Four Batesville Cal Ripken baseball teams are scheduled to compete in North Arkansas State Tournament action starting Friday, and one of them will be playing on their home field.
The 12-year-old Scrappers look to claim their fifth consecutive state title and start by playing Pea Ridge at 7:30 p.m. at Fitzhugh Park in Batesville. Coach Shane Swaim, who has coached the team since they were 7-year-olds, is optimistic about winning the 11-team tournament.
NEWPORT — They didn’t know it at the time, but Batesville Citizens Bank broke a drought in American Legion baseball tournament championships here Wednesday.
With their 7-6, extra-inning victory over the Jonesboro Fat City Swamp Cats in the Zone 2 Junior American Legion Tournament title game at George Kell Field, Batesville’s Legion program picked up its first zone tournament title in seven years.
Space is still available for Batesville High School’s annual baseball camp, Coach Mark Rush said.
The Camp of Champs, a 3-day morning camp for children ages 6 to 16 at the North Complex, is scheduled to begin Wednesday at 8:30.
The costs of the camp are $60 for one camper and $100 for two campers in the same family.
LOCUST GROVE — Greg Waugh finished second to Jordan Turner in the IMCA modified feature race here Friday night and moved into a tie for the Batesville Motor Speedway Isle of Capri points title.
Waugh, who placed fifth in his heat race, caught up to Ronnie Jeffery in the points race. Jeffery finished just ahead of Waugh in the IMCA’s second heat race and placed sixth in the feature. Waugh and Jeffery have accumulated 272 points.
Other feature winners were Travis Ashley (NeSmith late models), Aaron Carr (factory stock) and Misty Sallas (front-wheel drive).
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.