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Bismarck sunk by Prescott 52-14

November 4, 2014

The Bismarck Lions (4-5 overall, 2-4 in the 5-3A Conference) could not keep up with the overpowering Prescott Curley Wolves (9-0 overall, 6-0 in the 5-3A Conference), falling by the score of 52-14 at home on Friday, Oct. 31.
Prescott was the first to put points on the scoreboard, finding the end zone on a 40-yard pass with 10:48 remaining in the opening stanza to go up 7-0.
Bismarck would have an answer for that score with a 75-yard touchdown scamper by Zack Roberts. The point-after attempt was no good and the Curley Wolves retained the lead at 7-6 with 9:00 left in the first quarter.

Magnet Cove can't hold on against Eagles

November 4, 2014

The Magnet Cove Panthers (6-3 overall, 4-2 in the 5-2A Conference) needed a win on Friday, Oct. 31 to keep their hopes alive for a fourth-straight conference title.
For much of the road game at the Conway Christian Eagles (8-1 overall, 6-0 in the 5-2A Conference), it looked like the Panthers might pull it off, before succumbing to the homestanding Eagles by the score of 17-14.
The Panthers struck first on a 15-yard touchdown run by Josh Smeltzer with 3:39 remaining in the first quarter. Smelter’s point-after attempt was good and Magnet Cove held a 7-0 lead.

Leopards see title hopes Scrapped

November 4, 2014

The 7-4A Conference has been a meat-grinder for its members this season, but as the season neared its conclusion, two teams began to emerge from the pack — the Malvern Leopards and the Nashville Scrappers.
On Friday, Oct. 31, the Leopards (6-3 overall, 4-2 in the 7-4A Conference) traveled to face the Scrappers (8-1 overall, 5-1 in the 7-4A Conference) and came up just short of having the top spot in the conference all to themselves after a 28-26 loss.

College basketball exhibition at Magnet Cove

October 29, 2014

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, the Williams Baptist College Eagles played the North Arkansas College Pioneers in an exhibition game at Magnet Cove High School. The teams played two halves of basketball, with the Pioneers taking the first half and the Eagles winning the second half. Magnet Cove graduate Aaron Hamby plays for WBC and scored two points in the first half and added seven points in the second half.

Nothing better than small-town sports

October 29, 2014

There’s just something magical about being from a small town.
When I was growing up, I really didn’t care for it much because everyone knew everyone and there were very few surprises. But once I left and lived in more populated areas, I came to realize how important the small town atmosphere is.
Nowhere is that more evident than in the realm of sports. There are six schools in this area, and all of them are known for their sports teams.
If you are out and about in this state and you mention you are from Malvern, you will inevitably have someone ask you about the Leopards.

The role of the band in sports

October 29, 2014

A band can be one of the most important aspects in home field advantage for a football team — when it is done right.
As anyone who has attended a big-time game can attest to, the band is crucial for keeping the spirits of the home crowd up during the slower moments of the game, such as time outs and quarter breaks (not to mention the long halftimes).
In my years covering sports, I have seen all sorts of bands, at both football and basketball games. I’ve seen them perform well, and I’ve seen some bands that left me wondering why they were even there.

Preseason wrestling tournament at Glen Rose

October 29, 2014

The Raptor Wrestling Pre-Season Takedown Tournament will be held at the Glen Rose Elementary Gym (14334 Hwy. 67, Malvern) on Saturday, Nov. 1.
The coaches will meet at 8:45 a.m. and the wrestling will begin at 9 a.m. and will follow a tournament format: highest score after three takedown attempts (one point for a takedown and three points for a throw).

Weekend was full of surprising games

October 7, 2014

Last Friday, I penned a column talking about how big of a weekend we were looking at in the world of sports.
Now that it is all in the books, I have to say, it even exceeded my expectations.
It all started on Friday night with the local high school games.
I was a bit surprised to see the Malvern Leopards fall on the road to Mena in the manner in which they did, but that shock was dwarfed by a couple of other games.
I’d have to say the biggest surprise on Friday wasn’t the fact that Poyen beat Magnet Cove, but how dominating the Indians were in that win.

This week's sports schedule

October 7, 2014

TUESDAY
FOOTBALL
WIS Raiders vs. Giants 6 p.m.
WIS Cowboys vs. Broncos

VOLLEYBALL
9th Grade Fountain Lake at Malvern 4:30 p.m.
JV Fountain Lake at Malvern
Sr. Girls Fountain Lake at Malvern

THURSDAY
FOOTBALL
7th Grade Glen Rose at Bismarck 5:30 p.m.
7th Grade Magnet Cove at Quitman 5:30 p.m.
8th Grade Malvern at Camden Fairview 5:30 p.m.
9th Grade Malvern at Camden Fairview 7 p.m.
Jr. High Glen Rose at Bismarck 7 p.m.
Jr. High Magnet Cove at Quitman 7 p.m.
Jr. High Cutter Morning Star at Poyen 7 p.m.

FRIDAY
FOOTBALL
Ashdown at Malvern 7 p.m.

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