Tuesday, December 4, 2018

SEARK Basketball Showcase To Air On KHBM 93.7

MONTICELLO (12.4.18) --- Pines Broadcasting will be covering high school basketball in Southeast Arkansas this upcoming January and February on KHBM-FM 93.7.

The SEARK Basketball Showcase gets underway January 4, 2019 and runs through the end of the regular season. The broadcasts will showcase five different schools in the region: Monticello, Drew Central, Star City, Warren, and McGehee.

There are a total of 14 dates on the showcase lineup with senior high girls and boys games each night. All games will be broadcast live on KHBM-FM 93.7. The complete broadcast schedule is as follows:

Friday, January 4: Hamburg at Warren

Tuesday, January 8: Magnolia at Monticello

Friday, January 11: Lakeside at Drew Central

Monday, January 14: Dumas at Star City

Tuesday, January 15: DeWitt at McGehee

Friday, January 18: Warren at Monticello

Tuesday, January 22: Rison at McGehee

Friday, January 25: Hamburg at Star City

Tuesday, January 29: Star City at Monticello

Friday, February 1: McGehee at Drew Central

Tuesday, February 5: Dumas at McGehee

Thursday, February 7: Helena at Drew Central

Friday, February 8: Magnolia at Star City

Tuesday, February 12: Monticello at Warren

This showcase is in addition to coverage of UAM men’s and women’s basketball conference games and postseason games on KHBM-FM 93.7.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Tigers Finish Historic Season

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – For the second consecutive season the Ouachita Baptist football team falls to Ferris State by a final score of 37-14 at Cliff Harris Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

No. 4 Ouachita (12-1) went 377 days between losses to No. 2 Ferris State (14-0). In between those losses, the Tigers won a school record 12 games, went undefeated in the regular season for the second time in school history and most importantly won their second consecutive Great American Conference Titles. The Tigers now have four conference championships in the past eight seasons.

For the second consecutive season the Tigers led the GAC in All-Conference selections and this season they set a school record with five All-Region selections.
Today, however, Ouachita not only had to battle the No. 2 team in the nation but they also had fight a 20 mile per hour wind that swirled throughout the game.

It has been over a year since the Ouachita defense gave up 30 plus points in a contest. The Tiger defense entered Saturday's matchup as the top ranked scoring defense in the country. Ferris State seemingly stayed on the field the entire game. The Bulldogs offense ran 90 plays for 509-yards, while the Tigers offense ran just 59 plays in the game.

Jacks Win FB&T Tournament

The Warren Lumberjacks traveled to Fordyce to compet4e in the finals of thr FB&T Tournament last Saturday night.  The Jacks tipped off against the Bearden Bears and came away withe a 71-26 victory.  While several players delivered for the Jacks throughout the game, you might say Kobe Muldrew put on a shooting exhibition, hitting six three-pointers in a row early in the game. 

Red Wolves to Face Nevada at Arizona Bowl

JONESBORO, Ark. (12/2/18) – The Arkansas State football team learned Sunday it will play Mountain West Conference member Nevada in the 2018 NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 12:15 p.m. (CT).

Making its eighth consecutive and 16th all-time bowl game appearance, the Red Wolves announced last Tuesday that they had accepted an official invitation to play in the fourth edition of the bowl game.  While A-State is making its first all-time appearance in the Arizona Bowl, Nevada will be making its second after also playing in the inaugural contest in 2015.

Arkansas State has played Nevada five times in the all-time series dating back to 1985, holding a 2-3 record against the Wolf Pack.  The Red Wolves claimed a 44-28 home win in 1999, the last time they played Nevada.

Arkansas State and Nevada were both members of the Big West Conference from 1993-95, playing twice over that three-year span.  A-State collected a 23-21 win in Jonesboro in 1993, while Nevada evened the conference series with a home victory a year later.

The first ever game played between the two schools took place during the 1985 NCAA I-AA (now FCS) playoffs and saw the Wolf Pack pick up a narrow 24-23 win.  The only other game in the series saw Nevada win during the 1996 season when A-State was playing as an NCAA I-A (now FBS) independent.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Lumberjacks to Face Bearden Saturday Night

Photo by Robert Camp.
The Warren Lumberjack Boys Basketball team will face Bearden Saturday night beginning at 7:30 P.M. in the Fordyce Tournament.  This will be for the tournament championship.  The Jacks traveled to Drew Central Friday afternoon and lost to Valley Springs on a buzzer beater by the score of 69-67.  The Lumberjacks are off to a good start for the season. 

The Sr. Lumberjack Girls came up short in the Drew Central tournament by the score of 55-28 to Valley Springs.  The girls play again December 8th in the Junction City Tournament.  Jr. High will play at 3:00 P.M. and the Sr. Girls at 4:00 P.M.
Photo by Robert Camp.

