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Mena’s Barracudas Provide Fierce Competition in Championships

The Mena Barracudas swam their hearts out when they traveled to Magnolia on Saturday, July 23rd for their Championship Swim Meet. The team has many members headed to the Junior Olympics and the Championship Meet on Saturday was just what they needed for an extra boost in confidence. Several of the swimmers placed well during the meet. Six and under ...

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Ladycats Honored with 2016 Softball Awards at VFW Dinner

BY RICK WRIGHT – The Polk County Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) hosted the Class 4A State Champion Mena Ladycat softball team for a dinner and awards ceremony at Veterans Park in Acorn on Tuesday, July 19th. VFW Post 4451 Commander Margaret Scott opened the event by introducing the Ladycats and their coaches and praising the team for winning over ...

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Daryan Torix on the Road to Recovery

BY RICK WRIGHT – Former Ladycat two sport star Daryan Torix is recovering from an eye cornea transplant surgery after suffering a serious eye infection that ended her senior softball season early.  Daryan is the daughter of Shane and Teresa Torix. “We have no idea where the infection in my eye came from,” said Daryan. “It was April 29th when ...

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Bearcat Quarterback Attends Manning Passing Academy

BY RICK WRIGHT – Mena Bearcat Carson Cannon recently attended the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls State, about 60 miles southwest of New Orleans. Quarterbacks from just about every major university across the country are camp counselors for the event. “Baker Mayfield from OU was there,” said Cannon. “Austin Allen was there who is in line to be the Arkansas ...

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Adult Softball League Continues at Tapley Park

BY RICK WRIGHT – Bad Company (BC) knocked off Prestige Worldwide (PW) 27-16 in week two of the Adult Co-Ed Softball League Monday, July 18th at Aubrey Tapley Park. BC stranded one base runner in the top of the first inning, before PW plated three runs in the bottom of the inning to take an early 3-0 lead. BC did ...

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Mena Hosting ‘Man Camp’

BY RICK WRIGHT – Mena High School will host the Mena Man Camp Thursday, July 21st and Friday, July 22nd. In the past Riverview, out of Searcy, Murfreesboro and Mena held Man Camps. The coach at Riverview is one of Coach Tim Harper’s former assistants. “Murfreesboro’s coach is a good friend of Craig Bentley and Craig  has known him forever,” ...

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Mena Barracudas Traveled to Hope

The Mena Barracudas Traveled to Hope the 15th of July for a meet. 8 and under girls: Bailey Benner placed 6th in 25-meter freestyle and 8th in 25-meter backstroke. 6 & under boys: Ayden Dong placed 5th in 25-meter backstroke and 4th in 25-meter freestyle. 8 & under boys: Ryan Jiang placed 2nd in 25-meter freestyle. 10 & under boys: ...

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Mena Barracudas go to Junior Olympic Tryouts & Qualify

The Barracudas traveled to Eldorado and Texarkana for tryouts to go to the Junior Olympics held in Houston, Texas in a few weeks. Swimmers that qualified were: Brenden Ricker, Emiley Sorge, Tabitha Levering, Matthew Nance, Allison Bates, Josie Scott, Taylor Heifner, and Auden Woods. To qualify, a swimmer must place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in the event they are swimming. ...

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Adult Coed Softball League Gets Started

BY RICK WRIGHT – The Adult Coed slow-pitch softball league got underway Monday, July 11th at Aubrey Tapley Park. The season began at 6:30 p.m. when Rowland took on Bad Company. Rowland got off to a rough start as Bad Company dominated the contest, pounding Rowland 36-1. Everything went Bad Company’s way as the contest ended after three innings. Rowland ...

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Jublilee in June 3-on-3 Tournamant

The Trinidad brothers and their friend, Pate, joined forces to win the Jubilee in June 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in the young men’s category on Saturday, June 25, 2016. Pictured are 9-year old Edwin Trinidad, 11-year old Lucas Trinidad, 12-year old Pate Taylor, and 12 year-old Victor Trinidad, all of Wickes.

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