MOUNTAIN HOME — The Arkansas Elite, a 13-and-under softball team, won the 14-and-under USSSA Open state tournament here over the weekend and qualified to play in the 14-and-under USSSA World Series in Kansas City, according to a news release.
En route to the title, Arkansas Elite beat Arkansas Nemesis 6-5, Intensity 7-0 and Arkansas Crush 10-0. Elite faced Crush again for the championship and won 3-0.
Maybe the Highwaymen can find some energy on the road.
On their home field at the North Complex, the Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen didn’t show much while getting run over by Paragould 7up in the first game of a Zone 2 American Legion baseball doubleheader.
The final score was 11-3, and it really wasn’t that close.
Due to some afternoon thunderstorms, the Highwaymen, Batesville’s older AAA Legion squad, had not played since this time last week.
NEWPORT — Ed and Lorie Pinckard led a strong contingent of Batesville golfers and won the Newport Country Club Couples Tournament here over the weekend.
The Pinckards won with rounds of 63 and 62 during the 2-day event. John and Cecilia Vinson finished fourth in the championship flight with a 130. Andy and Mandy Brock shot a 136 and finished seventh.
Matt McDonald and Tonya Grace won the first flight with a 132. Other flight winners were Rex Williams and Shannon Vinson (137) and Eddie and Robin Brock (149).
JONESBORO — Garth Branstetter, a senior-to-be at Batesville High, finished second in the 16-17 age division in the Joe Boone Memorial Tournament at the Jonesboro Country Club here last week.
Branstetter shot a 75-74—149 and finished two strokes behind Wesley Harris of Hot Springs. James Fiscus of Searcy also shot a 149.
Preston Harmon, who will be a junior at Izard County, shot a 155 and finished in a 3-way tie for sixth. Batesville High’s Shayne Vanbenschoten shot a 162.
Playing in the 14-15 age division, Melbourne’s Bradley Lamb shot a 161 and finished seventh.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK — Nathan Circle of Hardy qualified for the USGA Public Links Championship with a 9-under-par 135 recently at Stonelinks Golf Course in North Little Rock.
Circle (65-70—135) edged Ethan Adamson (68-70) of Fort Smith by three strokes and Seth Sullivant (70-69) of Mountain Home by four. Circle parred the first 12 holes, then recorded three birdies and a bogie to close the first round. The putter got hot in the afternoon with five birdies, one eagle and 12 pars.
SEARCY — At least three Independence County Youth Athletic Association Torpedoes qualified for the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympics with their results in a district qualifying swim meet here Saturday.
Nine-year-old Seth Bailey qualified in seven individual events. Louis Sonnier, 12, qualified in four individual events. Julie Terhune, 15, qualified in one event.
Qualifiers are to report to Virginia Beach, Va., on Aug. 2 to register. Competition is scheduled Aug. 3-6.
Below are the Torpedoes’ top-6 scoring finishers:
SEARCY — Searcy’s Center on the Square opens its 2010-11 theater season with its 10th annual dessert theater, a project of the center’s volunteer organization, with performances scheduled at 7 p.m. July 9, 10, 16 and 17 at the theater, 111 W. Arch St.
MELBOURNE — The Izard County Sheriff’s Department is the process of updating its information relating to livestock owners in the county in order that contact can be made with them in the event livestock is reported on the roads and highways.
“This is being done in order to have more timely contact with the owners and get the animals removed from the roadways in the county,” Sheriff Tate Lawrence said. “Everyone’s cooperation is greatly appreciated and this information will remain confidential with the dispatch center.”
The Independence County All Star Steer Program, now in its fifth year, offers exhibitors hands-on training and an experience that could possibly help shape their future career.
Thanks to the program’s corporate sponsor, Citizens Bank, steers were purchased for the 15 students participating in the program. This marks the third year Citizens Bank has served as corporate sponsor.
Each fall, the program allows students the opportunity to select a quality animal and from that point the learning process begins.
MELBOURNE — The Izard County Single Parent Scholarship Committee hosted two events to raise $1,025 for single parents in Izard County, according to a news release.
All proceeds are matched 100 percent by the state of Arkansas.
On June 13, the committee hosted a bow shoot in conjunction with the Izard County Stickshooters. Several items were donated by local businesses including a bag target provided by Hidden Creek Outdoors.
The second event was held on June 17 when committee members and Ozarka College staff members served hot dog lunches locally.
Brian Burleigh was in the process of moving when someone took the opportunity to steal some of his guns, police said.
Burleigh told police that while he was gone between 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., someone entered his residence and stole a model 22 Glock .40 caliber pistol with two 15-round magazines, a 12-gauge shotgun, an SKS assault rifle with bayonet, and a 5-foot sword with skull markings. The items were valued at $1,200.
Also reported stolen was 42-inch Phillips flat screen TV valued at $650.
Dr. Han Chuan Ong, Lyon College assistant professor of biology, is the leading author of a research article published in the June 2010 issue of Journal of Phycology.
The article reports the completely-sequenced chloroplast genomes of two species of golden brown algae.