• Visitors sweep Bankers in Zone 2 Legion action

    After rallying for an 11-8 victory, West Memphis ripped Batesville Citizens Bank 18-3 to collect a sweep in a Zone 2 American Legion baseball doubleheader Monday at the North Complex.
    The loss in the opener followed an all-too familiar pattern, Batesville Coach Robbie Holmes said.
    “Raleigh Jeffery started and pitched really well, and we led, basically, the whole game,” the coach said. “And, like before, mistakes on defense bit us on the you know what.”
    The Bankers led 8-6 through six innings.

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  • Mustang signs with Lyon

    Jared Perry, a 6-foot-3 guard from Pleasant Plains, has signed to play men’s basketball for Lyon College.
    Perry earned all-region, all-district and all-state tournament honors as a senior at Midland High School.
    “Jared is one of those kids who will be a two or three (shooting guard or small forward) for us. He’s long and shoots it good,” Lyon Coach Kevin Jenkins said. “He will have to get physically stronger, but I think he’s capable of guarding a two or three.”
    The coach said he likes Perry’s potential off the court as well.

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  • Hillcrest, BHS athletes start up All-Star action tonight

    Derek Wooten and Dylan Massey will be the first Guard-circulation area athletes to play in the 2010 Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Games, and both sounded optimistic about their teams’ chances tonight in Fayetteville.
    Wooten, a Hillcrest High School graduate, will suit up for the East baseball team. The first pitch of two baseball games is set for 5 p.m. at Baum Stadium on the University of Arkansas campus.

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  • Former Pioneer, Scot hired to coach in Paragould

    PARAGOULD — Brian Krug, a Batesville High and Lyon College graduate, was hired Thursday as an assistant baseball coach at Greene County Tech High School in Paragould.
    Krug, 35, starred in baseball and football at BHS, where he graduated in 1993, and in baseball at Lyon (’98). Krug’s previous coaching experience was at Lyon, where he coached the men’s and women’s golf program for one year and helped with the baseball program.
    He also earned a master’s degree in physical education at Northwest Missouri State in 2000.

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  • Pioneer Trailblazers recognized

    Top awards were handed out Friday at the end of the Batesville High Pioneer Trailblazers Football Camp for seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders.
    They were: Outstanding Camper — Zach Langston, seventh-grade; Wes Hance, eighth-grade; Garrett Denton, ninth-grade; Punt, Pass and Kick Champion — Sam Stalker, seventh-grade; John Howard, eighth-grade; Tad Jones, ninth-grade; 40-yard dash — Jake Flood; vertical jump — Jalen Meadows Haynes; shuttle agility run — Langston; longest punt — John Rhoades; longest pass — Jones; and longest kick — Michael McFatter.

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  • Area baseball, softball players named to All-Arkansas teams

    Will Lindsey and Talan Roepcke, recent Batesville High graduates, were named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas baseball team.
    Batesville sophomores Ryan Coles and Tanner Ring won Freshmen-Sophomore Team honors.
    The Guard-circulation area’s only softball representative is Krysta Beeler. The Southside freshman was named to the Freshman-Sophomore softball team.
    Bentonville’s Alex Sullivan and Van Buren’s Brandon Moore won player of the year honors for softball and baseball, respectively.

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  • Newport gets by Batesville for Legion title

    NEWPORT — The Newport Taylor Ambulance baseball team rallied twice to defeat the Batesville Medical Park Orthopaedic Clinic Doctors 6-4 in the championship game of the George Kell-Taylor Ambulance American Legion Classic here Sunday.
    Make that three times. The Doctors had swept Taylor Ambulance in a doubleheader here last Monday, taking a Zone 2 contest and one that didn’t count in the zone.

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  • Tosh finds groove

    LOCUST GROVE — Richie Tosh has found the winning groove at Batesville Motor Speedway.
    For the third straight week, Tosh was in victory lane when the dust settled. He’s won four features in that span. His latest was Saturday night when he led from the pole to the checkers in the final night of the Isle of Capri Late Model Series’ Round 3.

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  • NASCAR’s last founding father dies at 96

    ATLANTA (AP) — Raymond Parks, owner of NASCAR’s first championship winning car and an integral part of the series’ formation, has died. He was 96.
    NASCAR said Parks passed away at his home Sunday morning in Atlanta. Parks, who was confined to a wheelchair, attended a reception May 20 for the induction of the inaugural Hall of Fame class and was warmly received throughout the industry that evening.

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  • BHS camp winners announced

    The Stars of Tomorrow basketball camp for boys and girls entering grades 4-7 concluded Thursday morning with an awards presentation.
    The top award winners were Logan Holman (4-5th-grade), Emily Gardner (6-7th girls), Trent Swaim (6-7th boys), Hannah Baxter (4-5th grade), Summer Strecker (6-7th girls) and Tanner Vinson (6-7th boys). The first three were named most valuable players for their respective age group and the last three won the Pioneer Awards.
    Listed below are the other award winners for each division:

    4-5th grade

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  • Lyon volleyball camp slated for June 27-30

    The Lyon College Volleyball Summer Camp is set for June 27-30, Coach Ray Green announced.
    The basic fundamentals in serving, passing, setting and hitting will be stressed in the camp. Instruction will be given in small groups and will be broken down by age and skill level.
    Each camper needs to bring volleyball shoes, knee pads, T-shirts, towels, linens, toiletries and “lots of hustle,” Green said.

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  • Lyon suspends sports program

    Lyon College has suspended indefinitely its varsity cross country program, according a news release from the college.
    The suspension on both the men’s and women’s programs is effective immediately.
    College officials cited several factors for the decision, including the declining number of student athletes who participate in the program, budget constraints and the lack of participation among TranSouth Athletic Conference schools. The cross country scholarships of any returning students will be honored, officials said.

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