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Barracudas Compete in Championships and Prepare for Jr. Olympics

SUBMITTED – The Mena Barracudas Swim Team traveled to Warren, Arkansas this past Saturday for their Championship Meet. Brenden Ricker placed 5th in the 50-meter butterfly, 8th in 50-meter backstroke, 6th in 100-meter individual medley, and 2nd in 50-meter breaststroke in the boys’ 10 & under division. In the girls’ 10 & under division, Abbey Nance placed 7th in 50-meter ...

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Wood to Play in Volleyball All-Star Game

BY NORM BETZ – Mena High School graduate, and four-year Ladycats starter, Rachael Wood, has been selected to play in the 2015 Arkansas High School Coaches Association Volleyball All-Star game, as a member of the West All-Stars. The All-Star game will be played on June 24th at the Farris Center on the University of Central Arkansas campus, with the first ...

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Barracudas Continue to Dominate the Water

SUBMITTED BY WESLEY BATES – Eight Mena Barracudas traveled to Monticello Saturday, June 20, to compete in a swim meet. In the boys’ age 8 and under division, Brenden Ricker placed 3rd in the 50m Breaststroke and 2nd in the 200m Individual Medley. In girls’ 10 & under, Ranessa Ricker placed 7th in the 50m Breaststroke, 4th in the 50m ...

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Jewell Takes Another Step Towards His Goal

BY MELANIE BUCK – Zach Jewell has proven himself to be a stellar track and field athlete this year. Breaking records at two events, winning state medals, and becoming a champion at the Meet of Champions are just some of the highlights. As a member of the Bearcat Track and Field team, Jewell specialized in the 100 meter dash, 200 ...

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Mena Represented Well at All Arkansas Preps Banquet

BY MELANIE BUCK – Mena High School had five athletes chosen to represent the Bearcats and Ladycats for the honorable distinction of All Arkansas Preps. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s All Arkansas Preps celebrates high school athletes from across the state and their accomplishments. The All Arkansas Preps Awards Banquet was held Saturday, at the Wally Allen Ballroom in the Statehouse Convention Center in Little ...

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Barracudas Devour Competition During Mena Swim Meet

SUBMITTED BY WESLEY BATES The Mena Barracudas hosted their annual swim meet on Saturday, June 13th at the Mena City Pool in McMillan Park. The Barracudas performed in each of their events. The following are the results of the June 13th meet: 6 & under boys: Auden Woods placed 1st in 25m Backstroke and 3rd in 25m Freestyle. Austin Fields ...

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Mena Honors Ken Marshall and Top Athletes at Annual Banquet

BY MELANIE BUCK – Longtime Coach and Athletic Director, Ken Marshall, was honored at the 2015 Mena Sports Awards and Recognition Banquet on Tuesday, May 26. The banquet was hosted by Bearcat Foundation, Incorporated and was held in the Mena High School Cafeteria before the crowd moved into the Performing Arts Center for the awards ceremony. Many athletes were recognized ...

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Ladycats 2015 4A State Champs

BY NORM BETZ – Goal Attained! Mena Head Softball Coach Ray Hunter and his 2015 Ladycats defeated the Lady Miners of Bauxite, 7-3 to capture their ultimate goal, a 2015 4A State Championship. After making it to the State Championship in 2014, but falling to Brookland High School, the Ladycats started the 2015 season with a goal of not just ...

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And, They’re Off! Mena Ladycats Favored to Take State Today

The Mena Ladycats will face the Bauxite Miners in the State Softball Finals today at the University of Arkansas’ Bogle Park in Fayetteville at 3 p.m. The game will be available for viewing online at MyPulseNews.com beginning Saturday, May 23 at 5 p.m., to be compliant with Arkansas Athletics Association ruling in regards to State Championship games. The AAA will ...

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Jewel Takes First at Meet of Champions

Mena High School Junior Zach Jewell took a first place finish in the 2015 Meet of Champions on Saturday in Russellville. Zach won the long jump with a jump of 22 feet and 4 inches. Zach has been a standout athlete in track competition this year. He has won first place in almost every event he entered for the entire ...

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