• BMS delays season opener

    Batesville Motor Speedway’s season-opening weekend, which was scheduled to begin tonight, has been postponed a week due to weather, BMS co-owner Connie Starr announced.
    The TrackTek Racing Fuel Spring Street Stock Nationals are now set to begin a week from today with a practice session.

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  • BHS track, field team loses many stars, but still targets 6th straight state title

    The Batesville Lady Pioneers are talking about winning a sixth straight state championship in track and field.
    Tuesday, their coach talked about bigger numbers.

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  • ‘Swat team’ concerns Cavewomen in title game

    Cave City Coach Russell Fowler has spent the week planning ways to avoid a one-woman swat team in Hot Springs on Friday night.
    Arielle Saunders, a junior for the Valley Springs Lady Tigers, is a 6-foot-2 post player who has given opponents fits all season.

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  • Cougars, Mustangs win

    BROCKWELL — The Izard County Cougars jumped to 13-0 lead and got an assist from the weather for a 13-8, nonconference win over the Shirley Blue Devils here Wednesday.
    The game was called after five innings due to the threat of a near-by thunderstorm. The Blue Devils scored seven runs in the fifth.

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  • With LSU looming, Hogs hit back against Dakota

    FAYETTEVILLE — Needless to say, they won’t be talking about this one for 25 years at South Dakota State.
    After Tuesday’s 3-2 stunner over the 14th-ranked Razorbacks that SDSU Ritchie Price said his team would “talk about for 25 years,” Arkansas exacted 21-2 revenge on a windy Wednesday splitting the 2-game series at Baum Stadium.
    Arkansas takes a 9-3 record into its final home weekend nonconference series Friday through Sunday afternoons against Wisconsin-Milwaukee before opening SEC play the following weekend at reigning national champion/SEC champion LSU.

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  • Harrison Goblins run-rule Pioneers

    HARRISON — The Harrison Goblins were all Batesville Coach Mark Rush expected.
    He’s concerned, however, that the Pioneers were less than expected during a 14-4, run-ruled thumping in a nonconference game here Wednesday.
    “Harrison is a quality team and well-coached. They were exactly what I thought they would be,” he said. “Crazy as it may sound, though, I don’t think they are that much better than us. I didn’t feel like we were in the right frame of mind. We’re better than that, but we’re going to have to go back to work and prove it to somebody.”

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  • Scot diamondmen split with Mobile Rams

    MOBILE, Ala. — Josh McNatt put together a solid outing on the mound and the Lyon College Scots collected 11 hits in a 4-3 victory over the University of Mobile Rams on Tuesday in the second game of a 2-game set.
    The teams were scheduled for a single game Tuesday and another today, but agreed to make a doubleheader out of it due to the threat of severe weather.

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  • Cave City, Valley Springs to battle again for title

    Cave City vs. Valley Springs Part 5.
    They battled for the regular-season championship, the district tournament championship and the region tournament championship, so it’s only fitting that the fifth meeting between the 3A 1-East District members will be for the Class 3A State Tournament championship Friday night in Hot Springs’ Summit Arena.
    It’s Cave City’s first trip to the state finals since 1988 when it lost to Lamar. Valley Springs was there last year and suffered a heart-breaking, 41-40 loss to Charleston.

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  • Lawyers to set up interview with Alex Rodriguez, feds

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez’s lawyers are setting up an interview with federal authorities as part of an investigation into a Canadian doctor who is the focus of a cross-border drug smuggling case involving human growth hormone.
    The Yankee slugger said from the team’s spring training complex this morning that the interview site is under discussion but he would like it to be in Tampa so his training is not disrupted. He expects to soon know the interview date.

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  • UConn may be too successful for good of women’s game

    One name is noticeably absent from the list of teams that UConn’s women have trampled en route to the record and beyond:
    Tennessee.
    That’s not a coincidence. As with just about everything else in women’s hoops, Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt saw this day coming before the rest of us. Since the Huskies and Coach Geno Auriemma won the first of six national titles in 1995, Tennessee and Summitt, with five over that span, have been their only real rivals.
    But all of last season and so far throughout this one, no one has even been close to the Huskies.

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  • Pioneer soccer team keeps shutout streak

    The Batesville Pioneers got off to a good start in 5A-East Conference play with another high school soccer shutout Tuesday night at Pioneer Stadium.
    The 3-0 victory over the Paragould Rams brought the Pioneers’ record to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the district. They have not been scored upon in two regular-season games and in three preseason scrimmages. They did lose one of those scrimmage matches in an overtime shootout after a scoreless tie.
    Against Paragould, the Pioneers allowed just five shots. Vivien Ramirez, Batesville’s goalie, turned them away.

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  • Two of four softball dates rescheduled

    Three of four area softball games scheduled for Tuesday were postponed and two have been rescheduled.
    Midland-at-Walnut Ridge, Cotter-at-Cedar Ridge and Greers Ferry Westside-at-Concord were the casualties. The varsity and junior varsity games at Cedar Ridge (Newark) have been rescheduled for March 19 and the single game at Concord has been added to an originally-scheduled meeting on April 8.
    Midland Coach Rick McKinney said the contest at Walnut Ridge will be rescheduled, since it is a 2A-2 District meeting.

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