• Local 7th-grade basketball team posts runner-up finish in finale

    Batesville Future, a basketball team made up of seventh-grade girls from Batesville and Melbourne, concluded its season this past weekend with a second-place finish in a Hoopplay USA tournament.
    After going 0-2 in pool play, the local team rallied from behind to beat the Missouri Hoopsters 18-14 before losing to the Memphis Superchamps 21-17.
    Playing in tournaments across the state, Batesville Future posted two second-place finishes, placed third three times and finished fourth once.

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  • One city pool opens Saturday

    The Fitzhugh Park pool, commonly called the “Mickey Mouse” pool, is scheduled to open Saturday afternoon at 1, Parks and Recreation Director Randy Palmer announced.
    The Fitzhugh Park pool, one of two operated by the city, will also be open Sunday and Monday.
    The North Complex pool is scheduled to open June 3.
    The entry fee is $4 per person for both pools. An individual season pass costs $65 and a family season pass is $100.
    The pools can be reserved for parties. The cost is $100 for a 2-hour party. Party reservations can be made by calling (870) 698-2400.

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  • Familiar names found in All-Stars

    Coaching staffs and player rosters were recently announced for the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star baseball, softball and soccer games, and three players and two coaches from Guard-circulation area are among the names.

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  • Lyon Briefs

    Soccer
    First-year Coach Mitch McKay continues to add to his roster, signing three junior college transfers from California.
    Manuel Leon Barrera and Andy Walker transferred from Santa Rosa Junior College and Raoul Noumbissi comes to Batesville via Chabot College.
    Walker, a Ukiah High School product, was a 2-time all-conference selection for SRJC. In 2010, he was the runner-up for the conference defensive player of the year, an All-Region North California honoree, and earned an All-American nomination.

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  • Spots available for hoops camp

    Southside Coach Brad McGhee said there are spots available for next week’s basketball camps for boys and girls entering kindergarten through third grades.
    The camp, which will run May 31-June 3, is not limited to Southside students, he added. The start time is 8:30 each morning and each camp will end around 11 a.m.
    The cost is $50. To register, call McGhee at (870) 613-4099.

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  • Mettler helps Seminole State at national golf tournament

    SANFORD, Fla. — Former Izard County standout Kiley Mettler helped Seminole State College as it placed fourth in the National Junior College Athletic Association Women’s Golf Championship tournament, held May 16-19 at LPGA International in Dayton Beach, Fla., according to a news release.
    Mettler shot a 4-round total of 339, good for a tie for 28th. Teammates Elia Folch Sola (303), Lauren Shuford (324) and Caitlin Winters (339) contributed to the team total of 1,305. Defending national champion Dayton State College its second straight title with a team total of 1,195.

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  • BHS soccer honors provide more mirror images

    The Batesville High’s soccer teams mirrored each other through much of the season, so it’s not surprising they are doing the same now that it’s over.
    Three Lady Pioneers and three Pioneers were named to the Class 5A All-State teams and two of those are repeat selections. Senior Erin Richards is a 4-time all-state selection. Classmate Vivien Ramirez has been so honored three straight seasons.
    Lady Pioneers Kali Foreman and Lainey Rumans joined Richards on the girls all-state squad. Foreman is a senior. Rumans is a sophomore.

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  • Four young Southerners named all-state in soccer

    Four Southside soccer players were named to the Class 4A All-State team, one of them returns and all will have the opportunity to return.
    The all-underclassmen selections are juniors Alex Burroughs and Chaz Zumwalt and sophomores Adrianna Jeffery and Brody Clark.
    Burroughs, a high-scoring forward, is the returning all-state selection. Burroughs scored 19 goals for the 7-7-1 Lady Southerners, breaking the scoring records she set during her freshman and sophomore years.

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  • Cave City basketball camp to open May 31

    CAVE CITY — The Caveman Basketball Camp for girls and boys entering grades 3 through 9 is set for May 31-June 3, Cave City Athletic Director Russell Fowler announced.
    The entry fee is $50 per camper. Additional camper from the same family will be charged $30 each. Though preregistration closes today, campers can register on opening day starting at 8 a.m. Each camp runs 8:30-noon.
    Along with camp insurance, fees cover instruction, contests and games and camp T-shirts. Campers can also win additional awards T-shirts.
    For further information, call (870) 283-3333.

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  • Cave City scrimmage nixed by weather, rules

    CAVE CITY — Friday’s storms forced the cancellation of Cave City’s Red-White scrimmage and it can’t be made up, according to the Arkansas Activities Association’s rules.
    The AAA allows 10 days of football practice in full pads during the spring. The days must be weekdays and run consecutively. Because Cave City’s scrimmage was set for the 10th day of its practices, the AAA will not allow it to be made up.

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  • Lyon, BHS ties help Oklahomans win national title

    MASON, Ohio — It didn’t take long for Coach Kirk Kelley to produce a World Series championship at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
    Just two years into his tenure at Wesleyan, the former Lyon skipper and Hall of Famer coached the Eagles to their first National Christian College Athletic Association championship in baseball.
    Wesleyan (39-28), the ninth seed in the 10-team tournament, opened the World Series by knocking off top-seeded Southeastern 5-1 on Wednesday. A few hours later, the Eagles snuck by eighth-seeded Olivet Nazerene 2-1.

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  • New coach arrives via long range, but with close football connections

    Kenny Simpson, Southside’s new head football coach, is a long-range hire with close connections.
    The “military brat,” as he called himself, has “lived about everywhere,” he said, but calls Mount Dora, Fla., home. Mount Dora is northwest of Orlando, about halfway between Orlando and Ocala.
    However, some of his playing days in high school happened at Greenwood High School under Coach Ronnie Peacock, who got the now legendary football program rolling.
    Then, all of his college days were spent at Harding University in Searcy.

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