Foreman is famous for being the hometown of country music superstar Tracy Lawrence, but it’s also developed a reputation for winning softball state championships.
The Foreman Lady Gators are scheduled to take on the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves Friday in the first round of the Class 2A State Tournament at Pine Bluff’s Regional Park.
Foreman has won five straight state championships and has appeared in the last six title games.
The Southside Southerners are first up among the Guard-circulation area baseball teams playing in state tournament games, and they’ve drawn a team whose school is a legend in Arkansas high school sports.
As the fourth seeds, the 17-10 Southerners are scheduled to take on the third-seeded Nashville Scrappers in the Class 4A State Tournament at Valley View High School in Jonesboro at noon Friday.
The site for this weekend’s Batesville Bassmasters regular season tournament has been changed, club officials have announced.
The tournament will be from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on Bull Shoals Lake, out of the Dam Site Park ramp.
The tournament was originally scheduled for Lake Dardanelle.
Winners of the April 30-May 1 tournament on Bull Shoals Lake were also announced.
Billy Littleton and Bobby Littleton teamed to catch 31.33 pounds to win the event. They caught 11.88 pounds the first day and 19.45 pounds the second day.
HEBER SPRINGS — Southside’s Kristina Keeney and Morgan Jones were the only scorers for the Lady Southerners at the Class 4A State Track and Field Meet here Saturday.
Keeney finished fourth in the pole vault and Jones was sixth in the high jump.
Nashville won the team state championship with 110 points. De Queen was second with 81 and Hamburg finished third with 60.
Heber Springs took the title in the boys division with 120.5 points, followed by Nashville with 96 and Newport with 58.
Batesville High will try for some more soccer breakthroughs Friday in the Class 5A State Tournament in Harrison.
The Lady Pioneers and Pioneers are a combined 0-for-4 and scoreless in state tournament play in Harrison. In 2007, the Hot Springs Lakeside Lady Rams defeated the Lady Pioneers 3-0 and the Hot Springs Trojans blanked the Pioneers 4-0. Last spring, the Lakeside teams knocked out the Batesville teams by counts of 4-0 (girls) and 5-0 (boys).
TJ Stroud began coaching the Pioneers in 2007, so going to Harrison has him feeling a little apprehensive, he admitted.
PARAGOULD — The Paragould Rams defeated the Batesville Pioneers 7-6 in 11 innings here Monday night, but the Pioneers held onto second place in the 5A-East District standings because they won the opener 10-0, and the Beebe Badger defeated the Greene County Tech Eagles in their nightcap across town.
Tech defeated Beebe 9-5 in the opener. Beebe, which had already cliched the title, won the second game 11-1.
BEE BRANCH — The Midland Mustangs built a big stop sign at third base here Monday night, and it held up for a 9-0 victory and the Class 1A Region 3 Tournament high school baseball championship.
The Bay Yellowjackets made just one serious attempt to run the stop sign, and junior right fielder Josh Thomas threw to catcher Logan Smith to erase Bay’s John Stephens for the first out of the first inning.
After that, with runners at first and third, Midland sophomore left-hander Skylar Litaker struck out Zac Carner and induced an easy fly out from Hunter Percell to end the threat.
BLYTHEVILLE — The Lyon College men’s golf team wrapped up its season on Friday afternoon as it finished in seventh place at the TranSouth Athletic Conference Championship at Blytheville Country Club.
The Scots finished 30 strokes behind Bethel with a 115-over par, 967 score in the 3-round event. Union took home the team title with an 863, giving them an automatic bid in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Tournament.
Newcastle, England native Stuart Bramley signed a national letter of intent to play soccer for Lyon, according to a news release from Lyon’s sports information department.
Bramley comes to Lyon by way of Scottsdale Community College in Arizona. He was honored as the most valuable player and captain of the squad, as well as an All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference award winner his freshman year.
BROCKWELL — Kiersten Moore just missed pitching a no-hitter as she led the Viola Lady Longhorns to the Class 1A Region 2 Tournament championship over the Izard County Lady Cougars here Monday evening.
The freshman hurler was one out away from the no-hitter when Angel Englehardt found a gap to the right side. Undeterred, Moore battled Taylor Booth and charged a slap bunt then fired to first for the final out and a 4-0 victory.
Moore allowed only two hits during Viola’s three games in the region tournament, so she was an easy choice for the region’s most valuable player award.
BROCKWELL — The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles will try their hand against the Viola Longhorns tonight in the championship game of the Class 1A Region 2 Tournament.
Viola has suffered only one loss this season. It came against Dora, Mo. Tonight’s championship game is a result of Viola defeating Sloan-Hendrix and Calico Rock in the first two rounds of the region tourney. Hillcrest knocked off Shirley and Norfork.
The Screamin’ Eagles made short work of the Blue Devils, taking an 11-0, run-ruled win.
BROCKWELL — The Izard County Lady Cougars earned a trip to the finals of the Class 1A Region 2 Tournament with a pair of wins over the weekend.
First, Izard County knocked off Norfork on Friday and then followed with a dramatic 8-7 win over Calico Rock in the semifinals.
Molly Taylor hit a walkoff 2-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to cap a 6-run inning and the come-form-behind victory.
Calico Rock looked poised to claim the win with a 7-2 lead midway through the final frame, but the tournament host had other ideas.