JONESBORO — Garth Branstetter, a senior-to-be at Batesville High, finished second in the 16-17 age division in the Joe Boone Memorial Tournament at the Jonesboro Country Club here last week.
Branstetter shot a 75-74—149 and finished two strokes behind Wesley Harris of Hot Springs. James Fiscus of Searcy also shot a 149.
Preston Harmon, who will be a junior at Izard County, shot a 155 and finished in a 3-way tie for sixth. Batesville High’s Shayne Vanbenschoten shot a 162.
Playing in the 14-15 age division, Melbourne’s Bradley Lamb shot a 161 and finished seventh.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Nathan Circle of Hardy qualified for the USGA Public Links Championship with a 9-under-par 135 recently at Stonelinks Golf Course in North Little Rock.
Circle (65-70—135) edged Ethan Adamson (68-70) of Fort Smith by three strokes and Seth Sullivant (70-69) of Mountain Home by four. Circle parred the first 12 holes, then recorded three birdies and a bogie to close the first round. The putter got hot in the afternoon with five birdies, one eagle and 12 pars.
SEARCY — At least three Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes qualified for the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics with their results in a district qualifying swim meet here Saturday.
Nine-year-old Seth Bailey qualified in seven individual events. Louis Sonnier, 12, qualified in four individual events. Julie Terhune, 15, qualified in one event.
Qualifiers are to report to Virginia Beach, Va., on Aug. 2 to register. Competition is scheduled Aug. 3-6.
Below are the Torpedoes’ top-6 scoring finishers:
The Pioneer All-Star Soccer Camp is scheduled to begin July 12 and the preregistration deadline is Friday, according to a news release from Camp Director TJ Stroud.
The annual Batesville High camp is a 3-day, morning camp for girls and boys entering grades 2 through 6. Each session runs from 8-11.
A non-refundable deposit of $25 preregisters a camper. The balance of the $55 camp cost is due on arrival for the camp. The late registration cost is $65.
The 5A-East District football coaches have picked the Batesville Pioneers to win the district championship this fall, according to the 18th annual Hooten’s Arkansas Football magazine.
Cave City, which is moving up in classification this fall, is picked to finish seventh in the Class 4A-2 District, one spot ahead of Southside.
Cedar Ridge is predicted to finish eighth in the 9-team 2A-3 District.
The 423-page magazine retails for $16.99 and is available locally at Hastings, Kroger and Walgreens. It can also be ordered at www.hootens.com.
The Lyon Scots Soccer team continued to fill its 2010 recruiting class with six new signees.
Thomas Guarino, Kyle Talley, Mauricio Bruciaga, Chris Lobb, Zachery Bradley and Jessie Light all made commitments to play for Coach Brett Parker’s Scots.
Parker has also added a pair of transfers. They are Igor Pavlovic and Bill Jeffries, who have made the move from West Texas College.
Pavlovic, a 6-foot-1 defender from Las Vegas, was a 2-year starter at center back for West Texas. In 2009, Pavlovic scored two goals and had three assists for the NJCAA Region V Champions.
MOUNTAIN HOME — Nine wasn’t enough for two Batesville wins here Monday night.
The Medical Park Orthopaedic Clinic Doctors, Batesville’s Junior American Legion team, defeated the Mountain Home Hooper Exterminators 9-4 in the opener of a Zone 2 baseball doubleheader.
The Doctors led 9-8 after six complete innings of the nightcap, but the Exterminators rallied for a 12-9 victory.
FAYETTEVILLE — We’ll see if this is the East’s decade.
With the help of Cave City’s Thamail Morgan, Tyler Engleman and Jon Bradley, the East football team wrapped up the 55th Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star week with a convincing 45-21 victory over the West at Razorback Stadium here Friday night.
If you haven’t been keeping up, that gave the East All-Star teams an 8-2 record in the baseball, soccer, softball, volleyball, basketball and football games played last week on the University of Arkansas campus.
NEWPORT — Don Stitcher followed a fourth-place finish at Dyersburg, Tenn., with his first victory since May 30 Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
The Cave City man raced in the foot brake class and earned the fourth place outing on Saturday. On Sunday, he beat Stephen Wilson in the main event. Ray McCrary was third.
Don Holcom took the top spot in the street class with Donavan Bishop and Gary Spicer in tow.
The super pro class was won by John Taylor, with Darrell Barden behind him. Wilson was third in the class.
LOCUST GROVE — Searcy’s Tyler Stevens collected his second NeSmith Late Model feature win Friday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
Stevens, who was second in the point standings entering last week, made a large dent in Roger Witt’s 14-point edge. Witt finished sixth in the 12-car field.
Dallas Everett was second across the line Friday night with Johnny Virden and Richie Tosh in tow. Tosh didn’t visit BMS’s victory lane Friday night for the first time in about a month.
SEARCY — The Batesville Medical Park Orthopaedic Clinic Doctors split an American Legion doubleheader here Thursday night with the home team winning the one that counted.
Searcy took the opener 9-8 and Batesville responded with an inconsequential 14-2 drumming in the nightcap.
The Doctors led 6-3 entering the fifth inning, but Searcy rallied to charge ahead 9-6.
Preston Hooper started on the hill but was relieved by Jason Long in the fifth. Long was charged with the loss. Hooper gave up six hits, walked three and struck out three.
FAYETTEVILLE – Mid-land’s Farrah Turner and Melbourne’s Spencer Caraway did their part to keep the East headed in the right direction.
The East girls led from start to finish while defeating the West 82-72 in the first of two Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Games in Bud Walton Arena here Thursday night. The East boys rallied in the second half, taking their first lead a minute and 34 seconds out of the halftime break, and then powered away to an 82-69 victory.
With tonight’s football game all that remains, the East All-Stars lead 7-2.