BROCKWELL — As the full moon was rising in the eastern sky, the Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles rose to the top of the Class 1A 2-East District Tournament championship with a 13-5 victory over the hosting Izard County Lady Cougars here Thursday night.
The game was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., but it started more than a couple hours beyond that and concluded just before 10. That was just in time to see a bright orange full moon creeping above the tree line.
Izard County pitcher Kaydie Campbell had a no-hitter going through four innings, but Hillcrest’s bats came alive in the fifth.
Spencer Caraway recently received another basketball honor.
The 6-foot, 5-inch senior at Melbourne High School was named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s All-Arkansas third team. Caraway, an all-state and Arkansas High School Coaches’ Association All-Star selection, led the Bearkatz to a 32-7 record while averaging 24 points, 14 rebounds and two blocked shots per game.
The Mr. Basketball award went to Preston Purifoy of Conway. The other top All-Arkansas awards went to Little Rock McClellan’s Chris Threatt, Coach of the Year, and West Memphis’ Jalen Jackson, Sophomore of the Year.
BROCKWELL — A strong wind and some untimely errors made the difference as the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles won the Class 1A 2-East District Tournament championship with a 3-0 decision over the Mammoth Spring Bears here Thursday afternoon.
The teams battled through four and a half scoreless innings and then Hillcrest ended the drought with a run in the bottom half of the fifth. Two more runs crossed in the sixth as Mammoth Spring’s wheels fell off.
CAVE CITY — Chris Richardson’s 4.85-pound bass, the biggest of the day, anchored a stringer totaling 19.05 pounds that gave Richardson and his partner, David Wooten, first place in Saturday’s Cave City Bass Club tournament on Bull Shoals Lake, tournament director Ron Watkins said.
Michael Holt and Tracy Hunter were not far behind with 16.75 pounds for second place.
Both teams weighed in the limit of five bass each.
Ten boats with 18 participants were in the competition.
LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas anglers will have two venues where they’ll get an opportunity to gather information and ask questions on proposed fishing regulations for 2011, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Beginning on Tuesday, the commission will air its popular “Outdoor Hotline” on AETN. Sportsmen and women will be able to call a toll-free hotline with questions and comments that will be answered or discussed during the show.
The show begins at 7 p.m. The TV show will be followed on May 6 by six public meetings. All of the meetings will begin at 7 p.m.
The defense must stay the same and the offense has got to finish better than they have in the past if Batesville’s soccer teams are going to take another first step in a state tournament, their coaches said.
The Pioneers and Lady Pioneers broke through last season, each collecting their first victories in postseason high school soccer.
Friday in Harrison, they will each take on teams from Hot Springs Lakeside in the first-round of the Class 5A event in Harrison. The Lady Pioneers and Lady Rams are scheduled to kick off at noon. The Pioneers and Rams are scheduled to follow at 2.
This time, the Batesville Lady Pioneer track team isn’t the lone contender for the Class 5A State Track and Field Championship.
Last spring, the Lady Pioneers piled up 148 points — more than doubling their nearest competitor — while winning their fifth straight state championship.
Friday in Paragould, the Vilonia Lady Eagles, Camden Fairview Lady Cardinals, Crossett Lady Eagles and Magnolia Lady Panthers are threats to end the Lady Pioneers’ reign.
At least that’s how Batesville Coach Stuart Smith and Vilonia Coach John Steward see it.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Doug Cauthen thought winning the Kentucky Derby would be easy.
After all, his older brother, Steve, won a Triple Crown as a teenager aboard Affirmed in 1978.
“I thought for sure I’d probably train a Kentucky Derby winner by the time I was 18, after watching him,” Doug said. “Then, once I got in the business world I figured it would take me awhile. I’ve paid my dues.”
Now the president of WinStar Farm, Cauthen is ready to end the operation’s Derby drought.
The Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves clinched second place in the Class 2A-2 District standings with a 7-3 win over the top-seeded Melbourne Lady Bearkatz Wednesday afternoon at Batesville’s North Complex.
Cedar Ridge finished the conference season with a 9-3 record. Midland is 8-3 with a game remaining, but Cedar Ridge holds the tiebreaker. The Lady Mustangs clinched the third seed with a win over Walnut Ridge Wednesday (see story below).
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Despite a 1-hitter from Lyon senior pitcher Faith Richmond, the Pipers’ softball season ended here this morning with a 3-2 loss to the Bethel Lady Wildcats in the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament.
The tournament is being played at the Trojan Softball Complex on the campus of Trevecca Nazarene.
Richmond pitched six innings, walked one and struck out two. Three errors behind her were the difference.
Bethel’s lone hit came when Brittany Edmonds hit a solo home run over the center field fence on a 2-out, 2-strike count in the first inning.
WEST HELENA — The Batesville Lady Pioneers made short work of the West Helena Cougarettes here Tuesday, and then they got a little help in Jonesboro.
While the Lady Pioneers were winning 19-1 and 16-0, both in 3-innings, the Nettleton Lady Raiders took the nightcap from the Paragould Lady Rams for a split in another 5A-East District doubleheader.
With those happenings, the Lady Pioneers improved to 7-5 in the district and they are fifth, one game behind the Lady Rams. Those two will meet in Paragould next Tuesday on the scheduled last day of district doubleheader.