• Basketball in town tonight

    Blue Mountain Toppers (1-31) at Lyon Scots (6-22), Becknell Gymnasium, 7 p.m.
    The Scots and Toppers split their regular season meetings with the home team winning each. The most recent was Saturday when Lyon snuck out a 99-93 victory to snap an 11-game losing streak.
    Tonight’s game is a wild-card contest for the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament. The winner will face top-seeded Union (23-7) on Thursday in Jackson, Tenn.

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  • Bassmasters slate meeting

    The Batesville Bassmasters will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the George Rider Room at First Community Bank to discuss the first tournament of the year, secretary Colin Patterson said.
    The tournament will be from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on Lake Norfork, out of Quarry Ramp.

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  • Lock 2 club to try again

    BETHESDA — The Lock 2 Bass Club is attempting a revival.
    “This is an effort to get the Lock 2 Bass Club going again,” Eugene Dowell, former reporter for the club, said of a meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Bethesda fire station.
    Kenny Lawrence is behind the new effort, and his number is (870) 612-5323.
    The membership fee is $10, the entry fee per tournament is $10 and the big bass fee per tournament is $10.
    “I told him (Lawrence) I would be the reporter again, if he can get it going again,” Dowell said.

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  • ’09 state finalists not thrilled about early meeting

    Melbourne-Conway St. Joseph II, Thursday afternoon in the first round of the Class 2A State Tournament in Carlisle, is not the rematch everybody wanted.
    Melbourne Coach Mike Watson and St. Joseph Coach Brent Bruich, University of Central Arkansas classmates and friends, were emphatic about that.
    “No, and I think Brent will tell you the same thing,” Watson said this morning.
    He already had.

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  • BHS-Mtn. Home baseball games moved to Thursday

    The Batesville-Mountain Home high school baseball season opener set for today has been rescheduled for Thursday, Batesville Coach Mark Rush announced Monday afternoon.
    The first pitch for the varsity contest is set for 4 p.m. A junior varsity contest will follow.
    The games were moved due to the Batesville Lady Pioneer basketball team playing in the Class 5A State Tournament in Alma tonight.

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  • All-stater blanks Cedar Ridge

    NEWARK — Des Arc’s all-state pitcher Jacie Bell didn’t seem bothered by the new rule change for high school softball here Monday.
    The pitching rubber was moved back by three feet, a move that will occur nationwide next season. Bell fired a 1-hitter and was just two outs away from a no-hitter when Tia Moore reached safely. Des Arc won 9-0.
    “She has a great change-up. We’re not used to seeing speed like that and then a change-up like that,” Cedar Ridge Coach Joey Nelson said.
    Des Arc finished runner-up in the Class 2A State Tournament last year.

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  • Cavemen club Rebels in baseball opener

    HIGHLAND — The Cave City Cavemen opened the season with an offensive display here Monday afternoon as they defeated the Highland Rebels 17-6 in a nonconference baseball game.
    Each team scored two runs in the first inning and then Highland jumped ahead 6-2 with a 4-run surge in the bottom of the second. Cave City knotted it at 6-6 with a single run in the third and three in the fourth.

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  • State tournament capsules

    Of the eight area high school teams qualifying for state tournament, four are scheduled to play Tuesday.
    Following are capsules on the opposing teams of two of those. Capsules on the other opponents will run in Tuesday’s edition.
    The Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles and Screamin’ Eagles are hosting the Class 1A State Tournament in Lynn and their first-round opponents at 1 and 2:30, respectively, Tuesday afternoon are the No. 1-ranked Bradley Lady Bears and Bears.

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  • Lady ’Katz add region title to long list

    PLEASANT PLAINS — The Melbourne Lady Bearkatz won a first here Saturday night with a 70-62 high school basketball victory over the Cotter Lady Warriors in the 2A North Region Tournament finals at Midland High School.
    “Believe it or not, that’s the first region championship Melbourne has won in girls’ basketball,” Melbourne Coach Bruce Adams said. “We’ve won lots of titles, but this is the first region tournament Melbourne’s girls have won since the regional format was begun.”

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  • Lyon goes 1-1 at tourney

    CONWAY — The Lyon College Pipers earned a 9-1 victory over Baker University and lost 2-1 to Avila College during play at the Central Baptist College Invitational here Saturday.
    Lyon (6-6) got a stellar game-one pitching performance from Faith Richmond (3-3), but only managed two hits in the pitcher’s duel. Richmond struck out eight and gave up only two hits in seven complete innings. Helen Zyjewski and Chelsea Fowler provided a hit apiece for Lyon.
    In game two, Kristi Kelley slapped three hits and the Pipers hit two home runs to coast to the run-rule win.

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  • BHS, S-side soccer teams scrimmage in Paragould

    PARAGOULD — The Batesville Pioneers went 1-1-1 and the Southside Southerners went 1-2 in high school soccer scrimmages at the Paragould Invitational Tournament here over the weekend.
    On Friday, the Jonesboro Golden Hurricane outscored the Pioneers 4-2 in a penalty-kick tiebreaker after scoreless tie in regulation. On Saturday, the Pioneers blanked the Greene County Tech Eagles 5-0 and the Southerners 6-0.
    The Nettleton Raiders defeated the Southerners 2-0 on Friday. Saturday, the Southerners defeated Marion 2-1 before falling to the Pioneers.

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  • Lyon baseball splits with No. 3 Stars

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Senior pitcher Nick Salahub handcuffed the No. 3 Oklahoma City Stars in a 6-2 game-one victory of a doubleheader split on Saturday at Jim Wade Stadium.
    The Scots just missed the sweep as they lost game two by a 9-7 count.
    Salahub (4-1) has won four straight decisions since opening the season with a loss and has won 14 of his last 15 starts over the past two seasons. On Saturday, Salahub allowed six hits, struck out five and walked only one in seven complete innings.

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