• 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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  • Batesville Area Athletic Hall of Fame to return on July 31

    The Batesville Area Athletic Hall of Fame is back, and two of Batesville’s most-decorated athletes will return with it.
    Brian Baker and Scott Crossett, Batesville High and University of Arkansas stars, are among the three who will be inducted into the 19th class at the Western Sizzlin’ Restaurant on July 31. The third is Bobby Hill, one of the best-known and respected high school and college basketball referees in the state.

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  • Accuser feared Roethlisberger’s temper

    MILLEDGEVILLE, GA. (AP) — There was Ben Roethlisberger, asking a girl what her drink tastes like, doling out high-fives, posing and punching his first in the air, flashing a huge grin for the camera.
    Then, about 12 hours later, there was the 20-year-old college student he had partied with, calmly telling police how the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback followed her into a nightclub bathroom, ignored her repeated protests that “I really don’t think this is OK,” and sexually assaulted her.

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  • Ramirez’s HR helps Dodgers sweep Cardinals

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonathan Broxton got another save, this one with the help of a fortuitous bounce on the warning track and the short fences at Dodger Stadium.
    Albert Pujols had to hold up at third on a 2-out ground-rule double by Yadier Molina, and Broxton retired Randy Winn on a grounder to preserve a 4-3 victory for Los Angeles over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. Molina’s opposite-field drive to right-center fell just out of the reach of Gold Glove center fielder Matt Kemp, who lunged for the ball before it hopped over the 8-foot wall.

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  • ’Hawks return to Chicago with hockey’s Holy Grail

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Stanley Cup returned to Chicago for the first time in 49 years early this morning and its arrival along with the Blackhawks at O’Hare International Airport warranted a water cannon salute.
    The Blackhawks ended the NHL’s longest championship drought Wednesday night in Philadelphia with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Flyers in Game Six of the Stanley Cup finals. The team last won the trophy in 1961 by defeating Detroit, also in six games.

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