• Sports Calendar

    Today
    American Legion baseball: Mountain Home at Batesville, Batesville Recreation Complex, doubleheader, 5

    Tuesday
    Golf: Junior Golf Clinic at The Course at Eagle Mountain, 8:30 a.m.
    American Legion baseball: Blytheville at Batesville, Batesville Recreation Complex, doubleheader, 5 p.m.

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  • PJ 5K planned for cancer benefit

    The PJ 5K Cancer run will begin at 8:30 p.m. July 17 at Eagle Mountain Magnet.
    Net proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and National Philanthropic Trust.
    Minimum donation is $15 and you can donate more. Get entry forms at www.wrroadrunners.org or contact Lisa Cooper at (870) 834-2047.

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  • Palese signs with Kelley, Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagles

    Jake Palese recently committed to play baseball for the Oklahoma Wesleyan University Eagles. It’s a commitment with a history.
    The Eagles are coached by Kirk Kelley, who recently left Lyon College after a very successful 16-year stay. Along with building Scot baseball into a solid NAIA program, Kelley worked many summers in Batesville’s youth baseball programs.

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  • Highwaymen break up rocky start, Lockeroom

    Shaking a rocky start, the Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen defeated Mountain Home Lockeroom 6-3 in a Zone 2 American Legion baseball game at the Batesville Recreation Complex on Monday.
    The Highwaymen committed two errors and gave up two runs during the visitors’ first at-bat. Thereafter, pitcher Colten McSpadden and his defenders kept the Lockeroom offense in check and the Highwaymen offense delivered some big blows.

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  • Spots still open for b-ball camp

    Southside Coach Brad McGhee announced spots are still available for next week’s boys basketball camp at Southside High’s gymnasium.
    The camp is open for boys entering grades 4-7 at a rate of $50 per camper. That fee can be turned in the first day of the camp.
    The dates are July 6-9 and each camp day will run from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.
    For more information, call McGhee at (870) 613-4099.

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  • Stitcher returns to top spot

    NEWPORT — Don Stitcher collected another win Sunday at Speedy’s Newport Dragway.
    The Cave City man has dominated but missed the podium last week. He beat Stephen Wilson down the line for the top spot in the footbrake division. On Saturday, Stitcher finished third in the same class at Dyersburg, Tenn.
    Back in Newport, Gary Spicer and Steve Simpson finished first and second, respectively in the street division while Joseph Crossett took the top spot in the street bike division.

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  • Martin transfers to Lyon

    Caitlin Martin, a 5-foot-11 post/forward from Mountain Home, has transferred to Lyon College and will play basketball for the Pipers this season, according to a news release from the college.
    Martin played her freshman season at York College in York, Neb., and averaged 6.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while averaging 20 minutes per contest.
    Martin won all-conference honors for Mountain Home High School in 2007-08 as a senior, averaging 9.2 points and seven rebounds per game.

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  • Vinsons win in Newport

    NEWPORT — John and Cecilia Vinson added to their championship titles over the weekend at Newport Country Club.
    The Vinsons won the Newport Country Club Couples Scramble Invitational Golf Tournament with a 62-68—130. That was 14 strokes under par.
    Eight couples from Batesville participated in the 2-day event. Ed and Lori Pinckard were fifth in the championship flight with a 68-67-135.
    Rusty and Julie Gregg won the first flight with a 69-66—135 and Matt McDonalds and Tonya Grace teamed for a 69-67—136.

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  • Batesville softball teams fare well in tourneys

    The Batesville Twisters, a 14-and-under girls fastpitch softball team made up of Independence County Youth Athletics Association all-stars, recently placed second in the Fire & Ice Tournament in Jonesboro and second in the Twister Summer Bash in Batesville on Saturday, according to information provided by John Hayes.
    They are scheduled to play in the Class C USSSA State Tournament in Jacksonville this Saturday.

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  • Final standings, all-stars announced for youth softball

    The Independence County Youth Activities Association has announced its final standings for softball and the all-star selections for each age group.
    Batesville Glass (16-and-under), Blue Jean Realty (12-and-under), Future Fuel (10-and-under) and Gillihan’s (8-and-under) were the league winners.
    Batesville Glass (10-0) and Blue Jean Realty (12-0) were the only undefeated teams. Gillihan’s lost in the postseason tournament, which was won by Dairy Queen (5-7).
    Listed below are the final standings and the all-stars for each age division:

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  • Arkansas linebacker dismissed after DUI

    FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas linebacker Khiry Battle has been dismissed from the team after being arrested during the weekend on a charge of driving under the influence.
    Coach Bobby Petrino announced Battle’s dismissal Monday, saying only that he’d violated team rules.

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  • News of other days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on July 12, 1996.

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