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Bearcats Enter Busy Week

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – The Bearcat football program is staying busy this week. Both the junior high and high school teams continue to train in the Fast Cats conditioning program. Between 7th-12th grade, there are approximately 90 athletes training daily. This year’s Fast Cats is ‘old school’ as Coach Harper said. The athletes are training with light and heavy jump ...

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Pre-Season Rankings for Bearcats

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – The annual Hooten’s Arkansas Football magazine has been released with 2016 statistics, 2017 predictions, player profiles, and much more. Among other things, the annual magazine has ranked and made predictions for Mena’s 7-4A conference. Over the years, the 7-4A has been a daunting league to play in with a grueling schedule that wears on the teams. ...

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Mena Hosts Basketball Team Camp

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – The Mena boys basketball teams  hosted a team camp July 17th at Jim Rackley Gymnasium. Junior high and senior high teams were in action throughout the day. The games started at 10 a.m. and went through the whole day. Acorn and Cossatot both brought their JV and Varsity teams to play in the team camp. Games ...

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Barracudas Qualify for Junior Olympics

Several members of the Mena Barracuda swim team traveled to Texarkana, TX June 23 and El Dorado, AR July 7 in an attempt to qualify for the 2017 Junior Olympics to be held in Detroit MI, July 27-30. To qualify, a swimmer must place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in the individual event they are swimming. Results were as follows: Age ...

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Adult Softball League Hits the Home Stretch

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY- Monday night, July 17th, teams from the Mena adult softball league battled it out on the diamond at McMillan Park. There are six total teams in the softball league that has been playing since June. The teams have entered their seventh week of the eight week season. After finishing the eight week season, each of the teams ...

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Justin Dean has D1 Recognition

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Justin Dean, a senior safety for Mena has the eyes of several college programs watching him as he enters his final season in a Bearcat jersey. Along with hoping to help lead the Bearcats back to the Playoffs, Dean is working towards playing football at the collegiate level. Commenting on the player Dean is, Coach Tim ...

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Bearcats Grow in Kansas City

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – Coach Tim Harper and the Bearcats have returned from their trip to Kansas City, where they competed in a Regional USA Football 7-on-7 camp. The camp was hosted in Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bearcats played in six games during their time at the camp, playing against teams from Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, ...

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Fast Cats Kicks Off

BY LOGAN MCCOURTNEY – The annual Fast Cats conditioning program kicked off, Monday July 10. Fast Cats is a 3 week speed and conditioning program for all athletes K-12th grade. The camp runs Monday-Thursday each week until the last day on Thursday, July 27.  Fast Cats starts each day at 7 a.m. Male athletes, 8th-12th grade trains from 7-8:30 a.m. ...

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Western Arkansas Bass Anglers Host Final Season Tournament

Western Arkansas Bass Anglers held its last regular season tournament of 2017 recently on DeQueen Lake. Coming in 4th place in the tournament was Kerry Barnett, with 9.01 lbs.; in 3rd place was Terry Davis, with 9.40 lbs.; Arla Toon took 2nd place with 9.67 lbs.; and Darrin Toon claimed 1st place with 9.83 lbs. Bobby Brooks had the big ...

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Bearcat Football Looks Forward to Upcoming Season

After coming off another successful season that led the Bearcats to the 4A Playoffs in 2016, Tim Harper and the Bearcats are looking towards another playoff run in 2017. The team will be returning several starters from both sides of the ball, including players at key positions offensively and defensively. “We have lost some good players, but we are also ...

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