The Jonesboro Ricemen are still doing it right.
The 2-time defending American Legion state champions thumped the Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen 17-8 in a season- and Zone 2-opening baseball game at the North Complex.
Mostly, what the Ricemen did was wear out the right side of the field with hits between first and second base, over the right fielder’s head and into the right-center field gap.
The first session of the Stars of Tomorrow Basketball Camp at Batesville High is set for June 7-10, Batesville Lady Pioneer Coach Patricia Stave said.
Session I is for girls and boys entering grades 7 through 9 and runs four days. Session II, another 4-day camp, is for girls and boys grades 4 through 7 and begins June 14. Each camp day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 11:30 in Pioneer Gymnasium.
Hillcrest, the Wootens and all-state — just one last time.
The Wooten brothers, Derek and Dylan, are the returning members to the Arkansas Activities Association All-State rosters for high school baseball. They were also named to the Class 1A team last spring. Derek is also a 2-time all-state selection in basketball.
It’s the last go-around for Derek, a senior. Dylan is a junior.
Batesville High School seniors Talan Roepcke and Will Lindsey returned to the Class 5A All-State baseball roster this spring after helping the Pioneers win a share of the 5A-East District championship.
The Pioneers went 20-9 and earned their 19th straight state tournament berth.
The pair was also named to the team as juniors.
Roepcke, a left-handed pitcher-first baseman, recorded a 9-1 record this spring while posting a 1.35 earned-run average. Over 62 innings, he struck out 61, walked 13 and hit eight batters.
NEWPORT — Cave City dragster Don Stitcher won the foot brake division at Speedy’s Newport Dragway Sunday, ending a month and a half drought.
Stitcher beat Ron Davis, who jumped the gun in the final.
Jeremy Odom took the super pro division’s top prize with Luke Clay second.
Jason Russell beat Joey Bogard in the outlaw street bike final and Brian Hill was quicker than Samantha Clay in the junior dragster division.
Edward Littlejohn and Steve Simpson’s final run in the street division was scratched because of rain. Craig Brown finished third before the rain fell.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Arkansas State’s baseball team was eliminated from the Sun Belt Conference Tournament with a pair of losses to Troy here Saturday.
Troy won the first game 12-5 and then ousted Arkansas State with a 12-8 decision in 11 innings.
The Trojans advanced to the championship game and were defeated by Florida International 14-10 on Sunday.
Arkansas State (30-27) was trying to advance to the championship game for the fist time since 1996. In the second round of the tournament, the Red Wolves defeated the Trojans 12-2.
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.