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April 12th

Taking a bite out of the Big Apple

April 12, 2013

At the end of the work day today my vacation will start and by this evening I will be in New York City enjoying all the city has to offer.
Being a sports guy, my list of things to do in the Big Apple include a trip to Madison Square Garden to see the Knicks play, as well as Yankee Stadium for a Yankees game.
If time permits, I may even try to take a train down to Boston to visit Fenway Park and see the Green Monster in person.

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

April 11th

Lady Leopards flush with honors for 2013 season

April 11, 2013

The 2012-2013 season was a good one for the Malvern Lady Leopards basketball team.
Not only did they win the 4A state championship with a record of 32-2, they were virtually unstoppable the rest of the season as well, picking up win after win and tournament title after tournament title.
Some of the accolades that came the Lady Leopards’ way during the season included being the champions of the Spa City Shootout, 7-4A Conference champion, district champion and regional champion.
Individual Lady Leopards also were also recognized for their play during the year.

The correlation of colors and championships

April 11, 2013

All my life I have been a huge basketball fan (Arkansas for most of that time), but I have always had a core group of teams that I absolutely despised.
It didn’t matter who these teams were playing, I always rooted for their opponent (unless of course it was one of my other hated teams).
But once I started to think about it, I noticed that all of the teams I had a grudge against had something in common — aside from being the perennial “super teams” — the primary color for each of these schools was blue.

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

MCC First Friday Night Scrambles in the books

April 11, 2013

The Malvern Country Club began its 2013 Friday Night Scramble season on Friday, March 29.
On the second night of play (Friday, April 5), Frances Diffie recorded her first hole-in-one on the 12th hole.
As for the remainder of the tournament, first place finishes went to Reggie English, Ronnie English, Fred Simmons, Roy Honeycutt and Derek Baker.

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

April 10th

Lady Lions split games this week

April 10, 2013

The Bismarck Lady Lions softball team had an up and down week this week.
On Monday, they went on the road and blasted Prescott 14-3, but they fell to Benton Harmony Grove 4-2 in a game that was shortened to five innings because of lightning concerns on Tuesday.
In the Prescott game, the Lady Lions wasted little time asserting their dominance, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Prescott would answer in the bottom half of the inning to cut the lead to 2-1.
From there it was all Bismarck.

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

Panthers pick up a pair of wins

April 10, 2013

The Magnet Cove Panthers baseball team picked up a couple of wins recently.
On Tuesday, March 26, the Panthers took a trip to Woodlawn and returned with a 1-0 win.
Junior pitcher Conner Wells picked up the win, striking out 16 batters in just six innings of work.
Freshman Josh Smeltzer’s offense helped the Panthers take the lead for good in the seventh inning.

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

Time for an overhaul of the rules

April 10, 2013

I love sports, I really do. I love everything about them, with the glaring exception of one thing — the over-increasing number of rules being made each year that serve no real purpose other than to change the sports we love.
Today, I thought I would take you through my own personal list of rules that I would do cartwheels in the street for if they were abolished.
• The charge circle
In basketball recently, they added a little semicircle underneath the basket to show where a defender is too close to the goal for a charge to be called.

April 9th

Bismarck struggles on the road against Prescott

April 9, 2013

The Bismarck Lions baseball team took to the road on Monday to face the Prescott Curley Wolves, coming out on the wrong end of an 8-7 decision.
Bismarck started strong, scoring three runs in the top of the first inning and another in the top of the second inning to take a 4-0 lead.
Prescott would fight back with a run of their own in the bottom of the third and again with a run in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to 4-2.

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

Leopards pick up home win

April 9, 2013

On Friday, the Malvern Leopards baseball team played host to conference foe Arkansas Baptist and came away with a 6-3 victory.
Arkansas Baptist struck first, scoring a run in the top of the second inning to take a 1-0 lead.
The Leopards would get on the board for the first time in the bottom of the fourth inning with a run of their own to tie the game.
Arkansas Baptist would cut into the lead slightly with a run of their own in the top of the fifth, but from there it was all Malvern.

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

That's what a title game should look like

April 9, 2013

I had no dog in the fight leading into last night’s basketball national championship game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Michigan Wolverines.
All I was wanting was a good, close game, and boy, did I ever get just that.
I’ve been going through all of the national championship games I’ve ever seen and I cannot recall a final that I have enjoyed more than that one since 1994 (for obvious reasons).

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