The Izard County Cougars routed the Bay Yellowjackets, 80-61, in the finals of the 1A Region 2 Tournament at Calico Rock. The Cougars (33-9) were led by Taylor Reynolds with 33 points and three fellow Cougars in double figures: Tanner Brooks 16, Justus Cooper 16, and Dallas Farmer 11. The Cougars led 22-14 after one quarter, 38-28 at the half, and 66-50 after three quarters. Bay falls to 28-13 on the season.
The Izard County High School Shooting Sports Team received a new Promatic Clay target Launcher through a grant from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Education and Outreach Division. The grant was funded by the conservation sales tax and funds from wildlife license plate sales. Team coach Wayne Neal.submitted the $2,000 grant proposal to purchase the new trap machine. This was one of three grants that the school's shooting sports program received this year through grants submitted by Neal.
Izard County High School agriculture students in Mr. Neal’s Agricultural metals class were recently invited to tour the Intimidator plant located in Batesville. Intimidator Employee Robert Stephens had issued the class the invitation to tour the plant. Stephens is an ICC graduate who had taken the Agricultural Metals class in high school and after graduation he had attended the Tulsa Welding School in Oklahoma where he had received his welding certification. The ICC students started the tour where the metal entered the facility and this allowed then to see first-hand the new technologies of metal fabrication equipment and every step of the process until they completed product testing before shipment. The students were also shown the types of welds the plant required to pass their welding test for employment. The students were very impressed by the Intimidator tour and it was definitely a learning experience for them.
The Izard County Lady Cougars jumped out to an 18-1 first quarter lead and cruised to a 54-30 victory over the Rector Lady Cougars in the first round of the 1A Region 2 Tournament at Calico Rock. The Lady Cougars (30-6) were led by Kennedy Cooper with 13 points and Jen King and Sam King added 11 points each. The Lady Cougars led 18-1 after one quarter, 31-11 at the half, and 37-16 after three quarters.
The Izard County Cougars defeated the Armorel Tigers, 74-47, in the first round of the 1A Region 2 Tournament at Calico Rock on Wednesday night. The Cougars (31-9) were led by Taylor Reynolds with 31 points and 10 rebounds and Justus Cooper with 22 points and 13 reboubds. Tanner Brooks added 17 points for the Cougars. The Cougars led 24-20 at the half and 46-37 after three quarters.
The Izard County Cougars defeated the Mammoth Spring Bears, 49-44, to win the 1A 2 North District Tournament at Norfork on Saturday night. The Cougars (30-9) won their third straight district tournament championship, won 30 games for the third straight season, and won their 40th straight conference or district game in the past three years. The Cougars were led by Taylor Reynolds with 23 points, seven rebounds, and four steals and Tanner Brooks added 13 points and three steals. Justus Cooper contributed seven points and ten rebounds and Tyler Simino six points and five rebounds for the Cougars. The Cougars trailed 11-10 after one quarter, led 24-19 at the half, and led 35-28 after three quarters. The Cougars are ranked No. 5 in 1A and will play Armorel at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the regional tournament at Calico Rock.
The Izard County Lady Cougars, ranked No. 4 in 1A, fell 64-43, to the Norfork Lady Panthers, No. 1 in 1A, in the girls' championship game at Norfork. The Lady Cougars led 41-40 late in the third quarter before Norfork (35-1) went on a 19-2 run to put the game away. The Lady Cougars (29-6) were led by Jen King with 18 points and Sam King with nine points. Kristen Caraway added eight points, Kennedy Cooper four points, and Natalie Everett two points for the Lady Cougars. The Lady Cougars trailed 19-15 after one quarter, 33-32 at the half, and 45-41 after three quarters. The Lady Cougars will play Rector at 4 p.m. on Thursday in the regional tournament.
The Izard County Cougars won the Class 3A/2A/1A State Bowling Runner-up trophy at the Conway Family Bowling Center in Conway on February 14. The Cougars score of 3,511 pins was 26 pins ahead of third place Norfork (3,485) and 98 pins behind state champion Mayflower (3,609). The Cougars, the East Conference champion, outscored Norfork 185-140 in the last Baker's game to overcome a 19 pin deficit for the state runner-up trophy. to Norfork before the last game. The Cougars were led by All State and All Conference performer, Drake Gallion, with a 538 series with a high game of 186, Casey Hall with a 515 series and a high game of 184, and All Conference performer, Cody Workman, with a 503 series and a high game of 189. Other notable performers for the Cougars include Matthew Workman (460 series), Patrick King (447 series), Preston Grant (173 game), and Caleb Rushing (134 game). Other Cougars team members include Zack Williams and Cole Wallis. Coach of the team is Tim Massey.
The Izard County Cougars won the 3A-2A-1A East Conference Bowling Tournament held at Jonesboro on February 10. The Cougars won with a pin total of 3,626 with Riverside finishing second with a total of 3.455. Izard County, Riverside, Maumelle Charter (3,449), Conway Christian (3,226), and Conway St. Joseph (3,226) qualified for the state tournament to be held February 14 in Conway. Drake Gallion (595 series) and Cody Workman (535) led he way for the Cougars and were both named to the All Conference Team with a fourth and seventh place finish out of 62 bowlers in the tournament. Gallion had a 247 game and Workman had a high game score of 224 for the Cougars. Matthew Workman (466), Casey Hall (454), and Caleb Rushing (450), finished 14th, 17th, and 18th, respectively for the Cougars.Other Cougars contributors included Patrick King, Preston Grant, Zack Williams, and Cole Wallis. Tim Massey is the coach of the Izard County Bowling Team.
The ICC Jr. High Quiz Bowl Team placed 2nd in the 1A Northcentral/Northeast Regional tournament on Friday, February 3rd. Finishing with a 4 - 1 record, they will now compete in AGQBA Jr Finals in Morrilton on February 25th. Chase Orf was named the Regional Tournament MVP.