S Lady Lions, Lady Pioneers fall in first games

GRAVETTE — The Lady Lions’ first pre-season game was educational according to Gravette’s new volleyball coach, Katie Collins. The Gravette girls fell to a strong Farmington team in three straight sets — 25-19, 25-15 and 25-18 — on Aug. 25. The game was educational because, according to Coach Collins, her team is going to take the match losses and players are going to learn from their mistakes so they can be ready for conference play, which begins on Sept. 1 when the Lady Wolves from Lincoln visited Gravette. Continue Reading »

S Bulldogs shaping up for 2015 season

DECATUR -- With the memories of a long, hot summer fading away, it's time to put on the shoulder pads and helmets and get ready for Decatur football. The 2015 season looks bright for the Bulldogs as they open against the Berryville Bobcats in an away game on Sept. 4. When practice began in early August, only 10 players took the field at Bulldog Stadium. As the 2015-16 school year began Aug. 17, the number of players remained the same. The Bulldogs needed eleven to continue the season. Jeff Gravette, school superintendent, considered canceling the entire season. The future of Bulldog football literally hinged on five additional players showing up for practice. Continue Reading »

S 'Meet the Pioneers' event held Friday in Gentry

GENTRY -- The Pioneers kicked off their fall sports' season with a "Meet the Pioneers" event on Friday at Pioneer Stadium, and members of Gentry's athletic teams were introduced to fans in the fundraising event sponsored by the Pioneer Athletic Booster Club. Introduced were members of Gentry's golf team (with numerous contests already complete), volleyball teams, cross country team, football teams, cheer squads and band. Continue Reading »

S Decatur, Gentry and Gravette teams preparing for season

WESTSIDE — Decatur opened preseason practice with just 11 players on the field, and Holland, as is usually the norm at the school, was looking for those numbers to increase when school started Monday. Holland hopes an additional seven or eight players join the team, but he said having 15 or 16 players is workable. “Our numbers are bad right now; we don’t have very many players,” Holland said. “We always pick some up here when school starts. I don’t like that, but it is what it is. We are hoping for 17, 18, but I could be surprised. Fifteen, 16 is horribly low, but it is not unlike a couple of other teams that are in the same boat...." Continue Reading »

Sports kicking off on west side

WESTSIDE — Gentry High School's varsity football team will participate in a “Meet the Pioneers” event on Friday at 6 p.m. and in a varsity scrimmage at 7 p.m. on Aug. 28. The first game is set for Sept. 4 against West Fork in Pioneer Stadium. Lion Pride Night at Gravette High School is set for 7 p.m. Friday in Lions Stadium. Decatur plays its first varsity football game at 7 p.m. in Berryville. Decatur's first volleyball games in its new program are home games on Monday and Tuesday in Peterson Gym. The girls play Pea Ridge at 4 p.m. on Monday and Lincoln at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Continue Reading »