Tony Roepcke, coach of the Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen, said there are reasons for high expectations for Batesville’s AAA American Legion baseball team.
The Highwaymen and the expectations will get a stern test when the first pitch of the season is thrown Tuesday night at the North Complex. The opponents are the Jonesboro Ricemen, defending champions of the Zone 2 and state tournaments. Ricemen went 32-12-2 last summer. They defeated Bryant 8-6 in the state championship game.
LITTLE ROCK -— Hunters can voice their opinions about the upcoming Arkansas waterfowl hunting regulations and seasons at one of six public meetings to be held around the state from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.
These meetings are part of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s hunting regulation setting process. They will give hunters and other interested parties the opportunity to make comments and proposals on the 2010-11 waterfowl hunting seasons.
HOT SPRINGS — FLW Outdoors and the Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Tuesday Hot Springs will once again host the Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing, Aug. 11-14, 2011, on Lake Ouachita.
The last time the Forrest Wood Cup, the sport’s premier event, was held in Hot Springs was 2007 and Scott Suggs of Bryant, Ark., made professional fishing history winning the first $1 million first-place cash prize.
BROCKWELL — Rachel Harmon, a 4-time all-state golfer for the Izard County Lady Cougars, was recently named to the Arkansas Junior Girls Tri-States Team, according to a news release from the school.
Harmon, who recently signed a letter of intent to play golf at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, earned her spot on the Tri-States team based on her scores in last summer’s Arkansas State Golf Association events.
MELBOURNE — Melbourne graduate Sam Cooper recently signed a national letter of intent to play golf for the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys.
“Playing college golf is a dream,” Cooper said. “I have to improve my game even more in order to excel at that level.”
Cooper led the Bearkatz to the Class 2A state championship last fall and earned an invitation to the Overall Tournament, golf’s all-star tournament. He was a medalist in numerous matches throughout his high school career, including several district, regional and state honors. The state championship culminated his career.
NEWPORT — Cave City’s Bobby Hooker won the super pro division Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Dragway, according to information provided to the Guard.
Jeremy Odom ran second to Hooker.
Gary Spicer took the top spot in the street division with Steve Simpson chasing. Ron Davis beat Batesville’s Bill Smith down the line in the foot brake division.
Joey Bogard was quickest on a bike with Jason Russell in tow.
LOCUST GROVE — Saturday night’s feature results for the Isle of Capri Late Model Series at Batesville Motor Speedway have been announced.
As reported in Monday’s edition, T.J. Herndon was the winner. Here is the order in which the field crossed the finish line: Herndon, Bill Frye, Billy Moyer Jr., Eric Cooley, Roger Witt, Brandon Smith, Nick Black, Jason Wilkey, Bobby Derryberry, Marcus Andrews, Brian Ritchie, Jeff Floyd, Raymond Merrill, Jeff Taylor, Mark Norris, Bobby Dauderman, Steve Tarry, Joe Foreman, Tyler Stevens, Jared Landers
CAVE CITY — The first day of the Cavemen Basketball Camp is set for Tuesday and campers can register now, according to a news release from the school.
Campers can also register the first day of the camp beginning at 8 a.m. for elementary students at noon for junior high students.
The elementary camp is for girls and boys in grades 3-6 and it runs from 8:30 until noon, Tuesday through Friday. The junior high camp is for girls and boys in grades 7-9 and it runs from 12:30-4 p.m.
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Aaron Westlake hit a home run in his fourth consecutive game and Sonny Gray threw seven shutout innings as Vanderbilt beat Arkansas 2-0 Wednesday night in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
The decision in the nightcap of the tournament’s first round completed a sweep for the lower seeds.
It started when seventh-seeded Alabama whipped second-seeded Auburn 7-1, then No. 6 Ole Miss blanked No. 3 South Carolina 3-0, and No. 8 LSU downed top-seeded Florida 10-6.
The Guard sports department’s policies regarding the publication of youth league baseball, tee-ball and softball scores and highlights, ordinarily published under the headings “Sandlot summary” or “Sandlot,” include the following:
The deadline for submitting scores and other information at the Guard sports desk is 1 p.m. the day after the game.
The scores will be published on the day following the receipt of the form or as soon thereafter as possible.
The White River RoadRunners will again help runners prepare for the White River 4-Mile Classic Road Race through the ‘Train for Four’ program, according to a news release from the local club.
The first of nine training sessions is set for June 5, 8 a.m. at the Batesville High School track in Pioneer Stadium. The race is scheduled for August 7.
A group of experienced runners from the club will be there to direct and encourage participants, the news release said.
Lyon College Athletic Director Kevin Jenkins announced that the college will host six basketball camps during the months of June and July.
The first is set for June 5. It’s a 1-day shooting camp for boys entering grades 5-12. The cost is $60 per camper.
On June 7-10, the elementary/middle school camp for boys and girls will take place. That camp is open for children entering 2-6 grades and the cost is $75.