• Hillcrest pitcher sets records in 8-4 victory at Black Rock

    BLACK ROCK — Samantha Blevins set season and career records here Tuesday by striking out 19 batters while leading the Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles to an 8-4, 1A 2-East District softball victory over the Black Rock Lady Zebras.
    In seven innings, Blevins also gave up just one hit and walked eight. The 1-hitter is also a school record.
    “She’s had 5-inning and 3-inning 1-hitters, but not a 1-hitter for seven innings,” Hillcrest Coach Sean Rose said.
    The one hit came in the seventh inning and came on “a very close call,” the coach added.

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  • Lyon basketball gets Moore

    The Lyon College womens basketball team has announced the signing of Kaley Moore.
    Moore, a 5-foot-8 guard from Fort Smith Southside High School, helped her squad to a 7A state tournament appearance this past season. As a senior, Moore averaged 10.8 points, three assists and three rebounds a contest.
    Moore shot better than 42 percent from behind the arc. In the final game of the season at the tournament, Moore hit five of seven 3-pointers, while leading all scorers with 17 points against nationally-ranked North Little Rock.

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  • Lady Eagles sweep Lady Pioneers

    The last six batters in the Batesville Lady Pioneer batting order went zero for 32 as the Greene County Tech Lady Eagles swept a 5A-East District softball doubleheader, winning 1-0 and 9-2 at North Complex on Tuesday.
    With that, the Lady Eagles kept their hopes alive for a Class 5A State Tournament berth, and they handed the Lady Pioneers their sixth straight exclusion from postseason play.
    With a record of 2-6 in district play, the Lady Eagles still have a chance of finishing in the top four in the district standings — the qualifying standard for the state tournament.

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  • Batesville cager signs with Central Baptist

    The tryout convinced Shelby Winkle and Central Baptist College Coach Lyle Middleton.
    “I just felt like CBC was a good fit for me,” Winkle said about her decision to sign with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school in Conway. “I just felt it was what I needed.”
    The Batesville High School senior and all-state basketball player signed with CBC in a ceremony at BHS on Monday.
    Middleton said he knew a little about Winkle before the tryout.

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  • Freed-Hardeman sweeps Lyon in softball twinbill

    Despite coming from behind on two different occasions, the Lyon softball team fell short in the nightcap of a doubleheader sweep by Freed-Hardeman Tuesday afternoon at House Field.
    After managing just one hit in the opener, and losing 8-0 in five innings, the Scots battled in game two. However, a 4-run fifth was too much for the Scots as they lost to the Lady Lions 12-9.

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  • Spicer wins at Speedy’s

    NEWPORT — Gary Spicer edged Don Holcomb to win the street division Sunday at Speedy’s Raceway.
    Steve Simpson was third in the class.
    Joe Williams took the top spot in the foot brake class with Ross Williams and Larry Romine in tow.
    John Taylor was quicker than Bobby Hooker in the super pro class. Shannon White finished third.
    Brian Hill, Cory Andrews and Samantha Clay finished 1-2-3 in the junior dragster competition.
    Joey Bogard was fastest in the outlaw street bike class.

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  • Beeler sets school record in Lady Southerners’ win

    SOUTHSIDE — Krysta Beeler made history here Monday afternoon when she hit a 2-run home run in the fourth inning of an 8-5 nonconference win over the Highland Lady Rebels.
    Beeler’s homer was her sixth of the season, breaking the school record set by Kayla Richardson.
    Highland’s four runs in the top of the fourth inning were answered in the bottom half and the Lady Southerners sprinkled on enough throughout the game to collect the victory.

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  • Valley View blazes Southside

    SOUTHSIDE — Perennial powerhouse Valley View swept Southside in Class 4A-3 District soccer matches here Monday.
    The Lady Blazers rolled to a 9-1 decision and the Blazers went back to Jonesboro with a 4-1 victory after being tied 1-1 at the break.
    “It was one of better games we’ve played this year,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said. “We had a couple of defensive breakdowns in the second half.”

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  • BJHS track teams sweep titles in Bald Knob

    BALD KNOB — Batesville swept the team titles in a junior high track meet here Friday, and Batesville and Southside athletes took high point honors.
    Led by Ronisha Hughes’ 40 points, the Junior Lady Pioneers totaled 233 points and finished 55 points ahead of their hosts, the second-place Bald Knob Junior Lady Bulldogs.
    The Junior Pioneers piled up 269 points and finished 143 points ahead of the second-place Southside Junior Southerners. Southside’s Cody Goodman led the individual point totals with 45.

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  • BHS soccer teams blank Nettleton, continue streaks

    JONESBORO — Batesville’s soccer teams recorded two more shutouts here Monday and remained unbeaten in the 5A-East District.
    The Lady Pioneers edged the Nettleton Lady Raiders 1-0 and improved to 5-0 in the district and 10-2 overall.
    The Pioneers thumped the Raiders 5-0, also improving to 5-0. The Pioneers are 10-1-1 overall.
    The Lady Pioneers got some help on the game’s only scored.

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  • Midland hires coach, begins move to add football to curriculum

    PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland took a step Monday night toward joining the area schools who have added football to their athletic program when they hired Tim Pugh as head football coach and athletic director.
    The hiring of Pugh, a native of West Virginia and a graduate of Harding University, received school board approval in a meeting Monday Night, Midland Superintendent Dean Stanley said this morning.

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  • Batesville, Tech split again

    The Batesville Pioneers and Greene County Tech Eagles played another of their 5A-East District baseball dandies Tuesday night at the North Complex, and the outcome was the same it’s been in three of the last four seasons.
    Both teams left the park with a win, a loss and mixed feelings. Batesville won the opener 3-2. Tech took the nightcap 6-4.
    Beyond those similarities, forget it. You would be hard pressed to find a doubleheader with more unusual happenings.

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