Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Saline River Shootout Happening Friday Night

On October 19th, the annual Union Bank SRiver Saline Shootout will be played between the Warren Lumberjacks and the Monticello Billies. This game is one of the longest running and most important rivalries in the state and the game will be celebrated with the state’s largest known rivalry trophy, which will be displayed at the winning school for the duration of the year. It is with great pride that Union Bank and Trust recognizes the rich history of each school with this annual award. We hope you can join in the celebration and attend this year’s Union Bank Saline River Shootout!!

Community Pep Rally and Bonfire

Monday, October 15, 2018

Fall World Series Set To Begin On Tuesday

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The 2018 Razorback Baseball Fall World Series will get underway Tuesday at Baum Stadium as the baseball team nears the end of its fall workout season. Originally scheduled as a best-of-five series, bad weather forecasted for Monday has forced the series to become a best-of-three starting on Tuesday.

 The intrasquad games will split the roster into two teams (Cardinal, White). Games one and two will go nine innings, while game three, if necessary, will go seven innings. First pitch for game one is set for 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Baum Stadium.

 Arkansas was the national runner-up from a year ago, its second national runner-up finish in school history and returns 14 letterwinners from the 2018 squad. Head coach Dave Van Horn enters his 17th season at the helm of the baseball team and is coming off his best season as the head Hog as he guided the Razorbacks to their ninth College World Series appearance and seventh of his career.

 Making up the Cardinal team for this year’s fall series are eight veterans and 14 newcomers. Redshirt junior starting pitcher Isaiah Campbell and junior closer Matt Cronin headline the pitching staff, however, both will be held out after throwing in both of Arkansas’ fall exhibitions against Wichita State and Little Rock over the last two weeks.

 Sophomores Kole Ramage and Angus Denton, along with junior Jacob Kostyshock will shore up the Cardinal pitching staff for this week. Ramage and Kostyshock both saw considerable time on the mound during the exhibition games, combining for just one run allowed over six innings and striking out 11. Last Friday at Little Rock, Ramage struck out a team-high four batters in two innings of work while allowing only one hit and one walk.

 Offensively, the Cardinal team is led by All-SEC junior outfielder Dominic Fletcher, infielder Jack Kenley and catcher Zack Plunkett. Fletcher hit .288 with 10 home runs and 49 RBIs a year ago and was named to the SEC All-Defense Team.

 In the College World Series, Fletcher was Arkansas’ hottest hitter, going 9-for-26 (.346) at the plate with two home runs and eight RBIs. He ended the year with a second-straight double-digit home run total becoming the first Razorback since Rodney Nye (1998-99) to hit 10 or more home runs in his first two seasons.

 On the White team, a strong offense litters the roster including Jordan McFarland, Casey Opitz, Heston Kjerstad and Casey Martin. Martin and Kjerstad, who were the Razorbacks top two hitters last year and named Freshman All-Americans, return as, arguably, the nation’s best hitting duo. Both combined for a .339 average, 27 home runs and 107 RBIs last year and set Arkansas freshman records for hits, home runs and total bases.

 Opitz is coming off a strong fall exhibition series where he went 4-for-9 (.444) at the plate with three of those hits coming on Friday at Little Rock. Last year, Opitz only appeared in 19 games, but hit .222 with two of his six hits going for extra bases and is expected to be one of Arkansas’ top utility players in 2019.

 On the mound for the White team, righties Caleb Bolden, Zebulon Vermillion, Kevin Kopps and Cody Scroggins lead the way. Kopps, who is coming off season-ending Tommy John surgery last year, pitched one inning against the Trojans on Friday, striking out two while walking one on 13 pitches.

2018 Fall World Series Schedule

Game 1 – Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m.
Game 2 – Thursday, Oct. 18 at 4 p.m.
Game 3 – Friday, Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. (if necessary) (7 inning game)

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

OBU Continues on Winning Roll

LaFoy and Hayden pose for another victorious photo!
OBU Tigers beat Oklahoma Baptist University Bison 58-21. The Tigers improved to 7-0. Lafoy Smith and Hayden Lassiter  each had a tackle. They will play Southern Nazarene University next Thursday night at OBU.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

McKnight & Steppes Share ASFCU Player of the Game Honors

Lumberjacks Make Big Plays In Win Over DeWitt

Warren running back Vincent Steppes flies past several DeWitt defenders for a Lumberjack Touchdown. Photo by Robert Camp.
The Warren Lumberjacks went into the DeWitt game Friday night minus several starters due to injuries, including the best player in Arkansas and one of the best in America, Treylon Burks.  They battled a much improved DeWitt team that tried to control the ball all night and ground out yardage.  They had some success, but not enough, as the Lumberjacks came away with a 35-14 victory.  It was a physical game and it was a battle through four quarters.

