The number of fishermen was small again, but the fish were plenty big enough.
Four-year-old Ashley Matthews caught a 4-pound catfish, as did Koby Rich during the White River Kiwanis Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday morning. Matthews won a trophy and a fishing pole for catching the biggest fish among children in the 0-4 age category. Rich did the same for 9- to 12-year olds.
Matthews and Rich were among the 30 children registered. Last year, the annual event drew 29 registrants.
The top three finishers by age groups are:
A crew from Bogalusa, La., claimed the prestigious Doug Sumner Memorial National Traveling Trophy at the 45th annual National Invitational White River Canoe Race here Saturday afternoon.
Crew members Paul Dauterive, Colby Spears, Roo Breland and Joshua Treadway combined to win the 3-day, 120-mile race with a time of 11 hours, 49 minutes and 33 seconds. Bogalusa 313 crews have won the trophy two of the last three years.
Kyler Kenney got his cast off just in time — not that he hasn’t kept right on training for the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, which is scheduled to begin Monday at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
Kenney, a 14-year-old ninth grader from Southside, broke his right arm during a crash while racing in Pine Bluff six weeks ago, got his cast off Thursday morning and he and family members headed east this morning.
PARAGOULD — Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes Jake Deskin, Seth Bailey and Kyle Baker each won events here last week in the Southwind Conference Meet.
Swimming in a 15- to 18-year-old division, Deskin, 17, won the 100-yard backstroke event. Bailey, 11, won the 11- to 12-year-old 100-yard freestyle race. Baker, 14, won the 13-14 50-yard freestyle race.
The Jonesboro Jets won the team title, finishing 99 points in front of the Mountain Home Hurricanes. The Torpedoes finished sixth.
The Izard County Cougars hope to repeat as Class 1A state golf champs, and returning many of their key players should help them reach their goal.
Coach David Harmon expects seniors Preston Harmon, Uriah Mead and Zack Logan to repeat last season’s performance.
“We have got the nucleus of our team back, and they gained a great deal of playing experience last year,” Coach Harmon said.
Two sporting events connected with the White River Water Carnival are scheduled for Saturday.
The White River Kiwanis Youth Fishing Derby begins with registration at 6 a.m. and fishing from 7-9.
The derby will be held at Row Lake on Myers Avenue.
Participants should bring their own fishing pole and bait. Prizes will be awarded to the top three in each age division.
The derby is open to kids age 12 and under.
The Annual National Invitational White River Canoe Race will conclude Saturday with an awards ceremony at Kennedy Park.
Coach Jeff Morrow kept it simple when asked what the Batesville Lady Pioneer and Pioneer golfers need to do to improve this fall.
“It will be a matter of staying in focus,” he said. “Don’t blow up on a hole when something goes wrong, keep the ball in the fairways and don’t 3-putt.”
Eight players with Arkansas connections have been signed by NFL teams, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Associated Press.
Former University of Arkansas offensive lineman Ray Dominquez has agreed to play for the Green Bay Packers, and defensive back Ramon Broadway, another former Razorback, has signed with the San Diego Chargers.
HARRISON — The Batesville Scrappers, a 12-year-old tvAll-Star team, continued their winning ways Monday by defeating the Butler County Yankees 14-4 in the final game of the National Baseball Congress World Series tournament.
The game remained close until the bottom of the fourth inning. A leadoff single by Taylor Ford followed by back-to-back-to-back doubles by Zach Langston, Zach Griffin and Tanner Vinson helped contribute to a 9-run inning for the Scrappers. Vinson hit a second double to score the game’s final run.
Batesville High sophomore-to-be Quay Tyler is packing her bags for the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics in New Orleans.
Running with Team Elite of Searcy, Tyler qualified for the annual event which is set for Aug. 1-6.
Tyler, who qualified for the Class 5A State Meet this past spring, teamed with Tierica Dixon, Iesha Couser and Takara Coleman to qualify in the 1,600-meter relay, and teamed with Couser, Keylah Hodges and Dixon for the 400-meter relay.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Arkansas Travelers brought an end to a 7-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Tulsa Drillers.
Pitcher Matt Shoemaker improved his record to 9-2, allowing one run and six hits over seven innings Sunday.
The victory was his fourth straight against Tulsa this season.
The Travs scored three runs in the first inning, including a 2-run double by Roberto Lopez.
Tulsa remains in first place in the Texas League North Division with a 15-14 second-half record, tied with Northwest Arkansas. The Travelers are a game behind at 14-15.