• Officials looking into cause of player’s death

    GURDON (AP) — An Arkansas high school student died after collapsing during football practice and officials were trying to determine whether heat was a factor.
    The student was 15-year-old Montel Williams, a 5-foot-9, 150-pound sophomore at Gurdon High School in southwest Arkansas, Clark County Sheriff Jason Watson said.

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  • Rockhard Special set for Friday at Locust Grove

    LOCUST GROVE — The third annual Rockhard Powder Coating Front-wheel Drive Special is scheudled to be run at Batesville Motor Speedway Friday.
    Tony Brooks won the first two Rockhard Specials. The Rockhard winner will receive a $500 prize.
    Racers will also vie for points in the the factory stock, IMCA modified and street stock categories. NeSmith Crate late models will take the night off.
    Gates open at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 8. General admission is $5 per person and kids 11 and under are admitted free of charge.

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  • Bass tournament defenders don’t sound hopeful

    Bill Wooten and Bobby Hubbard will try to defend the White River Bass Classic title, but don’t expect much out of the team from Newport, its senior member said.
    “I’ve fished the river quite a bit recently, but the water is really messed up down this way,” Wooten said.
    Specifically, he was referring to the Augusta area where he and his grandson caught 21.28 pounds, and $1,000-worth, of largemouth bass about this time last year. Their 5-fish limit included a 5.57-pounder, caught by Hubbard, that won the additional big bass prize.

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  • Hydration, concussion meeting set in Cave City Thursday 6 p.m.

    CAVE CITY — Parents of Cave City junior and senior high athletes can attend a meeting Thursday night to discuss proper hydration and warning signs of concussions, announced Athletic Director Russell Fowler.
    The meeting, which is part of the school’s open house, is scheduled to begin at 6 in the high school cafeteria.

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  • Gurdon football player dies

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A 15-year-old high school football player has died after collapsing during practice.
    KLRT-TV reported that Montel Williams of Gurdon High School collapsed on the field during a practice Tuesday night and died a short time later.
    Gurdon Superintendent Allen Blackwell tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the team was in a full-pads practice for more than an hour when the incident occurred at about 8:15 p.m.

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  • Local swimmers help Arkansas team to 3rd place in AAU Junior Olympics

    NEW ORLEANS — Seth Bailey, Kyle Baker, Louis Sonnier and Anthony Sonnier won medals at the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics here last week, helping the Southwind Swim Team to a third-place finish in the team totals.
    Those four and fellow Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes Katie Allen, Logan Qualls and Thomas Sonnier teamed with other swimmers from the Southwind Conference (Jonesboro, Wynne, Mountain View, Greene County, Pocahontas) for 1,578 points.

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  • Local youth places 4th in national motocross

    HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. — Kyler Keeney, a ninth grader at Southside Junior High, recorded a top-5 finish in one division of the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch here last week.
    Competing in the 85cc class for drivers in ages 9-14, Kenney placed fourth after finishing third, fourth and sixth in a series of races in the division. Hunter Hankle won the division.
    Of the 290 to reach the final awards stand, he was the only driver from Arkansas, according to his father, Elton Keeney.

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  • Adams makes Hornung list

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas Razorback is among 50 players nationwide named to the preseason watch list for the Paul Hornung Award.
    Receiver Joe Adams is on the list released Monday by the Louisville Sports Commission.
    The commission sponsors the award given to the player chosen as the most versatile college football player in the nation.
    Hornung is a Louisville native who played running back, quarterback, defensive back and handled kicking duties at Notre Dame and won the 1956 Heisman Trophy and is now a member of the NFL Hall of Fame.

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  • Physicals offered for youth football

    SOUTHSIDE — Southside’s youth football program, for kids in grades 4 through 6, will provide free physicals on Friday from 4-6 p.m. in conference room B at White River Medical Center, according to Brad Berry.
    Medical Forms will be provided and all players must have a physical before practice starts.
    Call (870) 613-1949 for more information.

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  • Concord, Calico Rock golfers win again at Cooper’s Hawk

    LACROSSE — The Concord Pirates and Calico Rock Lady Pirates high school golf teams continued their winning ways here at Cooper’s Hawk.
    Led by Cameron Reesor, Concord won the 4-team boys match with a 238. Reesor shot a 6-over-par 78. Ryan Cornelison and Luke Cornett each shot an 80.
    Led by medalist Brad Lamb, the Melbourne Bearkatz finished second with a 254. Lamb carded a 76. Dylan Smith and Tyler Webb added 89s.
    The Bergman Panthers finished another 40 strokes back. The Cave City Cavemen placed last, another four strokes back. Grant Walling led Cave City with a 91.

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  • Izard County Cougars defend WRWC crown

    The Izard County Cougar boys golf team has won the first two White River Water Carnival High School Invitational golf tournaments.
    Friday, the Cougars shot an 18-hole total of 256 on the Batesville Municipal course and finished 6 strokes better than second place Concord. Melbourne (284), Cave City (308) and Cedar Ridge (316) also fielded teams in the boys division.
    The Salem Lady Greyhounds also defended, winning the girls team title by shooting 147 on nine holes and having four of the five top individual scores.

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  • Pioneers edge Mustangs

    The Batesville Pioneers edged the Forrest City Mustangs in a high school golf match Friday at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
    Hunter Freiert, a sophomore, shot a 40 to lead the Pioneers to a 9-stroke victory. The Pioneers’ team score of 179 was completed by Thomas Walton (41), Hayden Cockrill (46) and Sumner Barnes (52).
    Brentley Gipson’s 44 and Taylor Moser’s 56 did not count in the team total.
    “Hunter and Thomas both played well,” Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow said.

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