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.
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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