PARAGOULD — A regular state champion took home a team title for the Class 5A State Track and Field Meet here Friday night. It just wasn’t the Batesville Lady Pioneers.
It was the Camden Fairview Lady Cardinals. They won the 2005 Class 5A state title. That’s when 5A was the state’s largest classification, and the same year the Lady Pioneers’ began their run of five straight state titles by winning the 4A crown.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Southside Lady Southerners’ season ended with a 14-3, run-ruled loss to the Stuttgart Lady Ricebirds in the first round of the Class 4A-2 District Tournament.
“They got off to a good start. They were up 8-1 after two innings,” Southside Coach Fred Denison Jr. said. “They hit the ball well. In the first two innings, they had six hits, two doubles and we walked them twice. Basically, they outplayed us.”
Sami Hallowell and Lindsey Coe were each credited with two hits and a double for Southside.
The Lady Southerners closed their season with a 16-10 record.
LEBANON, Tenn. — The No. 2 Cumberland Bulldogs launched nine home runs and collected 34 hits to top the Lyon College Scots in a 14-10 and 16-8 sweep in TranSouth Athletic Conference doubleheader on Friday at Stockton Field.
Lyon (28-19, 8-9) had its 3-game winning streak snapped with the game-one loss. Cumberland (43-8, 14-2) has won 14 straight and hasn’t lost a league game since Apr. 3 against Bethel.
Emily Carroll still led the area school in track and field happenings in state meets, but she had close company from another senior.
Melbourne’s Carroll swept the distance races in the 2A state event in Mineral Springs on Friday, and she anchored the winning 3,200-meter relay team. Ashton Byram, Lori Beth Cooper and Olevia Wetzel ran the earlier legs.
Carroll defended the titles she won last year. She has also swept those events among Class A through 4A school in the state indoor events.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Southside Southerners moved into the semifinals of the Class 4A-2 District Tournament with a pair of wins here Saturday.
Southside defeated DeWitt 7-5 in the opening round and then held on for a 3-1 win over Lonoke in the quarterfinals. The latter earned the Southerners a spot in this weekend’s region tournament at Valley View.
Against DeWitt, Tyler Goad was the winning pitcher. Jared Dahl and Goad were each credited with an RBI double while Chris Vaughn blasted a 2-run triple.
LOCUST GROVE — We will see if the forecasted rainy weekend holds off long enough for the Batesville Motor Speedway to get in its scheduled points races for tonight.
If they don’t, it will be the second washed out weekend in a row. The current leaders are Joe Payne (street stock), Tony Brooks (front-wheel drive), Ronnie Jeffrey (IMCA modified), Heath Grizzle (factory stock) and Jared Landers (crate late model).
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.