• ‘Lucky’ Landers wins first daytime Topless 100

    LOCUST GROVE — Welcome home Jared Landers.
    The Batesville product who recently moved to Welcome, N.C., to pursue a career in NASCAR’s Craftsman Truck Series or ARCA, won his first Super Late Model race Sunday afternoon at Batesville Motor Speedway.
    Landers, who started sixth, held off defending champion Jimmy Owens and Earl Pearson Jr. to claim the rain-delayed 18th Annual Comp Cams Topless 100 victory. Rain late Saturday night forced the postponement of the race until 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

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  • 19 schoolboy football players hospitalized

    A doctor sums up the illness that hit 19 members of a northwest Oregon high school football team as “very weird.” They all suffered muscle damage after a preseason camp.
    Three of the McMinnville High School players also were diagnosed with a rare soft-tissue condition called “compartment syndrome,” which caused soreness and swelling in their triceps. They underwent surgery to relieve the pressure.

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  • 60-plus super late models take advantage of practice

    LOCUST GROVE — More than 60 super late model cars took advantage of Thursday night’s practice session for the Topless 100 at Batesville Motor Speedway.
    Speedway officials were unavailable for comment this morning, but the track’s website said “The pits are filled with some of the biggest names of late model racing in the nation. The track was fast, as were the super late models that took to the track as the drivers worked to get there cars dialed in for this weekend’s qualifying races and feature event.”

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  • Lady Pioneer volleyball team hopes westward turn includes postseason

    The Batesville Lady Pioneers are turning west for volleyball, and they’re hoping it turns around a pattern of just-missed disappointments.
    In the Arkansas Activities Association’s realignment of Class 5A schools for volleyball, Batesville was moved out of the East Conference and placed in the Central Conference with Beebe, Vilonia, Central Arkansas Christian, Little Rock Christian and Sylvan Hills.
    Batesville Coach Tanya Haigwood said she was “pretty upset” by the change at first, but now she likes the look of it.

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  • Bowling league set to roll next week

    The Thursday Morning Ladies League is scheduled to begin play Thursday at Hollywood Bowl, according to a news release from Beverly Sellers.
    League bowling will begin at 9:30 and end at noon.
    Sellers said anyone interested in joining should call (870) 834-1537.

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  • Why SEC gridders line up SECond to none

    ATLANTA — Excuse the Southeastern Conference if it views the national championship race as a rather private affair — neighbor against neighbor, battling it out through the fall until there are only two teams left standing, setting up a final showdown in Atlanta on the first Saturday in December.
    Oh sure, there’s still that little formality known as the BCS championship game. But down in Dixie, that extra contest is viewed as nothing more than a chance to really rub it in, just in case anyone wishes to defy this indisputable gospel:

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  • Turkey hunters’ opinions sought

    LITTLE ROCK — On Tuesday, Arkansas turkey hunters will have the opportunity to gather information and ask questions on proposed turkey hunting regulations for 2011.
    The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will host six public meetings across Arkansas that day, with each beginning at 7 p.m.
    The meetings are part of the AGFC’s annual turkey regulations process.
    Public comments and all other written and electronic comments will be presented to the Commission in September, along with Wildlife Committee recommendations for the spring 2011 turkey season.

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  • Shawn Walker, James Turner win event

    CAVE CITY — Shawn Walker and James Turner won the Cave City Ball Club’s tournament Saturday on Lake Norfork by weighing in a 14.20-pound stringer, tournament director Ron Watkins said.
    Michael Holt and Tory Bishop came in second with 12.25 pounds.
    Holt caught the biggest bass of the tournament. It weighed 4.40 pounds.
    The next tournament is from 7 p.m. Aug. 28 to 1 the following morning, also on Lake Norfork, out of Quarry Ramp.

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  • On float trip, it’s best to keep creek out of the canoe

    My big toe throbbed like it had been smacked by a hammer. The poor sore thing had been squashed into the hole in the bottom of our canoe for what seemed like two or three lifetimes.   
    The bottom of the creek was becoming more visible by the minute through the hole. It all started as a leak that was pin-prick size with only an occasional drop of water oozing in, but as we paddled further down the creek, the ancient canoe seemed to lose heart and a chunk the size of a dime flaked off. Soon a small fountain of water flowed between my feet. Not a good thing.

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  • Waterfowl seasons set

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas duck hunters again will have 60 days this winter to pursue their favorite form of waterfowl.
    The state Game and Fish Commission on Thursday approved waterfowl dates that split the duck season into three parts.
    The first period opens Nov. 20 and runs through Nov. 28, followed by a second period from Dec. 7 through Jan. 17. The final period will open Jan. 22 and close Jan. 30. A two-day youth waterfowl hunt is set for Feb. 5-6.

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  • Ala. hoopster signs with Lyon

    Daniel Ritchie, a 6-foot-3 guard from Montgomery, Ala., has signed to play basketball for Coach Kevin Jenkins’ Scots, according to a news release from the college.
    Ritchie was an All-Metro Honorable Mention player and averaged 11 points, six rebounds and four assists as a senior at Alabama Christian Academy.

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  • Lyon sets exhibition v’ball match

    Volleyball fans can get an early look at the Lyon College Scots in Becknell Gym Saturday afternoon when the current players take on Scots from previous seasons in the Alumni Exhibition Match.
    Yllen Rosales, Daria Paunovic, Katie Beineke, Lauren Castleberry, Julie Arnold, Leah Eifling, Ann Sullivan and Holly Elliott have said they will play for the alumni team.
    The first serve is set for 3 and no admission will be charged.
    The Scots are scheduled to open their season Aug. 28 at Philander Smith in Little Rock. The Scots will play their hosts and Mississippi Valley.

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