• BHS sophomore wins top award

    Athan Dockery, a Batesville High School sophomore, earned top honors in a football camp over spring break.
    Dockery won the Most Valuable Player Award for wide receivers at the National Underclassmen Combine in Searcy. Along with the award came an invitation to participate in the “Ultimate 100” camp on the University of Georgia campus this summer.
    The camp in Searcy was one of many held across the country by the National Underclassmen Combine organization.

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  • Lady Cougar adds to line of college-bound golfers

    Kristen Doty recently joined a growing list of Izard County High School students to sign a letter of intent to play golf in college.
    Doty signed to play with the Central Baptist Lady Mustangs in Conway. Former teammates Kiley Mettler (Seminole State in Florida) and Rachel Harmon (Henderson State in Arkadelphia) signed over the past two years.

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  • Lyon’s Hodges honored with All-American nod

    Lyon College basketball senior K.K. Hodges closed her distinguished career being named a 2011 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics All-American Honorable Mention, according to a news release from the college.
    This is the third such honor. The Wynne native received a second-team honor in 2010 and a honorable mention in 2009. She was also named to the All-TranSouth Athletic Conference first team earlier this month, an honor Hodges has picked up on three occasions (2009-11). In her freshman season, she was selected to the conference’s second team.

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  • Legion baseballers to sign up Sunday

    Prospects for Batesville American Legion baseball can register Sunday afternoon at the Chamber of Commerce building, announced Legion board member Mike Dailey.
    The sign-up is scheduled from 1-3. Prospects must be entering their sophomore year in high school or 16 years old.

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  • Rain, conditions make for iffy calendar

    For now, little looks sure about the Guard’s “Sports calendar.”
    Rain washed out every scheduled sporting event for Tuesday except Batesville High School soccer, and today’s schedule looks iffy at best.
    The Nettleton-at-Batesville baseball and softball doubleheaders have been tentatively rescheduled for today, but both BHS coaches said this morning that the wet conditions and overcast sky would make it difficult to get the fields ready.

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  • BHS kickers warm up with wins

    On a cold, wet and miserable day, the Batesville High School soccer teams collected, for them, heart-warming victories.
    In 5A-East Conference openers Monday at Pioneer Stadium, the Batesville Lady Pioneers edged the Nettleton Lady Raiders 1-0 and the Pioneers battled by the Raiders 5-4 in the second session of an overtime shootout.
    After a scoreless first half, Lady Pioneer senior Erin Richards followed up her stopped penalty kick and kicked it into the net with 15 minutes, 2 seconds to play.

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  • Salem adds on, holds on for Pioneer Classic win

    The Salem Greyhounds added two more runs Monday to what they scored Saturday, and they made all the difference.
    The two runs put the Greyhounds up 9-3, and they won this first-round First Community Bank Pioneer Classic contest with the McCrory Jaguars 9-8 at the Batesville North Complex.

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  • Southside kickers win, lose at home

    SOUTHSIDE — Southside and Academics Plus each collected a victory in 4A-3 Conference soccer openers here Monday on Stewart Field.
    The Lady Southerners won 2-0 as Alex Burroughs scored two unassisted goals and goalie Adrianna Jeffery chalked up 23 saves.
    The Lady Southerners totaled 16 shots on goal as they improved to 4-3-1 overall.
    The Falcons won 2-1 in overtime. The score was 1-1 at the end or regulation.
    Chaz Zumwalt scored Southside’s goal. Southerner goalie Cody McGaha recorded 11 saves. The Southerners were credited with 22 shots.

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  • Lady Cougars rally for 9-run victory

    CALICO ROCK — The Izard County Lady Cougars used a late surge to turn a 2-2 tie into an 11-2 victory in a nonconference softball game here Monday.
    Izard County scored a run in the top of the first inning. Calico Rock jumped ahead with a 2-run fourth and then the visitors knotted it with a run in the fifth.
    The Lady Cougars (6-2) unloaded for four runs in the sixth and finished it off with five in the seventh.

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  • High school baseball unifies Japan

    TOKYO — If Japan has a field of dreams, it’s a well-groomed patch of grass and dirt called Koshien.
    Twice a year, high school baseball teams compete at the field outside Kobe in nationally televised tournaments that rivet the country. Last week, at the start of the spring tournament, a teen stood on a podium in front of home plate and made a speech watched by millions, with a dignity and conviction some Japanese find lacking in their leaders as the nation confronts its earthquake and tsunami calamity.

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  • Four inducted into Lyon Hall of Fame

    The Lyon College Athletic Hall of Fame inducted its four newest members during a ceremony Saturday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
    They are basketball standout Dr. Freddie Avant, baseball stars Elbert Lindsey and Patrick Kircher and former baseball coach and athletic director Kirk Kelley.

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  • City’s women bowling champs recognized

    Nicki Sharp, Bonnie Burrow, Penny Lewis and the Triangle Cafe recently took home top money from the Batesville Women’s Bowling Association’s City Tournament at Hollywood Bowl, according to a news release from the association.
    Sharp won the singles title with a 702 series. The was followed by Jennifer Cookson (701), Pam Kitsmiller (692), Gina Mynatt (689), Yvonne Satterwhite (680) and Mary Clark (676).

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