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Friday, July 25, 2014
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Casons' season comes to an end (07/21/14)
JONESBORO--The Blytheville Hardy Sales and Service Casons season came to an end Saturday night after a 3-2 loss to the host, Jonesboro Ricemen, in the semifinal round of the AAA American Legion Zone 2 Tournament. With the game tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth and a trip to the state tournament in Bryant on the line, Jonesboro plated a walk-off run to advance to the zone championship round as well as the state tournament...
Casons drop Zone 2 Tournament opener (07/18/14)
JONESBORO--The Hardy Sales and Service Casons dropped the opening game of the Zone 2 Tournament, 7-1, to the host Jonesboro Ricemen Friday night. Jonesboro scored three in the second and two more in each of the seventh and eighth innings. Brady Jones picked up the loss for the Casons. Jones gave up five runs in seven innings of work...
Commentary: LeBron is the big winner in NBA free agency (07/16/14)
Every four years, while the sports cycle is in a little bit of a dead period, the world comes together to watch a great Mid-Summer classic. No, not the MLB All-Star Game. Not the World Cup. It's not the Olympics either. Yes, it's the LeBron James Decision. In 2010 he took his "talents to South Beach." 2014, he's "going home" to Cleveland...
Casons open zone tourney against host Jonesboro (07/16/14)
The American Legion Zone tournament begins Friday in Jonesboro. Paragould and Mountain Home open the double-elimination tournament at 4 p.m. Friday night. The two-seeded Hardy Sales and Service Casons will play the host and three-seeded Jonesboro Riceman at 7 p.m...
Casons top Mayfield (07/14/14)
Hardy Sales and Service hurler Justin Mann tossed a five-hitter and smacked a two-run home run to lead the Casons over Mayfield, Ky., 6-2, Saturday. With the win, the Casons improved to 15-9 overall.They finished second in Zone 2 after Paragould knocked off Jonesboro Saturday...
Road to 2015 Cal Ripken World Series will go through Blytheville (07/11/14)
The Blytheville Baseball Softball Boosters signed the contract Friday afternoon to host the 2015 12-year-old Cal Ripken Baseball Southwest Regional Tournament next July at the Blytheville Youth Sportsplex. Rob Featherston, the assistant Southwest Region commissioner, toured the Sportsplex on Friday, leaving with a signed contract in hand...
Casons fall to Paragould (07/11/14)
The Hardy Sales and Service Casons dropped their final Zone 2 game, Thursday night, falling to Paragould, 10-9, at the Blytheville Youth Sportsplex. Blytheville finished third in the Zone and opens the Zone 2 Tournament against Jonesboro next week. On Thursday, the Casons (14-9) led most of the game, up 8-1 at one point...
Missco Junior Football League registration is Saturday (07/10/14)
Missco Junior Football League will hold registration for the upcoming football season from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Walker Park. The league is for children in grades 4-6. cnsports@couriernews.net
Casons rout Fat City (07/10/14)
JONESBORO -- The Hardy Sales and Service Casons easily handled Jonesboro Fat City, Wednesday, recording a 15-4 win. The Casons (14-8) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and then exploded for six in the second inning for a commanding 9-0 advantage...
Loyd family achieves dominance in swimming (07/09/14)
The Loyd family of Blytheville are making waves in Arkansas swimming. On Saturday and Sunday June 28th and 29th Adam, Anna, and Emily Loyd traveled to Little Rock to compete in the Arkansas AAU State Swimming Championships. To say that this swimming family achieved excellence is an understatement based on their results...
Charles Strong Kids Day set for Friday (07/09/14)
The Charles Strong Recreation Center will host its annual Kids Day from 9 a.m to 12 p.m. July 11 in Luxora. The event concludes the center's annual summer enrichment program. Some organizations that will be on hand include the State Police, Mississippi County Sheriff's Office, Luxora police, the Blytheville Fire Department and its smokehouse, along with the Arkansas Game and Fish aquarium...
Clark wins PGA junior tour tournament (07/09/14)
Leyton Clark of Blytheville cruised to a seven-stroke victory Tuesday in the Northeast Region PGA Junior Tour tournament held at the Blytheville Country Club. Clark carded a 4-under 68 to best runner-up Mac Wagner of Jonesboro, who shot a 3-over 75 in the 16-18 Boys Division...
