There was a time when small schools dotted the landscape of Arkansas.
I donâ€™t mean small like Ouachita High School, Iâ€™m talking about schools so small that it would take two of them combining to make Ouachita High.
One of those schools is Friendship High School. Back in the 1930s and 1940s, the Bulldogs were a fearsome team.
In 1938, they defeated Hot Springs, Little Rock and North Little Rock in a single season. They may have also defeated Malvern that year.
The debate has been raging for as long as I can remember, with most of the arguing coming from Jonesboro, that the University of Arkansas should play Arkansas State University in football.
I canâ€™t say I am for or against this kind of game.
On one hand it would be kind of fun to see the two big in-state teams play each other.
On the other hand, however, there is no real reason for the game (from the Razorbacksâ€™ standpoint).
For the full column, see Saturday's Malvern Daily Record.
Well that didnâ€™t take long. The early games of the day I was looking like a genius with my picks being on the right side of all the close games.
When I suffered my first loss (Oklahoma State falling to Oregon), I felt I was still in good shape because I didnâ€™t have the Cowboys going any further.
Then the big one happened. To be honest I never saw it coming and since I went to sleep fairly early, I never saw it period.
For the full column, see Friday's Malvern Daily Record.
Well, the day is finally upon us. We have had our last chance to fill out the brackets and get in on March Madness.
If you were anything like me this year, you might as well have been blindfolded while throwing darts at different schools.
I must have filled out five or six different brackets for various contests and as I finished each one, I just stared in disbelief at what I had done.
Iâ€™ve had my troubles with brackets in the past, but that was mainly due to upsets happening that no one expected or that one rare year where there were virtually no upsets.
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
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.
Saturday, March 9, 2013 â€” that is a date that many in this area will never forget, especially not the members of the 2012-2013 Malvern Lady Leopards basketball team.
It was at 11 a.m. that morning that their march toward history began its final chapter as they took the court in the championship game of the Arkansas Class 4A state tournament.
The Indian Baseball Classic in Poyen has drawn teams from classifications ranging from 1A (Ouachita High School) to 6A (Wilbur Mills University Studies High School) and from areas as far away as Woodlawn High School.
In back-to-back nights, teams from Poyen, in the 2A Classification, took on Hot Springs, which is in the 5A Classification.
On Monday evening, the Poyen Lady Indians played their first game of the year, downing the Lady Trojans 10-0 in just five innings.
For the full story, see Wednesday's Malvern Daily Record.
I give up. Iâ€™ve tried to make heads or tails of this season all year long, but the 2012-2013 Arkansas Razorbacks make no sense whatsoever.
Just when I thought apathy was setting back in with me and this team, they blow the doors off of Florida (and follow that up with a horrific road loss). Then they outplay Kentucky in every facet of the game (only to be blown out by Missouri in the next game).
For the full column, see Wednesday's Malvern Daily Record.