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Necessary Roughness Powder Puff Champs Again

BY NORM BETZ – The Second Annual Powder Puff 7-on-7 Football Tournament was held in between the Mena Junior High and Senior High Red & Black Scrimmages, and for the second year in a row the Necessary Roughness team dominated the competition. Three teams played in this year’s tournament, Necessary Roughness, Mighty Mom’s & No Punt Intended. Necessary Roughness, the ...

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Ladycats Sweep 7A Ft. Smith Northside

BY NORM BETZ – The defending 4A State Champion Mena Ladycats played their first home game of the young season against 7A Ft. Smith Northside on Monday night. The Ladycats swept the 7A Lady Bears 3-0 to capture their first win of the season. “It’s always good to get that first win of the season under your belt,” said Ladycats ...

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Acorn and Mena Gearing-Up for Cross Country Season

SUBMITTED BY KEITH WILSEY – The Acorn Sr. Girls were State Runner-Up in 2014, and look to upset defending champion, Trinity Christian, in the 2015 season.  Acorn Senior Girls will be lead by All State Runners, Morgan Fagan, a junior, and sophomore, Faith Hill. They will be leading a group of young and talented runners on the Tiger team. In Senior Boys, Nathan ...

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Bearcats Hold Red & Black Scrimmage

BY NORM BETZ – The Mena Bearcats finally got to put the pads on and do a little hitting in front of a packed stadium, during the Annual Red & Black Scrimmage. The Bearcats were eager to hit after playing for a 4A State Championship to finish out the 2014 season. After a record-setting year last year that ended with ...

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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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