Warren won the toss and elected to receive the ball.  Cade Reep, who played well all night, fair caught the ball at the Warren 42.  The Jacks immediately moved the ball and Vincent Steppes ripped off a 37-yard touchdown run and Jesus Tinoco made the first of five PATs and Warren led 7-0.  Tinoco kicked off to the Dragon 21 and Warren got the ball back at their own 36.  DeWitt then intercepted a short pass and began on offense once more.  Warren's defense held and the Jacks got the ball at their own 38.  Tinoco punted to the DeWitt 21.

Sophomore Christian Calhoun(#12) recovers a DeWitt fumble.  Photo by Robert Camp.
In the second quarter, Warren's Christian Calhoun recovered a Dragon fumble at the Lumberjack 46.  At the 9:42 mark of the second quarter Steppes made another great run for a touchdown and Tinoco hit the point after to extend Warren's led to 14-0.  With DeWitt running the ball effectively and keeping possession of the ball for the rest of the quarter, the Dragons scored on a 4th down on a six yard run with 54 seconds remaining in the half and made the point after to cut the lead to 14-7.  Warren had earlier just missed intercepting a pass to halt the drive.

To open the second half, Tinoco kicked off to the DeWitt 21.  Warren's kick coverage was superb all night.  The Warren defense held and got the ball back at the DeWitt 40 and Steppes again torched the Dragon defense for 40-yards and a touchdown.  Tinoco was perfect and Warren went up 21-7.  After a kick off to the DeWitt 17, the Dragons drove the ball running and hitting a few passes down to Warren's one yard line.  The Lumberjacks recovered a fumble and began a new drive.  The Jacks were forced to punt to DeWitt's 40.  The next Dewitt drive ended with a 38 yard TD pass and left the score 21-14 in Warren's favor.

Kemmontrae McKnight(#7) scampers down the sidelines with Vincent Steppes(#23) with him blocking for a Warren Touchdown. Photo by Robert Camp.
In the 4th quarter, Warren was forced to punt and stopped DeWitt on downs at the Dragon 38.  J'malachil Kinnard then hit Keemontrae McKnight with a short pass that McKnight turned into a brilliant touchdown run.  Tinoco made the score 28-14.  Tinoco then kicked off out of the end zone and Warren's defense forced another punt.  On 4th down Kinnard hit McKnight with a great throw and catch for a 10-yard touchdown and Tinoco made the score 35-14.  Tinoco again kicked off into the end zone and the Warren defense forced another punt.  The Warren offense then ran out the clock.

It is hard to determine who to give credit to for the Warren win.  It was truly a team victory.  Kinnard was outstanding at quarterback and on defense.  Steppes was brilliant and McKnight made several super plays.  Braden Curry was once again very good in pass coverage and made several tackles.  The offensive line did a really good job throughout the night and the defense led by Marcus Miller and Donovan Ross made several big plays when needed.
DeWitt kept the ball for long periods of time and were difficult to stop at times.  The Warren defense stayed on the field a lot but never quit fighting hard.  The offense had receivers deep for much of the game but had some trouble connecting, while the short passing game came through and the running was outstanding. 

Warren is now 6-0 on the season with one game against Stuttgart that did not count due to weather halting the contest ( Warren was ahead ).  The Jacks are 4-0 in conference 8AAAA and will face Monticello next in Monticello October 19th.  Warren will play a team that always gets up to compete against the Lumberjacks.  Warren needs a big crowd and a crowd loud and supportive.  The Lumberjacks have played like warriors the last two weeks and must continue to do so to finish out the regular season.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Jr. Jacks to Face Off With Jr. Dragons Tonight

The undefeated Jr. Jacks host DeWitt tonight at 7 p.m. The 7th grade game starts at 5:30. The Jr. Dragons  are also having a good season with only one loss to date. Come out to Jim Hurley Jr. Stadium to support these teams!  The Jr. Jacks are coached by Steed White.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

UAM Releases Homecoming Schedule

  MONTICELLO, AR — Tailgate parties, reunions, a golf tournament, new alumni events and an exciting football game highlight a wide variety of events and activities at the University of Arkansas at Monticello as UAM celebrates 2018 Homecoming, October 15th – 20th.

