FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas has 14 players on the Southeastern Conference’s preseason coach’s All-SEC team, the most of any conference school.
The Razorbacks have three players on the first team, five on the second and six on the third.
Senior receivers Greg Childs and Joe Adams, along with senior defensive end Jake Bequette were first-team selections. Adams was named to the first team as an all-purpose player for his return abilities, and he was selected to the second-team offense.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Peyton Hillis has been dragging cars and all-terrain vehicles around the streets back home in Arkansas to stay in shape during the NFL lockout.
On Saturday, the Browns’ bulldozing back planned to pull a fire truck across a football field.
“Yeah, I’m going to give it a try,” Hillis said Friday night. “We’re going to have a good time doing it.”
Hillis is ready for some football.
EDMOND, Okla. — The Batesville Smashers won the United States Sports Specialty Sports Association 8AA World Series Tuesday night.
The Smashers beat Northland Heat of Kansas City, Mo., by a score of 10-9 in the tournament’s deciding game. Five runs were scored by the Smashers in the bottom of the sixth to claim the lead.
GREENVILLE, Ill. — Former Lyon College softball player Tenequa Martin is making her mark on college softball at another institutions having recently being named head coach and senior women’s administrator at Greenville College.
Martin, a 2010 graduate in business administration and a 3-year starter at Lyon, takes over a Greenville program that finished 14-23 last season, including a 13-0 loss to the Scots in Batesville during the Lyon College tournament.
LOCUST GROVE — Batesville Motor Speedway plans to honor their four decades of entertaining area race fans Friday night with discounted admission and racing in all five classes.
Grandstand admission will be $4, and kids 11 and under will be admitted at no charge. The track concession stand will feature specials during the night, and some fans will win 40th anniversary BMS 2012 calendars.
The gates open at 6 p.m., and racing begins at 8 p.m.
Here are the top-10 drivers and their point totals listed by division:
Hailey Hastings and Emily Gardener won the Outstanding Camper Awards at the Lyon College Junior and Senior Girls Basketball Camp this week.
Hastings won in the senior high division. Other top awards in the senior division were for defense and hustle, which were won by Michele Dobbins and Ariel Wann, respectively.
Baylea Altom (defense) and Chris Camp (hustle) joined Gardener among the top junior award winners.
SOUTHSIDE — Space is still available at the Southside girls’ basketball camp, according to Coach Malcolm Long.
The morning camp (8:30-noon) for girls entering grades 4-8 is scheduled to begin Monday and end July 21. Ball handling, shooting, defense and rebounding will be taught and games will be played daily.
A registration fee of $55 is due by 8:15 a.m. on Monday.
For more information, contact Coach Long at (870) 307-1848 or Coach Chris Hardin at (870) 613-3452.
The Batesville Fellowship of Christian Athletes Power Camp for boys and girls 8-12 years old is scheduled for Monday through July 21 at Eagle Mountain Magnet School.
The camp will include a variety of sports activities and Bible studies led by college students and athletes from across the state from 9 a.m-noon each day.
The cost is $45 for one, $80 for two and $100 for three in an immediate family and scholarships are available based on need. Citizens Bank, the lead sponsor for the event, is providing funds for the event, including scholarship money.
The Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes dominated their home swim meet Saturday, winning 41 of the 80 events and outscoring their nearest competitor by 375 points.
The Torpedoes piled up 445 points in the male division and 252 points in the female division for a combined score of 697. The Greene County Gators were second with 322 total points. They were followed by the Jonesboro Jets (276), Wynne Marlins (159) and Blytheville Barracudas (122).
Drivers Kevin Grizzle and Joe Payne both currently sit atop the standings of the street stock division at Batesville Motor Speedway after Friday night’s races.
Grizzle won Friday’s feature race with Payne finishing second. Both drivers have accumulated a total of 252 points during the season and are 12 points ahead of Mikey Bell, who finished in third place.
Other feature winners were Roger Witt (NeSmith Crate late models), Rick Buie Jr. (IMCA modified), Garrett Skaggs (factory stock) and Ronnie Jones (front-wheel drive).
New champions were crowned Saturday morning after the second running of the Army National Guard Family Readiness Group 5K, but they aren’t new to the racing scene here or in many other places.
Jesse Littlefield, visiting Batesville as he does each year about this time, won the overall men’s title in a course record time of 17 minutes, 49.57 seconds.