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HARDING ACADEMY DEEP AT RECEIVER OLD PIPES LEAD TO KENSETT MAIN BREAK Six Wildcats have at least 200 yards receiving this season coming into Saturday’s title game. — PAGE 1B

City officials hope that a boil order will be lifted today or Monday for some Kensett streets. — PAGE 3A

City approves bonuses

Quorum court Who: George “Bud” Osborn, 80 What: Died Wednesday evening

Bonuses to be paid out of certificates of deposit totaling $300,000

Longtime JP Osborn dies Searcy justice served on Quorum Court for 20 years


A year-long discussion with the Searcy City Council concluded Thursday night as the council approved giving onetime bonuses to all city employees. All of the city’s 228 employees will receive bonuses, as well as four elected officials within

the city. In total, the bonuses will cost the city $101,821.04. Each of the 216 full-time employees in the city will get $400 and each of the 12 part-time employees will receive $200. Searcy Mayor David Morris, City Clerk Jerry Morris, District Judge Mark Pate and City Attorney Buck Gibson will re-

ceive $400 bonuses as well. The money to fund bonuses will be covered by one of two certificates of deposit (CDs) the city has, with one CD totaling $200,000 and another CD worth $100,000. Alderman Don Raney suggested the amount of $400

City council What: Approved employee bonuses Amount: $400 for full-time employees, $200 for parttime employees Total: $101,821.04

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Longtime White County Justice of Peace George “Bud” Osborn, D-Searcy, died Wednesday evening. He was 80 years old. Osborn’s daughter, Portia Routon, said he died of natural causes. O s b o r n was originally from Garner Osborn but lived in Searcy for the latter part of his life, as he represented the central portion of the city on the Quorum Court. Routon said her father retired from Entergy, where he worked most of his life. She said funeral arrangements will be made at Please see OSBORN | 2A Molly M. Fleming/

Court orders resentencing in Arkansas bombing

Faye Jones of Kensett tests out some of the toys available for purchase Thursday afternoon in the gift shop at Pioneer Village in Searcy. The village will host its first-ever Christmas open house Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Santa Claus will be on site for photographs, as well as other Christmas festivities.

BY JEANNIE NUSS Sonja Wilks (left) and Elizabeth Heard look at some Christmas stockings on the front porch of the log cabin at Pioneer Village as they decorate on Thursday. Wilks said the stockings belonged to a dear friend of hers and she has since inherited them. She said they are at least 80 years old.

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LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas doctor sentenced to life in prison for a 2009 bombing that nearly killed the head of the state medical board should be resentenced on some convictions, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. A jury convicted Randeep Mann, 54, in 2010 of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and other charges. The Feb. 4, 2009, bomb attack took away Dr. Trent Pierce’s sense of smell and left him blind in one eye and deaf in one ear. Mann’s attorneys appealed his convictions and sentences, arguing there wasn’t enough evidence to convict him. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday that Mann shouldn’t have received a sentencing enhancement based on allegations that he ordered the assault of an inmate. The panel said the allegation was never brought up in court and Please see RESENTENCING | 3A

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Searcy police warn of scams during holidays Season poses higher risk for scams, police say All people are potential victims for con artists, and the Searcy Police Department suggests residents learn the warning signs to avoid becoming victims. Brittany Eacret, SPD spokesman, said that scams usually

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increase during the holiday season, be it in person, over the Internet or by phone. “All of these types of calls are high-pressure and are almost always unexpected,” Eacret said. “They are a threat to anyone with a phone number.”

Fraudulent charity solicitations are one type of phone scam and can appear in many forms. By phone, someone might call asking victims to donate money to charities that do


Searcy scams The Searcy Police Department warns residents of scams and warning signs to heed during the holiday season.

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Character is power. BOOKER T. WASHINGTON American educator

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BALD KNOB SENIOR SHOWCASES SKILLS LOCAL WINTER WHEAT SAFE AMID SNOWFALL Cordell Crisp is hoping to turn heads at today’s All-American Game in Houston. — PAGE 1B

White County farmers are calling the five inches of snow that fell in the area on Christmas day a blessing. — PAGE 3A

Beebe issues fireworks ban

City of Kensett What: Passed a 2013 budget Changes: The new budget sees a $52,403 drop in expected revenue and a $68,072.34 rise in general fund expenditures. The city is aligned to have a $220,398.96 surplus at the year’s end.

