LOCUST GROVE — Brandon Smith and Shawn Walsh collected feature wins during the 15th annual Mid-America Modified Championship at Batesville Motor Speedway over the weekend.
Smith, who won Friday’s $1,500, 30-lap main event, just missed sweeping as he finished runner-up to Walsh Saturday night. Smith was awarded an extra $500 for collecting the most points over the weekend.
On Saturday, Walsh worked his way to the lead and felt pressure as Smith challenged.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas fired basketball coach John Pelphrey on Sunday after four seasons and will immediately begin the search for his replacement.
Pelphrey was 69-59 with the Razorbacks, including an 18-13 record this season. Arkansas lost to Tennessee in the opening round of the Southeastern Conference tournament on Thursday, the third straight first-round exit for the program.
LOCUST GROVE — A muddy pit area led to the cancelation of Thursday night’s Mid-America Modified Championship races at Batesville Motor Speedway.
Track officials said the races for tonight and Saturday will go on as originally scheduled.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m, hot laps begin about 6:30 and the races are set to start at 7.
For additional information, call (870) 251-0011 or visit www.bms-ar.com.
MOUNTAIN HOME — With 2-out hits and 3-hit pitching from Trey Killian and Kord Stuffelbeam, the Mountain Home Bombers defeated the Batesville Pioneers 7-1 in a nonconference high school baseball game here Thursday.
With two outs and the bases empty, the Bombers rallied for four runs in the first inning. A walk, a single by Damon Berry and a hit batter loaded the bases. After a run scored on a wild pitch and a walk reloaded the bases, Killian hit a 3-run double.
NEWARK — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves muzzled the Quitman Bulldogs 11-1 in a Class 2A-2 District-opening baseball contest here Thursday afternoon.
The Timberwolves scored one run in each of the first, third and fourth innings, two in the second and then unloaded for six in the sixth. The 6-run surge resulted in the game being run-ruled an inning ahead of schedule.
It started with a walk and was followed by a hit, out, error and three hits in a row. The specifics were not provided.
HOT SPRINGS (AP) — Gunner Freeman and Tyson Oliver combined for 31 points as the Bay Yellowjackets defeated the Black Rock Zebras 67-40 in the Arkansas Boys Class 1A Championship game Thursday.
It was the first state title for the Yellowjackets (35-9) since 1965. Bay was state runner-up last year. Bay jumped to a 17-9 lead after one quarter and was never challenged by the Zebras (37-5)
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Lady Southerners defeated the Heber Springs Lady Panthers 10-2 in a meeting between two Class 4A-2 District members here Thursday afternoon. The game didn’t count in the conference standings.
After each team scored a run in the first inning, the Lady Southerners rallied for six in the bottom of the second. They added another in the third and two more in the fourth while the Lady Panthers managed one run in the seventh.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — Southside blanked Mountain View in a pair of nonconference high school soccer matches here Thursday.
The Lady Southerners won 1-0 as goalie Adrianna Jeffery stopped 20 shots and Alex Burroughs scored an unassisted goal in the first half. The Lady Southerners took 27 shots.
Southside Coach Jason Weaver said most of Mountain View’s shots came from outside.
The Southerners won 4-0 as Brody Clark scored twice, Greg Smith and Chaz Zumwalt each added a goal and goalie Cody McGaha notched six saves.
Mario Jasso assisted on a goal.
SEARCY — Natalie Meinzer and Logan Bishop recorded wins for the Batesville Pioneers in the Searcy Lions Relays here Thursday.
Meinzer won the 3,200-meter run in a time of 12 minutes, 15.21 seconds. Bishop won the 800-meter run in 2:33.48.
Team scoring was not kept for the event.
Maggie Beshears finished second in the discus throw. A distance was not available.
Listed below are the rest of Batesville’s individual results:
Wrong days were listed in Wednesday’s Guard about the 51st playing of the Batesville Women’s Bowling Association City Tournament at Hollywood Bowl.
The tournament begins Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with team play. Sunday afternoon at 1 is the starting time for the first day of doubles and singles play. The tournament concludes next weekend, March 19 and March 20, following the same schedule.
10 — at Searcy
17 — at Heber Springs
1 — at Russellville
7 — Sara Low Relays
14 — at Paragould
22 — at Heber Springs
28 — 5A-East preliminaries in Paragould
30 — 5A-East finals in Paragould
5 — 5A State Meet at Hot Springs High School
14 — Meet of Champions at Lake Hamilton (Pearcy)
With some quicker steps, the Batesville Lady Pioneers could return to the top in the Class 5A State Track and Field Meet.
Last spring, the Camden Fairview Lady Cardinals stopped the Lady Pioneers’ run of state championships at five. Camden Fairview scored 94 points. Batesville finished second with 71.5.
The Lady Cardinals did it because they were better balanced — scoring points in the field events, sprints, hurdles, middle distance and long distance races — than the Lady Pioneers.
The Lady Pioneers failed to score in the sprints and hurdles.