• Sports Calendar

    Today
    American Legion baseball: Mountain Home Brooks Robinson Twin Lakes Classic — Batesville Atlas Asphalt vs. Little Rock Express, Twin Lakes Park, 5 p.m.
    Auto racing: points racing at Batesville Motor Speedway (Locust Grove), grandstands open at 5:30 p.m., racing, 8

    Saturday
    Golf: Callaway Handicap Tournament at Cooper’s Hawk (Melbourne), schedule TBA
    Boxing: “Night of Future Champs” at National Guard armory, doors open at 6:30 p.m., first fight, 7:30

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  • Highwaymen win tourney opener

    MOUNTAIN HOME — The Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen defeated Marshfield, Mo., 9-4 in a first-round game of the Brooks Robinson Twin Lakes Classic here Thursday afternoon.
    No other details were available at press time on Batesville’s victory in the annual American Legion baseball tournament.
    The Highwaymen are scheduled to play Little Rock Express in Twin Lakes Park at 5 p.m. today.

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  • Different style of warrior slated to battle at armory

    The National Guard Armory is home for many fighters, but on Saturday night it will host a different type of warrior.
    The Night of Future Champs boxing event will feature an 8-bout card with former Mixed Martial Arts star Pat Smith squaring off against up-and-comer Kendrick Releford in the 8-round main event.
    Smith’s boxing career has put him up against some of the best in the business, including a recent victory against Butterbean.
    In the octagon, Smith has grappled with well-known stars such as Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie.

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  • Outdoors events scheduled

    HEBER SPRINGS — The William Carl Garner Visitor Center is hosting a beginners fly fishing class and a boater education class, according to a news release.
    Both classes are free.
    The fly fishing class will be from 10 a.m. until noon June 20.
    “Cosponsored by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, this is a fun and educational seminar,” the release states. “It’s the perfect class for those wanting to learn, or with limited knowledge of, the art of fly fishing.
    The boater education class will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 22 and 23.

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  • Branstetter finishes 4th at two golf tournaments

    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.

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  • Local players help ‘Elite’ softballers win state title

    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.

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  • News of other days

    Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on June 25, 1996.

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  • Annual trout tournament set for June 27 at Guion

    GUION — The Wilson Creek Sportsman Club’s annual trout tournament at Guion will be June 27, according to a news release.
    The tournament starts at 8 a.m. Weigh-in is 3 p.m.
    Lunch will be served.
    Cash prizes will be awarded, including a jackpot for the largest trout.
    The entry fee is $25 per person.
    For more information call (870) 307-1994 or (870) 291-6000.

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  • Pioneer marksmen shoot their way into Elite Eight

    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.

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  • Prison inmate found dead

    TUCKER (AP) — An inmate at the state prison system’s Tucker Unit who was found hanging in his cell has died.
    Prisons spokeswoman Dina Tyler says guards found 48-year-old Jessie Garcia unresponsive inside a single-man cell at 7:20 a.m. Friday. Tyler says Garcia apparently wrapped cloth around his neck and through bars on his cell door, then sat down.
    Tyler says guards saw Garcia awake and talking around 7 a.m. She says Garcia had not threatened suicide, but suffered from seizures and mental illness and went to the prison’s infirmary Thursday night.

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  • Southside honors Foley, approves projects

    SOUTHSIDE — Southside Middle School Principal Joe Franks has resigned as principal but will continue with the district, following a board meeting Monday night.
    After a short executive session, the board voted to accept a letter of resignation/request for reassignment, effective June 30.
    Franks has requested reassignment as a classroom teacher.
    The board also recognized Superintendent Dan Foley for his 20 years of service to the district and presented him with a plaque and a gas grill.
    Foley is retiring June 30.

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  • Hitting squirrel trap leads to jail time

    When Tony Lee McComb allegedly hit Orville Elumbaugh’s homemade squirrel trap, maybe he shouldn’t have done it when Elumbaugh wasn’t home, and maybe he shouldn’t have used a bicycle as a getaway vehicle.

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