The Izard County Cougars defeated the Ridgefield Christian Warriors, 68-43, in the quarterfinals of the Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament at Jonesboro in December 20. The Cougars (18-1) were led by Justus Cooper with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Mike Uecker added 15 points and Caleb Faulkner 13 points for the Cougars. The Cougars were tied 16-16 after one quarter, led 35-27 at the half, and led 58-40 after three quarters. The Cougars advance to the semifinals on December 26 at 4 pmagainst East Poinsett County.
The Izard County Lady Cougars pulled away in the second half to defeat the Armorel Lady Tigers, 48-28, in the opening round of the Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament at the ASU Convocation Center in Jonesboro on Tuesday. The Lady Cougars led only 16-14 at the half before pulling away to the victory. The Lady Cougars (8-10) were led by Abby Brashear with 17 points and Harley Thomason with 13 points. The Lady Cougars led 7-6 after one quarter, 16-14 at the half, and 33-19 after three quarters. The Lady Cougars advance to play Riverside in the quarterfinals at 1 pm on Saturday.
The Izard County Junior Cougars rallied from 12 points down in the last three minutes of the game to stun the top-seeded Tuckerman Junior Bulldogs, 44-43, to repeat as Bill McCurley Invitational Tournament Champions at Sloan-Hendrix High School on October 28. The second-seeded Junior Cougars (4-0) finished the game on a 16-3 run behind 15 points from Coby Everett and 13 points from Rifle Comstock. Noah Everett hit two big three pointers during the closing minutes of the game and finished with seven points for the Junior Cougars. Chase Orf added six points and Gunner Gleghorn had three points for the Junior Cougars. The Junior Cougars trailed 15-8 after one quarter, 25-18 at the half, and 38-28 after three quarters.
The Junior Cougars defeated the Mammoth Spring Junior Bears, 42-35, in the semifinals on October 26. Coby Everett led the Junior Cougars with 23 points. Noah Everett added eight points, Comstock five points, Orf three points, and Gleghorn with three points. In a quarterfinal game on October 21, the Junior Cougars defeated Hillcrest, 61-32, behind 14 points each from Coby Everett and Noah Everett and 12 points from Zac Simmons. Comstock added eight points, Orf six points, Drew Foster three points, and two points each from Denton Reilly and Jared Brandon.
The Class 1A Izard County Cougars outlasted the Class 4A eStem Mets, 59-56, at Brockwell on October 27 in non-conference basketball action. The Cougars (5-0) stayed unbeaten in five games this season and they were led by sophomore Justus Cooper with 23 points and 15 rebounds and freshman Caleb Faulkner 23 points. The Cougars were tied 12-12 after one quarter, trailed 26-25 at the half, and trailed 46-40 entering the fourth quarter. The Cougars were 15 out of 18 from the foul line including 10 of 11 by Cooper. The Mets were just 10 for 21 from the foul line for the game.
The eStem Lady Mets defeated the Izard County Lady Cougars, 56-36. Sam King led the Lady Cougars (4-2) with 12 points and Harley Thomason added 11 points. The Lady Mets led 11-2 after one quarter, 25-19 at the half, and 38-28 after three quarters.
The Junior High All Region Choir Auditions were held on Saturday, October 7 in Jonesboro. ICC had two Junior High students who were selected, Daniel McCollum in 7th grade, and Katelynn Johnson in 8th grade.
The Senior High All Region Choir Auditions were held on Saturday, October 21 in Searcy. ICC Junior, Autumn Thick, was selected to the Senior High Treble Choir. Also, ICC Freshman, Abby VanCeave, made 10th chair in the Mixed Chorus and will have the honor of auditioning for the Arkansas All State Choir in February.
The Region 1 All Region Choir Clinic will be at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro on Saturday, November 4 where the students will rehearse all morning and then perform concerts that afternoon.
Izard County's standout basketball players Kennedy Cooper and Taylor Reynolds were selected May 24 to participate in next month's Arkansas Army National Guard High School Coaches Association All Star Basketball Games. Cooper, a 6'2" guard/forward, was a four time All State and All State Tournament Selection and led the Lady Cougars to state tournament appearances each of her three seasons with the Lady Cougars. The Lady Cougars were regional runner-ups this season including a regional semifinal win over the eventual state champion, the Bay Lady Yellowjackets and finished 31-8 on the season. The Lady Cougars were also Izard County champions and district and conference runner-ups. Cooper has signed to play basketball next season with Harding University. Reynolds, a 6'2" guard, led the Cougars to the state tournament Final Four this season and was named All State and All State Tournament. The Cougars reached the state tournament each of his three seasons and were also regional, district, conference, and Izard County champions this year and finished with a 35-10 record.
