MASON, Ohio — It didn’t take long for Coach Kirk Kelley to produce a World Series championship at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
Just two years into his tenure at Wesleyan, the former Lyon skipper and Hall of Famer coached the Eagles to their first National Christian College Athletic Association championship in baseball.
Wesleyan (39-28), the ninth seed in the 10-team tournament, opened the World Series by knocking off top-seeded Southeastern 5-1 on Wednesday. A few hours later, the Eagles snuck by eighth-seeded Olivet Nazerene 2-1.
Kenny Simpson, Southside’s new head football coach, is a long-range hire with close connections.
The “military brat,” as he called himself, has “lived about everywhere,” he said, but calls Mount Dora, Fla., home. Mount Dora is northwest of Orlando, about halfway between Orlando and Ocala.
However, some of his playing days in high school happened at Greenwood High School under Coach Ronnie Peacock, who got the now legendary football program rolling.
Then, all of his college days were spent at Harding University in Searcy.
LOCUST GROVE — The Bad Boy 98 has been postponed indefinitely due to rain, Batesville Motor Speedway announced on its website.
Officials from the sanctioning series and BMS are discussing possibly make-up dates for the inaugural event, but nothing had been determined by press time.
The track, as originally scheduled, will be quiet this weekend and points racing is set to resume June 3.
CONWAY — A stellar season ended in disappointment here Sunday when the Viola Longhorns suffered a 13-7 loss to the Armorel Tigers in the Class 1A State Baseball Tournament.
The game was one of many postponed by weather.
Viola entered the contest with a 33-1 record, it’s only loss to Dora, a perennial powerhouse in Missouri. Armorel brought in a modest 18-11 record and won its first state title since 2006.
NEWPORT — Edward Littlejohn finished first and second Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Littlejohn won the street division and was second behind Randy Avey in the foot brake division. Tracey Crossen was third.
In street, Gary Spicer and Kyle Reynolds completed the top three.
Jason Russell was the only racer in the outlaw street bike results and Shane Hill beat Hannah Hodge in the junior dragster competition.
CAVE CITY — Fans can get their first look at the 2011 Cave City Cavemen tonight during the Red-White spring football scrimmage at Caveman Field.
The scrimmage is set to begin at 5:30 with the first-team offense lining up against the scout defense. After an undetermined number of plays, the second-team offense will take on the scout defense.
That will be followed by the first-team defense popping pads with the scout offense and then the second-team defense trying to stifle the scout offense.
Admission is a blank recordable DVD or a towel.
LOCUST GROVE — The Inaugural Bad Boy 98 is set for tonight and Saturday at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
We’ll see what Mother Nature has to say about that.
Fans have been camped out at the speedway since as early as Monday and more than 50 drivers took advantage of Thursday night’s practice session.
Racing action for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series sanctioned event is set to begin tonight at 8 with time trials. That will set the field for qualifying heat races to take place tonight as well.
CABOT — Fayetteville’s Bradley Culp and Nashville’s Monisa Poole were the winners here Thursday.
Culp won the Arkansas High School decathlon championship, finishing 426 points ahead of teammate Stephen Soerens. Rounding out the top five were Rogers Heritage’s Alex Miles, Union Christian’s Nathan Weir and Conway’s Jemarcus Harmon.
Poole won the heptathlon crown in a much closer race. She edged Jonesboro’s Macey Rodely by nine points (5,416-5,407). Fayetteville’s Anna Nastasi, Cabot’s Arier Voskamp and Blytheville’s Sharmaine Selvy completed the top five.
Josh Moncada, an all-state soccer player, signed a letter of intent to play for the Lyon Scots this fall.
Moncada is a native of Springfield, Mo., where he was a standout player for Springfield Catholic High School. He was the captain of the varsity squad this past season.
During his senior campaign, Moncada helped his team to a state runner-up finish, something they accomplished in 2009 as well, while being named to all-state, all-conference and all-district first teams. Moncada was the district defensive player of the year.
BLYTHEVILLE — The Armorel Tigers took the next step and earned a berth in the 1A State Tournament championship game with a 10-2 high school baseball victory over the Midland Mustangs here Wednesday.
The Tigers had been here before, including several on this team. This was their fourth straight season to reach the semifinals. It’s the third time the team from Mississippi County has reached the championship game. In 2004, Armorel was runner-up to Taylor. In 2006, Armorel defeated Union Christian for the title.
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