• Lyon basketball camps set to begin next week

    Lyon Coach Kevin Jenkins this morning announced spots are still available for the Lyon College basketball camps, which begin Monday.
    Elementary and middle school campers go next week and junior and senior high boys are set for the week of June 13.
    The camps will take place in Becknell Gymnasium, which has newly-installed air conditioning.

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  • Vinsons win couples tournament

    Cecilia and John Vinson shot a final-round 8-under-par 64 to win The Course at Eagle Mountain Couples Tournament on Sunday.
    The Vinsons and four other couples were tied after shooting rounds of 69 on Saturday. One of those were Sissy and Tommy Ford. They finished second with a 137. The teams of Debra and Danny Bell, Mary Ann and David Bell, Lorie and Ed Pinckard, and Jana and Gary Vinson tied for third with 138s.
    Here are the top three in the remaining flights:
    Flight 2 — Carol and Mark McGrew, 146; Alicia and John Thurman, 147; Verona and Gary Bebow, 148

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  • Shooting championship starts Friday

    LONOKE — If you’re looking for fierce competition this weekend, look no further than the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program state championship. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission program winds down with the state championship Friday and Saturday at the Remington firing range in Lonoke.

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  • Fast, furious Legion baseball about to begin for local teams

    Whatever happens with Batesville’s American Legion baseball teams, it will happen in a hurry.
    The Medical Park Orthopaedic Clinic Doctors, Batesville’s Junior Legion representatives, are scheduled to open their season Thursday in Searcy with the first of 15 doubleheaders. The Zone 2 Tournament, the first step in the postseason, is set to begin July 3.

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  • Hillcrest player inks with CRC

    Billy Brannon, an all-district outfielder-pitcher for the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles, signed earlier this month to attend Crowley’s Ridge College and play baseball for the Pioneers.
    Brannon, 6-foot-4, 175 pounds and a 2-year starter in Hillcrest’s outfield, has been accepted to the University of Arkansas-Monticello, but decided to start his college education at the 4-year school in Paragould for a number of reasons.

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  • Bassmasters change noted

    The Batesville Bassmasters will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Triangle Sports, a change in its usual meeting location, said Micah Beard, vice president.
    Brian Johnson and Dennis Scoggin teamed to win the club’s last tournament, held May 14 on Bull Shoals Lake. They weighed in 15.75 pounds.
    Jim Starzy and Michael McDaniel caught 8.15 pounds for second place and B.J. Liles and Nick Reynolds had 7.21 pounds for third place.
    Liles and Reynolds weighed in the biggest bass, of the day, a 5.09-pounder.

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  • Beshears returns to all-state

    Batesville Lady Pioneer Maggie Beshears returned to the Class 5A All-State team for softball, even if she didn’t have the kind of numbers she would like to see.
    “Maggie would say she has had a little bit of a down year, but I thought she had a fantastic season,” Batesville Coach Sean Coker said.

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  • Eleven area softball players win all-state honors

    Eleven softball players from the Guard-circulation area were named to all-state rosters, according to a news release from the Arkansas Activities Association.
    Of the 11, nine are first-time selections. Hillcrest’s Samantha Blevins and Southside’s Krysta Beeler are the returners. It’s Blevins’ third selection and Beeler’s second.

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  • JR Nation disappointed when gas tank goes dry

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. was out front on the final lap for the first time in 105 races, and the only thing standing in the way of a victory was the gas, or lack of it, in his tank.
    The crowd roared as he took the white flag, the fans stomping in the stands in near hysteria over the almost certain ending of Earnhardt’s nearly three-year losing streak.
    In a blink of an eye, it was over.

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  • Local road runner breaks state record

    LITTLE ROCK — Batesville’s Betsy Tucker set a new state record when she crossed the finish line of the Rock Run 8K at Murray Park here Saturday.
    Tucker, 54, finished the 4.97-mile race with a time of 34 minutes 56.78 seconds to set the 8K Grand Master record. Her pace of 7:02 per mile was a personal best.
    Tucker didn’t start road racing until three years ago and this is her first year to compete in earnest. She has run in eight races since January 1 and won two.

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  • Ring leads Pioneer Jrs. in awards for baseball

    Batesville High junior Tanner Ring was recently named to the Class 5A All-State team for baseball, and he’s part of the reason Coach Mark Rush has high hopes for the immediate future.
    “The best part of the whole deal is we have not only Tanner, but the rest of these all-conference guys coming back next season,” the coach said.
    Along with Ring, classmates Cody Vaughn, Ryan Coles and Hayden Cockrill were named to the 5A-East All-District team.

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  • 3-time selection from Hillcrest leads area all-state diamondmen

    Six Guard-circulation area high school baseball players were recently named to Arkansas Activities Association all-state teams, and one of them is a 3-time selection.
    Hillcrest senior Dylan Wooten accomplished the 3-peat on the Class 1A squad while helping the Screamin’ Eagles to a 16-7 record and the 1A 2-East District’s regular-season and tournament championship.
    Jed Yarnell, a senior from Izard County, is another returner to the Class 1A team. Yarnell was an all-state selection last season.

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