• Pioneer senior wins top defender award for Class 5A football

    Batesville Pioneer senior Matthew Showalter is one of 15 Arkansas high school football players to win a State Farm player award, according to a news release from hootens.com.
    The awards were presented in a ceremony Monday night at the IMAX Theatre in Little Rock.
    Showalter, a 3-year starter and a leader of the 2010 squad that went 12-1 and won the 5A-East District championship, won the top defensive player award for Class 5A. Greenwood’s Marco Vota and Little Rock Mills Chris Hampton were the other finalists.

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  • Paragould juniors sweep Batesville

    Paragould’s varsity junior high basketball teams came to Batesville Monday night and kept Batesville winless in the 5A-East District.
    In the first varsity contest at Pioneer Gymnasium, the Junior Lady Rams won 34-24 as Korie Bryant scored nine points and Alexis Benson added eight.
    Haley Hambrick led Batesville with 10 points
    “I thought we played pretty well,” Batesville Coach Chip McDonald said. “We just kept having turnovers at bad times. Paragould is probably the best team in our conference.”
    The Junior Lady Pioneers fell to 0-3 in the district and 1-8 overall.

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  • Pioneers break into win column

    NEWPORT — The Batesville Pioneers are winless no longer.
    Led by senior guard Tanner Ring, the Pioneers outscored the Newport Greyhounds 24-11 in the fourth quarter to post a 53-50, nonconference high school basketball victory — their first in seven games.
    The ’Hounds led 14-9, 25-19 and 39-29 at the quarter breaks.

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  • Heber Springs continues roll with resounding tourney win

    The Heber Springs Panthers’ fifth victory in a row was a convincing one.
    The Panthers outscored the Southside Southerners 10-1 over the last four minutes of the first quarter and never looked back while winning 60-26 in the Lyon College Tournament championship game in Becknell Gymnasium on Saturday night.

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  • Weatherford, Vilonia woman win half-marathon crowns

    A familiar face and a first-time visitor won the overall championships of the White River Christmas Half Marathon Saturday morning.
    Clan Weatherford, a frequent winner of road races here and elsewhere, took the men’s title with a time of one hour, 32 minutes and 54.30 seconds. The 41-year-old man from Mount Pleasant finished a little more than a minute and a half ahead of Timothy Stedman, 32, of Little Rock.

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  • Limbaugh defeats Azeez with unanimous decision

    Batesville’s Hunter Limbaugh and Pine Bluff’s Dominique Azeez battled until the final bell in the main event of “Seasons Beatings” Saturday night at the National Guard Armory in Batesville.
    Limbaugh (4-0) dominated the first two rounds of the 4-round bout. He recorded a knock down near the end of the opening round and then pummeled Azeez to the mat again just 16 seconds into the second round. Azeez received standing 8-counts, but answered each time despite being jelly-legged.

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  • Lady Yellowjackets repeat at Lyon

    The Mountain View Lady Yellowjackets won their second straight Lyon College Invitational Tournament championship Saturday night in Becknell Gymnasium when they defeated the Calico Rock Lady Pirates 52-38.
    The Lady Pirates battled the No. 1 Lady Yellowjackets early and trailed 24-20 at halftime. A 17-1 run to start the second half gave Mountain View a comfortable lead.
    A 3-pointer by Calico Rock’s Taylor Cox started the fourth quarter and put her team within 12, 44-32. It would get no closer.

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  • Lyon College women beat Williams Baptist

    Lyon edged Williams Baptist 62-58 in a nonconference womens basketball game Saturday afternoon in Becknell Gymnasium.
    The victory avenges a 66-54 loss the Scots suffered in Walnut Ridge on Nov. 11. It is just the second loss for WBC, which drops to 8-2. Lyon ends the fall semester at 7-3.
    The Lady Eagles led 28-22 at halftime, but Lyon rallied and eventually took the lead. Each team managed no more than a 5-point advantage the rest of the way.

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  • Lady Pioneers win 2 in Morrilton tourney

    MORRILTON — The Batesville Lady Pioneers finished up their regular-season high school basketball tournament play with two victories in the Modern Woodman event.
    They defeated the Greenbrier Lady Panthers 43-41 in overtime on Friday and then held off the Clarksville Lady Panthers for a 51-44 decision in the fifth-place game on Saturday.

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  • White River Christmas runners can begin registering at 8 a.m.

    Runners wanting to register for the White River Christmas Half Marathon should check in at the Fellowship Bible Church on Main Street at 8 a.m. Saturday, race director Matt Walker said.
    The race is scheduled to begin at 9 and is free. The start-finish line is in front of the church building.
    Donations will be accepted. Proceeds will go to families in need.
    The race is in its second year.
    A map of the new course and entry/registration forms are available on the White River Roadrunners website. For more information, call Matt or Sara Walker at (870) 307-8264.

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  • ‘Seasons Beatings’ set for Saturday at Armory

    Bad Boy Promotions is scheduled to present “Seasons Beatings” Saturday night at the National Guard Armory in Batesville.
    In the main event, local fighter Hunter Limbaugh (3-0) will put his unbeaten record on the line against Pine Bluff’s Dominique Azeez, a veteran with more than 25 professional fights.

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  • Batesville junior teams drop to 0-2 in 5A-East

    FORREST CITY — Batesville junior basketball teams fell to 0-2 in 5A-East District action there Thursday.
    The Forrest City Junior Mustangs took a big early lead and fought off a Junior Pioneer rally to collect a 36-30 decision.
    “We dug ourselves a hole and were down 21-9 at halftime,” Batesville Coach Kelly Rush said. “In the third quarter, we came out and we got after them with full-court man and caused several turnovers and took the lead 26-25. We held them to four points in the third quarter.

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