• BJHS 7th-grade volleyball team to start Aug. 9

    Batesville Junior High’s seventh-grade volleyball squad is scheduled to begin practice on Aug. 9, according to a news release from Coach Tanya Haigwood.
    Players should report to Pioneer Gym at 11 a.m. wearing athletic attire, she said. The first practice will last two hours.

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  • Swimmer leads way in Special Olympic nationals

    Michael Martin led the way among Area XVI athletes competing for Team Arkansas at the Special Olympics National Games recently in Lincoln, Neb.
    Martin collected three gold medals in aquatics with two individual wins and he helped a relay team to victory. Martin won the 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly races, and swam on the 4×50-meter medley relay. He also swam on the silver-medal winning 4×50 freestyle relay team.

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  • Lyon golfers receive accolades for grades

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Lyon College women’s golf team was named an NAIA Scholar-Team for the 2009-10 school year, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced on Tuesday.
    The Scots, under the direction of Coach Julie Church, finished with a 3.42 grade-point average during the 2009-10 academic year.

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  • Schoolboy football kicks off Monday

    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.

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  • Beard, Owens win

    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.

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  • Lawrence, Matthews win tourney

    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.

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  • Hillcrest offers free physicals

    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.

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  • 4 area players help baseball team to third in nation

    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.

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  • Association’s top golfer targeting another title in event at Eagle Mtn.

    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.

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  • BHS golf teams to face tough foes in season opener

    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.

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  • Defending state champions take on different look

    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.

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  • After shaky start to 2010, Franklin steps forward

    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.

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