• Cougars, Mustangs win

    BROCKWELL — The Izard County Cougars jumped to 13-0 lead and got an assist from the weather for a 13-8, nonconference win over the Shirley Blue Devils here Wednesday.
    The game was called after five innings due to the threat of a near-by thunderstorm. The Blue Devils scored seven runs in the fifth.

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  • With LSU looming, Hogs hit back against Dakota

    FAYETTEVILLE — Needless to say, they won’t be talking about this one for 25 years at South Dakota State.
    After Tuesday’s 3-2 stunner over the 14th-ranked Razorbacks that SDSU Ritchie Price said his team would “talk about for 25 years,” Arkansas exacted 21-2 revenge on a windy Wednesday splitting the 2-game series at Baum Stadium.
    Arkansas takes a 9-3 record into its final home weekend nonconference series Friday through Sunday afternoons against Wisconsin-Milwaukee before opening SEC play the following weekend at reigning national champion/SEC champion LSU.

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  • Harrison Goblins run-rule Pioneers

    HARRISON — The Harrison Goblins were all Batesville Coach Mark Rush expected.
    He’s concerned, however, that the Pioneers were less than expected during a 14-4, run-ruled thumping in a nonconference game here Wednesday.
    “Harrison is a quality team and well-coached. They were exactly what I thought they would be,” he said. “Crazy as it may sound, though, I don’t think they are that much better than us. I didn’t feel like we were in the right frame of mind. We’re better than that, but we’re going to have to go back to work and prove it to somebody.”

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  • Scot diamondmen split with Mobile Rams

    MOBILE, Ala. — Josh McNatt put together a solid outing on the mound and the Lyon College Scots collected 11 hits in a 4-3 victory over the University of Mobile Rams on Tuesday in the second game of a 2-game set.
    The teams were scheduled for a single game Tuesday and another today, but agreed to make a doubleheader out of it due to the threat of severe weather.

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  • Cave City, Valley Springs to battle again for title

    Cave City vs. Valley Springs Part 5.
    They battled for the regular-season championship, the district tournament championship and the region tournament championship, so it’s only fitting that the fifth meeting between the 3A 1-East District members will be for the Class 3A State Tournament championship Friday night in Hot Springs’ Summit Arena.
    It’s Cave City’s first trip to the state finals since 1988 when it lost to Lamar. Valley Springs was there last year and suffered a heart-breaking, 41-40 loss to Charleston.

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  • Lawyers to set up interview with Alex Rodriguez, feds

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez’s lawyers are setting up an interview with federal authorities as part of an investigation into a Canadian doctor who is the focus of a cross-border drug smuggling case involving human growth hormone.
    The Yankee slugger said from the team’s spring training complex this morning that the interview site is under discussion but he would like it to be in Tampa so his training is not disrupted. He expects to soon know the interview date.

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  • UConn may be too successful for good of women’s game

    One name is noticeably absent from the list of teams that UConn’s women have trampled en route to the record and beyond:
    Tennessee.
    That’s not a coincidence. As with just about everything else in women’s hoops, Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt saw this day coming before the rest of us. Since the Huskies and Coach Geno Auriemma won the first of six national titles in 1995, Tennessee and Summitt, with five over that span, have been their only real rivals.
    But all of last season and so far throughout this one, no one has even been close to the Huskies.

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  • Pioneer soccer team keeps shutout streak

    The Batesville Pioneers got off to a good start in 5A-East Conference play with another high school soccer shutout Tuesday night at Pioneer Stadium.
    The 3-0 victory over the Paragould Rams brought the Pioneers’ record to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the district. They have not been scored upon in two regular-season games and in three preseason scrimmages. They did lose one of those scrimmage matches in an overtime shootout after a scoreless tie.
    Against Paragould, the Pioneers allowed just five shots. Vivien Ramirez, Batesville’s goalie, turned them away.

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  • Two of four softball dates rescheduled

    Three of four area softball games scheduled for Tuesday were postponed and two have been rescheduled.
    Midland-at-Walnut Ridge, Cotter-at-Cedar Ridge and Greers Ferry Westside-at-Concord were the casualties. The varsity and junior varsity games at Cedar Ridge (Newark) have been rescheduled for March 19 and the single game at Concord has been added to an originally-scheduled meeting on April 8.
    Midland Coach Rick McKinney said the contest at Walnut Ridge will be rescheduled, since it is a 2A-2 District meeting.

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  • Timberwolves, Cavemen fall in run-ruled contests

    WALNUT RIDGE — Curtis Jackson struck out 11 and allowed just four hits and the Walnut Ridge offense took care of the rest as the Bobcats whipped the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves 12-1 this Class 2A-2 District contest.
    The run rule was enforced in the fifth inning.
    Andy Crawford, Luke Henderson, Justin Lovell and Cody Weathers were the Cedar Ridge hitters. Crawford scored the lone run.
    Cedar Ridge falls to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the district.

    Heber Springs 11,
    Cave City 1

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  • BHS softball begins with 5-0 win

    The Batesville Lady Pioneers opened the high school softball season Tuesday afternoon at the Batesville Recreation Complex with a 5-0 victory over the Valley View Lady Blazers.
    Angela Woods fired a 1-hitter and Kandess Pfitzner and Maggie Beshears provided two hits apiece to highlight the action. Woods struck out seven and walked none in the 5-inning contest. Pfitzner scored two runs. Beshears scored a run, drove in a run and stole a base.
    Rachel Shellenberger also provided a run batted in. Brooke Crowell, who was hit by a pitch, also scored a run.

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  • S-side 7th graders win at track, field

    CLINTON — Southside seventh-graders took home five blue ribbons from a season-opening track and field meet here Monday.
    Sara Morse and Kenzie Batterton were a 2-time winner. Morse won the 800-meter run in a time of three minutes, four seconds and the high jump with a leap of four feet, three inches. Batterton won the 100-meter dash in 13.8 seconds and the long jump at 13-10.
    Jessie VanEmburg rounded out the Southside winners with a 6-foot effort in the pole vault.
    Team scores were not kept. Below are the rest of Southside’s results:

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