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.
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:
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.
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.
MOUNTAIN HOME — Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen hit four home runs at Cooper Park here Thursday while defeating the Dunklin County, Mo., Post 303 Dodgers 11-6 in a Brooks Robinson Twin Lakes Classic American Legion baseball game.
The victory evened the Highwaymen’s overall record at 6-6, their tournament mark at 1-1 and kept their hopes alive to reach the annual tournament’s 8-team championship bracket.
Batesville’s AAA Legion team is scheduled to play the final member of its pool, Pontotoc, Miss., today at 5 p.m.
CONWAY — The 5A-4A East squad defeated the 3A-2A-1A East squad 6-0 in a Junior All-Star Classic softball game here Wednesday.
Southside Coach Fred Denison Jr. was the head coach for the 5A-4A East team. Cedar Ridge Coach Joey Nelson headed the lower division East team. Cave City Coach Crystal Bradley was the original coach, but had to relinquish her position when the games were rescheduled after rain last week.
FAYETTEVILLE — Even with temperatures approaching the 90s, Dave Van Horn has been feeling a draft.
Boy, has the Arkansas Razorbacks baseball coach been feeling a draft.
Eight of his Razorbacks, six of them underclassmen, were selected in the major league teams’ professional draft. Van Horn thinks one underclassman, fourth-year junior-to-be outfielder Collin Kuhn, might step out of the draft and back to Arkansas for another season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant sprinted after the ball, which Lamar Odom joyously flung downcourt to burn the remaining seconds in Game 7 of the NBA finals. With the celebration starting behind him, Bryant chased it down and then held it aloft to his teammates.
The Los Angeles Lakers’ 16th championship was secure following a gritty 83-79 victory over the Boston Celtics. Bryant’s legs may have been dead, but he didn’t stop running until the buzzer.
MOUNTAIN HOME — After some shuffling of the schedule, De Soto, Mo., thumped the Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen 8-3 in a Brooks Robinson Twin Lakes Classic American Legion baseball game here Wednesday night.
“We were scheduled to play at 4 in the afternoon (against Benton),” Batesville Coach Tony Roepcke said. “I called to make sure it was still at 4 and found out they had moved us to 11 in the morning. I told them we had a camp going on here (at Lyon College) and that wasn’t possible for us, so they moved us to a 7 p.m. game.”
JONESBORO — The Independence County Torpedoes finished second behind Jonesboro’s AAU team at a swim meet here Saturday.
The host team collected 1,580 points (958 girls, 622 boys) while the Torpedoes earned 644 (223 girls, 421 boys) and Wynne tallied 380 (160 girls, 220 boys).
Independence County’s individual winners were Thomas Sonnier, Louis Sonnier, William Sonnier and Jake Deskin.
Thomas Sonnier won the 8-and-under 25-meter butterfly event in a time 27.49 seconds.
LOCUST GROVE — The Isle of Capri Late Models Series is set to return to the Batesville Motor Speedway this weekend for round three of the 5-round series.
With two rounds complete, Eric Cooley of Fulton, Miss. is the points leader. Greenbrier’s Bill Frye is just two points off the pace and Batesville’s Billy Moyer Jr. is eight back.
Moyer swept round one, but had a last-place finish the first night of round two. He redeemed himself with a second-place outing on night two of round two.
JACKSONVILLE — Izard County graduate Rachel Harmon recorded her first ever hole-in-one on the par-3 14th hole at Foxwood Country Club in Jacksonville on Monday as she participated in the qualifying round of ASGA Junior Girls Match Play Tournament, according to a news release from her father and Izard County Coach David Harmon.
The 14th hole was playing 137 yards over water as Harmon used a 7-iron for the ace. Witnesses were Grace Grubb, Emily Plyler, Coach Harmon, UALR Women’s Golf Coach Bridgette Norwood, and Carrie Hall.