LOCUST GROVE — Bryant native Drew Armstrong muscled his way to the checkered flag as he held off Ronnie Jeffrey to win the IMCA Modified feature Friday night at Batesville Motor Speedway.
Travis Ashley drove the fastest of three cars in the NeSmith Late Model feature. Kenneth Jackson and Roger Witt were the other contenders.
Brad Helms took the top spot in the street stock class with points leader Kevin Grizzle in tow.
Aaron Carr drove his number 10x pickup to the checkers in the factory stock class while Adam Maple rode shotgun.
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Jeff Gordon waits like all fans to learn this week who NASCAR selects for its next Hall of Fame class.
One year, that list of all-time greats will surely include Gordon.
Gordon has put up the kind of championship totals and win numbers that few in the sport can match. Gordon believes now, when he’s still winning races and a championship contender, is not the time to reflect on his career. That time will come when he’s called to the Hall.
“I want to make it to that speech,” Gordon said.
MIAMI (AP) — The season began with LeBron James taking his talents to South Beach.
It ended with Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks taking the NBA championship in South Beach by defeating the Miami Heat 105-95 Sunday night.
Soaked in champagne in their locker room and spraying more around at a Miami Beach club hours later, the Dallas Mavericks not only added at least another year to James’ wait for an NBA title, but they got to have the season’s biggest — and final — party.
WEST MEMPHIS — Trailing 6-0, West Memphis scored eight runs with a 2-out rally in the fourth inning here Saturday while posting a 10-6, Zone 2 AAA American Legion baseball victory over Batesville’s Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen.
“Tanner (Ring) was cruising and had retired the first batter of the fourth inning for us,” Batesville Coach Sean Coker said. “Then, after giving up consecutive singles, I appealed to the umpire on the use of an illegal bat. At first they granted it, but then overturned it, and everything went downhill from there.”
The top award and contest winners for the third- through sixth-grade session of the Pioneer Traiblazer Football Camp at Batesville High School were presented Thursday.
The top award-winners are: outstanding campers — fourth-grader Jake Antici, fifth-grader Aaron Denton and sixth-grader Jack Looney; and punt, pass and kick champions — fourth-grader Caleb Anderson, fifth-grader Grant Patterson and sixth-grader Blake Bogy.
Something of a tripleheader for Batesville sports will happen Saturday at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock.
Batesville High will receive the Lewis McCollum Gold Star School award, and Harold Wilson and Larry Rogers will be inducted into the Arkansas Track and Field Hall of Fame. The ceremony is to begin at 6:30 p.m.
The McCollum Award recognizes schools that have fielded outstanding track and field and cross country teams over a period of years.
HARRISON (AP) — A professional wrestler who suffered a heart attack as he waited for a match to begin at the Northwest Arkansas District Fairgrounds has died at a Missouri hospital, authorities said Wednesday.
Fellow wrestler Jason Jones told the Harrison Daily Times that Robert Dale Phipps, 39, of Harrison collapsed without warning Saturday evening as he waited in the ring for his opponent to enter. Jones said it was initially thought that Phipps suffered a stroke, but doctors said he had a heart attack, the newspaper reported Wednesday.
POCAHONTAS — The Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen improved to 3-1 here Wednesday night with a sweep over Pocahontas in a AAA American Legion doubleheader.
After trailing 1-0 through three innings, the Highwaymen won the opener 6-2. They rolled to a 13-2, run-ruled 4-inning victory in the scheduled 5-inning nightcap.
Pocahontas is a not a Zone 2 foe. The Highwaymen are scheduled to begin zone play on Saturday when they visit West Memphis. The first pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 4 p.m. Only the first game will count in the zone standings.
LOCUST GROVE — The Batesville Motor Speedway is scheduled to host points racing for all classes Friday night.
Roger Witt, Shawn Walsh, Greg Waugh, Kevin Grizzle, Adam Maple and Drew Witt are the leaders.
Witt holds a 20-point lead over Travis Ashley in the NeSmith Crate Late Model class.
Walsh and Waugh are tied for the top spot in the IMCA Modified class with James Emerson just eight points back.
A driver can earn a maximum of 50 points a night. The feature winner gets 40 points and each heat winner earns 10.
PLEASANT PLAINS — Speed and strength tests will be available to all Midland High male athletes, grades 7-12, next week, announced Coach Tim Pugh.
The tests can be taken between 9 a.m. and noon, Monday through Friday. Pugh said the tests are for male athletes in all sports, not just football. Pugh was recently hired to coach Midland’s new football program.
For more information, call Pugh at (501) 345-2610.
The Arkansas Activities Association on Tuesday voted 12-5 in favor of a proposal to merge the Class 6A and 7A classifications for the 2012-14 cycle, according to an article in today’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
The proposal is one of nine the AAA-member schools will vote on during an Aug. 3 meeting in Little Rock.
Another proposal would shift conferences for some Guard-circulation area schools. Cave City would leave the 4A-2 for the 4A-3 with Brookland, Gosnell, Highland, Westside Consolidated, Pocahontas, Trumann and Valley View.
Batesville Citizens Bank handed Jonesboro Fat City Swampcats their first loss in the Zone 2 Junior American Legion standings, but the defending zone champions struck back.
The Bankers collected a 13-10, come-from-behind victory in the opener. The Swampcats won the nightcap 11-3.
In the opener, the Bankers had to rally twice.
Down 4-0, things turned their way with two out in the fourth inning when Fat City first baseman Ethan Moore failed to handle a hard-hit ground ball by Zane Worsencroft. It was Fat City’s first error of the game.