BARTELSVILLE, Okla. — Former Batesville Pioneers Jake Palese and Kraig Kelley won postseason honors for the Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagles, according to the school’s website.
Palese, a sophomore third baseman, was named to a first-team all-region squad. Kelley, a freshman catcher, won the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year Award and was named to the all-conference second team.
NEWPORT — Gary Spicer, Patrick Nephew, John Taylor, Jason Russell and Hannah Hodge were winners at Speedy’s on Sunday, according to information provided to the Guard.
Spicer was followed by Steve Mack and Steve Simpson in the street class, Nephew was chased by Ken Thomas and Bill Smith in the foot brake class, Tony Newberry and Don Stitcher finished behind Taylor in the super pro class, and Russell beat Joey Bogard down the strip in the outlaw street bike class.
Hodge was the only junior dragster listed.
LOCUST GROVE — Maybe, just maybe, the Batesville Motor Speedway will refire its engine for points racing Friday night.
After several rain-related cancellations, there’s a good chance racing action will resume this week.
Track owner and promoter Mooney Starr always takes the optimistic approach, so the 30-percent chance of rain in Friday’s forecast means there’s a 70-percent chance it won’t rain.
Foreman is famous for being the hometown of country music superstar Tracy Lawrence, but it’s also developed a reputation for winning softball state championships.
The Foreman Lady Gators are scheduled to take on the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves Friday in the first round of the Class 2A State Tournament at Pine Bluff’s Regional Park.
Foreman has won five straight state championships and has appeared in the last six title games.
The Southside Southerners are first up among the Guard-circulation area baseball teams playing in state tournament games, and they’ve drawn a team whose school is a legend in Arkansas high school sports.
As the fourth seeds, the 17-10 Southerners are scheduled to take on the third-seeded Nashville Scrappers in the Class 4A State Tournament at Valley View High School in Jonesboro at noon Friday.
The site for this weekend’s Batesville Bassmasters regular season tournament has been changed, club officials have announced.
The tournament will be from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on Bull Shoals Lake, out of the Dam Site Park ramp.
The tournament was originally scheduled for Lake Dardanelle.
Winners of the April 30-May 1 tournament on Bull Shoals Lake were also announced.
Billy Littleton and Bobby Littleton teamed to catch 31.33 pounds to win the event. They caught 11.88 pounds the first day and 19.45 pounds the second day.
HEBER SPRINGS — Southside’s Kristina Keeney and Morgan Jones were the only scorers for the Lady Southerners at the Class 4A State Track and Field Meet here Saturday.
Keeney finished fourth in the pole vault and Jones was sixth in the high jump.
Nashville won the team state championship with 110 points. De Queen was second with 81 and Hamburg finished third with 60.
Heber Springs took the title in the boys division with 120.5 points, followed by Nashville with 96 and Newport with 58.
Batesville High will try for some more soccer breakthroughs Friday in the Class 5A State Tournament in Harrison.
The Lady Pioneers and Pioneers are a combined 0-for-4 and scoreless in state tournament play in Harrison. In 2007, the Hot Springs Lakeside Lady Rams defeated the Lady Pioneers 3-0 and the Hot Springs Trojans blanked the Pioneers 4-0. Last spring, the Lakeside teams knocked out the Batesville teams by counts of 4-0 (girls) and 5-0 (boys).
TJ Stroud began coaching the Pioneers in 2007, so going to Harrison has him feeling a little apprehensive, he admitted.
PARAGOULD — The Paragould Rams defeated the Batesville Pioneers 7-6 in 11 innings here Monday night, but the Pioneers held onto second place in the 5A-East District standings because they won the opener 10-0, and the Beebe Badger defeated the Greene County Tech Eagles in their nightcap across town.
Tech defeated Beebe 9-5 in the opener. Beebe, which had already cliched the title, won the second game 11-1.
BEE BRANCH — The Midland Mustangs built a big stop sign at third base here Monday night, and it held up for a 9-0 victory and the Class 1A Region 3 Tournament high school baseball championship.
The Bay Yellowjackets made just one serious attempt to run the stop sign, and junior right fielder Josh Thomas threw to catcher Logan Smith to erase Bay’s John Stephens for the first out of the first inning.
After that, with runners at first and third, Midland sophomore left-hander Skylar Litaker struck out Zac Carner and induced an easy fly out from Hunter Percell to end the threat.
BLYTHEVILLE — The Lyon College men’s golf team wrapped up its season on Friday afternoon as it finished in seventh place at the TranSouth Athletic Conference Championship at Blytheville Country Club.
The Scots finished 30 strokes behind Bethel with a 115-over par, 967 score in the 3-round event. Union took home the team title with an 863, giving them an automatic bid in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Tournament.
Newcastle, England native Stuart Bramley signed a national letter of intent to play soccer for Lyon, according to a news release from Lyon’s sports information department.
Bramley comes to Lyon by way of Scottsdale Community College in Arizona. He was honored as the most valuable player and captain of the squad, as well as an All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference award winner his freshman year.