WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Seneca Lodge sits nestled in the hills overlooking this Finger Lakes village, and it’s sort of a shrine to open-wheel racing. Its walls are covered with photos of all the open-wheel winners in Watkins Glen International’s storied history, from Jim Clark to Graham Hill to Jackie Stewart.
They might want to make some room for a former open-wheel guy who now races in NASCAR — because Tony Stewart is king of them all.
Bailey Spinks, Falena Riley and Matthew Hardin led the way at the White River Kiwanis Fishing Derby at Row Lake Saturday morning.
Spinks caught the biggest fish among the contestants aged 0 to 4. Riley won the 5-8 age category. Hardin landed the biggest fish in the 9-12 division.
Rounding out the top three, including ties, in each division were:
0-4 — Beau Baxter, Daniel Latus; 5-8 — Galen Garth, Allie Riley, Ethan Newcomb, Clint Lawrence; 9-12 — Colton Young and Nathan Hardin.
Riding rising water, Jeff Moore and Larry Pinkston crested out in the Reekie Gardner White River Bass Classic on Saturday.
“Our battle plan was to launch out of Guion, motor up to Calico Rock, catch the river on the rise and fish it all the way back to Guion,” Moore said.
It worked. The veteran White River fishermen — Moore is from Batesville and Pinkston is from Cave City — found most of their fish in the mouth of sloughs and creeks at the river’s edge. The entry to one slough was especially productive.
Southside’s girls and Forrest City’s boys won the team titles at The Course at Eagle Mountain on Friday.
The Lady Southerners shot a 180 and downed the Batesville Lady Pioneers by seven strokes. The Mustangs shot a 348 and dominated their three foes. They finished 60 strokes in front of the Southerners, 62 ahead of the Pioneers and 74 better than the Stuttgart Ricebirds.
Southside Coach Terry Watson said it was a day when the course won.
LOCUST GROVE — Tony Brooks won the second annual Rockhard Powder Coating 500 at the Batesville Motor Speedway Friday night.
Brooks paced a field of nine front-wheel drive cars to the checkered flag and a $500 payday. Skip Lane was second, followed by Russell Pettit, Stan Morrow and last year’s winner, Ronnie Jones.
Andy Carpenter clinched the factory stock championship with a feature win. He now leads by 172 points with only three points events remaining. A driver can earn a maximum of 50 points a night.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Kasey Kahne sits seventh in the Sprint Cup standings and his first road course win is still fresh on his mind.
That should make Kahne confident as the series shifts this week to the road course at Watkins Glen. But he’s only 79 points inside the top 12 and just 11 points ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya, so Kahne remains wary with five races remaining before the cutoff for the Chase for the championship.
Kristi Kelley, an outfielder from DeBerry, Texas, has transferred to Lyon College to play softball for the Pipers, according to a news release from the college.
Kelley batted .414 during her sophomore season at Alvin Community College (Texas) and stole 27 bases. The DeBerry product was honored with first team All-Region XIV selection and second team NFCA All-Midwest Region squad honors.
Kelley also hit .437 and stole 44 bases in her freshman season at ACC and was named second team NFCA All-American.
Kelley will enter Lyon this fall as a junior.
LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas-Monticello and Ouachita Baptist have landed two players each on the preseason All-Gulf South Conference Team, while players at four other Arkansas schools were similarly honored.
At UAM, quarterback Scott Buisson and tackle Tripp Boatner were named to the All-GSC offensive team.
At OBU, running back K.J. Johnson was named to the offensive All-GSC team, while defensive lineman Jerry McNeil was named All-GSC on the defensive side.
The Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles defeated the Cave City Cavemen and Cedar Ridge Timberwolves in a 3-team golf tournament Thursday at the Batesville Municipal Golf Course.
Hillcrest shot a 67-over-par 175. Cave City was second with a 184 and Cedar Ridge carded a 205.
Cave City’s Alex Cossey was the medalist with a 13-over 49 for nine holes. Teammates Kendall Cherry and Tyler Booth completed the team total with a 66 and 69, respectively.
Sammy Jones doesn’t tournament fish anymore, but he’s still closely connected to the Reekie Gardner White River Bass Classic.
One, he’s a regular bass fisherman on the river.
Two, he’s a salesman at B&R Marine & Cycle, one of the sponsors of the annual event.
Three, well, Jones just loves the White River, the fish in it and the people on it.
The 66th edition of the 2-fishermen team event, a regular on the White River Water Carnival menu, is set for Saturday.
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.