BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY –
It’s that time of year, school is just around the corner, which it means its time for Bearcat football. Practice for both the junior high and senior high teams kick off August 2. With school starting on the 14th, the Bearcats will have a couple of weeks of practice before student athletes begin their busy schedules.
The first games on the schedule for the Bearcats are scrimmages August 22nd and 24th. The Senior High team will play Texarkana High at Hope on the 22nd and the Junior High will see action against both Mansfield and Dierks August 24th in Mena. There is also a Senior High JV contest August 28th at Bearcat Stadium, giving the coaching staff about a month to work with players before they see live game action.
This year the Bearcats will be practicing in the cooler hours of the day, with junior high practicing 3-5 p.m. and the senior high practicing 8-10:30 p.m. each evening. This schedule will run until school starts. The change of practice times is due to the busy schedules of the coaching staff, most of whom have other meetings and commitments leading up to school. “I think that we will have good practices and the boys will do well. For the senior high especially, I think they will enjoy practicing under the lights at the stadium,” says Coach Tim Harper.