LOCUST GROVE — More than 70 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series drivers will flock to the Batesville Motor Speedway this weekend for the 19th annual COMP Cams Topless 100.
The race is the speedway’s premiere event of the racing season, and driver Jared Landers, last year’s winner, said it will be difficult for him take the checkered flag again.
“It is going to be tough for me to repeat as champion,” Landers said. “We have a good car, but I just don’t know. I am more confident in my car this year than I was last year, but anything can happen out there.”
WYNNE — John and Cicilia Vinson won the Crowley’s Ridge Country Club Mixed Tournament here last weekend.
The husband-and-wife team from Batesville shot rounds of 64 and 63 to win by two strokes over the father-daughter team of Andy Boone-Caroline Boone, and the son-and mom team of Reed Peevey-Susan Hammonds, both of Wynne.
Fans of Batesville junior and senior high sports will get an introduction to the fall teams at the annual Pioneer Fall Sports Community Pep Rally, which is set to begin Friday night at 7 in Pioneer Stadium, announced Kim Russell.
Pioneer and Junior Pioneer athletes in football, volleyball, cross country, golf and tennis will be introduced, and the band, cheerleaders and dance teams will perform.
The event is hosted by the Pioneer Athletic Booster Club.
T Le and Russell Lemon won their second White River Bass Classic title, and one of the guys gives lots of credit to a little girl.
Le and Lemon collected the $1,000 first prize after weighing in 18.71 pounds of bass Saturday afternoon at Kennedy Park.
Olivia Grace Le, the 16-month-old daughter of Mandy and T, was in her father’s arms a good part of the afternoon as he and his longtime fishing partner sweated out the weigh-in, and she was still on his hip when they accepted the check from Tournament Director Cledas Manuel.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The host teams swept aside Batesville and Siloam Springs in a triangular high school match at Big Cree Golf & Country Club here Friday.
The Bombers scored a 354 for 18 holes and won by 23 strokes over the Siloam Springs Panthers. The Batesville Pioneers finished another 19 strokes back.
The Lady Bombers defeated the Lady Panthers in a 9-hole event by 20 strokes (136-156).
Joel Hudson led the Bombers with a 14-over-par 86. Rounding out their team score were Ian Shirley (89), Tyler Thomas (89) and Cain McClain (90).
LOCUST GROVE — The running of the third annual Rockhard Powder Coating Front-wheel Drive Special has been moved to Sept. 2 at Batesville Motor Speedway.
The Rockhard and other BMS points races were postponed due to inclement weather Friday night, according to speedway owner Mooney Starr.
Activities for the 19th annual Comp Cams Topless 100 are set to begin on Thursday
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The University of Arkansas says starting running back Knile Davis is expected to miss the season with an ankle injury.
The university said in a news release this morning that Davis suffered the injury during practice Thursday. Details of the injury were not disclosed.
Davis was injured early in the scrimmage portion of Thursday’s practice and was carted off the field.
Davis led all Southeastern Conference running backs with 1,322 yards rushing last season He averaged 147 yards per game during the final seven games of the season.
GURDON (AP) — An Arkansas high school student died after collapsing during football practice and officials were trying to determine whether heat was a factor.
The student was 15-year-old Montel Williams, a 5-foot-9, 150-pound sophomore at Gurdon High School in southwest Arkansas, Clark County Sheriff Jason Watson said.
LOCUST GROVE — The third annual Rockhard Powder Coating Front-wheel Drive Special is scheudled to be run at Batesville Motor Speedway Friday.
Tony Brooks won the first two Rockhard Specials. The Rockhard winner will receive a $500 prize.
Racers will also vie for points in the the factory stock, IMCA modified and street stock categories. NeSmith Crate late models will take the night off.
Gates open at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 8. General admission is $5 per person and kids 11 and under are admitted free of charge.
Bill Wooten and Bobby Hubbard will try to defend the White River Bass Classic title, but don’t expect much out of the team from Newport, its senior member said.
“I’ve fished the river quite a bit recently, but the water is really messed up down this way,” Wooten said.
Specifically, he was referring to the Augusta area where he and his grandson caught 21.28 pounds, and $1,000-worth, of largemouth bass about this time last year. Their 5-fish limit included a 5.57-pounder, caught by Hubbard, that won the additional big bass prize.
CAVE CITY — Parents of Cave City junior and senior high athletes can attend a meeting Thursday night to discuss proper hydration and warning signs of concussions, announced Athletic Director Russell Fowler.
The meeting, which is part of the school’s open house, is scheduled to begin at 6 in the high school cafeteria.