• Former Pioneer helps Oklahomans win state title

    TULSA, Okla. — A former Batesville Pioneer helped the Collinsville Cardinals win the Oklahoma Class 5A State Tournament baseball championship game here recently, according to a report in the Tulsa World newspaper.
    Kraig Kelley, who played for the Pioneer baseball and football teams, and started for the Pioneer baseball team as a sophomore and junior, hit two for four, scored twice and drove in two runs as Collinsville defeated Booker T. Washington 7-2 in the tournament championship game.

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  • BMS racing still up in air

    LOCUST GROVE — A decision on whether the Batesville Motor Speedway’s Isle of Capri Late Model Series races for this weekend will go as planned had not been made by press time.
    The second round of the 5-round series was postponed last week due to weather. It was rescheduled for Friday and Saturday, but will be at the mercy of the weather again this weekend.
    Steady rain is forecast for today and tonight, but the skies are expected to clear Friday and Saturday.
    If the races do occur, Billy Moyer Jr. will try to extend his lead in the Isle of Capri Series. He swept the first round.

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  • BHS coach named to soccer All-Star staff

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Activities Association recently announced the coaching staffs for the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star soccer games and a Batesville High School coach was named for the third time.
    Pioneer Coach TJ Stroud is an assistant to the East boys squad. He was an East assistant in 2006 and the East head coach in 2008.
    Jason Hay of Bryant will direct the East boys this season. The other assistants are Bryan Mattox of Mountain Home and Chuck Speer of Conway Christian.

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  • Southside hoops camps set

    Southside is scheduled to host its annual basketball camps in June, Southside Coach Brad McGhee announced.
    The first camp is set for June 7-10 and will be for boys entering grades 4-7.
    An elementary camp for boys and girls entering kindergarten through third grade is slated for June 14-17.
    All camp sessions will run from 8:30-11 a.m.
    Each camp will focus on fundamentals, including ball-handling, shooting, defense, footwork and passing. The cost is $50 per camper. It should be paid before June 3. A late fee of $5 will be added after that date.

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  • Tryouts slated for Legion baseball teams

    Tryouts for Batesville’s American Legion baseball teams will be conducted Sunday at the North Complex, Elbert Lindsey announced.
    Tryouts for the three teams are to begin at 2 p.m.

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  • Lady Cougars on wrong side of state tournament cat fight

    VIOLA — The Izard County Lady Cougars bowed out of the Class 1A State Softball Tournament with a 15-0 loss to the Armorel Lady Tigers here Monday.
    After a scoreless first inning, Armorel scored eight runs in the second, two in the third and forced the run rule with five in the fourth.
    The Lady Cougars managed two hits and were charged with seven errors.
    Kristen Doty and Sami Wagner provided Izard County’s hits.
    Kaydie Campbell took the loss in the circle. She allowed 14 earned runs on eight hits, walked four and struck out one.

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  • Lyon Athletic Department announces award winners

    The Lyon College Athletic Department handed out its annual awards at a banquet held at Edwards Commons recently.
    Volleyball player Katie Beineke of Jonesboro was honored with the Winnie Marable Award, given to Lyon’s top female athlete. Baseball player Zac Wallace of Prairie Grove and soccer goalkeeper Matt Callaway of Dallas were honored with the R.C. “Dick” Winningham Award for Lyon’s top male athlete.
    Soccer forward Gabe LeBlanc of Little Rock was presented with the John Dahlquist Award for Lyon’s top scholar athlete.

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  • Cavemen ousted from 3A tourney

    HARRISON — The last remaining area baseball team was eliminated Monday when the Parker’s Chapel Trojans collected a 10-2 win over the Cave City Cavemen in the first round of the rain-delayed Class 3A State Tournament.
    The game was tied 2-2 in the third inning, but the Trojans pulled away with a run in the fourth, four in the fifth and two in the sixth.

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  • All-State Track & Field

    Of the 14 Guard-circulation high school athletes to earn all-state honors in track and field, four return.
    Melbourne senior Emily Carroll and Batesville junior Mollie Matthews each won their third straight honor, and Batesville sophomores Natalie Meinzer and Logan Bishop won their second in a row.
    In track and field, athletes who win or place second in state meets receive all-state certificates.

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  • Sandlot summary policies

    The Guard sports department’s policies regarding the publication of youth league baseball, tee-ball and softball scores and highlights, ordinarily published under the headings “Sandlot summary” or “Sandlot,” include the following:
    The deadline for submitting scores and other information at the Guard sports desk is 1 p.m. the day after the game.

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  • Scramble to benefit S-side golf

    MELBOURNE — The Southside High School 3-person Scramble Tournament is set for June 5 at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course, according to a news release from Southside Coach Terry Watson.
    The entry fee is $60 per person, which includes a cart, gift bag lunch and a mulligan. A shotgun start is set for 8:30 a.m. All proceeds will go to the Southside girls and boys golf teams.
    The number of flights and cash prize amounts will be determined by the number of teams.
    For more information call Watson at (870) 307-1969.

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  • Governor’s Cup team includes 3 area golfers

    The Arkansas Governor’s Cup team has been announced by the Arkansas State Golf Association and it includes three players with Guard-circulation area ties.
    Batesville’s John Vinson, Highland’s Nathan Circle and Wiseman’s Justin Burns are on the 18-member squad that will take on Mississippi Governor’s Cup team in the Mid-South Cup Matches at Old Waverly in West Point, Miss., this week.
    Arkansas has won the title three straight years. This year’s event begins Friday with 4-ball and foursome matches. Individual match play is set for Saturday.

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