Little Lumberjacks Receive Championship Rings

The Warren Lumberjack 5-6 grade football team recently received their championship rings as a result of their successful 2018 season.  The team plays through the Donald w. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County.  They had the opportunity to play post  season in Little Rock and won the championship.  The team is coached by Roshaun Fellows with the help of several local assistant coaches.  

Friday, November 30, 2018

Basketball Scores From Wednesday Night

Sr. Boys beat Fordyce 61-50  Wednesday night in tournament.   Sr. Girls play tonight at 4:00pm  at Drew Central.  Sr. Boys also play tonight at 5:15 at Drew Central.  This is a tournament.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Lumberjack Basketball Underway

Coby Muldrew drops in a layup vs. Dollorway. Photo by Robert Camp
The Warren Senior Lumberjack Basketball team opened the 2018-2019 basketball season with a 54-32 win over the Dollarway Cardinals in a tournament in Fordyce.  The boys will next face Fordyce Wednesday, November 28th with tip off scheduled for around 7:45 P.M.  The tournament is running from November 24th through December 1st. 

December 8-15 is the date for the Dual State Tournament that is held annually in Junction City.  Both Warren's Sr. boys and girls will be taking part in the tournament. 

So far this season the Sr. Girls have defeated Dollarway 50-13 and the Jr. Girls has have lost to Monticello 36-34, lost to Pine Bluff 27-23 and lost to Magnolia 28-17.  The Jr. girls beat Dollarway 37-6.  The Sr. Girls will play Friday afternoon at Drew Central against Valley Springs, with tip off at 4:00 P.M.  The Sr. Boys will play at Drew Central at 5:15 P.M.

A-State Football Places 17 on All-Sun Belt Team, Takes Four Top Individual Awards

JONESBORO, Ark. (11/29/18) – The Arkansas State football team racked up 17 All-Sun Belt Conference selections on Thursday, while also becoming the first program in league history to have different players win four of the conference’s five major individual player awards.

Senior quarterback Justice Hansen was named the Sun Belt’s Player of the Year, senior defensive end Ronheen Bingham the Defensive Player of the Year, junior wide receiver Kirk Merritt the Newcomer of the Year and running back Marcel Murray the Freshman of the Year.

Including five players tabbed First Team, six Second Team, two Third Team and four Honorable Mention, A-State’s 17 total selections were the second most in school history behind only its 18 last year.  The Red Wolves have now had at least 10 all-conference selections nine consecutive years and 12 times since the Sun Belt’s inaugural season in 2001.  They have also accumulated 81 all-conference picks since 2014, which are the most in the league over that span.

Monday, November 26, 2018

OBU Tigers Maul Indy to Advance in NCAA Division II Playoffs

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. – For the first time in school history the Ouachita Tiger football team will be advancing in the NCAA Division II Playoffs; the Tigers picked up a 35-7 win over the University of Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon in front of sold out crowd at Cliff Harris Stadium.

The Tigers improve to 6-0 at home and now hold a 24-5 record inside of Cliff Harris Stadium. Ouachita has now outscored opponents 218-32 at home this season. Indianapolis (11-2) on the other hand will see their season come to a close with another loss to a Great American Conference team.

Ouachita (12-0) produced 465 yards of total offense, 303 of which came on the ground. Junior running back Shun'cee Thomas (Bossier City, La.) led the rushing attack with 98 yards and touchdown in the game. Brockton Brown (Sheridan, Ark.) produced 69 rushing yards and a score, while senior running back Kris Oliver (Arkadelphia, Ark.) finished the afternoon with 133 all-purpose yards and a touchdown.   

Brayden Brazeal (England, Ark.) had one of his best games behind center for the Tigers. The redshirt freshman finished the game going 14-for-19 with 162 passing yards and a pair of touchdown passes in the game. Outside of a 64-yard bomb to Oliver in the third quarter, Brazeal found his two favorite targets in Drew Harris (Benton, Ark.) and Allie Freeman (Little Rock, Ark.). Freeman finished the afternoon with a team high five receptions for 34 yards, Harris added four receptions for 39 yards and a score.

The Ouachita defense shutdown Great Lake Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year Al McKeller. Mckeller was only able to accumulate 70 rushing yards in the contest, his freshman counterpart Toriano Clinton gained just 29 yards on the day. The Tiger secondary also held quarterback Jake Purichia in check, passing for 164 yards and just one score on the day.

The Greyhounds had three players end the game with double digit tackles. Alex Parsons led the defense with 15 total tackles, Cole Sigmund added 11 tackles and Joe Lambright recorded an even 10 tackles in the game. Airric Parker (San Diego, Calif.) and Keandre Evans (Junction City, Ark.) led the way for the Tigers on defense.

First Quarter: Ouachita 7, UIndy 0
After a pair of punts began the game, Ouachita started their second drive of the game on their own 35-yardline. On the third play of the drive Oliver raced ahead 24-yards to the UIndy 26-yardline. Five plays later Brown ran the ball in on a direct snap for his 16th touchdown of the season.

The touchdown proved to be the only score in the opening quarter as both defenses forced the offenses to punt the ball away.

