Fitzhugh Park will a happening place this week as local Cal Ripken League baseball teams host two tournaments.
The District 3 Tournament for 11-year-olds is scheduled to start tonight as Mountain Home takes on Heber Springs at 6. The loser is slated to face Batesville in the 3-team, double-elimination event at 7:30. Tuesday night, an elimination game is set for 6, pitting the losers from Monday’s games, and the championship game will follow. If necessary, the rubber game will be played Thursday night at 7:30.
The Marion Post 53 Rangers remained unbeaten in the Zone 2 AAA American Legion baseball standings by sweeping the Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen 7-4 and 11-9 Saturday at the North Complex.
In the opener, which counted in the zone standings, Marion left-hander Blake Witt scattered six hits, struck out 13 and walked none while pitching a complete game, and B.J. Vaughn and Kyle Sherman led the offensive statistics with two hits each. The Rangers improved to 14-2 and 7-0.
LOCUST GROVE — It was a good night for the Batesville Motor Speedway second-place points guys here Friday. Now, we’ll see if they can hold off the challengers.
Ronnie Jones, Ronnie Jeffery and Roger Witt each moved past the previous leaders. Jones took the lead in the front-wheel drive division from Drew Witt. Jeffery jumped over Greg Waugh in the IMCA modifieds, and Witt zipped past Travis Ashley in the NeSmith crate late models.
JONESBORO — Citizens Bank, Batesville’s Junior American Legion team, rallied by Jonesboro Seams Sports Academy for a 7-6 in the opening game of a Zone 2 doubleheader here Thursday night.
The home team won 13-3 in the nightcap.
The Seams led 4-0 after three innings, but the Bankers struck for five runs in the fourth frame. Jacob Rawlings highlighted the surge with a 2-out, 3-run double.
FAYETTEVILLE — Mostly, it was about defense here Thursday night at the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star football game.
Helped along by Batesville Pioneers Matthew Showalter and Chance Rogers, the East All-Stars had the most defense. They won 32-3.
East Assistant Coach Larry Treadway, who now coaches at Walnut Ridge, but coached football for many years in Batesville’s junior and senior high programs, said he saw evidence of that early in the week.
Space is still available for volleyball campers at Lyon College, Coach Ray Green said.
The Lyon College Summer Volleyball Camps leads off with a camp for junior and senior girls, which begins Sunday and runs through Wednesday. Registration is to begin at 2 p.m. Sunday in Becknell Gymnasium.
Camp costs are $145 per commuter camper without meals, $195 per commuter camper with meals and $245 per resident camper, which includes room and board.
NEWPORT — Bobby Hooker of Cave City and Ed Littlejohn of Batesville won here Sunday at Speedy’s drag strip.
Hooker won the super pro division, with Zach Collins and Jerry Collins in tow.
Littlejohn finished in front of Kyle Reynolds and Don Stitcher.
In order, the other results were: street division — Stephen Simpson, Littlejohn, Gary Spicer; and junior dragster — Samantha Clay and Brian Hill.
LOCUST GROVE — Kevin Grizzle, Drew Witt, Greg Waugh, Adam Maple and Roger Witt will lead the way when a full slate of points auto racing runs Friday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
It’s also $20 Per Carload “Night at the Races,” an annual United Way of Independence County fundraiser, and Mod Lite cars and the Isle of Capri racing series will add to the feature.
FAYETTEVILLE — The East will win the series no matter what happens tonight in Razorback Stadium.
That was decided here Wednesday night in Bud Walton Arena when the East defeated the West 77-70 in boys basketball. With that, the East has won six of the 10 Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Games. Tonight’s football game is the finale.
TRUMANN — Batesville Citizens Bank’s woes in Zone 2 American Legion baseball continued here Wednesday with a 5-3 loss to Trumann.
Nathan Maxwell led the winners, pitching a 5-hitter and hitting four for four.
For the Bankers, Zane Worsencroft and Jared May provided two hits apiece. Worsencroft and Bryce Bishop doubled.
The Bankers fell to 12-9 overall and 10-8 in the zone. They were 8-3 in the zone two weeks ago.
This afternoon, the Bankers are scheduled to visit Jonesboro Seams for a zone doubleheader. The starting time has been moved to 4 p.m.
If it’s up to the football players he’s working with, Coach Larry Treadway likes the East’s chances against the West tonight in Razorback Stadium.
Treadway, who’s gotten the Walnut Ridge Bobcats up and running since leaving Batesville High in 2004, is responsible for coaching the East defensive backs. Among those is Matthew Showalter, who starred for the 12-1, 5A-East District champion Batesville Pioneers as a defensive, wide receiver, punter and return man this past fall.
FAYETTEVILLE — The East All-Star volleyball team’s fast start surprised their coach, and it might have made the difference.
“The girls surprised me with how aggressive they were at the start,” Coach Vickie Gatewood said. “I don’t know if it was because we were up at 7:30 in the mornings, but they were so quiet and shy during our morning and afternoon practices, and it seemed to take a little while for them to get going.”
Led by Nettleton’s Allison Wyatt and Cave City’s Rachel Roebuck, the East struck quickly and hard en route to a 3-1 victory over the West.