BY EASTON LEONARD –
This past week, the local Cossatot River and Mena junior high basketball teams competed in the 6th Annual Umpire Junior Tournament.
With wins over Mount Ida and Kirby, the Mena Jr. Ladycats advanced to the girls’ championship game, to take on the Cossatot Jr. Lady Eagles, who had wins over Dierks and Murfreesboro. In a close matchup, the Jr. Lady Eagles edged past Mena by two points, 44-42.
On the boys’ part of the bracket, the local Cossatot Jr. Eagles lost their first round game against Dierks. After a first round bye, the Mena Jr. Bearcats won their second round matchup against Mount Ida, 64-18, before defeating Kirby 39-30 in the semi-finals, to advance to the championship game against Dierks. In another competitive championship game, the Jr. Bearcats came away victors with a 42-36 win over the Jr. Outlaws.