Archive - Dec 2013 - Sports Article
I donâ€™t know what it is about this yearâ€™s Arkansas Razorbacksâ€™ basketball team, but I just have a really good time watching them on the court.
Maybe I was merely needing something entertaining after that abysmal football season, or perhaps it has been so long since the basketball team has given the fans something to cheer about that anything that approaches being good becomes a joy to watch.
For the full column, see Friday's (December 20) Malvern Daily Record.
Tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m., the Glen Rose Beavers (12-1) will travel to Little Rockâ€™s War Memorial Stadium to take on the Charleston Tigers (14-0) for the Class 3A state championship.
This has been a long season for the Beavers and today we are going to look at Glen Roseâ€™s road to the state championship.
The Beavers ended the 2012 season with a heart-breaking loss to Harding Academy in the state championship game and entered the 2013 season with mixed reviews.
On Monday night, Bismarck High School hosted Glen Rose high school in three games, with the home teams winning each game.
The first game of the night was between the junior boys teams with the Junior Lions holding on for a 38-36 win.
Bismarck jumped out to an early 14-2 lead, which they grew to a 24-8 lead at the half.
The Junior Beavers fought back by outscoring Bismarck 15-5 in the third quarter, but their rally fell just short in the fourth.
Jayden Howell led the Junior Lions with 13 points.
More and more it seems that college football gets divided up into different seasons throughout the year.
You have the recruiting season, the spring season, the offseason, the nonconference season, the conference season and the bowl season.
One aspect that people always seem to leave out is the coaching search season, which always seems to happen right before the bowls get good and going.
For the full column, see Wednesday's (Dec. 18) Malvern Daily Record.
The Glen Rose Beaversâ€™ game against the Smackover Buckaroos in the semfinal round of the Class 3A playoffs was played in what many would call ideal football weather.
The temperature was low and there was constant precipitation throughout the game.
But as it was said by many Glen Rose fans, â€śBeavers love water.â€ť
The Beavers (13-1), despite playing away from home (at Sykes Stadium on the campus of Benton Harmony Grove High School) for the second straight game, proved that to be the case as they dominated the Buckaroos (12-2) by the score of 54-24 on Friday night.
Over the summer, the Malvern Little League sent a team to the regionals of the Little League World Series in Waco, Texas.
The Malvern All-Stars had a good showing in the event, finishing second, and were even featured on ESPN2.
In addition to having a chance to see some of the best teams in the country, the Malvern Little League players and fans got to play on championship-caliber fields, which is something they couldnâ€™t say before the trip.
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.
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.
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.