Residents cannot shoot fireworks in areas where blackbirds are known to roost BY MOLLY M. FLEMING

Kensett to spend more, save less

Beebe officials hope that people looking for signs of the end of the world will not be able to find one in Beebe Monday or Tuesday.

Beebe fireworks

The city that has become infamous for having a number of dead blackbirds on the streets on New Year’s Day for the past two years. Robertson

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Beebe City Council issued an ordinance earlier this year banning fireworks in areas of the city where blackbirds are known to roost. For the past two New Year’s Eves, the city has awoken to hundreds of dead blackbirds, killed by fireworks.


Alderman not happy with how some funds being managed BY KYLE TROUTMAN

The city of Kensett has approved a 2013 budget of $1,146,732.15 and is on pace for a more than $333,300 surplus, which is about twothirds as much as last year. The largest changes from 2012 include McDonald a $52,403.42 drop in expected revenue and a $68,072.34 rise in general fund expenditures. Please see KENSETT | 2A

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Rusty Fischer, employee of the sporting goods store Ultimate Outdoors in Searcy, attaches a scope to one of the store’s top-selling guns, a Savage Model 111 .30-06 rifle, at the store Thursday night. John Key, owner of Ultimate Outdoors, said he has seen a rise in gun sales recently.

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Politics, protection and hunting lead to high gun sales

What: Will host a Winter Snowflake Ball for father figures and daughters When: Jan. 19, 6:30-9 p.m. Where: Ann’s Bridal, The Rose Room Cost: $15 for dads, $10


Ball proceeds to benefit scholarship BY WENDY JONES

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The recent mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., has sparked a nationwide debate on gun control. While business has been ripe for many gun shops and sporting goods stores in recent years, business is now booming more than ever. John Key, owner of sporting goods store Ultimate Outdoors in Searcy, said his top-selling weapons are handguns and semi-automatic rifles — also known as assault rifles — but there’s more to consider in gun sales than the Newtown shooting. “The shootings are terrible and we don’t want to consider it an advantage to our business,” he said. “But, [the shootings], political environment, Christmas and hunting season all happened at the same time.” Key, whose store focuses on selling guns for hunting purposes, said he’s had a lot of people that he wouldn’t expect coming in to bear arms. “I’ve sold so many guns to folks


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Gun sales

Local gun shops and sporting goods stores are seeing an uptick in gun sales with a combination of politics, tragedies and hunting season. who might not own one,” he said. “Their attitudes when they come in is, ‘I think I might need to own a gun.’ I know there’s huge debate about guns, and our customers aren’t buying guns to shoot people, they’re just afraid of the government saying they can’t have them anymore.” Richard Hall, manager of Ozark Sporting Arms, said his shop has seen increases in gun sales since the election of President Barack Obama in 2008, especially in the first three days after his inauguration. “We went up about 50 percent or more because people don’t trust the government,” he said. “Anytime something may go away, people go out and


buy more, but we’ve still sold more hunting guns than anything else.” Hall said the store sells a lot of semiautomatic rifles, selling many more .22-caliber weapons than semi-automatic rifles, and it’s getting hard for the store to even get guns. “We had one only .22-caliber traded in [last week], and Ruger is behind on their small arms by 11⁄2 years,” he said. Key said gun sales are so high nationally that his employees have had to put in some work at home. “People are scared of what’s to come and an interesting piece of data to have is how many guns have sold in the past two weeks,” he said. “[The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’] background check system has been completely overwhelmed, so we’ve been having to run background checks at home after hours.” Key said his sporting goods store has been so busy he hasn’t even had time to sit down and see how much of a boost his sales have seen.

