The Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes dominated their home swim meet Saturday, winning 41 of the 80 events and outscoring their nearest competitor by 375 points.
The Torpedoes piled up 445 points in the male division and 252 points in the female division for a combined score of 697. The Greene County Gators were second with 322 total points. They were followed by the Jonesboro Jets (276), Wynne Marlins (159) and Blytheville Barracudas (122).
Drivers Kevin Grizzle and Joe Payne both currently sit atop the standings of the street stock division at Batesville Motor Speedway after Friday night’s races.
Grizzle won Friday’s feature race with Payne finishing second. Both drivers have accumulated a total of 252 points during the season and are 12 points ahead of Mikey Bell, who finished in third place.
Other feature winners were Roger Witt (NeSmith Crate late models), Rick Buie Jr. (IMCA modified), Garrett Skaggs (factory stock) and Ronnie Jones (front-wheel drive).
New champions were crowned Saturday morning after the second running of the Army National Guard Family Readiness Group 5K, but they aren’t new to the racing scene here or in many other places.
Jesse Littlefield, visiting Batesville as he does each year about this time, won the overall men’s title in a course record time of 17 minutes, 49.57 seconds.
SHERIDAN — Batesville Citizens Bank edged the host team in the first round of the Junior American Legion Tournament here Friday, and then things got difficult.
After defeating Sheridan 8-7, the Bankers absorbed two run-ruled losses. Wynne Post 66, a fellow Zone 2 team, won 13-3 in six innings and the Bryant Black Sox won 13-1 in five.
“The wheels fell off,” Batesville Coach Mark Rush said. “We had six walks, six hit batters and six errors against Wynne.
“Bryant’s the best team in the tournament,” he added. “Up and down the lineup, they can really pound the ball.”
The Scrappers hope to earn their fifth North Arkansas State Tournament title tonight at 7:30 at Fitzhugh Park.
Coach Shane Swaim is pleased with Batesville’s 12-year-old Cal Ripken baseball All-Star team’s success and likes their chances against either Bentonville or Springdale.
“They are playing better than they ever have before, and they are doing a great job of protecting their home field during this tournament,” Swaim said. “We are going to be tough to beat if we keep playing at this level.”
LITTLE ROCK — Think it’s too hot to fish? That’s just an excuse — enjoyable fishing can take place even in these hot periods, according to anglers on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission staff.
They suggest getting out on the water very early in the day, take plenty of water and perhaps go for bream, which are nearly everywhere in the state.
LITTLE ROCK — Are you a woman who wants to improve your outdoor skills or learn new ones? The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is looking for participants to attend the 2011 Arkansas Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop in September.
The outdoor skills workshop is for women only.
Participants will be provided a non-threatening atmosphere where they can have fun learning skills that will enhance their enjoyment of the outdoors.
The workshop focuses on learning outdoor skills usually associated with hunting and fishing but includes other outdoor pursuits as well.
TILLAR — Hunter Gallant and Will Henry, both of Batesville, are among 24 young Arkansans invited to attend the Junior Olympic Development Camp for trapshooting at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., following the recent 2011 Arkansas Junior Olympic State Qualifier at the Delta Conference Center near Tillar in the southeastern part of the state.
The best of Arkansas’s young trapshooters were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals in the competition, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — Hampton athletic director Lonza Hardy Jr. is leaving the Virginia university to accept a similar job at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Hampton announced Hardy’s move Thursday, with university President William Harvey praising Hardy as a “loyal and dedicated professional.”
The Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes will try again to host a swim meet this weekend.
Teams from Blytheville, Jonesboro, Greene County and Wynne are scheduled to join the Torpedoes at the North Complex pool for a Southwind Conference event Saturday morning. Warm-ups are to begin at 7:45. The first event is slated to start at 9.
The Torpedoes’ scheduled meet on June 18 was lost to weather.
A concession stand will be available.
NEWARK — Space is still available for elementary students wanting to sign up for the first White River Elementary Basketball Camp at Cedar Ridge High School, announced Coach Casey Scribner.
The morning camp (8:30-noon) begins Monday and runs through Thursday. The cost is $50 per camper. For more information, call Scribner at (870) 371-0452.
The Mountain Home All-Stars swept the Batesville All-Stars in a best-of-3 series for the Babe Ruth 13-year-old District 2 Tournament crown at the North Complex on Wednesday.
The visitors won 23-8 and 16-2.
The Batesville 13-year-old All-Star squad is made up of: Logan Davis, Wil Freiert, Tristan Isley, Sam Stalker, Nathan Robbins, Ben Allen, Danny Matias, Lucas Branscum, Cub Riley, Colin Emery, Jordan Gardner and Hunter Grant. They are coached by John Garnder, Marc Branscum and Dustin Robbins.