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Ladycats continue strong start to 2014 season

The Mena Ladycats softball team won at home both Monday and Tuesday, defeating De Queen and Cossatot River. (Left) Ladycat Lexi Hansard smacks in one of her four RBIs Monday afternoon. (Right) Ladycat pitcher Lexi Brooks finished out Tuesday’s game on the mound. (Photos by Andy Philpot and Cherish Robertson)

After winning the Farmington Tournament on Saturday, March 22, the Mena Ladycats enjoyed a little time off for spring break. Once school resumed this past Monday, so did the action for the Ladycats, who went into spring break with an overall record of 9-1.
A rainshower passed through the area Monday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough to affect the Ladycats game against the De Queen Lady Leopards.
Other than a three-run fifth inning, the Lady Leopards couldn’t get much offense going against Ladycats pitcher Jordan Ward, who earned the win as Mena defeated De Queen 10-4. Mena’s offense was rolling, as their bats stayed hot throughout the game. Ladycat Hannah Lochala led Mena with three hits, while Ladycat Lexi Hansard racked up four RBIs on the afternoon. Jordan Ward allowed three runs over five inning, on her way to striking out four batters and walking none.
Mena was back in action Tuesday as fellow Polk County team Cossatot River Lady Eagles came to town.
Cossatot River struck first, getting the game’s first run when they crossed home in the second inning. They held a 1-0 lead until Mena found the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring two runs and didn’t give up the lead the rest of the way. Mena had big fifth and sixth innings, and won the game 9-1.
Jordan Ward and Lexi Brooks combined to keep the Cossatot River offense at bay. Daryan Torix had a two-run homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Pulaski Robinson soccer edges Mena

The Mena Bearcat soccer team was unable to overcome a sluggish first half and was defeated by Pulaski Robinson 4-3 this past Monday.
Effort and Mental errors contributed to a 4-1 deficit at halftime, but the Cats came back strong in the second half to come within a goal. Bearcats Head Coach Craig Bentley stated “We are a very young and inexperienced team and we have to learn that we can not come out at any point and lack focus or effort. If we do, things will get out of hand quickly like they did in the first half. I am very proud of the boys for coming out and fighting hard after halftime. The responded and came up just short”
Both the Bearcats and Ladycats will be back in action on Friday for a non conference match at De Queen.

Cossatot River Lady Eagles take on the Mena Ladycats

Cossatot River Lady Eagles pitcher Kara Richardson looks for a hit against the Mena Ladycats Tuesday afternoon at the Ball Fields at Union Bank Park. Mena won the game 9-1. The Lady Eagles had their only run of the game in the top of the second inning. The Lady Eagles are coached by Tyler Timms. (Photo by Cherish Robertson)

Acorn wins over Caddo Hills

Acorn Lady Tigers catcher Misty Oglesby (above) outruns the throw to first base this past Monday afternoon when Caddo Hills came to town to take on Acorn at the American Legion ball field. (Below) Lady Tiger shortstop Kelsey Simmons gets a runner out at second base. The Lady Tigers won the game 15-9, making them 2-0 on the young season. Their next game will be this Friday at 4:30 p.m. against Kirby at Acorn, played at the American Legion. (Photos by Andy Philpot)

Registration for Mena Youth 7-on-7 Football League continues

A Mena Youth 7on-7 Football League is getting started later this month, involving students in grades 3rd through 6th.
It will take place from Saturday, April 26, through Saturday, May 25, all at Bearcat Stadium, and all the practices and games will take place on Saturdays only from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
On the first Saturday of the league, which will be April 26, the coaching staff at Mena High School will conduct two practices to teach basic football drills and skills that will enable the students to have an enjoyable time playing the game.
The cost will be $30 per player, and for any family that has multiple children participating, there will be a $5.00 discount off the second child. The players will be able to keep their jersey at the end of the season. With the cost of signing up a child, it will cover providing each player with a uniform, as well as Gatorade during the games and practices. The coaching staff will provide a safe and fun atmosphere during the game. There will also be a secondary insurance provided that will cover any potential injuries when the insurance of the family has paid all that it will.
There will also be officials for each game, as player safety will be of the utmost concern.
The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 9, 2014. For more information or to get a registration form, call Coach Tim Harper at 870-703-4711 or Coach Aaron Pennington at 501-844-5939. Coach Harper can also be e-mailed at
Even though the youth league’s season will end on May 24, there will be a tournament on July 26 in Little Rock for kids who would like to participate at the end of the summer. The Mena High School staff will be taking the young players who are interested this tournament, and all the final details will be decided at the end of the 7-on-7 season.

Apr 3, 2014, 17:15

Phil of Sports

After a very wintry winter, there finally seems to be the assurance that the cold, icy, yucky days are behind us. There was no doubt that this winter was a winter, but we’re now moving into spring, which I’m going to go on record to say is a good thing.
Tuesday evening I loaded up my camera and zoom lens, and headed out to Tapley Park to snap a few photos of the action going on as the new baseball and softball seasons got officially underway for the youth.
The place was packed with kids, coaches, moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas, and noticeably alive with people. The excitement of the new season was evident. Spring is here, the coldest days are behind us, it’s time to get that we can get outside and enjoy the benefits of spring. Kids were running and playing, excited to see their friends, and the park just seemed to be buzzing with good vibes.
You couldn’t help but be encouraged in that environment, and it simply reminded me of how there’s always something good waiting to be enjoyed after you’ve been cooped up, held down, or restricted. In this particular case, the cold icy winter kept people indoors for months, but those days are done, and it’s time to enjoy being outside. It’s like the excitement of a new beginning. On opening day of baseball and softball season, anything is possible, and that’s exciting.
Much like a cold winter, or a storm, things may seem bleak for a time, but there’s enjoyment waiting on the other side. Sometimes it’s hard to see past the cold and the dark when it’s upon you, but then comes the opportunity for good times again, and then there come the smiles.

Apr 3, 2014, 17:47