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We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves. GALILEO GALILEI

Italian astronomer, mathematician and physicist

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LETTER EXPLAINS MAYOR ASSAULT VERDICT BIG STOP SECURES TICKET TO TITLE GAME Judge Mark Pate said the state did not meet its burden of proof in prosecuting an assault case. — PAGE 3A

Harding Academy’s defense rose to the challenge, sending the Wildcats to the title game. — PAGE 1B

Pool in 2013 budget proposal Mayor recommends keeping pool open despite financial, environmental concerns BY JACOB BROWER

The proposed 2013 budget on which members of the Searcy City Council will vote this month will include a line item to reopen the leaky municipal pool for

Municipal Pool What: The proposed budget on which members of the city council will vote includes funding to keep the pool open another year. Cost: Pool season this past summer cost the city $128,152.39

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Earlier this year, the Searcy Sanitation Department had lost nearly $50,000. However, the department has improved its financial state and is only down $23,457.

City sanitation finances improving Department still losing money, despite revenue sources BY MOLLY M. FLEMING

The financial situation at the Searcy Sanitation Department has improved, but the numbers are still in the red. As of the end of July, the department had a negative balance of $48,967.01, but as the end Shock of October, the department only had a negative balance of $23,457.67.

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World champion duck caller

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Santa Claus waves to people lining the street as he passes the White County Courthouse during Searcy’s annual Christmas parade Saturday evening. At left, Belinda Anderson and Kaleigh Anderson, 3, wave at Santa Claus as he passes them near the corner of Main Street and Race Avenue during Searcy’s parade.

Who: Brad Allen, 39, of Judsonia What: Recently won his second duck calling world championship in Stuttgart

Judsonia man revels in second title One-of-a-kind duck call helps Allen win

Local firefighters stress safety in winter Space heaters, chimneys leading cause of house fires BY KYLE TROUTMAN

With winter weather quickly approaching, local fire departments are hoping to make sure residents stay safe while staying warm. Bald Knob Fire Chief Danny Holobaugh said space heaters are the biggest threat to homes, but not the only one. “Everyone uses space heat-

Fire safety What: Local fire departments hope citizens will make themselves aware of fire safety in the winter Leading cause: Heating equipment (space heaters) was involved in an estimated 57,100 house fires in 2010, resulting in 490 deaths, 1,540 injuries and $1.1 billion in property damage. ers and they never put them in the right place,” he said. “A

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space heater is what it says — it needs space.” According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment was involved in an estimated 57,100 house fires in 2010, resulting in 490 deaths, 1,540 injuries and $1.1 billion in property damage. Nearly half (49 percent) of these fires occurred in December, January and February. More than half of the fatal home fires (53 percent) were attributed to space heater placement. Space heaters should be kept away from


things that may burn, such as furniture, clothing, mattresses or bedding. “People set up the space heater, plug it in, then never pay attention to it when it could be close to something and get hot,” Holobaugh said. “Space heaters need to be put in an area with plenty of room.” Lisa Coleman, Searcy fire marshal, agreed about the dangers of space heaters and shared her advice on how to handle them.

Every year since 1998, on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, 39-yearold Judsonian Brad Allen calls ducks. However, Allen isn’t in a blind or a field. He’s on Main Street in Stuttgart. This year, Allen won his Allen second duck calling world championship. Although the prize package is worth

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To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. OSCAR WILDE 19th Century Irish writer and poet

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Daily Citizen SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2012

Hogs baseball Record: 42-19 Super Regional: Arkansas will head to nationally ranked No. 4 Baylor for the first game of a best-ofthree series beginning at 4 p.m.

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WACO, Texas — After going a perfect 3-0 to win the Houston Regional, the Arkansas baseball team travels to Waco, Texas, to face the No. 4 Baylor Bears in the Waco Super Regional at Baylor Ballpark. Game times for the best two out of three weekend series are set for 4 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. All games from the Waco Super Regional will be televised on the ESPN family of networks with Dave Neal and Jay Walker on the call. Saturday and Sunday’s games will be shown live on ESPNU, while the “if necessary” game on Monday will be televised by ESPN2. All three games of the series will also be streamed online on The games will also be available on the Razorback Baseball Radio Network from IMG. Threetime Arkansas Sportscaster of the Year Chuck Barrett (playby-play) and former Arkansas Sports Information Director Rick Schaeffer (analyst) will call the action. A live blog and live stats will also be available on

