Batesville High School’s Tanner Ring was the only Guard-circulation area athlete to be named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s All-Arkansas baseball and softball teams.
Ring, a junior right-handed infielder-pitcher, posted a .506 batting average and a 9-2 pitching record for the Pioneers while also winning all-state honors.
Searcy’s Dillon Howard won the Baseball Player of the Year Award. Foreman’s Kimmy Beasley won the Softball Player of the Year Award.
NEWPORT — Batesville Citizens Bank went 3-0 over the Fourth of July weekend in the Zone 2 Junior American Legion Tournament, and today they are scheduled to play the regular-season champion in the winners’ bracket final.
After receiving a forfeit from the Newport Juniors on Friday, the Bankers defeated Trumann 12-5 on Saturday and edged the Jonesboro Seams 8-5 Monday.
This afternoon at 3:30, the Bankers are slated opposite Jonesboro Fat City. In elimination games today, Mountain Home and Jonesboro Seams are to play at 1 p.m. and the winner is slated opposite Wynne at 6.
Van Buren won the Cal Ripken State Tee-ball Tournament in Fitzhugh Park on Sunday.
The vistors from Crawford County defeated Bentonville Gold 21-20 in an extra inning.
After pool play on Friday and Saturday, Van Buren defeated Bentonville White 18-4 and the Batesville Blasters 18-14 during backet play on Sunday. Bentonville Gold advanced by defeating the Batesville Bad Boys 17-10 and Gravette 21-14.
Other scores from Sunday were Gravette 24, Osceola 17 and Batesville Blasters 22, Bentonville Black 15.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Former Arkansas point guard Jeff Peterson is transferring to Florida State to play his senior season.
Peterson asked for and was granted his release from the Razorbacks earlier this month. He’s eligible to play immediately for the Seminoles because he graduated from Arkansas in May.
Peterson spent two seasons at Arkansas, sitting out the first year after transferring from Iowa. He started 23 games last season and averaged 6.3 points per game.
He played two seasons at Iowa before that, averaging 10.6 points and 4.2 assists per game as a sophomore.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Former Florida assistant coach Coy Adkins has been named pitching coach for the Arkansas softball team.
Adkins previously served as a volunteer assistant coach for two seasons with the Gators. He helped Florida reach the College World Series in 2010 and earn the Southeastern Conference East Division title this season.
Adkins was previously an assistant and head coach at the high school level in Florida, during which time his teams won district and regional championships every season and a state title in 2008.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The labor negotiating teams led by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and players’ association chief DeMaurice Smith were back for more talks today, following a 15-hour bargaining session Thursday.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan is overseeing the process and said the sides would resume negotiations about six hours after they ended the last one.
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Seven years after winning Wimbledon as a 17-year-old, Maria Sharapova is back in the final, this time as a three-time Grand Slam winner and heavy favorite.
Petra Kvitova is preparing for her first Grand Slam final. The 21-year-old Czech might be dreaming of a debut like that of her Russian rival, who overpowered the top-seeded Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4 in 2004 to make her mark as a future superstar of the game.
SOUTHSIDE — Mason Anderson and Tanner Sherrill were winners in the first Southside High School football camp for elementary-age students.
Anderson won the punt-pass-kick competition for fifth- and sixth graders. Sherrill won for the second- through fourth-grade division.
NEW YORK (AP) — The memories of a thrilling NBA season might have to last for a while.
There’s no telling when basketball will be back.
The NBA locked out its players early Friday when its collective bargaining agreement expired, becoming the second major pro sport shut down by labor strife.
The players and owners remained far apart on just about every major issue, from salaries to the salary cap, revenues to revenue sharing.
LOCUST GROVE — Along with points racing in four classes, the Batesville Motor Speedway will host the First Community Bank-sponsored Freedom Blast Fireworks Show here Friday night.
The street stock racers will take the night off, but drivers will battle for points in the track’s other regular divisions, front-wheel drive, IMCA modifieds, factory stocks and NeSmith Crate late models.
Gates to the grandstands are to open at 6. Racing is to start at 8. The fireworks show will be during intermission.
Batesville Citizens Bank ended the regular season on the upswing Wednesday by taking a 14-4, run-ruled decision over the Newport Taylor Made Ambulance in a Junior American Legion Zone 2 baseball game at the North Complex.
The Bankers finished the regular season with a zone record of 12-8 and an overall mark of 15-10. They will take on the Newport Junior squad at 6 Friday night in the Zone 2 Tournament in Newport’s George Kell Park. The winner is scheduled to face Trumann at 6 Saturday night. The loser will not play again until Sunday afternoon at 1.
NEWPORT — Gary Spicer, Tony Newberry and Jayde Robertson won the titles Sunday at Speedy’s drag strip.
Spicer finished in front of Don Holcomb and Nikki Rutherford in the street division. Don Stitcher finished second to Newberry in the foot-brake class. David Blagg placed third.
Robertson won the junior division title.