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Wednesday 01/17/2018
The Eagles take First Place in their own Tournament
Posted: January 17, 2018

The Cossatot River Lady Eagles battled back from an early deficit to thwart the Acorn Lady Tigers in the final of the Cossatot River Senior Tournament.

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Tigers go 50-50 in the Cossatot Tournament
Posted: January 17, 2018

Coach Chris Ledbetter and his Acorn Tigers showed up to play in the quarter finals of Cossatot River Senior Tournament handing Murfreesboro Rattlers a 34 point loss.

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The Bearcats slay the Dragons
Posted: January 17, 2018

The game started with a quick pace, with the Genoa Dragons drawing first blood on 20 seconds into the game with a three-pointer. The Bearcats jumped out to an early lead 6-3 from three quick buckets only two minutes into the first. The aggressive full court man-to-man defense really rattled the Dragons creating turn overs and fast break opportunities for the Bearcats.

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Lady Tigers attack in tournament
Posted: January 17, 2018

The Quarter Finals of the Cossatot Senior Tournament saw the Acorn Tigers Senior Girl's in a show down against the Lions of Horatio.

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Cossatot advances on home court
Posted: January 17, 2018

The Cossatot Lady Eagle's winning streak continued as they defeated the Dierks Outlaws in one of their lowest scoring games of the season 36-24. 

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Wednesday 01/10/2018
Lady Wildcats fall to the Lions
Posted: January 10, 2018

The Umpire Wildcats Senior Girls’ faced off against the Horatio Lady Lions, in the first round of the Cossatot River Invitational Tournament on Saturday. 

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Teams to Watch
Posted: January 10, 2018

With over half the high school basketball season in the books, one can not help but notice there are two stand out teams in Polk County, the Acorn Tigers and the Cossatot River Eagles. Both the Lady Tigers and the Lady Eagles have already had an exemplary year so far, boasting undefeated records in their respective conference play. 

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Acorn Tigers drop heart-breaker to Elkins Elks 56-54
Updated: January 10, 2018 - 4:28 pm

If the Tigers verses Elks matchup had been a battle of mascots, there would have been no contest. Unfortunately for the Tigers that was not the case. Both teams came into the tournament with similar records, with three losses each for the year. It's no wonder why it was such a close game. 

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Acorn Senior Boys' don't know how to quit
Posted: January 10, 2018

With so many players contributing in a variety of ways, the Acorn Tigers were too much for the Elks of Elkins. Despite committing 13 turnovers and 14 fouls Acorn still somehow managed to rally from behind to claim a 70-67 victory over Elkins Friday Dec. 29.

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Friday 01/05/2018
Changes to fishing regulations take effect Jan. 1
Posted: January 05, 2018

LITTLE ROCK – Anglers venturing out for some New Year’s Day fishing will find a few changes to fishing regulations on waters throughout Arkansas this year, many of which were passed to make things a little easier to get on the water and have fun fishing this year.

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Nate Allen Razorback Column: Sometimes you don’t want to be right.
Posted: January 05, 2018

Nate Allen Razorback Column: Sometimes you don’t want to be right.

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Tigers plundered by Pirates
Posted: January 05, 2018

The Acorn Tigers faced fall to the Greenland Pirates 72-48.

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Tigers sink pirates
Posted: January 05, 2018

The Acorn Senior girls took down the Greenland Pirates in the first round of the Airedale Tournament 65-62.

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Ladycats drop two in Lake Hamilton
Posted: January 05, 2018

The Lady Bearcats traveled to Lake Hamilton for their bid in the annual tournament. 

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Friday 12/29/2017
The Screaming Eagles continue their success
Posted: December 29, 2017

The Cossatot Senior Girl's basketball team (11-2)  has been on a tear recently. 

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Lady Bearcats fall to Lions
Posted: December 29, 2017

Coach Scott Wright's Lady Bearcats took on the Horatio Lions in a hard-fought battle Tuesday, December 19.

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Bearcats looking to make noise
Posted: December 29, 2017

The Sr. Boy's Mena Bearcats (7-4) had a couple of ups and downs this year but managed significant wins over teams like Horatio, Cossatot, Dierks, Waldron and Subiaco.