Casons top Pemiscot County (07/08/14)
The Hardy Sales and Service Casons knocked off Pemiscot County, 9-5, Monday in Senior American Legion action. Justin Mann earned the win, tossing four innings for the Casons. Mann helped his cause with three hits, including a double, while teammate Jamal Washington also chipped in three hits. Also getting hits for the Casons were Ricky Gable (single, double), Chad Wright, Jon Mark Hutton, Andrew Scott (two singles), Will Camp (triple) and Brady Jones (two doubles)...
Jonesboro Black wins state title at Sportsplex (07/07/14)
The Blytheville Youth Sportsplex hosted the 9-year-old 2014 Cal Ripken North Arkansas State Tournament over the weekend. Jonesboro Black was crowned state champion, after defeating Mountain Home, 14-7, Sunday afternoon. Jonesboro Black advanced to the title game with a 16-11 win over Batesville, while runner-up Mountain Home topped Osceola, 17-1, in Sunday's other semifinal...
Updated: Blytheville wins one, loses one in 9-year-old State pool play (07/04/14)
The 9-year-old 2014 Cal Ripken North Arkansas State Tournament got underway Friday afternoon.
New BHS coach adjusts to HS level (07/04/14)
For new Blytheville head basketball coach, Jason James, making adjustments has become almost a way of life. From making adjustments during a game or during a season to making the adjustment of living in a new town, James is no stranger to a change of plans...
Blytheville 10s to play in State Tournament this weekend (07/03/14)
The Blytheville 10-year-old All-Stars followed up a 9-year-old District championship in 2013 with another District championship this year.
Denso wins 16-U championship (07/03/14)
Denso Heat claimed the 16-U softball championship Wednesday night with a 16-7 win over Gosnell Pawn. The Heat rallied for five runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 5-1 lead. They tacked on two more in the second to hold a 7-1 advantage. Gosnell Pawn fought back with a five-run third to close the gap to 7-6. However, Denso plated eight runs in the bottom of the third to retake control. Both teams scored a run in the fourth for the final margin...
Blytheville hosts 9-year-old State (07/02/14)
If you're looking for something to add to your enjoyment on the Fourth of July, the Blytheville Youth Sportsplex is playing host to the 9-year-old 2014 Cal Ripken North Arkansas State Tournament beginning Friday. Twelve teams from around the state, including host Blytheville, will take part in the three-day tournament with Pool Play beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday. The Blytheville 9-year-olds play Batesville at 1 p.m. on Field 1 to open the tournament...
Column: America's success in World Cup is a good thing (07/01/14)
Today (Tuesday) marks a momentous occasion in the world of sports. The U.S. takes on Belgium in the World Cup round of 16 on Tuesday marking the first time the U.S. has made back-to-back trips to the knock out round of the tournament. The U.S. team's recent international success has drawn much attention around the world and especially in the good ol' U.S. of A...
Casons fall to Jonesboro 5-1 (06/30/14)
The Blytheville Hardy Sales and Service Casons dropped a 5-1 zone decision to the Jonesboro Ricemen Monday night at the Blytheville Youth Sportsplex. The loss spoiled a solid pitching outing from Cason hurler, Brady Jones. Jones yielded just three hits, walked only two while fanning 10 over seven innings of work...
Gosnell defeats Kennett in BBSB varsity action (06/30/14)
The varsity and junior varsity baseball leagues wrapped up their second season with Gosnell winning the varsity level over Kennett, Mo. and Kennett defeating Rivercrest, 11-6, to wrap up the junior varsity division. VARSITY CHAMPIONSHIP GAME Gosnell scored six runs over their final two at bats on their way to a 9-2 win over Kennett and the varsity division crown...
Casons come home; get win (06/26/14)
After playing 15 games on the road to start the year, the Blytheville Hardy Sales and Service Casons played their first home game Wednesday night.
Throwback Thursday
1972 Rotary JBR team
07/24/14
Recognize any of the players from the 1972 Blytheville Rotary team, which won the Junior Babe Ruth city championship with a 15-1 record? Here's a little help. Pictured are (front row, from left) Bill Terry, Jeff Littrell, Allan Gardner, Terry Haynes, Greg Watson, Mike Jackson, Mike Sullivan, Monty Meacham, (second row, from left) Tony Beard, Randy Parmantar, Andy Tompkins, Chris Gee, Jackie Hancock, Roger Ray, Willie West, Terry Watson, Jeff Watson, (back, from left) coaches Bill Gardner, Don West, Jim Parmantar and Bruce Daniels.. ...
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