BLYTHEVILLE — For sure, only one Guard-circulation area team will still be playing high school baseball when the day is done.
Three days after they were originally scheduled to play, the Midland Mustangs clobbered the Trinity Christian Warriors 19-5 and the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles thumped the Mulberry Yellowjackets 12-3 in first-round games of the Class 1A State Tournament here Monday.
HARRISON — The Vilonia Eagles handed the Batesville Pioneers their second straight quick exit from the Class 5A State Tournament here Friday.
The Eagles, the third seeds out of the 5A-West District, blanked the Pioneers 11-0 in five innings. The Pioneers entered the tournament as the East’s second seed.
Last spring, the Pulaski Academy Bruins dismissed the 5A-East co-champs 12-2 in six innings.
The Eagles scored three runs in the top of the first and never looked back, tacking on a 6-run third and 2-run fourth. That first inning was a harbinger of things to come.
LOCUST GROVE — The weather finally cooperated and the Batesville Motor Speedway was able to get in a night of points racing Friday.
When the dust settled, Roger Witt, Joe Payne, Brandon Smith, William Lawrence and Tony Creasey were feature winners.
Witt won the NeSmith Late Model feature. Five late models participated. Richie Tosh was second and defending champion Travis Ashley settled for third.
Payne took the checkers in the street stock class. Shawn Walsh and Kevin Grizzle gave chase.
JONESBORO — The Southside Southerners suffered a heart-breaking 5-4 loss to the Nashville Scrappers in a first-round, Class 4A State Tournament baseball game here Friday.
Nashville jumped ahead with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, but Southside answered with three of its own in the top of the fifth.
That scenario repeated itself when the Scrappers scored a run in the sixth and the Southerners tied it in the top of the seventh.
PEARCY — Batesville High’s Hayley Sederberg placed 10th in the pole vault and Midland’s Destiny Standard finished seventh in the 800 in the Meet of Champions here Saturday.
Sederberg cleared 9 feet in the season finale for Arkansas high school track and field athletes. Ariel Voskamp of Cabot won the event with a vault of 12-10. Eleven participants competed in the event.
Standard finished last with a time of 2 minutes, 45.92 seconds. Kelsey Wheelhouse of Bentonville won with a time of 2:16.94.
Betsy Tucker joined Clan Weatherford as a repeat champion of the White River Medical Center Run the Wave 5K Saturday morning.
The 54-year-old woman from Batesville won the 5-kilometer race for the second time in as many years. Her time of 22 minutes 18.12 seconds was 11 seconds better than her time last May. She finished 59 seconds in front of Sarah Praught of Poughkeepsie.
Weatherford, 41, won the men’s title with a time of 18:40.14. The Mount Pleasant resident won the Ride the Wave men’s title in 2008 and ’09. Filemon Galvan of Batesville finished second in 20:01.26.
Josh Williams recorded a technical knockout in the third round to win the main event of Bad Boy Promotions’ Friday the 13th Fight Night at the National Guard Armory in Batesville Friday night.
Williams defeated Chris Gray, who failed to answer the bell to start round three of a scheduled 6-round bout.
The evening opened with an exhibition fight between Kim Connor and Lucretia Meacham. Because of its exhibition status, there was no official winner of the 3-round fight.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Southside Lady Southerners were eliminated from the Class 4A State Softball Tournament here Friday afternoon by a 10-0, first-round loss to the Pottsville Lady Apaches.
Pottsville ended a scoreless tie with eight runs in the top of the fourth inning. It added two more in the seventh to set the final.
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.”