The first White River Football Classic, a 7-on-7 flag football tournament, is scheduled to kick off Saturday morning at 9 on the soccer fields at the Batesville North Complex.
Six teams are in the inaugural field. Eight games will be played Saturday. Semifinals are set to begin Sunday morning at 10 a.m. The championship game is slated to start at noon.
Joe Haynes, one of the organizers, said concessions will be available at tournament T-shirts will be on sale. The event is a fund raiser and a “community outreach program,” with some of the going to a local Boy Scout program.
The 2nd Annual Open Invitational Tournament for the Youth Baseball Association teams in northeast Arkansas is scheduled to begin June 11 in Jonesboro, Jeff Smallmon announced.
The tournament is open to teams in four age divisions: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12.
The 4-day event will be played at the Northside Sports Complex in Jonesboro.
To enter or for more information, call Ronnie Haynes at (417) 350-8935 or Vicki Blagg at (870) 897-2370. You can also visit www.eteamz.com/jonesborolittleleague.
The entry fee is $150. Team and individual awards will go to the top two teams in each division.
STRAWBERRY — The Hillcrest Athletic Department awarded its top athletes Tuesday night during its awards banquet.
Natalie Johnson and Derek Wooten were recognized as the top golfers for the Class 1A school.
Elizabeth Rush and Logan Spray took the top honors in senior high track and field while Hunter Nunnally and Stacy Maxwell did the same at the junior high level.
Basketball, baseball and softball award winners are:
Senior high basketball
SOUTHSIDE — Alex Burroughs was named to the Class 4A All-State soccer team and added a rare honor.
The forward was a 4A-3 All-District selection for the girls team and she was honorably mentioned for the boys team.
“Alex tied our single-season scoring record with seven goals, she holds the career scoring record with 14, and she’s just a sophomore,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said.
The Lady Southerners posted a 1-9-1 record. Adrianna Jeffery, a freshman midfielder, was also named to the girls all-district team.
Four Batesville High soccer players were recently named to the Class 5A All-State team and half of those are making their second appearance.
Juniors Vivien Ramirez and Erin Richards return. The newcomers are senior Shelby Ward and junior Sam Johnson.
Goalie Ramirez led a defense that posted seven shutouts. Ramirez recorded 83 saves and allowed 10 goals for the 8-4 Pioneers.
Johnson scored 13 goals and chalked up a team-high 17 assists. Johnson was also named to the all-state tournament team.
“Both are team guys,” Pioneer Coach TJ Stroud said “You build a team around these type of kids.
TULSA, Okla. — A former Batesville Pioneer helped the Collinsville Cardinals win the Oklahoma Class 5A State Tournament baseball championship game here recently, according to a report in the Tulsa World newspaper.
Kraig Kelley, who played for the Pioneer baseball and football teams, and started for the Pioneer baseball team as a sophomore and junior, hit two for four, scored twice and drove in two runs as Collinsville defeated Booker T. Washington 7-2 in the tournament championship game.
LOCUST GROVE — A decision on whether the Batesville Motor Speedway’s Isle of Capri Late Model Series races for this weekend will go as planned had not been made by press time.
The second round of the 5-round series was postponed last week due to weather. It was rescheduled for Friday and Saturday, but will be at the mercy of the weather again this weekend.
Steady rain is forecast for today and tonight, but the skies are expected to clear Friday and Saturday.
If the races do occur, Billy Moyer Jr. will try to extend his lead in the Isle of Capri Series. He swept the first round.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Activities Association recently announced the coaching staffs for the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star soccer games and a Batesville High School coach was named for the third time.
Pioneer Coach TJ Stroud is an assistant to the East boys squad. He was an East assistant in 2006 and the East head coach in 2008.
Jason Hay of Bryant will direct the East boys this season. The other assistants are Bryan Mattox of Mountain Home and Chuck Speer of Conway Christian.
Southside is scheduled to host its annual basketball camps in June, Southside Coach Brad McGhee announced.
The first camp is set for June 7-10 and will be for boys entering grades 4-7.
An elementary camp for boys and girls entering kindergarten through third grade is slated for June 14-17.
All camp sessions will run from 8:30-11 a.m.
Each camp will focus on fundamentals, including ball-handling, shooting, defense, footwork and passing. The cost is $50 per camper. It should be paid before June 3. A late fee of $5 will be added after that date.
VIOLA — The Izard County Lady Cougars bowed out of the Class 1A State Softball Tournament with a 15-0 loss to the Armorel Lady Tigers here Monday.
After a scoreless first inning, Armorel scored eight runs in the second, two in the third and forced the run rule with five in the fourth.
The Lady Cougars managed two hits and were charged with seven errors.
Kristen Doty and Sami Wagner provided Izard County’s hits.
Kaydie Campbell took the loss in the circle. She allowed 14 earned runs on eight hits, walked four and struck out one.