Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun June 28, 2015
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Sheridan’s Tyler Allen throws from the mound at the University of Arkansas’ Baum Stadium in Fayetteville during the Yellowjackets’ 10-9 win over the Benton Panthers to capture the Class 6A state championship. The Sheridan righty is the 2015 Tri-Lakes Edition Baseball Player of the Year, while his coach, Mike Moore, is the Diamond Sports Coach of the Year for the coverage area.

Pitcher mixes brains, brawn and finesse to find success

Morgan Acuff

Some people expect tall pitchers to throw harder than their shorter counterparts. When a 6-foot-5-inch hurler steps onto the mound, people expect his long limbs and the weight of his stature to send blistering fastballs across the plate. However, that’s not really the case for tall pitchers — not all of them, anyway. Tyler Allen stands at that height, but he emphasizes finesse with off-speed pitches such as his signature cutter, a pitch... READ MORE

THAT'S LIFE

    Taking orders becoming a lost art?

    I’ve worked in fast food before, and I have sympathy for the employees. However, as a customer, I have been annoyed more and more. It’s the lack of attention to detail that drives me crazy. My husband and I seldom eat fast food, and never the really bad stuff that gives you a week’s worth of calories in one meal. One of my favorite restaurants is actually pretty healthy — it’s on the bandwagon of no antibiotics in the chicken and no art... READ MORE

TRI-LAKES OUTDOORS

    How to catch panfish as big as dinner plates

    Catching bluegills isn’t difficult. These scrappy panfish are not especially wary, and small ones will forgive even the most slipshod angling techniques. Catching big bluegills — those that weigh 1.5 pounds or more — is a different story altogether. When a bluegill reaches the size of a man’s hand, the fish has been around long enough to be considerably more guarded than its smaller counterparts. By the time it’s the size of a dinner pl... READ MORE

CALENDAR

    CALENDAR EVENTS IN THE TRI-LAKES AREA

    June 22 Bridge Fundraiser HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE — The Village Card Club will host a bridge fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Casa de Carta, 1101 De Sota Blvd. Games will run in two-hour intervals. Proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information, call (501) 922-4000 or visit villagecardclub.org. June 23 and 25 Community Heroes Story-Time Party BRYANT/BENTON — All ages are invited to celebrate community heroes at... READ MORE