A softball team made up of local and area players recently qualified for a national tournament by finishing second in a tourney in Covington, Tenn.
Arkansas Fury, a United Southern Girls Fastpitch 18-and-under team, went 4-3 in the Crack of The Bat Invitational, a 12-team event with a pool play and double-elimination formats.
After falling 5-1 to the Dixie Diamonds in an opener, the Fury defeated the Heartbreakers 4-1, the Mississippi Eclipse 7-1 and Mr. Trophy-Rabe 3-2.
LOCUST GROVE — Except for Andy Carpenter, all the rest of the Batesville Motor Speedway points leaders are keeping a close eye in their rear view mirrors.
Carpenter’s lead in the factory stock point race is 132 points. According to the BMS points standings, Carpenter has accumulated 342 points. Heath Grizzle is the distant second-place driver.
The rest of the top drivers — Joe Payne (street stock), Brandon Smith (modified), Joe Forman (economy modified), Jason Wilkey (crate late models) and Ronnie Jones (front wheel drive) — lead by no more
Golf: Central Arkansas Pro/AM Tournament at The Course at Eagle Mountain, 10 a.m.
American Legion baseball: 1A Zone 2 Tournament in West Memphis (Tilden Rodgers Complex) — Batesville Citizens Bank vs. Rivercrest-Searcy winner, 5 p.m.; West Memphis at Batesville Atlas Asphalt, Batesville Recreation Complex, doubleheader, 5
Auto racing: points racing at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove), grandstands open at 5:30 p.m., racing, 8
CALICO ROCK — The annual kayak or canoe race is scheduled for Saturday and there’s still time to register, according to a news release from the event organizers.
Applications and waivers are available online at www.calicorock.us. The 11-mile race down the White River begins at Red’s Landing and ends at the Calico Rock Bridge.
The kayak race begins at 11 a.m. and all kayak racers must be registered by 10:30 a.m. The canoe race is set for 3 p.m. with all canoe racers signed in before 2:30 p.m.
JONESBORO — The Batesville 11-year-old All-Star baseball team won the Jonesboro Jamboree which was held here last weekend, announced Coach Jimmy Crafton.
The same group placed second as 9- and 10-year-olds.
Batesville defeated Paragould thanks to “excellent pitching from Tristan Isley and Lucas Branscum,” Crafton said.
Nathan Robbins led the offense with a 3-for-3 outing.
Batesville then dropped Marion twice. The second game’s final was 11-0. Scores from the previous two games were not provided.
FAYETTEVILLE — It wasn’t pretty for the East All-Star softball team here Wednesday night at Bogle Park at the University of Arkansas. Then, again, it hasn’t been a good week for the East period.
The West All-Stars won the doubleheader 3-1 and 10-1. The sweep came a day after the West took two from the East in baseball and soccer. The West also won Wednesday’s volleyball match, 3-2, at Barnhill Arena.
The Jonesboro Sports Academy Seams stopped Batesville Citizens Bank in an extra-inning, American Legion regular-season finale at the Batesville Recreation Complex on Wednesday.
The 10-7 decision in eight innings ended the Bankers’ win streak at 10 and left the teams tied atop the Zone 2 1A Legion standings with 8-2 records.
NEWPORT — Ross Williams finally knocked Don Stitcher off the podium here Sunday with a first-place finish in the foot brake class at Speedy’s Newport Raceway.
Tim Baker was second. Stitcher, who had enjoyed a lot of success on the strip lately, settled for fifth in the 19-car field.
In the street class, Steve Simpson took the top spot with Barry Larry in tow.
Additional results were not provided.
A free football camp for children ages 7-14 is set for Saturday as part of FunFest, promoter Steve Thomas announced.
Former Razorback Anthony Lucas will be the primary instructor. Lucas was an all-SEC wide receiver for Arkansas.
The camps will focus on fundamentals. The first session is from 10-11 a.m. with the second 1-hour session following immediately.
Campers can register the morning of the camp at Riverside Park. The camp is free thanks to a sponsorship from First Community Bank.
The Batesville Pioneer football team has been voted No. 1 in the 5A-East Conference by the conference coaches, according to the Hooten’s Arkansas Football magazine.
In order, the remainder of the conference rankings are West Helena, Blytheville, Forrest City, Wynne, Nettleton, Greene County Tech and Paragould.
Cave City is ranked fifth out of the eight teams in the Class 3A-3 with Hoxie the front-runner.
By the look and sound of it, the basketball alternate from Melbourne may have been made for the All-Star experience.
“This is Lee Lewis’ type of deal,” Mike Watson said. “As the competitive level goes up, his play goes up with it.”
Watson, who coached Lewis at Melbourne High and will coach him one last time Thursday night in Fayetteville in an Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game, has some experience at this venue. He worked as an assistant to the East boys basketball team in 2003 and as the East head softball coach in 2007.