LOCUST GROVE — Driver Gary Sallas was competing in the second heat of the front-wheel drive race at Batesville Motor Speedway Friday night when his car became engulfed in flames.
Sallas was attempting to maneuver around a car driven by fellow racer Ronnie Jones just before the explosion occurred, said wife Misty Sallas.
“His car went up against the wall, and that caused his fuel tank to rupture,” she said. “Sparks from his car rubbing up against the wall ignited the fumes causing a huge explosion. He looked like a big ball of fire when I saw him get out of the car.”
MARION — The Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen ended their American Legion baseball season with an 8-5 loss to Searcy Crain Automotive in the Zone 2 Tournament Monday.
Coach Sean Coker said his starting pitcher performed well despite some miscues from the Highwaymen defense.
“Joey Barnett threw a really great game for us, but we made some errors behind him,” Coker said. “Those mistakes cost us the game because we were not able to overcome them.”
The Atlas offense showed promise early, but the Highwaymen were unable to take advantage.
SOUTHSIDE — Head Coach Kenny Simpson has announced plans to begin a youth football program at Southside for boys in grades third through sixth.
Four teams, one for each grade level, will be created, and they will compete against other teams of the same age. The program is open to any boy regardless of which school they attend.
MARION — Batesville’s AAA Legion team, the Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen, is now 1-1 at the Zone 2 Tournament play after Sunday’s action.
The Highwaymen shutout Paragould Seven-Up by a final score of 6-0 with an impressive showing by their starting pitcher. Tanner Ring finished the entire 9-inning contest holding opposing batters to four hits while allowing no walks and striking out eight.
Batesville Coach Sean Coker was pleased with Ring ignoring pain during a gritty performance on the mound.
LOCUST GROVE — Batesville Motor Speedway racers Ronnie Jeffery and Greg Waugh currently share first place in this week’s IMCA modified standings at Batesville Motor Speedway after Friday night’s racing.
Feature race-winning drivers were Roger Witt (NeSmith crate late models), Shawn Walsh (IMCA modified), Garrett Skaggs (factory stock), Brad Helms (street stock) and Tony Brooks (front-wheel drive).
Listed by division, here are the top three finishers in heat races and, where it applies, the top 10 in feature races.
NeSmith late models
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas has 14 players on the Southeastern Conference’s preseason coach’s All-SEC team, the most of any conference school.
The Razorbacks have three players on the first team, five on the second and six on the third.
Senior receivers Greg Childs and Joe Adams, along with senior defensive end Jake Bequette were first-team selections. Adams was named to the first team as an all-purpose player for his return abilities, and he was selected to the second-team offense.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Peyton Hillis has been dragging cars and all-terrain vehicles around the streets back home in Arkansas to stay in shape during the NFL lockout.
On Saturday, the Browns’ bulldozing back planned to pull a fire truck across a football field.
“Yeah, I’m going to give it a try,” Hillis said Friday night. “We’re going to have a good time doing it.”
Hillis is ready for some football.
EDMOND, Okla. — The Batesville Smashers won the United States Sports Specialty Sports Association 8AA World Series Tuesday night.
The Smashers beat Northland Heat of Kansas City, Mo., by a score of 10-9 in the tournament’s deciding game. Five runs were scored by the Smashers in the bottom of the sixth to claim the lead.
GREENVILLE, Ill. — Former Lyon College softball player Tenequa Martin is making her mark on college softball at another institutions having recently being named head coach and senior women’s administrator at Greenville College.
Martin, a 2010 graduate in business administration and a 3-year starter at Lyon, takes over a Greenville program that finished 14-23 last season, including a 13-0 loss to the Scots in Batesville during the Lyon College tournament.
LOCUST GROVE — Batesville Motor Speedway plans to honor their four decades of entertaining area race fans Friday night with discounted admission and racing in all five classes.
Grandstand admission will be $4, and kids 11 and under will be admitted at no charge. The track concession stand will feature specials during the night, and some fans will win 40th anniversary BMS 2012 calendars.
The gates open at 6 p.m., and racing begins at 8 p.m.
Here are the top-10 drivers and their point totals listed by division:
Hailey Hastings and Emily Gardener won the Outstanding Camper Awards at the Lyon College Junior and Senior Girls Basketball Camp this week.
Hastings won in the senior high division. Other top awards in the senior division were for defense and hustle, which were won by Michele Dobbins and Ariel Wann, respectively.
Baylea Altom (defense) and Chris Camp (hustle) joined Gardener among the top junior award winners.
SOUTHSIDE — Space is still available at the Southside girls’ basketball camp, according to Coach Malcolm Long.
The morning camp (8:30-noon) for girls entering grades 4-8 is scheduled to begin Monday and end July 21. Ball handling, shooting, defense and rebounding will be taught and games will be played daily.
A registration fee of $55 is due by 8:15 a.m. on Monday.
For more information, contact Coach Long at (870) 307-1848 or Coach Chris Hardin at (870) 613-3452.