• No. 2 Cumberland blisters Lyon twice

    LEBANON, Tenn. — The No. 2 Cumberland Bulldogs launched nine home runs and collected 34 hits to top the Lyon College Scots in a 14-10 and 16-8 sweep in TranSouth Athletic Conference doubleheader on Friday at Stockton Field.
    Lyon (28-19, 8-9) had its 3-game winning streak snapped with the game-one loss. Cumberland (43-8, 14-2) has won 14 straight and hasn’t lost a league game since Apr. 3 against Bethel.

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  • Thomas joins Carroll with double in state track, field championships

    Emily Carroll still led the area school in track and field happenings in state meets, but she had close company from another senior.
    Melbourne’s Carroll swept the distance races in the 2A state event in Mineral Springs on Friday, and she anchored the winning 3,200-meter relay team. Ashton Byram, Lori Beth Cooper and Olevia Wetzel ran the earlier legs.
    Carroll defended the titles she won last year. She has also swept those events among Class A through 4A school in the state indoor events.

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  • S-side stays alive in district tourney

    HEBER SPRINGS — The Southside Southerners moved into the semifinals of the Class 4A-2 District Tournament with a pair of wins here Saturday.
    Southside defeated DeWitt 7-5 in the opening round and then held on for a 3-1 win over Lonoke in the quarterfinals. The latter earned the Southerners a spot in this weekend’s region tournament at Valley View.
    Against DeWitt, Tyler Goad was the winning pitcher. Jared Dahl and Goad were each credited with an RBI double while Chris Vaughn blasted a 2-run triple.

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  • Points racers at BMS hoping for rain delay

    LOCUST GROVE — We will see if the forecasted rainy weekend holds off long enough for the Batesville Motor Speedway to get in its scheduled points races for tonight.
    If they don’t, it will be the second washed out weekend in a row. The current leaders are Joe Payne (street stock), Tony Brooks (front-wheel drive), Ronnie Jeffrey (IMCA modified), Heath Grizzle (factory stock) and Jared Landers (crate late model).

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  • Lady Screamin’ Eagles rise for 1A 2-East crown

    BROCKWELL — As the full moon was rising in the eastern sky, the Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles rose to the top of the Class 1A 2-East District Tournament championship with a 13-5 victory over the hosting Izard County Lady Cougars here Thursday night.
    The game was scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., but it started more than a couple hours beyond that and concluded just before 10. That was just in time to see a bright orange full moon creeping above the tree line.
    Izard County pitcher Kaydie Campbell had a no-hitter going through four innings, but Hillcrest’s bats came alive in the fifth.

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  • Caraway wins another honor

    Spencer Caraway recently received another basketball honor.
    The 6-foot, 5-inch senior at Melbourne High School was named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s All-Arkansas third team. Caraway, an all-state and Arkansas High School Coaches’ Association All-Star selection, led the Bearkatz to a 32-7 record while averaging 24 points, 14 rebounds and two blocked shots per game.
    The Mr. Basketball award went to Preston Purifoy of Conway. The other top All-Arkansas awards went to Little Rock McClellan’s Chris Threatt, Coach of the Year, and West Memphis’ Jalen Jackson, Sophomore of the Year.

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  • Wooten fires 1-hitter as Hillcrest wins title

    BROCKWELL — A strong wind and some untimely errors made the difference as the Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles won the Class 1A 2-East District Tournament championship with a 3-0 decision over the Mammoth Spring Bears here Thursday afternoon.
    The teams battled through four and a half scoreless innings and then Hillcrest ended the drought with a run in the bottom half of the fifth. Two more runs crossed in the sixth as Mammoth Spring’s wheels fell off.

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  • Richardson, Wooten win tournament

    CAVE CITY — Chris Richardson’s 4.85-pound bass, the biggest of the day, anchored a stringer totaling 19.05 pounds that gave Richardson and his partner, David Wooten, first place in Saturday’s Cave City Bass Club tournament on Bull Shoals Lake, tournament director Ron Watkins said.
    Michael Holt and Tracy Hunter were not far behind with 16.75 pounds for second place.
    Both teams weighed in the limit of five bass each.
    Ten boats with 18 participants were in the competition.

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  • Anglers urged to voice opinions

    LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas anglers will have two venues where they’ll get an opportunity to gather information and ask questions on proposed fishing regulations for 2011, according to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
    Beginning on Tuesday, the commission will air its popular “Outdoor Hotline” on AETN. Sportsmen and women will be able to call a toll-free hotline with questions and comments that will be answered or discussed during the show.
    The show begins at 7 p.m. The TV show will be followed on May 6 by six public meetings. All of the meetings will begin at 7 p.m.

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  • BHS kickers need to hit state nets

    The defense must stay the same and the offense has got to finish better than they have in the past if Batesville’s soccer teams are going to take another first step in a state tournament, their coaches said.
    The Pioneers and Lady Pioneers broke through last season, each collecting their first victories in postseason high school soccer.
    Friday in Harrison, they will each take on teams from Hot Springs Lakeside in the first-round of the Class 5A event in Harrison. The Lady Pioneers and Lady Rams are scheduled to kick off at noon. The Pioneers and Rams are scheduled to follow at 2.

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  • Lady Pioneers face big field of contenders

    This time, the Batesville Lady Pioneer track team isn’t the lone contender for the Class 5A State Track and Field Championship.
    Last spring, the Lady Pioneers piled up 148 points — more than doubling their nearest competitor — while winning their fifth straight state championship.
    Friday in Paragould, the Vilonia Lady Eagles, Camden Fairview Lady Cardinals, Crossett Lady Eagles and Magnolia Lady Panthers are threats to end the Lady Pioneers’ reign.
    At least that’s how Batesville Coach Stuart Smith and Vilonia Coach John Steward see it.

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  • Other Cauthen finds winning Derby not so easy

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Doug Cauthen thought winning the Kentucky Derby would be easy.
    After all, his older brother, Steve, won a Triple Crown as a teenager aboard Affirmed in 1978.
    “I thought for sure I’d probably train a Kentucky Derby winner by the time I was 18, after watching him,” Doug said. “Then, once I got in the business world I figured it would take me awhile. I’ve paid my dues.”
    Now the president of WinStar Farm, Cauthen is ready to end the operation’s Derby drought.

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