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Column: A look back at the local 2016 football season (12/03/16)
When the local football teams started their quest to make deep runs into the playoffs at the beginning of July, I didn't know what to expect for the Blytheville Chickasaws or the Gosnell Pirates since it was my first time ever covering the two teams...
Lady Pirates beat Trumann (12/02/16)
By JOSEPH FONDREN Blytheville Courier News GOSNELL-- The Gosnell Lady Pirates defeated a 3-4A rival, the Trumann Wildcats, Thursday night, 59-48. Junior guard Zkiah Kuykendall was injured earlier in the week with a knee injury so Gosnell relied on sophomore guard Destiny Smith- Batchelor who shined down the stretch and also left three Wildcat defenders on the ground before making a layup to help the Pirates go up, 51-41, late in the fourth quarter. She would end up with nine points on the game...
Icing FT shooter pays off for Gosnell in 86-85 win over Harrisburg (11/29/16)
GOSNELL-- Gosnell Pirates new head coach Jimmy Porter decision to ice the shooter after making the first free throw with 1.1 second left in the game helped the Pirates beat a scrappy Harrisburg Hornets team on Tuesday night, 86-85. Marquel McKinney electrified the crowd in the middle of the third quarter with a dunk that put the Pirates up, 57-33. At the end of the third the Pirates were winning, 63-56...
Chicks lose thriller to Sikeston, 68-64 (11/29/16)
Blytheville battled Missouri Class 4 power Sikeston for four quarters, but the Chicks couldn't hold an 11-point third quarter lead Tuesday night, falling to the Bulldogs, 68-64, at Chickasaw Gym. With University of Arkansas assistant coach Scotty Thurman in the upper bleachers scouting Sikeston standout Fred Thatch, the Chicks (2-3) gave last year's Missouri fourth place finisher all it could handle in its season opener...
Chicks to host Sikeston (11/27/16)
The Blytheville Chickasaws return home Tuesday night to host perennial Missouri power Sikeston. The junior varsity game tips off at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity game. Playing in its first game of the season, Sikeston is coming off a 28-3 campaign that included a fourth place finish in the state tournament...
Pirates end season with loss to Tigers in quarterfinals (11/25/16)
PRAIRIE GROVE -- One of Gosnell's best seasons in more than a decade came to an end on Friday night, when the Pirates fell to host Prairie Grove, 48-26, in the Class 4A quarterfinals. Under first year head coach Brandon Barbaree, the Pirates finished the season 11-2 overall, which included a perfect run through the 3-4A Conference and their first quarterfinal appearance since 2002. ...
Chicks fall in Rumble on the Ridge (11/25/16)
FORREST CITY -- The Blytheville Chickasaws kicked off the Rumble on the Ridge tournament against the El Dorado Wildcats on Thanksgiving, suffering their first loss of the season, 72-50. Senior Josh Richardson was the leading scorer for the Chickasaws with 14 points...
Pirates to face Prairie Grove in quarterfinals (11/22/16)
The 3-4A champion Gosnell Pirates will travel almost six hours on the road Friday night to play the Tigers of Prairie Grove in the quarterfinals of the 4A state playoffs. "We're going to go five and a half hours but that's part of it," says Gosnell head coach Brandon Barbaree. "You go play anybody, anywhere."...
Tigers fall to defending 2A state champion (11/22/16)
ARMOREL-- Coach Gary Burnside's Armorel Tigers kept the game close, 48-32, at halftime, but the reigning 2A state champions, the Earle Bulldogs, went on a run in the third quarter to finish the game off, 92-46. Leading the way for the Tigers was junior Monroe Carr with nine points, six rebounds, and one steal...
Chicks open season with 57-50 win over Osceola (11/22/16)
In front of a packed Chickasaw Gym Tuesday night, the new-look Blytheville Chickasaws got off to a good start by topping the rival Osceola Seminoles, 57-50, in their season opener. New Blytheville head coach McKenzie Pierce had a successful debut, as did senior transfers Josh Richardson and Austin Phelan, who combined for 29 points, despite being plagued by foul trouble part of the night...
Column: It's the most wonderful time of the year (11/18/16)
With high school football season close to the end and local basketball games starting to take place in the area, it literally is becoming my favorite part of the year in Blytheville. The weather is starting to chill down, which sometimes is irritating because when I get out in the morning I'm freezing but by mid afternoon it's in the high 70s and then by the time I cover the local football game or get out of the hot gyms the temperature is back down in the 50s or colder. ...
Pirates advance to quarterfinals (11/18/16)
GOSNELL --It started out as a rainy, chilly Friday night at J.W. Rea Field, but the Gosnell Pirates offense warmed up the Pirate faithful as the host team overcame the Ozark Hillbillies, 25-14, to move on to the quarterfinals of the 4A state playoffs...
