March 20th, 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.
Thatâ€™s not to say that they donâ€™t occasionally have fun in practice as well.
Martin praises Gordonâ€™s role on the team whenever he gets the chance.
â€śHe is the enforcer â€” the bad guy coach,â€ť Martin said jokingly. â€śHe has a great rapport with the kids. He works hard and does a lot of stuff that goes unnoticed.â€ť
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
Edwin Nulsen Strauss III, age 84, of Malvern, died Saturday, March 16, 2013
Cody Alexander Dyer, age 22, of Malvern passed away March 16, 2013.
Vernon Rudolph â€śVernâ€ť Fuller, 88, of Oak Grove, passed March 14, 2013
Floyd E. Blees, 91 of Malvern, AR, went to be with his heavenly father on March 14, 2013.
What does it take to be a champion? One could say skill and determination â€” and they wouldnâ€™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.
Gregory â€śGregâ€ť Martin, age 34, of Malvern passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at his home.
Gregory â€śGregâ€ť Martin, age 34, of Malvern passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Jim Richardson, age 61, of Malvern passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013