LOCUST GROVE — Make it two for two for Andy Carpenter.
The winner of the inaugural Chrome Shop Factory Stock Shootout defended his title Friday night at Batesville Motor Speedway.
Carpenter, the current points leader and defending points champion, was billed as the favorite for Friday night’s 30-lap feature.
Like last year, Carpenter had to wait longer than normal for his win to be official. Several cars were disqualified for failing to pass inspection. When the dust settled and the inspections were complete, Carpenter claimed the trophy and the $750 check.
As forecast, “the Newport boys” did well at the Reekie Gardner Jr. White River Bass Classic Saturday. Who would have expected, however, a stringer of five largemouth bass weighing 21.28 pounds?
Certainly not the grandpa-grandson team of Bill Wooten-Bobby Hubbard, winners of the $1,000 first prize.
Don Stitcher won two titles in drag racing action last weekend.
The Cave City man won the FootBrake division at the Great River Road Raceway in Dyersburg, Tenn., on Saturday and beat all competitors in the same division at Speedy’s Newport Drag Strip on Sunday.
Ross Williams and William Runyon finished second and third, respectively, in the same division at Newport.
In order, here are the top finishers in two other divisions at Speedy’s: Street — Bill Taylor, Donovan Bishop, Gary Spicer; Street — Richard Lee, Nick Dew.
Melbourne won a triangular high school golf match Thursday at the Batesville Municipal Golf Course.
Bradley Lamb led the Bearkatz and all other golfers with a 7-over-par score of 43 on the 9-hole layout. Other scores for Melbourne were: Levi Cooper, 54; Kerby Smith and Howie Lewis, 55.
The Newport Greyhounds finished second as Sky Summers shot a 48, John Robinson added a 54 and Taylor Ball contributed a 57.
Cedar Ridge followed with a 176. The Timberwolves’ scores were: Jordan Steele and Jacob Cline, 58; Jake Shirley, 60; and Clayton Butler, 62.
The first of three registration days for Kiwanis Youth Football League is set for Saturday at Game Day Sports, announced Kiwanian Lyndal Waits.
Open to boys and girls entering grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 this fall, the Batesville Kiwanis Club-sponsored program is comprised of the AFL Division (third- and fourth-graders from all schools in the area) and the NFL Division (fifth- and sixth-graders from Batesville and Southside).
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.”