• Spots open for campers

    SOUTHSIDE — Space is still available at the Southside girls’ basketball camp, according to Coach Malcolm Long.
    The morning camp (8:30-noon) for girls entering grades 4-8 is scheduled to begin Monday and end July 21. Ball handling, shooting, defense and rebounding will be taught and games will be played daily.
    A registration fee of $55 is due by 8:15 a.m. on Monday.
    For more information, contact Coach Long at (870) 307-1848 or Coach Chris Hardin at (870) 613-3452.

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  • Speedy’s results announced

    NEWPORT — At Speedy’s drag strip, Gary Spicer finished first in Sunday’s street division race and was followed by Blake Wilson and David Colton.
    Ross Williams won the footbrake class with Melvin Baker and Tracey Crossen finishing second and third, respectively.

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  • FCA camp announced

    The Batesville Fellowship of Christian Athletes Power Camp for boys and girls 8-12 years old is scheduled for Monday through July 21 at Eagle Mountain Magnet School.
    The camp will include a variety of sports activities and Bible studies led by college students and athletes from across the state from 9 a.m-noon each day.
    The cost is $45 for one, $80 for two and $100 for three in an immediate family and scholarships are available based on need. Citizens Bank, the lead sponsor for the event, is providing funds for the event, including scholarship money.   

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  • ICYAA Torpedoes sink swim opponents

    The Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes dominated their home swim meet Saturday, winning 41 of the 80 events and outscoring their nearest competitor by 375 points.
    The Torpedoes piled up 445 points in the male division and 252 points in the female division for a combined score of 697. The Greene County Gators were second with 322 total points. They were followed by the Jonesboro Jets (276), Wynne Marlins (159) and Blytheville Barracudas (122).

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  • Grizzle, Payne share lead after Friday’s BMS races

    Drivers Kevin Grizzle and Joe Payne both currently sit atop the standings of the street stock division at Batesville Motor Speedway after Friday night’s races.
    Grizzle won Friday’s feature race with Payne finishing second.  Both drivers have accumulated a total of 252 points during the season and are 12 points ahead of Mikey Bell, who finished in third place.
    Other feature winners were Roger Witt (NeSmith Crate late models), Rick Buie Jr. (IMCA modified), Garrett Skaggs (factory stock) and Ronnie Jones (front-wheel drive).

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  • Floridian, local win 5K crowns

    New champions were crowned Saturday morning after the second running of the Army National Guard Family Readiness Group 5K, but they aren’t new to the racing scene here or in many other places.
    Jesse Littlefield, visiting Batesville as he does each year about this time, won the overall men’s title in a course record time of 17 minutes, 49.57 seconds.

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  • Bankers go 1-2 in state event

    SHERIDAN — Batesville Citizens Bank edged the host team in the first round of the Junior American Legion Tournament here Friday, and then things got difficult.
    After defeating Sheridan 8-7, the Bankers absorbed two run-ruled losses. Wynne Post 66, a fellow Zone 2 team, won 13-3 in six innings and the Bryant Black Sox won 13-1 in five.
    “The wheels fell off,” Batesville Coach Mark Rush said. “We had six walks, six hit batters and six errors against Wynne.
    “Bryant’s the best team in the tournament,” he added. “Up and down the lineup, they can really pound the ball.”

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  • Scrappers to play for fifth state title tonight

    The Scrappers hope to earn their fifth North Arkansas State Tournament title tonight at 7:30 at Fitzhugh Park.
    Coach Shane Swaim is pleased with Batesville’s 12-year-old Cal Ripken baseball All-Star team’s success and likes their chances against either Bentonville or Springdale.
    “They are playing better than they ever have before, and they are doing a great job of protecting their home field during this tournament,” Swaim said. “We are going to be tough to beat if we keep playing at this level.”

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  • It’s never too hot for bream fishing

    LITTLE ROCK — Think it’s too hot to fish? That’s just an excuse — enjoyable fishing can take place even in these hot periods, according to anglers on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission staff.
    They suggest getting out on the water very early in the day, take plenty of water and perhaps go for bream, which are nearly everywhere in the state.

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  • Outdoors workshop designed for women begins in September

    LITTLE ROCK — Are you a woman who wants to improve your outdoor skills or learn new ones? The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is looking for participants to attend the 2011 Arkansas Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop in September.
    The outdoor skills workshop is for women only.
    Participants will be provided a non-threatening atmosphere where they can have fun learning skills that will enhance their enjoyment of the outdoors.
    The workshop focuses on learning outdoor skills usually associated with hunting and fishing but includes other outdoor pursuits as well.

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  • Hunter Gallant, Will Henry among gunners taking honors at Junior Olympic qualifying

    TILLAR — Hunter Gallant and Will Henry, both of Batesville, are among 24 young Arkansans invited to attend the Junior Olympic Development Camp for trapshooting at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., following the recent 2011 Arkansas Junior Olympic State Qualifier at the Delta Conference Center near Tillar in the southeastern part of the state.
    The best of Arkansas’s young trapshooters were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals in the competition, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

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  • Hardy will be new AD at Ark-Pine Bluff

    PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — Hampton athletic director Lonza Hardy Jr. is leaving the Virginia university to accept a similar job at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
    Hampton announced Hardy’s move Thursday, with university President William Harvey praising Hardy as a “loyal and dedicated professional.”

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