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.
Nick Palese recently signed with the Oklahoma Wesleyan University Eagles for all the obvious reasons.
“I kind of missed baseball, playing with my brother again sounds good, it will get me back closer to home and I’ll be back with a great coach,” the former all-state baseball and football player for the Batesville Pioneers said.
Kirk Kelley, who coached Lyon College baseball for 17 years, is the new coach at Oklahoma Wesleyan. He recently signed Jake Palese, Nick’s brother.
Led by Garth Branstetter’s 3-under-par 69, the Batesville Pioneers took a 39-stroke victory over the Beebe Badgers at The Course at Eagle Mountain on Wednesday.
“Garth said he was feeling well and he shot well all day,” Batesville Coach Jeff Morrow said. “Garth shot a bogey-free round.”
Fellow junior Shayne Vanbenschoten added an 83. Rounding out the team score of 339, Laman Fountain contributed an 89 and David Cox chipped in a 98.
Not counting in the team scores were Sam Beary’s 98 and Jacob Lowery’s 136.
LOCUST GROVE — The front-wheel drive class will be featured Friday night at the Batesville Motor Speedway as Ronnie Jones tries for his second straight Rockhard Powder Coating 500 title.
Front-wheel drive racers from as far away as Oklahoma are expected to pay a visit to BMS for the 30-lap, $500-to-win show. Jones did some scouting last week.
“I went over to Oklahoma last Friday and those guys are going to bring some stiff competition here,” Jones said. “They’ve got some good competitors in Oklahoma.”
NEWPORT — Aaron Crafton of Cave City finished third in the foot brake division at Speedy’s Newport Dragway on Sunday, according to information provided to the Guard.
Billy Dobbins won the class, followed by Tye Combs.
Nikki Rutherford took the top spot in the street class with Gary Spicer and Tristan Huber in tow.
Additional details were not provided.