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Friday, Apr. 18, 2014
Youth baseball gets underway (04/17/14)
After canceling the first two nights of Cal Ripken baseball, action finally got underway Wednesday night with Major, Minor and Rookie leagues finally opening the 2014 season. Here's a wrap up of Wednesday night's action. MAJOR LEAGUE Kiwanis 7, Holiday Inn 4...
Chicks play Pioneers tough in Game 1 loss (04/17/14)
The Batesville Pioneers baseball and softball teams swept through Blytheville Thursday night winning both games of doubl-headers against the Blytheville Chickasaws and Lady Chicksaws. The Pioneer baseball team won 6-1 and 16-0 while the Lady Pioneers defeated the Lady Chicks, 22-0 and 26-0 in three inning contests...
Thompson wins debut; Pirates knock off Dyersburg (04/17/14)
DYERSBURG, Tenn.--The Gosnell Pirates traveled to Dyersburg, Tenn. to take on the Trojans and came away with a 3-2 win Wednesday night. Freshman Peyton Thompson allowed just two runs on three hits over seven complete innings of work for the Pirates. It was his first appearance on the mound...
Rayder wins local hoops contest (04/15/14)
Layne Rayder of Blytheville came within 8 points of winning the nationwide BRACKETBUCKS contest and finished third overall. He was one of three contestants to correctly pick all four Final Four teams -- Kentucky, Florida, Wisconsin and eventual champion, Connecticut...
Local prep games canceled (04/15/14)
Weather continues to play havoc with local baseball and softball schedules. Blytheville, Gosnell and Armorel all canceled baseball and softball activities for Tuesday. Blytheville's 5A-East doubleheader against Batesville has been moved to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Blytheville Youth Sportsplex. Gosnell's doubleheader against 3-4A rival, Valley View, is tentatively scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday. Armorel baseball moved their 1A-3 East game at Bay to 4 p.m. Wednesday...
Jonesboro snaps Pirates' 7-game win streak (04/11/14)
GOSNELL--The Gosnell Pirates dropped a non-conference showdown against the Jonesboro Hurricane, 13-2, Thursday night. The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak by the Pirates. "We'd been playing real good there," said Pirate head coach Bret Jackson. "We didn't do what we had been doing. We didn't throw strikes, we booted the ball around and made errors in the field. When you play a good team, you can't do that."...
Tigers rout CRA (04/11/14)
ARMOREL--The Armorel Tigers continued their dominance over the 1A-3 East conference with a sweep of Crowley's Ridge Academy Thursday night at Billy Brown and Hugh Don Ashmore Field. With wins of 12-2 and 19-4, both in five innings, the Tigers improved to 6-0 in league play and 8-8 overall. They've outscored their conference foes, 100-10, with no game going the full seven innings...
Lady Chicks romp Cooter, 26-11 (04/11/14)
The Blytheville Lady Chickasaws picked up their first win of the season in a 26-11 romp of the Cooter Lady Wildcats. Blytheville led 4-2 at the end of the first, 11-4 at the end of two, and 18-11 after three before ending the game in the fourth. Maddy Ellis picked up the win for the Lady Chicks. Ellis also went 1-2 at the plate with a double...
Lady Tigers defeat Harrisburg (04/11/14)
ARMOREL--The Armorel Lady Tigers picked up their ninth win of the season, 11-7, over 3A-3 Harrisburg Thursday. Abigail McCauley allowed three earned runs on seven hits while striking out seven over seven complete innings of work to pick up the win for the Lady Tigers (9-5, 4-0 1A-3 East)...
Chicks drops twinbill to league power Raiders (04/10/14)
5A-East conference powers, the Nettleton Raiders and Lady Raiders, came into town and swept doubleheaders in both baseball and softball Wednesday night at the Blytheville Youth Sportsplex. The Raiders won 10-0 and 14-1 in baseball and 20-2 and 16-0 in softball...
Tigers still perfect in league (04/10/14)
ARMOREL--The Armorel Tigers stayed perfect in the 1A-3 East after a 10-0 shutout over the Bay Yellowjackets in five innings Wednesday night at Billy Brown-Hugh Don Ashmore Field. Ashton Kennedy pitched a three-hit shutout for the Tigers. Kennedy struck out eight and allowed just one walk and three hits over five complete innings of work to pick up the win...
Red-hot Pirates win 7th straight (04/09/14)
CAVE CITY --The Gosnell Pirates won their seventh game in a row thanks to a 12-1 blowout of the Cave City Cavemen Tuesday afternoon in five innings. After surrendering a run on three hits in the first inning, Pirate starting pitcher Will Camp settled down and found his groove. ...
