by Bobby Stapleton
Melbourne hosted Yellville Summit in a battle of teams sporting identical 2-1 conference marks last Friday night, and got back on track after suffering their first loss the week before. With Yellville Summit coming in on a two-game win streak, the game looked to be a good one. The Bearkatz wasted no time in asserting dominance in the game.
Melbourne took the kickoff and used the first drive of the game to take the lead. Melbourne got back-to-back runs by Silas Motes for 25 yards. QB Gabe Lawrence then hit Alex Bray for 23 yards down the right side. With a first and goal, Motes went right up the middle for the TD less than two minutes into the game. Blake Howard booted the PAT, giving Melbourne an early 7-0 lead.
The Bearkatz were backed up against the goal line, but flexed their muscles and held Yellville on fourth down, getting the ball back at their own 14. On second down, Lawrence hit Andrew Pitts for 30 yards and a fresh set of downs near midfield. After moving down to the Panther 32 yard line, Lawrence launched another bomb, this time a 32 yarder, to Pitts down the right side for the TD with a shade more than two minutes left in the first. After Howard’s PAT, Melbourne had a 14-0 lead.
Holding Yellville to a three and out, Melbourne’s third possession only needed five plays to pay off when Motes went up the middle for a 10 yard TD, putting the Bearkatz up 20-0.
Yellville finally got on the board with four and a half minutes left in the half after covering 59 yards in four plays, pulling to within two touchdowns.
Melbourne didn’t flinch and came right back. With just less than a minute the in the first half, Melbourne crossed the goal line when Motes bulled his way across from 11 yards out, setting the score at 26-6.
The defense kept Yellville from scoring on their first possession of the second half. The Bearkatz picked right up on offense where they left off, only taking four minutes to score their next touchdown that covered 80 yards.
The score came when Bray lined up as QB and sliced the defense, weaving his way from 15 yards out. On the two-point conversion, Lawrence hit Jordan Hawkes, making it a 34-6 Melbourne lead. Less than two minutes into the fourth quarter, the Bearkatz picked up their fifth touchdown on the night when Lawrence hit Tyler Dudra with a six yard TD strike. Howard booted the PAT, making it a 41-6 lead for Melbourne, which kicked in the sportsmanship running clock.
Yellville fired right back, only needing three plays for their second TD of the game but Melbourne, with the game in hand, didn’t let up. The Bearkatz ran six plays, with Aaron Pettyjohn getting five of those including the final one that covered 30 yards, and crossed the goal line with 1:45 left in the game. Howard set the final score at 48-14 with the PAT.

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SIDELINE TIGHTROPE: Melbourne’s Trestin Lawrence works the sideline for 11 yards on the pass play against Green Forest in last Friday night’s game. With the win, Melbourne qualifies for the playoffs. See full story and additional photos on page 6 in this week’s Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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TAKING DOWN A CAVEMAN: Melbourne’s Trestin Lawrence tackles a Caveman during last week’s game. See full story and additional photos on page 7 in this week’s Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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Junior High
Aug. 23 Scrimmage at Hoxie TBA
Sept. 1 Corning 7 p.m.
Sept. 8 at Cave City 7 p.m.
Sept. 15 at Southside Batesville 7 p.m.
Sept. 22 at Mtn. View * 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 Marshall * 7 p.m.
Oct. 6 at Clinton * 7 p.m.
Oct. 13 Yellville * 7 p.m.
Oct. 20 at Mtn. Home 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 Salem 7 p.m.
Nov. 3 Mtn. View 7 p.m.
* Conference Games
7th grade games begin at 5:30 p.m

Senior High
Aug. 22 Scrimmage at Hoxie TBA
Sept. 2 at Corning 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 Cave City 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 at Salem 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 Mtn. View * 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 at Marshall * 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 Clinton * 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 at Yellville * 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 at Elkins * 7 p.m.
Oct. 28 Green Forest * 7 p.m.
Nov. 4 Greenland * 7 p.m.
Nov. 11 Playoffs – Round 1 7 p.m.
Nov. 18 Playoffs – Round 2 7 p.m.
Nov. 25 Playoffs – Quarterfinals 7 p.m.
Dec. 2 Playoffs – Semifinals 7 p.m.
Dec. ? Playoffs – Finals TBA
*Conference Games

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Look for our “Back To School” edition this week in Pacesetting Times! Area schools featured include Izard County Consolidated, Melbourne, Calico Rock and Salem Public Schools. See pages 4 through 9.

