• S-side soccer teams lose league openers

    CONWAY — Southside began 4A-3 Conference soccer action here Monday with a couple of losses.
    The Conway Christian Eagles edged the Southerners 1-0. The Lady Eagles won 8-0.
    “That was probably the best we’ve played all year,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said of the boys game. “Conway Christian passed the ball well and has a lot of skills. Defensively, we played really well. The one goal they scored our keeper had his body on the ball but it was ruled the ball crossed the line. Very close play.”
    Southerner goalie Brandon Ritter recorded 21 saves.

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  • BHS Lady Pioneers even softball count

    NEWPORT — The Batesville Lady Pioneers evened their softball record with a 2-1 victory over the Newport Lady Greyhounds here Monday.
    The winning run came in the top of the seventh inning when Tanya Tye singled home Shelby Winkle. Winkle was running for Angela Woods, who led off the inning with a double. Winkle stole third, setting up Tye’s winning hit.
    Batesville’s other run came in the fourth when Rachel Shellenberger led off with a double, advanced to third on Maggie Beshear’s sacrifice fly and scored on Sydney Lewis’ sacrifice bunt.

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  • Southerners win in extra innings

    SOUTHSIDE — Colby Sutton hit a 1-out, game-winning single to give the Southside Southerners a 6-5, extra-innings win over the Cave City Cavemen here Monday afternoon.
    Southside started with a 3-0 advantage, but a 5-run fourth inning put the Cavemen in control. Southside answered with a single run in the top of the fifth and then tied it with another in the seventh.
    That forced extra innings. Neither team scored in the eighth and Southside clinched it in the ninth when Sutton drove in Tyler Goad from second base. Goad reached on a single.

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  • Woods confirms plan to return for Masters

    PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods said Tuesday he will return to golf next month at the Masters, ending a 4-month hiatus brought on by a sex scandal that shattered his image as the gold standard in sports.
    “The Masters is where I won my first major and I view this tournament with great respect,” Woods said in a statement. “After a long and necessary time away from the game, I feel like I’m ready to start my season at Augusta.”

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  • Talk of expanding NCAA tourney causes much noise

    NEW YORK — It wouldn’t take an act of Congress, and in the overall scheme of things, expanding the field for the NCAA men’s basketball championship wouldn’t solve or create any problems for most Americans.
    Then why have so many people offered so many opinions on something that’s only in the discussion stage, at best, and might not even happen?
    Because the 3-weekend, 65-team format has become as much a March staple as cold rain in the Northeast and the sound of batting practice in Florida and Arizona.

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  • Wonderview Daredevils collect first state basketball title

    HOT SPRINGS (AP) — John Zimmerman’s 16 points, 14 in the second half, lifted the Wonderview Daredevils to a 36-33 victory over Bay in the boys Class 1A Championship game Friday in Summit Arena.
    The championship is the first for the Daredevils (36-4), who were in the title game for the first time since 2001. Bay (36-7) won its only state title in 1965 and was in its third title game.
    The Yellowjackets held a 33-27 lead with 4:28 left but would not score again, going zero for five from the free-throw line.

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  • Valley Springs shuts down Cave City for 3A crown

    HOT SPRINGS — It took the Cave City Cavewomen 11 minutes and 18 seconds to score their first point in the Class 3A State Championship game Friday night in Summit Arena.
    By then, the Valley Springs Lady Tigers had already jumped out to a sizeable lead. They led 11-0 at the end of the first quarter and 15-0 before Cave City’s Jessica Hall ended the drought. It was 19-9 at halftime.

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  • Scots sweep Tigers

    The Lyon College Scots made short work of the Iowa Wesleyan Tigers with 16 hits in an 11-1, run-rule shortened victory on Sunday afternoon at Scots Field.
    The victory completed a 3-game sweep for Lyon (12-7) and was the fourth straight victory for the Scots. Iowa Wesleyan (5-10) has lost four straight and six of its last seven.

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  • Pipers win 1 in Mo.

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Lyon Pipers won a 10-9 slugfest over Benedictine, but lost a 10-1 drubbing at the hands of Rogers State in first day action at the Evangel Tournament.
    Every starter had a hit for Lyon (10-10) in game one, led by Kristi Kelley’s 4-hit, 3-run performance. Kelley also had three stolen bases in the victory. Catcher Sarah Hart picked up two hits and two RBI and teammate Helen Zyjewski earned two hits, including a 1-run double.
    Lyon’s game-one starter Cassie White (2-2) struck out five for her second victory of the season.

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  • Marmaduke wins T-wolves title

    NEWARK — The Marma-duke Greyhounds won the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves Classic in baseball by defeating the East Poinsett County Warriors here Saturday.
    A score from the championship game, and several other tournament games, were not available at press time.
    The first-round scores were: Tuckerman 6, Midland 4; Marmaduke 6, Jonesboro Westside Consolidated 3; Bradford 8, Cedar Ridge 6; and EPC 9, Mountain View 7.

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  • Lady Pioneer Swing Into Spring softball camp set for March 22-26

    The Batesville Lady Pioneer Swing Into Spring softball camp is set for March 22-26 on the Batesville High School campus, Batesville Coach Sean Coker announced.
    The annual camp covers all the fundamentals and is for girls in third grade through seventh, 8 a.m. until noon each day. The cost is $50 for those who register before Thursday, 5 p.m. by calling Coker (501) 322-0957.
    Afterward, the cost is $65. Registration on opening day begins at 7 a.m.
    Coker will direct the camp and current Lady Pioneers and former Lady Pioneer Jill Limbaugh will assist.

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  • Lady Pioneers salvage win in Sherwood

    SHERWOOD — The Batesville Lady Pioneers defeated the Magnolia Lady Panthers 4-2 here Saturday afternoon to avoid being swept in the Bootsie Gordon Memorial Tournament.
    In a first-round contest Saturday morning, Sheridan defeated Batesville 9-1. In the consolation bracket, Beebe edged Batesville 6-5.
    Sheridan pitcher Hannah Hicks fired a 2-hitter against Batesville. She struck out four and walked two.

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