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Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
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Arkansas State to play in GoDaddy Bowl (12/10/14)
Arkansas State has been chosen to play in the GoDaddy Bowl at Mobile, Ala. for the fourth consecutive year. Bowl officials announced Dec. 3 that the Red Wolves have accepted an invitation to play in the game on Sunday, Jan. 4. The 7-5 Red Wolves will face the Toledo Rockets from the Mid-American Conference. Toledo was 8-4 over all, with 7-1 record in the MAC conference, which was good for second place in the conference...
Wildcats stop Cavemen (12/10/14)
The Trumann Wildcats got past the Cave City Cavemen 69-58 in 3-4A play Dec. 4. Blain Bacon led Cave City with 18 points. Colbie Robinson finished with 13 and Tristan McSpadden had 12. Trumann led 12-8 after one period, 26-20 at the halftime break and 53-40 heading into the fourth...
Viola tops in Fulton County battle (12/05/14)
The host team got a game-high 22 points from Steffahn Smith and 19 more from Dalton Lund, as Viola pushed past the Salem Greyhounds 66-59 in the opening game of the fourth annual Marvin Newton Classic Nov. 28 at the Longhorn Corral. The Horns led for the biggest part of the game and every time the Hounds would edge closer, Viola would step behind the arc and knock down a big 3-pointer to keep Salem at bay. The Longhorns sank 11 3-balls in the contest, including five from Lund...
Cougars push T-Wolves to OT (12/05/14)
They pushed them to the brink and took them to overtime, but the Izard County Cougars just couldn't put away the two-time Class 2A defending champions from Cedar Ridge in the fourth annual Marvin Newton Classic Nov. 28 at the Longhorn Corral in Viola...
Bears take down Koshkonong Blue Jays (12/05/14)
The Mammoth Spring Bears kept their recent hot streak alive - winning four out of five games - with a 43-36 victory at Koshkonong Nov. 24. Collin Powell finished with 16 points for the Bears, with Logan Skaggs adding 14. In the girls' contest, the Lady Jays beat Mammoth Spring 47-32...
Third-period work pays off (12/05/14)
The Thayer Bobcats used a big push in the third period to erase a halftime deficit and knock off the East Carter Redbirds 63-51 in the ninth annual First Midwest Bank Current River Challenge at Van Buren High School Nov. 29. It was the season-opener for both schools...
Bulldogs outlast Comets (12/05/14)
To say that the Alton Comets' clash with the West County Bulldogs in the ninth annual First Midwest Bank Current River Challenge was a physical affair would be like saying that water is wet. The Comets had four starters foul out of the game - and another player exit with a nasty gash above his left eye - and the Bulldogs hit 17 free throws in the fourth period, as West County topped Alton 84-63 Nov. 29 at Van Buren High School...
Lady Comets win pair (12/05/14)
Lady Comets win pair The Alton Lady Comets knocked off Norwood 48-37 in season-opening hoops action Nov. 24. Alton trailed 12-8 after the first period, but pulled ahead 23-18 at intermission. The Lady Comets led 32-26 after three periods of play. Jena Woodside tallied 12 points for Alton, while Hailee Erickson had 11...
M SU won't renew Allen (12/05/14)
Terry Allen is out after nine seasons as Missouri State University's Football Coach. The school announced Nov. 23 that it will not renew Allen's contract, which is set to expire at the end of January. Allen compiled a 37-64 record, and the Bears went 4-8 this season...
Couch starts off hoops season with road wins at Maynard (12/05/14)
The Couch Indians opened the 2014 hardwood season with a pair of road wins at Maynard Nov. 24. It took overtime, but the Indians slid past the Tigers 50-44. Couch outscored Maynard 8-2 in the extra frame. The home team led 23-12 after the first period and 37-32 after three periods of play. The game was locked at 42-all after regulation...
Cavemen fall to Flippin, Izard County at Arvest (12/05/14)
The Flippin Bobcats knocked off the Cave City Cavemen 55-47 in the semifinals of the 10th annual Arvest Bank Tournament Nov. 20 in Flippin. The Cavemen were defending champions of the boys' division. Flippin led 20-10 after the first period, but the Cavemen narrowed the gap in the second and trailed by just four, 24-20, at the half...
Rebels chase off Bulldogs (12/05/14)
Terry Mullins Sports Editor The Highland Rebels tipped off their 2014 basketball season in fine fashion, overwhelming the Bald Knob Bulldogs 53-24 Nov. 22 on the last day of the sixth annual Highland Classic at the Hutson Center. Avery Johnson paced the Rebels with 19 points, almost outscoring the entire Bulldogs' squad all by his lonesome...
