• Registration days announced for ICYAA baseball, softball

    The first of two registration days for the Independence County Youth Athletic Association baseball, softball and tee-ball programs is set for Saturday at the First Community Bank George Rider Room, according to a news release from the association.
    The registration times are 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Feb. 28, again at the George Rider Room.
    The registration fees are $65 for one child, $125 for two children from the same household and $170 for three from the same household.

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  • Three Americans provide Olympic comeback stories

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Comebacks make for great Olympics stories, and they come in many forms. Just look at what Seth Wescott, Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn pulled off Monday.
    Wescott came to the Winter Olympics as the reigning champion in snowboard cross, yet also as damaged goods. He hurt his leg and pelvis two months ago and it showed in the races since. The American opened Monday’s event by finishing 17th of the 32 riders in qualifying, but found his stride to reach the finals.

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  • NASCAR shows strength in pothole embarrassment

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — There’s nothing NASCAR can do to overcome the embarrassment that comes when a pothole nearly swallows the biggest race of the year.
    That pesky hole in the pavement stalled the Daytona 500 two different times for more than two hours total, and created the unforgettable image of yellow-clad track workers slopping a pink puddy-like filler into a torn patch of pavement at Daytona International Speedway.
    Television viewers across America changed their channels, while fans in attendance streamed toward the gates.
    They had every right to turn away.

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  • BJHS splits with Tech in regular-season finales

    The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers finished their basketball season on a winning note Friday in Pioneer Gym, taking a 33-22 decision over 5A-East District contest from the Forrest City Junior Lady Mustangs.
    Lana Blake led Batesville with 10 points, including seven in the fourth quarter.
    The real difference makers, however, were reserves Jayme Shell, Morgan Huff and Haley Hambrick, Coach Chip McDonald said.
    “They came in when we were down 5-0 in the first quarter and really gave us a big spark,” he said.

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  • Lady Raiders hold off Lady Pioneers, hold lead

    JONESBORO — The Nettleton Lady Raiders maintained their lead in the 5A-East District high school basketball standings here Friday night, and they made things tighter for the Batesville Lady Pioneers.

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  • Junior Pirates complete perfect run

    GREERS FERRY — The Concord Junior Pirates finished off a perfect season here Saturday night by toughing out a 60-54 decision over the 1A 2-South District Tournament hosts.
    Jacob Roark, an eighth-grader, scored 20 of his game-high 37 points in the fourth quarter for the winners. Ryan Cornelison added 10 for the 24-0 Junior Pirates.
    “I know we haven’t had an unbeaten team during my time here,” said Keith Cornett, Concord’s sixth-year head boys basketball coach. “We may have had one some other time. I don’t know for sure.”

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  • Lady Pioneers start fast, lasso Lady Mustangs

    It was delayed, and it sure looked inevitable.
    In a game that was postponed twice due to weather-related road conditions, the Batesville Lady Pioneers thrashed the Forrest City Lady Mustangs 79-51 in a 5A-East District high school basketball game in Pioneer Gymnasium Thursday night.
    Leading 23-14 after one quarter of play, the Lady Pioneers outscored the last-place team in the district 16-2 in the first four minutes of the second quarter. By halftime, the Lady Pioneers led 46-20. They led 61-38 after three quarters.

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  • No. 1 Union wins 46th straight TranSouth game

    The No. 1 Union Lady Bulldogs had no trouble winning their 46th straight TranSouth Athletic Conference game as they defeated the Lyon Pipers 73-58 Thursday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
    Three minutes into the contest, Lyon trailed 7-6. Seven minutes later, they were down 22-6. The 16-point advantage grew to 23 at halftime, 42-19.
    The Pipers (15-9, 5-6) showed resolve in the second half. Union (24-1, 11-0) led by as many as 32 (65-33), but Lyon made it respectable with a 25-8 run.

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  • Scots to visit former coach

    Lyon College’s home-opening baseball series with Hillsdale Baptist has been canceled.
    Instead, the Scots have traveled to Bartlesville, Okla., for a jamboree with Southern Nazarene, Oklahoma City, and Oklahoma Wesleyan. The latter is coached by former Lyon Coach Kirk Kelley and he will host the scrambled meeting.
    Lyon Coach Tony Roepcke said he didn’t know specific assignments, but he was expecting to play at 4 this afternoon and then at least two games Saturday.

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  • Batesville, Blytheville juniors split

    BLYTHEVILLE — Batesville’s juniors split with their 5A-East District basketball hosts here Thursday night.
    The Batesvlle Junior Lady Pioneers defeated the Blytheville Junior Lady Chickasaws 33-22 as Hailey Hambrick scored nine points and Lana Blake added seven.
    Batesville led 6-3, 13-9 and 21-12 at the quarter breaks and never trailed.

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  • ’Dogs run away in Becknell Gym

    The Lyon Scots held tough in the first half against the No. 10 Union Bulldogs, but a strong second half propelled Union to a 91-63 win Thursday night in Becknell Gymnasium.
    The Scots trailed 39-34 at halftime of the TranSouth contest. Union opened the second half with an 11-4 run and never looked back.
    “It was just one of those nights,” Lyon Coach Kevin Jenkins lamented. “Against the number 10 team in the country, you have to learn how to carry it over to the second half. Shooting 37 percent, you won’t win many ballgames.”

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  • Melbourne cagers deliver big wins

    MELBOURNE — The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz and Bearkatz delivered here Thursday night.
    The Lady ’Katz completed a sweep of 2A-2 District opponents with a 63-45 shellacking of the Walnut Ridge Lady Bobcats. The Lady ’Katz finished 12-0 in the district. Their overall mark improved to 23-6.

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