• Local runners take different routes to Boston Marathon

    They live on the same street, work at the same place and the Boston Marathon is penciled in on their calendars.
    Jon Healey and Jennifer Liles-Dorris have taken very different routes, however, and they will arrive at the legendary race on different days.
    Jon Healey, 57, has run competitively in four decades, and he’ll be one of the 25,000 to break from the starting line in Hopkinton, Mass., Monday morning for the 26-mile, 385-yard race to the finish line in front of the Boston Public Library.

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  • Junior Pioneers win meet in Pocahontas

    POCAHONTAS — The Batesville Junior Pioneers experienced a nice warmup for the 5A-East District meet with a victory here Monday.
    Using just their ninth-graders, the Junior Pioneers won 10 of 15 events en route to scoring 169 points and finishing 108 points in front of the second-place Newport Greypups.
    Batesville’s Jaron Stigger won the high-point award. He collected individual blue ribbons in the long jump and 300-meter intermediate hurdles, and teamed with Phillip Archuleta, Drew Moore and Robert Smith to win the 1,600-meter relay.

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  • Cavemen clinch 3A 1-East title

    VALLEY SPRINGS — The Cave City Cavemen clinched the 3A 1-East District championship here Wednesday night with a doubleheader sweep of the Valley Springs Tigers.
    Cave City improved to 8-0 in the district with a 7-4 decision in the opener and an 11-2 dismantling in the nightcap.
    Valley Springs is now tied with Flippin, each with four losses in the district. Cave City (15-6 overall) has four conference games remaining and holds the tie-breaker against Valley Springs and Flippin. Cellar-dweller Marshall and Yellville-Summit await doubleheaders against Cave City.

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  • Lady Pioneers win two

    The Batesville Lady Pioneers put together two quick 3-inning victories over the winless Blytheville Lady Chickasaws in a 5A-East District doubleheader at the North Complex on Tuesday.
    The Lady Pioneers scored all the runs they would need in the first inning of an 18-0 win, and they scored 13 in the first frame of a 21-0 victory in the nightcap.
    The Lady Chicks never threatened to score. Batesville pitcher Angela Woods struck out four, walked none and gave up one hit in the opener. In the nightcap, she pitched a no-hitter while striking out eight and walking one.

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  • After slow start, Pioneers rally for big victories

    BLYTHEVILLE — After rallying from a 6-run deficit, the Batesville Pioneers made it all look pretty easy while sweeping the Blytheville Chickasaws in a 5A-East District doubleheader here Tuesday night.
    The Pioneers won the opener 18-6 and the nightcap 14-4 in a run-ruled five innings.
    Down 6-0 after two innings, the Pioneers struck for seven runs with two outs in the third inning. It began when Luke Tate, down to his last strike, reached on an error by the second baseman. Preston Smith and Tanner Ring followed with singles. Ring’s hit drove in Batesville’s first run.

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  • Drag results announced

    NEWPORT — Lonnie Allwhite of Newark beat Ron Davis down the strip to win the foot brake division at Speedy’s Newport Dragway Sunday.
    Newport’s Stephen Wilson edged Cave City’s Bobby Hooker for the top spot in super pro while Jason Bickford outran Don Holcomb in the street division.
    Josh Trimm took the outlaw street bike win with Joseph Crossett in tow.
    On Saturday, Cave City’s Don Stitcher finished second in the foot brake division in Dyersburg, Tenn. That followed a first-place finish on April 3.

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  • CAC soccer teams thrash Batesville

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The 5A-East Conference soccer leaders looked it here Tuesday.
    The Central Arkansas Christian Lady Mustangs whipped the Batesville Lady Pioneers 8-1 and the Mustangs blanked the Pioneers 7-0.
    Junior Erin Richards scored Batesville’s only goal. She was assisted by senior Danielle Goodwin.
    The Lady Mustangs outshot the Lady Pioneers 32-7.
    The boys game was similar. The Mustangs took 30 shots to the Pioneers’ seven.

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  • Cavemen move to 6-0 in 3A 1-East

    CAVE CITY — The Cave City Cavemen remained unbeaten in the 3A 1-East District with a doubleheader sweep of the Mountain view Yellowjackets here Tuesday.
    Cave City (13-6, 6-0) won the opener 7-2 and dominated the nightcap 15-0.
    Joey Barnett recorded 10 strikeouts and hit a 3-run triple in the opener while Garrett McSpadden slapped a triple and double.
    In game two, William Boyd allowed one hit, but faced the minimum. The game was run ruled in the third inning.
    Tyler Booth was credited with three runs batted in and three runs scored. Boyd hit a pair of singles.

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  • Lady Mustangs win big in Cotter

    COTTER — Kayla Bowren fired a 2-hitter to pace the Midland Lady Mustangs to a 12-3 win over the Cotter Lady Warriors here Tuesday afternoon.
    Bowren struck out 12 as Midland improved to 15-5 overall and 5-2 in the 2A-2 District.
    Farrah Turner needed a double to hit for the cycle. She slapped two singles, a triple and an inside-the-park home run. Turner finished four for five with four runs scored and three steals.
    Kayla Fortson added three hits and three RBI while Chelsea Grider went four for four with three RBI.

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  • BHS girls win meet in Heber Springs

    HEBER SPRINGS — Led by their distance runners, the Batesville Lady Pioneers won the Heber Springs State Bank Relays track and field meet here Tuesday.
    Batesville swept the distance events — 3,200-meter relay, 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs — with sophomore Natalie Meinzer leading the way. She won the 1,600 and 3,200. Classmate Logan Bishop won the 800 and finished second in the 1,600. Junior Mollie Matthews finished second in the 800 and third in the 1,600. That trio and Keri Rogers won the 3,200 relay.

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  • Two BHS cagers named to all-state teams

    Batesville High seniors Rachel Shellenberger and Hunter Gallant were recently named to the Class 5A All-State basketball teams, according to the Arkansas Activities Association.
    For Shellenberger, it was a triple crown. Shellenberger has also won all-state honors for tennis and volleyball. The Lyon College recruit (for basketball) was named to the squad after helping the Lady Pioneers to a 15-12 record and a bid into the state tournament.

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  • Area athletes listed on all-state basketball rosters

    The Arkansas Activities Association recently announced the all-state selections for high school basketball and eight Guard-circulation area players are on the list.
    Three return to the list. They are Hillcrest senior Derek Wooten, Midland senior Farrah Turner and Melbourne junior Maggie Jo Cooper.
    The first-timers are Cave City senior Cheyenne Childers, Melbourne senior Spencer Caraway, Melbourne junior Dalton Grigg, Concord senior Chase Thomas and Concord junior Casey Gorecke.

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