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The Lady Tigers on the prowl
Posted: December 29, 2017

Coach Mike Jackson's Lady Tigers (14-2), are on a tear this season and show no signs of slowing down.

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Eagles take down Scrappers
Posted: December 29, 2017

The Cossatot Lady Eagles continued their tradition of excellence against the Nashville Scrappers Tuesday, Dec. 19.

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Bearcats claim victory over Lions
Updated: December 29, 2017 - 3:23 pm

The Mena Bearcats beat the Lions of Horatio 59-52 in a bid for feline supremacy Tuesday, Dec. 19. 

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Eagles fall to Scrappers
Posted: December 29, 2017

The Cossatot Eagles senior Boy’s faced the Nashville Scrappers in a less than stellar performance Tuesday, Dec. 19. 

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Wednesday 12/13/2017
Bearcats win Arkansas-Oklahoma River Valley Title
Posted: December 13, 2017

Before the season started we felt that we had a good shot at being one of the top teams in the league. We started the season with a loss against a very good van buren team followed up by a win against Paris.  We were in the third week of the season headed to Lavaca with a few illnesses and trying to figure out positions on defense and the offense that worked well with our personnel. 

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Wednesday 11/22/2017
Former Razorback Wins First PGA TOUR Event
Posted: November 22, 2017

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – In just his fourth start as a member on the PGA TOUR, former Razorback Austin Cook entered the weekend with a one-shot lead and pulled away from the field to capture a four-shot victory at the RSM Classic at Sea Island Golf Club.

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Arkansas takes on No.17 Mississippi State
Posted: November 22, 2017

FAYETTEVILLE- Arkansas jumped on No. 17 Mississippi State early, but couldn't hold on as the Bulldogs scored late to take a 28-21 victory in Reynolds Razorback Stadium before an announced crowd of 64,153 though it likely half of that.

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JEFF LONG DISMISSED
Posted: November 22, 2017

FAYETTEVILLE - Jeff Long is out as Arkansas' vice-chancellor and director of athletics, UA chancellor Joseph Steinmetz  announced Wednesday.

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Wednesday 11/15/2017
Bearcats look to take title
Posted: November 15, 2017

Saturday, November 11, the 4th grade Mena Bearcats faced off against the Clarksville Panthers in the Arkansas Oklahoma River Valley Football League semifinals.

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Awards given at Bearcat banquet
Updated: November 15, 2017 - 6:39 pm

With the conclusion of the 2017 Bearcat football season, awards were given at the annual banquet. 

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DWI suspends Hog’s Quarterback
Posted: November 15, 2017

Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema announced on Monday that quarterback Cole Kelley has been suspended from the program for his early Sunday morning arrest for suspicion of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

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Thursday 11/09/2017
Mena youth football team wins postseason game
Posted: November 09, 2017

The Mena Bearcats' fourth grade football team has reached the semifinals of the Arkansas-Oklahoma River Valley Football League by defeating Charleston 28-0 Saturday, Nov. 4. The team started the season 1-4. They were faced with some illness and it took some time for the coaches to figure out where everyone fit in best. "We turned the corner week five against Booneville," Bearcat coach Brian Hensley said. "Though we didn’t win that game we competed against a very good Booneville team. The boys have worked hard to turn their season around and won the last three games of the regular season to qualify as a No. 4 seed in the playoffs."

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Razorbacks faced with deciding between Kelley, Allen
Posted: November 09, 2017

There is no quarterback controversy at Arkansas yet, but that may change on Saturday as it appears both senior Austin Allen and redshirt freshman Cole Kelley will be able to play. This will be the first time the coaches have known this early in the week they would likely have both quarterbacks available for the game since the Oct. 7 South Carolina game. Allen, as it turns out, was actually available against Coastal Carolina, but due to the score and flow of game Bret Bielema didn't put him in the game. However, it's not certain that Bielema and Dan Enos, the offensive coordinator, knew last Monday that Allen would almost definitely be available. That has changed this week though Bielema did offer an alert of sorts on Kelley.