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Local teams in 7-on-7 BY KYLE TROUTMAN

Searcy’s and Bald Knob’s football teams will hit the gridiron today for the last time until July. The Lions and Bulldogs will participate in the Bison 7-on-7 Tournament, which begins at 9 a.m. today at First Security Stadium, and features 12 teams from across Arkansas and two out-of-state-teams in Ouachita Christian from Monroe, La., and Trinity Christian Academy from the Dallas area. Searcy Head Coach Tim Harper said the opportunity to play out-of-state teams has its advantages and disadvantages. “The good news is, they haven’t seen us either,” Harper said. “When you get down to it, We just want to see the kids compete.” Johnston said the out-of-

Lions, Bulldogs look to get reps today before dead period Bisons 7-on-7 What: Harding University is hosting the Bison 7-on-7 Tournament at First Security Stadium. When: Beginning 9 a.m. today, with the championship game around 4:30 p.m. Teams: Searcy, Bald Knob, Forrest City, Batesville Southside, Brookland, Valley View, Lonoke, Wynne, Ouachita Christian (La.) and Trinity Christian Academy (Texas). state competition is a good chance for his players to learn how to read opposing teams’ schemes. “I can’t say we’ve got any preparation for them, but we want the kids to be able to read and assess coverages and defenses, so it’s good to play someone you’ve never seen before and get something new,” he said.

Both teams will be missing some players in the morning, with ACT testing conflicting with the tournament. “We will be a bit depleted because we have about 10 kids taking the ACT,” Harper said. “So, it’s a good chance to work on our depth at defensive back and look at a new receiver or two.” Bald Knob Head Coach Paul

Johnston is in the same boat as Harper, with six of his players taking the ACT today, but Johnston said it shouldn’t affect the Bulldogs, who are familiar with the Bison 7-on-7 Tournament. “We’ve participated in this tournament the last three to four years and always get to see different styles of offense and defense,” he said. “It’s good for kids to see different formations and coverages, so we get a lot of benefit out of it.” Searcy’s projected starting quarterback, Antwan Arnold, will be taking the ACT, so backup Cam Woodruff will have a chance to get in some work under center at the tournament. “Cam will be our backup quarterback, and [today’s tournament] should get him some good reps and experience,” Please see LIONS | 3B


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Celtics, Heat set for Game 7 to decide East title BY TIM REYNOLDS Associated Press

MIAMI — LeBron James has no idea what he will do for an encore. He offered a simple vow instead. “I won’t regret Game 7,” James said. There may not have been another sentiment the Miami Heat would have preferred hearing more as they prepare to host the Boston Celtics Saturday night. James is coming off a season-saving 45-point, 15-rebound, five-assist effort to force Game 7. The winner will head to Oklahoma City to start the NBA finals on Tuesday night and the loser heads into an offseason of decided uncertainty. “Win, lose or draw, I’m going to go in with the mindset like I’ve had this whole season,” James said. “And you know, we’ll see what happens.” A series that has gone back and forth — Miami won the first two games, then lost three straight before James carried the Heat to a win that denied Boston the East crown on Thursday night — comes down to an ultimate game. For the Heat, it’s a chance to play for the ring they couldn’t win last year in the opening act of the Big Three era. For the Celtics, it’s probably one last chance for their current core to reach the NBA’s mountaintop. “This team has been about adversity all year long, you know, so this is not going to be nothing new,” Celtics forward Paul Pierce said. “It’s been tough for us all year long to get to the point where we would be at, and why wouldn’t it be tough now? Winning is hard. Trying to get to the finals is hard. And this is as hard as it gets. And I think we are prepared for it.” It’s the 111th time a best-ofseven NBA series has gone the distance. Home teams are 8822 in the previous matchups. That means little to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. The last time Boston was on his team’s Please see HEAT | 2B

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Tyler Britt, of Royal, prepares to jump off his horse and tie down a roped calf at the Arkansas High School State Rodeo Finals Friday night at the White County Fairgrounds. Britt roped his calf in 13.887 seconds, which was good for second place in his long-go round, qualifying him for the final round today, with events starting at 6:30 p.m. Fairgrounds Board President Mitchell Spurlock said the three-day event will bring about 500-600 people to Searcy, generating a $100,000 to $150,000 boost to the local economy.

