Looking over the list of bowls this season, I just have to shake my head at the vast majority of them.
There was a time when the names of the bowl games made sense.
The Peach Bowl was held in Atlanta, because the state was known for the fruit. The winning team got a trophy that looked like a bowl full of peaches. Imagine that.
Then the sponsorships came in and the Peach Bowl shared its name with its corporate partner before that partner decided the game should be named after the company and the company only.
Ronald E. â€śRonnieâ€ť Ledbetter, age 59, of Malvern passed away December 14, 2013.
Thomas N. Crumby, age 83, of Malvern passed away Sunday, December 15, 2013 at his home.
Faron Jacob Partlow, age 41, of Malvern, died Friday, December 13, 2013.
There will be no services.
Susie E. Barton Lovelace, 66, of Bismarck passed away on Friday December 13, 2013 at Arkansas Hospice in Hot Springs.
The Glen Rose Beavers defeated the Smackover Buckaroos 54-24 in the semifinal round of the Class 3A playoffs Friday night. With the win, the Beavers advance to the Class 3A state championship game against Charleston, which will be held at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock next Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
For a full recap of the game, along with pictures, see the Tuesday (December 17) edition of the Malvern Daily Record.
Susan Reneeâ€™ Hutcheson, 54, of Malvern died December 12, 2013.
Scoring has been at a premium for the Magnet Cove Panthers this season, but on Tuesday, they scored 33 percent more than their season average in defeating conference foe Abundant Life 40-32 at home.
The Panthers led 12-10 after the opening stanza and after a rather low-scoring second quarter, Magnet Cove went into the halftime break with an 18-14 lead.
The two teams played to an 8-8 stalemate in the third quarter, leaving the Panthers with a four-point lead at 26-22 heading into the final eight minutes of the game.
The Poyen Lady Indians basketball team lost a lot of their scoring from last yearâ€™s state tournament team, but to watch them play this year you wouldnâ€™t know it.
The team has been picking up wins at a regularity that fans in Poyen have gotten used to and a lot of the credit falls to senior point guard Elizabeth Kratz.
When the 2013-2014 season started, Kratz was looked upon to be the leader of the team and it was a role that she tackled head-on.
Over the last couple of weeks I have attended a great many sporting events.
While each community and student body is passionate about their schoolâ€™s teams, the manner in which they support those teams differs drastically.
Take Wednesday nightâ€™s tournament game at Magnet Cove High School, for example.
It was a great game that came right down to the wire against a team that the Lady Panthers just have a hard time beating (Spring Hill).
There have been few times I have seen a crowd be into a game as much as the Magnet Cove faithful were that night.