• Tim Crossen wins on Newport strip

    NEWPORT — Tracy Crossen had the fastest car Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
    Crossen won the “all run” competition which blended cars from the street, foot brake and super pro divisions.
    Nikki Rutherford finished second and Gary Spicer third.
    Dylan Massey won the junior dragster division, holding off Hannah Hodge.

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  • ‘Katz hosting football camp

    MELBOURNE — Melbourne High School is hosting a football camp for students entering grades three through seven next week, according to a news release from Coach Clayton McWilliams.
    The morning camp runs from 8 until 11, Monday through Wednesday, and will be conducted on the high school field.
    The cost is $55 per camper. Registration forms can be printed at the school’s website: http:/bearkatz.k12.ar.us
    For more information, call McWilliams at (870) 612-0017.

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  • Mirror Lake Fish Derby set for Saturday

    MOUNTAIN VIEW — Mirror Lake will be closed from noon Thursday through noon Saturday in order to set up and host a fishing derby for children Saturday morning, said Tony Guinn of the Sylamore Ranger District.
    The fishing derby is a free event for children ages 4 through 12.
    Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at the accessible parking area on the north end of the lake.
    “Children must be registered to be entered into the prize raffle,” said Guinn. “They also must be accompanied by a responsible adult.”

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  • 2011 season should lift Hogs’ baseball confidence

    FAYETTEVILLE ­— Clawing back from a first-game loss to win a NCAA baseball regional isn’t Mission Impossible.
    Mission Implausible is more accurate.
    Some Arkansas examples go against the grain.
    In the Norm DeBriyn era, the Razorbacks lost the first game of the 1989  Regional in Waterbury, Ct., and came back to win the regional and advance to the College World Series.
    Ten years later, Clemson lost the first game of the regional DeBriyn’s 1999 SEC champions hosted at Baum Stadium. Clemson eventually eliminated Arkansas and won all the way to Omaha.

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  • Thunder returns to the grove after rain causes long silence

    LOCUST GROVE — The thunder returned to the grove Friday night and this time it wasn’t from the sky.
    After several cancellations due to rain, Batesville Motor Speedway was finally able to get in a night of racing.
    When the dust settled, Roger Witt, Jordan Turner, Carmon Vincent, Aaron Carr and Drew Witt drove home with trophies.
    Witt took the top spot in the NeSmith Crate Late Model division, keeping Travis Ashley and Kenneth Jackson at bay.

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  • Bankers improve to 4-1 in Zone 2

    Batesville Citizens Bank improved their Zone 2 American Legion baseball record to 4-1 with a 17-6 victory over Wynne Post 66 in the first of two games at the North Complex on Sunday.
    The visitors won the second game 13-4 in four innings, but the second contest doesn’t count in the zone. Citizens Bank is scheduled to visit Wynne on June 14 to complete their Zone 2 assignment.

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  • Highwaymen start long Legion trek with win over team from Colorado

    The Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen gave their fans a season-opener to remember Sunday on Lyon College’s Scots Field.
    The Highwaymen defeated the Colorado Khaos 2-1 when Tanner Ring singled in Joey Barnett in the 10th inning.
    Barnett reached with a flare to short right field that fell between the second baseman and right fielder, and then the Cave City High School product sprinted to second when the Colorado fielders hesitated, waiting to see who was going to pick the ball up.

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  • Bankers begin with Zone 2 sweep

    SEARCY — Batesville Citizens Bank scored 29 runs while sweeping Searcy B&B Oil in a season-opening Junior American League baseball doubleheader here Thursday.
    The 12-10 and 17-5 victories also gave the Bankers a 2-0 start in Zone 2 foes. They will try to add on Saturday when they travel to Mountain Home to take on Hopper Environmental Services in another Zone 2 doubleheader.

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  • First BHS football camps to begin Monday; camps for cagers to open June 13

    A football camp is set to begin Monday at Batesville High, according to information provided by the school.
    The first session of the Pioneer Trailblazer football camp is slated to get under way Monday at 8 a.m. in Pioneer Stadium. It lasts until noon. The first session of the non-contact camp is for players entering fourth through sixth grades and will conclude June 9. The costs are $55 if preregistered (before Friday) or $65 on the day of the camp.

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  • Pioneers complete ‘job one’ for spring football

    First and foremost, their coach said, the Batesville Pioneers got through high school spring football practices without any serious injuries.
    “And that’s job one,” Dave King said.
    Pioneers and their fans know that King doesn’t put as much value on the 10 days of fully-padded, full-contact practices allowed by the Arkansas Activities Association as some coaches.
    “I think it’s a good thing; a positive thing for the kids, but we just don’t put that much stock in it,” he said.

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  • After numerous rainouts, speedway ready for racing

    LOCUST GROVE — Shhh. Don’t tell Mother Nature, but the Batesville Motor Speedway is scheduled to race Friday night.
    That’s something that hasn’t happened much this season as rain has forced the cancellation of more than half of the originally-scheduled events, including the first inaugural Bad Boy 98, set for May 20-21.
    With only a 10-percent chance of rain Friday, the odds are good points racing will take place for jut the third time this season.

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  • Drag results announced

    NEWPORT — Gary Spicer held off Edward Littlejohn to win the street division Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
    Steve Mark Simpson finished third in the division.
    Tracy Crossen was quicker down the strip than Don Stitcher in the foot brake division and Melvin Bake settled for third.
    In the super pro division, Bobby Hill beat Bobby Hooker and William Runyan.
    Dylan Kick took the top spot in the junior dragster division with Corey Andrews and Hannah Hodge in tow.

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