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March 26th

MCHS takes two from Poyen

March 26, 2013

On a windy cold day, the baseball and softball teams from Poyen High School traveled to Magnet Cove High School for a pair of games.
In the softball game, the Lady Panthers of Magnet Cove won a decisive 15-0 decision in three innings.
Pitcher Erin Pankey went the full three innings facing the minimum number of batters (nine) while striking out seven. From the plate she was a perfect 2-2 with five RBI including a three-run home run.
Laney Gibson was also 2-2 from the plate with three runs scored.

For the full story, see Tuesday's Malvern Daily Record.

I am firmly on the FGCU bandwagon now

March 26, 2013

By now, I doubt that any of us have a bracket that is even worth looking at, but that’s not to say the NCAA tournament hasn’t been enjoyable.
Everyone I know has lost at least one Final Four team by now, and now that our brackets are completely ruined, we can look to the fun side of the tournament — namely the upsets.
The biggest story of the tournament so far has been, without a doubt, the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles.

For the full column, see Tuesday's Malvern Daily Record.

March 22nd

A look back at the Friendship Bulldogs

March 22, 2013

There was a time when small schools dotted the landscape of Arkansas.
I don’t mean small like Ouachita High School, I’m talking about schools so small that it would take two of them combining to make Ouachita High.
One of those schools is Friendship High School. Back in the 1930s and 1940s, the Bulldogs were a fearsome team.
In 1938, they defeated Hot Springs, Little Rock and North Little Rock in a single season. They may have also defeated Malvern that year.

Trying to legislate college football games?

March 22, 2013

The debate has been raging for as long as I can remember, with most of the arguing coming from Jonesboro, that the University of Arkansas should play Arkansas State University in football.
I can’t say I am for or against this kind of game.
On one hand it would be kind of fun to see the two big in-state teams play each other.
On the other hand, however, there is no real reason for the game (from the Razorbacks’ standpoint).

For the full column, see Saturday's Malvern Daily Record.

I'm sure my busted bracket is not alone

March 22, 2013

Well that didn’t take long. The early games of the day I was looking like a genius with my picks being on the right side of all the close games.
When I suffered my first loss (Oklahoma State falling to Oregon), I felt I was still in good shape because I didn’t have the Cowboys going any further.
Then the big one happened. To be honest I never saw it coming and since I went to sleep fairly early, I never saw it period.

For the full column, see Friday's Malvern Daily Record.

March 21st

The Big Dance officially starts today

March 21, 2013

Well, the day is finally upon us. We have had our last chance to fill out the brackets and get in on March Madness.
If you were anything like me this year, you might as well have been blindfolded while throwing darts at different schools.
I must have filled out five or six different brackets for various contests and as I finished each one, I just stared in disbelief at what I had done.
I’ve had my troubles with brackets in the past, but that was mainly due to upsets happening that no one expected or that one rare year where there were virtually no upsets.

March 20th

The making of a champion, Part 2

March 20, 2013

Malvern Lady Leopards head coach Jess Martin and assistant coach Cleveland Gordon, who has been with the team four years, have a theory with their practices.
They aim to make the practices as hard as they can so when it comes time for an actual game, the players are having fun.
That’s not to say that they don’t occasionally have fun in practice as well.
Martin praises Gordon’s role on the team whenever he gets the chance.
“He is the enforcer — the bad guy coach,” Martin said jokingly. “He has a great rapport with the kids. He works hard and does a lot of stuff that goes unnoticed.”

Mascots come in all shapes and sizes

March 20, 2013

Here at the Malvern Daily Record office yesterday, Editor Mark Bivens and I began discussing the variety of strange mascots from around the country.
I have always had an affinity for unique mascots. I think that has to do with the colleges in this state having a higher percentage of one-of-a-kind nicknames.

For the full column, see Wednesday's Malvern Daily Record

March 15th

The making of a champion, Part 1

March 15, 2013

What does it take to be a champion? One could say skill and determination — and they wouldn’t be wrong.
One of the biggest assets to a team on a championship run is emotion, and the Malvern High School Lady Leopards have plenty of that.
Emotion gives you that extra edge that makes you want it just a little bit more than your opponent.
When the Lady Leopards got knocked out of the tournament a year ago, the primary reactions I noticed from the team was disappointment verging on anger.

March 12th

Lady Leopards win 4A state title

March 12, 2013

Saturday, March 9, 2013 — that is a date that many in this area will never forget, especially not the members of the 2012-2013 Malvern Lady Leopards basketball team.
It was at 11 a.m. that morning that their march toward history began its final chapter as they took the court in the championship game of the Arkansas Class 4A state tournament.

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