I’ll Have Another suddenly retires with injury BY BETH HARRIS Associated Press

NEW YORK — The Triple Crown curse lives. This time the horse didn’t even make it to the starting gate. I’ll Have Another’s bid for the first Triple Crown in 34 years ended stunningly Friday when the chestnut colt was retired on the eve of the Belmont Stakes with an injury to his left front tendon. “I’m afraid history is going to have to wait for another day,” said J. Paul Reddam, the colt’s owner. I’ll Have Another, who won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes with stirring stretch drives, was the 4-5 early favorite to win the Belmont and become the 12th Triple Crown winner and first since Affirmed in 1978. Instead, he’ll make one final trip to the racetrack with his jockey Mario Gutierrez to lead the other Belmont horses during Saturday’s post parade — no longer a prelude to greatness, but merely a wistful farewell. “He’ll be my hero forever,” a somber Gutierrez said. “What I’ll Have Another did for me is so amazing. He brought happiness to my life.” Always the longest and toughest of the Triple Crown events, the 1 1-2-mile Belmont was instantly reduced to being just another big race. The favorite’s role fell to Dullahan, who ran third in the Derby and had been second in the morning line for the Belmont. He was made the 9-5 early choice. Trainer Doug O’Neill said I’ll Have Another was being retired because he developed swelling in his left front tendon that was the beginning of tendinitis. “This is extremely tough for all of us. It’s far from tragic but it’s extremely disappointing,” he said. O’Neill’s brother, Dennis, said it was hard to tell anything was wrong just by looking at the horse.

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Trainer Doug O’Neill brings out I’ll Have Another, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, for a news conference at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., on Friday. I’ll Have Another’s bid for a Triple Crown ended with the shocking news that the colt was out of the Belmont Stakes due to a swollen left front tendon. The Belmont Stakes horse race is Saturday. “He looks great. He’s sound. He went great this morning. He looks super (but) you just can’t take a chance,” he said. “He’s too valuable of a horse and we love him to death like all of them. You wouldn’t run a horse if you think something might happen.” The scratch comes a day before an estimated 100,000 fans were expected to converge on the track in hopes of seeing, at long last, a Triple Crown winner

— a champion who would help resurrect a struggling racing industry. I’ll Have Another joined 11 other horses since Affirmed who won the Derby and the Preakness, but were unable to complete a Triple Crown sweep in the Belmont, extending the longest gap between Triple winners to 35 years. The colt also became the third winner of the first two legs who was unable to run in the finale; Burgoo King in

1932 and Bold Venture in 1936 were the others. “It’s like completely letting the air out of a balloon,” said Ken McPeek, who trains Belmont contenders Atigun and Unstoppable U. Dale Romans, who trains Dullahan, said: “This was going to be a special race, one of the biggest races of our time. I’d rather have him in there. It would have been something special to beat him.” Doug O’Neill said he first noticed something might be wrong with the colt Thursday, hours after his usual morning gallop. “We prayed he kind of hit himself and that it was a little bit of skin irritation,” he told a horde of media gathered outside the detention barn at Belmont Park. O’Neill had called an audible Friday and taken his horse out to gallop at 5:30 a.m., three hours earlier than he had been working out in the days leading up to the race. He wanted to avoid the congestion created by all the Belmont horses going to the track at the same time. “I thought he looked great on the track,” he said, “and then cooling out, you could tell that swelling was back, and at that point I didn’t feel very good.” A veterinarian confirmed the diagnosis and suggested that O’Neill give the colt three to six months off before resuming training. But O’Neill said he and his brother, along with Reddam and his wife, were unanimous in deciding to retire the colt who had won four consecutive Grade 1 races, starting with the Santa Anita Derby in April. “I really thought he was going to run off tomorrow and really show something,” Reddam said. “So we were all a bit shocked, but we have to do what’s best for the horse.” Dr. Larry Bramlage, on-call veterinarian for the Belmont, said it wouldn’t hurt I’ll Have Another to walk on the track “but would be a concern at a mile-and-a-half at full speed.”


