• Orange Crush will crown new small school champ

    A new champion is guaranteed when the dust settles Saturday in the small school division of the Citizens Bank Orange Crush Classic.
    That’s because last year’s champion, Trumann, has moved up to the big school division for this year’s tournament.
    The 1-day tournament is scheduled for a 9:30 start Saturday morning at Batesville’s North Complex (see “Sports calendar” on page 20).

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  • UofA women rout Lamar

    FAYETTEVILLE — The University of Arkansas women won their 20th basketball game for the first time since the 2002-03 season here Thursday when they dominated the Lamar Lady Cardinals, winning 91-65 in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
    Sarah Watkins led the 20-11 Razorbacks with 25 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots. Five Razorbacks scored in double figures. C’eira Ricketts chalked up 20 points, Ashley Daniels added 11 points and 13 rebounds, Quistelle Williams contributed 16 points, and Chrisstasia Walter added 10.

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  • Lawrence, Matthews win event

    CAVE CITY — Keith Lawrence and Danny Matthews won the Cave City Bass Club’s first scheduled tournament of the year Saturday on Greers Ferry Lake.
    Matthews and Lawrence weighed in five bass totaling 8.80 pounds, tournament director Ron Watkins said.
    That total included the big bass of the day, which weighed 3.55 pounds.
    Travis Galloway and Bridges Carton placed second with five ass totaling 7.15 pounds.
    Ernie Daniel, fishing by himself, came in third with five bass totaling 6.0 pounds.
    Twenty-six bass were caught by the 23 tournament participants.

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  • 10 Tips offered for a safe spring turkey hunt

    EDGEFIELD, S.C.  — With wild turkey hunting season still in full swing in many states, the National Wild Turkey Federation has the safety of turkey hunters in mind.
    Safety is a key element when you’re in the woods mimicking the sounds of wild turkeys. A safe turkey hunter is much like a safe driver — you must be defensive minded.
    Also, keep in mind that a safe hunter is an effective hunter. Here are 10 tips to consider when you’re in the woods:
    • Leave the area if you suspect there’s another hunter already working the same bird.

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  • Cave City v-ball star invited to Queens of Hardwood event

    JONESBORO — Cave City’s Rachel Roebuck is one of several senior volleyball players invited to play in the Queens of the Hardwood match at the Valley View High School gym here April 1.
    Proceeds from the fifth annual event go to the CityYouth Ministries, an organization that provides a variety of after-school activities designed to serve the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of disadvantaged children in Jonesboro.

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  • Salizar loses eye

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Atlanta Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar has lost an eye after he was struck in the face by a line drive while watching a spring training game.
    Braves general manager Frank Wren said that doctors were unable to save Salazar’s left eye after the accident March 9. The former major league player is otherwise recovering from his injuries and expects to manage Lynchburg of the Class A Carolina League this season.
    The 54-year-old Salazar was the Braves and St. Louis Cardinals when hit by a Brian McCann foul ball.

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  • BHS-Paragould softball games moved to Friday

    The Batesville-at-Paragould softball doubleheader has been rescheduled again. It’s now set for Friday at 4:30 p.m.
    The game, originally postponed due to wet conditions on Tuesday, was first rescheduled for Thursday.
    “Hopefully, this is the last time it will move,” Batesville Coach Sean Coker said.

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  • Softball tryout set for Sunday

    A tryout for a traveling softball team is set for Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the North Complex.
    “This is a 12-and-under team and the girls need to have a 1998 or ’99 birthday,” Rodney Stroud said. “Interested people can call me at (870) 612-4904.”

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  • Drag results announced

    NEWPORT — Gary Spicer, Ron Davis, Jeremy Odom and Joey Bogard were winners Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway, according to information provided to the Guard.
    Spicer won the street division with Paul Shaver and Steve Simpson also making the podium.
    Davis was the fastest in the footbrake class. Larry Romine and Bill Smith were second and third, respectively.
    The super pro victor was Odom with Tye Combs and William Runyan in tow.
    Bogard won the street bike division. Additional information was not provided.

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  • TrackTek Spring Street Stock Nationals set for this weekend at BMS

    LOCUST GROVE — After a successful weekend of IMCA modified racing, Batesville Motor Speedway is ready to host the grass roots street stock drivers this weekend.
    The TrackTek Racing Fuel Spring Street Stock Nationals are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the 3/8-mile oval and a 2-hour practice session is set for tonight, starting at 7.

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  • Scots split doubleheader to snap 6-game skid

    The Lyon Scots split a nonconference baseball doubleheader with the College of the Ozarks Bobcats Wednesday afternoon at Scots Field.
    Ozarks (6-12) snapped a 5-game slide when it won the opener 5-1 and Lyon (11-12) put a stop to a 6-game losing streak when it took the nightcap 7-2.
    Garry Richards pitched a gem in the second game. The Lyon senior had a 1-hit shutout going until the seventh inning. He gave up four hits in that inning and settled for the 5-hitter with two earned runs. Richards walked one and struck out five in seven complete innings.

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  • One BHS-Paragould date still unknown

    The Batesville-at-Paragould softball doubleheader has been rescheduled for Thursday afternoon, but the 5A-East District opening doubleheader for the Batesville and Paragould baseball teams is still up in the air.
    Batesville Coach Mark Rush said he received an email from Paragould Coach Anthony Faulkner this morning saying the Rams’ field was still too wet. They had hoped to reschedule for today.

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