Surprised hunter finds her 9-point deer is a doe (12/05/14)
The late afternoon sun was sinking when the deer stepped out in front of Maxine Byrd. Nice set of antlers. She raised her 7mm Magnum rifle, aimed carefully and squeezed the trigger. The deer, 60 yards away, fell dead. Her son, Terry Byrd, was nearby, and they tagged the deer then moved it to a shed to dress it out...
6-year-old Jacksonville deer hunter earns Triple Trophy (12/05/14)
T.A. Lewis had to wait. He was successful in taking doves, bagging squirrels and downing ducks. But deer hunting had to be delayed under he turned six years old. That happened a few months ago, and T.A. jumped into deer hunting in a big way, winning the Triple Trophy Award of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission even before the big event, modern gun season, arrived...
Cavewomen topple Southside (12/05/14)
The Cave City Cavewomen got 14 points from Shyanne Price and 12 from Elizabeth Upton, en route to a 44-36 victory over Southside Nov. 25. The Cavewomen trailed 8-7 after the first period, but rallied to go up 28-19 at the half and 44-36 after three...
Stats and Scores (12/05/14)
Thursday Night Men's League at Indian Hills Bowl Nov. 20 Luther Yancey.......236;634 Jeff Jackson...........227;579 Doug Reeves.........219;630 Phillip Grove.........178;456 Danny McEntire....200;514 Brett Adkisson.......213;618 Joey Robison.........203;573...
EPC passes Highland despite Abney's 30 (12/05/14)
Terry Mullins Sports Editor The Highland Lady Rebels had their season-opening basketball game postponed almost a week, and when the team finally did hit the hardwood at the Hutson Center, sophomore Kelsey Abney was more than ready to go. Abney exploded for a game-high 30 points - including 25 in the first half of play - as the Lady Rebels took on the East Poinsett County (EPC) Lady Warriors Nov. 22 in the sixth annual Highland Classic...
Arkansas conservation centennial to be celebrated (12/05/14)
In a few months, the 100th anniversary of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will be celebrated. The date is March 11, 2015. The AGFC was created that day in 1915 and, in following decades, came state agencies dealing with parks, forests, soil and water, along with conservation courses in schools...
Cougs blast Warriors (11/25/14)
The Izard County Cougars ripped Ridgefield Christian 63-35 Nov. 18. Andrew Walker racked up 25 points, while Clay Mosley added 14 points for the Cougars. In the junior boys' contest, Izard County got 33 points from Justus Cooper en route to a 43-38 victory...
A fight to the finish (11/25/14)
Terry Mullins Sports Editor Most of the numbers in Melbourne's rematch with the Osceola Seminoles had to please Bearkatz fans. Melbourne's defensive front was as dominant as ever, stopping the Seminoles four times on fourth down and recovering three fumbles in the contest...
Southside downs Melbourne (11/25/14)
The Southside Southerners opened the 2014 basketball season with a 65-57 win at Melbourne Nov. 18. The Southerners led 14-9 after one, 30-26 at the half and 45-51 heading into the final period. Jay Chaney paced the Katz with 23 points. Braden Mead led Southside with a game-high 24...
Junior Lady Rebels (11/25/14)
Highland junior Lady Rebels Marly Jines (15) and Emily Bagwell (21) battle for a rebound against Cedar Ridge in the sixth annual Highland Classic Nov. 18 at the Hutson Center. The junior Lady Rebels knocked off the junior Lady T-Wolves 28-24. Katelynn Miller tossed in 14 points for Highland. Photo/Sparks...
Patterson pulls up for a jumpshot in ARvest Bank Tourney (11/25/14)
Jacob Patterson pulls up for a jump shot against Lead Hill in the Arvest Bank Tournament in Flippin. Patterson and Tristan McSpadden dropped in 14 points apiece, helping lead the Cave City Cavemen to a 67-42 road win at Bald Knob Nov. 18. The Cavemen led 19-18 after one, 35-14 at the half and 61-31 heading into the fourth. Joseph Patterson posted 12 points, while Ethan McSpadden followed with 10 points for Cave City. Photo/Mullins...
Bears topple Greyhounds (11/25/14)
Terry Mullins Sports Editor The old saying 'it doesn't matter how you start; it's how you finish that counts' couldn't have ever been more appropriate than it was at the Bears' Den in Mammoth Spring Nov. 18. Thanks to a furious push in the last two periods of play, the Mammoth Spring Bears overcame a nine-point first-half deficit and knocked off the Salem Greyhounds 44-37...
Izard County squads third at Arvest Tourney (11/25/14)
The Jasper Pirates slid past the Izard County Cougars 59-51 in the semi-final round of the 10th annual Arvest Bank Tournament Nov. 20 at Flippin High School. The Pirates led 17-9 after the first period of play and 28-17 at intermission. The Cougars pulled within four points of Jasper in the third, but the Pirates regrouped to take a 39-30 advantage into the final frame. Izard County kept charging, but couldn't get any closer than six points of the Pirates in the fourth...
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