March 9, 2016 Edition

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Cats beat Brookland, Nettleton,
drop game against Valley View

Walnut Ridge's Drake Smith prepares to release a pitch during the Bobcats' 11-4 victory over Nettleton on Thursday.
TD Photo ~ Ashley George

The Walnut Ridge Bobcats opened the 2016 baseball season last week with three games at Nettleton's Raider Field in Jonesboro.

Brookland

The Bobcats defeated the Brookland Bearcats 8-3 on March 2.

The game was tied 3-3 until Walnut Ridge scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning. The Bobcats added three runs in the fifth inning.

Offensively for Walnut Ridge, Will Weir went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Drake Smelser added two doubles, and Luke Wall had two RBIs.

Weir pitched a complete game, allowing three runs and recording four strikeouts.
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Mustangs record baseball wins

The Hoxie Mustangs started the 2016 baseball season on a winning note, routing Tuckerman 14-3 on March 1 at Tuckerman.

Wesley Wright led the Mustangs on the mound and at the plate. The starting pitcher went five innings and allowed five hits while notching a dozen strikeouts. Offensively, Wright went 3-for-4, including two doubles and drove in four runs.
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Lady Hounds advance to 2A state quarterfinals

Alyssa Nichols scored a game-high 21 points in leading the Sloan-Hendrix Lady Greyhounds to a 57-43 victory over the Poyen Lady Indians in the first round of the 2A State Basketball Tournament Thursday at Marmduke.

The Lady Greyhounds jumped on Poyen early, holding a 17-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. Sloan-Hendrix continued their domination in the second period, stretching the advantage to 31-10 at the intermission. The Lady Hounds led 43-22 after three quarters and held off Poyen in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
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Lady Cats beat Piggott

The Walnut Ridge Lady Bobcats opened the 2016 softball season with a 4-3 win over Piggott's Lady Mohawks on Feb. 29 at Walnut Ridge.

Baylee Haskins tossed a seven-inning complete game for Walnut Ridge, allowing three runs on five hits, while recording 10 strikeouts.
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