Daniel Kirwa’s and Samantha Mohler’s first White River 4-Mile Classic Road Race victories Saturday added to two long championship lines.
Kirwa, 24, another Eldoret, Kenya-Harding University connection, slashed 28.55 seconds off the course record set by countryman and former classmate James Cheruiyot in 2009, earning the $250 bonus as a record-breaker. The new record time is 19 minutes, 45.07 seconds.
For the second year in a row, the previous year’s champions will be absent from the White River 4-Mile Classic Road Race.
That doesn’t mean new champions will be crowned Saturday morning. Among the top competitors in this Arkansas Grand Prix Series race, there’s almost certain to be a previous winner.
“I’ll be there,” said Brian Sieczkowski, the 2005 champ and a regular at the White River Water Carnival event. “Imari Dellimore and James Bresette will be there, too.”
Two meetings for women bowlers are scheduled for next week at Hollywood Bowl, announced Beverly Sellers.
Thursday morning at 10, “ladies of all ages” are invited to meet to go over the rules and organize teams for the Thursday Morning Ladies Bowling League. League play is set to begin Aug. 25, 9:30 a.m. For more information call Sellers at (870) 834-1537.
The fall meeting of the Batesville Women’s Bowling Association is set for Aug. 14 at 1 p.m. Activities and tournaments will be scheduled, so all members are asked to attend.
LOCUST GROVE — After a 3-week break, racing returns to the Batesville Motor Speedway with the third annual Rockhard Powder Coating Front-wheel Drive Special here Friday.
The winning driver will be paid $500 and second place will receive $250. Driver Tony Brooks won the first two Rockhard Specials.
Racers will also compete for points in the four other divisions.
HORSESHOE BEND — The Concord Pirates shot a 481 and won the Cougar Classic here Wednesday by 32 strokes over the Pocahontas Redskins.
Concord was tied with Pocahontas at 242 after the first day of the 2-day tournament.
Pirates Ryan Cornelison, Cameron Reesor and Luke Cornett combined to shoot a 239 at The Course on Turkey Mountain to separate themselves from the Redskins.
Teams from the 5A-East District and Paragould led the way Tuesday at the first Citizens Bank-Pioneer Invitational Tournament.
The Greene County Tech Eagles won the boys team title with a 338, finishing seven strokes ahead of the Beebe Badgers, 5A-East fellows. The Paragould Rams, another 5A-Easterner, rounded out the top three in the boys team division, finishing 14 strokes behind their crosstown rivals.
The Paragould Lady Rams dominated while winning the girls team title. They finished 35 strokes in front of the Heber Springs Lady Panthers.
NEWPORT — Gary Spicer and Joe Williams won Sunday at Speedy’s Drag Strip.
Spicer finished first in the street division and was followed by Ed Littlejohn (second) and Jerry Roberson (third).
Williams crossed the finish line in the fastest time in the footbrake division. Ryan Clark finished second and Shawn Shellenbarger was third.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The Arkansas men’s basketball team will take on Michigan in the second game of the season.
Officials said Friday the Jan. 21 game at Bud Walton Arena will be the sixth time the two teams have met over the years, with the last meeting coming in the Chase National Invitation Tournament Finals in New York in 1997. Michigan won that game 77-62 and has a 3-2 advantage in the series.
The Arkansas-Michigan game is the front end of a home-and-home series with the Wolverines. The teams will meet in Ann Arbor during the 2012-2013 season.
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts are changing tactics.
Instead of just re-signing their own players, they’ve now added a new player: former first-round pick Jamaal Anderson.
Agent Joel Segal confirmed the deal Monday night, but would not disclose terms of the contract. Anderson was cut by Atlanta on Saturday in a cost-cutting move, and Segal said he is expected to report today to Indy’s training camp site.
Other teams had expressed interest in Anderson.
MELBOURNE — A meeting to discuss proper hydration for Melbourne junior and senior high football prospects is scheduled for Tuesday night at 7 at the high school field, announced Melbourne Athletic Director Tim Massey.
As required by the Arkansas Activities Associations, coaches will inform parents and guardians how to prepare their children for football practices.
The number of fishermen was small again, but the fish were plenty big enough.
Four-year-old Ashley Matthews caught a 4-pound catfish, as did Koby Rich during the White River Kiwanis Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday morning. Matthews won a trophy and a fishing pole for catching the biggest fish among children in the 0-4 age category. Rich did the same for 9- to 12-year olds.
Matthews and Rich were among the 30 children registered. Last year, the annual event drew 29 registrants.
The top three finishers by age groups are:
A crew from Bogalusa, La., claimed the prestigious Doug Sumner Memorial National Traveling Trophy at the 45th annual National Invitational White River Canoe Race here Saturday afternoon.
Crew members Paul Dauterive, Colby Spears, Roo Breland and Joshua Treadway combined to win the 3-day, 120-mile race with a time of 11 hours, 49 minutes and 33 seconds. Bogalusa 313 crews have won the trophy two of the last three years.