November 28th, 2014
8th Boys Arkadelphia at Malvern 5 p.m.
9th Girls Arkadelphia at Malvern
9th Boys Arkadelphia at Malvern
Sr. Girls Centerpoint at Magnet Cove 7 p.m.
Sr. Girls Ouachita at Benton Harmony Grove Tournament
Sr. Girls Poyen at Benton Harmony Grove Tournament
Sr. Boys Spring Hill at Magnet Cove 8:15 p.m.
Sr. Boys Ouachita at Benton Harmony Grove Tournament
Sr. Boys Poyen at Benton Harmony Grove Tournament
Jr. Girls Mountain Pine at Glen Rose 5 p.m.
Jr. Boys Sparkman at Ouachita 5:30 p.m.
Sr. Girls Mountain Pine at Glen Rose
All right, I will be the first to admit that I did not think the Arkansas Razorbacks would win against a top 10 Mississippi team over the weekend.
After coming off the shutout win over LSU the week before, everyone was riding high on the Hogs, but I just couldnâ€™t allow myself to buy into the hype.
I kept telling people that one game doesnâ€™t make a trend. After Saturdayâ€™s complete annihilation of Mississippi, I am starting to think I was wrong.
The Malvern Lady Leopards, the two-time defending Class 4A state champions, opened up their 2014-2015 campaign with a tough set of games in a tournament at Bauxite last week.
They started off on Monday, Nov. 17 against the England Lady Lions, the No. 2 team in Class 2A, coming from behind for a 62-58 victory.
Malvern jumped out quick on England, taking a 17-12 first-quarter lead, but was outscored 19-6 in the second quarter to head into the locker room down 31-23 at the half.
On Monday, Nov. 24, Ouachita High School hosted Glen Rose High School for a set of four basketball games at All-Care Court. By the end of the night, both schools came away with two wins.
In the first game, between the junior girlsâ€™ teams, the homestanding Junior Lady Warriors of Ouachita picked up a hard-fought 39-34 victory.
Ouachita led 10-6 after one quarter, but the Junior Lady Beavers staged a big comeback in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 21-20 heading into halftime.
Not too long ago, I penned a column comparing the 7-4A Conference to the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference.
As we get ready for the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A playoffs, it looks like my assertion was not far off.
Of the eight teams remaining in the playoffs, four of them hail from the 7-4A Conference.
That number definitely will drop in the semifinal round, as two conference foes (Arkadelphia and Mena) face off this week.
Poyen High School hosted Bismarck High School for a set of games on Monday, Nov. 24, with the visiting team coming away with wins in two of the three boysâ€™ games.
In the seventh grade boysâ€™ game, Bismarck came out as a 14-12 winner after trailing 8-5 at the half.
For Poyen, Lance Austin was the leading scorer with seven points. Layton Austin added four points.
For the full story, see the Wednesday, Nov. 28 edition of the Malvern Daily Record.
The Magnet Cove Invitational Tournament will be held Monday, Dec. 1 through Saturday, Dec. 6 with seven schools taking part.
The action will start at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1 when Spring Hill takes on Sparkman in the girlsâ€™ bracket.
The first boysâ€™ game will be played between Centerpoint and Sparkman at 5:45 p.m. that day.
The Lady Panthers of Magnet Cove will play Centerpoint at 7 p.m. Monday and the final game of the first day will be between the boys of Centerpoint and Sparkman.
Both the Malvern boys and girls received a bye in the first round and will play on Thursday, Dec. 4
The Magnet Cove Lady Panthers, as well as the Junior Lady Panthers picked up big wins on Saturday and Monday, respectively.
On Saturday, Nov. 22, the Magnet Cove senior girls traveled to Fountain Lake and improved their record to 3-0 with a 45-40 win over the Lady Cobras.
The Lady Panthers had to fight back from a sizeable first-half deficit to force the extra period en route to picking up the win.
Fountain Lake held a slim 7-6 lead after one quarter and pushed that lead to 19-11 at the half.
For the full story, see the Wednesday, Nov. 26 edition of the Malvern Daily Record.
There is a famous quote, which has been attributed to various people through history that states: â€śSports do not build character, they reveal it.â€ť
Anyone that has spent a significant time around athletes knows there is no truer statement.
All too often we hear all about the bad things that athletes are capable of. The media is partially responsible for that, because the more salacious the story, the more people want to tell it.
The Malvern Leopards (9-3) are once again in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A playoffs this week, thanks to an upset over top-seeded, and previously undefeated, Pea Ridge on the road a week ago.
Their opponent this week, the Clinton Yellowjackets (9-3) are also coming off an upset of top-seeded Pine Bluff Dollarway, allowing the Leopards to host this weekâ€™s game.
The winner of this weekâ€™s game will move one step closer to the state championship game at Little Rockâ€™s War Memorial Stadium in two weeks.