Daily Citizen WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012 Lady Lions softball Seed change: On Tuesday, Searcy moved from the No. 2 seed to the No. 3 seed First round: No. 3 Searcy will now face No. 6 Pine Bluff at 7:30 p.m. Thursday


Lady Wildcats rally for win BY KYLE TROUTMAN

Lady Lions drop to No. 3 seed Searcy moves down after Russellville win

Harding Academy’s varsity softball team was behind 2-1 halfway through the 3A Region 2 third place game, but the Lady Wildcats’ persistence paid off. In the top of the sixth inning, Kristen Lester and Jordan Landis hit an RBI single each to bring Harding Academt to a 3-2 lead, then Shelby Gowen hit a sacrifice fly for a 4-2 lead.

Benton-Harmony Grove scored a run in the sixth, but Harding Academy held on in the seventh inning for the comeback win and a No. 3 seed in the state tournament. “It was a solid win for our kids,” said Rusty Garner, Harding Academy head coach. “I told the kids to play it like a state tournament game and they did. We had sacrifice flys and sacrifice bunts, and it had the feel of

a state tournament game.” The Lady Wildcats, 23-7, will face Smackover in the first round of the 3A State Tournament, and Garner said the win Tuesday was a confidence boost. “We’re excited about how we’ve played going into the state tournament,” he said. Harding Academy will play Smackover Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the first round of the 3A State Tournament in Harrison.


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Searcy’s varsity softball team’s state tournament schedule changed on Tuesday. With Russellville’s Monday night win over Conway, the Lady Cyclones amassed enough power rating points to move from the No. 4 seed to the No. 2 seed, relegating Searcy to the No. 3 slot. With the seeding change, No. 3 Searcy will now face No. 6 Pine Bluff at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Record: 23-7 Tuesday’s result: 4-3 win over Benton-Harmony Grove to take third place in the 3A Region 2 Tournament Next up: Harding Academy will face Smackover at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the first round of the 3A State Tournament in Harrison

Bulldogs baseball Record: 18-7 Tuesday’s result: 1-0 walk-off win over Mayflower to take third place in the 3A Region 2 Tournament Next up: Bald Knob will face Smackover 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the 3A State Tournament in Prescott.

Senior comes up big in 1-0 win BY KYLE TROUTMAN

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Bulldogs win in walk-off fashion

Woods hopes for Players’ recovery PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Tiger Woods is about the only person not in a panic about his game. These remain curious times for the guy trying to show he can still dominate golf as he once did. In his last four tournaments, Woods walked off the course in the middle of the final round at Doral with tightness in his left Achilles tendon, won by five shots at Bay Hill for his first PGA Tour title in 30 months, was an also-ran at the Masters with his worst performance as a pro and missed the cut at Quail Hollow for only the eighth time in his career. In the absence of trophies, there is no shortage of opinions. Peter Alliss, the playerturned-broadcaster, said before his induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame that Woods is “gone at the moment.” Nick Faldo, a six-time major champion who works for CBS Sports and Golf Channel, said Woods no longer has the self-belief that made him No. 1 for all those years. Brandel Chamblee, a journeyman on the PGA Tour and now an analyst for Golf Channel, said Woods should fire Sean Foley and call his old coach, Butch Harmon. “And I know he’ll never do that because he’s letting his ego get in the way of common sense,” Chamblee said on a conference call for The Players Championship, which starts Thursday. “He wants to prove to people he’s right. He would rather prove to people he’s right than be right.” Woods has been down this road, though not with so many detours. “Guys, I’ve done this before,” Woods said. “I’ve been through this. Actually, a lot of you guys lived it with me, went through those periods where I wasn’t quite where I wanted to be. I had some pretty good runs after that, and this is no different. It takes a little bit of a time, and I keep building and things eventually come around

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Rose Bud’s Marissa Holland (left) removes her helmet after scoring the game-winning run while teammate Tori Lemieux sprints up the first base line to celebrate with gamewinning RBI hitter Tori Willborg.

