LOCUST GROVE — As of press time, tonight’s races at Batesville Motor Speedway were still a go.
Severe thunderstorms are in the forecast for tonight but if the grove can escape Mother Nature’s fury, fans will be treated to points racing for all classes.
Admission is only $5 tonight for fans age 12 and older. It’s free for children 11 and younger.
Crate late model, IMCA modified, street stock, factory stock and front-wheel drive are the weekly divisions at BMS.
For up-to-date information on tonight’s races, call the track at (870) 251-0011 or visit www.bms-ar.com
BLACK ROCK — Dylan Wooten pitched a perfect game and Hillcrest captured the 1A-2 East District regular-season championship with a 10-0 victory over Black Rock in high school baseball on Thursday.
The junior right-hander did not allow a hit or walk in the run-ruled 6-inning contest, striking out 12 along the way.
“They put six balls in play against Dylan and we made the plays,” Hillcrest Coach Andy Durham said. “Dylan went to 3-and-2 against one batter, but didn’t lose him. He just pretty much stayed ahead of the batters.”
The White River Football Classic, a 7-on-7 flag football tournament, is scheduled for May 21-23 at the Batesville North Complex, according to a news release from the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Batesville.
The event is a fund raiser and a “community outreach program,” according to the news release. Some of the proceeds will go to paying the costs for a local Boy Scout to attend summer camp.
The entry fee is $20 per player. Each team is guaranteed three games. The winning team will receive $500 in cash and prizes and every participant will get a tourney T-shirt.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Take the Lake 5K Walk/Run, the third race in the White River Roadrunners Racing Series, will includes races for kids 14 and under, according to a news release from Cynthia Kasbohm.
Registration for the kids races on Saturday will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Dam Site Park near Greers Ferry Dam. The first race will start at 4:30. Ages 4 and under will run 200 meters. Ages 5-8 will run a half-mile course. Ages 9-14 will run one mile.
BROCKWELL — Katie Campbell pitched a no-hitter and the Izard County Lady Cougars run ruled the Norfork Lady Panthers 10-0 in a 5-inning nonconference high school softball game here Wednesday.
Kristen Doty provided the highlights offensively with a two for three performance and three runs batted in.
The win makes Izard County 7-10 with a 1A 2-East District game at Mammoth Spring slated for this afternoon.
BROCKWELL — The Izard County Cougars ripped the Norfork Panthers for eight runs in the second inning and four in the sixth while posting a 14-7 nonconference high school baseball win here Wednesday.
Miguel Hinojosa and Jed Yarnell provided two hits apiece for the winners. Hinojosa homered, drove in six runs and scored two. Yarnell doubled.
BROCKWELL — Rachel Harmon, a 4-time all-state golfer for the Izard County Lady Cougars, signed a national letter of intent here Tuesday to attend Henderson State in Arkadelphia and play golf for the Lady Reddies.
“Henderson State and a few others contacted me,” Harmon said. “We set a date to visit. I liked the campus and other stuff and decided to sign with them.”
Coach Blake McAfee said he heard about Harmon through her father and his.
A pair of Batesville High graduates shined at Scots Field as Lyon split a nonconference baseball doubleheader with the Henderson State Reddies.
Lyon (25-16) won the opener 5-2 and Henderson (28-16) took game two 8-5.
Trent Weeks started on the mound and pitched five solid innings before letting Cedar Ridge product Drew Davis and Phoenix, Ariz., native Nick Salahub get some work.
Weeks (2-1) shut out the Reddies for five innings and allowed just four hits. He struck out one and walked none.
The Nettleton Lady Raiders kept themselves in contention for a title and narrowed the Batesville Lady Pioneers’ chances for postseason play with two 5A-East District victories at the North Complex on Tuesday.
The visitors rallied to win the opener 6-3, then hammered the home team 15-5 in the nightcap.
CONWAY — Basketball senior Mitch Rueter, a 2005 Batesville High School graduate, was named the male Student-Athlete of the Year at the University of Central Arkansas’ annual Sports Banquet here Monday night, according to a news release from UCA.
Rueter finished his career as the 21st player in UCA history to reach 1,000 career points and is 10th in career 3-pointers. He is also ranked in the Top 40 in career rebounds, assists and steals.
JONESBORO — The Nettleton Raiders stayed in front of the Batesville Pioneers in the race for the 5A-East District baseball championship by winning the second game of a doubleheader.
The Pioneers took the opener 7-0. The Raiders struck back to win the nightcap 5-2.
With the split, the Pioneers remained in second in the district standings with a 6-2 mark. The Raiders are 8-2 and 13-9 (see standings, scores and schedule on this page).
NORFORK — Micah Beard and Mark Owens of Batesville teamed to win the White River Bassmasters tournament at Lake Norfork on Saturday.
The duo won with a weight of 16.29 pounds. That was a little more than half a pound over Byron Bristow and Michael Holt’s second-place weight of 15.77.
Twenty-one boats competed in the event and all but four caught their limit. There was a total of 90 fish weighed in.
In third was Billy Littleton and Tommy Clark with 14.89 pounds and Jim Starzy and Ernie Daniel teamed for fourth with 13.76 pounds.