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Castor Signs Letter of Intent

Mena High School Senior Bearcat Justin Castor signed a letter of intent today to play football for Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. In his senior season, Castor played an important role in the path that led to the State Championship game. Justin is the son of Richard and Robin Castor. Castor (center) is shown with his parents; brothers, Rodney and ...

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Teams Being Sought for Adult Basketball League

BY MELANIE BUCK – An adult basketball league is in the process of being formed for Polk County’s roundball lovers at heart. Beau Stricklin is pulling people together to bring this opportunity to the county. “We recently returned after being gone for several years and offered this idea on Facebook as an opportunity with the intent of bringing together people ...

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Undefeated K-2 Tournament Champs

The basketball boys above are the Polk County Basketball Association Kindergarten- 2nd grade Tournament Champions with an undefeated season of 13-0. Back Row (left to right): Braden Thomas, Elijah Smith, Easton Johnson, Zach McCormick. Front Row (left to right): Tayden Brouch, Elijah Owens, Aiden McKenzie, Connor McCormick. Not pictured: Nathan White. Coaches are Ricky and LeAnn McKenzie.

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Ladycats Blow Past Cyclones, 8-1

BY NORM BETZ – After several weather cancellations, the Mena Ladycats were ready to kick off the season as they traveled to Russellville to battle the 6A Lady Cyclones. The Ladycats returned home with an 8-1 victory. “We played well, especially with all the cancellations,” said Mena Ladycats’ head coach Ray Hunter. “We definitely showed some rust at times, but ...

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Tigers’ Historical Season Ends in State Semis

BY NORM BETZ – The Acorn Tigers had already made school history as the only boys basketball team to win a game at the State Tournament, doing it not once this year, but twice. The ride came to a screeching halt on Monday when the Tigers fell to the Pirates of Emerson, 55-54 in overtime, in the 1A State Semifinal ...

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Tigers’ Historic Season Lands Them Spot in Final Four

BY NORM BETZ – The Acorn Tigers not only did something that hasn’t been done in 39 years, but they continue to set records. The Tigers made history in their first game of the 1A State Tournament when they defeated Wonderview 67-63 in overtime. Prior to the 2014-15 Tigers’ victory in the first-round, Acorn hadn’t ever won a game at ...

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Eagles’ Season Ends in First-Round of State Tourney

BY NORM BETZ – Cossatot River’s season ended in the first-round of the 3A State Tournament, when the Eagles lost to the Flippin Bobcats, 45-21. The Eagles were hoping for a better showing, especially since Cossatot River was hosting the State Tournament, but it just wasn’t in the cards. “We knew going into the game that we needed to get ...

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Lady Tigers’ Season Ends at 1A State Tourney

BY NORM BETZ – After going to the Semifinals of the State Tournament for the past three seasons, the Acorn Lady Tigers had high hopes of finally winning the big one. Unfortunately, the Lady Tigers fell to Wonderview, 64-55, in the first-round of the 1A State Tournament. Senior Jessica Looney led all scorers with a 31 point performance. “I’m so ...

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Mena 4th Grade Ladycats – Tri-County League Champions

Mena’s 4th Grade Ladycats are 2014-15 Tri-County League Champions and Tournament Champions with an overall record of 11-1. Pictured beginning with the back row L-R: Emily Macheler, Paige Quinn, Mackenzie Vincent, Brooklyn Pennington, Addi Dollar, Payton Clark, Abby Smith, Londyn Wagner, Keira Hall. Coached by Kevin Wagner.

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Cossatot River Eagles No. 2 Seed

BY NORM BETZ The Cossatot River Eagles headed to the 3A Region 4 Tournament as the No. 3 seed out of District 7 and left Fordyce, Arkansas with a No. 2 seed heading to the 3A State Tournament. Cossatot River lost to McGehee in the Regional Championship, 45-40, to finish as the regional runner-up. The Eagles battled their way to ...

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