LOCUST GROVE — Batesville Motor Speedway plans to honor their four decades of entertaining area race fans Friday night with discounted admission and racing in all five classes.
Grandstand admission will be $4, and kids 11 and under will be admitted at no charge. The track concession stand will feature specials during the night, and some fans will win 40th anniversary BMS 2012 calendars.
The gates open at 6 p.m., and racing begins at 8 p.m.
Here are the top-10 drivers and their point totals listed by division:
Hailey Hastings and Emily Gardener won the Outstanding Camper Awards at the Lyon College Junior and Senior Girls Basketball Camp this week.
Hastings won in the senior high division. Other top awards in the senior division were for defense and hustle, which were won by Michele Dobbins and Ariel Wann, respectively.
Baylea Altom (defense) and Chris Camp (hustle) joined Gardener among the top junior award winners.
SOUTHSIDE — Space is still available at the Southside girls’ basketball camp, according to Coach Malcolm Long.
The morning camp (8:30-noon) for girls entering grades 4-8 is scheduled to begin Monday and end July 21. Ball handling, shooting, defense and rebounding will be taught and games will be played daily.
A registration fee of $55 is due by 8:15 a.m. on Monday.
For more information, contact Coach Long at (870) 307-1848 or Coach Chris Hardin at (870) 613-3452.
The Batesville Fellowship of Christian Athletes Power Camp for boys and girls 8-12 years old is scheduled for Monday through July 21 at Eagle Mountain Magnet School.
The camp will include a variety of sports activities and Bible studies led by college students and athletes from across the state from 9 a.m-noon each day.
The cost is $45 for one, $80 for two and $100 for three in an immediate family and scholarships are available based on need. Citizens Bank, the lead sponsor for the event, is providing funds for the event, including scholarship money.
The Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes dominated their home swim meet Saturday, winning 41 of the 80 events and outscoring their nearest competitor by 375 points.
The Torpedoes piled up 445 points in the male division and 252 points in the female division for a combined score of 697. The Greene County Gators were second with 322 total points. They were followed by the Jonesboro Jets (276), Wynne Marlins (159) and Blytheville Barracudas (122).
Drivers Kevin Grizzle and Joe Payne both currently sit atop the standings of the street stock division at Batesville Motor Speedway after Friday night’s races.
Grizzle won Friday’s feature race with Payne finishing second. Both drivers have accumulated a total of 252 points during the season and are 12 points ahead of Mikey Bell, who finished in third place.
Other feature winners were Roger Witt (NeSmith Crate late models), Rick Buie Jr. (IMCA modified), Garrett Skaggs (factory stock) and Ronnie Jones (front-wheel drive).
New champions were crowned Saturday morning after the second running of the Army National Guard Family Readiness Group 5K, but they aren’t new to the racing scene here or in many other places.
Jesse Littlefield, visiting Batesville as he does each year about this time, won the overall men’s title in a course record time of 17 minutes, 49.57 seconds.
SHERIDAN — Batesville Citizens Bank edged the host team in the first round of the Junior American Legion Tournament here Friday, and then things got difficult.
After defeating Sheridan 8-7, the Bankers absorbed two run-ruled losses. Wynne Post 66, a fellow Zone 2 team, won 13-3 in six innings and the Bryant Black Sox won 13-1 in five.
“The wheels fell off,” Batesville Coach Mark Rush said. “We had six walks, six hit batters and six errors against Wynne.
“Bryant’s the best team in the tournament,” he added. “Up and down the lineup, they can really pound the ball.”
The Scrappers hope to earn their fifth North Arkansas State Tournament title tonight at 7:30 at Fitzhugh Park.
Coach Shane Swaim is pleased with Batesville’s 12-year-old Cal Ripken baseball All-Star team’s success and likes their chances against either Bentonville or Springdale.
“They are playing better than they ever have before, and they are doing a great job of protecting their home field during this tournament,” Swaim said. “We are going to be tough to beat if we keep playing at this level.”
LITTLE ROCK — Think it’s too hot to fish? That’s just an excuse — enjoyable fishing can take place even in these hot periods, according to anglers on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission staff.
They suggest getting out on the water very early in the day, take plenty of water and perhaps go for bream, which are nearly everywhere in the state.
LITTLE ROCK — Are you a woman who wants to improve your outdoor skills or learn new ones? The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is looking for participants to attend the 2011 Arkansas Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop in September.
The outdoor skills workshop is for women only.
Participants will be provided a non-threatening atmosphere where they can have fun learning skills that will enhance their enjoyment of the outdoors.
The workshop focuses on learning outdoor skills usually associated with hunting and fishing but includes other outdoor pursuits as well.