SECOND ALTERNATES AT THE ARKANSAS STATE FAIR PAGEANT: Sydney Elizabeth Brown (r) 18 year old daughter of Terry and Becky Brown of Viola. She is a senior at Calico Rock High School and will attend Harding University at Searcy. Mary Katherine Estes, 19 year old daughter of Jason and Monica Estes of Salem. She is a 2016 graduate of Salem High School and is attending Arkansas State University Mountain Home. See additional photos on page 8 of this week’s edition of Pacesetting Times.


Arkansas Supreme Court Chief Justice John Dan Kemp will address Ozarka College graduates during the 2017 Commencement Ceremony.
Commencement will take place on Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the John E. Miller Education Complex in Melbourne. Approximately 400 students are expected to receive credentials from 32 degree programs.
Mammoth Spring High School Graduation will be on Monday, May 8 at 7 p.m. in the gymnasium.
Izard County Consolidated High School will hold graduation ceremonies at the Brockwell campus, on Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m., in the gymnasium.
Salem High School Graduation will be held Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at the high school gymnasium.
Melbourne High School will hold commencement exercises on Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Michelle Gray, Representative District 62, Arkansas House, will be the featured speaker.
Highland High School will hold graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m. at the A. L. Hutson Center.
Viola High School Graduation will be held on Thursday, May 18 at 8 p.m. at the high school gymnasium.
Calico Rock High School commencement exercises will be held on Friday, May 19 at the elementary auditorium. Video begins at 6:30 p.m. and graduation begins at 7 p.m.

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PUMPING IN THE POINTS: ICC’s Taylor Reynolds knocks down a jumper against the Pirates on November 15. Reynolds put up 12 points for Izard County. The Cougars took a 69-29 victory over Calico Rock. See full story and additional photos in this week’s Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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POUNDING THE FLOOR: Izard County Lady Cougar Jen King goes right at the Calico Rock defense on November 15. King scored 24 points and the Lady Cougars took the 69-38 win. See full story and additional photos on page 7 of the November 23 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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by Bobby Stapleton
To say that the last year has been good to Tyler Lewis would be quite the understatement. Lewis, a 2011 Calico Rock graduate, has had things go right.
In June, Lewis qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo and came away as the Reserve Champion, missing the Championship by a mere six points. That was an amazing feat in itself, as Lewis had been in a slump, not having covered a bull in almost two months. After making it back home and lamenting about how close he had come to the CNRF Championship and the automatic entry into Cheyenne’s Frontier Day Rodeo, Lewis got a surprise package that helped ease the sting. A package arrived notifying him that he was also named Rookie of the Year in bullriding for the CNFR, along with a $500 scholarship and gift certificates from Cinch.
After the college rodeo season was over, Lewis turned his attention to the International Professional Rodeo Association, IPR, and the Arkansas Cowboys Association, ACA. Lewis had missed the 2014 IFR by a mere 200 plus dollars, and even led the bullriding most of the summer that year in the ACA. Lewis was the ACA Bullriding Rookie of the Year in 2008 and had made the finals every year except for 2015. In order to qualify for the ACA Finals, you have to have won money in the ACA and make a minimum of eight rodeos. In 2015, Lewis had only made seven rodeos and was not qualified, even though he had won enough money.
During the summer, Lewis kept things going his way as he got engaged to Savannah Henley, a Salem graduate who is also attending ASU in Jonesboro.
On their way to a rodeo in Jasper, Henley was going over the upcoming ACA rodeos helping Lewis plan out his goal at reaching the ACA finals. Lewis had decided to buy his card at Jasper that weekend so he could chase the ACA in hopes of making his way into the finals, since it was a mere five minutes from his apartment at Jonesboro where he is attending ASU majoring in Agri Education.
After buying his card at Jasper, Lewis bucked off that night. That would be the last time for a while as Lewis hit a hot streak like no other, only bucking off one more bull over the next two months, putting him into first place heading into the finals with a $1,300 lead. With the added money at the ACA Finals, Lewis knew he was not safe and would have to keep riding to win the Championship. On Friday night, Lewis rode a Cline Hall bull for a second place win, but the person chasing him for the Championship had won the go round. Saturday would tell the tale as Lewis withstood the challenge and claimed the 2016 ACA Bullriding Championship.
Lewis’ good year is not over by far, as he and Henley will tie the knot December 3.
Congratulations Tyler.

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PROTECTING THE PLATE: ICC’s Shelby Morris gets ready to apply the tag to Lady Pirate Megan Hiles in the semi-finals of the Regional Tournament. Photo/B.Stapleton
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OUT BY A STEP: Calico Rock first baseman Katie Hamby takes the throw from Maykayla Simmons for the out as ICC’s Shelby Morris hustles down the line during the semi-finals of the Regional Tournament. Photo/B.Stapleton
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GETTING CLOSER: Mammoth Spring’s Logan Skaggs slides safely into third base in last week’s Regional Tournament. Photo/B.Stapleton
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SCORCHING ONE: Melbourne’s Cailey Cossey hits a line shot against Manila in the semi-finals of the Regional Tournament. Photo/B.Stapleton
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JUGGLING ACT: Lady Cougar Shelby Morris corrals a pop foul for an out against Viola in the opening round of Regionals. Photo/B.Stapleton

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ROUGH AND TUMBLE GAME: Mammoth Spring’s Konnor Alexander slides in safely under Calico Rock’s Tyler Stowers as umpire Kevin Wray keeps a close eye on the action. See full story and additional pictures on page 6 of the April 29 edition of the Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

The top seeded ICC Jr. Lady Cougars with coach Tony Booth, took home the championship trophy in the Izard County Invitational Tournament with a 54-36 win over the Jr. Lady Greyhounds and coach Scott Faulkner. ICC led by 7 in the first, and Salem rallied to tie the score 30-all at the half on a bucket at the buzzer by Kendra Rich. The Lady Cougars outscored the ‘Hounds 12-2 in the 3rd quarter, and kept the lead for the win, after the teams had been tied five times before the half.  Four Lady Cougars tallied double digits. They were led by Sam King with 17 points, Abby Brashear had 16, Jen King 10, Natalie Everett 10, and Kaitlyn Tullis added 2. Kailey Walling was lead scorer for the Lady Greyhounds with 15 points. Lindsey Smith contributed 11, Emily Pate and Sonni Martin each had 4, and Rich had 2.

The top seeded ICC Jr. Lady Cougars with coach Tony Booth, took home the championship trophy with a 54-36 win over the Jr. Lady Greyhounds and coach Scott Faulkner. ICC led by 7 in the first, and Salem rallied to tie the score 30-all at the half on a bucket at the buzzer by Kendra Rich. The Lady Cougars outscored the ‘Hounds 12-2 in the 3rd quarter, and kept the lead for the win, after the teams had been tied five times before the half.
Four Lady Cougars tallied double digits. They were led by Sam King with 17 points, Abby Brashear had 16, Jen King 10, Natalie Everett 10, and Kaitlyn Tullis added 2. Kailey Walling was lead scorer for the Lady Greyhounds with 15 points. Lindsey Smith contributed 11, Emily Pate and Sonni Martin each had 4, and Rich had 2. Photo/C.Stafford