• ‘Train for Four’ runners to toe line for first time Saturday morning

    Participants in the “Train for Four” program will toe the starting line Saturday morning on Batesville High School’s Pioneer Stadium track and there’s room for more runners, according to a news release.
    The White River RoadRunners, a local running club, sponsors the event each year to help runners prepare for the White River 4-Mile Classic Road Race. The 32nd running of the race is set for Aug. 7.
    The first of nine training sessions is set to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday.

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  • Polesitter wins TrackTek event

    LOCUST GROVE — Richie Tosh went from the pole to the checkers to win the TrackTek Spring Street Stock Nationals championship Thursday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
    Tosh earned the pole in March, but had to wait to cash in due to weather.
    Robbie Arnold, who earned the outside pole position, finished last in the 26-car feature. Jared Wagster, Peyton Taylor, Chuck McGinty and Buddy Parks completed the top five Thursday night.
    The top 10 was rounded out by Tyler Baker, Stan Lewis, Brian Ritchie, Kyle Berry and Brad Helms.

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  • Batesville Motor Speedway hosting street stock events

    LOCUST GROVE — The Batesville Motor Speedway was quiet last weekend for the Memorial Day holiday, but it plans to make up for it this weekend with three nights of racing action.
    The TrackTek Spring Street Stock Nationals are scheduled to conclude tonight after being put on hold since March 20. The Matt Sturch Memorial, also a major street stock race, is set for Friday and Saturday.
    The street stock event was rained out only 15 minutes into its Saturday night show. The previous night’s qualifying slate was completed and a majority of the field was determined.

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  • Batesville Pioneers’ spring football featured competition like Wednesday’s temperatures

    The Batesville Pioneers finished up their spring football session Wednesday, and the competition for playing time was like the weather — hot.
    “This year is the best spring ball we’ve had since we started this,” Batesville Coach Dave King said. “The last couple of days it was unseasonably hot and it was tough on the (artificial) turf, but the competition was very good.”
    Seventy-two “actively participated,” King said, with a few sitting out with injuries and illnesses. Thirty-one freshmen participated.

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  • Lyon baseball camps scheduled

    The Lyon College baseball staff will host camps beginning Monday, according to a news release from the school.
    The camps, which are scheduled for June 7-10, 14-17 and June 18, will be held at Lyon under the direction of the Lyon baseball staff and players. Each camper will need cleats, tennis shoes (if it rains), a cap, glove and bat.
    One-day speciality camps focusing on hitting and pitching will take place on the last date.
    All camps are for children ages 5-15. The cost for the 4-day camps is $75. The speciality camps are $25 each or $45 for both.

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  • Beshears hits way to 5A all-state

    When it came time to vote for the Class 5A All-State softball team, Maggie Beshears was a hit with the 5A-East District softball coaches.
    “Her numbers speak for themselves,” Batesville Coach Sean Coker said. “When you look at all the hitters in the conference, Maggie was far and away the leader in just about all categories.”
    The sophomore first baseman-third baseman, registered a .580 batting average, including seven home runs, two triples and 14 doubles while driving in 38 runs and scoring 24 for the 12-15 Lady Pioneers. All but the runs scored and triples are team highs.

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  • All-state softball rosters list 10 area players

    Ten Guard-circulation area softball players were named to all-state rosters, according to a news release from the Arkansas Activities Association.
    Of the 10, three were on the roster last year. They are Maggie Jo Cooper, Kayla Fortson and Miranda Doyle.
    It is the third straight selection for Cooper, a junior at Melbourne. Fortson of Midland and Doyle of Hillcrest are 2-time selections. Both are seniors.

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  • Van Horn gives mixed update on Hogs

    FAYETTEVILLE — Good news on Zack Cox and perhaps not as good news on Brett Eibner comprised University of Arkansas Coach Dave Van Horn’s report after the Razorbacks’ baseball practice on Tuesday.
    The top-seeded and 40-18 Razorbacks are preparing to play fourth-seeded SWAC Conference Tournament champion Grambling State (22-30) in Friday’s 2 p.m. game of the Fayetteville Regional at Baum Stadium.

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  • Bass fishermen to talk tourneys

    The Batesville Bassmasters will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the George Rider Room at First Community Bank to discuss a couple of upcoming tournaments, secretary Colin Patterson said.
    Members will discuss the Aug. 14 Reekie Gardner Jr. White River Bass Classic and the June 26 night tournament on Greers Ferry Lake.
    The Classic will be held in conjunction with the annual White River Water Carnival. The June 26 tournament, out of Hill Creek Ramp, is the club’s first night tournament of the year. It will be from 7 p.m. June 26 until 2 the following morning.

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  • Ricemen rough up Highwaymen in opener

    The Jonesboro Ricemen are still doing it right.
    The 2-time defending American Legion state champions thumped the Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen 17-8 in a season- and Zone 2-opening baseball game at the North Complex.
    Mostly, what the Ricemen did was wear out the right side of the field with hits between first and second base, over the right fielder’s head and into the right-center field gap.

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  • Stars of Tomorrow camps set for June 7-10, 14-17

    The first session of the Stars of Tomorrow Basketball Camp at Batesville High is set for June 7-10, Batesville Lady Pioneer Coach Patricia Stave said.
    Session I is for girls and boys entering grades 7 through 9 and runs four days. Session II, another 4-day camp, is for girls and boys grades 4 through 7 and begins June 14. Each camp day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 11:30 in Pioneer Gymnasium.

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  • Wooten brothers from Hillcrest return to Class 1A All-State list

    Hillcrest, the Wootens and all-state — just one last time.
    The Wooten brothers, Derek and Dylan, are the returning members to the Arkansas Activities Association All-State rosters for high school baseball. They were also named to the Class 1A team last spring. Derek is also a 2-time all-state selection in basketball.
    It’s the last go-around for Derek, a senior. Dylan is a junior.

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