• Arkansan pitches, hits Phillies past Reds

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cliff Lee drove in three runs and worked eight effective innings, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 10-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.
    Raul Ibanez hit a 3-run homer, and Chase Utley also connected to help the Phillies take three of four from the Reds. The teams were playing with little rest following a 19-inning game ended at 1:19 a.m. Thursday, after 6 hours, 11 minutes and 600 pitches.
    Lee (4-4) threw 114 pitches in eight innings. But the Arkansas native’s biggest contributions came at the plate.

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  • Fly tying seminar to be June 2

    HEBER SPRINGS — A fishing fly tying seminar will be held in the auditorium of the William Carl Garner Visitor Center from 4-6 p.m. June 2, according to a news release.
    The class is limited to 15 participants.
    Those participating must be 12 or older.
    Call the visitor center in advance at (501) 362-9067 to sign up. That is also the number to call for more information.
    The William Carl Garner Visitor Center is north of Heber Springs at the west end of the Greers Ferry Dam on Highway 25.  The Visitor Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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  • Eagle Mountain archers finish second in nation

    The Eagle Mountain Magnet Archery Team finished as runner-up in the recent national tournament in Louisville, Ky., in competition between 78 schools from across the nation, said Coach Susan Parker.
    The local team scored 3,237 points out of a possible 3,600.
    A mere seven points separated Woodlawn Elementary and Eagle Mountain Magnet. The teams had competed against each other at the World Championships in October 2010 at Disney World with Woodlawn placing first and Eagle Mountain Magnet finishing third.

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  • Halls win bass tournament

    CAVE CITY — Matt Hall and Vaughn Hall weighed in five bass totaling 11.45 pounds Saturday to win the Cave City Bass Club’s tournament on Greers Ferry Lake, tournament director Ron Watkins reported.
    Mark Johnson, fishing by himself, had five bass and 8.80 pounds for second place and Tracy Hunter and Shawn Drake were right behind with five bass and 8.70 pounds for third place.
    Matt Hall’s 4.65-pound bass was the biggest of the tournament.
    Fourteen boats were in the tournament.
    The next tournament starts at 6 p.m. June 18 on Crown Lake and continues until midnight.

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  • ’Katz complete first spring football practices

    MELBOURNE — The Melbourne Bearkatz’ first experience in spring football was a successful one, Coach Clinton Gore said.
    “We finished up (last) Thursday and I think we wound up using seven,” he said, referring to the 10 practices in full pads the Arkansas Activities Association allows during the spring. The practices are also limited to students currently in grades 9 through 11.

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  • Local 7th-grade basketball team posts runner-up finish in finale

    Batesville Future, a basketball team made up of seventh-grade girls from Batesville and Melbourne, concluded its season this past weekend with a second-place finish in a Hoopplay USA tournament.
    After going 0-2 in pool play, the local team rallied from behind to beat the Missouri Hoopsters 18-14 before losing to the Memphis Superchamps 21-17.
    Playing in tournaments across the state, Batesville Future posted two second-place finishes, placed third three times and finished fourth once.

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  • One city pool opens Saturday

    The Fitzhugh Park pool, commonly called the “Mickey Mouse” pool, is scheduled to open Saturday afternoon at 1, Parks and Recreation Director Randy Palmer announced.
    The Fitzhugh Park pool, one of two operated by the city, will also be open Sunday and Monday.
    The North Complex pool is scheduled to open June 3.
    The entry fee is $4 per person for both pools. An individual season pass costs $65 and a family season pass is $100.
    The pools can be reserved for parties. The cost is $100 for a 2-hour party. Party reservations can be made by calling (870) 698-2400.

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  • Familiar names found in All-Stars

    Coaching staffs and player rosters were recently announced for the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star baseball, softball and soccer games, and three players and two coaches from Guard-circulation area are among the names.

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  • Lyon Briefs

    Soccer
    First-year Coach Mitch McKay continues to add to his roster, signing three junior college transfers from California.
    Manuel Leon Barrera and Andy Walker transferred from Santa Rosa Junior College and Raoul Noumbissi comes to Batesville via Chabot College.
    Walker, a Ukiah High School product, was a 2-time all-conference selection for SRJC. In 2010, he was the runner-up for the conference defensive player of the year, an All-Region North California honoree, and earned an All-American nomination.

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  • Spots available for hoops camp

    Southside Coach Brad McGhee said there are spots available for next week’s basketball camps for boys and girls entering kindergarten through third grades.
    The camp, which will run May 31-June 3, is not limited to Southside students, he added. The start time is 8:30 each morning and each camp will end around 11 a.m.
    The cost is $50. To register, call McGhee at (870) 613-4099.

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  • Mettler helps Seminole State at national golf tournament

    SANFORD, Fla. — Former Izard County standout Kiley Mettler helped Seminole State College as it placed fourth in the National Junior College Athletic Association Women’s Golf Championship tournament, held May 16-19 at LPGA International in Dayton Beach, Fla., according to a news release.
    Mettler shot a 4-round total of 339, good for a tie for 28th. Teammates Elia Folch Sola (303), Lauren Shuford (324) and Caitlin Winters (339) contributed to the team total of 1,305. Defending national champion Dayton State College its second straight title with a team total of 1,195.

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  • BHS soccer honors provide more mirror images

    The Batesville High’s soccer teams mirrored each other through much of the season, so it’s not surprising they are doing the same now that it’s over.
    Three Lady Pioneers and three Pioneers were named to the Class 5A All-State teams and two of those are repeat selections. Senior Erin Richards is a 4-time all-state selection. Classmate Vivien Ramirez has been so honored three straight seasons.
    Lady Pioneers Kali Foreman and Lainey Rumans joined Richards on the girls all-state squad. Foreman is a senior. Rumans is a sophomore.

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