The Scrappers, the 11-year-old Cal Ripken North Arkansas baseball state champions from Batesville, will take on a couple of Louisiana teams Friday at the Southwest Region Tournament in Gulfport, Miss.
The 11-team event consists of pool and bracket play. The Scrappers are scheduled to play the Noah Braves at 10 a.m. and Plaquemine at 2 p.m. Also in the Pool C is the Orange Grove Express (Mississippi).
MELBOURNE — Free physicals for Melbourne Junior and Senior High School athletes will be available Saturday, 8 a.m. until noon, at Dr. Adam Gray’s office at the Melbourne Medical Clinic, Melbourne Athletic Director Tim Massey announced.
The physicals are for students entering grades 7 through 12.
Forms for the physicals need be the filled out prior to the physical, Massey said. The forms are available on the Melbourne school website.
LOCUST GROVE — For the first time in almost a month, the weather forecast looks favorable for racing at Batesville Motor Speedway.
The weatherman said there is no chance of rain Friday and Saturday and temperatures will reach 100-plus degrees. The action on the track is also expected to be hot as the fourth round of the Isle of Capri Late Model Series takes center stage each night.
Bill Frye of Greenbrier is the current points leader in the 5-round series. He has a 40-point lead over Cave City’s Jeff Taylor and Batesville’s Roger Witt.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Bar brawls and NCAA investigations will be hot topics at the Southeastern Conference media days — not just national championships.
Troubling events have made headlines in the two weeks leading up to the 3-day SEC event that began today. There was a bar brawl involving Tennessee players and there are potential NCAA troubles brewing at Florida and South Carolina.
SEARCY — The Jonesboro Ricemen will try for three straight American Legion state championships. That was determined when they rallied past West Memphis 6-4 in the AAA Zone 2 Tournament championship game on Monday night.
The Ricemen will take a 26-5 record to North Little Rock’s Burns Park on Friday for a first-round game against a team yet to be determined. West Memphis, which eliminated Batesville’s Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen 7-6 Sunday afternoon and defeated Paragould 11-10 in the losers bracket final later that night, also qualified for the state tourney.
Tickets are still available for the Batesville Area Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner, said Joe Biard, a hall committee member.
Brian Baker, Scott Crossett and Bobby Hill will be inducted into the 19th class at the Western Sizzlin’ Restaurant on July 31. David Parker will receive the Estes Award.
The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 apiece and can be purchased from Sue Skinner at the Batesville Municipal Building.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Veteran Central Arkansas football coach Clint Conque confessed Tuesday to an “inappropriate relationship” and said he has apologized to his family.
Conque released a statement Tuesday asking for privacy and apologizing to the school community. He did not offer details about the relationship.
The announcement came after the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette requested information on Conque’s UCA-provided cell phone.
FAYETTEVILLE — There’s no end to Jake Bequette’s horizons at defensive end.
That’s why the University of Arkansas fourth-year junior from Little Rock Catholic is one of three players representing the Razorbacks during Thursday’s part of SEC Football Media Days in Hoover, Ala.
“Jake has unlimited potential,” Willy Robinson, Arkansas defensive coordinator, said.
Yet when it comes to most improved from the outset of spring practice into the oncoming August preseason, Jake Bequette isn’t the beginning or the end.
David Bell, Chris Bell, Danny Bell and Tommy Ford teamed to win the Bad Boy 4-Person Scramble Golf Tournament at The Course at Eagle Mountain on Sunday.
They did so in dramatic fashion. Down four strokes to start the day and a stroke entering the last hole of the 2-day, 36-hole tournament, the foursome combined for an eagle on the par-5 18th. Meanwhile, the leading team of Bo Carter, Cam Deaton, Ben Cox and Matt Perish birdied the same hole. That forced a playoff.
The Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes won the boys division and finished second overall in the meet they hosted at the Batesville North Complex on Saturday.
Led by Seth Bailey’s four individual victories, the Torpedoes edged the Mountain Home Hurricanes 325-312. Bailey also swam on two winning relay teams.
Sam Fagan added victories in three individual races and also swam on a winning relay.
The Torpedo girls finished second to Mountain Home, 382-269. Mountain Home finished 100 points ahead of the ICYAA squad (694-594) in the overall scoring.
SEARCY — West Memphis got the 1-run win that counted most here over the weekend.
Friday, Batesville’s Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen defeated West Memphis 2-1 in the AAA American Legion Zone 2 Tournament opener.
Sunday night, West Memphis won 7-6 in 11 innings, knocking Batesville out of the double-elimination event.
The Highwaymen’s first loss happened Saturday when the Jonesboro Ricemen run-ruled them, winning 10-0 in eight innings. Zone tournament games for the older AAA Legion teams last a regulation nine innings.