PARAGOULD — The Batesville Lady Pioneers won their sixth straight 5A-East District track and field title here Monday, and they didn’t hurt their chances to do the same in the Class 5A State Meet when they return to Paragould High School on Friday.
“Yes. We’re in position, again,” Batesville Coach Stuart Smith said.
But that’s as far as he would go.
“I don’t yet know who else is qualified for the state meet, what the other teams have, and we didn’t qualify as many people as we have in the past,” Smith said.
Four Lyon College softball players were named to the 2010 TranSouth Athletic Conference Softball Scholar Athlete team and two of those players also earned NAIA Scholar Athlete honors, according to a release from the league office.
Lyon outfielders Kristi Kelley (DeBerry, Texas) and Kristan Inman (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) were honored with both TranSouth and NAIA Scholar Athlete honors. Utility player Tenequa Martin (Taylor) and pitcher Faith Richmond (Van Buren) were named to the TranSouth Scholar Athlete team.
NEWARK — The youthful Cedar Ridge Timberwolves gave the Cave City Cavemen a challenge in a nonconference contest here Monday afternoon.
Cave City won 3-2 after trailing 2-0 in the sixth inning.
Justin Keller hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to put the home team ahead 2-0. And he kept the Cavemen at bay on the hill as well. Keller pitched the distance and had a 2-hitter going until Cave City’s bats came alive in the sixth.
NEWARK — Four runs in the top of the seventh inning helped the Midland Lady Mustangs pick up a key win over the Cedar Ridge Lady Timberwolves here Monday.
Midland trailed 4-2 entering the final frame, but won the Class 2A-2 District contest 6-4. The teams are battling for second place in the conference standings. Midland’s win helped Melbourne (16-3, 10-1) clinch the regular-season crown.
NEWPORT — Weather didn’t get in the way of drag racing Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Dragway.
Mark Simpson defeated Steve Simpson in the street division feature.
Joe Williams was quickest down the line in the foot brake division. Don Stitcher was second.
The super pro winner was Michael Griffith, who beat Stephen Wilson in the feature.
Michael Linn had Shane Agre in tow for the win in the quads division.
HEBER SPRINGS — Cedar Ridge completed its sweep of the 2A-2 District Track and Field championships here Thursday with the Lady Timberwolves and Timberwolves team victories.
Cedar Ridge’s juniors won the girls and boys team titles the week before.
The Lady T-wolves held off second-place Melbourne with their depth. Cedar Ridge totaled 161 points. Melbourne finished with 124. Both teams won six events.
Rain pretty much washed out the weekend sports schedule in the Guard circulation area, and it also knocked out a couple of events outside our area that will cause some unexpected trips today.
The 4A-2 District track and field meet set for Friday in Heber Springs and the 5A-East slated for Saturday in Paragould were both casualties to the heavy thunderstorms that hit much of the state over the weekend.
MAYFIELD, Ky. — Rain couldn’t dampen the Lyon College Scots’ offense or starting pitcher Garry Richards in a 14-3 thumping of the Mid-Continent Cougars on Saturday in a rain-delayed, run-rule shortened TranSouth Athletic Conference matchup at Cougar Field.
The game began at 9:10 a.m. in hopes of dodging the rain, but the downpour came early in the contest and delayed the game for two hours and eight minutes. The teams returned to the field at 11:55 and finished the contest without interruption.
Senior hurler Faith Richmond pitched a complete-game gem and freshman Helen Zyjewski drove in three runs during the Lyon Pipers’ 5-1 victory in game one of a TranSouth Athletic Conference doubleheader split with Union on Thursday during Senior Day at House Field.
The Pipers (15-25, 4-10) lost game two 6-2, but have won two of their last three games. Lyon ends conference play in a sixth-place tie in the standings with Bethel and Mid-Continent.
The Pipers earned the No. 7 seed in the conference tournament via tiebreaker and are set to play Wednesday at noon against Union.
LYNN — The Pocahontas Lady Redskins led 10-0 after five and a half innings and held on for a 13-8, nonconference win over the Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles here Thursday.
“It was ugly,” Hillcrest Coach Shawn Rose said. “We were very flat. The top of our order did not hit.”
For the winners, Vicki McNabb doubled, homered and recorded three runs batted in. Stephanie Difani pitched the win.
Hillcrest’s Stevie Howard hit four for four with double and four RBI. Lindsey Crews doubled and drove in three RBI as Hillcrest fell to 16-6.
LOCUST GROVE — As of press time, tonight’s races at Batesville Motor Speedway were still a go.
Severe thunderstorms are in the forecast for tonight but if the grove can escape Mother Nature’s fury, fans will be treated to points racing for all classes.
Admission is only $5 tonight for fans age 12 and older. It’s free for children 11 and younger.
Crate late model, IMCA modified, street stock, factory stock and front-wheel drive are the weekly divisions at BMS.
For up-to-date information on tonight’s races, call the track at (870) 251-0011 or visit www.bms-ar.com
BLACK ROCK — Dylan Wooten pitched a perfect game and Hillcrest captured the 1A-2 East District regular-season championship with a 10-0 victory over Black Rock in high school baseball on Thursday.
The junior right-hander did not allow a hit or walk in the run-ruled 6-inning contest, striking out 12 along the way.
“They put six balls in play against Dylan and we made the plays,” Hillcrest Coach Andy Durham said. “Dylan went to 3-and-2 against one batter, but didn’t lose him. He just pretty much stayed ahead of the batters.”