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DISTRICT CHAMPS: The Izard County Junior Cougars won the District Championship against Calico Rock on Saturday night, 35-28. They were also Izard County Invitational Tournament Champs, 1A 2 North Conference Champs and Hillcrest Screamin’ Eagles Invitational Tournament Runner-ups this season. For additional District Tournament action, see page 7 of this week’s Pacesetting Times! Photo/Donell Russell

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NOT SO FAST: Erica Sac (#11) gets up to tip the pass away and create the turnover against Wonderview in the State Tournament on March 8. The Lady Cougars finish the season with a 34-8 record. See full story and additional photos in the March 11 edition of Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton

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The Izard County Cougars and Lady Cougars were both named Conference and District Champions. In the Championship game, the Cougars held on for the 50-48 win over the Norfork Panthers. For ICC: Walker (20), Gleghorn (10), Mosley (7), Markovic (6), Reynolds (3), Everett (2), and Jones (2). The Lady Cougars went on for the 48-32 win over the Norfork Lady Panthers. For ICC: Cooper (21), Jones (9), S. King (8), J. King (7), Sac (2), and Caraway (1). Photos/B.Stapleton

by Bobby Stapleton
It’s a good thing gas prices have fallen.
The Arkansas Activities Association has awarded the post season sites for the majority of sports, and it looks like patrons in area coverage school systems will become road warriors.
In basketball, after Calico Rock, I.C.C, and Mammoth Spring get past the Senior Districts, which will be at ICC, it will be time to gas up the vehicle. The Regionals will be at Hillcrest from February 25 to February 28. The State Tournament will be held March 3 through 7 at Nashville, Arkansas.
For Salem, the District will be held at Tuckerman, the Regional Tournament will be held at Buffalo Island Central from February 25 to 28. The State Tournament will be March 3 through 7 at Pangburn.
For Melbourne, after hosting the District Tournament, the Regional Tournament will be February 25 through 28 at Rose Bud. The State Tournament will be held at Cassatot River in Cove, Arkansas, March 3 through 7.

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PRESSURING ‘D: Melbourne’s Derek Love (L) and Jay Chaney apply the defense to Valley Springs on the break in last week’s action. See full story and additional pictures in the January 7th edition of Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton

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LET’S GET THIS GAME GOING: Salem’s Jeremy Brown knocks down a trey to open the game against Tuckerman last week. See full story and additional pictures of the junior team, senior ladies, and senior boys on page 6 of this week’s Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

Taking it right at them: Pirate Darby Ketron slices through the defense on his way to the rim against Greers Ferry last week. Full story in the November 12 edition of Pacesetting Times. ketronPhoto/B.Stapleton

Putting on a show: ICC’s Clay Mosley slams home a dunk against Norfork last Friday night. Mosley finished with 13 points on the night. Cougars held on in overtime 64-61.See full game highlights in the November 12 edition of Pacesetting Times. mosely Photo/B.Stapleton

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KEEPING THE PRESSURE ON: ICC’s Andy Norton applies the defensive pressure against Cotter last week. Photo/T.Stapleton
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Going to the rim: ICC’s Clay Mosley goes in for two points last week. Photo/T.Stapleton
See more pictures and the story in this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times!

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While the weather is turning cold and nasty outside, the basketball season it starting up. Last Friday night, October 10, ICC held its annual Black and Grey games to showcase this year’s talent to the fans. ICC will be hosting the Bad Boy Mowers Classic next week and will be in action on Monday night, October 20, when the Sr. Girls take on Marmaduke at 6:10 p.m. and the Sr. Boys will follow with a 7:30 p.m. game, also against Marmaduke. Photo/Travis Stapleton

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The Izard County Lady Cougars won Regional runner-up and advance to the Class 1A State Tournament at Harrison on Friday at 7 p.m. and will play the Bradley Lady Bears in the first round. The Izard County Cougars take on Emerson at 8:30 p.m. Photo/T.Stephens

The Izard County High School 2013 Homecoming ceremony will take place on Friday, November 22, against the Mammoth Springs Bears.
The junior boys will kick off the night starting at 5:30 p.m. and the ceremony will take place immediately after. The senior girls will follow with the senior boys playing last. Please come out to the Cougar Den on Friday evening to cheer on the Cougars against the Bears.

by Matt Orf
The Oxford Cats ended the Gainesville, Missouri youth basketball league with a tournament championship. The Cats got behind early, down 14 to 10 in the first half, then their defense kicked in gear as they held the Bulldogs to just four points in the second half. They went on a 28 to 4 run to end game and win 38 to 14. That win made them 11-0 in the league and league tournament.
They beat a team from D

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ora, Missouri in the semi final game.
Team members include Chance Jackson, Coby Everett, Noah Everett, Landon McBride, Gunner Gleghorn, Zachary Simmons and Chase Orf. Billy McBride is the coach of the Cats. All players are from Izard County Schools.