ARKANSAS FURY, which includes several players from Guard circulation-area schools, recently finished fourth in the 16-and-under United Southern Girls Fast Pitch World Series in Pensacola, Fla. The team also was the unanimous selection for the tournament’s Sportsmanship Award. Team members are: Hannah Burgess, Hannah Hutchison, Kelsey Weaver, Sydney Lewis, Sequoia Dean, Kallie Johnson, Michelle Arnold, Kandess Pfitzner, Tosha Geror, Megan Whitehurst and Kristen Doty.
Izard County’s Rachel Harmon and Melbourne’s Sam Cooper earned medalist honors in the first ever Cougar Classic High School Golf Tournament.
The 2-day tourney was played at Cooper’s Hawk in Melbourne on Tuesday and concluded at The Course on Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend Wednesday.
Harmon, who shot a 2-under-par 70 at Cooper’s Hawk, recorded a 6-over 78 at Turkey Mountain to collect a 2-day total of 148. That was three strokes fewer than Conway St. Joseph’s Brooke Enderlin, who followed her 71 Tuesday with an 81.
Nick Palese recently signed with the Oklahoma Wesleyan University Eagles for all the obvious reasons.
“I kind of missed baseball, playing with my brother again sounds good, it will get me back closer to home and I’ll be back with a great coach,” the former all-state baseball and football player for the Batesville Pioneers said.
Kirk Kelley, who coached Lyon College baseball for 17 years, is the new coach at Oklahoma Wesleyan. He recently signed Jake Palese, Nick’s brother.
Led by Garth Branstetter’s 3-under-par 69, the Batesville Pioneers took a 39-stroke victory over the Beebe Badgers at The Course at Eagle Mountain on Wednesday.
“Garth said he was feeling well and he shot well all day,” Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow said. “Garth shot a bogey-free round.”
Fellow junior Shayne Vanbenschoten added an 83. Rounding out the team score of 339, Laman Fountain contributed an 89 and David Cox chipped in a 98.
Not counting in the team scores were Sam Beary’s 98 and Jacob Lowery’s 136.
LOCUST GROVE — The front-wheel drive class will be featured Friday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway as Ronnie Jones tries for his second straight Rockhard Powder Coating 500 title.
Front-wheel drive racers from as far away as Oklahoma are expected to pay a visit to BMS for the 30-lap, $500-to-win show. Jones did some scouting last week.
“I went over to Oklahoma last Friday and those guys are going to bring some stiff competition here,” Jones said. “They’ve got some good competitors in Oklahoma.”
NEWPORT — Aaron Crafton of Cave City finished third in the foot brake division at Speedy’s Newport Dragway on Sunday, according to information provided to the Guard.
Billy Dobbins won the class, followed by Tye Combs.
Nikki Rutherford took the top spot in the street class with Gary Spicer and Tristan Huber in tow.
Additional details were not provided.
LACROSSE — Izard County’s Rachel Harmon leads Brook Enderlin of Conway St. Joseph by one stroke after the first day of the Cougar Invitational High School Golf Tournament played at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course.
Harmon shot a 2-under-par 70. Heather Moix of St. Joseph stands in third place with an 81, followed by Izard County’s Kiley Mettler with an 82, and Lady Bulldog Jessie Moix rounds out the top five after recording an 84.
The Lady Bulldogs lead the team scoring with a 236. The Lady Cougars are 20 strokes off the pace.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — The Arkansas Activities Association rejected a proposal Tuesday that could have created separate state playoffs for private schools.
In recent years, Arkansas schools have grappled with ways to handle private schools’ perceived advantages on the playing field. This year, the Berryville and Harrison districts proposed that schools where varsity athletes can receive need-based financial aid compete for separate championships.
Batesville Coach Stuart Smith announced that 10 percent of the proceeds today at Western Sizzlin Steak House will go to a fund to purchase state championship rings for the 2009 Lady Pioneer track and field team.
In May, the Lady Pioneers won their fifth straight Class 5A State title.
The Mountain Home Bombers dominated in a high school golf opener Monday at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
Led by Seth Sullivent’s 1-over-par 73, the Bombers scored a 317. The Paragould Rams were a distant second (338) and the Batesville Pioneers finished another 14 strokes back.
Rounding out the team score for Mountain Home were Richard Zimmerman (83), Weston Monger (81) and Zac Cantrell (90).
LACROSSE — Melbourne collected a pair of season-opening wins at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course here Monday afternoon.
In the girls division, the Lady Bearkatz beat Calico Rock 152-179 in a dual match. The Bearkatz were uncontested, however; Southside and Cave City were represented by two players each.
Maggie Cooper (45), Haley Wheelis (51) and Abbey Haley (56) combined for the Lady Bearkatz team score. Tenley Severns’ 68 did not count toward the team score.
Cooper won medalist honors for her 9-over par on the 9-hole layout.
High school golf: Concord, Hillcrest and Greers Ferry-West Side at Tannenbaum (Drasco), 10 a.m.; Batesville, Mountain Home and Paragould at The Course at Eagle Mountain, noon; Melbourne, Cave City and Calico Rock at Cooper’s Hawk (Melbourne), 1 p.m.; Izard County and Shirley at Mountain Ranch (Fairfield Bay), 3:30
Cal Ripken baseball: 9- to 10-year-old Southwest Regional Tournament in Abbeville, La. — Batesville vs. Eagle Pass, Texas, 5:30 p.m.