LOCUST GROVE — After months of preparation, local race car drivers will finally begin the 2011 points racing season at Batesville Motor Speedway Friday night.
The season was scheduled to start last weekend, but heavy rains forced the cancellation of that show.
Tonight, drivers from the late model, IMCA modified, street stock, factory stock and front-wheel drive classes will have an opportunity to practice on the 3/8-mile clay oval.
On Friday night, the season will begin with qualifying heat races for each class and then five features.
MCKENZIE, Tenn. — The Lyon College softball team rattled off 14 hits, including seven extra-base hits, to salvage a TranSouth Athletic Conference split and snap a 7-game losing skid.
The Lady Wildcats won the opener 9-4 and Lyon took the nightcap 10-3.
Erica Whitaker was the offensive star in Lyon’s victory, hitting a triple to right in the top of the fifth that scored two runs, then hit a solo home run in the final inning. She added a walk and scored three times.
Tara Mitchell (5-6) picked up the complete game victory, allowing two earned runs.
Two local gymnasts won all-around state championships, one finished second all-around and three others were state runners-up in events recently in Little Rock.
Stars & Stripes Gymnastic Center athletes Courtlynn Harris and Victoria Lawrence shared the Level 5 championship among 11-year-olds. Harris finished second in the vault, uneven bars and floor exercise, and third on the balance beam. Lawson won the floor exercise, finished second on the vault and beam, and third on the bars.
Summer Fools finished second all-around among Level 5 14-year-olds.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Heber Springs Lady Panthers limited the Southside Lady Southerners to two hits and handed the visitors their first 4A-2 District loss of the season here Tuesday.
Krysta Beeler provided Southside with its only hits in the 4-0 loss.
Haley Mourer also pitched well for Southside, limiting the Lady Panthers to six hits. She struck out two and walked one.
Makenzie Cox of Bald Knob has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for Lyon, according to a news release from the college.
Cox is a 2-time all-state player, who averaged 18.9 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists a game this past season, while hitting more than 88-percent of her free-throws.
“Makenzie brings strength and aggressiveness on both ends of the floor to our perimeter game,” Lyon Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange said. “She comes from a super high school program and knows how to work. I believe that will translate to success for her as she develops.”
Roger Glaude collected two hits and scored a run in a losing effort Tuesday as the Lyon Scots fell to the Harding Bisons 15-1.
The run rule was enforced in the eighth of a scheduled nine innings. Harding is ranked No. 20 in NCAA Division II.
Glaude, who singled to right field, scored Lyon’s lone run in the bottom of the third on a Kyle Kallsnick double to deep center.
Five Harding pitchers combined to allow only four hits. Glaude’s first hit came in the bottom of the first inning, and Aaron Thornton singled to center in the second.
Batesville swept the Pepsi Junior Pioneer Relays Tuesday evening at Pioneer Stadium.
The Junior Pioneers won 11 of 15 events and cruised to a 279.5 point total. That was 193.5 points more than second-place Harding Academy’s 86. Riverview was third in the 10-school event with 73.
Batesville’s Jalen Meadows-Haynes swept the 110 and 300-meter hurdle events and won the long jump competition. He also teamed with Chris Covington, Michael Robinson and Nick Morton to win the 400-meter relay.
FORREST CITY — The Batesville Lady Pioneers broke through in the 5A-East District softball by sweeping the Forrest City Lady Mustangs 9-5 and 17-4 here Tuesday.
The Lady Pioneers trailed 3-2 in the opener before striking for six run in the fifth inning. Part of that surge was a 3-run, inside-the-park home run by Sydney Nail — one of three hits for Nail. Haley Hambrick and Hailey Hastings also provided three hits apiece as the Lady Pioneers piled up 15 hits.
The Batesville Lady Pioneer and Pioneer soccer teams probably left Lyon College’s Marshal Huser Field Tuesday liking the Scots’ field and nets.
While sweeping the Marion Lady Patriots and Patriots, the Batesville teams outscored the Class 6A teams 14-0.
The Lady Pioneers won 8-0 as Kali Foreman, Lainey Rumans and Natalie Meinzer each scored two goals. Kayla Davis and Maddie Mead also scored a goal.
Assists went to Erin Richards (2), Foreman (2), Anna Richards, Ariel Wann, Davis and Alexa Long.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Lyon College women’s golfer Charli Steed has been named the TranSouth Athletic Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday.
Steed, a native of Thayer, Mo., tied with teammate Kaitlyn Duncan last week in the Lyon College Invitational at The Course at Eagle Mountain. Steed shot a first round total of 92, followed by a 93 in the second round. The teammates tied for third in the tournament.
The Scots are scheduled to play again Monday at the Harding University Natural State Spring Golf Classic in Searcy.
GREERS FERRY — The Midland Mustangs improved to 9-1 overall and set up a key 1A 2-South District baseball game with a 10-1 victory over the West Side Greers Ferry Eagles here Tuesday.
The Mustangs are scheduled to host the South Side Bee Branch Hornets on Monday. Bee Branch handed Midland its only loss of the season in Bee Branch back on March 17. The Hornets won 10-4.
Tuesday, Midland’s Drew Fortson scattered three hits over five and two-thirds innings while striking out 13 and walking two. Josh Thomas finished, striking out two and giving up just one hit.