• Longhorns win Pioneer Classic crown, move to 17-0

    The Viola Longhorns remained undefeated and won the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic small school division championship Wednesday night at the Batesville North Complex.
    Viola beat Midland 10-1 in a run-rule shortened contest to improve to 17-0.
    The Longhorns got all the runs they would need in the first inning as they sent four in. Jacob Payne led off with a 2-strike single, moved to second on Matt Prinner’s sacrifice bunt, advanced to third on Jordan Cotter’s infield single and scored on a 2-out, bases loaded, full-count triple by Dolan Johnston.

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  • Lady Pirates win often-delayed home opener on new diamond

    CONCORD — The Concord Lady Pirates finally got to play on their new field and the timing seemed to be right.
    Led by the pitching of Sydney Harlan and the hitting of Hannah Cornett, the Lady Pirates defeated the Midland Lady Mustangs 5-2 in a 1A 2-South District contest.
    Harlan limited the visitors to four hits and three walks while striking out five. Cornett hit two for three with four stolen bases and two runs scored.
    Harlan helped her cause with two hits, two stolen bases and two runs. Jenny Lawrence doubled for the winners.

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  • Drag results announced

    NEWPORT — Gary Spicer, Edward Littlejohn, Gary Kent and Jason Russell were winners Sunday at Speedy’s Raceway.
    Spicer won the street division with Don Holcomb and Billy Whitehead second and third, respectively.
    Littlejohn got down the strip fastest in the foot brake class with Steve Mack and Gene Lovins giving chase.
    Kent took the top spot in super pro with Wade Lake and Jeff Davis in tow.
    Russell beat Joey Bogard and Byron Guill in the outlaw street bike competition.

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  • Batesville Motor Speedway points racing set for Friday

    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.

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  • Scots split with ’Cats, end slump

    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.

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  • Local gymnasts win state crowns

    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.

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  • Lady Panthers stop Lady Southerners

    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.

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  • Lyon College adds all-stater

    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.”

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  • Results completed from track meet

    Tristen Driver, a seventh-grader at Batesville Junior High, was inadvertenly omitted from the Heber Springs Buffalo Medical Panther Relays results in Tuesday’s Guard.
    Driver finished fifth in the 1,600-meter run.

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  • Scots drop 8th straight

    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.

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  • Batesville sweeps Junior Pioneer Relays

    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.

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  • Lady Pioneers break skid

    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.

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