senior Day contest, but self destructed and watched as Southside chipped away to tie it and for an extra inning. Southside went on to win 13-11.

Hog cager transferring

April 23, 2009 FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Brandon Moore is transferring from Arkansas after one season with the Razorbacks’ basketball team.Moore, a 6-foot-9 freshman from New Orleans, played in 25 games last season, averaging 1.9 points and 1.6 rebounds. The school announced his departure Wednesday, but didn’t say where he would enroll next.“We appreciate all of Brandon’s efforts and contributions to the Razorback program,” Arkansas Coach John Pelphrey said. “We wish him nothing but the best.”

Hog Bash organizer stresses early start

April 23, 2009 Get there early is the main thing about Hog Bash 2009, Scott Wood said.That includes buying your tickets ahead of time, he added.The annual event is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. April 30 in the Batesville High School cafeteria, and it is sponsored by the White River Razorback Club and Independence County Arkansas Alumni Association.University of Arkansas football Coach Bobby Petrino will speak. Chuck Barrett, the voice of the Razorbacks, will moderate, and Harold Horton, executive director of the Razorback Foundation, is also expected to speak.

Speedway points racing to resume Friday

April 23, 2009 LOCUST GROVE — Jeremy Tharp will try to let his beginner’s luck ride Friday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway as he is expected to saddle up in a late model for the second time of his career.Tharp won the NeSmith Late Model feature last week in his first outing. Jason Wilkey holds the lead in the class at BMS with 79 points. Greg Pectol and Travis Ashley are each just three points back. Tharp is fourth, 39 points off the pace.Peyton Taylor is the front-runner in the modified class with a 20-point lead over Brandon Smith and Shawn Walsh.

Sports Calendar

April 23, 2009 Today  College softball: Lyon at Trevecca Nazarene (Nashville, Tenn.), 3 p.m.Junior high track and field: Southside at Pepsi Junior Pioneer Relays at Pioneer Stadium, 3:30 p.m. High school baseball: Little Rock Christian varsity at Batesville, Batesville Recreation Complex, doubleheader, 4 p.m.

Scots stop Reddies 7-2

April 23, 2009 ARKADELPHIA — Lyon College’s Scots defeated NCAA Division II Henderson State 7-2 in a 9-inning, road matchup Wednesday at HSU’s Clyde Berry Field.Garry Richards pitched eight innings and got relief from Cody Harper.Sam Neal added to his team-best home run total with a solo shot in the first inning. Neal now has 11 round-trippers.Zac Wallace, who’s second on the team’s homer list, belted his ninth. It was a 3-run blast that capped a 5-run inning for the Scots.

Batesville sweeps Tech in soccer

April 22, 2009 PARAGOULD — Not all the Paragould-related news was bad.Batesville High School’s soccer teams improved their postseason positions here Tuesday by shutting out Greene County Tech.The Lady Pioneers won 6-0. The Pioneers posted a 3-0 decision.The Lady Pioneers led 4-0 at halftime as Meldren Garcia scored twice and Danielle Goodwin and Kali Foreman added a goal. Erin Richards assisted on Garcia’s goal.In the second half, Kandess Pfitzner scored twice. Both were assisted by Richards.The Lady Pioneers outshot the Lady Eagles 39-12.

Lady Rams stop Lady Pioneers just short of postseason return

April 22, 2009 The Paragould Lady Rams kept their season alive and ended the Batesville Lady Pioneers’ season with a 5-1 decision Tuesday night at the Batesville Recreation Complex.The Lady Pioneers forced the issue by winning the opener 2-0. A Batesville victory in the nightcap would have sent the Lady Pioneers to the state tournament and the Lady Rams would have gone back home to stay (see scores, records and standings on this page).Instead, the Lady Pioneers missed out on the postseason for the fourth straight season.