FAYETTEVILLE — Ryan Mallett’s summer has gone swimmingly.
Though the University of Arkansas drained the men’s swimming pool in the 1990s, the Razorbacks’ quarterback might be ready to restart the swimming program himself.
Because of his foot is still mending from an injury suffered last winter, Mallett has been swimming instead of running readying for the August preseason drills.
“I feel I could try out for the Olympics,” Mallett said on a national teleconference. “I have a whole new respect for swimmers. It’s a strenuous workout.”
A committee will report on its plans for the White River 4-Mile Classic during the White River RoadRunners’ monthly meeting Tuesday night at the Citizens Bank Annex, according to a news release from the club.
A review of minutes from June’s meeting, a financial statement, a report on the club’s “Train for Four” program and a review of races will be heard.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7, but club members and visitors are invited to arrive an hour earlier for a run.
The 2nd annual Factory Stock Shootout, sponsored by The Chrome Shop, is scheduled for Friday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
Andy Carpenter dominated the inaugural event, but numerous contenders have stepped up to challenge the 2009 points champion.
With Melvin Brooks, Adam Maple, Jason Goodman, Heath Grizzle, David Hagler and more expected, Carpenter will have a bull’s eye on his back bumper. Carpenter is the current points leader with a 22-point edge over Grizzle.
The factory stocks will run 30 laps for $750 and the largest factory stock trophy of the year.
NEWARK — Cedar Ridge recently hired Isaac Middlebrooks and Casey Scribner as coaches, and Athletic Director Danny Davis said he received encouraging reports before and after the action.
“I know that in a recent meeting I had some administrators tell me we did really well getting these two young men,” Davis said. “One told me we hit a home run. I just know that we’re really happy to have them aboard.”
LITTLE ROCK — The realignment bug has hit Division II.
Nine Division II schools in Arkansas and Oklahoma announced plans Tuesday to apply to the NCAA for permission to create a new conference.
The University of Arkansas-Monticello, Arkansas Tech, East Central University, Harding, Henderson State, Ouachita Baptist, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Southern Arkansas and Southwestern Oklahoma State must submit a strategic plan, conference constitution and conference bylaws to the NCAA by Dec. 1.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Scrappers made it four in a row here Monday.
Batesville’s 11-year-old Cal Ripken All-Stars defeated Fort Smith 14-3 in a run-ruled four innings to win their fourth straight North Arkansas State Tournament championship.
With the victory, the Scrappers qualified for the Southwest Region Tournament in Gulfport, Miss., beginning July 22.
More swimming lessons are scheduled to begin Monday, announced instructor Jane McMullin.
Morning sessions will be offered Monday through Thursday at 8, 9, 10 and 11 a.m. at the Fitzhugh Park pool, commonly called the Mickey Mouse pool. These classes are for all ages and for beginning to advanced swimmers.
Also, a parent/child class, for children 1 and older and an adult, will be available at the Mickey Mouse and North Complex pools. At the North Complex, the class is available only at 6 p.m.
The cost is $65 per student.
MANDAN, N.D. — Jeff Taylor of Cave City won on a record-setting night for the Big Dog Chassis Dakota Classic Modified Tour here Sunday, according to a news release from the International Motor Contest Association.
Taylor topped the $1,200-to-win feature for IMCA Modifieds at Dacotah Speedway. A series record 81 cars, representing 10 states and two Canadian provinces, were on hand for the first of six tour events this week.
LOCUST GROVE — Rain forced the cancellation of Friday’s racing at Batesville Motor Speedway.
The points racing night for all classes will not be made up.
Next on the schedule is the 2nd Annual The Chrome Shop Factory Stock Shootout, set for Friday night. An advance story will run in Thursday’s edition of the Guard.
Batesville’s Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen finished the American Legion baseball regular season on a losing note here Sunday.
After rallying for an 8-3 victory in Paragould on Saturday, they lost twice to Zone 2 foe West Memphis in Marion on Sunday. West Memphis dominated the opener, winning 11-1 in a run-ruled six innings as Brett Adams pitched a 4-hitter. The scheduled 5-inning nightcap went to an extra inning and West Memphis won it 4-3 when Blake Coffman’s 2-out single scored B.J. Vaughn, who had also singled with two outs and moved up on an error.
Matt Walker and Emily Carroll were the overall winners Saturday in the Army National Guard 5K.
Walker was the beneficiary of misfortune by a couple of runners. Walker, Hugo Puerta and Jesse Littlefield made a wrong turn on the course, but when the error was realized, Walker was closest to the correct course when they turned around to get back on track.
SOUTHSIDE — Space is still available for the Southside girls basketball camp scheduled to begin Monday, Southside Coach Malcolm Long said this morning.
The 4-day camp is for girls in grades 4 through 8 and costs $50 per camper. Registration will begin at 8:15 Monday morning at the Southside gymnasium.