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Ladycats Kick Off 2015 Volleyball Season

BY NORM BETZ – The Mena Ladycats kicked off their 2015 season with a grueling 12 games within a 10-day span. The Ladycats ended their first two weeks with an overall record of 11-1 during that stint and look to continue their winning ways when they return to action on September 14th, when they host Lavaca. “We’re playing well right ...

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Bearcats to Host Season Opener

BY NORM BETZ – The Mena Bearcats had a productive summer as well as Red and Black Scrimmage and are eager to get their 2015 campaign started. The defending 4A State Runner-up Bearcats are ready to do battle on the gridiron, which kicks off this Friday, September 4, at Randall Whorton Field. Kickoff is slated for 7:00 p.m., and will ...

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Ladycats Win the Ladycat Classic for the Second Straight Year

The Mena Ladycats hosted their Annual Ladycat Classic on Saturday, August 29, and for the second straight year, won the Gold Tournament Championship, defeating 5A Lakeside, 2-1 (23-25, 25-17, 15-9). “We really played solid all day long,” said Ladycats head coach Brad Lyle. “The girls have really come a long way in the past five or six days. We started ...

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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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