• Local adult slow-pitch softballers set meeting Thursday to organize

    Independence Softball Association members will begin organizing at a meeting Thursday night at 7 in Believer’s Community Church, according to ISA President Sammy McBride.
    McBride said entry fees will not be required at the meeting for the adult slow-pitch leagues. “We’re just trying to get people there to begin organizing,” he added.

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  • 50th Batesville City tourney for bowlers to begin March 13

    The Batesville City Tournament will celebrate its 50th birthday in March and entries are now being accepted for the team, doubles and singles events at Hollywood Bowl, according to a news release from the Women’s Bowling Association.
    Registration forms can be picked up at Hollywood Bowl.
    The team competitions are scheduled for March 13 and 20, with sessions at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. The doubles and singles events are set for March 14 and 21, with a 1 p.m. starting time each day.

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  • White River Roadrunners add two races to series

    In its second year of existence, the White River Roadrunners Race Series has grown by two races.
    The White River Roadrunners Club announced in a recent news release that two races in nearby towns have been added to the previous 7-race schedule. The Take the Lake 5K at Greers Ferry on April 24 and the Pioneer Day 5K in Melbourne are new to the series.

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  • Kristi Kelley selected TranSouth POW

    PULASKI, Tenn. — Lyon College’s Kristi Kelley has been named the TranSouth Athletic Conference Player of the Week, according to the conference’s Web site.
    Kelley, a 5-foot-3 junior center fielder from DeBerry, Texas hit seven for 13, including three extra base hits, two doubles and one home run while the Pipers split four games last weekend. She also scored four runs and knocked in three.

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  • Scots sweep Cardinals in home-opening twinbill

    The Lyon Scots collected a sweep of the William Jewell Cardinals in a home-opening doubleheader on Monday afternoon at Scots Field.
    Lyon (5-3) won the first game 5-3 on Lans Hardin’s walk-off, 3-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Scots took the second game 7-2, thanks to a 5-run bottom of the fifth. The Scots have won three straight and were set to host Williams Baptist this afternoon at 1. The losses were the first of the season for William Jewell, which falls to 3-2.

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  • Southerners kick off soccer season with 8-2 victory

    SOUTHSIDE — The Southerners got the high school soccer season off to a good start Monday with an 8-2 shellacking of the Marion Patriots at Stewart Field.
    “The kids played really hard, and I’m pleased with that,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said. “Obviously, we didn’t look real fluid, but they gave great effort.”

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  • Eagles keep title in range, rip Pioneers

    The Greene County Tech Eagles, the defending state champions in Class 5A, kept a district championship in their sights with a 58-36 victory over the Batesville Pioneers in Pioneer Gym Friday night.
    Tech is 10-2 in the 5A-East District, one-half game behind the Wynne Yellowjackets. Tech is scheduled to visit Blytheville Tuesday night and host Wynne on Thursday. Wynne is scheduled to host Forrest City tonight in a game that was postponed Feb. 9 due to weather-related road conditions, then host West Helena on Tuesday before the showdown Thursday in Wynne.

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  • Lady Eagles sour Lady Pioneer hopes

    The Greene County Tech Lady Eagles squashed any thoughts the Batesville Lady Pioneers had for upward mobility here Friday night in Pioneer Gym.
    The Lady Eagles rallied from a 13-point, third-quarter deficit and won 52-44, clinching at least a third-place finish in the 5A-East District and setting up a chance for a movin’-on-up game of their own Tuesday night.

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  • Three area teams complete sweep of district basketball championships

    Melbourne and Concord won district basketball tournament titles over the weekend and the former doubled up in the event at Sloan-Hendrix High School.
    Following are reports from the four district tournaments in which area schools were involved:

    2A-2 District
    IMBODEN — The Lady Bearkatz got things going Melbourne’s way with a 69-52 victory over the Midland Lady Mustangs. It wasn’t as easy as the final score indicates.

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  • U.S. Olympic hockey team stuns Canada

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The United States pulled off the biggest Olympic hockey upset since the Miracle on Ice, stunning Canada 5-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.
    Brian Rafalski scored two goals, Ryan Miller held off a flurry of shots and the Americans quieted a raucous, pro-Canada crowd that came to cheer its dream team.

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  • Carroll defends indoor track title

    FAYETTEVILLE — Melbourne’s Emily Carroll defended one of two State Indoor Track and Field Champion-ships at the Randal Tyson Track Center here Friday.
    The senior won the 3,200-meter race in a time of 12 minutes, 15.27 seconds, finishing nearly 40 seconds ahead of Grace Bodron of Heber Springs, the second-place finisher.
    Carroll finished second in the 1,600, 13 seconds behind Grace Heymsfield of Elkins. Carroll won both of the long-distance races last February.

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  • Pipers softball goes half-and-half at home

    The Lyon College Pipers went two for four in the home-opening softball weekend.
    On Saturday, the Pipers suffered a pair of losses on the final day of the Lyon College Invitational at House Field. Lyon lost a 1-0 pitcher’s duel to Mid-America Nazarene in game one and dropped a 10-0 rout to Southern Nazarene in game two.
    The Pipers fall to 3-3 and all three losses have been by shut out. Lyon managed only four hits total in Saturday’s losses — all by center fielder Kristi Kelley, who had a double and three singles.

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