Top awards were handed out Friday at the end of the Batesville High Pioneer Trailblazers Football Camp for seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders.
They were: Outstanding Camper — Zach Langston, seventh-grade; Wes Hance, eighth-grade; Garrett Denton, ninth-grade; Punt, Pass and Kick Champion — Sam Stalker, seventh-grade; John Howard, eighth-grade; Tad Jones, ninth-grade; 40-yard dash — Jake Flood; vertical jump — Jalen Meadows Haynes; shuttle agility run — Langston; longest punt — John Rhoades; longest pass — Jones; and longest kick — Michael McFatter.
Will Lindsey and Talan Roepcke, recent Batesville High graduates, were named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas baseball team.
Batesville sophomores Ryan Coles and Tanner Ring won Freshmen-Sophomore Team honors.
The Guard-circulation area’s only softball representative is Krysta Beeler. The Southside freshman was named to the Freshman-Sophomore softball team.
Bentonville’s Alex Sullivan and Van Buren’s Brandon Moore won player of the year honors for softball and baseball, respectively.
NEWPORT — The Newport Taylor Ambulance baseball team rallied twice to defeat the Batesville Medical Park Orthopaedic Clinic Doctors 6-4 in the championship game of the George Kell-Taylor Ambulance American Legion Classic here Sunday.
Make that three times. The Doctors had swept Taylor Ambulance in a doubleheader here last Monday, taking a Zone 2 contest and one that didn’t count in the zone.
LOCUST GROVE — Richie Tosh has found the winning groove at Batesville Motor Speedway.
For the third straight week, Tosh was in victory lane when the dust settled. He’s won four features in that span. His latest was Saturday night when he led from the pole to the checkers in the final night of the Isle of Capri Late Model Series’ Round 3.
ATLANTA (AP) — Raymond Parks, owner of NASCAR’s first championship winning car and an integral part of the series’ formation, has died. He was 96.
NASCAR said Parks passed away at his home Sunday morning in Atlanta. Parks, who was confined to a wheelchair, attended a reception May 20 for the induction of the inaugural Hall of Fame class and was warmly received throughout the industry that evening.
The Stars of Tomorrow basketball camp for boys and girls entering grades 4-7 concluded Thursday morning with an awards presentation.
The top award winners were Logan Holman (4-5th-grade), Emily Gardner (6-7th girls), Trent Swaim (6-7th boys), Hannah Baxter (4-5th grade), Summer Strecker (6-7th girls) and Tanner Vinson (6-7th boys). The first three were named most valuable players for their respective age group and the last three won the Pioneer Awards.
Listed below are the other award winners for each division:
The Lyon College Volleyball Summer Camp is set for June 27-30, Coach Ray Green announced.
The basic fundamentals in serving, passing, setting and hitting will be stressed in the camp. Instruction will be given in small groups and will be broken down by age and skill level.
Each camper needs to bring volleyball shoes, knee pads, T-shirts, towels, linens, toiletries and “lots of hustle,” Green said.
Lyon College has suspended indefinitely its varsity cross country program, according a news release from the college.
The suspension on both the men’s and women’s programs is effective immediately.
College officials cited several factors for the decision, including the declining number of student athletes who participate in the program, budget constraints and the lack of participation among TranSouth Athletic Conference schools. The cross country scholarships of any returning students will be honored, officials said.
MOUNTAIN HOME — Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen hit four home runs at Cooper Park here Thursday while defeating the Dunklin County, Mo., Post 303 Dodgers 11-6 in a Brooks Robinson Twin Lakes Classic American Legion baseball game.
The victory evened the Highwaymen’s overall record at 6-6, their tournament mark at 1-1 and kept their hopes alive to reach the annual tournament’s 8-team championship bracket.
Batesville’s AAA Legion team is scheduled to play the final member of its pool, Pontotoc, Miss., today at 5 p.m.
CONWAY — The 5A-4A East squad defeated the 3A-2A-1A East squad 6-0 in a Junior All-Star Classic softball game here Wednesday.
Southside Coach Fred Denison Jr. was the head coach for the 5A-4A East team. Cedar Ridge Coach Joey Nelson headed the lower division East team. Cave City Coach Crystal Bradley was the original coach, but had to relinquish her position when the games were rescheduled after rain last week.
FAYETTEVILLE — Even with temperatures approaching the 90s, Dave Van Horn has been feeling a draft.
Boy, has the Arkansas Razorbacks baseball coach been feeling a draft.
Eight of his Razorbacks, six of them underclassmen, were selected in the major league teams’ professional draft. Van Horn thinks one underclassman, fourth-year junior-to-be outfielder Collin Kuhn, might step out of the draft and back to Arkansas for another season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant sprinted after the ball, which Lamar Odom joyously flung downcourt to burn the remaining seconds in Game 7 of the NBA finals. With the celebration starting behind him, Bryant chased it down and then held it aloft to his teammates.
The Los Angeles Lakers’ 16th championship was secure following a gritty 83-79 victory over the Boston Celtics. Bryant’s legs may have been dead, but he didn’t stop running until the buzzer.