Derek Wooten, a 2-time all-state selection in basketball and baseball while playing for Hillcrest High School, will try his hand at both sports at the next level.
And that opportunity is the main reason why he chose to sign with the Williams Baptist College Eagles last week.
“That and they were going to be able to give me the most (scholarship) money,” Wooten said Tuesday evening between American Legion baseball games in Batesville. Wooten and his younger brother, Dylan, play for Batesville’s AAA Legion team, the Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen.
MOUNTAIN HOME — Newport Taylor Made Ambulance ended the baseball season for the Batesville Medical Park Orthopaedic Doctors here Tuesday in the American Legion Zone 2 Tournament.
Newport won 9-2 as pitchers A.J. McCoy and Zach Crisler combined for a 4-hitter and Grant Glack hit three for four and scored four runs.
For Batesville, Luke Tate hit two for four.
Jim Butler, Lindsey Castleberry, Buddy Vinson and Jon Ives teamed to win the championship flight of the Remember the Fallen 4-Person Scramble golf tournament Saturday at the Batesville Country Club.
Gary Rhodes, Stewart Smith, Kevin Miller and Tim Howard combined to finish second while the team of Lee Conditt, Sabrina Conditt, Bob Conditt and Wendy Dozier finished third. Scores were not provided.
The first flight winning team was comprised of Tommy Long, Renee Long, George Coltrain and Rebecca Coltrain.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Medical Park Orthopaedic Doctors will have to win three games here today if they are to reach the championship game of the Zone 2 Tournament for Junior American Legion teams.
The Batesville team defeated Paragould’s representative 5-4 on Saturday, fell to Mountain Home Hopper Exterminators 8-6 on Sunday and trailed Newport 1-0 Monday when the game was stopped by rain in the second inning.
Chelsea Conrade, a shortstop from Cabot, Kaitlyn Patterson, a junior transfer from Eugene, Ore., and Cassie Wolfe, a freshman outfielder from Mt. Dora, Fla., have committed to play softball for the Lyon Scots, according to news releases from Lyon.
Patterson hit .350 her freshman year and .284 her sophomore year at Shasta Community College in California.
Wolfe, a right-handed hitter, was named all-conference her senior season at Eustis High School.
Swimming lessons will be offered at the Fitzhugh Park and Batesville North Complex pools beginning Wednesday, according to a news release from Jane McMullin.
The lesson at the Fitzhugh Park pool, commonly called the Mickey Mouse pool, runs from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. All ages and skill levels are welcome.
The lesson at the North Complex pool is to begin at 6 p.m. and is a parent/child class. It is open to children one year old and older and an adult.
The cost for both classes is $65 per student.
Batesville Coach Mark Rush announced spots are still available for next week’s “Camp of Champs” baseball camp.
The camp is for 6- to 16-year-olds and runs from 8:30 a.m. until noon at the North Complex.
Rush and Pioneers will instruct the campers on the fundamentals.
Individual instruction by positions, timings in the 60-yard dash and skills contests will also be included.
The costs are $50 per camper and $90 for the family discount for two campers.
To register or for more information, call Rush at (870) 793-3331.
BLYTHEVILLE — The Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen split with Blytheville Casons in an American Legion AAA doubleheader here Thursday evening.
Blytheville dominated the first game 7-0 and Batesville took the nightcap 9-6. Both games counted in the zone.
Justin Elder pitched the win for Blytheville. He went the distance and recorded three hits, four walks and three strikeouts.
“He did a fantastic job,” Batesville Coach Tony Roepcke said.
Travis Galloway and Briggs Carlton won the Batesville Bassmasters tournament Saturday on Greers Ferry Lake by hauling in five bass totaling 17.80 pounds, said secretary Colin Patterson.
The stringer included Galloway’s big bass of the tournament, which weighed 5.28 pounds.
It was the club’s first night tournament of the year.
Flann Fife and Steve Cannon weren’t far behind, with five fish totaling 16.68 pounds, and Billy Littleton and Tommy Clark placed third with five fish and 16 pounds even.
The Batesville Bassmasters will meet at 7 tonight in the George Rider Room at First Community Bank to discuss two upcoming tournaments, secretary Colin Patterson announced.
The events are the July 24 tournament from 7 p.m. until 2 the following morning, out of Quarry Landing, and the Aug. 14 White River Classic, which the club hosts.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is on a roll, at least by his recent standards, as he returns to Daytona International Speedway this week.
His eighth-place finish Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway moved him just three points outside the top-12 in the Sprint Cup Series standings. With one of his best tracks before him, Earnhardt could make some serious gains Saturday night and find himself in legitimate contention for a berth in the Chase for the championship.
He knew it, too, as he completed the final few laps at New Hampshire.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The LSU Tigers have picked up another transfer, although this one will have to sit out a season because of NCAA rules.
Former Mandeville star Jamie Bruno said Wednesday that he’s headed to LSU after two seasons at Tulane.
The former Class 5A all-stater played first base and designated hitter for the Green Wave last season and batted .229 with four home runs.
The left-handed Bruno is playing for the Wisconsin Woodchucks of the Northwoods League this summer.