S Gentry veteran throws first pitch at Naturals' game

SPRINGDALE — Burl Lyons, a Gentry Navy veteran and former player on the semi-pro Gentry Baseball Team, threw out the first pitch at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale at the game between the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and the Springfield Cardinals on Wednesday, July 13. Lyons, who played in the outfield on the former Gentry baseball team, wound up and threw the ceremonial pitch to the catcher before a large group of Gentry residents in attendance at the game on Gentry night in Arvest Ballpark. He wore a dark-blue Navy veteran's cap and had his shoes shiny enough to pass uniform inspection. He was applauded by all in attendance. It was during the 1950-51 seasons that Lyons played baseball on the Gentry team, a traveling team which played other semi-pro teams in the region. He played outfield, mostly in centerfield, he said. Lyons then served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1974 and later worked for Walmart. Continue Reading »

S It was Gentry Night at the ballgame

GENTRY -- It was Gentry Night at Arvest Ballpark on Wednesday, July 13, and scores of Gentry residents came out to cheer on the Naturals in their game against the visiting Springfield Cardinals. Continue Reading »

S Gentry Pride to play in USSSA softball tournament

Girls will travel to Gulf Shores, Alabama

GENTRY — Ten girls from the Eagle Observer coverage area will be traveling to the United States Specialty Sports Association's national championship tournament for the Southeastern Division. The girls, 10 and 11 years old, will be competing on the softball diamond with girls their age and older for the softball championship. Gentry Pride is an 11 and under fast-pitch softball team which had already played 47 games, as of Friday. The team record was near 500, with 24 wins and 23 losses; but that is doing great for a team which has a 0-0 record against other 11U teams because all its opponents have been teams with girls a year or more older than the Gentry players. Clay Stewart began coaching the girls three years ago when asked by Kyleigh Wheaton, the daughter of his best friend who drowned in the Illinois River in 2012 saving Kyleigh. In the team's first year of recreational league softball, the girls finished fourth or fifth in the league, according to Stewart. Last year, they were undefeated. So, this year.... Continue Reading »