LOCUST GROVE — Batesville Motor Speedway’s 2011 racing season is scheduled to take the green flag Thursday night with the Mid-America Modified Championship.
The 3-day show will be headlined by NASCAR’s Ken Schrader as he joins the region’s top modified drivers in a battle for a $1,500 prize each night. The top overall performer will receive a $500 bonus.
The story of how Schrader’s racing career began has been told so many times that it is almost legend in the NASCAR ranks.
A long line of White River Roadrunner club members and runners with local ties crossed the finish line at the Little Rock Marathon on Sunday, and one of them finished with a qualifying time for a much better-known marathon.
Brenden Bishop qualified for the Boston Marathon in the 45-49 age division with a time of 3 hours, 27 minutes and 52 seconds. The 45-year-old from Batesville finished 130th among the men.
The Boston Marathon is scheduled for April 18.
Brian Stanfield finished first among local runners. The 38-year-old finished 67th in a time of 3:17:11.
The 52nd version of the Batesville Women’s Bowling Association City Tournament is scheduled for the next two weekends at Hollywood Bowl, according to a news release from Lori Hayes.
The team competitions in the United States Bowling Congress-sanctioned event are set for Friday and March 19. Play is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day.
The doubles and singles division of play is set for Saturday and March 20, beginning at 1 p.m. each day.
MOBILE, Ala. — Lyon’s 5-game winning streak came to an end here Tuesday afternoon as the University of Mobile Rams collected a doubleheader sweep.
The Rams won the opener 6-3 and took the nightcap 4-3 in an extra inning.
Chris Peacock pitched the game one victory. He allowed one earned run on six hits, walked two and struck out five in six innings of work.
Jeff Lyons provided one inning of relief and allowed one run on two hits, walked none and struck out none.
HEBER SPRINGS — Millicent Talley pounded the softball well beyond the center field fence, giving the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Cedar Ridge defeated the Heber Springs Lady Panthers 8-5 in a nonconference meeting here Monday.
Coach Joey Nelson said Talley’s homer was “a 300-foot bomb to dead center.”
Tia Moore and Laken McCoy recorded three hits and two runs apiece for Cedar Ridge (2-0). Moore also drove in two runs. Maci Thomas and Cecily Freeman each went one for four with a run scored.
CAVE CITY — The Cave City Cavemen used a late surge to pull away from the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves 9-1 in a nonconference baseball game here Monday afternoon.
A 1-1 tie was broken with a 5-run fifth. The Cavemen added three more in the sixth.
Joey Barnett and Justin Hunter combined to pitch a 2-hitter for Cave City (3-2). Barnett threw the first four innings, allowing one hit. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter. Cedar Ridge’s run was unearned. Hunter allowed one hit, struck out three and walked none in three complete innings of work.
This morning’s rain and threat of more to come has caused games set for today in two sports to be called off.
The Batesville-at-Little Rock Christian soccer matches (girls and boys) were postponed by administrators at the host school, Batesville Coach TJ Stroud said this morning. They have been rescheduled for May 9, ending the regular season.
Also, the Lyon-at-Ouachita Baptist University softball doubleheader was called off. It has not yet been rescheduled, according to Lyon’s sports information department.
SOUTHSIDE — Defense led the way as Southside swept Class 5A visitors from Paragould in soccer matches at Stewart Field on Monday.
The Lady Southerners shut out the Greene County Tech Lady Eagles and the Southerners downed the Eagles 3-1.
The Lady Southerners evened their overall record at 2-2 as Alex Burroughs scored two unassisted goals.
“That was, by far, our best game,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said. “Alicia Weaver, Kelsie Jenkins and Mercedes Canals did a real good job on defense, keeping them pushed outside and making them take long shots.
CAVE CITY — No rebuilding needed here, Jason Hughes said Monday night.
Hughes was recently hired to step in for Russell Fowler as head coach for Cave City Cavewomen basketball. At the same school board meeting, Fowler’s resignation was accepted. Fowler’s 20 senior high teams posted a record of 421-224, winning eight regular-season district championships and nine district tournament titles and region titles and made one state finalist appearance. Three other Cavewomen teams reached the final four.
The Batesville Lady Pioneers improved their softball record to 3-0 Monday night at the North Complex with a 14-13, come-from-behind extra-inning victory over the Newport Lady Greyhounds, and they stretched the laws of probability while doing it.
Trailing 9-0 after one and a half innings, the Lady Pioneers slowly got themselves back into contention, appeared to give that chance away, and then won with an unlikely-looking 4-run eighth-inning.
The Lyon College baseball schedule was shuffled a bit over the weekend.
Sunday’s single game at Spring Hill (Mobile, Ala.) was changed into a doubleheader today while Wednesday’s single game with Mobile University was moved to a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Also, the Scots have added a single home game with College of the Ozarks for March 15.