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Malvern Little League looks to the future but needs help getting there

December 17, 2013

Over the summer, the Malvern Little League sent a team to the regionals of the Little League World Series in Waco, Texas.
The Malvern All-Stars had a good showing in the event, finishing second, and were even featured on ESPN2.
In addition to having a chance to see some of the best teams in the country, the Malvern Little League players and fans got to play on championship-caliber fields, which is something they couldn’t say before the trip.

Sponsorships lessen bowl significance

December 17, 2013

Looking over the list of bowls this season, I just have to shake my head at the vast majority of them.
There was a time when the names of the bowl games made sense.
The Peach Bowl was held in Atlanta, because the state was known for the fruit. The winning team got a trophy that looked like a bowl full of peaches. Imagine that.
Then the sponsorships came in and the Peach Bowl shared its name with its corporate partner before that partner decided the game should be named after the company and the company only.

Glen Rose advances to championship game

December 14, 2013

The Glen Rose Beavers defeated the Smackover Buckaroos 54-24 in the semifinal round of the Class 3A playoffs Friday night. With the win, the Beavers advance to the Class 3A state championship game against Charleston, which will be held at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock next Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

For a full recap of the game, along with pictures, see the Tuesday (December 17) edition of the Malvern Daily Record.

Panthers pick up first win

December 13, 2013

Scoring has been at a premium for the Magnet Cove Panthers this season, but on Tuesday, they scored 33 percent more than their season average in defeating conference foe Abundant Life 40-32 at home.
The Panthers led 12-10 after the opening stanza and after a rather low-scoring second quarter, Magnet Cove went into the halftime break with an 18-14 lead.
The two teams played to an 8-8 stalemate in the third quarter, leaving the Panthers with a four-point lead at 26-22 heading into the final eight minutes of the game.

Hot Spring Count Sportlight: Elizabeth Kratz

December 13, 2013

The Poyen Lady Indians basketball team lost a lot of their scoring from last year’s state tournament team, but to watch them play this year you wouldn’t know it.
The team has been picking up wins at a regularity that fans in Poyen have gotten used to and a lot of the credit falls to senior point guard Elizabeth Kratz.
When the 2013-2014 season started, Kratz was looked upon to be the leader of the team and it was a role that she tackled head-on.

Don't underestimate fan importance

December 13, 2013

Over the last couple of weeks I have attended a great many sporting events.
While each community and student body is passionate about their school’s teams, the manner in which they support those teams differs drastically.
Take Wednesday night’s tournament game at Magnet Cove High School, for example.
It was a great game that came right down to the wire against a team that the Lady Panthers just have a hard time beating (Spring Hill).
There have been few times I have seen a crowd be into a game as much as the Magnet Cove faithful were that night.

Glen Rose's Petersen and Kehner up for awards

December 12, 2013

Farm Bureau has announced the finalists for the 2013 Farm Bureau Awards and two names on the list are from Glen Rose High School.
Senior Kyle Petersen is a finalist for the 3A Defensive Player of the Year and head coach Mark Kehner is a finalist for the 3A Coach of the Year Award.
The Farm Bureau Awards honor Arkansas’ top offensive player, defensive player and coach of the year for each classification from 7A to 2A.

Poyen picks up win over Cutter Morning Star

December 12, 2013

The Poyen Indians hosted the Cutter Morning Star Eagles Tuesday night and came away with a couple of big wins.
The senior high team used a big fourth quarter to erase a deficit and come away with a 73-67 victory in their first conference game of the season.
Poyen led 18-10 after the first quarter, but Cutter Morning Star kept chipping at the lead.
Cutter Morning Star outscored the Indians 23-17 in the second frame to head into the halftime break trailing 35-33.

For the full story, see Thursday's (December 12) Malvern Daily Record

Glen Rose teams dominate Abundant Life

December 12, 2013

Last Thursday, the Glen Rose Beavers and Lady Beavers hosted Abundant Life, with both of the local teams coming away with big wins.
The Lady Beavers breezed their way through the Lady Owls by the score of 53-15.
Head coach Chris Smith said the team struggled in the beginning of the game on both sides of the ball.
“But after that we started to show some life,” Smith said.
Glen Rose led 15-6 after one quarter and pushed that lead to 29-8 at the half.

Lady Panthers finish second in tournament

December 12, 2013

The Magnet Cove Lady Panthers were just a few seconds away from doing something they couldn’t do last season — defeat Spring Hill.
The 2012-2013 Magnet Cove senior girls squad put together a months-long winning streak last season book-ended by losses to Spring Hill.
The Lady Panthers lost to Spring Hill twice in December last year and did not lose again until they faced the Lady Bears in the 2A state tournament.
In the championship game of the Summit Bank Shootout Wednesday night, the Lady Panthers had a chance to change that, but came up a couple of seconds short in a 49-48 loss.

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