HARRISON — After a thrilling overtime victory on Friday, the Batesville Pioneers saw their high school soccer season come to an end with a 1-0 loss to the Central Arkansas Christian Mustangs in the quarterfinals of the 5A State Tournament here Saturday.
The Pioneers collected their second state tournament victory ever by outscoring the Greenbrier Panthers 4-3 in an overtime shootout. They were tied 1-1 at the end of regulation.
By press time this morning, the number of area participants competing in the Meet of Champions was still four, but it may wind up just being three.
Batesville High sophomore Hayley Sederberg, the 2-time Class 5A state champion in the pole vault, has confirmed she is going to the season finale for Arkansas high school track and field athletes.
The event is being hosted by Lake Hamilton High School in Pearcy, near Hot Springs, and is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. with the girls pole vault.
Anthony Reves will play soccer again for the Pioneers, though it won’t be for Batesville High.
The senior all-conference defender signed a national letter of intent Thursday to attend Crowley’s Ridge College in Paragould and play for the Pioneers’ first-year program this fall.
NEW ORLEANS — If you’re like most Louisiana anglers — including this one — you’ve probably spent the PAST few weeks bellyaching about the incessantly windy weather, boring all your non-angling friends with claims that this has been the windiest April of your life.
Well, turns out you were probably right. The proof is in this comment:
“I don’t know about the windiest of all-time, but I definitely tell you it’s the windiest we’ve had in 17 years.”
CAVE CITY — By the conclusion of its fifth regular season tournament Saturday, the Cave City Bass Club had 41 paid members, reported tournament director Ron Watkins.
“We hope to pick up five or six more” through the remainder of the season, he said.
David Wooten and Chris Richardson won the tournament on Lake Norfork by catching five fish totaling 13.55 pounds.
Michael Holt and Tracy Hunter caught five that totaled 12.80 pounds for second place and Mark Owens and Levi Moser teamed for a five-fish limit of 8.40 pounds.
LAKE MAUMELLE — Kendall Goates and Cody Chessher were the top anglers in Saturday’s Student Angler Federation Arkansas State High School Bass Fishing Championship on Lake Maumelle.
The duo pulled in a total of five fish weighing 12.25 pounds.
The tournament was originally scheduled for the Arkansas River, but high water forced it to be moved to Lake Maumelle. Record-setting flooding in Arkansas has various parts of state underwater.
Seventy-one teams registered to fish the inaugural event.
LITTLE ROCK — If you want to hunt elk in Arkansas, now’s the time to sign up for the opportunity. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s permit process for a free chance to hunt the state’s largest game animal is available now.
May is application time for a chance to win one of 24 permits to hunt elk in the Buffalo River country of Arkansas. The hunt dates this year in elk compartments 1, 2, 3 and 4 are Sept. 26-30 and Dec. 5-9.
The season for the private land elk management Zone (Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton and Searcy counties; excluding Boxley Valley) is Dec. 5-9.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside High School will host three basketball camps during the summer months, announced Coach Brad McGhee.
The camp for girls and boys entering grades K through 3 is set for May 31-June 3. A camp for boys entering grades 4 through 7 is slated for June 13-16, and a girls grades 4-8 camp is scheduled for July 11, 12, 14 and 15.
The cost of each camp is $50, which includes a camp T-shirt. The first two camps will from 8:30 a.m. until 11. The third will also start at 8:30 a.m. and run an hour longer.
Concessions will be available at each camp.
Professional boxing is set to return to Batesville as Bad Boy Promotions presents “Friday the 13th Fight Night” at the National Guard Armory in Batesville.
“This will be the fifth show of its kind to take place at the intimate venue and each show seems to bring more excitement,” promoter Brandon Foster said.
Josh Williams, who collected a come-from-behind knockout victory on the December 11th boxing card at the Armory, is scheduled for a 6-round bout against Memphis’ Keunrtey Henson, who also holds a victory at the Armory.
BARTELSVILLE, Okla. — Former Batesville Pioneers Jake Palese and Kraig Kelley won postseason honors for the Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagles, according to the school’s website.
Palese, a sophomore third baseman, was named to a first-team all-region squad. Kelley, a freshman catcher, won the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year Award and was named to the all-conference second team.
NEWPORT — Gary Spicer, Patrick Nephew, John Taylor, Jason Russell and Hannah Hodge were winners at Speedy’s on Sunday, according to information provided to the Guard.
Spicer was followed by Steve Mack and Steve Simpson in the street class, Nephew was chased by Ken Thomas and Bill Smith in the foot brake class, Tony Newberry and Don Stitcher finished behind Taylor in the super pro class, and Russell beat Joey Bogard down the strip in the outlaw street bike class.
Hodge was the only junior dragster listed.
LOCUST GROVE — Maybe, just maybe, the Batesville Motor Speedway will refire its engine for points racing Friday night.
After several rain-related cancellations, there’s a good chance racing action will resume this week.
Track owner and promoter Mooney Starr always takes the optimistic approach, so the 30-percent chance of rain in Friday’s forecast means there’s a 70-percent chance it won’t rain.