We will see if it tips the scales for two more victories, but a couple of coaches and players say the East All-Star basketball teams are showing good balance as they prepare for games Thursday in Fayetteville.
“Overall, we’re fairly well balanced,” Coach Chad LaRose said.
LaRose, a Batesville High graduate, directs the girls basketball team at Bay and is an assistant for the East squad.
That squad includes Farrah Turner, a 3-time all-state guard for Midland High School and a Lyon College signee.
CABOT — The Concord Pirates 10-and-under softball team won the Arkansas Softball Association’s state championship here Saturday.
The 2-day tournament began with a victory over the Pine Bluff Prowlers on Friday night. On Saturday, the Pirates defeated the Sheridan Grasshoppers, Fort Smith Crossfires and Mountain View Yellowjackets.
In the championship game, Concord beat Sheridan again.
The Pirates were undefeated throughout the tournament. Scores of the contests were not provided.
Mountain Home Lockeroom thumped Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen 9-2 in Zone 2 American Legion baseball action Tuesday night at the North Complex.
Klayton Solderberg pitched a complete game, scattering five hits while striking out two. Ronnie Lethiot and Matt Fracek each provided two hits for the winners. Bo Thomas added a 2-run double. Lethiot also drove in two.
Talan Roepcke was the losing pitcher. The left-hander gave up six hits and six runs — three earned — while walking four batters, hitting two and striking out three.
FAYETTEVILLE — The East avoided an 0-for this year.
After going 0-10 against the West in the 2009 Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star games, the East won three of four games played Tuesday night on the University of Arkansas campus.
Guard-circulation athletes and one coach were involved in two of the victories. Hillcrest’s Derek Wooten played baseball. Batesville’s Dylan Massey played soccer.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Independence County Youth Athletic Association swim team finished fourth out of eight teams at the South Wind Invitational on Saturday.
The Mountain Home Hurricanes dominated their home meet with 1,195.5 points. Stone County was second with 464. Jonesboro followed with 331, Independence County 252, Greene County 185, Wynne 154.5, Pocahontas 130 and Blytheville 26.
Michael Wagner and Natalie Meinzer crossed the finish line Saturday at Riverside Park as the overall champions of the Ms. Wheelchair Arkansas 5K.
Wagner, a 43-year-old from Heber Springs, completed the 5-kilometer course in a time of 15 minutes, 1.89 seconds. Meinzer, 15 and a junior at Batesville High, ran the route in 20:39.44.
Rusty Staggs, 21, of Batesville finished second in the overall men’s division with a time of 19:11.52. He was followed by Jacob Praught, 15, of Poughkeepsie (19:37.73).
After rallying for an 11-8 victory, West Memphis ripped Batesville Citizens Bank 18-3 to collect a sweep in a Zone 2 American Legion baseball doubleheader Monday at the North Complex.
The loss in the opener followed an all-too familiar pattern, Batesville Coach Robbie Holmes said.
“Raleigh Jeffery started and pitched really well, and we led, basically, the whole game,” the coach said. “And, like before, mistakes on defense bit us on the you know what.”
The Bankers led 8-6 through six innings.
Jared Perry, a 6-foot-3 guard from Pleasant Plains, has signed to play men’s basketball for Lyon College.
Perry earned all-region, all-district and all-state tournament honors as a senior at Midland High School.
“Jared is one of those kids who will be a two or three (shooting guard or small forward) for us. He’s long and shoots it good,” Lyon Coach Kevin Jenkins said. “He will have to get physically stronger, but I think he’s capable of guarding a two or three.”
The coach said he likes Perry’s potential off the court as well.
Derek Wooten and Dylan Massey will be the first Guard-circulation area athletes to play in the 2010 Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Games, and both sounded optimistic about their teams’ chances tonight in Fayetteville.
Wooten, a Hillcrest High School graduate, will suit up for the East baseball team. The first pitch of two baseball games is set for 5 p.m. at Baum Stadium on the University of Arkansas campus.
PARAGOULD — Brian Krug, a Batesville High and Lyon College graduate, was hired Thursday as an assistant baseball coach at Greene County Tech High School in Paragould.
Krug, 35, starred in baseball and football at BHS, where he graduated in 1993, and in baseball at Lyon (’98). Krug’s previous coaching experience was at Lyon, where he coached the men’s and women’s golf program for one year and helped with the baseball program.
He also earned a master’s degree in physical education at Northwest Missouri State in 2000.
Top awards were handed out Friday at the end of the Batesville High Pioneer Trailblazers Football Camp for seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders.
They were: Outstanding Camper — Zach Langston, seventh-grade; Wes Hance, eighth-grade; Garrett Denton, ninth-grade; Punt, Pass and Kick Champion — Sam Stalker, seventh-grade; John Howard, eighth-grade; Tad Jones, ninth-grade; 40-yard dash — Jake Flood; vertical jump — Jalen Meadows Haynes; shuttle agility run — Langston; longest punt — John Rhoades; longest pass — Jones; and longest kick — Michael McFatter.
Will Lindsey and Talan Roepcke, recent Batesville High graduates, were named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas baseball team.
Batesville sophomores Ryan Coles and Tanner Ring won Freshmen-Sophomore Team honors.
The Guard-circulation area’s only softball representative is Krysta Beeler. The Southside freshman was named to the Freshman-Sophomore softball team.
Bentonville’s Alex Sullivan and Van Buren’s Brandon Moore won player of the year honors for softball and baseball, respectively.