• Why SEC gridders line up SECond to none

    ATLANTA — Excuse the Southeastern Conference if it views the national championship race as a rather private affair — neighbor against neighbor, battling it out through the fall until there are only two teams left standing, setting up a final showdown in Atlanta on the first Saturday in December.
    Oh sure, there’s still that little formality known as the BCS championship game. But down in Dixie, that extra contest is viewed as nothing more than a chance to really rub it in, just in case anyone wishes to defy this indisputable gospel:

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  • Turkey hunters’ opinions sought

    LITTLE ROCK — On Tuesday, Arkansas turkey hunters will have the opportunity to gather information and ask questions on proposed turkey hunting regulations for 2011.
    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host six public meetings across Arkansas that day, with each beginning at 7 p.m.
    The meetings are part of the AGFC’s annual turkey regulations process.
    Public comments and all other written and electronic comments will be presented to the Commission in September, along with Wildlife Committee recommendations for the spring 2011 turkey season.

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  • Shawn Walker, James Turner win event

    CAVE CITY — Shawn Walker and James Turner won the Cave City Ball Club’s tournament Saturday on Lake Norfork by weighing in a 14.20-pound stringer, tournament director Ron Watkins said.
    Michael Holt and Tory Bishop came in second with 12.25 pounds.
    Holt caught the biggest bass of the tournament. It weighed 4.40 pounds.
    The next tournament is from 7 p.m. Aug. 28 to 1 the following morning, also on Lake Norfork, out of Quarry Ramp.

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  • On float trip, it’s best to keep creek out of the canoe

    My big toe throbbed like it had been smacked by a hammer. The poor sore thing had been squashed into the hole in the bottom of our canoe for what seemed like two or three lifetimes.   
    The bottom of the creek was becoming more visible by the minute through the hole. It all started as a leak that was pin-prick size with only an occasional drop of water oozing in, but as we paddled further down the creek, the ancient canoe seemed to lose heart and a chunk the size of a dime flaked off. Soon a small fountain of water flowed between my feet. Not a good thing.

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  • Waterfowl seasons set

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas duck hunters again will have 60 days this winter to pursue their favorite form of waterfowl.
    The state Game and Fish Commission on Thursday approved waterfowl dates that split the duck season into three parts.
    The first period opens Nov. 20 and runs through Nov. 28, followed by a second period from Dec. 7 through Jan. 17. The final period will open Jan. 22 and close Jan. 30. A two-day youth waterfowl hunt is set for Feb. 5-6.

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  • Ala. hoopster signs with Lyon

    Daniel Ritchie, a 6-foot-3 guard from Montgomery, Ala., has signed to play basketball for Coach Kevin Jenkins’ Scots, according to a news release from the college.
    Ritchie was an All-Metro Honorable Mention player and averaged 11 points, six rebounds and four assists as a senior at Alabama Christian Academy.

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  • Lyon sets exhibition v’ball match

    Volleyball fans can get an early look at the Lyon College Scots in Becknell Gym Saturday afternoon when the current players take on Scots from previous seasons in the Alumni Exhibition Match.
    Yllen Rosales, Daria Paunovic, Katie Beineke, Lauren Castleberry, Julie Arnold, Leah Eifling, Ann Sullivan and Holly Elliott have said they will play for the alumni team.
    The first serve is set for 3 and no admission will be charged.
    The Scots are scheduled to open their season Aug. 28 at Philander Smith in Little Rock. The Scots will play their hosts and Mississippi Valley.

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  • Topless 100 winners

    2009 — Jimmy Owens, Newport, Tenn.
    2008 — Tim McCreadie, Watertown, N.Y.
    2007 — Jimmy Mars, Menomonie, Wis.
    2006 — Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, Tenn.
    2005 — Billy Moyer, Batesville
    2004 — Dale McDowell, Chickamauga, Ga.
    2003 — Shannon Babb, Moweaqua, Ill.
    2002 — Moyer
    2001 — Bloomquist
    2000 — Mars
    1999 — Bloomquist
    1998 — Wendall Wallace, Batesville
    1997 — Moyer
    1996 — Bill Frye, Greenbrier
    1995 — Moyer
    1994 — Tony Cardin, Greenbrier
    1993 — Freddy Smith, Seymour, Tenn.

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  • 18th Topless 100 welcomes nation’s top late model drivers

    LOCUST GROVE — It’s time again for the most-anticipated race at Batesville Motor Speedway.
    The 18th Annual Comp Cams Topless 100 is set for Friday and Saturday with a practice session on tonight’s agenda.

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  • Change is name of game for area volleyball in ’10

    Change is the story for volleyball in these parts.
    Along with the usual roster changes, junior and senior high schools in the Guard circulation area are experiencing expanded conferences, new conference affiliations, new coaches and new programs this fall.
    Today’s preview includes reports on the teams at Southside, Cave City, Cedar Ridge and our newest entry into the sport, Izard County. In Friday’s edition, we will get to Batesville’s teams, which are also seeing some big changes.

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  • Southerners finish 8th in golf tourney

    JONESBORO — Wynne’s boys and Valley View’s girls won the team titles at the Blazer Invitational at RidgePointe Country Club here Tuesday.
    The Wynne Yellowjackets shot a 239 as Colten Smith led with a 4-over-par 76. The Paragould Rams, a fellow 5A-East District team, finished one stroke back. Dylan Bateman led the Rams with a 75.
    Southside’s boys scored a 294 and finished eighth out of 11 teams. Clayton House led with an 82, finishing eighth among the individuals. Rounding out the Southerners’ team score were Dalton Littleton (102) and Wyat Gambill (110).

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  • Topless 100 practice slated for Thursday

    LOCUST GROVE — The 18th Annual Comp Cams Topless 100 is set for this weekend at Batesville Motor Speedway and fans will get their first chance to see some of the best dirt track drivers in the country Thursday night.
    That’s when BMS opens its gates for a practice session. Grandstands admission is free and cars will begin their practices at 7 p.m. The track will be open until 10. Pit gates open at 3 p.m.

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