PARAGOULD — Highlighted by a rare 1-2-3, the Batesville Junior Pioneers dominated the 5A-East District Track and Field Meet here Thursday.
Junior Pioneers Peter Okolo, Kenton Crawford and Jalen Meadows-Haynes finished first, second and third, respectively, in the individual scoring as Batesville rolled up 212.5 points and finished 128 points ahead of its next competitors, the Nettleton Junior Raiders.
LITTLE ROCK — Commissioners from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission on Thursday approved regulation changes as part of the 2011-12 hunting season-setting process, said Keith Stephens, spokesman.
“One major change increases the statewide deer bag limit from five deer to six deer with no more than two bucks,” he said.
NEWPORT — The Batesville Lady Pioneers collected a 19-2, 3-inning nonconference victory over the Newport Lady Greyhounds here Thursday.
Maggie Beshears led the scoring barrage with a double, a triple, two walks, five runs batted in and three runs scored. Teammate Ashley Hayes hit two for four, Hailey Hastings drove in three runs and scored two, Haley Hambrick and Karley Berkheiser drove in two apiece, and Morgan Isley singled in a run.
Lyon College announced the addition of Kendall Leeks to the men’s basketball 2011-12 roster.
The 6-foot-6 forward from Marianna High School in Marianna, Fla., recently signed a national letter of intent to play for the Scots.
Leeks was an all-county performer and a Florida all-star. His high school team lost in the semifinals of the Class 3A region tournament and finished with a 19-7 record.
Leeks averaged 16 points, five rebounds and four assists per game his senior season.
Former Izard County standout, Rachel Harmon finished eighth individually in the Gulf South Conference Women’s Golf Tournament played at the Hot Springs Country Club earlier this week, according to information provided to the Guard.
Harmon, who plays for Henderson State University, shot a first round score of 82 on Sunday and followed with a 79 on Monday. Christian Brother’s University Amanda Martin became the first Lady Buc to win the individual medalist honor. The sophomore followed Sunday’s lowest score of 77 with a 75 on Monday for a 8-over 152.
STRAWBERRY — Billy Brannon’s fielder’s choice scored Dylan Wooten from third base in the bottom of the seventh and the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles edged the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves 7-6 in nonconference high school baseball action here Thursday.
Wooten led off the frame with a walk, stole second and advanced to third on Tyler Parker’s single. Parker stole second and, after intentionally walking Hunter Nunnally, Brannon hit the winner.
HEBER SPRINGS — Southside finished runner-up to Heber Springs in the Class 4A-2 District track and field meet here Thursday.
The Junior Lady Panthers outscored the Junior Lady Southerners 198.5-147.5 and the Junior Panthers collected 147 points, 7.5 better than the Junior Southerners.
Southside’s Kristina Keeney won the long jump and pole vault events and finished third in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
Teammate McKenzie King scored a win in the 400 and was second in the triple jump.
Batesville’s soccer teams are expecting more battles when they go to Paragould a week from today.
In Pioneer Stadium on Thursday, the Paragould Lady Rams and Rams gave the Pioneer teams all they could handle in two 5A-East Conference meetings. The Lady Pioneers prevailed 2-0 and the Pioneers won 4-2, rallying twice from deficits.
Here lately, most of the Lady Pioneer and Pioneer victories in and out of the conference have happened with less trouble.
PLEASANT PLAINS — Sydney Harlan hit three for five, including two doubles, scored three runs and pitched a complete game as the Concord Lady Pirates whipped the Midland Lady Mustangs 13-4 in a 1A 2-South District softball game here Wednesday.
Harlan struck out three and walked three.
Emanda Reeves, Megan Talley and Mary Thompson each added two hits for the winners. Reeves and Thompson drove in three runs apiece. Talley doubled and scored three runs as the Lady Pirates improved to 8-4 in the district and 12-6 overall.
COTTER — Robert Studdard hit a grand slam home run and pitched the win here Wednesday as the Cotter Warriors routed the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves 13-1 in a 2A-2 District high school baseball game.
Studdard allowed just two hits and struck out eight.
The T-wolves committed four errors while falling to 9-10 overall and 3-2 in the district.
The Paragould-at-Batesville soccer matches scheduled for today in Pioneer Stadium have been moved up one hour, Batesville Coach TJ Stroud announced.
The girls match is set to kick off at 4 p.m. The boys are to follow.
In other rescheduling news, the Southside softball team is scheduled to go to Melbourne on Monday where they will play their hosts, the Lady Bearkatz, and the Viola Lady Longhorns as part of a 3-game set. Southside and Melbourne are slated to lead off at 3:30 p.m., followed by Southside-Viola at 5 and Viola is scheduled to play Melbourne at 6:30.
LOCUST GROVE — Once again, Mother Nature looks like a strong contender to win at Batesville Motor Speedway.
Rain has forced the cancellation of several racing events this season and could do the same with a good chance of rain today and Friday.
If the speedway is able to dodge the rain, the Comp Cams Super Dirt Late Model Series and the MARS late models are set to clash in a 35-lap, $2,000-to-win event Friday night.
The Super Late Models will be joined on the program by the IMCA modified, street stock, economy modified and front-wheel drive classes.