• Roepcke no-hitter starts BHS doubleheader sweep

    The defending 5A-East District baseball champions never scored here Tuesday, and their lead in the 2010 district standings was short-lived.
    Led by the pitching of senior left-hander Talan Roepcke and sophomore right-hander Tanner Ring, the Batesville Pioneers blanked the Forrest City Mustangs 3-0 and 10-0 at the North Complex.

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  • CAC soccer teams keep rolling in Batesville

    A move to unseat the 5A-East Conference high school soccer champions was a no-go at Pioneer Stadium on Tuesday night.
    The Central Arkansas Christ-ian squads shut out Batesville. The Mustangs won 3-0. The Lady Mustangs rolled 7-0.
    It was a first loss and a first time to be scored upon for the Pioneers. The Mustangs broke through with a goal with just 31 seconds remaining in the first half.
    “It was (after) a penalty that could have gone either way,” Batesville Coach TJ Stroud said. “They scored on a free kick.”
    The Mustangs added two goals in the second half.

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  • Lady Pioneers sweep district foe

    FORREST CITY — The Batesville Lady Pioneers snapped a 4-game losing streak in a big way here Tuesday, romping over the Forrest City Lady Mustangs 15-3 and 16-1 in a 5A-East District softball doubleheader.
    Angela Woods pitched the win in both games. In the opener she gave up nine hits, struck out nine and walked none in the run-ruled 6-inning contest. In the 5-inning nightcap, the senior right-hander allowed four hits, struck out three and walked two.

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  • Mustangs win with 4-run 7th

    The Midland Mustangs advanced into the First Community Bank Pioneer Classic semifinals in thrilling fashion Tuesday at the North Complex, and they got a little revenge for good measure.
    They defeated the Tuckerman Bulldogs, longtime rivals, 6-5 when Logan Smith ripped a 2-out, 3-run, game-ending triple.

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  • Scots shoot down Eagles

    WALNUT RIDGE — The Lyon College Scots thundered past the Williams Baptist Eagles in a windy 6-1 victory here Tuesday afternoon in nonconference play.
    The hits just keep on coming for Lyon outfielder Cory Ford. The sophomore from Springdale extended his hitting streak to 14 with a one for four performance. Kody Pinson led Lyon with a 4-hit outing. He also scored a run. Evan Segler collected two hits in five at bats.
    Josh McNatt (5-1) captured the victory with three innings of work. He gave up just one hit and struck out four. Drew Davis and Garry Richards provided relief.

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  • Scot golfer finishes 2nd at Lyon Invitational

    Seth Johnson shot a 1-under-par 71 on the second day of the Lyon College Invitational to storm to the front of the pack, but lost on the first playoff hole to finish second on Tuesday at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
    Johnson finished the 2-day tournament at 5-over. Harding’s Lewis Jackson won the tie-breaker.
    Lyon finished third in the team competition and shot 83-over, just five shots behind runner-up Missouri State University Community College and 53 strokes of Harding’s winning pace.

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  • Bowren rebounds with 1-hitter

    PLEASANT PLAINS — A day after her worst outing of the season, Midland pitcher Kayla Bowren rebounded with a 1-hitter as the Lady Mustangs sprint past the Sloan-Hendrix Lady Greyhounds 8-1.
    Sloan-Hendrix’s lone hit was a bunt single in the sixth inning. Bowren struck out 17 and walked three.
    Kayla Fortson hit three for three with a triple and two singles and five runs batted it. Farrah Turner added two singles, four stolen bases and an RBI while Casey Willard slapped two singles and Chelsea Grider hit two for two with two RBI.

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  • Senate hopefuls woo farmers at forum

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Republican Senate hopeful Gilbert Baker on Tuesday criticized rival U.S. Rep. John Boozman for supporting a 2008 bailout of the nation’s banks, while Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s chief rival for the Democratic nomination targeted her for the Senate’s inaction on unemployment benefits.

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  • Establishing Bermuda grass

    For Bermuda grass sprigging we have from February until June 1 in this area. The presence of moisture is the primary reason that makes this the most favorable time for sprigging. The risk is greater when sprigging later because rains are generally less frequent. After obtaining a soil sample and applying lime if needed, the recommended sprigging practices are:
    1. Prepare a firm seedbed. Rains after tilling or using a roller will help firm the seedbed.
    2. Don’t sprig when the seedbed is dry. Fifty percent of the sprigs die within two days of exposure to hot, dry soil.

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  • Two kinds of freedom

    The holiest week for all of Christendom is here. We celebrate the Passion of Christ, the suffering servant, but also King of kings and Lord of lords.
    Were he still among us, one warrior-servant whose deeply abiding faith and military prowess helped shape him into a legend — a latter-day knight — would be solemnly worshiping. He also likely would be recalling another Easter Sunday 38 years ago at almost precisely this time of year, in a quaint but war-ravaged South Vietnamese village called Dong Ha.

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  • Something better than nothing

    If you get diagnosed with a disease, break your leg or find yourself facing some other medical calamity while not having health insurance, you’re not likely to be too concerned with the intricate political debates that have paralyzed health care legislation for years. That’s why the millions of working Americans who can’t afford health insurance should be overjoyed at the massive health care reform bill that President Barack Obama pushed through Congress.

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  • Nora Windland

    NEWARK — Nora Helen Moore Windland, 92, of Newark died Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at her home.
    The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at West Side Baptist Church in Greers Ferry. Burial will be in Roosevelt Cemetery in Roosevelt.
    Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Qualls Batesville Funeral Home.
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