• Growing annual flag football event set for May 6-8

    The White River Flag Football Classic is set for next weekend and the event is growing, according to Joe Haynes, one of the organizers.
    Wednesday, the day before the registration deadline, enough players had registered “that we could, potentially, field 16 teams,” Haynes said.
    The 7-on-7 flag football tourney is scheduled to run May 6-8 on the soccer fields of the North Complex.

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  • Sports events get moving

    For now, clear skies and Guard circulation-area athletes have gained the upper hand on weather conditions.
    By press time, almost everything that was scheduled for today is on, though some of the happenings will be in different locales than originally scheduled.

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  • Comp Cams late models still slated to run Friday

    LOCUST GROVE — As of press time, Friday night’s racing at Batesville Motor Speedway was to continue as scheduled.
    The Comp Cams Super Dirt Late Model Series is set to visit the speedway and will be accompanied by points racing for IMCA modified, street stock, factory stock, economy modified and front-wheel drive classes.
    Originally scheduled for April 23, the show was to feature the Mid-America Racing Series (MARS). However, due to a scheduling conflict with MARS Friday night, the Comp Cams series will fly solo.

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  • Former UofA, Conway High star wins vote for Madden cover

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland has ended its championship drought.
    Browns running back Peyton Hillis will grace the cover of Madden NFL ’12, the popular video game, after beating Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick in a vote by fans. Hillis received 66 percent of the one million votes cast to handily defeat Vick in the final.
    Hillis, who played at the University of Arkansas and his schoolboy days for the Conway Wampus Cats, rushed for 1,177 yards last season, his first with the Browns.

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  • Free physicals available on Thursday for Cave City students in grades 6-11

    CAVE CITY — Free physicals will be available to Cave City students Thursday from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium, announced Cave City Athletic Director Russell Fowler.
    The physicals are for students currently in the sixth- through 11th grade.

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  • 5A-East track championships changed to 1 day

    One of the biggest changes in the Guard’s “Sports calendar” has little to do with the weather.
    Track and field coaches of the 5A-East District voted Tuesday to change the district championship meet to a single-day event rather than a 2-day event as originally scheduled, and had been organized in previous years. The meet will now start at 10 a.m. Thursday.
    Originally, it was scheduled for Thursday and Saturday.
    Weather and field conditions did make for other changes.

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  • Concord wins softball game

    CONCORD — The Concord Lady Pirates were able to get in their nonconference softball game with Calico Rock Tuesday afternoon.
    Concord won 13-3 in a run-ruled five innings.
    Mandy Thompson hit three for three with a double and three runs batted in to pace Concord (14-7). Teammates Sydney Harlan and Hannah Cornett collected a double and single each. Harlan scored twice and Cornett was credited with four RBI.
    Harlan was the winning pitcher. She threw a 4-hitter, walked one and struck out six.

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  • Jonesboro’s Whitney Keith signs with Lyon basketball

    The 2011 Lyon College womens basketball recruiting class continues to grow.
    Whitney Keith recently signed a letter of intent to play for the Scots, Lyon announced.
    A guard-forward from Jonesboro High School, Keith brings a variety of skills to the Lyon roster. As a senior, she averaged 14 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and almost two steals a game.

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  • Area 16 Special Olympics event set for Friday in Pioneer Stadium

    The annual Area 16 Special Olympics Track and Field Meet is set for Friday in Pioneer Stadium and approximately 200 athletes are scheduled to compete, announced Diane Wentz, one of the organizers.
    The opening ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. The last event is expected to be completed by around 2 p.m., Wentz said.
    Special Olympians from Batesville, The Community School, Southside, Cave City, Quitman, Melbourne and Mountain View schools will compete.

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  • Conditions keep schedule makers guessing; 4A-2 baseball, softball tournaments slated

    We will see what the weather and saturated fields will allow, but at least we now know the postseason baseball and softball schedules for four area teams.
    In meetings Monday, assignments were made for the 4A-2 District Tournaments, which will be hosted by Cave City. The baseball tourney is set to begin Thursday and end Saturday. The softball tourney is slated to begin Friday and end Monday (see the “Sports calendar” on this page for the schedules through Saturday).

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  • Lyon’s Duncan finishes third at Union Spring Invitational

    UNION CITY, Tenn. — Kaitlyn Duncan paced the Lyon College womens golf teams at the Union Spring Invitational that was completed on Friday, according to a news release from Lyon’s sports information department.
    Duncan finished third after shooting an 85-83–168. Teammate Charli Steed was the second of three Lyon golfers, shooting a 2-round score of 181 (91-90) for a tie of 16th place, and Meredith Davis finished in 20th with a 258 (131-127).

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  • Southside, Westside split in 4A-3 Conference soccer

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Southerners and Westside Consolidated Warriors split a pair of hard-fought, 4A-3 Conference soccer matches at Stewart Field on Friday.
    The Southerners won 4-3 as Greg Smith scored two goals. Brody Clark and Chaz Zumwalt added a goal each. All were unassisted.
    Southside goalie Cody McGaha stopped 22 shots.
    “We played well,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said. “We controlled things most of the game, then they scored two goals late and gave us a scare.”
    The Southerners improved to 5-3 in the conference and 8-8-1 overall.

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