The Arkansas Activities Association on Tuesday voted 12-5 in favor of a proposal to merge the Class 6A and 7A classifications for the 2012-14 cycle, according to an article in today’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
The proposal is one of nine the AAA-member schools will vote on during an Aug. 3 meeting in Little Rock.
Another proposal would shift conferences for some Guard-circulation area schools. Cave City would leave the 4A-2 for the 4A-3 with Brookland, Gosnell, Highland, Westside Consolidated, Pocahontas, Trumann and Valley View.
Batesville Citizens Bank handed Jonesboro Fat City Swampcats their first loss in the Zone 2 Junior American Legion standings, but the defending zone champions struck back.
The Bankers collected a 13-10, come-from-behind victory in the opener. The Swampcats won the nightcap 11-3.
In the opener, the Bankers had to rally twice.
Down 4-0, things turned their way with two out in the fourth inning when Fat City first baseman Ethan Moore failed to handle a hard-hit ground ball by Zane Worsencroft. It was Fat City’s first error of the game.
The Army National Guard Family Readiness Group 5K is scheduled for July 9 at Lyon College, according to a news release.
Registration for the annual event, nicknamed “Running with the Dogs,” will be from 6:30-7:30 a.m. the day of the race. Runners can also save $5 by preregistering before June 23. The early registration fees are $15 for adults and $10 for students.
Tee shirts will be given to all preregistered participants and will be on a given to race day registrants on a “while supplies last” basis.
NEWPORT — Tracy Crossen had the fastest car Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Crossen won the “all run” competition which blended cars from the street, foot brake and super pro divisions.
Nikki Rutherford finished second and Gary Spicer third.
Dylan Massey won the junior dragster division, holding off Hannah Hodge.
MELBOURNE — Melbourne High School is hosting a football camp for students entering grades three through seven next week, according to a news release from Coach Clayton McWilliams.
The morning camp runs from 8 until 11, Monday through Wednesday, and will be conducted on the high school field.
The cost is $55 per camper. Registration forms can be printed at the school’s website: http:/bearkatz.k12.ar.us
For more information, call McWilliams at (870) 612-0017.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — Mirror Lake will be closed from noon Thursday through noon Saturday in order to set up and host a fishing derby for children Saturday morning, said Tony Guinn of the Sylamore Ranger District.
The fishing derby is a free event for children ages 4 through 12.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at the accessible parking area on the north end of the lake.
“Children must be registered to be entered into the prize raffle,” said Guinn. “They also must be accompanied by a responsible adult.”
FAYETTEVILLE — Clawing back from a first-game loss to win a NCAA baseball regional isn’t Mission Impossible.
Mission Implausible is more accurate.
Some Arkansas examples go against the grain.
In the Norm DeBriyn era, the Razorbacks lost the first game of the 1989 Regional in Waterbury, Ct., and came back to win the regional and advance to the College World Series.
Ten years later, Clemson lost the first game of the regional DeBriyn’s 1999 SEC champions hosted at Baum Stadium. Clemson eventually eliminated Arkansas and won all the way to Omaha.
LOCUST GROVE — The thunder returned to the grove Friday night and this time it wasn’t from the sky.
After several cancellations due to rain, Batesville Motor Speedway was finally able to get in a night of racing.
When the dust settled, Roger Witt, Jordan Turner, Carmon Vincent, Aaron Carr and Drew Witt drove home with trophies.
Witt took the top spot in the NeSmith Crate Late Model division, keeping Travis Ashley and Kenneth Jackson at bay.
Batesville Citizens Bank improved their Zone 2 American Legion baseball record to 4-1 with a 17-6 victory over Wynne Post 66 in the first of two games at the North Complex on Sunday.
The visitors won the second game 13-4 in four innings, but the second contest doesn’t count in the zone. Citizens Bank is scheduled to visit Wynne on June 14 to complete their Zone 2 assignment.
The Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen gave their fans a season-opener to remember Sunday on Lyon College’s Scots Field.
The Highwaymen defeated the Colorado Khaos 2-1 when Tanner Ring singled in Joey Barnett in the 10th inning.
Barnett reached with a flare to short right field that fell between the second baseman and right fielder, and then the Cave City High School product sprinted to second when the Colorado fielders hesitated, waiting to see who was going to pick the ball up.
SEARCY — Batesville Citizens Bank scored 29 runs while sweeping Searcy B&B Oil in a season-opening Junior American League baseball doubleheader here Thursday.
The 12-10 and 17-5 victories also gave the Bankers a 2-0 start in Zone 2 foes. They will try to add on Saturday when they travel to Mountain Home to take on Hopper Environmental Services in another Zone 2 doubleheader.
A football camp is set to begin Monday at Batesville High, according to information provided by the school.
The first session of the Pioneer Trailblazer football camp is slated to get under way Monday at 8 a.m. in Pioneer Stadium. It lasts until noon. The first session of the non-contact camp is for players entering fourth through sixth grades and will conclude June 9. The costs are $55 if preregistered (before Friday) or $65 on the day of the camp.