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.”
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — This is one long bus ride any player could look forward to.
The Arkansas baseball team plays in the College World Series this weekend, and the Razorbacks were busy loading themselves for the bus trip to Omaha, Neb., on Wednesday. Arkansas is easily the closest of the eight schools competing in Omaha, so there was no need to fly.
A near head-on collision with a drunk driver kicked off the weekend action for Independence County deputies Friday night, according to reports.
Deputy Brian Luetschwager said he was traveling east on Highway 106 around 10:30 p.m. when a Ford Mustang crossed the center line into his lane of traffic forcing him to take to the shoulder of the road.
Luetschwager said he turned around and caught up with the car on Davis Lane where made contact with the driver and identified him as 26-year-old Antonio C. Alahis of 1305 Davis Lane.