Friday Night Scoreboard (11/18/16)
Friday's Scores The Associated Press Bentonville 31, FS Northside 10 Bryant 23, Har-Ber 16 Fayetteville 35, Conway 0 North Little Rock 49, Cabot 19 Quarterfinal Benton 56, Jonesboro 52 Greenwood 20, El Dorado 3 Pine Bluff 42, Searcy 13 Russellville 34, West Memphis 7...
Pirates host Ozark in 4A second round (11/16/16)
After a 35-6 commanding win against the Huntsville Eagles in the first round of the 4A playoffs last Friday night, the Gosnell Pirates prepare for a second round matchup with the Ozark Hillbillies, who will be coming into Friday's second round contest after a 23-22 win over the Ashdown Panthers...
Tigers defeat Rector (11/15/16)
RECTOR -- The Armorel Tigers relied on senior leader, Seth Wyatt, to make four free throws in the last 18 seconds to beat the Cougars of Rector for their third win in a row, 53-51. The leading scorer for the Cougars was Cody Ails with 18 points. Junior Monroe Carr helped the Tigers with 20 points, six rebounds, four blocks, and an assist...
Lannon signs with Red Wolves (11/15/16)
Longtime Armorel Tigers head baseball coach Charlie Brown has taken the Tigers to five title games in five years, also including back-to-back state titles in 2015 and 2016. The Tigers have gone to nine straight final fours, but Coach Brown has never coached a player who signed with a Division I school...
Friday Night Scoreboard (11/11/16)
Friday's Scores The Associated Press Bentonville 38, LR Catholic 31 Bryant 45, Springdale 14 Conway 35, Rogers 20 Class 6A First Round Benton 42, Mountain Home 21 El Dorado 38, Marion 3 Searcy 25, Lake Hamilton 16 West Memphis 29, Texarkana 15 Class 5A...
Tigers beat CRA in OT (11/11/16)
ARMOREL -- It took overtime to decide, but the Armorel Tigers defeated the Crowley's Ridge Academy Falcons, 79-69. Armorel senior Seth Wyatt missed a three at the end of regulation, but the Tigers would outscore the Falcons, 16-6, in overtime. The leading scorer for the Falcons was their big man, Jacob Pillow, who had 25 points and went 7 of 9 from the line...
Pirates advance to 2nd round with win over Huntsville (11/11/16)
GOSNELL -- First year Gosnell Pirate head coach, Brandon Barbaree, won a conference championship in his first year and now his team has won in the first round of the 4A state playoffs. The red-hot Gosnell Pirates defeated the Huntsville Eagles, 35-6, and will play the Ozark Hillbillies in round two next Friday night at J.W. Rea Field...
Chicks fall to Alma in first round of playoffs (11/11/16)
ALMA -- Blytheville star running back Demekko Clark made a big splash with a 96-yard touchdown run in the first round playoff game against host Alma, Friday night. Clark finished his outstanding career with one final memorable game in the playoffs, rushing for 205 yards in a 38-13 loss to Alma...
Chicks open playoffs at Alma (11/09/16)
Coach Ben Fisher and the Blytheville Chickasaws will travel to Alma Friday night to take Coach Doug Loughridge and the Airedales in the first round of the 5A playoffs. Last season, coach Loughridge and the Airdales finished 7-5 and finished third in the 7A/6A central...
Pirates to host Huntsville in the Class 4A first round Friday (11/09/16)
The 3-4A conference champion Gosnell Pirates have home field advantage in the first round of playoffs as they take on the Huntsville Eagles, who are coached by coach Randy Barnhill. Gosnell first year head coach Brandon Barbaree says that the Eagles like to run the triple option. ...
Riggs leads Lady Pirates to OT win (11/08/16)
GOSNELL -- The Gosnell Lady Pirates pulled out a thrilling 62-47, overtime victory over the Rector Cougars Monday night. The Lady Pirates were without head coach Keelan Newsom, who was forced to miss the game because he was thrown out of the final game last season -- a loss to Trumann in the 3-4A District Tournament contest...
Chickasaw Madness set for Saturday (11/08/16)
The Blytheville boys basketball action will get underway on Saturday. "Chickasaws Madness" will start at 11 a.m. with the fourth grade boys and the senior high game will tip off around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The gate fee will be $2 per person with concessions available. Also, there will be a baked goods silent auction. Fans are invited to come out and support the boys basketball programs and kick off the 2016-2017 season...
Tigers knock off 1A champ Bay (11/08/16)
ARMOREL -- For the first time since the 2009 season, the Armorel senior boys beat the defending back-to-back 1A state champions, the Bay Yellowjackets. New Tigers head coach Gary Burnside, in just his second game with the Tigers, got his first win as AHS head coach, 74-58, over the conference rival on Monday night...
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