Ten months after some big happenings in the Batesville High volleyball program, Coach Tanya Haigwood emphasized first steps when asked what the current Lady Pioneers must do to become the best they can be.
“I’m sure lots of other coaches are saying the same things, but, for us it’s about serving. We’ve got to serve it over, in and hard,” Haigwood said. “We need to do that, and we need to know where the weak players are in the serve receiving area.
“We’ve also got to get better at receiving serve,” the coach added. “If we progress in those two areas, we can do well.”
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Tickets for Arkansas’ first three football games of the 2011 season are now on sale.
The Razorbacks open the season at home against Missouri State Sept. 3, then play a road game against New Mexico Sept. 9 before returning to Fayetteville to play host to Troy.
The tickets are $45 for the Missouri State and Troy games and $55 for the New Mexico game.
Additional single-game tickets will be available in the future.
Dawson Hooks, the grandson of the Anna M. Hooks of Batesville, and son of Lance and Janet Hooks formerly of Batesville, recently finished first in the state of Colorado in a baseball skills competition.
Participating in the boys 10- to 11-year-old division of the Colorado Rockies Baseball Skills Challenge, Hooks won at the local and sectional levels, and then won the state finals competition.
The Hooks live in Littleton, Colo.
CHEROKEE VILLAGE — Earlier this month, the Izard County Cougars successfully defended their White River Water Carnival title. Tuesday they won their high school golf match at Cherokee Village, earning back-to-back victories.
The Cougars shot a 9-hole total of 135 and finished 10 strokes ahead of Highland. Southside finished third with a 156.
Uriah Mead (42), Zack Logan (46) and Preston Harmon (47) provided the scoring for the Cougars.
LOCUST GROVE — More than 70 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series drivers will flock to the Batesville Motor Speedway this weekend for the 19th annual COMP Cams Topless 100.
The race is the speedway’s premiere event of the racing season, and driver Jared Landers, last year’s winner, said it will be difficult for him take the checkered flag again.
“It is going to be tough for me to repeat as champion,” Landers said. “We have a good car, but I just don’t know. I am more confident in my car this year than I was last year, but anything can happen out there.”
WYNNE — John and Cicilia Vinson won the Crowley’s Ridge Country Club Mixed Tournament here last weekend.
The husband-and-wife team from Batesville shot rounds of 64 and 63 to win by two strokes over the father-daughter team of Andy Boone-Caroline Boone, and the son-and mom team of Reed Peevey-Susan Hammonds, both of Wynne.
Fans of Batesville junior and senior high sports will get an introduction to the fall teams at the annual Pioneer Fall Sports Community Pep Rally, which is set to begin Friday night at 7 in Pioneer Stadium, announced Kim Russell.
Pioneer and Junior Pioneer athletes in football, volleyball, cross country, golf and tennis will be introduced, and the band, cheerleaders and dance teams will perform.
The event is hosted by the Pioneer Athletic Booster Club.
T Le and Russell Lemon won their second White River Bass Classic title, and one of the guys gives lots of credit to a little girl.
Le and Lemon collected the $1,000 first prize after weighing in 18.71 pounds of bass Saturday afternoon at Kennedy Park.
Olivia Grace Le, the 16-month-old daughter of Mandy and T, was in her father’s arms a good part of the afternoon as he and his longtime fishing partner sweated out the weigh-in, and she was still on his hip when they accepted the check from Tournament Director Cledas Manuel.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The host teams swept aside Batesville and Siloam Springs in a triangular high school match at Big Cree Golf & Country Club here Friday.
The Bombers scored a 354 for 18 holes and won by 23 strokes over the Siloam Springs Panthers. The Batesville Pioneers finished another 19 strokes back.
The Lady Bombers defeated the Lady Panthers in a 9-hole event by 20 strokes (136-156).
Joel Hudson led the Bombers with a 14-over-par 86. Rounding out their team score were Ian Shirley (89), Tyler Thomas (89) and Cain McClain (90).
LOCUST GROVE — The running of the third annual Rockhard Powder Coating Front-wheel Drive Special has been moved to Sept. 2 at Batesville Motor Speedway.
The Rockhard and other BMS points races were postponed due to inclement weather Friday night, according to speedway owner Mooney Starr.
Activities for the 19th annual Comp Cams Topless 100 are set to begin on Thursday
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The University of Arkansas says starting running back Knile Davis is expected to miss the season with an ankle injury.
The university said in a news release this morning that Davis suffered the injury during practice Thursday. Details of the injury were not disclosed.
Davis was injured early in the scrimmage portion of Thursday’s practice and was carted off the field.
Davis led all Southeastern Conference running backs with 1,322 yards rushing last season He averaged 147 yards per game during the final seven games of the season.