• Viola secures title berth, forced to wait

    What’s been dubbed “the tournament that never ends” got in a few more games Thursday before rain forced more postponements.
    Viola defeated Cave City and Bald Knob to advance to the championship game of the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic baseball tournament.
    When that championship game will be played is still unknown. West Side Greers Ferry, Southside and Midland are still alive in the other side of the bracket. They were unable to play due to field conditions Thursday. Those games have been reset for Wednesday.

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  • Beebe adds to Batesville loss string

    BEEBE — The Beebe Lady Badgers handed the Batesville Lady Pioneers their eighth and ninth straight softball losses here Thursday.
    The Lady Badgers won 13-0 and 10-3, sweeping the Lady Pioneers in a 5A-East District doubleheader. The Lady Badgers improved to 4-0 in the district and 7-6 overall. The Lady Pioneers fell to 0-6 and 3-9.
    In the 5-inning, run-ruled opener, Sarah White highlighted a 7-run third inning with a grand slam home run. All the Beebe runs came with two outs.
    Beebe leadoff hitter Morgan Hartle also led the offense, hitting two for two with two walks.

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  • Former, current softball champs return to Crush

    The Greene County Tech Lady Eagles choose not to try and defend the large school division title of the Citizens Bank Orange Crush Classic, but the event is not without teams familiar with championship happenings in Batesville.
    One, the Paragould Lady Rams were runners-up to their crosstown rivals here last April, and they won the title in 2009 by defeating the Cabot Lady Panthers.

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  • More changes made to sports schedules

    Make a few more changes on those sports schedules on the fridge at home.
    Due to wet conditions, the Nettleton-at-Batesville baseball doubleheader was postponed for the second time Wednesday. It will now be played on April 8 or 9, announced Batesville Coach Mark Rush. The coach also said the Batesville-at-Paragould doubleheader that was lost to the weather back on March 15 has been rescheduled for May 9.
    Also, the Blue Mountain-at-Lyon College softball doubleheader scheduled for today has been postponed due to field conditions. It has not yet been rescheduled.

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  • Big innings propel Southside

    NEWPORT — A couple of big innings helped the Southside Lady Southerners defeat the Newport Lady Greyhounds in a Class 4A-2 high school softball game here Wednesday.
    Southside (6-2, 3-0) scored single runs in the first and fourth innings, but did the damage with four runs in the second and five in the seventh to collect an 11-3 decision.
    Newport sent two home in the bottom of the third and one more in the fourth.

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  • Lady Raiders sweep Lady Pioneers

    The Nettleton Lady Raiders remained unbeaten in the 5A-East District and moved above the .500 mark with a high school doubleheader sweep at the North Complex on Wednesday night.
    The Lady Raiders outscored the Lady Pioneers 11-7 in the opener and walloped the home team 16-1 in a run-ruled, 5-inning nighcap.

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  • Area teams advance in Pioneer Classic

    Southside, Cave City and Midland advanced in the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic baseball tournament Wednesday.
    Southside got off to a quick start and then held on for a 7-6 win over South Side Bee Branch. The Southerners opened with a 5-run first inning and led 6-0 after two innings. The Hornets responded with a pair of 3-run innings. Southside’s other run came in the bottom of the third.
    Colby Sutton was credited with the win after he pitched two and one-third innings before being relieved by Jacob Rawlings.

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  • Pioneer Classic field returns state champ, runner-up

    The large school division of the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic championship game got back to providing high school baseball state championship previews last spring, and it was doubly telling.
    The Beebe Badgers defeated the Searcy Lions 6-3 for their first Pioneer Classic title. Seven weeks later in Fayetteville, the Badgers defeated the Monticello Billies 5-2 for the Class 5A State Tournament title and the Lions fell 9-1 to the Lake Hamilton Wolves in the Class 6A title game.

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  • Coach calls allegations ‘pure garbage’

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Auburn will investigate claims by four former football players, who told HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” they received thousands of dollars while being recruited by or playing for the Tigers.
    Stanley McClover, Troy Reddick, Chaz Ramsey and Raven Gray told HBO for an episode that aired Wednesday night that they received cash payments — in book bags, envelopes and even handshakes. Ramsey played at Auburn most recently, in the 2007 season.
    Coach Gene Chizik dismissed the report as “pure garbage.”

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  • Matthews team wins tourney 

    Josh Matthews and Jason Matthews won the first Batesville Bassmasters tournament of the year with a 10.24-pound stringer of fish, including a 3.24-pound largemouth, which was the biggest bass of the day, vice president Micah Beard reported. 
    Dennis Scoggin and Brian Johnson teamed to win second place with 5.29 pounds and Charles Kibbe and Norman Terrell placed third with 4.64 pounds.
    Twenty boats were in the tournament.
    “The bite was tough, as only 24 bass came to the scales. No 5-fish limits were weighed,” Beard said.

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  • BHS sophomore wins top award

    Athan Dockery, a Batesville High School sophomore, earned top honors in a football camp over spring break.
    Dockery won the Most Valuable Player Award for wide receivers at the National Underclassmen Combine in Searcy. Along with the award came an invitation to participate in the “Ultimate 100” camp on the University of Georgia campus this summer.
    The camp in Searcy was one of many held across the country by the National Underclassmen Combine organization.

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  • Lady Cougar adds to line of college-bound golfers

    Kristen Doty recently joined a growing list of Izard County High School students to sign a letter of intent to play golf in college.
    Doty signed to play with the Central Baptist Lady Mustangs in Conway. Former teammates Kiley Mettler (Seminole State in Florida) and Rachel Harmon (Henderson State in Arkadelphia) signed over the past two years.

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