• Legion Bankers win, lose close ones in Wynne

    WYNNE — Batesville Citizens Bank and Wynne Post 66 split two 1-run Junior American Legion baseball games here Tuesday night, and the home team got the one that counted most.
    Post 66 led 7-2 after four innings and held off the Bankers for a 10-9 decision in the opener. That’s the one that counted in the Zone 2 standings.
    The Bankers did the holding on in the nightcap. The final score was 8-7.
    The opener ended on a controversial play at the plate, Batesville Coach Mark Rush said.

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  • Camp of Champs scheduled for July 6-8

    Batesville High School’s Camp of Champs baseball camp is set for July 6-8 at the North Complex, BHS Coach Mark Rush announced.
    The morning camp (8:30-noon) is for 6- to 16-year-olds and includes instruction in the fundamentals of hitting, field, pitching, base running and much more, according to the camp brochure. It includes individual position work, timings in the 60-yard dash and skills contests.

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  • Californian signs with LC softball

    Lyon College Coach Jason Miner has added another California standout to the softball roster with the recent signing of Claire Schuschke-Hanford, according to a news release from Lyon.
    A native of San Joaquin, Calif., Hanford saw time at both third base and behind the plate for Memorial High School. She batted .348 her senior season, recording seven extra base hits, driving in 14 runs and crossing the plate 15 times.

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  • Highwaymen, Bankers sweep at home, away

    This time, it was the Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen rallying with a little help from their visitors.
    Down 4-1 after four and a half innings, Batesville’s AAA American Legion baseball team put together four hits with two errors for a 5-run fifth inning, and followed that up with a 5-hit, 5-error, 8-run sixth to post a 14-4, run-ruled 6-inning victory over the Northeast Arkansas Cyclones at the North Complex on Monday night.

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  • Bells win 4-ball title with 7-under-par 65

    The father-and-son team of David and Danny Bell shot a 7-under-par 65 on Sunday to win the Merchant & Planters/The Course at Eagle Mountain 4-Ball Golf Tournament.
    The Bells shot a 68 on Saturday, one stroke behind the first-round leader, the team of Chris Bell-Cary Marlow. Bell-Marlow finished with a 71 and tied the team of Jed Porter-Jason Barrington for third. Porter-Barrington shot rounds of 69 for their 138.
    Kenny Tosh and Dustin Taylor finished second with scores of 70-67 — 137.

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  • Armstrong grabs checkers in IMCA Modified feature

    LOCUST GROVE — Bryant native Drew Armstrong muscled his way to the checkered flag as he held off Ronnie Jeffrey to win the IMCA Modified feature Friday night at Batesville Motor Speedway.
    Travis Ashley drove the fastest of three cars in the NeSmith Late Model feature. Kenneth Jackson and Roger Witt were the other contenders.
    Brad Helms took the top spot in the street stock class with points leader Kevin Grizzle in tow.
    Aaron Carr drove his number 10x pickup to the checkers in the factory stock class while Adam Maple rode shotgun.

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  • Jeff Gordon wins for 5th time at Pocono triangle

    LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Jeff Gordon waits like all fans to learn this week who NASCAR selects for its next Hall of Fame class.
    One year, that list of all-time greats will surely include Gordon.
    Gordon has put up the kind of championship totals and win numbers that few in the sport can match. Gordon believes now, when he’s still winning races and a championship contender, is not the time to reflect on his career. That time will come when he’s called to the Hall.
    “I want to make it to that speech,” Gordon said.

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  • Mavs’ win NBA title in Miami

    MIAMI (AP) — The season began with LeBron James taking his talents to South Beach.
    It ended with Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks taking the NBA championship in South Beach by defeating the Miami Heat 105-95 Sunday night.
    Soaked in champagne in their locker room and spraying more around at a Miami Beach club hours later, the Dallas Mavericks not only added at least another year to James’ wait for an NBA title, but they got to have the season’s biggest — and final — party.

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  • Highwaymen lose big lead, Zone 2 opener

    WEST MEMPHIS — Trailing 6-0, West Memphis scored eight runs with a 2-out rally in the fourth inning here Saturday while posting a 10-6, Zone 2 AAA American Legion baseball victory over Batesville’s Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen.
    “Tanner (Ring) was cruising and had retired the first batter of the fourth inning for us,” Batesville Coach Sean Coker said. “Then, after giving up consecutive singles, I appealed to the umpire on the use of an illegal bat. At first they granted it, but then overturned it, and everything went downhill from there.”

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  • Football camp awards announced

    The top award and contest winners for the third- through sixth-grade session of the Pioneer Traiblazer Football Camp at Batesville High School were presented Thursday.
    The top award-winners are: outstanding campers — fourth-grader Jake Antici, fifth-grader Aaron Denton and sixth-grader Jack Looney; and punt, pass and kick champions — fourth-grader Caleb Anderson, fifth-grader Grant Patterson and sixth-grader Blake Bogy.

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  • Hall of fame ceremony to include 3 local connections

    Something of a tripleheader for Batesville sports will happen Saturday at the Wyndham Riverfront Hotel in North Little Rock.
    Batesville High will receive the Lewis McCollum Gold Star School award, and Harold Wilson and Larry Rogers will be inducted into the Arkansas Track and Field Hall of Fame. The ceremony is to begin at 6:30 p.m.
    The McCollum Award recognizes schools that have fielded outstanding track and field and cross country teams over a period of years.

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  • Ark. wrestler collapses before match, later dies

    HARRISON (AP) — A professional wrestler who suffered a heart attack as he waited for a match to begin at the Northwest Arkansas District Fairgrounds has died at a Missouri hospital, authorities said Wednesday.
    Fellow wrestler Jason Jones told the Harrison Daily Times that Robert Dale Phipps, 39, of Harrison collapsed without warning Saturday evening as he waited in the ring for his opponent to enter. Jones said it was initially thought that Phipps suffered a stroke, but doctors said he had a heart attack, the newspaper reported Wednesday.

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