It wasn’t a lost weekend for one Batesville American Legion baseball team.
In the RC American Legion Classic in Paragould, Malden, Mo., downed Citizens Bank, the local 1A team, 3-0 in a tournament opener on Friday night at H. Francis Bland Park. The Bankers bounced back, however, and thrashed two Missouri teams the next two days.
In the Ray King Riceland Classic in Jonesboro, Christian Brothers whipped the Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen, Batesville’s 3A team, 13-0 Friday night in a run-ruled four innings at Tomlinson Stadium on the Arkansas State University campus.
Casey Castleberry and Drew Higginbothom teamed for a 10-under-par 134 to win the Eagle Mountain 4-Ball Tournament at the Course at Eagle Mountain over the weekend.
Castleberry and Higginbothom pared the par-5 18th and final hole of the 2-day event which is sponsored by First Southern Bank. They held off Chris Bell and Tim Ezell, their playing partners on the last day. Bell Ezell finished with a 135 and tied with the Bell brothers, David and Steve, and the team of Buddy Vinson-Tommy Ford for second place. Vinson-Ford won the cardoff.
American Legion baseball: Ray King Riceland Classic in Jonesboro — Batesville Atlas Asphalt vs. Christian Brothers, Tomlinson Stadium, Arkansas State University, 5 p.m.; Paragould tournament — Batesville Citizens Bank vs. Malden, Mo., 5
Auto racing: Matt Sturch Memorial Race and points racing at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove), grandstands open at 5:30 p.m., racing, 8
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The deadline for submitting scores and other information at the Guard sports desk is 1 p.m. the day after the game.
Chris Clinton, a 6-foot-6 forward from Sheridan, recently signed to play men’s basketball for Lyon College.
Clinton averaged 15 points, 10.5 rebounds and two assists per game as a senior with Sheridan High School. He was a 2-time 6A-South All-District player and was a member of the 2009 6A All-State Tournament team.
The Batesville Pioneer Baseball Camp of Champs is scheduled for June 15-17 at the Batesville Recreation Complex, Batesville Coach Mark Rush said.
The camp is for 6- to 16-year-olds and will run from 8:30 a.m. until noon each day.
Campers will be instructed and drilled in the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, pitching, base running and playing particular positions. They will also be timed in the 60-yard dash and participate in skills contests.
MOUNTAIN HOME — The Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen came home still looking for a Zone 2 victory in American Legion baseball.
Ethan Martin’s 2-out single in the eighth inning delivered a 3-2 victory to Mountain Home Lockeroom here Thursday night. The Lockeroom improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the zone.
The Highwaymen fell to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the zone. The Highwaymen leveled their overall mark before heading home. They defeated the Lockeroom 16-9 in a 5-inning nightcap.
Rain washed out both American Legion baseball doubleheaders involving Batesville teams on Wednesday and only one has been rescheduled.
The Citizens Bank-at-Jonesboro Sports Academy Seams doubleheader has been rescheduled for June 22, Coach Robbie Holmes said. The Bankers are scheduled to take on Malden, Mo., Friday evening at 5 in a tournament in Paragould.
SOUTHSIDE — Southside High School Coach Brad McGhee said space is still open for the Southerners’ first basketball camp.
The 4-day camp for girls and boys entering kindergarten through the third grade is set to begin Tuesday morning at 8:30. Campers can register at the gymnasium beginning at 8 Tuesday.
LOCUST GROVE — Preparation for the 4th Annual Matt Sturch Memorial Street Stock Race was set to begin tonight with an open practice session at the Batesville Motor Speedway, but after Wednesday’s heavy rain the racers will have to jump right into racing Friday night.
The race was previously held at 64 Speedway in Augusta, but Don Sturch, the father of the late Matt Sturch, approached BMS owner and promoter Mooney Starr earlier this year and asked him to take the reins of the race.
Six Guard-circulation area track and field athletes earned another all-state certificate from the Arkansas Activities Association and four will soon collect their third in a row.
All-state recognition in track and field is earned by winning or finishing second in a state meet, and Batesville High School seniors Lizzie Walton, Chelsea Tate, Kelsie Wilson and Madison Neely are 3-time honorees.
That quartet of veterans helped the Lady Pioneers win their fifth straight state championship in a row in the Class 5A meet just two and a half weeks ago.