• Fumble return wins for EPC

    LEPANTO — Chandler Smith returned a fumble 42 yards for a touchdown and that proved to be the difference here Thursday night as the East Poinsett County Junior Warriors edged the Cedar Ridge Junior Timberwolves 14-8 in a 2A-3 District football game.
    The teams’ offenses each scored one TD. In the first half, EPC’s Aaron Scales passed to brother Byron Scales for 22 yards and a TD. The run for two points failed and the host team led 6-0 at halftime.
    In the second half, Cedar Ridge’s Brett Bell scored on a 4-yard run and Cody Powell tacked on a 2-point run.

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  • Batesville’s Roper wins drag race in Newport

    NEWPORT — David Roper of Batesville won the foot brake division at Speedy’s Newport Raceway on Sunday, according to information provided to the Guard.
    Mark Doty was second behind Roper and Ross Williams finished third.
    Gary Spicer recorded the fastest time in the street division. James Spence and Henry Stracener were in tow.
    Harold Finch won the super pro division. He was followed by Mike Tarr and Norman Quinn.
    Dylan Kick took the top spot in the junior dragsters competition, edging Jordan Holifield and Lisa Williams.

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  • Pipers fall in Tennessee, in league standings

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Lyon College Pipers dropped to sixth place in the TranSouth Athletic Conference race with a 3-0 loss to the Trevecca Nazarene Trojans on Thursday night in league action.
    The Trojans won 25-21, 25-20 and 25-14 in straight sets. TNU’s victory over Lyon was its fourth consecutive sweep.
    Lyon (10-20, 4-6 TranSouth) has lost six of its last seven and has lost three of its last five matches to Trevecca Nazarene. The Pipers’ loss, coupled with a win by Cumberland over Martin Methodist on Wednesday, sinks the Pipers into the sixth spot in the standings.

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  • Midland cagers take two of three from Izard County

    PLEASANT PLAINS — Midland won two of three nonconference basketball games played here Thursday night.
    The Mustangs defeated the Izard County Cougars 56-47 as Derek Tharp scored 22 points and Jarod Perry added 13. The Mustangs improved to 5-0.
    “Ben Lytle is out with an ankle injury, and Nathan Rickett and Mitchell Turner did a tremendous job on Izard County’s two post kids,” Midland Coach Rick McKinney said. “We limited Ryan Walker to 16 points. He’s a really good player for them.”
    Preston Harmon added 14 points for Izard County.

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  • Lady Pioneers win district x-country crown

    PARAGOULD — Batesville and Greene County Tech dominated the first-ever 5A-East District Cross Country Meet here Thursday on the Crowley’s Ridge College campus.
    With sophomores Natalie Meinzer and Logan Bishop finishing first and second, the Lady Pioneers scored 24 points and finished 23 points ahead of the Greene County Tech Lady Eagles. Meinzer finished the 5-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 51 seconds. Bishop’s time was 21:20.
    Senior Keri Rogers placed sixth, freshman Halle Rush finished seventh and sophomore Lacey Lee followed in eighth to complete Batesville’s scoring.

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  • Jr. Pioneers blank Jr. Eagles, clinch share of title

    PARAGOULD — The Batesville Junior Pioneers remained unbeaten in the 5A-East District with a 24-0 win over the Greene County Tech Junior Eagles in a mudpit here Thursday night.
    With the win, Batesville clinched at least a share of the district championship.
    A constant rain made an already damaged field even more treacherous, but it didn’t stop the Junior Pioneers from collecting more than 200 yards of offense.
    Reserve running back Emprea Childress led Batesville’s offensive effort with 99 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries. He fumbled twice and lost one.

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  • Martin sounds optimistic about Talladega

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Mark Martin senses that this is going to be a good week for him as he continues chasing Jimmie Johnson and the NASCAR season championship he so covets.
    If he’s right, it would only add to what has been an emotional ride for the 50-year-old Martin, who has largely discarded his curmudgeonly shell in his return to full-time racing with Hendrick Motorsports and shown a softer, even somewhat sappy side on a regular basis.

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  • News of Other Days

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

     

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  • Quota hunts canceled

    Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge has canceled the 2009 Modern Gun Quota Deer Hunts, said Bernie Peterson of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
    “Record rains have caused unprecedented flooding along the Ouachita River in both  Arkansas and Louisiana,” Peterson said. “At the current levels there is not enough available area that is not flooded to conduct these hunts safely. Information on this closure will be sent to permit holders with further details.”

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  • Why not be tourist in your own state, columnist asks

    Imagine big rainbow trout leaping out of quartz-clear water. Now, picture yourself floating gently down the river, fighting that leaping fish to the net. Taking advantage of world class trout fishing is easier than you might think.
    North Arkansas is the location, and fall is the perfect time to fish the White River.  Tourists are no longer crowding the water and the fish are biting. Enjoy fall colors as you leisurely float downriver, catching your lunch and viewing some of the most beautiful scenery on earth.

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  • Man held for deportation after wreck

     A man who reportedly said he was in the U.S. illegally is in the Independence County jail facing several traffic charges and possible deportation back to Mexico.
    David Pedraza, 26, of 535 W. Mark St., was arrested around 9:20 Wednesday night when he was stopped for speeding after allegedly leaving the scene of a private property accident, according to deputies Randy Jones and Patrick Collins.
    Jones said he was dispatched to Taco Bell on St. Louis Street where someone had hit a car and then left without telling anyone.

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  • Trapping to be demonstrated

    Jill Easton will demonstrate methods of trapping at 2 p.m. Sunday at Old Independence Regional Museum. She will also speak about her experience in the field, and tell about other trapping adventures.
    Although Easton started trapping only a few years ago, she is known to have reached a skill level that matches and goes beyond some trappers who have been at it for decades, according to a news release.

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