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Back to School in this week’s issue of the Pacesetting Times includes Izard County Consolidated, Melbourne, Calico Rock and Salem Public Schools. Get your school calendars, meet the upcoming football teams, and watch for sports each week from these schools!

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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ALL STAR: During the Homecoming festivities last Friday night, Jan. 9 at Melbourne, Bearkatz alum Kyler McLaughlin was honored for his accomplishments during his time at Melbourne. As an athlete, McLaughlin was a three sport star, competing in track, football, and basketball. Kyler’s jersey was hung on the wall with the other All Star Jerseys. Kyler is pictured with Football Coach Kevin McCarn. See full story in the January 21 edition of Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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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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SEALING THE LINE OFF: Melbourne’s Derek Love works on getting the line contained against Elkins last Friday night, November 14, during the opening round of the State Tournament. The Katz held on and let the 15-14 score stand up for the win. The Bearkatz head to Osceola Friday night, November 21, to take on the Seminoles in the second round of the State Tournament. See additional photos and full story in this week’s paper! Photo/B.Stapleton

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ROUGH AND TUMBLE GAME: Melbourne QB Conor Fogle crashes into the endzone for a touchdown against Osceola last Friday night. See full story and additional pictures in this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton

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WRAPPING UP THE FRONT NINE: Izard County Cougar Cody Workman putts on the 9th green midway through the District Golf Tournament. Workman qualified to compete in the 1A State Golf Tournament on October 7 at Drasco, as he was the tournament Medalist runner-up. Photo/B.Stapleton

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SALEM GREYHOUNDS: The undefeated Lady Greyhounds golf team won the District Tournament and the Greyhounds boys team finished second at District on Monday, September 22, qualifying both for berths at the State Championships. Lady ‘Hound team members (l to r) are Haley Ward, Kaci Barnett, Kendra Pendegrass, Bailey York and Kendra Rich. The ‘Hounds (l to r) are Coach JW Blevins, Dylan York, Mason Kinder, River Galbreath, Jeremy Brown, Jesse Kinder and Coach Stu Smart. The boys will travel to the 2A State Tournament at Thunder Bayou near Blytheville on Wednesday, October 8.

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DISTRICT CHAMPS: The Melbourne Bearkatz and Lady Bearkatz both took home District Golf Tournament victories. They are 2-3A district and both teams won District last year as well.

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Melbourne Bearkatz Football
Senior High School
Aug. 26 Scrimmage at Mtn. View 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 5 Yellville 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 12 at Cave City 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 19 Salem 7:00 p.m.
Sept. 26 at Manilla * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 3 Hoxie * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 10 at Corning * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 17 at Piggott * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 24 Osceola * 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 31 Rivercrest * 7:00 p.m.
11/6 at Cedar Ridge * 7:00 p.m.
11/14 Playoffs Round 1 7:00 p.m.
11/21 Playoffs Round 2 7:00 p.m.
11/28 Playoffs Quaterfinals 7 p.m.
12/5 Playoffs Semifinals 7:00 p.m.
12/12 Playoffs Finals 7:00 p.m.
*Conference Games

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KATZ ACCEPT CHALLENGE: Bearkatz Varsity team members douse their coaches during the annual pep rally kicking off football season on Thursday, August 21 in Melbourne. The latest social media “Ice Bucket Challenge” has sparked a new awareness in ALS, and contributions to the research of a cure for the disease have been tremendous. Read more about ALS and see more photos of local challenges in this week’s Pacesetting Times!! Photo/C.Anderson

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Bearkatz on the line during practice on Monday, August 11.

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The Melbourne Bearkatz took the runner up slot in Regional action and garnered a spot in state with their win over Osceola 76-68 and Valley Springs 37-34. The Katz travel to Charleston High School on Friday, March 7 and take on Cedarville at 8:30 p.m. Photo/V.Haas

Salem Senior Greyhound Nathan King stretches for the interception during the scrimmage game against Melbourne. Photo/V.Haas

The Salem Greyhounds readily overcame losses to their line from last year to defeat the Melbourne Bearkatz 42-6, for the season-opener scrimmage on Monday, August 20 at Melbourne.
“We are very encouraged by the performance of our offensive line,” said Coach Cody Curtis. “We’re very pleased with our seniors and every guy got to play.”