The National Guard Armory is home for many fighters, but on Saturday night it will host a different type of warrior.
The Night of Future Champs boxing event will feature an 8-bout card with former Mixed Martial Arts star Pat Smith squaring off against up-and-comer Kendrick Releford in the 8-round main event.
Smith’s boxing career has put him up against some of the best in the business, including a recent victory against Butterbean.
In the octagon, Smith has grappled with well-known stars such as Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie.
HEBER SPRINGS — The William Carl Garner Visitor Center is hosting a beginners fly fishing class and a boater education class, according to a news release.
Both classes are free.
The fly fishing class will be from 10 a.m. until noon June 20.
“Cosponsored by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, this is a fun and educational seminar,” the release states. “It’s the perfect class for those wanting to learn, or with limited knowledge of, the art of fly fishing.
The boater education class will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 22 and 23.
Batesville golfer Garth Branstetter finished fourth in a pair of Arkansas Golf Association junior tournaments recently.
Branstetter’s first fourth-place outing was last weekend at the Jonesboro Country Club as it hosted the Joe Boone Tournament.
The most recent concluded Wednesday when the 16-year-old completed a 3-day total of 222. That was just six over par at The 27th Faded Rose Bruce Jenkins Memorial Tournament at Rebsamen Golf Course in Little Rock.
Branstetter shot 74-72-76 to compile the 222 total. Par is 72.
With the help of a couple of Batesville players, the Arkansas Elite recently won the 12-and-under United States Fastpitch Association State Tournament title.
Haley Hambrick and Savanna Wyatt are the local players.
Elite defeated Arkansas Impact 1-0 and Vertigo 5-0 before falling in the winners bracket final to Arkansas Crush 4-3. Elite battled back through the losers bracket, defeating Vertigo 5-0, Impact 3-0 and, in the championship round, Elite defeated Crush 7-0 and 5-0.
A new benchmark was set in the history of Batesville High School athletics on Saturday when the Pioneer Red squad made the Elite Eight and narrowly missed being in the Final Four in the Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program’s trap shooting state tournament, said Stacy Russell, assistant coach for Batesville.
The White River Roadrunners will discuss the new course for the White River 4-Mile Classic Road Race during their meeting on Tuesday, club member Joe Pool said.
The meeting in the Citizens Bank Annex is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Members and visitors will begin a run from the annex at 6.
Due to highway construction, a new course has been developed. The local running club organizes the race, which is part of the White River Water Carnival. Along with working on details about the new course, race committee assignments will be made and other race logistics will be discussed.
Two sessions of “Speed Camp” are scheduled during July and August for male and female athletes “serious about taking their skills to the next level,” according to a news release from Chris Lovelace.
Lovelace, a certified personal trainer and licensed massage therapist, and Rennell Woods, a former Arkansas State University football player (1993-97) and a certified personal trainer, are program directors for the speed and agility camps.
Ashur Tolliver, a left-handed pitcher at Oklahoma City University, became the first Arkansan to be called by the major leagues when the Baltimore Orioles drafted him in the fifth round Wednesday, according to a report in today’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Tolliver, a native of Sherwood who pitched at Sylvan Hills High School, went 10-1 with a 3.74 earned-run average is spring while striking out 89 batters in 74 and two-thirds innings. He was the 146th pick overall.
The 2009 Caveman Basketball Camp is scheduled for June 15-18, Cave City Coach Russell Fowler announced.
Boys and girls entering grades 3-6 will begin at 8:30 each morning and finish at noon. A camp for boys and girls entering 7-9 will follow from 12:30 p.m. until 4.
Each camp will stress the fundamentals of basketball and good sportsmanship. Accident insurance is provided as is a camp T-shirt.
The cost is $50 per camper. If a family has more than one camper, each additional participant will be $30.
LOCUST GROVE — Points racing for all classes is scheduled to resume Friday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway.
The street stock class is the most tightly-contested with Joe Payne clinging to a 2-point lead over Richie Tosh. Kevin Grizzle is six points off the pace and Jeremy Russell is a contender with an 18-point deficit.
Brandon Smith is six points ahead of Tyson Franks in the modified class while week one winner Shawn Walsh rides third, 20 points back.
The numbers were just slightly different and the result was the same Wednesday night when Batesville Citizens Bank battled by West Memphis Post 53 at the Batesville Recreation Complex.
The Bankers won 4-2. When they met in the delta nine days earlier, the Bankers clipped the Post 53 Eagles 3-2.
“It was very similar,” Batesville Coach Robbie Holmes said. “Their kid did a great job on the hill. He had a pretty good change-up and I didn’t know if we were ever going to score on the little guy.”