• Bearkatz resume search for head football coach; Davison leaves Cave City

    MELBOURNE — Melbourne High School is again searching for a head football coach.
    Tim Massey, the school’s athletic director, confirmed Thursday that Coach Larry Treadway has decided to return to Walnut Ridge High School, where he had coached the previous five years. Treadway had accepted the position at Melbourne and the hiring was approved by the Melbourne School Board on May 24.
    “Coach Treadway told me Walnut Ridge had offered him a package he couldn’t refuse,” Massey said.

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  • Bankers rally, win opener; Highwaymen fall 3-2

    It took a while for the Citizens Bankers to get going, but Batesville’s A American Legion baseball team eventually took control at the North Complex on Thursday.
    The final result was a 10-6, season-opening Zone 2 victory over the Trumann Post 42 Wildcats. The Wildcats came into the game with a 3-1 record in the zone and 5-3 record overall.
    Early, it looked like the Wildcats might wear out the Bankers. The visitors scored three runs in the first inning and led 5-3 after three and a half innings. It all turned in the bottom of the fourth.

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  • Space still available for local camps

    Spots are still available for the Pioneer Trailblazer Football Camp, Batesville Coach Dave King said, and the first session is set to begin Monday morning.
    That first session is for fourth- through sixth-graders and runs through Thursday. The second session is for seventh- through ninth-graders and runs June 14-18.
    For more information call King at (870) 793-0917, (870) 307-3058 or 793-7395.
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    Southside Coach Brad McGhee said there are spots still available for the Southside basketball camps which begin next week.

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  • ‘Train for Four’ runners to toe line for first time Saturday morning

    Participants in the “Train for Four” program will toe the starting line Saturday morning on Batesville High School’s Pioneer Stadium track and there’s room for more runners, according to a news release.
    The White River RoadRunners, a local running club, sponsors the event each year to help runners prepare for the White River 4-Mile Classic Road Race. The 32nd running of the race is set for Aug. 7.
    The first of nine training sessions is set to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday.

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  • Polesitter wins TrackTek event

    LOCUST GROVE — Richie Tosh went from the pole to the checkers to win the TrackTek Spring Street Stock Nationals championship Thursday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
    Tosh earned the pole in March, but had to wait to cash in due to weather.
    Robbie Arnold, who earned the outside pole position, finished last in the 26-car feature. Jared Wagster, Peyton Taylor, Chuck McGinty and Buddy Parks completed the top five Thursday night.
    The top 10 was rounded out by Tyler Baker, Stan Lewis, Brian Ritchie, Kyle Berry and Brad Helms.

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  • Batesville Motor Speedway hosting street stock events

    LOCUST GROVE — The Batesville Motor Speedway was quiet last weekend for the Memorial Day holiday, but it plans to make up for it this weekend with three nights of racing action.
    The TrackTek Spring Street Stock Nationals are scheduled to conclude tonight after being put on hold since March 20. The Matt Sturch Memorial, also a major street stock race, is set for Friday and Saturday.
    The street stock event was rained out only 15 minutes into its Saturday night show. The previous night’s qualifying slate was completed and a majority of the field was determined.

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  • Batesville Pioneers’ spring football featured competition like Wednesday’s temperatures

    The Batesville Pioneers finished up their spring football session Wednesday, and the competition for playing time was like the weather — hot.
    “This year is the best spring ball we’ve had since we started this,” Batesville Coach Dave King said. “The last couple of days it was unseasonably hot and it was tough on the (artificial) turf, but the competition was very good.”
    Seventy-two “actively participated,” King said, with a few sitting out with injuries and illnesses. Thirty-one freshmen participated.

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  • Lyon baseball camps scheduled

    The Lyon College baseball staff will host camps beginning Monday, according to a news release from the school.
    The camps, which are scheduled for June 7-10, 14-17 and June 18, will be held at Lyon under the direction of the Lyon baseball staff and players. Each camper will need cleats, tennis shoes (if it rains), a cap, glove and bat.
    One-day speciality camps focusing on hitting and pitching will take place on the last date.
    All camps are for children ages 5-15. The cost for the 4-day camps is $75. The speciality camps are $25 each or $45 for both.

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  • Beshears hits way to 5A all-state

    When it came time to vote for the Class 5A All-State softball team, Maggie Beshears was a hit with the 5A-East District softball coaches.
    “Her numbers speak for themselves,” Batesville Coach Sean Coker said. “When you look at all the hitters in the conference, Maggie was far and away the leader in just about all categories.”
    The sophomore first baseman-third baseman, registered a .580 batting average, including seven home runs, two triples and 14 doubles while driving in 38 runs and scoring 24 for the 12-15 Lady Pioneers. All but the runs scored and triples are team highs.

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  • All-state softball rosters list 10 area players

    Ten Guard-circulation area softball players were named to all-state rosters, according to a news release from the Arkansas Activities Association.
    Of the 10, three were on the roster last year. They are Maggie Jo Cooper, Kayla Fortson and Miranda Doyle.
    It is the third straight selection for Cooper, a junior at Melbourne. Fortson of Midland and Doyle of Hillcrest are 2-time selections. Both are seniors.

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  • Van Horn gives mixed update on Hogs

    FAYETTEVILLE — Good news on Zack Cox and perhaps not as good news on Brett Eibner comprised University of Arkansas Coach Dave Van Horn’s report after the Razorbacks’ baseball practice on Tuesday.
    The top-seeded and 40-18 Razorbacks are preparing to play fourth-seeded SWAC Conference Tournament champion Grambling State (22-30) in Friday’s 2 p.m. game of the Fayetteville Regional at Baum Stadium.

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  • Bass fishermen to talk tourneys

    The Batesville Bassmasters will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the George Rider Room at First Community Bank to discuss a couple of upcoming tournaments, secretary Colin Patterson said.
    Members will discuss the Aug. 14 Reekie Gardner Jr. White River Bass Classic and the June 26 night tournament on Greers Ferry Lake.
    The Classic will be held in conjunction with the annual White River Water Carnival. The June 26 tournament, out of Hill Creek Ramp, is the club’s first night tournament of the year. It will be from 7 p.m. June 26 until 2 the following morning.

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