PARAGOULD — The Batesville Lady Pioneers won their seventh 5A-East District championship in a row here Thursday, winning five individual titles and two relay crowns along the way.
The Lady Pioneers rolled up 217 points and finished 112 points in front of the second-place Blytheville Lady Chickasaws.
“The girls really performed well,” Lady Pioneer Coach Stuart Smith said. “I was very, very pleased. We qualified a good number for the state meet, and we came close to getting a bunch more. We had several really close fifth places.”
CABOT — The opener and nightcap of this key, 5A-East District high school baseball doubleheader began and ended in similar fashion, and it’s not a good look for the Batesville Pioneers.
In a 1-0 loss to the Beebe Badgers, Matthew Showalter led off the game with a walk, stole second, moved to third on a ground out by Cody Vaughn, but was left standing there as Beebe’s Griffin Glaude struck out Tanner Ring and got Ryan Coles out with a soft liner to the second baseman.
CONWAY — The Lyon Scots were at the mercy of University of Central Arkansas pitcher Kelsie Armstrong in a nonconference softball game at Conway High School Wednesday night.
The sophomore hurler had a no-hitter going for six and one-third innings. She finished with two hits allowed, struck out 15 and walked one in a 7-0 victory.
The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday on the UCA campus. The UCA field was still too wet Wednesday, so it was moved to Conway High’s field.
Former Izard County golfer Rachel Harmon won the Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Year award, the GSC announced recently.
Harmon is the first-ever Henderson State player to win the honor. She shot a season-low round of 75 and recorded an 82.6 scoring average.
Harmon was also named to the all-conference second team.
The White River Flag Football Classic is set for next weekend and the event is growing, according to Joe Haynes, one of the organizers.
Wednesday, the day before the registration deadline, enough players had registered “that we could, potentially, field 16 teams,” Haynes said.
The 7-on-7 flag football tourney is scheduled to run May 6-8 on the soccer fields of the North Complex.
LOCUST GROVE — As of press time, Friday night’s racing at Batesville Motor Speedway was to continue as scheduled.
The Comp Cams Super Dirt Late Model Series is set to visit the speedway and will be accompanied by points racing for IMCA modified, street stock, factory stock, economy modified and front-wheel drive classes.
Originally scheduled for April 23, the show was to feature the Mid-America Racing Series (MARS). However, due to a scheduling conflict with MARS Friday night, the Comp Cams series will fly solo.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland has ended its championship drought.
Browns running back Peyton Hillis will grace the cover of Madden NFL ’12, the popular video game, after beating Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick in a vote by fans. Hillis received 66 percent of the one million votes cast to handily defeat Vick in the final.
Hillis, who played at the University of Arkansas and his schoolboy days for the Conway Wampus Cats, rushed for 1,177 yards last season, his first with the Browns.
CAVE CITY — Free physicals will be available to Cave City students Thursday from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium, announced Cave City Athletic Director Russell Fowler.
The physicals are for students currently in the sixth- through 11th grade.
One of the biggest changes in the Guard’s “Sports calendar” has little to do with the weather.
Track and field coaches of the 5A-East District voted Tuesday to change the district championship meet to a single-day event rather than a 2-day event as originally scheduled, and had been organized in previous years. The meet will now start at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Originally, it was scheduled for Thursday and Saturday.
Weather and field conditions did make for other changes.
CONCORD — The Concord Lady Pirates were able to get in their nonconference softball game with Calico Rock Tuesday afternoon.
Concord won 13-3 in a run-ruled five innings.
Mandy Thompson hit three for three with a double and three runs batted in to pace Concord (14-7). Teammates Sydney Harlan and Hannah Cornett collected a double and single each. Harlan scored twice and Cornett was credited with four RBI.
Harlan was the winning pitcher. She threw a 4-hitter, walked one and struck out six.
The 2011 Lyon College womens basketball recruiting class continues to grow.
Whitney Keith recently signed a letter of intent to play for the Scots, Lyon announced.
A guard-forward from Jonesboro High School, Keith brings a variety of skills to the Lyon roster. As a senior, she averaged 14 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and almost two steals a game.