Weather disrupts schedule (04/08/14)
Wet weather continues to pay havoc with local baseball and softball schedules. Armorel baseball has cancelled Tuesday's 1A-3 East contest against Bay and moved the game to 4 p.m. Wednesday. Blytheville baseball and softball is on scheduled to face Nettleton in a 5A-East doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. at the Blytheville Youth Sportsplex...
Column: Bizzare NCAA Tournament comes to an end (04/08/14)
Monday night concluded one of the most, if not the most, bizarre NCAA tournaments that I can remember. Bizarre as in "Bizzaro World." Everything seemed backwards. Good was bad, bad was good. Up was down and down was up. Top seeds played like low seeds and low seeds played like top seeds. Freshmen played like seniors and seniors played like freshmen. It was madness in every sense of the word...
Lady Pirates win tourney title (04/08/14)
The Gosnell Lady Pirates won the First Annual Cotton Patch Classic softball tournament held at Rivercrest in Wilson Saturday.
Blytheville's Guyton signs with ASU (04/04/14)
Blytheville track star, Ivery Guyton, will continue her track career at Arkansas State University next year. Guyton, the defending 5A state high jump champion, signed a letter of intent Thursday afternoon to attend ASU on a track scholarship. "I'm excited," said Guyton. ...
Lady Tigers top Trumann (04/04/14)
ARMOREL -- The Armorel Lady Tigers improved to 8-3 on the season after an 8-6 win over 4A Trumann Thursday night. Abigail McCauley picked up the win for the Lady Tigers. McCauley allowed just one earned run over five and a third innings pitched while striking out four...
Cummings creates 'Target Golf' (04/03/14)
Former Northeast Arkansas First Tee director C.W. Cummings has found a new junior golf venture. The Blytheville man is now working with the Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Department on an activity he believes is the first of its kind: Target Golf, a sport he created...
Pirates win 6th straight (04/03/14)
GOSNELL--The Gosnell Pirates won their sixth game in a row Wednesday night, 9-1, over the visiting Westside Warriors. "We were hitting on all cylinders yesterday," said Gosnell head coach Bret Jackson. "We're really starting to come around as a team. We're not walking anyone, we're hitting the baseball and we're not making mistakes. If we can continue to do that, we can play with anybody."...
Pirates sweep Trumann; Chicks drop twinbill (04/02/14)
TRUMANN--The Gosnell Pirate baseball and Lady Pirate softball teams both posted sweeps over the Trumann Wildcats with the baseball team winning handily, 10-0 and 13-1 while the girls won in convincing fashion, 6-2 and 11-0. Meanwhile, at Paragould, the Blytheville Chickasaws (0-4 AAAAA-East, 4-6 overall) were defeated by the host Rams 12-0 and 8-0 in a 5A-East conference doubleheader on Tuesday. ...
Golf tournament to benefit Chuck Wilder (04/02/14)
A golf tournament benefiting Chuck Wilder will be held Friday, April 18 at the Blytheville Country Club. Check in for the three-person scramble is 8 a.m. with tee off set for 8:30 a.m. The cost is $300 per team, which includes mulligans, a putting contest, longest drive and closest to the pin...
Tigers easily handle Black Rock, 20-0 (04/02/14)
ARMOREL--After facing some steep competition at the Woodlawn tournament over Spring Break, the Armorel Tigers returned to 1A-3 East conference action Tuesday night against Black Rock. The Tigers roared to a 20-0 win in four innings over the Zebras. Ashton Kennedy pitched three innings of no-hit ball for the Tigers and Nash Winters retired the Zebras in order in the fourth to combine for the shutout...
Longtime GHS baseball coach retiring at season's end (04/01/14)
Longtime Gosnell head baseball coach, Bret Jackson, is stepping down after the 2014 season. After 21 years as the Pirate skipper, Jackson said it's time to hang up his cleats and watch from the grandstand. "My health has not been good the past few years," said Jackson. "It's just gradually getting worse. I felt that this would be a good time to end it. Plus, we're hosting the district tournament this year. That would be a great way to go out."...
AHS rallies from 6 down to beat PHS (04/01/14)
PIGGOTT--Trailing 8-2 after two innings Monday night, the Armorel Lady Tigers stormed back for 12 runs over the fourth and fifth to post a 14-9 win over the host Piggott Lady Mohawks. Armorel scored five runs on five hits to cut the lead to 8-7 in the top of the fourth and then plated seven runs on five hits in the fifth...
Chicks head to Paragould (04/01/14)
After unseasonable weather wreaked havoc on local baseball and softball teams over Spring Break, all three area schools are back in action Tuesday evening. The Blytheville Chickasaws (4-4, 0-2 5A-East) head to Paragould for a 5A-East doubleheader along with the Lady Chickasaw softball team (0-5, 0-2 5A-East)...
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