The Acorn Lady Tigers loaded up Tuesday morning and headed north for Harrison, where they play their first round game of the 1A State Tournament on Thursday afternoon against Hillcrest at 4:00 p.m. The Lady Tigers were District Tournament Runners-Up, after losing to Kirby in the District Finals. After Stephens and Bradley in the first two rounds of the Regional Tournament, they got their rematch with Kirby just one week later in the finals, and won 51-43 to be crowned Regional Champs. This is the fourth straight year that the Lady Tigers have made in to the State Tournament. (Photo by Andy Philpot)
Ladycats end run at Regionals
Madi Sherrer and the Mena Ladycats made it to the first round of the Regional Tournament in their 2013-14 season. (Photo by Andy Philpot)
The Mena Ladycats strong finish to the regular season carried over into the District Tournament, as they earned a bye in the first round by their second place standing in district in regular season play.
The Ladycats defeated Dover in their first game at Districts, and advanced to the District Finals where the were nipped by tournament host Pottsville 31-30 for the District Championship.
Their second place finish in the District Tournament earned them a #2 seed going into the Regional Tournament held in Lincoln, where they were defeated by Ozark 56-37, thus ending their basketball season.
Tigers make first round of Regionals
Sky Jackson, junior on the Acorn Tigers, advances the ball up the court at Cossatot River High School Gymnasium. (Photo by Andy Philpot)
The Acorn Tigers more than proved they are on the right track with the 2013-14 basketball season. After coming off a season the year before where they only had three wins, this season was somewhat of a breakout year for the Tigers, earning 16 victories this season.
Without any seniors starting on this year’s team, the Tigers are primed to come into next year with even more confidence and room to grow into a nightly contender.
The Tigers won 8 of their last 11 games of the season.
Acorn won their first round game of the District Tournament, which earned them a spot in the Regional Tournament. They lost in the second round of Districts to the Kirby Trojans.
The Tigers met Emerson in the first round of the Regional Tournament and lost 86-73 to end their season.
Cossatot River Eagles end season at Regionals
In just their first season since merging the Van-Cove Hornets with the Wickes Warriors, the Cossatot River Eagles had a memorable debut season. They finished with an overall record of 26-9, and had the privilege of hosting both the District Tournament and the 1A Region 4 Tournament in back-to-back weeks of the postseason. The Cossatot River Eagles advanced to the finals of the the District Tournament, and defeated the Kirby Trojans to earn their first District Championship. The Eagles entered the Regional Tournament as a #1 seed, but fell in the first round against Stephens 56-54 in a thriller.
Wells signs with Trinity International College to run Cross Country
Katelyn Wells, Mena High School Ladycat senior, signed her letter of intent Wednesday morning to attend Trinity International College to run Cross Country. (Photo by Andy Philpot)
Katelyn Wells, senior at Mena High School, signed her letter of intent on Wednesday morning to attend Trinity International College starting in the fall of 2014. She is signing to attend college there, where she will be part of their Cross Country team. She was joined by family, coaches, and friends as she signed. Trinity International College is location in Deerfield, Illinois, which will take Katelyn around 800 miles from home.
Acorn 2nd grade team wins
After the Acorn Lady Tigers 2nd grade basketball team finished their regular season schedule undefeated at 9-0 in the Polk County Basketball Association, Coach Chris Tedder (sitting amongst the players) had pledged to shave off his shaggy beard and hair. Tedder arrived at Tuesday night’s tournmanet game with a shaved head and beardless face, keeping his promise. The Acorn girls team won their game, and will look for a perfect season when they play the Union Bank youth girls team Thursday night in the finals of the tournament. (Photo by Andy Philpot)
After the Acorn Lady Tigers 2nd grade basketball team finished their regular season schedule undefeated at 9-0 in the Polk County Basketball Association, Coach Chris Tedder (sitting amongst the players) had pledged to shave off his shaggy beard and hair. Tedder arrived at Tuesday night’s tournmanet game with a shaved head and beardless face, keeping his promise. The Acorn girls team won their game, and will look for a perfect season when they play the Union Bank youth girls team Thursday night in the finals of the tournament.
As a sports fan, and more specifically a basketball fan, it’s hard to describe the intensity that arises when basketball season gets into the postseason.
With Cossatot River High School hosting both the District Tournament and the Regional Tournament, I got to soak up plenty of postseason hoops, but it’s hard not to get energized just from the crowd noise that you’ll find in a gym hosting postseason basketball.
With Acorn and Cossatot River playing in these tournaments, it made for a relatively short trip for Polk County fans, which also meant more fans filling the seats.
Another team that we saw that has fans who travel well is Kirby. Kirby fans helped fill one side of the gym on any given night that their boys or girls teams were on the court, and they know how to be vocal as well. Like, dislike, love , or hate it, fans who are loud and vocal for their team can almost serve as an extra player whose sole purpose it to provide energy.
Vocal fans create electricity, and even if you’re “on the road” at someone else’s gym, having a big crowd of your own fans can make you feel right at home anywhere.
Part of what is known as “home court advantage” has to be the fans, and the fact that you're being cheered on by your own faithful crowd. While homecourt advantage generally involves you being on your own homecourt in your gym, there is some of that “homecourt advantage” that can be taken on the road when you have enough fans follow.
I’ve made it known that I’m a Seattle Seahawks fan, and one of the biggest advantages of them playing their home games is the fact that their fans are so insanely loud, that it their crowd is known as the 12th Man.
For those who don’t follow football as close, the “12th Man” label comes from the fact that in football your team has eleven players on the field at a time, but the Seattle fans are so loud and vocal that when Seattle is on defense, it’s almost as if crowd is the “12th man” on the field. They are so loud that they make it hard for the opposition to even communicate what plays they are running, as well as throw off the quarterback when he’s trying to get his snap count in order.
There’s a big difference between being a fan at home and rooting from your couch, compared to being at the games and letting your voice be heard. As much as we may shout at the T.V., the players aren’t going to hear us. But physically being at a ball game, fans do make a difference. Depending on the venue, the dozens, hundreds, or thousands of fans cheering serves as both a morale boost for one team, while it can be a deterrent for the other team.
Speaking of fans, it’s no secret that it’s easier to get excited when your team is winning, and the more your team is winning the happier fans are, and the happier fans are the more they get excited, and the more they get excited, the louder they become. Despite being down for the past several years, fans are having more and more reason to get loud for the Arkansas Razorback basketball team. The Hogs are having their best season in several years, and that’s something to shout about. After beating Kentucky twice this year, finally winning some road games, and looking like a potential NCAA Tournament team, fans have good reason to smile.
Head Coach Mike Anderson has started to put his fingerprints on this team, and not a moment too soon. After having some sub-part Hogs teams in recent years, along with the football team being down, Hogs fans have been hungry for something to cheer about. Anderson has the Hogs hoops team clicking at the right time, and sometimes as a fan, you just want your team to have a shot at being competitive every night. Dare I say...The Hogs are Back? I won’t say it just yet, but it’s good to see the fans getting a team on the court that makes us proud, and Woo Pig Sooie just sounds that much better when we’re winning. Mar 9, 2014, 16:20