• Kelley drafted by San Diego

    Former Batesville High standout Kraig Kelley was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 47th round of the Major League Baseball draft on Wednesday night.
    “They called us last night right after he got picked,” said Kirk Kelley, Kraig’s father and former Lyon College baseball coach. “They will mail us some information and we should get it Friday. We should get an offer on paper in about a week.”
    And that offer will help Kraig determine whether or not he will play at the collegiate level before pursuing a professional career, the elder Kelley said.

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  • Batesville Motor Speedway to host points racing Friday

    LOCUST GROVE — The Batesville Motor Speedway is scheduled to host points racing for all classes Friday night.
    Last weekend saw Richie Tosh collect two street stock championships. A week ago, he won the TrackTek Spring Street Stock Nationals title and then followed it with his first Matt Sturch Memorial championship.
    Tosh will try to earn the street stock triple crown this fall at the Schoenfeld Headers Mid-America Street Stock Championship.

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  • Batesville Area Athletic Hall of Fame to return on July 31

    The Batesville Area Athletic Hall of Fame is back, and two of Batesville’s most-decorated athletes will return with it.
    Brian Baker and Scott Crossett, Batesville High and University of Arkansas stars, are among the three who will be inducted into the 19th class at the Western Sizzlin’ Restaurant on July 31. The third is Bobby Hill, one of the best-known and respected high school and college basketball referees in the state.

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  • Accuser feared Roethlisberger’s temper

    MILLEDGEVILLE, GA. (AP) — There was Ben Roethlisberger, asking a girl what her drink tastes like, doling out high-fives, posing and punching his first in the air, flashing a huge grin for the camera.
    Then, about 12 hours later, there was the 20-year-old college student he had partied with, calmly telling police how the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback followed her into a nightclub bathroom, ignored her repeated protests that “I really don’t think this is OK,” and sexually assaulted her.

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  • Ramirez’s HR helps Dodgers sweep Cardinals

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonathan Broxton got another save, this one with the help of a fortuitous bounce on the warning track and the short fences at Dodger Stadium.
    Albert Pujols had to hold up at third on a 2-out ground-rule double by Yadier Molina, and Broxton retired Randy Winn on a grounder to preserve a 4-3 victory for Los Angeles over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. Molina’s opposite-field drive to right-center fell just out of the reach of Gold Glove center fielder Matt Kemp, who lunged for the ball before it hopped over the 8-foot wall.

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  • ’Hawks return to Chicago with hockey’s Holy Grail

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Stanley Cup returned to Chicago for the first time in 49 years early this morning and its arrival along with the Blackhawks at O’Hare International Airport warranted a water cannon salute.
    The Blackhawks ended the NHL’s longest championship drought Wednesday night in Philadelphia with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Flyers in Game Six of the Stanley Cup finals. The team last won the trophy in 1961 by defeating Detroit, also in six games.

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  • UCLA returns to top in college softball

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Megan Langenfeld wasn’t about to let a blistered pinkie stop her from leading UCLA to its 11th NCAA softball title.
    After overcoming an arm injury and a tweaked hamstring, using super glue to patch together the injured finger on her pitching hand was a no-brainer.
    Langenfeld homered for the third time in two games and led UCLA to its first title in six years with a 15-9 victory over Arizona on Tuesday night.

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  • Jonesboro Swamp Cats hit their way by Doctors

    The Jonesboro Fat City Swamp Cats showed they can hit while taking a 16-10, Zone 2 Junior American Legion baseball victory over the Batesville Medical Park Orthopaedic Clinic Doctors at the North Complex on Tuesday.
    It revealed something else, too, Batesville Coach Mark Rush said.
    “To their credit, they are a good hitting team,” he said. “Our pitchers, however, in the early to middle innings game fell behind, and that makes them even better hitters. With a 2-0 pitch, they’re sitting on a fastball. We can’t fall behind like that against a team like Jonesboro.”

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  • Fishing derby slated at Mirror Lake. No one needs fishing license this weekend

    SYLAMORE — The Sylamore Ranger District will host its annual fishing derby, a free event for children 4-12, on Saturday at Mirror Lake, district wildlife biologist Kathryn Furr said.
    Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the accessible parking area on the north end of the lake.
    “Children must be registered to be entered into the prize raffle,” Furr said. “They also must be accompanied by a responsible adult.”
    Mirror Lake will be closed from noon Thursday through noon Saturday in order to set up for the derby and complete it, Furr said.

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  • ‘Sandlot Summary’ policies

    The Guard sports department’s policies regarding the publication of youth league baseball, tee-ball and softball scores and highlights, ordinarily published under the headings “Sandlot Summary” or “Sandlot,” include the following:
    The deadline for submitting scores and other information at the Guard sports desk is 1 p.m. the day after the game.

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  • S-side recognizes top athletes

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Athletic Awards Banquet was held recently and Sami Hallowell and Michael Smith were the top award winners.
    Hallowell was named Miss Southerner and Smith won the Mr. Southerner honor. The Mr. and Miss Southerner awards are voted on by students and a committee of coaches and administrators. The number of sports played, character, attitude and dedication to the advancement of the athletic program as a student athlete is the criteria used for the selection process.

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  • Cedar Ridge’s Coach Gould resigns, takes job at Ozarka

    NEWARK — Cedar Ridge Coach Stephen Gould has resigned his position as head basketball coach to pursue a career at Ozarka College in Melbourne.
    Gould, who lives in Melbourne, said the 90 miles of driving to and from Newark every day was tough and would be even more demanding soon.
    “We’ve got a baby coming and I want to get closer to home,” Gould said. “During the basketball season, it was after midnight several times before I got home.”
    Melbourne High School has a coaching vacancy and Gould said he thought about applying.

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