• Forecast looks grim for racing in grove

    LOCUST GROVE — As of press time, tonight’s races at Batesville Motor Speedway were still a go.
    Severe thunderstorms are in the forecast for tonight but if the grove can escape Mother Nature’s fury, fans will be treated to points racing for all classes.
    Admission is only $5 tonight for fans age 12 and older. It’s free for children 11 and younger.
    Crate late model, IMCA modified, street stock, factory stock and front-wheel drive are the weekly divisions at BMS.
    For up-to-date information on tonight’s races, call the track at (870) 251-0011 or visit www.bms-ar.com

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  • Dylan Wooten pitches perfect game

    BLACK ROCK — Dylan Wooten pitched a perfect game and Hillcrest captured the 1A-2 East District regular-season championship with a 10-0 victory over Black Rock in high school baseball on Thursday.
    The junior right-hander did not allow a hit or walk in the run-ruled 6-inning contest, striking out 12 along the way.
    “They put six balls in play against Dylan and we made the plays,” Hillcrest Coach Andy Durham said. “Dylan went to 3-and-2 against one batter, but didn’t lose him. He just pretty much stayed ahead of the batters.”

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  • Flag football tournament scheduled for May 21-23

    The White River Football Classic, a 7-on-7 flag football tournament, is scheduled for May 21-23 at the Batesville North Complex, according to a news release from the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Batesville.
    The event is a fund raiser and a “community outreach program,” according to the news release. Some of the proceeds will go to paying the costs for a local Boy Scout to attend summer camp.
    The entry fee is $20 per player. Each team is guaranteed three games. The winning team will receive $500 in cash and prizes and every participant will get a tourney T-shirt.

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  • Take the Lake races include events for kids

    HEBER SPRINGS — The Take the Lake 5K Walk/Run, the third race in the White River Roadrunners Racing Series, will includes races for kids 14 and under, according to a news release from Cynthia Kasbohm.
    Registration for the kids races on Saturday will begin at 3:30 p.m. at Dam Site Park near Greers Ferry Dam. The first race will start at 4:30. Ages 4 and under will run 200 meters. Ages 5-8 will run a half-mile course. Ages 9-14 will run one mile.

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  • Katie Campbell pitches no-hitter

    BROCKWELL — Katie Campbell pitched a no-hitter and the Izard County Lady Cougars run ruled the Norfork Lady Panthers 10-0 in a 5-inning nonconference high school softball game here Wednesday.
    Kristen Doty provided the highlights offensively with a two for three performance and three runs batted in.
    The win makes Izard County 7-10 with a 1A 2-East District game at Mammoth Spring slated for this afternoon.

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  • Izard County rips Norfork in baseball

    BROCKWELL — The Izard County Cougars ripped the Norfork Panthers for eight runs in the second inning and four in the sixth while posting a 14-7 nonconference high school baseball win here Wednesday.
    Miguel Hinojosa and Jed Yarnell provided two hits apiece for the winners. Hinojosa homered, drove in six runs and scored two. Yarnell doubled.

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  • Harmon signs with Henderson

    BROCKWELL — Rachel Harmon, a 4-time all-state golfer for the Izard County Lady Cougars, signed a national letter of intent here Tuesday to attend Henderson State in Arkadelphia and play golf for the Lady Reddies.
    “Henderson State and a few others contacted me,” Harmon said. “We set a date to visit. I liked the campus and other stuff and decided to sign with them.”
    Coach Blake McAfee said he heard about Harmon through her father and his.

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  • Batesville grads shine on Lyon diamond

    A pair of Batesville High graduates shined at Scots Field as Lyon split a nonconference baseball doubleheader with the Henderson State Reddies.
    Lyon (25-16) won the opener 5-2 and Henderson (28-16) took game two 8-5.
    Trent Weeks started on the mound and pitched five solid innings before letting Cedar Ridge product Drew Davis and Phoenix, Ariz., native Nick Salahub get some work.
    Weeks (2-1) shut out the Reddies for five innings and allowed just four hits. He struck out one and walked none.

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  • Nettleton collects big sweep

    The Nettleton Lady Raiders kept themselves in contention for a title and narrowed the Batesville Lady Pioneers’ chances for postseason play with two 5A-East District victories at the North Complex on Tuesday.
    The visitors rallied to win the opener 6-3, then hammered the home team 15-5 in the nightcap.

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  • BHS graduate, basketball player wins UCA student-athlete award

    CONWAY — Basketball senior Mitch Rueter, a 2005 Batesville High School graduate, was named the male Student-Athlete of the Year at the University of Central Arkansas’ annual Sports Banquet here Monday night, according to a news release from UCA.
    Rueter finished his career as the 21st player in UCA history to reach 1,000 career points and is 10th in career 3-pointers. He is also ranked in the Top 40 in career rebounds, assists and steals.

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  • Raiders win nightcap, stay ahead of Pioneers

    JONESBORO — The Nettleton Raiders stayed in front of the Batesville Pioneers in the race for the 5A-East District baseball championship by winning the second game of a doubleheader.
    The Pioneers took the opener 7-0. The Raiders struck back to win the nightcap 5-2.
    With the split, the Pioneers remained in second in the district standings with a 6-2 mark. The Raiders are 8-2 and 13-9 (see standings, scores and schedule on this page).

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  • Micah Beard, Mark Owens win fishing tourney on Norfork Lake

    NORFORK — Micah Beard and Mark Owens of Batesville teamed to win the White River Bassmasters tournament at Lake Norfork on Saturday.
    The duo won with a weight of 16.29 pounds. That was a little more than half a pound over Byron Bristow and Michael Holt’s second-place weight of 15.77.
    Twenty-one boats competed in the event and all but four caught their limit. There was a total of 90 fish weighed in.
    In third was Billy Littleton and Tommy Clark with 14.89 pounds and Jim Starzy and Ernie Daniel teamed for fourth with 13.76 pounds.

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