• Richie Tosh revisits victory lane at BMS

    LOCUST GROVE — Richie Tosh was in victory lane again Friday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
    Fresh off winning two of the speedway’s three major street stock championships, Tosh drove his IMCA Modified to the checkers, holding off Ronnie Jeffrey, Peyton Taylor and 11 others.
    Chuck McGinty won Friday’s street stock feature with current points leader Jeremy Tharp in tow.
    Tyler Stevens was quicker than defending points champion Jason Wilkey in the NeSmith Late Models feature. Roger Witt was third.

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  • Moyer wins ‘The Dream’

    ROSSBURG, Ohio — Batesville’s Billy Moyer won the 16th Annual Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway here Saturday night.
    Moyer started on the pole and dominated the 100-lap race, winning the $100,000 prize by more than 20 cars lengths over Ray Cook.
    Dale McDowell, who won Batesville Motor Speedway’s Topless 100 in 2004, was third. He was followed by Chris Madden and 3-time Topless 100 winner Scott Bloomquist. Moyer is a 4-time Topless 100 winner.

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  • BHS baseball camp slated for July 6-8

    The Batesville Pioneer “Camp of Champs” for baseball is set for July 6-8, according to a news release from the high school.
    The camp is for 6- to 16-year-olds and runs for 8:30 a.m. until noon at the North Complex.
    Batesville High Coach Mark Rush and Pioneers will instruct the campers on fundamental aspects of hitting, fielding, pitching, base running and “much more,” according to the release.
    Individual instruction by positions, timings in the 60-yard dash and skills contests will also be included.

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  • Farrah Turner signs with Lyon

    PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland High School’s Farrah Turner has signed to play basketball for the Lyon College womens basketball team, according to a news release from the college.
    Turner paced the 21-12 Lady Mustangs with 21 points per game. She scored 45 points in the region tournament against Buffalo Island Central and 36 against conference foe Walnut Ridge.

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  • Bankers find hitting stride, cap Searcy B&B Oilers

    The timing was right for the Batesville Citizens Bankers when they hit the Searcy B&B Oilers for a 17-10 victory in a Zone 2 American Legion baseball game at the North Complex Thursday night.
    The Bankers cranked out 12 hits, including seven extra-base knocks. Two days earlier, while getting swept in Wynne, they hit very little, and weakly.
    “Night and day better,” Banker Coach Robbie Holmes said. “We haven’t hit it at all like that before, but I think we’re going to be able to hit like that. It’s just a slow process getting there with a such a young group.”

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  • Speedy’s drag results announced

    NEWPORT — Don Holcomb, David Bell, Stephen Wilson and Jason Russell were winners Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Dragway.
    Edward Littlejohn and Wilson ran second and third, respectively, to Holcomb in the street division.
    Bell took the foot brake division with Tony Newberry and Joe Williams in tow.
    Wilson was the fastest in the super pro class as Jeremy Odom ran second.
    Russell beat Joey Bogard in the outlaw street bike division.
    Cave City’s Don Stitcher turned in third-place outing in Dyersburg, Tenn., on Saturday.

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  • Members to discuss adding PR position to RoadRunners club’s board of directors

    Along with the usual agenda items, the White River RoadRunners will discuss adding a public relations/adverting director position to the club’s board in their monthly meeting Tuesday at the Citizens Bank Annex.
    They will also discuss the Train for Four program, the 9-week program which began last Saturday, and watch a video presentation from Sam Cooke.
    The meeting is set to start at 7 p.m. Club members and visitors are invited to arrive an hour early for a run.

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  • Wootens win tourney

    CAVE CITY — David Wooten and his father, Carl Wooten, weighed in five bass totaling 13.10 pounds to win Saturday’s Cave City Bass Club tournament, but they caught many more than that, tournament director Ron Watkins said.
    “Carl said they caught about 25 bass that all weighed about the same,” Watkins said. That, he said, means those bass weighed a few ounces over 2 pounds apiece.
    The tournament, on Lake Norfork, was the club’s first night tournament of the season.

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  • No fishing license required

    LITTLE ROCK –—Free Fishing Days of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission begins at noon today and continues through midnight Sunday.
    No sport fisherman, resident or non-resident, will be required to have a fishing license or a trout permit to fish anywhere in Arkansas during these times.
    An annual tradition, Free Fishing Days furnishes many citizens and visitors with an opportunity to enjoy the popular outdoor activity. Free Fishing Days are part of the National Fishing Week celebration.

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  • Former BHS gridder recognized

    Arkansas Tech University football player Deerick Smith, a former all-state football player at Batesville High, was honorably mentioned to a NCAA Division II All-American team.
    The 6-foot-2, 300-pound junior offensive lineman, was also recognized on the Consensus Draft Services website after winning second-team All-Gulf South Conference recognition last fall. He started 11 of 12 games, recorded 35 knockdown blocks and averaged a grade of 76 percent for the season at left guard for a team that went 9-3 and reached the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs.

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  • Kelley drafted by San Diego

    Former Batesville High standout Kraig Kelley was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 47th round of the Major League Baseball draft on Wednesday night.
    “They called us last night right after he got picked,” said Kirk Kelley, Kraig’s father and former Lyon College baseball coach. “They will mail us some information and we should get it Friday. We should get an offer on paper in about a week.”
    And that offer will help Kraig determine whether or not he will play at the collegiate level before pursuing a professional career, the elder Kelley said.

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  • Batesville Motor Speedway to host points racing Friday

    LOCUST GROVE — The Batesville Motor Speedway is scheduled to host points racing for all classes Friday night.
    Last weekend saw Richie Tosh collect two street stock championships. A week ago, he won the TrackTek Spring Street Stock Nationals title and then followed it with his first Matt Sturch Memorial championship.
    Tosh will try to earn the street stock triple crown this fall at the Schoenfeld Headers Mid-America Street Stock Championship.

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