MOUNTAIN HOME — Little Rock Continental Express, winner of the Junior American Legion State Tournament last July in Batesville, is still winning.
Friday, the Expressmen eliminated the Batesville Atlas Asphalt Highwaymen 9-7, in the Brooks Robinson Twin Lakes Classic. Almost 11 months ago, they defeated Batesville’s Junior Legion team before defeating Jonesboro Fat City, the tournament favorite, in the title game.
Pat Smith has built an impressive resumé inside the mixed martial arts (MMA) octagon, but he didn’t last long from a boxing stance Saturday night at the National Guard Armory in Batesville.
Kendrick Releford, an up-and-comer from Fort Worth, Texas, knocked out Smith in the second round of the Night of Future Champs main event.
Releford and Smith pounded on each other early, but Releford was able to back Smith into his corner then delivered a heavy left to the head before finishing off with a quick combo.
BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Mark Martin was just trying to finish. He ended up in Victory Lane.
With the laps winding down in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway, Martin and most of the other drivers in the LifeLock 400 were simply hoping to conserve enough gas to get to the end of the 200-lap event.
“I always, always come up short in those gas things,” Martin said. “I’m probably about two and 25 in these things.”
It wasn’t an easy day for the 50-year-old driver.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — No team came into the NCAA baseball tournament struggling any more than Arkansas.
Right now, no team seems better.
With Andy Wilkins homering and driving in five runs, Arkansas started off the College World Series with a 10-6 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Saturday.
The Razorbacks reached a double-digit run total for the fourth time in six games. Nine of their runs scored with two outs.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The White River Roadrunners will discuss the new course for the White River 4-Mile Classic Road Race during their meeting on Tuesday, club member Joe Pool said.
The meeting in the Citizens Bank Annex is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Members and visitors will begin a run from the annex at 6.
Due to highway construction, a new course has been developed. The local running club organizes the race, which is part of the White River Water Carnival. Along with working on details about the new course, race committee assignments will be made and other race logistics will be discussed.