• BHS volleyball opens with victory

    SEARCY — The Batesville Lady Pioneers opened the volleyball season here Monday with a 3-1, nonconference victory over the Harding Academy Lady Wildcats.
    “The varsity played well, being it was our first match,” Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said. “We struggled with our serve receive in the third game, and we’ll be looking to change that tonight.”
    The Lady Pioneers won 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 25-18.
    Tonight, the Lady Pioneers are scheduled to visit the Class 6A Searcy Lady Lions.

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  • Date corrected for golf tourney

    The McDonald’s Mustang Tradition, a high school golf tournament in Forrest City, was incorrectly listed in last week’s “Sports calendar.”
    The event at the Forrest City Country Club, which includes Batesville and Southside teams, has been rescheduled for Sept. 10.

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  • Shirley, Izard County finish 1-2 in golf matches at Mtn. Ranch

    MOUNTAIN HOME — The Shirley Blue Devils edged the Izard County Cougars on the Mountain Ranch Golf Course in a high school triangular golf match Friday.
    Led by Darren King’s 9-hole round of 41, Shirley posted a 136, one shot better than the Cougars. Cory Ward added a 44 for the winners. Blake Watts’ 51 rounded out the Blue Devils’ score.
    Izard County’s Preston Harmon won the medal with a 39. Uriah Mead (47) and Zack Logan (51) completed the Cougars’ score.

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  • First area football scrimmages scheduled for Tuesday night

    The first preseason football scrimmages involving Guard-circulation area schools are set for Tuesday, and one will be hosted by an area school.
    The Southside Junior Southerners and Walnut Ridge Junior Bobcats will get things going at Southside’s Stewart Field at 5:30 p.m. The high school teams are scheduled to scrimmage beginning at about 7, Southside Coach Kenny Simpson said.
    The other scrimmages will also start at 5:30 p.m., but they will happen in Harrison and include the Batesville Junior Pioneers, Harrison Junior Goblins and Rogers Heritage Junior War Eagles.

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  • Bloomquist wins sun-kissed Topless 100

    LOCUST GROVE — Usually, the night time is the right time for COMP Cams Topless 100, but for the last two races have been run in the light of day.
    A strong Saturday night thunderstorm during the 12th lap forced race officials to postpone the 19th annual event until Sunday afternoon.
    Scott Bloomquist, who led all but the first four laps, dominated the field of 24 other drivers to win the 100-lap race at Batesville Motor Speedway claiming the $40,000 prize.
    “It feels really good to win,” Bloomquist said. “It means a lot. We have been so close so many times.”

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  • Start for v-ball in Cave City delayed half hour

    CAVE CITY — The starting time for Tuesday’s Hoxie-at-Cave City, season-opening volleyball matches have been moved back one-half hour, announced Cave City Coach Crystal Bradley.
    At Hoxie’s request, the junior high match will now start at 4:30 p.m.

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  • Moody, Mullins win bass tourney

    CAVE CITY — Steve Moody and Fred Mullins weighed in four fish totaling 6.70 pounds to win Saturday’s Cave City Bass Club tournament on Greers Ferry Lake, said tournament director Ron Watkins.
    Moody caught the biggest bass of the tournament. It weighed 3 pounds.
    Briggs Carlton and Adam Carlton came in second with five fish totaling 6.60 pounds.
    Fourteen anglers competed.
    The club’s next scheduled tournament will be Sept 9, 6 p.m. until midnight, on Lake Nofork, out of Quarry Ramp.

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  • Turkey regulations meetings slated for Tuesday; closest is in Jonesboro

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas turkey hunters will have the opportunity Tuesday to gather information and ask questions about proposed turkey hunting regulations for 2012.
    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host six public meetings across Arkansas that day. All of the meetings will begin at 7 p.m.
    The closest meeting location to Batesville will be at the Forrest L. Wood Crowley’s Ridge Nature Center at 600 E. Lawson Road in Jonesboro.
    The meetings are part of the AGFC’s annual turkey regulations process.

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  • Arkansas State fan appreciation day set

    The Arkansas State Red Wolves football program plans to hold its fan appreciation day Saturday at ASU Stadium in Jonesboro, according to a report by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
    Refreshments will be served to the first 1,000 people attending the event starting at 10 a.m. Practice starts at 10:15 a.m. followed by a scrimmage at 10:40 a.m.

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  • 1,500+ attend funeral for Gurdon footballer

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Friends and family members are remembering an Arkansas high school football player who collapsed and died after football practice.
    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that more than 1,500 people attended Wednesday’s funeral at a Gurdon High School auditorium for 15-year-old Montel Jaymel Williams.
    According to an autopsy report, Williams died Aug. 9 of a pre-existing heart condition.
    Members of the Gurdon High School football team attended the service in their jerseys, and football team members from nearby Prescott also attended.

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  • BHS must serve up to continue volleyball progress

    Ten months after some big happenings in the Batesville High volleyball program, Coach Tanya Haigwood emphasized first steps when asked what the current Lady Pioneers must do to become the best they can be.
    “I’m sure lots of other coaches are saying the same things, but, for us it’s about serving. We’ve got to serve it over, in and hard,” Haigwood said. “We need to do that, and we need to know where the weak players are in the serve receiving area.
    “We’ve also got to get better at receiving serve,” the coach added. “If we progress in those two areas, we can do well.”

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  • Tickets for three Razorback games on sale

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Tickets for Arkansas’ first three football games of the 2011 season are now on sale.
    The Razorbacks open the season at home against Missouri State Sept. 3, then play a road game against New Mexico Sept. 9 before returning to Fayetteville to play host to Troy.
    The tickets are $45 for the Missouri State and Troy games and $55 for the New Mexico game.
    Additional single-game tickets will be available in the future.

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