FAYETTEVILLE — There’s no end to Jake Bequette’s horizons at defensive end.
That’s why the University of Arkansas fourth-year junior from Little Rock Catholic is one of three players representing the Razorbacks during Thursday’s part of SEC Football Media Days in Hoover, Ala.
“Jake has unlimited potential,” Willy Robinson, Arkansas defensive coordinator, said.
Yet when it comes to most improved from the outset of spring practice into the oncoming August preseason, Jake Bequette isn’t the beginning or the end.
David Bell, Chris Bell, Danny Bell and Tommy Ford teamed to win the Bad Boy 4-Person Scramble Golf Tournament at The Course at Eagle Mountain on Sunday.
They did so in dramatic fashion. Down four strokes to start the day and a stroke entering the last hole of the 2-day, 36-hole tournament, the foursome combined for an eagle on the par-5 18th. Meanwhile, the leading team of Bo Carter, Cam Deaton, Ben Cox and Matt Perish birdied the same hole. That forced a playoff.
The Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes won the boys division and finished second overall in the meet they hosted at the Batesville North Complex on Saturday.
Led by Seth Bailey’s four individual victories, the Torpedoes edged the Mountain Home Hurricanes 325-312. Bailey also swam on two winning relay teams.
Sam Fagan added victories in three individual races and also swam on a winning relay.
The Torpedo girls finished second to Mountain Home, 382-269. Mountain Home finished 100 points ahead of the ICYAA squad (694-594) in the overall scoring.
SEARCY — West Memphis got the 1-run win that counted most here over the weekend.
Friday, Batesville’s Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen defeated West Memphis 2-1 in the AAA American Legion Zone 2 Tournament opener.
Sunday night, West Memphis won 7-6 in 11 innings, knocking Batesville out of the double-elimination event.
The Highwaymen’s first loss happened Saturday when the Jonesboro Ricemen run-ruled them, winning 10-0 in eight innings. Zone tournament games for the older AAA Legion teams last a regulation nine innings.
For the second straight week, races at the Batesville Motor Speedway have been canceled due to muddy track conditions.
Thursday’s intense rainfall coupled with a 50-percent chance of more rain today have forced the postponement of The Chrome Shop Factory Stock Shootout. It will be made up, according to a track official, but a date hadn’t been announced by press time.
Bernard Caldwell shot his age while winning a scramble tournament at the Batesville Municipal Golf Course last weekend.
Caldwell carded a 7-under-par 65. Kevin Weaver finished a stroke back in the championship flight. He was followed by Vernon Lovelady and Ray Adcock, who each fired a 67.
Here are the top four finishers in the remaining flights:
First — Mickey Jones, 70; Jack Hill, 70; Peter Mamula, 70; Gary Coots, 71
Second — Bryan Dunegan, 73; Keith Porter, 73; Ronnie Sellers, 73; Randy Satterwhite, 73
Batesville 12-year-old and 9-year-old All-Star baseball teams finished third and fifth, respectively, in Cal Ripken North Arkansas State Tournaments recently.
The 12-year-old event was held last weekend in Bentonville. After falling 10-7 to Ozarks in the opener, the local team defeated Bentonville 10-0 and Van Buren 8-0 before being eliminated by Rogers 8-7.
FAYETTEVILLE — Ryan Mallett’s summer has gone swimmingly.
Though the University of Arkansas drained the men’s swimming pool in the 1990s, the Razorbacks’ quarterback might be ready to restart the swimming program himself.
Because of his foot is still mending from an injury suffered last winter, Mallett has been swimming instead of running readying for the August preseason drills.
“I feel I could try out for the Olympics,” Mallett said on a national teleconference. “I have a whole new respect for swimmers. It’s a strenuous workout.”
A committee will report on its plans for the White River 4-Mile Classic during the White River RoadRunners’ monthly meeting Tuesday night at the Citizens Bank Annex, according to a news release from the club.
A review of minutes from June’s meeting, a financial statement, a report on the club’s “Train for Four” program and a review of races will be heard.
The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7, but club members and visitors are invited to arrive an hour earlier for a run.
The 2nd annual Factory Stock Shootout, sponsored by The Chrome Shop, is scheduled for Friday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
Andy Carpenter dominated the inaugural event, but numerous contenders have stepped up to challenge the 2009 points champion.
With Melvin Brooks, Adam Maple, Jason Goodman, Heath Grizzle, David Hagler and more expected, Carpenter will have a bull’s eye on his back bumper. Carpenter is the current points leader with a 22-point edge over Grizzle.
The factory stocks will run 30 laps for $750 and the largest factory stock trophy of the year.
NEWARK — Cedar Ridge recently hired Isaac Middlebrooks and Casey Scribner as coaches, and Athletic Director Danny Davis said he received encouraging reports before and after the action.
“I know that in a recent meeting I had some administrators tell me we did really well getting these two young men,” Davis said. “One told me we hit a home run. I just know that we’re really happy to have them aboard.”
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.