Rose Bud gets comeback win over Arkansas Baptist BY KYLE TROUTMAN

Rose Bud’s varsity softball team was one out away from falling in the 3A Region 2 championship game, but the Lady Ramblers came through with the game on the line. With two outs and runners on second and third base, Misty Newcom hit a double to left field, getting two RBI and tying the game at 7-7. Rose Bud allowed Arkansas Baptist to fill the bases in the top of the eighth inning with one out, but a Tori Lemieux strikeout and a ground ball to Sara Sartin at first base for an out gave Rose Bud the chance for a walk-off win. With runners on second and third, Tori Willborg blasted a single up the middle, bringing home Marissa Holland from third and giving the Lady Ramblers, 31-3, their second consecutive 3A Region 2 title. “I’ve learned these girls never quit or lay down,” Head Coach Matt Porter said. “When push comes to shove, they will get the job done.” Porter said Newcom, who was battling tears in between the seventh and eighth innings, came up big

Lady Ramblers softball Record: 31-3 Tuesday’s result: 8-7 eight-inning win over Arkansas Baptist to repeat as 3A Region 2 Champions Next up: Rose Bud will face Genoa Central Thursday at noon in the 3A State Tournament in Harrison after missing the first four weeks of the season. “Newcom’s hit was unbelievable,” he said. “She hustled back and it’s unbelievable what she did in a clutch situation.” Willborg, who hit the walk-off RBI, said repeating as regional champions in such fashion was exciting. “That win was huge,” she said. “We’re happy to bring [a title] home two years in a row. It’s great for our school. It’s also more special to win regionals as a senior.” Not everything was peaches and cream for the Lady Ramblers, as starting pitcher Dana Naquin was unable to pitch the game because of pain in her arm, forcing Lemieux to take the mound

in the biggest game of the year thus far. “Dana’s arm hurt, so we decided to go with Tori and give Dana some time to heal before Thursday,” Porter said. “At the beginning of the game, it shocked us a bit [that Dana would not be pitching], but we knew Tori would come in and do work, and she performed.” Willborg said losing Naquin was a tough, but the team always had faith Lemieux would pitch well. “It was a shock,” she said. “But we knew Tori could do it.” Rose Bud will head to the 3A State Tournament Thursday to face Genoa Central. As conference, district and regional champions two years straight, the Lady Ramblers are hoping avoid repeating last year’s state tournament, where they fell in the first round. “This win gave us a lot of momentum,” Porter said. “It showed we will have to battle in every game in state. We’ve got to play harder than we’ve played in our entire lives for four games, or it will just be one game.” Rose Bud will head to Harrison Thursday to face Genoa Central at noon.

Bald Knob’s varsity baseball team took seven innings to get a run, but what an important run it was. The Bulldogs, 18-7, were in a scoreless game with Mayflower until the last inning of the third place contest in the 3A Region 2 Tournament. After pitcher Cordell Crisp went three up and three down in the top of the seventh, Bald Knob had a chance to win with a single run in the bottom of the inning. After a pop-fly out, Tristan Falwell singled to get on base for the winning run. Then, after another pop-fly out, Crisp singled to move Falwell to second. Enter Tyler Gilmore. The senior stepped up to the plate with two outs and hit a line drive to left field, allowing Falwell to round third and cross home unchallenged for the walk-off run. “We just tried to get runners in scoring position,” said Randy Johnston, Bald Knob head coach. “We were going to play small ball, but with two outs, we decided to shoot for the gaps. It was huge for Tyler to get that hit. “That was a great job competing with two outs and one runner in scoring position, but he’s been a team leader for us all year.” Crisp pitched a full game and a shutout for Bald Knob, and Johnston said he couldn’t have asked for more from the multisport junior. “Cordell gave us one of his best performances all year,” he said. Bald Knob will head to the 3A State Tournament in Prescott Thursday, facing Smackover in the first round at 7:30 p.m.

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