Pioneers, Southerners, Cavemen, Timberwolves and Bearkatz will begin football practice on Monday.
August 2 is the first official day of the fall season for Arkansas high school football teams, and Batesville, Southside, Cave City, Cedar Ridge and Melbourne — all the schools in the Guard-circulation area that play the sport — will take to the gridiron on the first day available.
The Pioneers will start at their traditional 6:59 a.m.
Micah Beard and Mark Owens weighed in 12.65 pounds to win the Batesville Bassmasters tournament on Lake Norfork over the weekend, secretary Colin Patterson said.
Michael Holt and Byron Bristow were not far behind with 12.58 pounds for second place. Tim Fairchild and Randy Rowe teamed for 9.15 pounds and third place and Jacob Clark and John Tate had 8.61 pounds for fourth place.
Shawn Walker’s 6.61-pound bass was the largest fish of the tournament.
CAVE CITY — Keith Lawrence and Danny Matthews weighed in five bass totaling 9.15 pounds to win Saturday’s Cave City Bass Club’s night tournament on Crown Lake, tournament director Ron Watkins said.
Lawrence also weighed n the biggest bass, a 3.65-pounder.
No other place was paid due to a low number of participants.
The next tournament will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 on Norfork Lake, out of Quarry Ramp. It will end at 1 the following morning.
LYNN — Free physicals will be available for Hillcrest junior and senior high school athletes Monday, 10 a.m. until noon, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Walnut Ridge, Hillcrest Athletic Director Danny Foley said.
Students will need to pick up permission slips for the physicals at the high school or elementary school. A school bus will provide transportation to Walnut Ridge.
A 13-year-old baseball team that includes four players from Guard circulation area schools recently finished third in a national tournament.
The local players are Kenton Crawford (Batesville), Nate Easley (Cedar Ridge), John Battles (Cave City) and Myles Hooper (Southside).
The Arkansas Renegades posted a record of 8-2 in the AAA United States Sports Specialty Association World Series in Liberty, Mo., bringing their season record to 35-17. They played teams from Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and Minnesota.
So far, Jennifer Welch is on course to add another Arkansas Women’s Golf Association title to her list of accomplishments.
After two rounds of qualifying play, the Little Rock native and Arkansas State golfer leads the way in the AWGA’s Stroke Play Championship at The Course at Eagle Mountain. Welch shot a 146 in two days of qualifying, firing a tournament-low round of 70 on Tuesday.
Welch won the AWGA Match Play championship and she also leads the Player of the Year points standings.
The Lady Pioneer and Pioneer golf teams should get stern tests when they open the high school season Monday at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
Scheduled to visit Batesville High’s home course are teams from Mountain Home and Paragould. The first tee time is 9 a.m., which is the usual starting time until school starts on Aug. 19.
The Mountain Home Lady Bombers and Bombers each finished in the top four of the Class 6A State Tournament last season. The Bombers were third-place finishers.
The Melbourne Bearkatz have a long way to go if they are to defend their state championship.
The 2009 Class 2A boys state golf champions are a completely new team with the exception of one player. Brad Lamb, a sophomore, is the only returner from the championship team.
The coaching position is included in the makeover. Coach Mike Watson resigned recently to pursue a career with State Farm Insurance. Coach Kelly Webb was hired as Watson’s replacement as the golf coach. Watson’s basketball coaching position was filled by Jeremiah Quattlebaum.
FAYETTEVILLE — Jerry Franklin begins the Arkansas Razorbacks’ August preseason rating second-team All-SEC by the SEC coaches and thumbs up first-team with his own coaches.
Franklin didn’t seem to rate that highly with the Arkansas coaches last spring.
In fact, sometimes it didn’t appear linebacker Franklin of Marion rated at all. Head Coach Bobby Petrino, Defensive Coordinator Willy Robinson and linebackers Coach Reggie Johnson often left their 2008 and 2009 leading tackler in the weight room while the Razorbacks practiced this spring.
Whitney Abbott, an infielder from Center Ridge, has committed to play softball for Coach Jason Miner’s Lyon College Scots, according to a news release from the college.
Abbott was a 2-time all-region and all-district player while at Nemo Vista High School, and was a member of the 2010 Arkansas State High School Coaches Association All-Star team.
JONESBORO — The Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes finished fourth in the Southwind Conference Meet here Saturday.
The Jonesboro Jets AAU team won the overall title with 1,052.5 points. The Mountain Home Hurricanes finished a distant second (890.5) points. Stone County placed third with 412.5.
The Torpedoes also finished fourth in the girls and boys divisions. The boys chalked up 226 points. The girls added 173.
Batesville Motor Speedway owner and promoter Mooney Starr recently announced that the 3/8-mile clay oval will host a new “crown jewel event” for late models in May.
Starr said additional details will be released at the Topless 100 next month, but added the payout for the new event will be in excess of $150,000, making it the third largest payout in the country.