The Batesville teams started fast and dominated while winning the Junior Pioneer Pepsi Relays in Pioneer Stadium on Thursday.
Led by Emprea Childress, the Junior Pioneers won five of the six field events and, led by Jaron Stigger, won nine of 10 running events while piling up 260.2 points and winning by better than 200 points over the second-place Clinton Junior Yellowjackets.
Stigger won two events and the high-point award with 46 points.
JONESBORO — Westside Consolidated swept Southside in conference soccer matches here Thursday.
Westside won the girls match 2-1 and the boys match 3-1.
“One of best games played this year,” Southside Coach Jason Weaver said of the Lady Southerners. “We’re dinged up pretty good from our game with Mountain View on Tuesday, but the girls played hard.”
Southside trailed 2-0 at halftime. The deficit was cut in half when Alex Burroughs netted a penalty kick. Burroughs scored both of Southside’s goals against Mountain View.
The Arkansas State Golf Association is slated to begin the mens division of its 2010 schedule this weekend at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
Ron Mangold won the championship division of the tournament last season. The Pocahontas man fired a 4-over-par 76 on day one and followed it with a 77 for a total of 153. That was three strokes less than series champion Nick Benton.
Batesville’s David Bell was the lowest shooter. He fired a 77-72—149 to win the senior division.
CAVE CITY — Joey Barnett pitched a 2-hitter and the Cave City offense took care of the rest in a 10-0 run-rule shortened victory over Bay.
Barnett struck out five, walked one and pitched all five innings for the nonconference shutout.
Tyler Booth hit two for four with a 3-run homer in the fourth inning. Seven other Cavemen recorded a hit and six were credited with at least one RBI.
Leadoff hitter Taylor Milligan missed the game due to an illness, but Kyle Satterwhite filled in nicely with an RBI double in the fifth inning.
The Beebe Lady Badgers rallied by the Batesville Lady Pioneers twice while posting a 6-4, nonconference softball victory at the Batesville North Complex on Thursday.
Batesville led 1-0 after one inning of play and 3-1 through five innings. Beebe tied it with a 2-run sixth and won it with a 3-run seventh.
“We were unfocused in pregame and it carried over into the game, though Angela (Woods) pitched really well in the early innings,” Batesville Coach Sean Coker said. “She gave up just one hit through the first three innings.
IMBODEN — The Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves swept the Sloan-Hendrix Lady Greyhounds in a big way here Thursday.
The visitors won the 2A-2 District contests 15-0 and 18-3, both in run-ruled three innings.
Maci Thomas gave up four hits, struck out seven and walked none while pitching the win in the opener. Chelsea Hendrix hit three for three with three runs and two runs batted in. Shelley Pelley and Laken McCoy each hit three for three with a double and two runs scored. Millicent Talley added three hits, three runs and two RBI.
The Batesville-at-Jonesboro varsity and junior varsity baseball games scheduled for Friday have been canceled due to a scheduling conflict for Jonesboro, Batesville Coach Mark Rush announced this morning.
The rescheduled JV and ninth-grade games at Mountain Home today were postponed due to weather on March 29. The first pitch is set for 4 p.m.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Freshman All-Americans John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins are among five Kentucky players who have declared for the NBA draft.
Junior forward Patrick Patterson, freshman guard Eric Bledsoe and freshman center Daniel Orton are also entering.
The five players helped Kentucky go 35-3, win the Southeastern Conference tournament before falling to West Virginia in the regional finals of the NCAA tournament.
VILONIA — The Vilonia Lady Eagles and Eagles swept their annual track and field meet here Tuesday.
The Lady Eagles rolled up 139.5 points and finished 55.5 ahead of the second-place Batesville Lady Pioneers in the Vilonia Eagle Relays. The Eagles totaled 125 points and finished 7.5 points ahead of the Forrest City Mustangs.
Fifty-one schools participated.
The 1040 Tax Fun Run and Walk is set for April 17 and the entry deadline for the $10.40 entry fee must be mailed by Friday, according to a news release from Dwayne Dickey, race director.
The mailing address is White River Roadrunners, 169 West Ross Street, Batesville, AR. 72501.
The day of registration will cost $15 and will take place from 9-10:10 a.m. at Eagle Mountain Elementary School, site of the start and finish line. The race will begin at 10:40 a.m.
LOCUST GROVE — The points racing season is scheduled to begin Friday night at Batesville Motor Speedway. And for once, the forecast is favorable for racing.
Each of the track’s three weekends this season have been affected by rain. There’s a zero percent chance Friday night.
Fans will see the late model, modified, factory stock, street stock and front-wheel drive divisions battle it out. A driver can earn a maximum of 50 points per night. Ten of that is for winning the qualifying heat race; the other 40 is for winning the feature.
WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) — A crowd greeted the champs at the airport and another waited inside the home arena of a University of Connecticut women’s basketball team that hasn’t lost a game in more than two years.
But this was no delirious victory rally — 90 percent of the seats were empty.
UConn officials estimated about 1,000 fans were inside Gampel Pavilion on Wednesday to celebrate with the Huskies a day after UConn defeated Stanford for its 78th straight win and back-to-back national championships.