After taking the reigns of the Mena senior boys basketball team in 2016, Coach Thomas Powell is leaving the Bearcats to become an assistant with the Bentonville West Wolverines.

Coach Brian Byrd of the UA Rich Mountain Bucks soccer program added another player to the men's program this week. Bryan Crespo from Portugal will be joining the Bucks for their inaugural season this Fall. 

Ouachita Baptist University will be hosting the Dennis Nutt Shooting Camp on July 14 through July 17. Nutt, OBU's head basketball coach, will teach campers the fundamentals of a good shot and how to build good shooting habits. Campers will also participate in multiple games and shooting comp…

Last week, the Mena Basscats competed in the High School Fishing World Finals / National Championship on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama. Austin Johnston and Cason Cannon as well as Austin Rose and Evan Graves tied for 191st out of 389 teams and in the Second Chance Tournament tied for 11…

UARM is adding both women’s softball and men’s baseball to start the 2020 season, and the new coaches both shared their passion and excitement during informal addresses at the Mena Lions Club last week.  The coaches were joined by UARM Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson and Vice Chancellor and At…

Craig Bentley of Mansfield High School will be moving back to Mena and will be the next Mena Bearcat Head Football Coach. The Mena School Board approved Bentley’s hiring on Tuesday night. 

The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Bucks recently added six more athletes to their first year soccer program. For the women's program, Bucks Coach Brian Byrd signed Isabel Martinez, Briana Salinas, and Monica Boyes. As for the men's team, Coach Byrd is adding Ntandoyenoksi Tshuma, Malv…

The Arkansas Razorbacks (46-20) baseball team is headed back from Omaha a bit sooner than the team and fans would have liked. After a 1-0 loss to the Florida State Seminoles in their College World Series opener on Saturday, the Hogs fell short again by one run in their elimination game, 5-4,…

According to social media posts on Twitter by the athletes, both Luke Rice from North Little Rock High School and KJ Merriweather from Joe T. Robinson High School have received offers to play college baseball for the UA Rich Mountain Bucks for their inaugural season in 2020. 

Defender's Boxing Club of Mena hosted the 1st annual KO Cancer Boxing Show last Saturday, June 15, at the Old Historic Armory in Mena. Richard Hexamer of the local Defender's Club commented on the event saying, "Wow, it exceeded my expectations by far!" The 1st annual event hosted over 24 di…

After taking the reigns of the Mena senior boys basketball team in 2016, Coach Thomas Powell is leaving the Bearcats to become an assistant with the Bentonville West Wolverines.

Following the resignation of Head Coach Tim Harper last week, Mena Football’s Offensive Line Coach, Aaron Pennington, is leaving the Bearcats to be the Offensive Line Coach of the Malvern Leopards. 

The Mena Star was first to report last Thursday, June 6, that Mena Bearcat Head Football Coach, Tim Harper, and his DB and Secondary Coach, Macklin Chermak, are leaving the Bearcats and are heading to Coweta, Oklahoma.

Defender's Boxing Club of Mena, Arkansas, will be hosting the KO Cancer Boxing Show this Saturday, June 15, at the Old Historic Armory in Mena.

After a 14-1 route of Ole Miss (41-27) on Monday night to win the Fayetteville Super Regional, the Arkansas Razorbacks (48-18) and heading to the College World Series in Omaha.

Update: Mena’s DB and Secondary Coach, Macklin Chermak, will also join Harper  with the Coweta Tigers.

The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain soccer program added more signees in the past week. For the men's program, the Bucks added Edward Garcia, Caleb Summerfield, and Maurice Theart. As for the women's team, Nicole Martinez signed on with UA Rich Mountain.

The Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team is now preparing for the NCAA Super Regionals, beginning this weekend at Baum-Walker Stadium. The Razorbacks will take on SEC-foe Ole Miss.

After finishing this past season as District Runner-Ups, the Mena Jr. Ladycats basketball team will have a new coach this coming year. Last week, the Mena School Board accepted the resignation of former Ladycats coach, Jordan Poole, and approved the hire of Heather Goss as Jr. Girls Basketba…

PINE BLUFF — The Governor Mike Huckabee Delta Rivers Nature Center will be closed until further notice. With major flooding expected to hit the area, the City of Pine Bluff will close the gate at Regional Park Road, blocking access to the center and Harbor Oaks Golf Club.

Victor Castaneda of New Caney Independent School District in New Caney, Texas, recently signed his letter of intent to play soccer for the UA Rich Mountain Bucks.

