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.
Izard County Senior Night will be held Thursday, Feb. 2, during the basketball games against Mammoth Spring. Games start at 5 p.m. with junior boys, senior girls, and senior boys games.
Senior athletes in all sports will be honored between the senior girls and senior boys games. Senior basketball players to be honored include Tanner Brooks, Kristen Caraway, Kennedy Cooper, Natalie Everett, Dallas Farmer, Zech Felton, Taylor Reynolds, and Tyler Simino. These seniors have contributed much to the basketball history of Izard County. The senior boys have been part of won three straight conference titles, two district championships, two county tournament championships, and two regional runner-ups, and two state tournament appearances. The senior boys have won 95 games during the past three seasons to this point. The senior girls have won two conference championships, two regional championships, one district championship, three county tournament championships, an NEA Invitational championship, and two state tournament appearances in the past three seasons to this point. The Lady Cougars have also won 95 games the past three seasons.
The Izard County Lady Cougars defeated the Melbourne Lady Bearkatz , 55-32, to win the Izard County Invitational Tournament at Calico Rock, 55-32, on January 28. The Lady Cougars, ranked No. 5 in the Class 1A by the Arkansas-Democrat-Gazette, were led by Sam King with 18 points and Kennedy Cooper with 17 points. Jen King and Harley Thomason added seven points each and Natalie Everett six points for the Lady Cougars. The Lady Cougars improved to 25-5 on the season.
The Izard County Cougars couldn't hold off the Cave City Cavemen in the second half and lost, 53-48 in the finals of the Izard County Invitational Tournament. The Cougars ( 25-9), ranked No. 6 in Class 1A, and Cave City (20-2), ranked No. 5 in Class 4A, took the game down to the wire when Izard County's Taylor Reynolds drained a trey with 18 seconds to go to get the Cougars within one, 49-48. The Cavemen, though, hit their free throws in the closing second to close out the win.
The Cougars were led by Dallas Farmer with 17 points, Taylor Reynolds with 14, and Justus Cooper with 10. Tanner Brooks added seven points for the Cougars.The Cougars led 17-9 after one quarter, and 32-21 at the half, and the Cavemen led 42-38 after three quarters.
The Junior Cougars finished runner-up to the Mammoth Spring Junior Bears, 33-29. The Cougars (16-5) were led by Caleb Faulkner with 13 points. Gunner Gleghorn added 6, Coby Everett 5, Chase Orf 3, and Noah Everett 2 points.
The Lady Cougars advanced to the finals by defeating the Calico Rock Lady Pirates, 76-44, on January 25. The Lady Cougars were led by Kennedy Cooper with 29 points. The Cougars advanced to the finals by defeating the Melbourne Bearkatz, 68-55, on January 26. The Cougars were led by Justus Cooper with 23 points. The Junior Cougars advanced to the finals by defeating the Melbourne Junior Bearkatz, 40-33. The Junior Cougars were led by Noah Everett with 14 points.
The Izard County Junior Cougars rallied from a 16 point second quarter deficit to force an extra period but fell, 54-47, in overtime, to the Hillcrest Junior Screamin' Eagles in the championship game of the Hillcrest Screamin' Eagle Tournament at Lynn on January 21. The Junior Cougars (15-4) were led by Coby Everett with 21 points and Caleb Faulkner with 18 points. Noah Everett added 9 points, Chase Orf 2 points, and Gunner Gleghorn 1 point. The Junior Cougars defeated Hillcrest earlier in the year to win the Bill McCurley Invitational Tournament at Imboden.
The ICC Shooting Sports Team placed second in the Eastern District FFA Shooting Competition recently at the Arkansas game and Fish Commission Complex at jacksonville. The winning team consisted of Drake Gallion, Hayden Ekenes, Zach Williams, Seth McCurley, and Dillion Lyons.
Wayne Neal is the sponsor of the team and he was assisted by Brett Stevenson.
The Izard County Cougars Bowling Team improved to 2-0 on the year with a 13-0 victory over the Southside Southerners at Horseshoe Lanes on December 14. The Cougars won the first match, 547-347, the second match, 523-332, and both Baker games, 178-126, and 188-97. Matthew Workman bowled the high game for the Cougars with a 209 and Drake Gallion and Cody Workman added a 191 each. Caleb Rushing contributed a 190, Zach Williams 165, and Casey Hall 148 for the Cougars.
The Lady Cougars lost, 8-5, to the Lady Southerners. Tabitha Gregory led the Lady Cougars with a 149 and Autumn Thicke added a 136. The Lady Cougars lost the first match, 325-321, and the second match, 337-293. The Lady Cougars lost the first Baker game, 105-101, but rebounded to win the second Baker game, 112-95.
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The Izard County Cougars and Lady Cougars will tip off the 2016-17 basketball season with its annual Black and Gray intrasquad games on October 7th at Brockwell. The games will start at 5 p.m. with a 7th grade girls game and followed by the 7th grade boys, junior girls, junior boys, senior girls and senior boys. Admission is free and a Chili Supper is being held in conjunction with the event from 4:30 - 7 p.m. Each meal will cost $6 and all proceeds will go to the Kailey Moss Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information or to make a donation, call 258-7700.
Eve Hatman has been selected to be the new elementary principal at Izard County Elementary School at Violet Hill for the 2016-17 school year. Hatman has worked for the district for the past 13 years as an elementary and middle school teacher, a curriculum specialist, and as a middle school assistant principal. She holds a Master of Science in Education degree in Elementary Reading from Walden University and a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Mid-Level Education from Arkansas State University. She is licensed by the Arkansas Department of Education as building administrator, curriculum specialist, and as a mid-level teacher in the areas of language arts, social studies, science, and math. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher. Hatman replaces John Walker who will continue to work in the district as elementary media specialist, curriculum specialist, and grant writer. Superintendent Fred Walker said, “I am excited that we are able to promote Eve to the Elementary Principal position. She has a great academic and administrative background at Izard County and I know she will do well in this position. John has also done well for us as an elementary principal for the past 10 years and he has written numerous funded grants for the district during this time. He is ready for a different challenge and his new position will be a good fit for both him and the district. John’s passion has always been in curriculum, library media, and grant writing and his new position will be a good fit for him.”
Andrew Walker and Austin Coil, 2016 graduates of Izard County High School, have been selected as this year’s recipients of the Kailey Moss Memorial Scholarships. The scholarships are $1,000 each and are selected from the senior class of Izard County High School each year in memory of Kailey Moss, who was a student at ICHS before her death in December, 2008. The Kailey Moss Memorial Scholarships are for students at ICHS who, like Kailey, performed well academically and who were very active in school activities.
Andrew is an Honor Graduate at ICHS and plans to attend and play basketball for North Arkansas College in Harrison this fall. Austin plans to attend Ozarka College. Andrew and Austin are the fifteen and sixteenth ICHS recipients of the Kailey Moss Memorial Scholarships since 2010.
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