After the day they spent on the water Thursday, no one could blame Larry Pinkston and Jeff Moore for doubting their chances to repeat as champions of the Reekie Gardner White River Bass Classic.
In a telephone interview Thursday night, Moore described their day’s fishing like this: “Terrible. We fished upriver (above Lock 3) and I didn’t catch a fish. Larry caught two little smallmouths and one perch. The high water we’ve had has killed all the grass, there’s a lot of sediment in the water and the river (level) is just real erratic.”
And then the interview turned funny.
LITTLE ROCK — Two Arkansas boat builders with many years of varied activities to improve and expand Arkansas’ outdoor resources have been selected as the 2010 inductees for the Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame.
Both are Monticello residents and business leaders. Kim Ward and Zach McClendon Jr. have led their companies for decades and have been in the forefront in the southeastern Arkansas city’s unique position as a boat producing center that is not on water.
It’s the water: cold, fertile water, from far below the surface in the big reservoirs. It loads up with oxygen as it goes through the turbines, and finally it runs into the Little Red, White and Norfork rivers.
This combination of cold water, good oxygen and rich nutrient levels grows some of the largest trout in the world, right here in our own back yard.
LA CROSSE — The Melbourne Bearkatz won a 4-team high school golf match here Wednesday on their home course.
Led by Brad Lamb’s 82, the ’Katz won by 16 strokes over the Cave City Cavemen (280-296). The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles followed with a 304. The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves finished another 29 strokes back.
Melbourne’s other scores came from Levi Cooper (99), Kirby Smith (99) and Howie Lewis (122).
Here are the rest of the individual scores:
Cave City — Grant Walling 97, John Battles 97, Kendall Cherry 102, Travis Markum 124;
MELBOURNE — Modern Woodmen of America will sponsor a Meet the Coaches Dinner at 5 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Melbourne High School cafeteria, according to a news release from the business.
Advance tickets cost $5 and can be purchased at the annual Red, White and Blue games at Bearkatz Stadium on Aug. 20, or by calling Melbourne High School Athletic Director Tim Massey at (870) 368-4345 or Marc Miller at (870) 291-7888. The tickets will cost $6 at the gate.
LOCUST GROVE — They’ll try to fire up the factory stocks again at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
The Chrome Shop Factory Stock Shootout, a casualty to the weather on July 16, is scheduled for Friday night. Factory stock racers will compete for 30 laps. To the winner goes $750 and the largest factory stock trophy of the year, according to speedway officials.
Additionally, points racing is scheduled in the Street Stock, IMCA Modified, NeSmith Late Models and Front Wheel Drive divisions. General admission is $10. Children 11 and under get in free.
FAYETTEVILLE – In 2013, the Arkansas Razorbacks are going to wish they redshirted Darius Winston.
For now, maybe it’s best they didn’t.
At least that’s how Winston views it.
Arkansas’ only 5-star recruit for 2009, the prep All-American cornerback from West Helena Central only played four games for last year’s 8-5 games.
“I kind of wish I had redshirted,” Winston said, “but you know, the same time, I prepared every week with the team like I was going to play. I got to play a little bit and I learned a lot.”
FAIRFIELD BAY — Izard County and Shirley were winners Tuesday in a high school golf match at Mountain Ranch Golf Course.
Led by Preston Harmon, the Izard County Cougars won by 16 strokes (129-145). Harmon’s 9-hole score of 40 won medalist honors. Uriah Mead’s 44 and Caleb Cowan’s 45 counted for the team score. Jake Dockins’ 51 did not.
The Shirley Blue Devils’ team score came from Cory Ward (43), Darren King (50), Dalton Littleton and Dalton Smith, who both shot 52s.
The wrong place was reported in Tuesday’s Guard for a local swimmer competing in the Junior Olympics.
A mixed team that included Seth Bailey, an Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedo, won the 200-meter freestyle relay in the 9- and 10-year-old age division. A mixed team includes swimmers from different teams.
PARAGOULD — The Batesville Pioneers finished second in a triangular golf match with 5A-East District and Paragould teams here Tuesday at the Paragould Country Club
The Paragould Rams won with an 18-hole score of 311. The Pioneers finished 10 strokes back, and the Greene County Tech Eagles finished a distant third with a 339.
The top score, however, came from an Eagle. Josh Stidman carded a 1-over-par 71.
The Concord Pirates led a foursome of area high school golf teams Monday at the Batesville Municipal Golf Course.
Ryan Cornelison shot a medal-winning score of 9-over-par 45 to help the Pirates finish 14 strokes (138-152) in front of the Cave City Cavemen. The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves followed with a 170. The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles shot a 177.
Listed below are the other individual scores:
Concord — Logan King, 46; Luke Cornett, 47; Cameron Reesor, 49; A.J. Cannon, 58
Cave City — Seth Foreman, 50; Kendell Cherry, 50; Grant Walling 52;
Two Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes came home from the Junior Olympics in Newport News, Va., with silver medals.
Swimming on relays consisting of members from other states, Louis Sonnier helped 11- and 12-year-old teams place second in 200- and 400-meter freestyle races, and Seth Bailey helped a 9- and 10-year-old squad to a second in a 200-meter freestyle race.