The first of several sporting events related to the White River Water Carnival began today, but preparations have been going on for some time.
One of the better examples of that has to be the White River 4-Mile Classic Road Race, which is scheduled for Aug. 1, 7:30 a.m.
LOCUST GROVE — The final tune-up for the Topless 100 is scheduled this weekend as the MARS vs. MSRA Challenge takes over the Batesville Motor Speedway.
The 700-800 horse power engines will roar as the Super Late Models sprint around the track Friday and Saturday with their tops on. In comparison, the NeSmith Late Models which run weekly at BMS produce 400 horse power and the engine costs about $6,000. A super late model engine has a price tag of about $25,000.
NEWPORT — Gary Spicer, Joe Williams, John Taylor and Bill Don Kenney were division winners Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Dragway.
Spicer won the street division with Steve Simpson and Terry Roberson in tow.
Williams was quicker than Ron Davis, Dean Bailey and the rest of the foot brake division while Taylor scooted down the line faster than Nacole Sweeney, Tye Combs and others in the super pro division.
The outlaw street bike was won by Kenney with Jamie McMillian second.
MELBOURNE — The first Bearkatz Basketball: Elementary All-Star Camp is scheduled for Aug. 4-6, according to a news release from Melbourne High School.
Coaches Mike Watson and Bruce Adams will direct the camp, which will be broken into two sessions — 8-9:30 a.m. for kindergarten through third-graders, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for fourth- through seventh-graders.
Fundamental skills — ball handling, triple threat position, post moves, rebounding, passing, proper shooting technique and man-to-man defense — sportsmanship and teamwork will be emphasized.
Several new teams are expected to participate in The National Invitational White River Canoe Race and they’re congregating in Bull Shoals this afternoon.
The 43rd edition of the event began today with registration and boat inspections at the Bull Shoals State Park. Tonight, the racers will get their fill of much-needed carbohydrates with a spaghetti dinner and they’ll begin burning off the extra calories Thursday morning as the first of eight stages begins.
Running: White River Roadrunners run and meeting, Citizens Bank Annex, run begins at 6 p.m., meeting, 7
Canoe racing: Registration and boat inspection for The National Invitational White River Canoe Race, Bull Shoals State Park, 2 p.m.
Canoe racing: The National Invitational White River Canoe Race, Bull Shoals to Norfork, 7:45 a.m.
Plans for the White River 4-Mile Classic Road Race will top the discussions at the White River Roadrunners meeting tonight at the Citizens Bank Annex, according to a news release from the club.
A review of June minutes and a financial statement will also be heard.
As usual, members and guests will run starting at 6. The meeting will follow at 7.
Izard County student Rachel Harmon finished second and third in recent youth golf tournaments.
Harmon finished second to Katie Webb of Heber Springs here Friday in the Chuck Morton Memorial Golf Tournament. Sunday in Harrison, Harmon finished third behind Celeste Gish (Greenwood) and Webb.
Harmon shot a 2-day total of 164 for the second-place in the 16-17 age division (fifth overall) in Mountain Home.
MELBOURNE — John and Cecilia Vinson shot a 15-under-par 57 here Sunday while winning the Cooper’s Hawk Couples Tournament.
The husband-and-wife team edged Justin Burns and Abby Cooper by one stroke. Burns-Cooper led by two strokes (62-64) after Saturday’s round.
The Vinsons’ best-ever round included two eagles and 10 birdies.
“It was a day when we were both putting well,” John Vinson said. “Those come around every five to seven years.”
No other details on the tournament were available at press time.
PARAGOULD — Batesville’s American Legion baseball season ended here Saturday night at Bland Park when the Blytheville Casons defeated the Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen 10-0 in the losers’ bracket quarterfinals of the Zone 2 Tournament.
The Highwaymen, winners in three of four regular-season meetings with the Casons, were unable to string enough hits together against Josh Fleming. The right-hander scattered nine hits while striking out 13 and walking four.