• Free youth football camps set for Saturday morning

    A free football camp for children ages 7-14 is set for Saturday as part of FunFest, promoter Steve Thomas announced.
    Former Razorback Anthony Lucas will be the primary instructor. Lucas was an all-SEC wide receiver for Arkansas.
    The camps will focus on fundamentals. The first session is from 10-11 a.m. with the second 1-hour session following immediately.
    Campers can register the morning of the camp at Riverside Park. The camp is free thanks to a sponsorship from First Community Bank.

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  • 5A-East coaches poll puts Pioneers at No. 1

    The Batesville Pioneer football team has been voted No. 1 in the 5A-East Conference by the conference coaches, according to the Hooten’s Arkansas Football magazine.
    In order, the remainder of the conference rankings are West Helena, Blytheville, Forrest City, Wynne, Nettleton, Greene County Tech and Paragould.
    Cave City is ranked fifth out of the eight teams in the Class 3A-3 with Hoxie the front-runner.

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  • Players, coach getting ready for All-Star hoops

    By the look and sound of it, the basketball alternate from Melbourne may have been made for the All-Star experience.
    “This is Lee Lewis’ type of deal,” Mike Watson said. “As the competitive level goes up, his play goes up with it.”
    Watson, who coached Lewis at Melbourne High and will coach him one last time Thursday night in Fayetteville in an Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game, has some experience at this venue. He worked as an assistant to the East boys basketball team in 2003 and as the East head softball coach in 2007.

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  • Bankers’ streak hits double digits

    Batesville Citizens Bank ran its win streak to 10 Tuesday night with a sweep of Searcy B&B Oil in a Zone 2 American Legion baseball doubleheader at the Batesville Recreation Complex.
    The 15-8 and 7-5 victories improved the Bankers to 18-4 overall and 8-1 in the zone. With a win tonight in a regular-season finale against the Jonesboro Sports Academy Seams, the Bankers will clinch the regular-season title and the top seeding for the zone tournament in West Memphis beginning Friday.

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  • UAPB assistant gets promotion

    PINE BLUFF (AP) — Cary Shelton has been hired as Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s women’s basketball coach.
    Shelton will take over next month. He has previously been an assistant for the men’s and women’s basketball teams at UAPB.
    “We’re very excited to be able bring in a coach of the caliber of Coach Shelton,” Athletic Director Skip Perkins said. “We believe he will be able to take the women’s basketball program to new and improved heights.”

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  • Sports Calendar

    Today
    American Legion baseball: Searcy at Batesville Citizens Bank, Batesville Recreation Complex, doubleheader, 5 p.m.; Batesville Atlas Asphalt at Searcy, doubleheader, 5

    Wednesday
    American Legion baseball: Jonesboro at Batesville Citizens Bank, Batesville Recreation Complex, 6 p.m.
    friday
    Golf: Central Arkansas Pro/AM Tournament at The Course at Eagle Mountain, 10 a.m.

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  • Highwaymen win in extra inning

    BLYTHEVILLE — The Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen went the extra mile here Monday while collecting a doubleheader sweep over Blytheville.
    The Highwaymen won the opener 12-10, and the back-and-forth affair took an extra inning.
    They took the scheduled 5-inning nightcap in a run-rule shortened four innings. The score was 12-2.
    The heat and the long drive made it a tough day, Batesville Coach Tony Roepcke said.

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  • Bankers take lead in Zone 2 race

    JONESBORO — For now, Batesville Citizens Bank holds the title.
    The Bankers defeated Jonesboro Sports Academy Seams 8-4 here Monday night, taking the lead in the 1A American Legion baseball Zone 2 standings with two more regular-season games remaining.
    Tonight, they host Searcy B&B Oil, which handed the Bankers their only zone loss. Wednesday, they’ll host the Seams.
    The Bankers are 7-1 in the zone, 16-4 overall and winners of eight in a row.
    The Seams fell to 5-2 and 15-9.

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  • Area softball players, v-ball coach primed for All-Star week

    The 54th Annual Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Classic is scheduled to begin tonight at the University of Arkansas with a baseball doubleheader.
    Soccer games are also set for 6 and 8 tonight. There are no representatives from the Guard-circulation area on those three rosters. The first representation is in Wednesday’s softball doubleheader at the new Bogle Park.

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  • Sports Calendar

    Today
    American Legion baseball: Batesville Citizens Bank at Jonesboro, doubleheader, 5 p.m.; Batesville Atlas Asphalt at Blytheville, doubleheader, 5:30

    Tuesday
    American Legion baseball: Searcy at Batesville Citizens Bank, Batesville Recreation Complex, doubleheader, 5 p.m.; Batesville Atlas Asphalt at Searcy, doubleheader, 5
    WEDNESDAY
    American Legion baseball: Jonesboro at Batesville Citizens Bank, Batesville Recreation Complex, doubleheader, 5 p.m.

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  • Pioneer All-Star Soccer Camp scheduled for July 6-8 at BHS

    The Pioneer All-Star Soccer Camp is set for July 6-8, announced Batesville High Coach TJ Stroud, the camp director.
    The morning camp (8-11) is for girls and boys entering grades 2 through 6 and costs $55. A non-refundable $25 deposit is due by June 30 to preregister. The balance is due on the camper’s arrival. The late registration fee is $65. A registration is scheduled beginning at 7 a.m. on July 6, the first day of camp.

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  • Highwaymen finish 3rd in Kell Classic

    NEWPORT — The Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen feel better about their chances after going 3-2 and finishing third in the George Kell Wooden Bat Classic here over the weekend.
    At least that’s how Coach Tony Roepcke said he was feeling during a telephone interview this morning.
    “You might think we would feel bad coming out of this tournament, but I’m really optimistic,” he said. “Defensively, we’re playing better and we got some really good pitching performances. I’m excited to see what we can do in the zone the rest of the way.”

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