The celebration begins on Monday, October 15th with the student organization on campus painting “Spirit Walls” in the courtyard area around the Clock Tower.  And on Tuesday, October 16th, there will be a Campus Cook Out & Bon Fire sponsored by the Campus Ministries at 5:00 p.m. on the MBSF lawn.

The celebration continues Wednesday, October 17th with the UAM National Pan-Hellenic Council “Music on the Yard” at the University Center Plaza, 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy our UAM NPHC Greek Organizations as they host a unified event for students to come and enjoy lively music on campus. The organizations will be there to showcase their moves, strolls, and struts while engaging the campus community and promoting diversity on campus.

Thursday, October 18th will be an exciting day starting with an Alumni Tea at the Trotter House from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Everyone is invited to come and enjoy some very special food and beverages provided by hospitality and tourism department.  Tickets are $15 each.  The Trotter House is located at 404 North Main in Monticello.

The UAM Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held October 18th at 6:00 p.m. in the University Center Green Room. Please join us as we celebrate five former, esteemed athletes as they are officially inducted into the UAM Sports Hall of Fame. Wess Moore, Sports Director on Fox 16 and 103.7 “The Buzz”, will serve as the Master of Ceremony for the event. Tickets are $35 per person. Proceeds benefit the UAM Sports Hall of Fame. For tickets, contact the Department of Athletics at (870) 460-1058.

Later that evening, alumni and friends are invited to join students at Convoy Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium for bed races and a pep rally beginning at 8 p.m.

 On Friday, October 19th, join us for the UAM Alumni and Friends Golf Tournament at the Monticello Country Club, sponsored by the UAM Sports Association. This event is free to all alumni. The tournament begins at 1:00 p.m., followed by a reception at 6:00 p.m. For details, please call Paul Griffin at (870) 723-4030.

 A Homecoming Celebration for Alumni and Friends, including an informal dinner and introduction of the 2018 Alumni Award for Achievement and Merit recipients and Continuing the Connection Awards is scheduled for Friday, October 19th at 6:00 p.m. at The Ridge, 238 Wilson Mill Rd, Monticello. For more information, please call the UAM Alumni Affairs office at (870) 460-1028.

A full slate of activities is scheduled for Saturday, October 20, including:

Hampton Hauls in Five Passes

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. - In Saturday's game against the UAM Weevils, Bryan Allen racked up 131 yards and a touchdown, former Lumberjack Terrez Hampton hauled in five passes for 102 yards, and KJ Reid notched 16 tackles, but the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys football team (2-4) was unable to overcome turnovers and the ground attack of the UAM Boll Weevils (2-4), falling 34-16 at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field on Saturday evening.

Two Compete in State Golf Tournament

Mastin Frazer, a senior at Warren High School, and Braden Jones, a junior, competed in the State Golf Tournament last week at Sage Meadows in Jonesboro last week.  Mastin shot 10 over 82  and Braden shot 94.  Jimmy May is the golf coach.

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Warren Boys are at it Again!

LaFoy Smith and Hayden Lassiter
Those Warren boys are at it again!  Ouachita Baptist Tigers traveled to Harding University where they came away victorious by a score of 7-3.  LaFoy Smith contributed to the victory with 10 tackles, and Hayden Lassiter had 3 tackles.  OBU continues their triumphant march with an undefeated record of 6-0.  The Tigers will be on the road again this Saturday as they travel to Oklahoma Baptist University.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Lumberjacks Stand Tall

Keemontrae McKnight intercepts a Dumas pass. (Robert Camp Photo)
A few years back Warren traveled to Dumas and played a pretty good Bobcat team.  Warren was very good and battled through and won the game to retain their number one ranking in the conference.  A regional newspaper had the headline the next morning, "Still the One."  That headline sums up the results of the Warren Dumas game Friday night, October 5th.  A very good Dumas team came to Warren undefeated to a face the topped ranked Lumberjacks.  It was a battle for three quarters, but Warren is, "Still the One" in 84A and still top ranked in class 4A.  There remains a ways to go and Warren has several top ranked and very good teams to play.  Friday night they stood up, took a heavy punch, and punched back. They walked away winners.