Second Quarter: Ouachita 21, UIndy 7
The Greyhounds responded in the second quarter with 7-play, 63-yard drive. Purichia completed a 32-yard pass to Aaron Matio to tie the game at seven.
With 12:45 to go in the second quarter Ouachita took over on their own 28-yardline. On the third play of the drive Brown broke a 43-yard run down to the Greyhound 20-yardline. A few plays later and Harris found the back of the endzone on a three-yard touchdown scamper.

After a few stalled drives by each offense, Ouachita got the ball back with 2:40 left to go in the half. Brazeal methodically picked apart the Greyhound defense as the marched down the field. Brazeal found Harris in the endzone with four seconds to go in half.

Third Quarter: Ouachita 35, UIndy 7
The Ouachita defense forced another three and out to start the third quarter. It took the Ouachita offense just three plays as Brazeal hit Oliver in stride down the middle of the field for a 64-yard touchdown completion.

On the Tigers, second drive of the quarter the offense needed just two plays as Shun'Cee Thomas exploded for 63-yard touchdown run to put Ouachita up by 28 points.

Fourth Quarter: Ouachita 35, UIndy 7
Ouachita held the ball for 12 out of the final 15 minutes in the fourth quarter to secure the Tigers first ever playoff victory.

Former Lumberjck Hayden Lassiter had 2 tackle, and Lafoy Smith had 4 tackles with one for a loss of yards.

Ouachita will host Ferris State next Saturday at Cliff Harris Stadium. Information on next week's Quarterfinal matchup will be released later in the week.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Class 4A Football Results

The quarterfinals of class 4A football were played Friday night, November 23th.  The results are as follows:
Arkadelphia 21 Stuttgart 0
Dumas 30 Rivercrest 18
Joe T. Robinson 38 Ozark 16
Shiloh Christian 40 Nashville 21

Dumas will now face Joe T. Robinson in the semifinals at Joe T. Robinson.
Arkadelphia will travel to Shiloh Christian for the other semifinal.

Warren defeated Dumas back in October by the score of 38-8.  The Dumas/Robinson game will be a repeat of teams from conference 74A and 84A in the semifinals from last year, when the Lumberjacks faced off against Robinson and won in overtime. 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Warren Wins 15th Championship In 19 Years

Coach Bo Hembree has been Head Football Coach of the Warren Lumberjacks for 19 years.  He came to Warren as an assistant to Coach Tommy Arnold and was named head coach shortly thereafter when Coach Arnold went into administration.  He brought a new concept to Warren football.  It was called a passing offense, or "the spread."  It revolutionized Lumberjack football.  In a very short time period, Warren went from being a year in and year out competitive team, that occasionally made the playoffs, to a perennial conference champion and a major factor in Arkansas football, including winning state championships. 

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Warren Closes Season With Hard Loss

Photo by Robert Camp
The Lumberjacks and their coaches knew the second round of the playoffs would be a hard game, facing the Arkadelphia Badgers.  It is doubtful they expected the final results.  No one did.

Arkadelphia dominated the game from the first play and dealt Warren a 41-14 loss.  It was a difficult night for the men in orange and black, as they could not get anything going on offense and had no answers to stop the Badgers.  Arkadelphia scored on each possession of the first half and Warren generated very little offense.  Two lost fumbles by the Jacks added to their woes and the halftime score was 41-0.

Photo by Robert Camp
In the second half, with the clock running under the sportsmanship rule and with Arkadelphia playing second teamers, the Lumberjacks forced a punt and mounted a drive.  With a little help from a targeting call, the Jack offense moved into Badger territory.  Arkedelphia brought their first team defense back onto the field in an attempt to preserve a shutout.  The Lumberjacks, however, scored on a 13-yard touchdown pass from J'malachi Kinnard to Cade Reep.  Jesus Tinoco made the PAT and cut the score to 41-7.

In the 4th quarter, the Lumberjacks threatened to score again, but the Badgers intercepted a pass at the 2-yard line.  With 2:35 left in the game, the Lumberjacks got back on the board with a three-yard touchdown run by Kinnard and Tinoco made the point after to set the final score at 41-14.

Photo by Robert Camp
It was a difficult way to end what has been another great season with yet another conference title.  Taking nothing away from Arkadelphia, who appeared motivated and were obviously very good, the Lumberjacks seemed to not recover completely from the loss of Treylon Burks to injury and the injury to Christian Calhoun as well as several other players who played the final several games as walking wounded.  While the Lumberjacks remained a very good team, the consistency seemed to lack at the end of the year and it just was not meant to be.

Warren loses an great class of seniors who won a state title in 2016, finished second in the state in 2017 and won their third consecutive conference championship in 2018.  They will go down as one of Warren's all time great group of players and successful teams.

Now we get ready for 2019 with some very good returning athletes and some exciting newcomers.  Maybe a little young, but ready to build on the Lumberjack tradition of winning.