• 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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  • 3 area baseball teams ousted

    Hillcrest, Izard County and Midland were eliminated in state tournament baseball action over the weekend.
    Hillcrest won its opener, a 4-3 decision over Poyen that lasted 10 innings, but fell to Greers Ferry West Side Saturday.
    Cave City, the area’s lone survivor, did not play due to weather.
    The Cavemen are set to take on the Parker’s Chapel Trojans this evening at 5 in the Class 3A State Tournament in Harrison.

    Class 1A
    Hillcrest 4,
    Poyen 3, 10 innings

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  • Lady Cougars stand alone

    The top two high school softball teams out of the 2A-2 District each experienced a 2-day stay in the Class 2A State Tournament near the Louisiana border.
    In first-round games Friday, the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz defeated the Quitman Lady Bulldogs 15-0 in a run-ruled 4-innings in Junction City and the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves knocked off the Bigelow Lady Panthers 14-2 in five innings in Norphlet.
    Saturday, they switched sites and the Foreman Lady Gators stopped the Lady ’Katz 9-1 and the Junction City Lady Dragons knocked out the Lady T-wolves 7-6.

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  • Bruins, ‘bad day’ end Pioneer season

    MONTICELLO — It was not a good day for a bad day.
    That was Batesville Coach Mark Rush’s assessment after the Pulaski Academy Bruins thumped the Pioneers 12-2 in a run-ruled six innings in the first round of the Class 5A State Tournament for high school baseball.
    “We committed five errors and, honestly, there were probably more than that,” he said of the Pioneers’ uncharacteristically porous defense.
    Pulaski Academy’s Sam Vogel limited the Pioneers to three hits over six innings. He struck out six and walked three.

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  • Dean Rawlings wins rainy WRMC Ride the Wave 5K

    We have a new winner in the White River Roadrunners Race Series.
    Dean Rawlings, a standout athlete at Southside High not so long ago, won the White River Medical Center Ride the Wave 5K title Saturday. Rawlings defeated Clan Weatherford, the defending champion of the series and winner of three of the five series races for this season. The series is made up of nine races.
    Rawlings, 20, won the rain-soaked race in a time of 18 minutes, 21.83 seconds. Weatherford finished second in 19:05.70.

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  • Day corrected

    The wrong starting day for the Class 5A State Tournament was reported in the Batesville-Greene County Tech baseball game story in Thursday’s Guard.
    Batesville is scheduled to play Pulaski Academy this evening at 5 in a first-round tournament game at Drew Central High School in Monticello.
    The winner is slated to play the Harrison-Sylvan Hills winner 2:30 Saturday afternoon at Monticello High School.

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  • Golf tournament set for Pine Hills

    The Ozarka College Foundation Board of Directors announced it is hosting a benefit golf scramble on June 6 at Pine Hills Golf Club in Mountain View.
    The 18-hole, 2-person scramble will benefit the Ozarka College Mountain View building expansion fund.
    A shotgun start is set for 2 p.m. The entry fee is $100 per team, which includes cart, green fees and dinner.
    A benefit auction is also planned. Anyone interested in donating an item for the auction or any other form of sponsorship should call (870) 368-7371 or (870) 269-5200. Golfers can also register by calling one of those numbers.

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  • BMS races rained out

    LOCUST GROVE — Once again, the races at Batesville Motor Speedway have been canceled due to weather.
    The Isle of Capri Late Model Series races that were scheduled for tonight and Saturday have been pushed back a week.
    For the latest, call (870) 251-0011 or visit www.bms-ar.com.

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  • Kip Kelley signs with Lyon

    Kip Kelly, a 6-foot-5 guard from Pea Ridge, has signed to play men’s basketball for the Lyon College Scots.
    “We are very excited that Kip will be attending Lyon and will be playing for the Scots next year,” Lyon Coach and Athletic Director Kevin Jenkins said. “Kip is a great fit for Lyon. He is a very athletic and talented player and his ability to shoot and put the ball on the floor will help fill voids left in the Scots’ roster due to graduation.”
    One of those voids was Kip’s older brother, Alex, a 4-year varsity letterman for the Scots from 2006-10.

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