FAYETTEVILLE – In 2013, the Arkansas Razorbacks are going to wish they redshirted Darius Winston.
For now, maybe it’s best they didn’t.
At least that’s how Winston views it.
Arkansas’ only 5-star recruit for 2009, the prep All-American cornerback from West Helena Central only played four games for last year’s 8-5 games.
“I kind of wish I had redshirted,” Winston said, “but you know, the same time, I prepared every week with the team like I was going to play. I got to play a little bit and I learned a lot.”
FAIRFIELD BAY — Izard County and Shirley were winners Tuesday in a high school golf match at Mountain Ranch Golf Course.
Led by Preston Harmon, the Izard County Cougars won by 16 strokes (129-145). Harmon’s 9-hole score of 40 won medalist honors. Uriah Mead’s 44 and Caleb Cowan’s 45 counted for the team score. Jake Dockins’ 51 did not.
The Shirley Blue Devils’ team score came from Cory Ward (43), Darren King (50), Dalton Littleton and Dalton Smith, who both shot 52s.
The wrong place was reported in Tuesday’s Guard for a local swimmer competing in the Junior Olympics.
A mixed team that included Seth Bailey, an Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedo, won the 200-meter freestyle relay in the 9- and 10-year-old age division. A mixed team includes swimmers from different teams.
PARAGOULD — The Batesville Pioneers finished second in a triangular golf match with 5A-East District and Paragould teams here Tuesday at the Paragould Country Club
The Paragould Rams won with an 18-hole score of 311. The Pioneers finished 10 strokes back, and the Greene County Tech Eagles finished a distant third with a 339.
The top score, however, came from an Eagle. Josh Stidman carded a 1-over-par 71.
The Concord Pirates led a foursome of area high school golf teams Monday at the Batesville Municipal Golf Course.
Ryan Cornelison shot a medal-winning score of 9-over-par 45 to help the Pirates finish 14 strokes (138-152) in front of the Cave City Cavemen. The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves followed with a 170. The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles shot a 177.
Listed below are the other individual scores:
Concord — Logan King, 46; Luke Cornett, 47; Cameron Reesor, 49; A.J. Cannon, 58
Cave City — Seth Foreman, 50; Kendell Cherry, 50; Grant Walling 52;
Two Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes came home from the Junior Olympics in Newport News, Va., with silver medals.
Swimming on relays consisting of members from other states, Louis Sonnier helped 11- and 12-year-old teams place second in 200- and 400-meter freestyle races, and Seth Bailey helped a 9- and 10-year-old squad to a second in a 200-meter freestyle race.
Garth Branstetter shot a 2-under-par 68 Friday at The Course at Eagle Mountain, but that still wasn’t enough to lift the Batesville Pioneers by the Forrest City Mustangs.
Forrest City, a 5A-East District fellow with Batesville, won by seven strokes (417-424).
The other scores that counted toward Batesville’s team total were provided by: Shayne Vanbeschoten, 80; Thomas Walton, 84; Hayden Cockrill, 90, and David Cox, 102.
Izard County golfers took half of the White River Water Carnival High School Invitational Tournament titles Friday at the Batesville Municipal and Batesville Country Club courses.
Team titles for the inaugural event went to the Izard County Cougars and the Salem Lady Greyhounds. Melbourne sophomore Bradley Lamb edged out Izard County junior Preston Harmon on the seventh hole of a playoff for one of the individual titles. Izard County senior Kristen Doty won the girls crown, defeating Southside sophomore Sydney Bullard by 13 strokes.
LOCUST GROVE — Tony Brooks defended his Rockhard Powder Coating Front-Wheel Drive championship Friday night at Batesville Motor Speedway.
With his tires falling apart, Brooks held on long enough to claim the $750 prize that came at the end of the 25-lap main event.
“I had a tire that was starting to separate,” Brooks said. “I am not sure if the belts had broke in the tire or not, all I know is when I pulled into the pits after the win, it didn’t look like it could have made too many more laps.”
Johnny Purvis and Tracy Johanning were first-time winners in Batesville and in a bigger sense Saturday.
As overall winners of the White River 4-Mile Classic Road Race, they also notched their first-ever victories in the Arkansas Grand Prix Series. They were not, however, unknown quantities when they arrived in Batesville.
Purvis, 21, finished second to James Cheruiyot this time last year in the Classic, and he’s a senior and one of the leaders of a strong cross country team at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.