Five students from the Gracie Barra Arkansas Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Batesville won or finished second in a recent state tournament in Hammond, La.
Cassie Chism won a Lousiana State Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu gold medal in the women’s blue belt featherweight division. She also collected a silver medal and a bronze medal in other divisions.
CABOT — Batesville Pioneer Price Holmes made a big move during the second and final day of the Arkansas High School Decathlon here Thursday, grabbing a top 10 finish.
The senior moved up nine places and finished ninth in the annual season-ending event for track and field athletes with 6,070 points.
“Price had a real good second day,” Batesville Coach Kevin Miller said. “He ran a 5:14 in the mile, winning his flight. He finished strong.”
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Wichita State has a proud baseball tradition, one that includes a national title, 27 NCAA tournament appearances and seven trips to the College World Series.
The last two years, the Shockers have advanced to a super regional. But as they enter this year’s Norman Regional, they find themselves in an unfamiliar role — that of the underdog.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Jamie Pinkerton has resigned as Arkansas softball coach.
Pinkerton went 130-179 in his five seasons with the Razorbacks. Arkansas went 27-29 this season and advanced to the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.
“At this point in my career, I feel it is time to pursue other opportunities,” Pinkerton said. “I wish Arkansas softball well in the future and will always consider it an honor to have been a part of the Razorback program.”
Helen Zyjewski, a 5-foot-5 catcher-first baseman from Greenwood, recently signed to play softball for Lyon College, according to a news release.
Zyjewski hit .574 in her senior season at Greenwood High and was a 3-time all-state and a 4-time all-conference player during her career.
This year’s Arkansas Activities Association all-state softball lists include 10 selections from Guard-circulation area high schools and seven are newcomers.
The returners are Maggie Jo Cooper of Melbourne, Sarah Taylor of Izard County and Raigan Skidmore of Midland.
Skidmore is a 4-time selection to the Class 2A squad. Taylor, a senior, is on the Class 1A roster for the third time and Cooper, a sophomore, is two for two on the same roster.
American Legion baseball: Fat City Tournament in Jonesboro — Batesville Citizens Bank vs. Dyersburg, Mo., Arkansas State University’s Tomlinson Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
Auto racing: points racing at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove), grandstands open at 5:30 p.m., racing, 8
Lyon College seniors Justin Cunningham and Sam Neal were named to the 2009 Daktronics All-American Scholar Athletes baseball squad, according to a press release from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics home office.
Neal, a right fielder, led the Scots in home runs (14) and RBI (59) with a .347 average at the plate this season. The selection to the all-academic squad is Neal’s second.
Cunningham. a third baseman, hit .391 with 25 RBI in 25 starts. The selection to the scholar athlete squad is his first.
CABOT — Batesville High School’s Price Holmes is running 18th and leads a contingent of five Guard-circulation area athletes after the first day of the Arkansas high school decathlon and heptathlon.
Holmes, a senior, scored 3,238 points in the 100-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400-meter dash. Ethan Turpen, a senior from Lake Hamilton, leads the event with 4,120 points.
Donnie Cooper and Christian Manna, both juniors from Southside, are 27th and 43rd, respectively.
LOCUST GROVE — After a week off to observe Memorial Day, the Batesville Motor Speedway is scheduled to thunder again Friday night with another round of points racing for all classes.
A few drivers have pulled away from their competition while several other classes are being tightly contested.
The economy modified class is knotted between Joe Forman and Rick Engles with 220 points apiece.
The obvious assessments of Batesville’s American Legion baseball teams are these: The Highwaymen have been down this road many times before, and the Bankers are new to the business.
Citizens Bank, the 1A Division team, is scheduled to play first. The Bankers, with only one player with Legion experience, are scheduled to face Dyersburg, Mo., at 7:30 Friday night at Arkansas State University’s Tomilinson Stadium in Jonesboro.