The Paragould Rams served notice on the 5A-East District in general, and the Batesville Pioneers, in particular, Monday afternoon at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
The Rams defeated the Pioneers by 13 strokes (159-172) in a high school golf opener. The Rams finished second in the district last year with a very young squad. This year, they look like district and state contenders, Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow said.
“They’ve got a chance to go a ways,” he said.
After a 5-year absence, the Batesville Area Athletic Hall of Fame inducted its 18th class Saturday night at Western Sizzlin’ Restaurant.
The dinner and ceremony showed again that such events are as much about reuniting people as it is about honors.
The new hall of famers are Brian Baker, Scott Crossett and Bobby Hill. David Parker was presented the Bill Estes Award.
For sure, the fish outnumbered the fishermen Saturday morning at the White River Kiwanis Youth Fishing Derby on Row Lake.
“We had the fewest fishermen we ever had,” said Bob Carey, one of the organizers. “I don’t know what happened. We registered just 29 kids. I think there were probably more than that fishing, but that’s all we had signed up.”
The top three finishers by age divisions were:
Mason Gates, Grayson Carter, Claire Matthews;
Maggie McSpadden, Eli Matthews, Macey McSpadden;
Emalee Martin, Nathan Hardin, Alexis Neal
The Doug Sumner Trophy has returned to Russellville.
The top prize in the annual National Invitational White River Canoe Race spent last year in another familiar home, Bogalusa, La.
Russellville Crew 300 had won five straight years before relinquishing the traveling trophy to Bogalusa 313 last year. The trophy has been in Bogalusa or Russellville for 16 of the last 17 years. This was the 44th edition of the race.
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Always wearing his trademark Panama hat, Jack Roush is as much a fixture in the garage during race weekend as the drivers and crew members.
He’s at every race and involved in every decision for all of his cars.
Roush’s drivers spoke the last few days about how weird it felt not to have him around.
Even stranger for Greg Biffle, not celebrating with his successful owner in Victory Lane.
Tickets will be available at the door Saturday night at Western Sizzlin’ when the Batesville Area Athletic Hall of Fame inducts three, Stuart Smith said.
Brian Baker, Scott Crossett and Bobby Hill will represent the hall’s 19th class. David Parker will also receive the Estes Award.
Tickets are $15 and include a steak dinner which leads off the festivities at 6:30.
Jennifer Welch dominated the Arkansas Women’s Golf Association Stroke Play Championship at The Course at Eagle Mountain, sweeping the summer majors.
The 3-day tournament concluded Thursday as Welch shot even par 72. Her previous rounds were 70 on Tuesday and 76 on Wednesday. Welch’s 3-day total was 2-over 218.
That was six strokes fewer than El Dorado’s Elizabeth Wells (78-76-70—224). Former University of Tennessee golfer Rachel Deal was third (81-75-76—232), followed by Central Arkansas senior C.J. Bobbitt (81-75-83—232) and Tracy Duncan (82-82-80—244).
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.
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.
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.
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.