• Mountain Home Bombers down Pioneers in golf

    MOUNTAIN HOME — The Mountain Home Bombers shot down the Batesville Pioneers by 14 stroke in a high school golf match at Big Creek Golf & Country Club here Friday.
    Senior Richard Zimmerman topped the Bombers’ 172 team score with an even-par 36 for nine holes. The event was shortened due to the 100-plus temperatures.
    Mountain Home’s other scores came from Weston Monger (43), Joel Hudson (46) and Tyler Thomas (47).
    Shane Vanbenschoten led Batesville with a 44. Thomas Walton and Hayden Cockrill added 47s. David Cox and Hunter Freiert shot 48s.

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  • Justin Burns wins ASGA stroke event with 4-under-par at Cooper’s Hawk

    LA CROSSE — Former Izard County High School golfer Justin Burns won the Arkansas State Golf Association Designated Stroke-play Tournament at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Club this past weekend.
    Playing in the Open Division, Burns followed up the 72 he shot on Saturday with a 4-under-par 68 on Sunday to pull away from the field. Casey Castleberry of Batesville finished seven strokes back with a 74-73 — 147.
    Rounding out the top five were Winston Sizemore (148), Nathan Circle (149) and Trevor Sellers and Michael Shedd (150).

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  • Carpenter builds 2×2 record in BMS feature

    LOCUST GROVE — Make it two for two for Andy Carpenter.
    The winner of the inaugural Chrome Shop Factory Stock Shootout defended his title Friday night at Batesville Motor Speedway.
    Carpenter, the current points leader and defending points champion, was billed as the favorite for Friday night’s 30-lap feature.
    Like last year, Carpenter had to wait longer than normal for his win to be official. Several cars were disqualified for failing to pass inspection. When the dust settled and the inspections were complete, Carpenter claimed the trophy and the $750 check.

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  • ‘Newport boys’ win Classic; fishing results shock

    As forecast, “the Newport boys” did well at the Reekie Gardner Jr. White River Bass Classic Saturday. Who would have expected, however, a stringer of five largemouth bass weighing 21.28 pounds?
    Certainly not the grandpa-grandson team of Bill Wooten-Bobby Hubbard, winners of the $1,000 first prize.

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  • Area drag racer wins two titles

    Don Stitcher won two titles in drag racing action last weekend.
    The Cave City man won the FootBrake division at the Great River Road Raceway in Dyersburg, Tenn., on Saturday and beat all competitors in the same division at Speedy’s Newport Drag Strip on Sunday.
    Ross Williams and William Runyon finished second and third, respectively, in the same division at Newport.
    In order, here are the top finishers in two other divisions at Speedy’s: Street — Bill Taylor, Donovan Bishop, Gary Spicer; Street — Richard Lee, Nick Dew.

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  • ’Katz, Pirates win at golf

    Melbourne won a triangular high school golf match Thursday at the Batesville Municipal Golf Course.
    Bradley Lamb led the Bearkatz and all other golfers with a 7-over-par score of 43 on the 9-hole layout. Other scores for Melbourne were: Levi Cooper, 54; Kerby Smith and Howie Lewis, 55.
    The Newport Greyhounds finished second as Sky Summers shot a 48, John Robinson added a 54 and Taylor Ball contributed a 57.
    Cedar Ridge followed with a 176. The Timberwolves’ scores were: Jordan Steele and Jacob Cline, 58; Jake Shirley, 60; and Clayton Butler, 62.
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  • Registration begins Saturday for Kiwanis youth grid league

    The first of three registration days for Kiwanis Youth Football League is set for  Saturday at Game Day Sports, announced Kiwanian Lyndal Waits.
    Open to boys and girls entering grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 this fall, the Batesville Kiwanis Club-sponsored program is comprised of the AFL Division (third- and fourth-graders from all schools in the area) and the NFL Division (fifth- and sixth-graders from Batesville and Southside).

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  • Defending champions find rough river fishing

    After the day they spent on the water Thursday, no one could blame Larry Pinkston and Jeff Moore for doubting their chances to repeat as champions of the Reekie Gardner White River Bass Classic.
    In a telephone interview Thursday night, Moore described their day’s fishing like this: “Terrible. We fished upriver (above Lock 3) and I didn’t catch a fish. Larry caught two little smallmouths and one perch. The high water we’ve had has killed all the grass, there’s a lot of sediment in the water and the river (level) is just real erratic.”
    And then the interview turned funny.

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  • Hall of Fame: Boat builders to be inducted

    LITTLE ROCK — Two Arkansas boat builders with many years of varied activities to improve and expand Arkansas’ outdoor resources have been selected as the 2010 inductees for the Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame.
    Both are Monticello residents and business leaders. Kim Ward and Zach McClendon Jr. have led their companies for decades and have been in the forefront in the southeastern Arkansas city’s unique position as a boat producing center that is not on water.

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  • Arkansas trout fishing: Big-time fun, all year long

    It’s the water: cold, fertile water, from far below the surface in the big reservoirs. It loads up with oxygen as it goes through the turbines, and finally it runs into the Little Red, White and Norfork rivers.
    This combination of cold water, good oxygen and rich nutrient levels grows some of the largest trout in the world, right here in our own back yard.

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  • Bearkat golfers win at Cooper’s Hawk

    LA CROSSE — The Melbourne Bearkatz won a 4-team high school golf match here Wednesday on their home course.
    Led by Brad Lamb’s 82, the ’Katz won by 16 strokes over the Cave City Cavemen (280-296). The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles followed with a 304. The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves finished another 29 strokes back.
    Melbourne’s other scores came from Levi Cooper (99), Kirby Smith (99) and Howie Lewis (122).
    Here are the rest of the individual scores:
    Cave City — Grant Walling 97, John Battles 97, Kendall Cherry 102, Travis Markum 124;

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  • Fund-raiser, scrimmages set for Melbourne football

    MELBOURNE — Modern Woodmen of America will sponsor a Meet the Coaches Dinner at 5 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Melbourne High School cafeteria, according to a news release from the business.
    Advance tickets cost $5 and can be purchased at the annual Red, White and Blue games at Bearkatz Stadium on Aug. 20, or by calling Melbourne High School Athletic Director Tim Massey at (870) 368-4345 or Marc Miller at (870) 291-7888. The tickets will cost $6 at the gate.

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