Six athletes from Polk County to play in Stateís All Star Game
It is not unusual for Polk County to have an athlete play in one of the Stateís All-Star games at the end of the year. This year Polk County is sending six players, and that is unusual. This is indicative of the type of talent that came from this yearís senior class.
The All-Star games pit the best graduating seniors in a particular sport from the western part of the state against the best from the east. It is truly an honor to be selected to play in these games. For some of these kids it will be the last organized game they will play, for others, they will go on to play college ball, and for a few it will be the last chance colleges will get to see them play and decide whether or not to give them a scholarship. In any case it is a fun opportunity for kids to play with and against the best in the state.
Mena Bearcat Seth Puckett (Photo Stephen Olmstead)
Local high school baseball teams look to improve with summer practice
The Mena baseball program has been hosting some summer exhibition games. These games give local teams a great opportunity to practice and get young players some more playing time, as well as give fans a chance to watch some more baseball after the season has ended. Last Thursday Mena pitted their young talent against Cossatot Riverís team. The exhibition was scheduled for nine innings. To this point no more exhibitions are scheduled for the summer.
(Top row) Macy Brotherton, Kristin Kesterson, Daryan Torix and Lexi Hansard. (Middle row) Bailey Bunch, Madelyn Brotherton, Paige Mendoza, Kaleigh Wynne and Jordan Ward. (Sitting) Corbin Talbert and Kenzi Spurgin
Mena Heat take first in Pitch for the Cure Tournament
The Mena Heat 16 and under fastpitch softball team recently won the Pitch for a Cure Softball Tournament in northwest Arkansas. This is a tournament put on to raise money for a cure for breast cancer. †The tournament donated $10,000.00 to the Susan G. Komen foundation. Over 190 teams participated in this tournament over 3 days.
Mena Heat went undefeated in pool and bracket play until the first championship game where they fell short losing 2 to 4 to the Tulsa Eagles, so they had to play them again and Mena Heat came out with a strong win beating the Tulsa Eagles 11 to 2, which gave the girls the first place trophies.
This past weekend the Mena Heat 16 and under travelled to Cabot and played in the 18 and under ASA Hall of Fame Qualifier .
Chuckwagon Races are rescheduled for October
The Sanctioned Arkansas Chuckwagon Races that were planned for this weekend, June 22 and 23, at Tin Top Ranch, have been rescheduled for October due to the conditions caused from recent saturating weather. More details will be made available once they are determined.
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This is the last week of the season for the NBA. My prediction seems to be falling into place. I thought this series would go seven games and Miami would just squeak it out. I will say, however, San Antonio has looked like the better team, but when James and Wade really turn it on they look almost unstoppable.