• Bankers improve to 4-1 in Zone 2

    Batesville Citizens Bank improved their Zone 2 American Legion baseball record to 4-1 with a 17-6 victory over Wynne Post 66 in the first of two games at the North Complex on Sunday.
    The visitors won the second game 13-4 in four innings, but the second contest doesn’t count in the zone. Citizens Bank is scheduled to visit Wynne on June 14 to complete their Zone 2 assignment.

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  • Highwaymen start long Legion trek with win over team from Colorado

    The Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen gave their fans a season-opener to remember Sunday on Lyon College’s Scots Field.
    The Highwaymen defeated the Colorado Khaos 2-1 when Tanner Ring singled in Joey Barnett in the 10th inning.
    Barnett reached with a flare to short right field that fell between the second baseman and right fielder, and then the Cave City High School product sprinted to second when the Colorado fielders hesitated, waiting to see who was going to pick the ball up.

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  • Bankers begin with Zone 2 sweep

    SEARCY — Batesville Citizens Bank scored 29 runs while sweeping Searcy B&B Oil in a season-opening Junior American League baseball doubleheader here Thursday.
    The 12-10 and 17-5 victories also gave the Bankers a 2-0 start in Zone 2 foes. They will try to add on Saturday when they travel to Mountain Home to take on Hopper Environmental Services in another Zone 2 doubleheader.

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  • First BHS football camps to begin Monday; camps for cagers to open June 13

    A football camp is set to begin Monday at Batesville High, according to information provided by the school.
    The first session of the Pioneer Trailblazer football camp is slated to get under way Monday at 8 a.m. in Pioneer Stadium. It lasts until noon. The first session of the non-contact camp is for players entering fourth through sixth grades and will conclude June 9. The costs are $55 if preregistered (before Friday) or $65 on the day of the camp.

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  • Pioneers complete ‘job one’ for spring football

    First and foremost, their coach said, the Batesville Pioneers got through high school spring football practices without any serious injuries.
    “And that’s job one,” Dave King said.
    Pioneers and their fans know that King doesn’t put as much value on the 10 days of fully-padded, full-contact practices allowed by the Arkansas Activities Association as some coaches.
    “I think it’s a good thing; a positive thing for the kids, but we just don’t put that much stock in it,” he said.

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  • After numerous rainouts, speedway ready for racing

    LOCUST GROVE — Shhh. Don’t tell Mother Nature, but the Batesville Motor Speedway is scheduled to race Friday night.
    That’s something that hasn’t happened much this season as rain has forced the cancellation of more than half of the originally-scheduled events, including the first inaugural Bad Boy 98, set for May 20-21.
    With only a 10-percent chance of rain Friday, the odds are good points racing will take place for jut the third time this season.

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  • Drag results announced

    NEWPORT — Gary Spicer held off Edward Littlejohn to win the street division Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
    Steve Mark Simpson finished third in the division.
    Tracy Crossen was quicker down the strip than Don Stitcher in the foot brake division and Melvin Bake settled for third.
    In the super pro division, Bobby Hill beat Bobby Hooker and William Runyan.
    Dylan Kick took the top spot in the junior dragster division with Corey Andrews and Hannah Hodge in tow.

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  • Lyon basketball camps set to begin next week

    Lyon Coach Kevin Jenkins this morning announced spots are still available for the Lyon College basketball camps, which begin Monday.
    Elementary and middle school campers go next week and junior and senior high boys are set for the week of June 13.
    The camps will take place in Becknell Gymnasium, which has newly-installed air conditioning.

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  • Vinsons win couples tournament

    Cecilia and John Vinson shot a final-round 8-under-par 64 to win The Course at Eagle Mountain Couples Tournament on Sunday.
    The Vinsons and four other couples were tied after shooting rounds of 69 on Saturday. One of those were Sissy and Tommy Ford. They finished second with a 137. The teams of Debra and Danny Bell, Mary Ann and David Bell, Lorie and Ed Pinckard, and Jana and Gary Vinson tied for third with 138s.
    Here are the top three in the remaining flights:
    Flight 2 — Carol and Mark McGrew, 146; Alicia and John Thurman, 147; Verona and Gary Bebow, 148

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  • Shooting championship starts Friday

    LONOKE — If you’re looking for fierce competition this weekend, look no further than the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program state championship. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission program winds down with the state championship Friday and Saturday at the Remington firing range in Lonoke.

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  • Fast, furious Legion baseball about to begin for local teams

    Whatever happens with Batesville’s American Legion baseball teams, it will happen in a hurry.
    The Medical Park Orthopaedic Clinic Doctors, Batesville’s Junior Legion representatives, are scheduled to open their season Thursday in Searcy with the first of 15 doubleheaders. The Zone 2 Tournament, the first step in the postseason, is set to begin July 3.

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  • Hillcrest player inks with CRC

    Billy Brannon, an all-district outfielder-pitcher for the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles, signed earlier this month to attend Crowley’s Ridge College and play baseball for the Pioneers.
    Brannon, 6-foot-4, 175 pounds and a 2-year starter in Hillcrest’s outfield, has been accepted to the University of Arkansas-Monticello, but decided to start his college education at the 4-year school in Paragould for a number of reasons.

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