• Organizer says arrive early for hall of famers

    Arrive early for the Batesville Area Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony on Saturday night.
    That was the advice of organizer Stuart Smith for the event’s 19th edition. It’s scheduled to begin at 6 at Western Sizzlin’ Restaurant and the meeting room in which it’s held seats 100.
    “We will start selling tickets at the door at 5:15,” he said. The $15 tickets were not sold in advance.
    The new hall of famers are Kim George Robinson, the late Kevin Wade Johnson and Dan Wright. Lyndal Waits will also receive the Estes Award — a community service award.

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  • Weather makes ‘Sports calendar’ slippery

    For now, the Cave City-at-Marianna, Highland-at-Izard County (Brockwell) and Melbourne-at-Calico Rock high school basketball games are the only sure things on the “Sports calendar” for today.
    School officials confirmed this morning that those games are on. Decisions had not yet been made on the Tuckerman-at-Cedar Ridge (Newark) and Stuttgart-at-Southside games.
    “We will make a decision at noon today concerning our games with Stuttgart,” Southside Coach Malcolm Long said.

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  • Special hunts offered to youths

    If you enjoy hunting and are not taking advantage of the state’s special youth hunts, you may be missing out on one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have in the outdoors.
    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission offers special youth hunts for deer, turkey and waterfowl. These hunts typically give children 15 and younger an edge on the rest of the hunting population by allowing them in the woods outside of the regular seasons.
    Determining the best time for the youth waterfowl season is challenging for the commission.

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  • Tusk III added to ‘Hog Bash’

    Add Tusk III to the lineup.
    The University of Arkansas Razorback mascot will join Razorback Coach Bobby Petrino and Chuck Barrett, the “Voice of the Razorbacks,” for the annual “Hog Bash” at Batesville High School on Feb. 22, announced Scott Wood, an organizer for the event.
    The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the BHS cafeteria.

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  • Little known about tourney rescheduling

    In this case, no news isn’t so good.
    As most expected, all basketball games involving circulation-area schools that were scheduled for today have been postponed and very little was known about rescheduling by press time.
    That includes the Lyon College games at Union (Jackson, Tenn.).
    For the junior high tournaments, the mix of regular-season senior high games further complicates rescheduling plans, resulting in more delays. Most school officials said they will try to have the games rescheduled by Friday morning.

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  • Lyon softball to open with exhibition in Monticello

    The Lyon College Scots softball team is scheduled to open its season Sunday in south Arkansas with an exhibition doubleheader at the University of Arkansas-Monticello.
    The Scots open the season with seven new players to form a 15-woman roster. Pitchers Tenequa Martin and Faith Richmond graduated and power hitter Helen Zyjewski transferred. Richmond is now Miner’s assistant coach.

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  • Lady Pioneers change directions, blast Badgers

    BEEBE — The Batesville Lady Pioneers executed quite a reversal here Tuesday night while winning 63-31 in a 5A-East District high school basketball game, and they didn’t waste any time changing directions.
    In Beebe, the Lady Pioneers scored the first 14 points and led 22-9 at the end of the first quarter.
    In Batesville last Friday night, the Paragould Lady Rams thrashed the Lady Pioneers in every phase of the game while winning 44-22.

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  • State representatives aim to rein in sports agents

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Sports agents in Arkansas who give cash or other financial benefits to student athletes to entice them to sign a contract could face up to six years in jail and $250,000 in fines under legislation approved Tuesday by a legislative panel.
    The House Judiciary Committee recommended passage of the new restrictions aimed at preventing scandals involving college athletes that have hit other schools in recent years. The proposal, backed by the athletic directors of the University of Arkansas and University of Central Arkansas, now heads to the House for a vote.

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  • Weather, road conditions cut into ‘Sports calendar’

    All junior high district tournament basketball games scheduled for tonight involving area teams have been postponed again due to the weather and road conditions.
    By press time, only one of those had announced a tentative schedule.
    The 1A 2-North District Tournament will try to play the games that were scheduled for tonight on Thursday and play the semifinals and finals on Saturday, Calico Rock Coach Jeff Whiteaker said.

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  • Southerners keep pace in Class 4A-2 District race

    NEWPORT — The Southside Southerners earned a key Class 4A-2 District victory here Tuesday night when they held off the Newport Greyhounds 61-47.
    Southside remains in third in the conference race, but second place Stuttgart lost in Cave City Tuesday and the Ricebirds are the only remaining 4A-2 team Southside must face. That meeting is scheduled for Friday night at Southside. The Southerners must win that game by eight or more to secure the second seed for the conference tournament. Stuttgart beat Southside by seven in the previous meeting.

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  • UT-Arlington Mavs whip UCA Bears

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Bradley Gay scored 21 points and Texas-Arlington pulled away in the second half to beat Central Arkansas 93-70 Monday.
    Jordan Reves added 15 points and Bo Ingram provided 12 for the Mavericks (11-10, 5-3 Southland), who shot 66.7 percent.
    Imad Qahwash led the Bears (5-17, 1-8) with 19 points and Mike Pouncy added 17.
    Trailing 50-49 after Central Arkansas’ Duane Claiborne hit a 3-poiner with 15:33 to play, Texas-Arlington pulled ahead for good with a 12-3 run then added on to its lead in the final minutes.

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  • 3A 1-East junior tourney slated to begin on Friday

    The 3A 1-East District Tournament for junior high basketball teams at Yellville will be delayed until Friday, according to Melbourne school officials.
    Six games are set for Friday, four for Saturday and the championship games are set for Monday at Yellville-Summit High School.
    Regular-season games set for today, including the Melbourne-at-Valley Springs games, will help settle the seedings and matchups.
    The Forrest City-at-Batesville junior high games, originally set for Monday night, have not been rescheduled.

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