NEW ORLEANS — If you’re like most Louisiana anglers — including this one — you’ve probably spent the PAST few weeks bellyaching about the incessantly windy weather, boring all your non-angling friends with claims that this has been the windiest April of your life.
Well, turns out you were probably right. The proof is in this comment:
“I don’t know about the windiest of all-time, but I definitely tell you it’s the windiest we’ve had in 17 years.”
CAVE CITY — By the conclusion of its fifth regular season tournament Saturday, the Cave City Bass Club had 41 paid members, reported tournament director Ron Watkins.
“We hope to pick up five or six more” through the remainder of the season, he said.
David Wooten and Chris Richardson won the tournament on Lake Norfork by catching five fish totaling 13.55 pounds.
Michael Holt and Tracy Hunter caught five that totaled 12.80 pounds for second place and Mark Owens and Levi Moser teamed for a five-fish limit of 8.40 pounds.
LAKE MAUMELLE — Kendall Goates and Cody Chessher were the top anglers in Saturday’s Student Angler Federation Arkansas State High School Bass Fishing Championship on Lake Maumelle.
The duo pulled in a total of five fish weighing 12.25 pounds.
The tournament was originally scheduled for the Arkansas River, but high water forced it to be moved to Lake Maumelle. Record-setting flooding in Arkansas has various parts of state underwater.
Seventy-one teams registered to fish the inaugural event.
LITTLE ROCK — If you want to hunt elk in Arkansas, now’s the time to sign up for the opportunity. The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s permit process for a free chance to hunt the state’s largest game animal is available now.
May is application time for a chance to win one of 24 permits to hunt elk in the Buffalo River country of Arkansas. The hunt dates this year in elk compartments 1, 2, 3 and 4 are Sept. 26-30 and Dec. 5-9.
The season for the private land elk management Zone (Boone, Carroll, Madison, Newton and Searcy counties; excluding Boxley Valley) is Dec. 5-9.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside High School will host three basketball camps during the summer months, announced Coach Brad McGhee.
The camp for girls and boys entering grades K through 3 is set for May 31-June 3. A camp for boys entering grades 4 through 7 is slated for June 13-16, and a girls grades 4-8 camp is scheduled for July 11, 12, 14 and 15.
The cost of each camp is $50, which includes a camp T-shirt. The first two camps will from 8:30 a.m. until 11. The third will also start at 8:30 a.m. and run an hour longer.
Concessions will be available at each camp.
Professional boxing is set to return to Batesville as Bad Boy Promotions presents “Friday the 13th Fight Night” at the National Guard Armory in Batesville.
“This will be the fifth show of its kind to take place at the intimate venue and each show seems to bring more excitement,” promoter Brandon Foster said.
Josh Williams, who collected a come-from-behind knockout victory on the December 11th boxing card at the Armory, is scheduled for a 6-round bout against Memphis’ Keunrtey Henson, who also holds a victory at the Armory.
BARTELSVILLE, Okla. — Former Batesville Pioneers Jake Palese and Kraig Kelley won postseason honors for the Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagles, according to the school’s website.
Palese, a sophomore third baseman, was named to a first-team all-region squad. Kelley, a freshman catcher, won the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year Award and was named to the all-conference second team.
NEWPORT — Gary Spicer, Patrick Nephew, John Taylor, Jason Russell and Hannah Hodge were winners at Speedy’s on Sunday, according to information provided to the Guard.
Spicer was followed by Steve Mack and Steve Simpson in the street class, Nephew was chased by Ken Thomas and Bill Smith in the foot brake class, Tony Newberry and Don Stitcher finished behind Taylor in the super pro class, and Russell beat Joey Bogard down the strip in the outlaw street bike class.
Hodge was the only junior dragster listed.
LOCUST GROVE — Maybe, just maybe, the Batesville Motor Speedway will refire its engine for points racing Friday night.
After several rain-related cancellations, there’s a good chance racing action will resume this week.
Track owner and promoter Mooney Starr always takes the optimistic approach, so the 30-percent chance of rain in Friday’s forecast means there’s a 70-percent chance it won’t rain.
Foreman is famous for being the hometown of country music superstar Tracy Lawrence, but it’s also developed a reputation for winning softball state championships.
The Foreman Lady Gators are scheduled to take on the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves Friday in the first round of the Class 2A State Tournament at Pine Bluff’s Regional Park.
Foreman has won five straight state championships and has appeared in the last six title games.
The Southside Southerners are first up among the Guard-circulation area baseball teams playing in state tournament games, and they’ve drawn a team whose school is a legend in Arkansas high school sports.
As the fourth seeds, the 17-10 Southerners are scheduled to take on the third-seeded Nashville Scrappers in the Class 4A State Tournament at Valley View High School in Jonesboro at noon Friday.
The site for this weekend’s Batesville Bassmasters regular season tournament has been changed, club officials have announced.
The tournament will be from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on Bull Shoals Lake, out of the Dam Site Park ramp.
The tournament was originally scheduled for Lake Dardanelle.
Winners of the April 30-May 1 tournament on Bull Shoals Lake were also announced.
Billy Littleton and Bobby Littleton teamed to catch 31.33 pounds to win the event. They caught 11.88 pounds the first day and 19.45 pounds the second day.