• Southside edged in softball opener

    HEBER SPRINGS — The Southside Lady Southerners opened their softball season with an 11-9 loss to the Heber Springs Lady Panthers here Tuesday afternoon.
    Southside led 4-0 midway through the third inning, but the home team responded with a 3-run third and a 4-run fourth to go ahead 7-4. Southside regained the lead with a 5-run sixth. Heber Springs answered with another 4-run inning in the sixth to set the final score.
    Southside was credited with five hits and committed five errors. Heber Springs collected eight hits and erred three times.

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  • Syracuse, new No. 1, mashes St. John’s

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Fifth-year seniors Andy Rautins and Arinze Onuaku made their final home game at Syracuse one to remember, combining for 35 points and the Orange beat St. John’s 85-66 on Tuesday night in their first game in two decades as the No. 1 team in the nation.
    Syracuse (28-2, 15-2 Big East) moved into the top spot on Monday. It was the first time the Orange were there since a six-week stint in 1989-90.

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  • Southerners stop state champs

    McCRORY — The Southside Southerners held of the defending Class 2A state champions here Tuesday afternoon.
    Southside won the nonconference baseball game 6-4.
    The Southerners sent three home in the first inning then added solo runs in the second, fifth and seventh.
    The Jaguars scored two runs each in the third and fourth.
    Dalton Littleton led Southside’s offense with a 2-for-3 performance, including a double. Teammates Jake Henderson and Chris Vaughn also doubled.

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  • Basketball in town tonight

    Blue Mountain Toppers (1-31) at Lyon Scots (6-22), Becknell Gymnasium, 7 p.m.
    The Scots and Toppers split their regular season meetings with the home team winning each. The most recent was Saturday when Lyon snuck out a 99-93 victory to snap an 11-game losing streak.
    Tonight’s game is a wild-card contest for the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament. The winner will face top-seeded Union (23-7) on Thursday in Jackson, Tenn.

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  • Bassmasters slate meeting

    The Batesville Bassmasters will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the George Rider Room at First Community Bank to discuss the first tournament of the year, secretary Colin Patterson said.
    The tournament will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on Lake Norfork, out of Quarry Ramp.

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  • Lock 2 club to try again

    BETHESDA — The Lock 2 Bass Club is attempting a revival.
    “This is an effort to get the Lock 2 Bass Club going again,” Eugene Dowell, former reporter for the club, said of a meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Bethesda fire station.
    Kenny Lawrence is behind the new effort, and his number is (870) 612-5323.
    The membership fee is $10, the entry fee per tournament is $10 and the big bass fee per tournament is $10.
    “I told him (Lawrence) I would be the reporter again, if he can get it going again,” Dowell said.

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  • ’09 state finalists not thrilled about early meeting

    Melbourne-Conway St. Joseph II, Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Class 2A State Tournament in Carlisle, is not the rematch everybody wanted.
    Melbourne Coach Mike Watson and St. Joseph Coach Brent Bruich, University of Central Arkansas classmates and friends, were emphatic about that.
    “No, and I think Brent will tell you the same thing,” Watson said this morning.
    He already had.

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  • BHS-Mtn. Home baseball games moved to Thursday

    The Batesville-Mountain Home high school baseball season opener set for today has been rescheduled for Thursday, Batesville Coach Mark Rush announced Monday afternoon.
    The first pitch for the varsity contest is set for 4 p.m. A junior varsity contest will follow.
    The games were moved due to the Batesville Lady Pioneer basketball team playing in the Class 5A State Tournament in Alma tonight.

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  • All-stater blanks Cedar Ridge

    NEWARK — Des Arc’s all-state pitcher Jacie Bell didn’t seem bothered by the new rule change for high school softball here Monday.
    The pitching rubber was moved back by three feet, a move that will occur nationwide next season. Bell fired a 1-hitter and was just two outs away from a no-hitter when Tia Moore reached safely. Des Arc won 9-0.
    “She has a great change-up. We’re not used to seeing speed like that and then a change-up like that,” Cedar Ridge Coach Joey Nelson said.
    Des Arc finished runner-up in the Class 2A State Tournament last year.

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  • Cavemen club Rebels in baseball opener

    HIGHLAND — The Cave City Cavemen opened the season with an offensive display here Monday afternoon as they defeated the Highland Rebels 17-6 in a nonconference baseball game.
    Each team scored two runs in the first inning and then Highland jumped ahead 6-2 with a 4-run surge in the bottom of the second. Cave City knotted it at 6-6 with a single run in the third and three in the fourth.

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  • State tournament capsules

    Of the eight area high school teams qualifying for state tournament, four are scheduled to play Tuesday.
    Following are capsules on the opposing teams of two of those. Capsules on the other opponents will run in Tuesday’s edition.
    The Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles and Screamin’ Eagles are hosting the Class 1A State Tournament in Lynn and their first-round opponents at 1 and 2:30, respectively, Tuesday afternoon are the No. 1-ranked Bradley Lady Bears and Bears.

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  • Lady ’Katz add region title to long list

    PLEASANT PLAINS — The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz won a first here Saturday night with a 70-62 high school basketball victory over the Cotter Lady Warriors in the 2A North Region Tournament finals at Midland High School.
    “Believe it or not, that’s the first region championship Melbourne has won in girls’ basketball,” Melbourne Coach Bruce Adams said. “We’ve won lots of titles, but this is the first region tournament Melbourne’s girls have won since the regional format was begun.”

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