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<p>photo by VONDA NORWOOD</p><p>Van Buren sophomore Beau Beckner tries to get past a Siloam Springs defender during a recent game at Clair Bates Arena. The Pointers earned the top seed from the 7A Central for the state tournament hosted in Springdale this week.</p>

Prep Basketball: Teams head to state tourney

Mar 04, 2015 9:05am

Both Van Buren teams head to the Class 7A state tournament at Springdale Har-Ber this week.

The Pointers earned the top seed from the 7A/6A-Central and received a first-round bye.

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<p>photo by TWILA KING</p><p>Mulberry’s Rebecca Treat and Taylor Nagel gain possession of the basketball during Friday’s contest at C.B. “Cotton” Havener Gymnasium.</p>

Basketball: Round-up for Feb. 11, 2015

Feb 11, 2015 8:17am

The Lady Dragons picked up another win Friday night with 21 points from Kaylyn Moore.

Mountainburg defeated Decatur 51-20 after taking a 28-11 lead in the first half.

Britton Peters...

<p>photo by GEROGE “CLAY” MITCHELL</p><p>Van Buren football standouts Hayden Cole (left) and Nick Houston (right) play a quick game of basketball at Clair Bates Arena prior to signing national letters of intent to join Division II football programs in Arkansas.</p>

Relaxing before signing

Feb 09, 2015 9:00am

photo by GEROGE “CLAY” MITCHELL

Van Buren football standouts Hayden Cole (left) and Nick Houston (right) play a quick game of basketball at Clair Bates Arena prior to signing national...

<p>photo by GEORGE “CLAY” MITCHELL</p><p>Van Buren’s Nick Houston (center) signs a Division II national letter of intent to join the Henderson State Reddies football squad at Clair Bates Arena on Wednesday during a ceremony. Houston is joined by his mom, Laura Houston, and Nick Houston.</p>

Football: Local athletes sign letters of intent

Feb 09, 2015 8:58am

When he got to Alma Middle School, Dakota Shelton thought of himself as a basketball player.

But coaches convinced him he was destined to play football. Wednesday, he signed a letter of...

Football: Arkansas colleges ink instate players

Feb 09, 2015 8:58am

Ouachita Baptist and Henderson State are the only schools to win Great American Conference football championships (OBU in 2011 and 2014, Henderson State in 2012-2013) in the league’s brief four-...

<p>photo by TAMMY HOBSON</p><p>Mountainburg’s Britton Peters shoots past Adrianna Domerese during the Lady Dragons’s 55-52 win against the Johnson County Westside.</p>

Basketball: Round-up for Feb. 7, 2015

Feb 09, 2015 8:58am

After suffering one of its biggest conference losses back in early January, the Mountainburg Lady Dragons avenged that loss as they defeated Johnson County Westside 55-52 on Tuesday night.

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<p>Zaxby’s Player of the Week — Halie Jennen. “She’s the Lady Pointer’s designated defensive stopper,” said coach Chris Bryant. “Halie is a capable scorer, but her willingness to do all of the non-glamorous roles, such as defending the opponent’s leading scorer, being a tenacious rebounding, leading the team in hustle plays, makes her very valuable to the team.”</p>

Basketball: Cyclones topple Pointers

Feb 04, 2015 11:10am

This is the Russellville Cyclones basketball team head coach Codey Mann expected in the preseason — and what a perfect time for it to come together.

RHS defeated the Van Buren Pointers 55-36...

Basketball: Alma moves into first in league play

Feb 04, 2015 11:10am

Another 7A/6A-Central and another gutsy performance in a close game by the Alma Airedales.

Alma dug deep again on Friday night, beating Conway, 53-50, and closing out the opening half of...

Basketball: Lady Pointers push Greenwood

Jan 31, 2015 5:05am

After playing their worst game of the season last week at Russellville, the Greenwood Lady Bulldogs were pushed to the brink again.

Megan Hartness hit six free throws in the final 36 seconds...

<p>photo by AARON SHAFFER</p><p>Cedarville’s Shanda Brown (left) drives to the basket past Lavaca’s Bailee Crawford during the second half on Tuesday at Cedarville.</p>

Basketball: Lady Pirates hold off Lavaca

Jan 31, 2015 5:05am

Cedarville girls basketball coach Chase Rackley has been looking for more energy from his team of late. He found some early Tuesday night in the form of Shanda Brown

Brown started Cedarville...

<p>photo by KENNETH FRY</p><p>VBFA’s Gavin Ball (10) goes in for the layup against Kimmons’s Tavonte Barum during Thursday’s River Valley Conference contest at the Academy Gymnasium.</p>

Basketball: Kimmons raids wins at VBFA

Jan 31, 2015 5:05am

Kimmons came away with a pair of wins at VBFA Thursday night.

Whenever the Lady Pointers got on track to push the Lady Raiders, Kimmons answered right back to win 46-33.

The Raiders...

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