Maribeth Waters, Katee Castleman and Sam Neal won the top honors at Lyon College’s annual sports awards banquet, according to a news release from Lyon’s sports information department.
Waters and Castleman are co-Winnie Marable Award winners and Neal is the Dick Winningham Award recipient. Each award is presented to the most outstanding athlete for its respective gender.
Castleman, who ran cross country for the Pipers, also collected the John T. Dahlquist Scholar Athlete Award for her work in the classroom.
When I came aboard the Guard staff several years ago, one of the first people I had the pleasure of meeting was Lyon Baseball Coach Kirk Kelley.
Right off the bat, no pun intended, I knew the man was passionate about the sport he coached. A few months later, when the season started, that was made even more evident. The Scots were steamrolling the competition, and although I’m supposed to have a non-biased opinion, I instantly became a fan of Coach Kelley and his program.
CALICO ROCK — The Calico Rock Organization for Revitalization Efforts (CORE) has announced Phase II of the welcome banner project. The navy blue banners will be similar to those already in place on the streetlight poles on Main Street. A total of 25 banners will be placed along Highway 56 from Main Street to Park Street and along Park Street to the Veterans of Foreign Wars bridge.
The banners will be attached to attractive metal poles that will be alternated along both sides of the road. Sponsors of each banner awill be honored at the pole.
A tryout for Batesville’s American Legion baseball teams is set for Sunday afternoon at the Batesville Recreation Complex, announced Coach Tony Roepcke.
Athletes 19 years old and younger are eligible. The tryout is to start at 2.
For more information, call Roepcke at (870) 307-7566.
Cecilia Vinson, John Vinson and Jed Porter teamed to win the Southerner Scramble golf tournament at The Course at Eagle Mountain on Saturday, according to information provided to the Guard.
The trio fired an 11-under-par 61 to edge Jay Crumpler-Mike Graf-Terry Phillips by one stroke.
Crumpler helped his team secure second when he aced Hole 3. He scored the hole-in-one with a wedge.
Listed below are the results from each flight:
Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach Kirk Kelley will be leaving Lyon College later this month to become head baseball coach at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Okla., according a news release from Lyon.
Kelley came to Lyon in 1993 and revived the long-dormant baseball program and built a winning tradition that has been the envy of many colleges. Kelley reached the 500-win mark this season, his 17th, and finished the year at 36-19 and 12-9 in the TranSouth Athletic Conference.
HEBER SPRINGS — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves won a team title and Melbourne’s Emily Carroll and Lee Lewis were multiple individual winners here Friday in the 2A-2 District Track and Field Meet.
The Timberwolves totaled 185 points and finished 67 points in front of the Salem Greyhounds. Lewis, a senior, led the Melbourne Bearkatz with four victories. The ’Katz finished fourth with 106 points.
LOCUST GROVE — The Mid-South Racing Association Late Model event scheduled for tonight at Batesville Motor Speedway has been rained out, announced track co-owner Connie Starr.
Starr said the track and surrounding pit areas have taken on too much water lately and even a light shower would make it a treacherous area tonight.
The rain out is the second in as many weeks for the speedway and the MSRA series. The MSRA will try to run Saturday night in Monticello. The traveling series visits speedways in Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi.
Debbie Onukwube, a 5-foot-8 guard/forward from Little Rock, has signed to play women’s basketball for the Lyon College Pipers, according a news release from the college.
Onukwube averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and three steals per game as a senior at Mount Saint Mary High School. She was selected to the 7A-Central All-District team and was selected to play in the All-Metro Classic All-Star Game in Little Rock.
CAVE CITY — Cave City High School senior Amelia Bray signed a national letter of intent this morning to play softball and basketball at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
After about five months of pursuit, Three Rivers Coaches Jack Childress and Jeff Walk landed Bray as a 2-sport athlete. Bray said she also considered Lyon College.
“I talked to Coach (Tracy Stewart-) Lange and she said I would be able to play two sports at Lyon, but I think Three Rivers is just the best option for me in the long run,” Bray said.
High school track and field: Melbourne at district meet in Heber Springs, 3:30 p.m.
Cave City senior high athletic banquet, middle school cafeteria, 6 p.m.
Golf: Southerner Classic at The Course at Eagle Mountain, 3-person scramble, 9 a.m.; First National Bank tournament at Cooper’s Hawk (Melbourne), time to be announced
HEBER SPRINGS — Heber Springs dominated the Class 4A-2 District Track and Field Meet which it hosted Thursday.
The Southside Lady Southerners finished fourth and the Southerners were eighth.
In the girls division, Heber Springs grabbed 242 points, 149.5 points better than second-place Marianna. Stuttgart was third with 91 and Southside finished a distant fourth with 56. The other team scores were: Lonoke 54, Clinton, 48.5, Bald Knob, 46 and Miltonvale 4.
Southside’s Heather Bostock won the 1600-meter race and the 3200 as well, giving her 20 points.