• Castleberry, Higginbottom win Four Ball tournament

    Casey Castleberry and Drew Higginbottom won the championship flight of the Eagle Mountain Four Ball Tournament at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
    The tournament was played on Saturday and Sunday.
    Tommy Ford and Buddy Vinson won the first flight, Rusty Gregg and Gary Vinson took the top spot in the second flight and Chris Johnson and Johnny Seiter were the winners of the third flight.
    Scores and additional information were not provided by press time.

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  • New fall leagues for youth baseball sets registration

    Registration days for new fall baseball leagues are this weekend at Fitzhugh Park, Grady McMahan announced.
    The Independence County Youth Athletic Association league is for tee-ball (5- and 6-year-olds), pitching machine (7- and 8-year-olds) and live pitching (9- and 10-year-olds) players. Parents or guardians can register their children from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday and from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at the park’s concession stand.
    The cost is $40 per player.
    Play is scheduled for Sept. 1 through Oct. 31.
    For more information call Wade Hargrave at (870) 307-5790.

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  • Concord wins golf opener at Tannenbaum

    DRASCO — Led by Ryan Cornelison, the Concord Pirates won a season-opening high school match here Monday at Tannenbaum Golf Club.
    Cornelison’s 9-hole score was a medalist-winning 7-over-par 43/
    Logan King added a 47 and Luke Cornett and Luke Reesor each shot a 50, rounding out Concord’s team score of 140. The top three scores count toward the team total.
    West Side Greers Ferry finished second with a 161. Hillcrest (188) and Cedar Ridge (195) followed.

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  • Ram golfers serve notice on Pioneers, district, state

    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.

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  • Return of BAA Hall of Fame looks like reunion

    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. 

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  • Fish outnumber fishermen at kids event on Row Lake

    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:
    0-4
    Mason Gates, Grayson Carter, Claire Matthews;
    5-8
    Maggie McSpadden, Eli Matthews, Macey McSpadden;
    9-12
    Emalee Martin, Nathan Hardin, Alexis Neal

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  • Russellville reclaims Sumner trophy

    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.

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  • Biffle breaks long winless streak

    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.

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  • Tickets available at door for BAA dinner, induction

    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.

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  • Jennifer Welch dominates AWGA tourney at TCEM

    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).

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  • 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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