This year’s Arkansas Activities Association all-state softball lists include 10 selections from Guard-circulation area high schools and seven are newcomers.
The returners are Maggie Jo Cooper of Melbourne, Sarah Taylor of Izard County and Raigan Skidmore of Midland.
Skidmore is a 4-time selection to the Class 2A squad. Taylor, a senior, is on the Class 1A roster for the third time and Cooper, a sophomore, is two for two on the same roster.
American Legion baseball: Fat City Tournament in Jonesboro — Batesville Citizens Bank vs. Dyersburg, Mo., Arkansas State University’s Tomlinson Stadium, 7:30 p.m.
Auto racing: points racing at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove), grandstands open at 5:30 p.m., racing, 8
Lyon College seniors Justin Cunningham and Sam Neal were named to the 2009 Daktronics All-American Scholar Athletes baseball squad, according to a press release from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics home office.
Neal, a right fielder, led the Scots in home runs (14) and RBI (59) with a .347 average at the plate this season. The selection to the all-academic squad is Neal’s second.
Cunningham. a third baseman, hit .391 with 25 RBI in 25 starts. The selection to the scholar athlete squad is his first.
CABOT — Batesville High School’s Price Holmes is running 18th and leads a contingent of five Guard-circulation area athletes after the first day of the Arkansas high school decathlon and heptathlon.
Holmes, a senior, scored 3,238 points in the 100-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400-meter dash. Ethan Turpen, a senior from Lake Hamilton, leads the event with 4,120 points.
Donnie Cooper and Christian Manna, both juniors from Southside, are 27th and 43rd, respectively.
LOCUST GROVE — After a week off to observe Memorial Day, the Batesville Motor Speedway is scheduled to thunder again Friday night with another round of points racing for all classes.
A few drivers have pulled away from their competition while several other classes are being tightly contested.
The economy modified class is knotted between Joe Forman and Rick Engles with 220 points apiece.
The obvious assessments of Batesville’s American Legion baseball teams are these: The Highwaymen have been down this road many times before, and the Bankers are new to the business.
Citizens Bank, the 1A Division team, is scheduled to play first. The Bankers, with only one player with Legion experience, are scheduled to face Dyersburg, Mo., at 7:30 Friday night at Arkansas State University’s Tomilinson Stadium in Jonesboro.
Michael Steele, a 6-foot guard from Little Rock, has signed to play basketball with the Lyon College Scots, according to a news release from the college.
Steele, a 2-time all-conference performer, averaged 15 points, four rebounds and four assists per game as a point guard/shooting guard with Joe T. Robinson High School.
RECTOR — The Arkansas Fury 16-and-younger traveling softball placed second in the Summer Invitational Tournament here over the Memorial Day weekend, according to information provided by Dwayne Johnson.
The Fury went 2-3 with all three losses coming against the winner, Missouri Madness.
The first game went to Missouri 2-1 despite Hannah Burgess’ 2-hitter for Arkansas.
The Fury won game two 10-0 against the Arctic Cats as Melbourne’s Michelle Arnold collected the win on the hill.
Batesville Pioneer juniors Will Lindsey and Talan Roepcke were named to the Class 5A All-State baseball team, according to a news release from the Arkansas Activities Association.
Lindsey helped the Pioneers to a 20-11 record and a second-place finish in the 5A-East District while posting a team-high .537 batting average with 10 home runs, four triples, 10 doubles, 50 runs batted in, 39 runs scored, 10 walks and a slugging percentage of 1.042. He also sparkled at shortstop, his coach said.
Four new faces are on this year’s all-state baseball roster of Guard-circulation area athletes, according to a news release from the Arkansas Activities Association.
Hillcrest, which posted a circulation-area best 22-5 record, put three players on the Class 1A roster with senior Jordan Hunter, junior Derek Wooten and sophomore Dylan Wooten. Midland senior James Frazier was named to the Class 2A team. All are first-time selections.