• Gurdon football player dies

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A 15-year-old high school football player has died after collapsing during practice.
    KLRT-TV reported that Montel Williams of Gurdon High School collapsed on the field during a practice Tuesday night and died a short time later.
    Gurdon Superintendent Allen Blackwell tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the team was in a full-pads practice for more than an hour when the incident occurred at about 8:15 p.m.

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  • Local swimmers help Arkansas team to 3rd place in AAU Junior Olympics

    NEW ORLEANS — Seth Bailey, Kyle Baker, Louis Sonnier and Anthony Sonnier won medals at the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics here last week, helping the Southwind Swim Team to a third-place finish in the team totals.
    Those four and fellow Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes Katie Allen, Logan Qualls and Thomas Sonnier teamed with other swimmers from the Southwind Conference (Jonesboro, Wynne, Mountain View, Greene County, Pocahontas) for 1,578 points.

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  • Local youth places 4th in national motocross

    HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. — Kyler Keeney, a ninth grader at Southside Junior High, recorded a top-5 finish in one division of the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch here last week.
    Competing in the 85cc class for drivers in ages 9-14, Kenney placed fourth after finishing third, fourth and sixth in a series of races in the division. Hunter Hankle won the division.
    Of the 290 to reach the final awards stand, he was the only driver from Arkansas, according to his father, Elton Keeney.

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  • Adams makes Hornung list

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — An Arkansas Razorback is among 50 players nationwide named to the preseason watch list for the Paul Hornung Award.
    Receiver Joe Adams is on the list released Monday by the Louisville Sports Commission.
    The commission sponsors the award given to the player chosen as the most versatile college football player in the nation.
    Hornung is a Louisville native who played running back, quarterback, defensive back and handled kicking duties at Notre Dame and won the 1956 Heisman Trophy and is now a member of the NFL Hall of Fame.

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  • Physicals offered for youth football

    SOUTHSIDE — Southside’s youth football program, for kids in grades 4 through 6, will provide free physicals on Friday from 4-6 p.m. in conference room B at White River Medical Center, according to Brad Berry.
    Medical Forms will be provided and all players must have a physical before practice starts.
    Call (870) 613-1949 for more information.

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  • Concord, Calico Rock golfers win again at Cooper’s Hawk

    LACROSSE — The Concord Pirates and Calico Rock Lady Pirates high school golf teams continued their winning ways here at Cooper’s Hawk.
    Led by Cameron Reesor, Concord won the 4-team boys match with a 238. Reesor shot a 6-over-par 78. Ryan Cornelison and Luke Cornett each shot an 80.
    Led by medalist Brad Lamb, the Melbourne Bearkatz finished second with a 254. Lamb carded a 76. Dylan Smith and Tyler Webb added 89s.
    The Bergman Panthers finished another 40 strokes back. The Cave City Cavemen placed last, another four strokes back. Grant Walling led Cave City with a 91.

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  • Izard County Cougars defend WRWC crown

    The Izard County Cougar boys golf team has won the first two White River Water Carnival High School Invitational golf tournaments.
    Friday, the Cougars shot an 18-hole total of 256 on the Batesville Municipal course and finished 6 strokes better than second place Concord. Melbourne (284), Cave City (308) and Cedar Ridge (316) also fielded teams in the boys division.
    The Salem Lady Greyhounds also defended, winning the girls team title by shooting 147 on nine holes and having four of the five top individual scores.

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  • Pioneers edge Mustangs

    The Batesville Pioneers edged the Forrest City Mustangs in a high school golf match Friday at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
    Hunter Freiert, a sophomore, shot a 40 to lead the Pioneers to a 9-stroke victory. The Pioneers’ team score of 179 was completed by Thomas Walton (41), Hayden Cockrill (46) and Sumner Barnes (52).
    Brentley Gipson’s 44 and Taylor Moser’s 56 did not count in the team total.
    “Hunter and Thomas both played well,” Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow said.

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  • Locals win Southerland Classic

    Shayne VanBenschoten, Thomas Walton and Cody Cox won the J.K. Southerland Classic 3-person scramble Saturday at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
    John, Cecilia and Shannon Vinson tied for first place in the championship flight with a 61, but lost to VanBenschoten, Walton and Cox in a cardoff.
    Walton is a current Batesville High Pioneer and his teammates are former Pioneers.
    John and Cecilia Vinson are a local husband-and-wife team and Shannon, their daughter, was visiting from Germany.

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  • BMS postpones Rockhard

    LOCUST GROVE — The third annual Rockhard Powder Coating Front-wheel Drive Special has been rescheduled for Friday at Batesville Motor Speedway, but there was still plenty of action last week at the track.
    Speedway owner Mooney Starr said the Rockhard was postponed to allow time for further promotion of the event.
    Drivers competed in five racing categories.
    Front-wheel drive points leader Ronnie Jones separated himself from the pack by taking first place in his division’s feature race.

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  • New 4-mile champs are old hands at winning

    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.

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  • 4-Mile Classic to start sans most-recent champs

    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.”

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