Colonel Miller is a familiar name at the National Invitational White River Canoe Race and for good reason.
The 83-year-old retired Marine has been bringing canoe racers to the national championship race for Boy Scouts since 1977.
Col. Robert Miller has enjoyed a plethora of success at the annual event and has instilled one motto with his scouts. “Win with humility and lose with dignity.”
LOCUST GROVE — Batesville’s Billy Moyer added to his win total at the Batesville Motor Speedway with a dominating performance Saturday night in the MSRA vs. MARS Clash.
Bill Frye of Greenbrier was in control Friday night, collecting a $2,000 check for the 30-lap feature win. He started 14th and finished fourth in Saturday’s $2,500-to-win, 35-lap feature.
MOUNTAIN HOME — Batesville’s 13-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars went .500 here over the weekend at the North Arkansas State Tournament in Twin Lakes Park.
After falling to Bentonville 13-3 on Friday, the local All-Stars battled back, defeating Gravette 10-4 on Saturday and Fort Smith Christian 14-4 on Sunday afternoon before being eliminated by Springdale 10-8 early this morning.
HORSESHOE BEND — The Chuck Dennis Memorial Golf Tournament is set for Aug. 15 at Turkey Mountain Golf Course, according to a news release.
The event is hosted by the Horseshoe Bend Knights of Columbus 10493 and proceeds go to Knights of Columbus charities.
The entry fee for the 4-person scramble is $180 per team. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. A shotgun start is set for 8.
Each flight will pay $500 to the first-place team, $350 to second and $250 to third. The event includes a longest-putt contest.
AUGUSTA — The mother-and-son team of Cecilia and Josh Vinson defended its title at the Cypress Creek Country Club Mixed Scramble over the weekend, shooting rounds of 66 and 68 to win by one stroke.
Cecilia rolled in a 15-foot putt on the last hole for the victory.
In other local golfing news, John Vinson and Chip Rayford finished second and third, respectively, in the Arkansas State Golf Association-designated tournament for seniors at Sage Meadows Golf Course in Jonesboro over the weekend.
Arkansas State University’s Drew Hilton, a 2006 Batesville High graduate, was recently selected to the All-Sun Belt Conference preseason first team for football.
The 6-foot-3, 302-pound guard is one of three players returning to ASU’s offensive line with starting experience.
Hilton is one of five Red Wolves selected to the first team and one of only seven underclassmen so honored. ASU’s other first-team selections are seniors. They are defensive end Alex Carrington, quarterback Corey Leonard, running back Reggie Arnold and place kicker Josh Arauco.
Mike McGhee knows the family, and that has something to do with why he’s so happy that Kelsie Wilson signed with the Ouachita Baptist University Lady Tigers Thursday afternoon.
Actually, he knows the families — Wilsons and Pioneers.
“One, Batesville High School has a very good cross country program,” OBU’s cross country coach said of the defending 5-time state champions.
Fifteen Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes are scheduled to swim in the Southwinds Conference finals in Mountain Home on Saturday, according to a news release from the team.
Among those are 17-year-old Garrett Hames and Jake Deskin, 15, who qualified for the Junior Olympics by winning and placing second, respectively, in the 200-meter butterfly at the state meet June 28 in Paragould. Deskin will compete in the Junior Olympics in Iowa in August.
The first of several sporting events related to the White River Water Carnival began today, but preparations have been going on for some time.
One of the better examples of that has to be the White River 4-Mile Classic Road Race, which is scheduled for Aug. 1, 7:30 a.m.
LOCUST GROVE — The final tune-up for the Topless 100 is scheduled this weekend as the MARS vs. MSRA Challenge takes over the Batesville Motor Speedway.
The 700-800 horse power engines will roar as the Super Late Models sprint around the track Friday and Saturday with their tops on. In comparison, the NeSmith Late Models which run weekly at BMS produce 400 horse power and the engine costs about $6,000. A super late model engine has a price tag of about $25,000.