Coach Erik Smith has been hired as UA Cossatot’s new soccer coach, as the college gears up for the 2019-2020 soccer season. Home games and practices will take place at the Herman Dierks Park in De Queen and tryouts for both the men and women’s teams will be announced very soon. 

The NCAA announced on Sunday, May 26, that the University of Arkansas will be one of sixteen Regional Tournament hosts for the upcoming NCAA Regionals that are scheduled to being on Friday, May 31.

After the Cossatot Lady Eagles finished their softball season in the first round of the 2A State Tournament, the Lady Eagles’ sophomore backstop, Savannah White, was awarded All-State honors for the 2019 season. Congratulations to Savannah on and the Lady Eagles on a great season!

Brandon Marrufo of Cossatot River High School was named to the 2019 West All-Star Soccer team last week. Marrufo will compete in the All-Star game on June 21 at the University of Central Arkansas.

Madison Zamudio from Lake Ridge High School in Mansfield, Texas, officially signed to play college soccer for the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Bucks. Zamudio, a midfielder/striker, will join the Bucks for their inaugural season this Fall.

Four Mena Barracuda Swimmers traveled to El Dorado, Arkansas, this past weekend to participate in a Fitter and Faster Backstroke Clinic held at Healthworks YMCA in El Dorado. The clinic was run by Christopher Reid, an Olympian in Backstroke, and John Shebat, a National Champion in Backstroke…

The Cossatot River Jr. Claybusters team competed in and won the AYSSP (Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program) West Region Tournament last weekend in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Congratulations to the Jr. Claybusters on their tournament win!

Last Wednesday, May 15, Daniel Perez of Cossatot River High School became the first Cossatot Eagle to sign to play college soccer. Perez, a 2018 graduate of CRHS, signed to play for the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain Bucks.

In their first game at Globe Life Park in Arlington since Game 5 of the 2011 World Series, when the Rangers took a 3-2 series lead with a 4-2 win, the Cardinals matched up against Texas on Friday, May 17, the birth date of Brycen "Two Chord" Aynes.

Mena High School graduate, Landon Stidman, signed his Letter of Intent to play college baseball for the National Park College Nighthawks on Thursday, May 9. 

This past Saturday, May 11, the Acorn High School Archery team traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, to compete in the 2019 National Archery in the Schools Program Eastern Nationals.

After defeating Hope 9-8 in the first round of the 4A South District Soccer Tournament, the Bearcats fell short to De Queen 2-0 in the District semi-finals, to earn a #4 seed going into the 4A State Soccer Tournament at Batesville High School.

Acorn’s Freshman Justice Neufeld participated in the Senior Meet of Champions last Saurday at Lake Hamilton, Arkansas. Neufeld finished 10th and recorded his best time of the year for the 3200 Meter Run, with a time of 10:34.27, which is thirteen seconds faster than his State winning time. N…

The Mena Basscats competed in The Bass Federation Arkansas State High school Championship on Lake Ouachita last Saturday, May 11. Austin Johnston and Cason Cannon placed 4th overall with a weight of 12lbs and 2oz. Austin Rose and Evan Graves finished 5th, while also catching the tournaments …

The Cossatot Eagles and Lady Eagles soccer teams competed in the 3A State Soccer Tournament last week.After receiving the #2 seed from the South, the Lady Eagles matched up against the #3 seed Lisa Academy Lady Jaguars (7-6, 3-2) and were defeated in the first round 4-3. The Lady Eagles wrap…

After going 1-2 in the 2A South Regional Softball Tournament, with a win over Woodlawn and losses against Horatio and Murfreesboro, the Cossatot Lady Eagles earned the #4 seed from the South Region going into the 2A State Softball Tournament at Mountain Home.

Zion Barnes of Mena High School signed his Letter of Intent to play college football at McNeese State University on Monday, May 6. Surrounded by his Bearcat teammates, family, and friends, Barnes signed to play for the Cowboys of McNeese State.

Last week, the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain women's soccer program welcome four new signees for their inaugural season this Fall. From Houston, Texas, the Bucks signed Maria Saldana, as well as Arcelia Marquez and Inek Johnson from Lubbock, Texas. The Bucks also signed a Cabob Lady P…

Marlenne Mendez from Fort Smith, Arkansas, and a freshman cross country runner at the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain was awarded the college's 2019 Academic All-Star award last week at their annual Honors Banquet.