LITTLE ROCK — The realignment bug has hit Division II.
Nine Division II schools in Arkansas and Oklahoma announced plans Tuesday to apply to the NCAA for permission to create a new conference.
The University of Arkansas-Monticello, Arkansas Tech, East Central University, Harding, Henderson State, Ouachita Baptist, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Southern Arkansas and Southwestern Oklahoma State must submit a strategic plan, conference constitution and conference bylaws to the NCAA by Dec. 1.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Scrappers made it four in a row here Monday.
Batesville’s 11-year-old Cal Ripken All-Stars defeated Fort Smith 14-3 in a run-ruled four innings to win their fourth straight North Arkansas State Tournament championship.
With the victory, the Scrappers qualified for the Southwest Region Tournament in Gulfport, Miss., beginning July 22.
More swimming lessons are scheduled to begin Monday, announced instructor Jane McMullin.
Morning sessions will be offered Monday through Thursday at 8, 9, 10 and 11 a.m. at the Fitzhugh Park pool, commonly called the Mickey Mouse pool. These classes are for all ages and for beginning to advanced swimmers.
Also, a parent/child class, for children 1 and older and an adult, will be available at the Mickey Mouse and North Complex pools. At the North Complex, the class is available only at 6 p.m.
The cost is $65 per student.
MANDAN, N.D. — Jeff Taylor of Cave City won on a record-setting night for the Big Dog Chassis Dakota Classic Modified Tour here Sunday, according to a news release from the International Motor Contest Association.
Taylor topped the $1,200-to-win feature for IMCA Modifieds at Dacotah Speedway. A series record 81 cars, representing 10 states and two Canadian provinces, were on hand for the first of six tour events this week.
LOCUST GROVE — Rain forced the cancellation of Friday’s racing at Batesville Motor Speedway.
The points racing night for all classes will not be made up.
Next on the schedule is the 2nd Annual The Chrome Shop Factory Stock Shootout, set for Friday night. An advance story will run in Thursday’s edition of the Guard.
Batesville’s Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen finished the American Legion baseball regular season on a losing note here Sunday.
After rallying for an 8-3 victory in Paragould on Saturday, they lost twice to Zone 2 foe West Memphis in Marion on Sunday. West Memphis dominated the opener, winning 11-1 in a run-ruled six innings as Brett Adams pitched a 4-hitter. The scheduled 5-inning nightcap went to an extra inning and West Memphis won it 4-3 when Blake Coffman’s 2-out single scored B.J. Vaughn, who had also singled with two outs and moved up on an error.
Matt Walker and Emily Carroll were the overall winners Saturday in the Army National Guard 5K.
Walker was the beneficiary of misfortune by a couple of runners. Walker, Hugo Puerta and Jesse Littlefield made a wrong turn on the course, but when the error was realized, Walker was closest to the correct course when they turned around to get back on track.
SOUTHSIDE — Space is still available for the Southside girls basketball camp scheduled to begin Monday, Southside Coach Malcolm Long said this morning.
The 4-day camp is for girls in grades 4 through 8 and costs $50 per camper. Registration will begin at 8:15 Monday morning at the Southside gymnasium.
OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) — Brittany Lang knows what it is like to lead the U.S. Women’s Open after one round. What she is determined to do this time is be in front after the final round, too.
“It’s out there if you want it,” Lang said after her opening-round 69 made her the sole leader in the women’s national championship.
The unexpected name atop that leaderboard much of the day was amateur Kelli Shean, a 22-year-old University of Arkansas golfer, Ernie Els enthusiast and a native of South Africa.
CAVE CITY — Cave City Coach Jon Bradley announced the Caveman Football Camp will be July 17 at Caveman Field.
The non-contact camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and is for athletes entering grades 3-8.
Bradley and his Cave City coaching assistants will be the instructors.
The cost is $35 per camper and lunch will be provided.
To register and/or for more information, call Coach Bradley at (870) 283-3313.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee incoming freshman receiver Da’Rick Rogers has been charged with misdemeanors and Knoxville police say a half-dozen other people have been detained after an early morning bar fight.
A statement from police spokesman Darrell DeBusk says it appears several people from the Volunteers football program were involved in the fight at Bar Knoxville, just off campus, at about 1:50 a.m. today.
DeBusk said 18-year-old freshman receiver Rogers was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
SEARCY — Thanks to Dylan Wooten’s 2-run, walk-off home run, the Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen avoided getting swept by Searcy Crain Automotive here Thursday night in a Zone 2 American Legion baseball doubleheader.
Led by the 3-hit pitching of Jon Luthe, the home team took the opener 4-1. Batesville trailed 4-3 going into the bottom of the seventh inning in the nightcap. Because both games counted in the zone, Batesville was the home team in the final game.