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Wednesday 11/08/2017
Acorn ends season on podium, Bearcats top 10 at state meet
Posted: November 08, 2017

Area cross country teams traveled to Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs Friday to take part in the Arkansas State High School Cross Country Championship Meet. The Acorn girls' team finished as the runners-up to Quitman (49) in Class 2A/1A with a score of 105. The Lady Tigers had three runners selected as All-State after they finished in the top fifteen; Ashlynn Bissell was sixth with a time of 22 minutes and 13.4 seconds, Faith Hill was ninth with a time of 22:55.6 and Kendra Branson was 13th with a time of 23:10.7.

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Bearcats ready to move forward after dissappointing season
Posted: November 08, 2017

Mena football coach Tim Harper has started out a season 3-0 six times over his 20-plus-year coaching career. The 2017 Mena Bearcats are one of those teams, but unlike the other five teams, which averaged a total of 11 wins per season, the 2017 Bearcats finished with a losing record after falling short in their final seven games of the season to finish 3-7. Harper is optimistic the Bearcats will return to being a tough, physical team that outworks and outhustles opponents. "Typically, Mena plays physical football," Harper said. "I do feel like we slipped in that area this year. I don't feel like we were near as physical as what we have been the last four years."

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Thursday 11/02/2017
Basscats finish first at Greers Ferry
Posted: November 02, 2017

The Mena Basscats competed Sunday, October 15 against 69 teams from around the state in a Arkansas Youth Fishing Foundation event at Greers Ferry Lake. 

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Mena set to take on conference champs
Posted: November 02, 2017

The Mena Bearcats (3-6) will travel to Little Rock Friday to take on the undefeated and 7-4A Conference Champion Joe T. Robinson Senators (9-0). "They are probably the best, definitely the deepest and most talented team we have played all year," Mena coach Tim Harper said. Robinson is lead by running back Ceazar Warren (senior, 5-foot-11-inch, 210 pounds), who has rushed for 955 yards and 14 touchdowns on 97 carries this season. Running backs Andre Bradley (senior, 5-foot-7-inch, 160 pounds) and Zaytron Waits (junior, 6-foot-1-inch, 215 pounds) have also been solid contributors to the Senators this season by rushing for 444 yards and eight touchdowns and 433 yards and seven touchdown, respectively.

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Mena Bearcats suffer senior night sorrow
Posted: November 02, 2017

The Mena Bearcats football team (3-6) lost 35-14 to the Fountain Lake Cobras (4-5) Friday on senior night at Bearcat Stadium. It was Mena's sixth straight loss after starting the season 3-0. Mena coach Tim Harper said he was disappointed the Bearcats weren't able to come away with a win on senior night in front of a good crowd, but he is still proud of his team. "They work hard," Harper said. "I'm not mad at them or anything like that. It's not like they aren't playing hard, they are inexperienced and experience is the toughest teacher.

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Area cross country teams state bound
Posted: November 02, 2017

Mena, Acorn and Cossatot River’s cross county prepared for their respective state meets on Friday, November 3 by competing in the Tom Stuthard Top 25 Wednesday, October 25 at Acorn High School. Acorn won the Senior High Boys Division, while Mena’s Logan Myers finished first overall. Waldron won the Senior High Girls Division and Acorn finished second. Mena also competed in the 7-4A Conference Championship Tuesday, October 24. The Bearcats finished second overall in the Senior High Boys Division and and had three individuals finish in the top five; Myers was first, Robert McIntyre was third and Thaddaeus Nance was fifth. Tom Stuthard Top 25 Wednesday, October 25 at Acorn High School Senior High Boys (5,000-meter)

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Lady Eagles snap Lady Tigers' home winning streak at 18
Updated: November 02, 2017 - 3:44 pm

The Acorn Lady Tigers (4-1) 18 game home winning streak ended Monday in a 47-45 loss to the Cossatot River Lady Eagles (2-0) in one of the most exciting basketball games in Polk County in recent memory. Cossatot River coach Tyler Timms said Acorn will be one of the toughest opponents the Lady Eagles will face all season. "Acorn is very talented with a lot of weapons and they are really well coached," Timms said. "I have a lot of respect for Acorn and I know how hard it is to beat them, especially this year. I think they have one of the better teams they have had in while.

