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Bearcats, ‘Headed to the Ship’ after Taming Leopards, 26-7

BY NORM BETZ – After the Mena Bearcats defeated the Malvern Leopards, 26-7 in the 4A State Semifinals on Friday night, second year head coach Tim Harper asked the players, parents, and fans, “Does anyone have plans next Saturday? Because we’re going to the Ship!” Coach Harper wasn’t referring to Carnival or Royal Caribbean, not even Disney Cruise Lines, but ...

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Road to the Rock Travels Through Mena; Bearcats Defeat Badgers, 34-27

BY NORM BETZ – Who would have thought the road to the 2014 4A State Championship would go through Mena? Second-year Head Coach Tim Harper and his Bearcats never doubted it all season. Mena hosted Arkadelphia in the third-round of the playoffs and sent the Badgers home with a 34-27 loss to end their season. Now the Bearcats will host ...

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MHS Cheerleaders – Carver & Fox – to Perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

BY MELANIE BUCK – Two Mena High School Cheerleaders, Ashlyn Fox and Leea Carver, have been selected to participate in the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, as part of the Spirit of American Cheer Team. Both girls are seniors this year at MHS. Ashlyn, a seven-year cheerleader, made the cut of the All-American Team, which qualified her to take ...

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Bearcats Advance to 4A State Quarterfinals with 34-24 Victory over Star City

BY NORM BETZ – The Mena Bearcats defeated the Star City Bulldogs 34-24 Friday night to advance to the 4A State Quarterfinals and thus, will make school history next Friday when they host Arkadelphia in the third-round of the 4A State Playoffs. Each team started the game off conservatively on their respective first drives, both going three-and-out. Star City gained ...

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Bearcats Tame Mustangs, 40-9; Will Host Star City in 2nd Round

BY NORM BETZ  – Mena High School, their fans, and the community waited 17 years to host a state football playoff game, and second-year head coach Tim Harper and his 2014 Bearcats didn’t disappoint, as they corralled the Mustangs of Central Arkansas Christian (CAC), 40-9, in the first-round of the 4A State Playoffs. The Bearcats defense really set the tone ...

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Woman Behind Ladycat Athletic Program Honored

BY LEANN DILBECK – The Bearcat Foundation and Bearcat boosters continued to honor the heritage and history of the Bearcats & Ladycats during last Friday’s game when Mrs. Janice Whorton was named the honorary captain. On the heels of the Ladycat Volleyball State Championship Title, BFI recognized the woman who set the gold standard for ladies athletics at Mena High ...

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Bearcats Advance to the State Play-Offs, Host First-Round

BY NORM BETZ – The Mena Bearcats finished the regular season as the No. 2 seed in region 7-4A and will be awarded a first-round home playoff game. Mena finished with an overall record of 8-2, 5-2 in conference and went 4-1, both at home and on the road. This will be the Bearcats first home playoff game since 1996, ...

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School History Made! Ladycats Capture 4A State Title

BY NORM BETZ – Three’s a Charm! Mena captured their first-ever 4A State Volleyball Title in Ladycats Head Coach Brad Lyle’s third trip to the State Finals, finishing runner-up the two previous times. This year, Coach Lyle and the Ladycats would not be denied as they defeated the Shiloh Lady Saints, 3-1 (22-25, 25-11, 25-16, 25-20). The Ladycats uncharacteristically started ...

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Bearcats Defeat Trojans – Victory Bell Renamed Crane’s Bell

BY LEANN DILBECK – The Mena Bearcat’s were victorious in their first home game of the season as they hosted the Hot Springs Trojans in Friday night action with a final score of 22-21. Fan support was strong amid cool and misty conditions at Mena’s Bearcat Stadium. The Bearcat’s are 2-0 and are proving to be a second half team, ...

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O’Brien Named as New Mena Senior High Head Basketball Coach

BY MELANIE BUCK – Mena School District Superintendent Benny Weston has announced Aaron O’Brien as the new head coach for the Mena Senior High Boys Basketball program. O’Brien will replace Bobby Tedder, who has accepted another position at another district. Tedder is featured as The Pulse Citizen of the Week on page 12 of this issue. O’Brien, who started his ...

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