Aaron Farris, a 6-foot-4 power forward-center from Mountain View, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for the Lyon Scots, according to a news release from the college.
Farris averaged 20 points and nine rebounds per game as a senior on Mountain View’s Class 3A State Tournament semifinalist team. He is a two time all-state and three time all-district selection. During his senior year, the Yellowjackets were district, regional, Lyon College, and North Arkansas Community College tournament champions. Farris is also a Arkansas Governor’s Scholar.
PARAGOULD — The Batesville Junior Lady Pioneers defended their 5A-East District track and field championship here Thursday night, and their coach admitted it’s easy to take winning talent for granted.
“You know, when you’ve got kids like Natalie and Logan you walk into a meet knowing that you have so many points,” he said, chuckling. “Then we’ve got somebody like Kassie, who’s going to score big points, though we’ve been using her around soccer all season.”
The Bateville Lady Pioneers will kick off first among the Guard-circulation area high school teams playing in state tournaments on Friday.
In the Class 5A event at Burns Park in North Little Rock, the Lady Pioneers are scheduled to take on the North Pulaski Lady Falcons beginning at 2 p.m.
Five Guard-circulation area softball teams qualified for state tournaments and they’re set to begin play Friday.
The Hillcrest Lady Screamin’ Eagles are first up with a Class 1A showdown against the Lockesburg Lady Blue Darters at noon in White Hall, just outside of Pine Bluff.
At the same place at 5:15 p.m., the Izard County Lady Cougars are scheduled to meet the Bradley Lady Bears. Izard County is the second seed from Region 2 while Bradley is third out of Region 4.
Hillcrest finished fourth in its region tournament and Lockesburg is the Region 4 champion.
The Batesville Pioneers are scheduled to lead off Guard circulation area high school teams Friday in state baseball tournaments, and their coach is hoping for a fast start.
“We need to go out and make a statement early,” Mark Rush said. “We need to score early. Beebe is more inexperienced in state tournaments than we are, so the more pressure we can put on them the better it should be for us.”
College softball: TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament in Pulaski, Tenn. — Lyon vs. Mid-Continent, 11 a.m.
Junior high track and field: Batesville at 5A-East District Meet in Paragould, 3:30 p.m.
High school track and field: Batesville at Pocahontas, 3:30 p.m.
Hog Bash 2009 at Batesville High School cafeteria, 6 p.m.
NEWPORT — A pair of Cave City men were victorious Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Dragway, according to results provided to the Guard.
Bobby Hooker of Cave City won the superpro division while John Taylor and Stephen Wilson finished second and third, respectively.
Don Stitcher, also of Cave City, was fastest down the line in the footbrake class, ahead of Ron Davis and Steve Mack.
Steve Simpson was quicker than Stephen Simpson in the street class and Cole Wilson took third.
The Batesville Bassmasters’ regular meeting for May will take place Saturday as part of the club’s annual 2-day tournament on Bull Shoals Lake, secretary Colin Patterson said.
The tournament, out of Lead Hill Ramp, is from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
The monthly meeting will begin around 6 or 6:30 Saturday evening, Patterson said.
“We normally have a cookout, but this year we asked people to bring their own, whatever they want to eat, and grill it. We had too many people wanting too many different things.”
LOCUST GROVE — The Batesville Motor Speedway is set to host another carload night Friday.
That means fans can pack as many people in a vehicle as they legally can for just $15 per vehicle. That includes vans and buses.
For the $15 admission, fans will be entertained with six classes of dirt-slinging action.
Peyton Taylor is eyeing his fourth straight modified feature win and currently holds a 22-point lead over Brandon Smith. Shawn Walsh, the only driver other than Taylor to win a modified feature this season, is riding third, 26 points off the pace.
PULASKI, Tenn. — The sixth-seed Lyon Pipers gave up 10 hits to the third-seed Union Lady Bulldogs, but only allowed two runs in a 2-0 loss Wednesday in the first round of the TranSouth Athletic Conference Tournament.
Lyon (20-25) collected six hits and left five of those runners on base. Union (25-21) scored two runners in the bottom of the third, but stranded nine runners over seven innings.
TUCKERMAN — The Corning Lady Bobcats scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a 5-5 tie and grab a 7-5 win over the Cave City Cavewomen in the consolation game of the Class 3A Region 3 Tournament here Wednesday.
Harrisburg won the championship with a 6-4 decision over Rivercrest.
Corning won the game against Cave City, but lost a valuable piece of their puzzle when starting pitcher Rachel George took Amelia Bray’s line drive off her collarbone in the fourth inning.
POCAHONTAS — Batesville swept the team titles in a junior high track and field meet here Tuesday.
The Junior Lady Pioneers edged the Paragould Junior Lady Rams, 5A-East District foes. The Junior Lady Pioneers totaled 125 points, 20 better than the Lady Rams.
The Junior Pioneers won by a larger margin. They chalked up 119 points to the Rivercrest Junior Colts’ 84.
Batesville’s Natalie Meinzer won the 1,600- and 800-meter races. Maggie Beshears (discus) and Logan Bishop (100-meter hurdles) were the other individual winners.