My big toe throbbed like it had been smacked by a hammer. The poor sore thing had been squashed into the hole in the bottom of our canoe for what seemed like two or three lifetimes.
The bottom of the creek was becoming more visible by the minute through the hole. It all started as a leak that was pin-prick size with only an occasional drop of water oozing in, but as we paddled further down the creek, the ancient canoe seemed to lose heart and a chunk the size of a dime flaked off. Soon a small fountain of water flowed between my feet. Not a good thing.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas duck hunters again will have 60 days this winter to pursue their favorite form of waterfowl.
The state Game and Fish Commission on Thursday approved waterfowl dates that split the duck season into three parts.
The first period opens Nov. 20 and runs through Nov. 28, followed by a second period from Dec. 7 through Jan. 17. The final period will open Jan. 22 and close Jan. 30. A two-day youth waterfowl hunt is set for Feb. 5-6.
Daniel Ritchie, a 6-foot-3 guard from Montgomery, Ala., has signed to play basketball for Coach Kevin Jenkins’ Scots, according to a news release from the college.
Ritchie was an All-Metro Honorable Mention player and averaged 11 points, six rebounds and four assists as a senior at Alabama Christian Academy.
Volleyball fans can get an early look at the Lyon College Scots in Becknell Gym Saturday afternoon when the current players take on Scots from previous seasons in the Alumni Exhibition Match.
Yllen Rosales, Daria Paunovic, Katie Beineke, Lauren Castleberry, Julie Arnold, Leah Eifling, Ann Sullivan and Holly Elliott have said they will play for the alumni team.
The first serve is set for 3 and no admission will be charged.
The Scots are scheduled to open their season Aug. 28 at Philander Smith in Little Rock. The Scots will play their hosts and Mississippi Valley.
2009 — Jimmy Owens, Newport, Tenn.
2008 — Tim McCreadie, Watertown, N.Y.
2007 — Jimmy Mars, Menomonie, Wis.
2006 — Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
2005 — Billy Moyer, Batesville
2004 — Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, Ga.
2003 — Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, Ill.
2002 — Moyer
2001 — Bloomquist
2000 — Mars
1999 — Bloomquist
1998 — Wendall Wallace, Batesville
1997 — Moyer
1996 — Bill Frye, Greenbrier
1995 — Moyer
1994 — Tony Cardin, Greenbrier
1993 — Freddy Smith, Seymour, Tenn.
LOCUST GROVE — It’s time again for the most-anticipated race at Batesville Motor Speedway.
The 18th Annual Comp Cams Topless 100 is set for Friday and Saturday with a practice session on tonight’s agenda.
Change is the story for volleyball in these parts.
Along with the usual roster changes, junior and senior high schools in the Guard circulation area are experiencing expanded conferences, new conference affiliations, new coaches and new programs this fall.
Today’s preview includes reports on the teams at Southside, Cave City, Cedar Ridge and our newest entry into the sport, Izard County. In Friday’s edition, we will get to Batesville’s teams, which are also seeing some big changes.
JONESBORO — Wynne’s boys and Valley View’s girls won the team titles at the Blazer Invitational at RidgePointe Country Club here Tuesday.
The Wynne Yellowjackets shot a 239 as Colten Smith led with a 4-over-par 76. The Paragould Rams, a fellow 5A-East District team, finished one stroke back. Dylan Bateman led the Rams with a 75.
Southside’s boys scored a 294 and finished eighth out of 11 teams. Clayton House led with an 82, finishing eighth among the individuals. Rounding out the Southerners’ team score were Dalton Littleton (102) and Wyat Gambill (110).
LOCUST GROVE — The 18th Annual Comp Cams Topless 100 is set for this weekend at Batesville Motor Speedway and fans will get their first chance to see some of the best dirt track drivers in the country Thursday night.
That’s when BMS opens its gates for a practice session. Grandstands admission is free and cars will begin their practices at 7 p.m. The track will be open until 10. Pit gates open at 3 p.m.
FAYETTEVILLE — Preseason surprises often aren’t surprises by the first preseason scrimmage.
They tend to just just forgotten.
This one won’t be. The Arkansas Razorbacks’ first preseason scrimmage has come and gone and the preseason surprise is the first-team defensive nose tackle.
On July 29 at Coach Bobby Petrino’s media golf outing, a week before the Razorbacks’ first preseason practice, he was asked about what he had heard from the Razorbacks strength and conditioning coaches — who might be one of the preseason practice surprises?
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Izard County Cougar golf teams finished a distant second to their hosts in a triangular high school match at Big Creek Golf Club here Monday.
Mountain Home, a Class 6A school, won the boys division by 17 shots (124-141) and the Lady Bombers won by 37 strokes (146-183). Izard County is a 1A school. Flippin, a 3A school, finished third in both divisions. The Bobcats shot a 143. The Lady Bobcats scored a 190.
Mountain Home’s Richard Zimmerman shot a 37, the day’s low score for nine holes. Miranda Manchester did the same for the Lady Bombers with a 46.
MELBOURNE — The Ozarka College Foundation Board of Directors announced its annual benefit golf scramble is set for Sept. 18 at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Club in La Crosse.
First National Banking Company serves as the major corporate sponsor again this year. Liberty Bank, North Arkansas Electric Cooperative, and Centurylink are also event sponsors this year.