Going into the fourth quarter the game was 17-8 in Warren's favor. It ended 38-8.  The Jacks made plays when they had to and the defense came up big several times.
The Lumberjack defense converges on a Bobcat. (Robert Camp Photo)

Warren won the toss and chose to receive.  On the first play the ball was pitched to Treylon Burks and he pulled up and hit Cade Reep on a deep pass that got Warren into Dumas territory.  That drive ended with a twenty three yard field goal by Jesus Tinoco and Warren led 3-0.  Tinoco then kicked off into the end zone.  Dumas moved the ball, but J'malachi Kinnard intercepted a pass and Warren took over on their own fifteen.  The Warren offense gained some ground but had to punt.

In the second quarter, Dumas moved deep into Warren territory and was held on downs at the Warren seven.  The teams continued to battle, each moving the ball but unable to score.  The Lumberjacks secured good field position after a short Dumas punt and with 3:16 remaining in the half, Burks scored on a three yard run and Tinoco made the PAT and the Jacks took a 10-0 halftime lead.

The Lumberjacks kicked off to begin the second half and Tinoco put the ball in the end zone.  Despite some penalties, Dumas drove the ball and with 8;44 left in the third, scored on a 12-yard run.  They went for two and were successful, leaving the score 10-8 in Warren's favor.
The Jacks responded returning the kick off to their own 38 and they began to drive.  A great run by Keemontrae McKnight helped move Warren deep into Dumas territory.  During the big run by McKnight, he hurdled a Dumas player in a spectacular manner.  Both Stepps and McKnight ran hard and successful all night.  Stepps was the leading rusher on the evening.
#23 Vincent Stepps, #90 Marcus (Bubba) Miller , #88 Treylon Burks , J.J. Hampton, and #56 Michael Miranda tackle a Dumas runner.

At the 4;10 mark of the third quarter, Kinnard hit Burks with a a six yard touchdown pass.  The ball was perfectly thrown and Burks made the catch.  Tinoco was good on the PAT and Warren stretched the lead to 17-8.  The Warren defense then stopped Dumas and got the ball back.  After moving the ball, the Jacks were forced to punt and Burks promptly punted to the Dumas four yard line were it was downed.  Again the Warren defense stood tall and Dumas was forced to punt.  The ensuing punt was very short and the Jacks took over at the Dumas 23-yard line.  Burks, playing quarterback with 8:36 left in the game, passed six yards to Donovan Ross for a touchdown and Tinoco made the point after to extend the Warren lead to 24-8.

Tinoco kicked the ball deep on the next kickoff and Dumas fumbled.  Christian Calhoun scooped up the loose ball and raced in for a touchdown.  Tinoco pushed the score to 31-8 with another successful point after.

After another deep kickoff by Tinoco, Dumas moved the ball, but Keemontrae MnKnight made a great interception deep in Warren territory and the Jacks were back in business.  Late in the fourth quarter, Vincent Stepps ripped of a 40-yard touchdown run and Tenoco made the extra point to set the final score at 38-8.

The game was marred by a number of penalties, but it was hard fought and close till the fourth quarter.  While it was a game of ups and downs, Warren kept a team focus and made big plays.
Marcus Miller made several big stops, Kinnard made plays as did Burks, McKnight and Stepps, both on offense and defense.  Kinnard made several big hits form his safety position.  The offensive and defensive lines battled all night as did the Lumberjack linebackers and secondary.  The special teams play by Warren was superb, with Tinoco perfect on PATs, hitting a field goal and pinning Dumas deep on several occasions with outstanding kickoffs.  Coverage was well done as well.  The Lumberjacks did not punt often but were very effective when they did.

A number of Lumberjacks could have been MVP of the contest.  Salineriverchronicle.com chose Jesus Tinoco for his consistency on PATs, his early field goal and great kickoffs.

The Lumberjacks go back on the road Friday, October 12th, to DeWitt to face waht appears to be an improved Dragon team.  Warren will face DeWitt and Monticello on the road and finish with Hamburg and Helena at home.  The team appreciates the large crowds that have been on hand each week to support them.  Keep coming out and be loud and supportive and Warren reaches for championship goals.   

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