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Tigers criss-cross Eagles
Posted: November 02, 2017

Acorn senior Cross Hughes scored 31 points and the Tigers (3-2) defeated the Cossatot River Eagles (1-3) by the score of 60-52 Monday at Acorn High School. It was the Tigers first win against the Eagles in program history. Cossatot River had won all five of the program's previous meetings. "It meant a lot," Hughes said. "We started off strong and we were all playing hard because we had the biggest crowd [at Acorn] I have ever seen." Cossatot River scored the first basket of the game, but Acorn answered with the game's next 10 points to take an early 10-3 lead. The Eagles narrowed the Tigers lead to 18-12 at the end of the first quarter.

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Ladycat seniors leave lasting legacy
Posted: November 02, 2017

It was a hard way to say goodbye to eight seniors who have helped maintain the Mena volleyball program's status as one of the state's elite, but the Ladycats (19-12-3) fell short of their ultimate goal in Class 4A state quarterfinals 25-21, 24-22, 25-19 to Central Arkansas Christian (19-9) Wednesday, October 25. "Even though their class (2017-18) may not look as great on the win-loss record, they definitely continued the tradition," Mena coach Brad Lyle said. "I will always remember how they struggled through a difficult year, but when they could have just packed it in, they didn't." This group of Ladycat seniors finished their careers with five district tournament championship. They won it every year from their eighth grade year through their senior seasons. "This year we overcame a lot of different challenges," senior Breanna Price said.

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Thursday 10/19/2017
Homecoming loss leaves Bearcats' offense seeking answers
Posted: October 19, 2017

Friday the 13th was nothing but a nightmare for the Mena Bearcats' football program, ending in a 45-6 homecoming loss to Arkadelphia (6-1). It was the Bearcats' fourth straight loss and a serious blow to any chance of making the postseason. However, there is still a slim chance the Bearcats (3-4) could qualify for the state tournament, but they will need help. "Arkadelphia has a great football team and definitely a state title contender," Mena Coach Tim Harper said. "They are an experienced team, that has some veterans on it, quite a few actually. It was very evident that we are not as experienced and, maybe, not as talented as they might be. We just took it on the chin."

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Mena to visit Nashville in 7-4A showdown
Posted: October 19, 2017

The Mena Bearcats (3-4) look to turn their season around when they travel to Nashville (4-3) Friday to take on the Scrappers. "Nashville is a very good football team," Mena Coach Tim Harper said. "They are better than they were when they got beat by De Queen. They have started playing defense again in Nashville." In fact, the Scrappers are playing their best football and coming off their biggest victory of the year, a thrilling 35-28 defeat of previously undefeated Ashdown. "That should tell everybody mostly what they need to know [about Nashville]," Harper said. "[Nashville] beat a great Ashdown team last night and they came back from 22 points down to do it." Harper said the Bearcats can expect to see a high powered passing offense and a very aggressive defense.

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Seniors shine for Ladycats
Posted: October 19, 2017

The Mena Ladycats volleyball team celebrated Senior Night Thursday at the Union Bank Center in Mena. Grace Wagner, Alicia Barrett, Courtney Milam, Sarah Lynch, Anna Beth Hunter, Haley Montgomery, Breanna Price and Hattie Hunter were honored before the match against Mansfield. The Ladycats (16-11) went on to defeat the Lady Tigers (7-15) in four sets 25-15, 25-22, 23-25, 25-10. "I have loved being a Ladycat volleyball player," Wagner said. "Playing volleyball has taught me that not everything in life will come easy, that you will have to work hard and work with those around you in order to accomplish your goals. I’ve learned how to be a follower and a leader and to give my all in everything that I do."

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Kelley starts strong despite challenge
Posted: October 19, 2017

Arkansas had no choice but start a new quarterback on Saturday night against Alabama and redshirt freshman Cole Kelley responded with a good performance in a 41-9 loss. It wasn't a perfect game for Kelley, but no one expected it to be. He was starting his first collegiate game and doing it against the top-ranked team in the nation in their home stadium. He completed 23 of 42 passes for 200 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Bret Bielema was impressed with Kelley's performance and effort. "Obviously, a tough situation for a new quarterback to walk into, but Cole gets you excited about some things," Bielema said. "I think our guys were excited to play for him and with him.

