The Magnet Cove Invitational tournament wrapped up its first round of play on Wednesday, Dec. 3 with Bismarck and Cutter Morning Star squaring off in both senior girls and senior boysâ€™ games.
The Bismarck Lady Lions got off to a slow start but eventually pulled away with win over the Lady Eagles by the score of 50-38.
Cutter Morning Star led the game 7-5 after the first quarter, but Bismarck held a 21-20 advantage at the halftime break.
This year is the first year of the college football playoffs (for Division I) and it was almost in ruins before the first game was played.
It still might end up as a big mess, depending on how the games this weekend go.
The first major blow to the system was when Ole Miss knocked off No. 4 Mississippi State in a convincing fashion in the Egg Bowl.
That was followed by Georgia choking away its annual rivalry game with Georgia Tech.
Those two losses made the Southeastern Conference look weaker than it is and left the SEC with just one team that could make it into the playoffs.
For the three largest classifications in the state, the championship matchups are set.
For the other three classes, there is still work to be done.
The Malvern Leopards (10-3) will go on the road on Friday, Dec. 5 to take on 7-4A Conference rival Mena. The Bearcats (11-2) got the better of Malvern the last time the two teams hooked up in Week 5.
In that game, also at Randall Whorton Field, Malvern came out on the wrong side of a 36-22 decision, which ultimately led the Bearcats to finish second in the conference ahead of Malvern.
On Tuesday, Dec. 2, Ouachita High School welcomed Sparkman for three games.
The Warriors and Junior Warriors came out victorious, while the Lady Warriors came up short at Ouachita High Schoolâ€™s All Care Court.
In the first game of the evening, the Junior Warriors rallied for a 34-30 victory.
Ouachita and Sparkman were all knotted up at 6-6 after one quarter, but the Junior Warriors held Sparkman to just two points in the second quarter to take a 15-8 halftime lead.
For the full story, see the Wednesday, Dec. 3 edition of the Malvern Daily Record.
For three of the classifications in the state, this is the final weekend of the season, and if you are a fan of high school football, you have some great games to choose from.
In the 7A Classification, it is an all-northwest Arkansas affair with Bentonville taking on Fayetteville.
Bentonville started off rather slowly this season, dropping their first four games, but they rebounded nicely and have not lost since, even handing Fayetteville a 45-2 beatdown at the end of the regular season.
The opening round of the Magnet Cove Invitational Tournament was held Monday, Dec. 1 with both of the home teams picking up wins in the first round.
The Magnet Cove Lady Panthers were up first, taking on the Lady Knights of Centerpoint. The Lady Panthers used a stifling defense to pick up the 43-21 victory.
Centerpoint hung around during the first half, however.
After the first quarter, the Lady Panthers held a 10-7 lead, which they extended to 19-14 by the halftime break.
It was strange watching Arkansas finish its regular season with the Missouri Tigers.
You would think that would be a natural rivalry, but no matter how much those in the media would like it to be, itâ€™s nowhere near there yet.
Even when the two schools regularly played each other in basketball (before Missouri joined the conference), I never really looked at them as a rival.
Itâ€™s hard to take a team seriously when you beat them by 52 points and only lose two games over a 23-year period.
Sure, the Tigers have won the last three in the series and have had the Razorbacksâ€™ number in football.
The Raptor Wrestling team, composed mainly of youths from Glen Rose, had a big performance at King of the Mountain III at Mountain Home.
With just seven wrestlers competing, the Raptors had a third-place finish.
Brayden Phillips (Glen Rose) picked first in his division at 10 and under, he also took first place in the 12 and under division as well.
Rhodney Phillips (Glen Rose) also picked up first place in Division 4, netting 18 team points.
Joshua Handloser placed first in Division 3 (70 pounds). Isabella McGuire finished second in Division 3 (70 pounds).
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College of the Ouachitasâ€™ Board of Trustees will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. in the Ballard Conference Room.