The Izard County Lady Cougars rallied from a 6-2 second inning deficit with 15 unanswered runs in the next four innings to maul the Bay Lady Yellowjackets, 17-6, in the opening round of the 1A Region 2 Softball Tournament at Armorel on May 5. The Lady Cougars (13-7) were led by Kennedy Cooper who hit a 2 run homer and had 3 RBIs and Natalie Everett with three hits including a double and a triple. Laney Rider scattered eight hits and had six strikeouts in going the distance on the mound for the Lady Cougars. The Lady Cougars advance to play Calico Rock on May 6 in the semifinals at 2:30. The Lady Cougars have clinched a spot in the regional tournament for the 11th consecutive year.
The Izard County Junior Cougars baseball team won the North Central Junior High Conference Tournament championship by edging the Highland Junior Rebels, 2-1, in the finals at Cougar Field in Brockwell on April 25. The Junior Cougars (10-1) and the Junior Rebels (9-2) were the co-champions in the regular season and the Junior Cougars avenged an earlier loss to the Junior Rebels at Ash Flat. Earlier in the day, the Junior Cougars defeated the Melbourne Junior Bearkatz, 4-3, and the Junior Rebels defeated the Cave City Junior Cavemen, 3-0, to reach the finals.
The West boys’ squad used balanced scoring to hold off the East squad, 107-88, in the boys game of the Fifth Annual North Arkansas All Star Basketball Classic held on April 15th at Izard County High School in Brockwell. Preston Gurley of Highland led the winners with 14 points and was named the MVP. Jahcoree Ealy of Guy-Perkins led the East with 24 points and Izard County’s Taylor Reynolds added 19 points for the East. Travis Lewis of Norfork and Tanner brooks of Izard County tallied 13 points each and Tyler Murphy of Sloan-Hendrix added 12 points for the West. Others in double figures included Colby Johnson of Sloan-Hendrix with 11 points and Dallas Farmer with 10 for the West team was coached by Seth Godwin of Mammoth Spring and the East was coached by Josh Bateman of Tuckerman.
In the girls game, the West triumphed 83-47 behind an 11 point effort from MVP Vinessa Daniel from Mountain Home. Kessie Jenkins of Batesville Southside added 10 points. Ashton Ford of Batesville led the East with 11 points The East team was coached by Ronnie Smith of Harrisburg and the West team was coached by Casey Scribner of Mountain View.
The players who participated were chosen from the graduating seniors from schools from across north Arkansas. Sponsors of the event included KSAR, Monty McCurley Insurance, and BSN Sports. Kennedy Cooper of Izard County won the girls individual three point shootout and Randon Carlton of Greers Ferry Westside won the boys’ three point shootout. Ealy won the slam dunk contest.
Others scorers: Girls: (West) Cooper 9, Alli Broadway (Batesville Southside) 9, Karlee Wood (Flippin) 8, Mikayla Irby (Norfork) 8, Allie Hensley (Clinton) 7, Ashlynn Taylor (Valley Springs) 5, Kristen Caraway (Izard County) 5, Kelcy Acklin (Norfork) 3, Natalie Everett (Izard County) 3, Alexa Ramsey (Mammoth Spring) 2, and Keleanna Johnson (Mountain View) 2. (East) Cailey Cossey (Melbourne) 7, Alexis Moore (Highland) 7, Hannah Qualls (Batesville) 5, Carly Otwell (Hillcrest) 4, Natalie Woolsey (Melbourne) 4, Kylie DeVries (Harrisburg) 3, Lindsey Smith (Salem) 2, Daesha Childress (Batesville) 2, and Hayley Cormican (Batesville) 2. Other East participants – Katie Brueckner (Salem), Jordan Webb (Melbourne), Samantha Tacker (Hillcrest), and Madalyn Whitmire (Hillcrest).
Boys: (West) Logan Skaggs (Mammoth Spring) 9, Ben Meigs (Sloan-Hendrix) 8, Maddox Adams (Cotter) 8, Matthew Gorbet (Cotter) 5, Len Powell (Mammoth Spring) 4, Dyllan Nunnally (Hillcrest) 4, Grant Casey (Norfork) 3, and Cameron Thorton (Rose Bud) 3. Also participating for the West – Noah Thompson (Mountain View). (East) Cameron Shaver (Salem) 6, Haston Bullard (Cave City) 6, Mitchell Flint (Pangburn) 6, Blaine Bacon (Cave City) 4, Gage Hewitt (Greers Ferry Westside) 4, Tyler Simino (Izard County) 3, and Baylee Mills (Mammoth Spring) 3. Other participants from the East – Mitchell Lamar (Salem), Rustin Woolridge (Cave City), and Austin Butler (Mountain View).
Izard County High School won seven awards at Academic Day at Lyon College recently. The winners included Lenise Byrd (2nd - Biology, 3rd - Algebra II), Ashlynn Billingsley (2nd - Life Science), Callie Cole (3rd – Chemistry, 2nd – Algebra II), Benji Norton (1st – Algebra II, 2nd - Physics). There were over 170 students competing in the contest. Charles Treat, Rachel Faulkner , and Tammy Roberts are the school sponsors.
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