An in-state basketball player and Texas diamondman recently signed with Lyon College.
Christopher Liddell, a 6-foot point guard, averaged 7.5 points, five rebounds and six assists during his senior season at Pine Bluff Dollarway.
The baseball signee is Nathan Gutierrez, who won all-conference honors for his Lewisville, Texas, squad.
Liddell won Arkansas Scholar honors, is a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club, and was the editor of his school newspaper.
NEWPORT — It was a low-cost shot with a very high return.
Playing in the Newport Country Club’s Annual Couples Golf Tournament last weekend, Batesville’s Eddie Brock scored a hole-in-one on the sixth hole. The prize was a GMC Terrain SUV.
The 180-yard ace happened with “a 5-wood that me and Harry Crossett put together 20 to 25 years ago. We built it for maybe 15 dollars,” Brock remembered, laughing.
The golf ball he used was a Noodle — not one of the more-expensive types.
The Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen broke through for a Zone 2 American Legion baseball victory Monday night at the North Complex.
The Highwaymen scored two runs in the first inning and never trailed en route to a 4-1 victory over the Blytheville Century 21 McWaters Casons.
The Casons bounced back to win the nightcap 6-3.
Scoring early was the key, Batesville Coach Gary Sevier said.
“We scored early, and we haven’t been able to do that in zone games recently,” he said.
The Batesville Crushers had their usual slow start, but they still made short work of the Mountain Home Bombers in the first round of the Cal Ripken District 3 Tournament for 11-year-olds at Fitzhugh Park on Monday night.
After trailing 2-1, the Crushers won 13-3 in a run-rule shortened four innings.
“Honestly, that’s kind of typical for this team,” Coach Brad Mace said. “They don’t seem to worry about getting behind, and once we get the bats going they hit well.”
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.