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Thursday 10/12/2017
Cossatot River basketball shows off in intrasquad games
Posted: October 12, 2017

With less than two weeks until the season opener against Oden Tuesday, October 24, Cossatot River hosted its annual Black and Silver game Friday. In total, there were six games. The senior high, junior high and seventh grade teams were split and each boys and girls teams played a game. "I thought it went well," Cossatot River girls coach Tyler Timms said. "We saw some good stuff and the kids played hard." Expectations are sky high for Cossatot River senior high girls team this session. The Lady Eagles finished last season with a record of 23-6, but were upset by Junction City in the opening round of the Regional Tournament 49-43.

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Mena/Acorn Lions Club Invitational
Posted: October 12, 2017

Mena and Acorn hosted the second annual Lions Club Cross Country Invitational Tuesday, October 3 at the Lions Club Disc Golf Course. Teams that participated in addition to Mena and Acorn were De Queen, Waldron, Heavener, Horatio, Nashville and Mansfield. De Queen came away from the event with wins in the boys and girls senior high division with Acorn finishing second in each. Mena's Robert McIntyre finished third overall in the Senior High Boys' Division with a time of 17:13.40. He was followed by Acorn's Cross Hughes and Brady Lyle, who finished seventh and 11th, respectively. Acorn's Ashlynn Bissell and Faith Hill finished third and fifth with times of 21:27.20 and 21:53.40 in Senior High Girls' Division.

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Mena Bearcats finish fifth at state golf meet
Posted: October 12, 2017

The Mena Bearcats boys golf team finished fifth in the Class 4A State Golf Meet Tuesday, October 3 at the Red Apple Inn and Country Club in Heber Springs. Shiloh Christian won the Class 4A state title for the second consecutive year with a score of 248. The Bearcats finished with a score of 262. Mena's Daniel Davis and Austin Johnston were named All-State after shooting 79 and 81, respectively. Baptist Prep was the medalist with a score of 73. Complete Results Team Results: Shiloh Christian 248, Baptist Prep 254, Fountain Lake 257, Brookland 260, Mena 262, Booneville 269, Pottsville 274, Stuttgart 275, Pocahontas 275, Crossett 291, Berryville 297, Dumas 299.

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Grieving Miners stun Bearcats
Updated: October 12, 2017 - 10:54 am

The Bauxite Miners (4-2) sealed a 32-28 victory over Mena (3-3) by making an interception with 1:24 remaining after the Bearcats rallied from a 17-point deficit to gain its first lead late in the third quarter Friday at Bauxite Football Stadium. Bauxite came out emotionally charged six days after the sudden and unexpected passing of head coach Daryl Patton's wife, Tracey. The Bearcats were unable to slow the Miners down in the game's first 14 minutes as Bauxite scored on its first four possessions and recovered two onside kicks. While the Miners had a 25-8 lead, mid-game adjustments gave the Bearcats a chance at the end. "The first quarter was the difference in the ballgame," Mena Head Coach Tim Harper said.

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Bearcats in for battle against Badgers
Posted: October 12, 2017

The Mena Bearcats (3-3) host the Arkadelphia Badgers (5-1) and hope to keep their playoff chances alive on homecoming night after losing the past three games. Mena Head Coach Tim Harper said Mena is in a similar situation to the one Arkadelphia was in this past season when the Bearcats defeated the Badger 23-21 at Arkadelphia. "They were a young football team and we were too," he said. "We weren't a very mature or experienced team, but we came away with a 'W.' I know that they are coming to town with the ideal of beating the stew out of us." Harper said the Bearcats will have to play their best game of the season, to this point, to come away with the victory.

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Thursday 10/05/2017
Mena, Bauxite set for emotional showdown
Posted: October 05, 2017

Mena will travel to Bauxite (3-2) Friday to take on the Miners. "We are probably going to walk into a buzz saw this week," Mena Head Coach Tim Harper said. "Bauxite hasn't had this good of a year in a long time. We will have to take advantage of our strengths and limit our mistakes." The Miners have more wins this season than they have managed to earn in seven of the past eight seasons. "The most important thing we do at this point is put the last two weeks behind us and move forward," Harper said. "We need to understand we are playing a game that is very winnable for us if we show up and play like we are capable of."

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