• Local team top ranked in baseball

    Young Guns, a 12-and-under baseball team made up of players from Batesville and the surrounding area, were recently ranked number one nationally.
    The team is currently 18-0 and received a power rating of 1,544 points, putting the Young Guns atop the United States Specialty Sports Association’s national ranking for its respective age division.

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  • ’Horns hook another foe with comeback

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Texas’ comeback ability was again on full display.
    Cameron Rupp hit two homers and drove in four runs Tuesday night as the top-seeded Longhorns overcame an early 6-run deficit for a 10-6 win over Arizona State in the College World Series.
    “For the team to find a way to win,” Texas Coach Augie Garrido said, “was nothing short of a miracle. It was quite a testimony to the power of their will to win and belief in each other and belief in themselves. It was rough and it was ugly, but it got done.”

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  • Lyon announces top campers

    Listed by divisions, here are award-winners from the Lyon College Junior and Senior Boys Basketball Camp last week:
    Seventh-grade

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  • Stitcher wins again in Tenn.

    DYERSBURG, Tenn. — Don Stitcher did it again.
    For the third straight time, the Cave City man took first place in the foot brake class at the Great River Road Raceway.
    Stitcher has won four of his last five outings at the northwest Tennessee strip. He’s also enjoyed success at Speedy’s Newport Dragway, but didn’t race there Sunday because the racing surface was under water.

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  • Sports Calendar

    Wednesday
    American Legion baseball: Rivercrest at Batesville Citizens Bank, Batesville Recreation Complex, doubleheader, 5 p.m.

    Thursday 
    American Legion baseball: George Kell Wooden Bat Classic in Newport — Batesville Atlas Asphalt vs. Paragould, 8 p.m.

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  • Highwaymen come home, hit their way past Kell Motormen

    Back home, the Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen were a hit.
    After a long road trip, Batesville’s 3A American Legion baseball team came home and rolled out 14 hits in a 14-6 victory over Newport George Kell Motors.
    The previous and only other time the Highwaymen were at home was the June 1 season-opening doubleheader against the defending state champion Jonesboro Ricemen. They split that doubleheader, falling 10-2 in the opener, the game that counted in the Zone 2 standings, before eking out a 6-5 decision in the nightcap.

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  • Tigers headed to zoo after mauling Razorbacks

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — LSU is within a win of the College World Series finals, and Louis Coleman is pumped.
    “We get to go to the zoo,” the Tigers’ star pitcher said with a big smile after a 9-1 victory over Arkansas on Monday night.
    A visit to the renowned Omaha zoo, across the street from Rosenblatt Stadium, is only part of the reward the Tigers earned for winning.
    No. 3-seeded LSU (53-16) gets three days off while Virginia (49-14-1) and Arkansas (40-23) play an elimination game Wednesday to see which team meets the Tigers in the Bracket 1 final.

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  • Roberts selected for All-Arkansas team

    Southside Lady Southerner Lunden Roberts was selected for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s All-Arkansas softball team.
    Roberts, a senior and an all-state selection in basketball and softball, hit .494 with three home runs while driving in 38 runs and scoring 30. Roberts has signed a letter of intent to attend Western Illinois University and play basketball for the Westerwinds.
    Kelsey Armstrong, a senior from Lake Hamilton, was named Player of the Year.

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  • Lyon Briefs

    Mens soccer
    Tyler Sarracino, a 5-10 forward from Desha, has committed to play for Coach Brett Parker’s Scots.
    Sarracino was named to the all-state team this year and was a 2-time all-conference player for Southside.
    Sarracino recorded 15 goals and nine assists, both team highs, to lead the Southerners to an 8-8 record. They qualified for the postseason and lost in the first round to the Little Rock Lutheran Lions.

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  • Express KOs Highwaymen in tourney

    MOUNTAIN HOME — Little Rock Continental Express, winner of the Junior American Legion State Tournament last July in Batesville, is still winning.
    Friday, the Expressmen eliminated the Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen 9-7, in the Brooks Robinson Twin Lakes Classic. Almost 11 months ago, they defeated Batesville’s Junior Legion team before defeating Jonesboro Fat City, the tournament favorite, in the title game.

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  • Releford sends MMA star to mat in second round

    Pat Smith has built an impressive resumé inside the mixed martial arts (MMA) octagon, but he didn’t last long from a boxing stance Saturday night at the National Guard Armory in Batesville.
    Kendrick Releford, an up-and-comer from Fort Worth, Texas, knocked out Smith in the second round of the Night of Future Champs main event.
    Releford and Smith pounded on each other early, but Releford was able to back Smith into his corner then delivered a heavy left to the head before finishing off with a quick combo.

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  • Martin nurses crippled car to Victory Lane

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Mark Martin was just trying to finish. He ended up in Victory Lane.
    With the laps winding down in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, Martin and most of the other drivers in the LifeLock 400 were simply hoping to conserve enough gas to get to the end of the 200-lap event.
    “I always, always come up short in those gas things,” Martin said. “I’m probably about two and 25 in these things.”
    It wasn’t an easy day for the 50-year-old driver.

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