‘Hounds set school record making it to State Final Four
by Bobby Stapleton
After reaching the third round of the State Football Playoffs for only the second time, the Greyhounds matched up against a familiar foe, conference rival Earle.
Earle had won the conference and had the home field advantage, but Salem was coming into the game on a hot streak.
After winning the toss and deferring until the second half, the Greyhound defense took the field first. Earle wasted no time in lighting up the scoreboard, using a six play, 82 yard drive that resulted in a touchdown with a second over two minutes gone in the game.
Salem started their first drive on their own 33 yard line and back-to-back runs by Jordan Turner picked up a fresh set of downs and more, setting Salem up at the Earle 40. After trading out penalties on second down and needing only five more yards to move the sticks, Salem went back to Turner who went left side all the way down to the 11 yard line. From there, the Greyhounds stalled out and Paul Goetzmann booted a 27 yard field goal to put Salem on the board.
Earle increased their lead on their next series, going up 14-3 with 2:21 left in the first quarter. After stalling out on their second series, the Greyhounds had to punt the ball back over to Earle who used a five play drive that covered 85 yards for their third TD of the game, going up 20-3 with 8:21 left before half.
Salem had trouble getting untracked on their third series and went three and out. With things looking bleak, the defense stepped up and changed the outlook. Holding Earle to six yards on three plays, Salem forced the Bulldogs into a punting situation. A bobbled snap by Earle was the break Salem needed and a tackle in the backfield, before they could get the punt away, gave Salem the ball only 20 yards from paydirt.
One play, one score. QB Harrison Henley hit Austin Goodson with the pass for the touchdown. Goetzmann split the uprights and Salem was right back in it, only trailing 10-20.
Earle used up pretty much all the time left in the first half on their next drive, scoring their fourth TD with 37 seconds left. Once again, just when things were looking bleak for Salem, a big play comes through. Goodson took the ensuing kickoff and went 80 yards on the return to keep in the game, trailing 17-28 at the half.
Salem got the ball to open the third, but stalled out at the Earle 23 yard line, turning the ball over on downs. Earle got the momentum going on their next play, which was a 77 yard touchdown then added the two point conversion, going up 36-17 with 6:44 left in the third. The Greyhounds started their next drive on their own 32. With Goodson and Turner churning up the yards and getting Salem all the way down to the Earle 39. With a mix or pass plays and the ground game keeping the defense guessing, Salem got down to the four yard line on a run by Turner. Back-to-back QB keepers by Henley got Salem into the endzone with 2:15 left in the quarter. With Goetzmann nailing the PAT, Salem only trailed 24-36.
Salem looked to have things going their way after recovering the onside kick on Earle’s side of the 50. With a draw play to Turner on second down and Eli Hale busting through the line for a first down at the Earle 36, Salem was looking to close the gap on the scoreboard. On second and 15, Henley hit Ethan Sanders with a pass that picked up 11. Two plays later, Salem turned the ball over to Earle on a fumble on the second play of the fourth quarter.
The Bulldogs did not waste time and punched the ball in for a touchdown, going up 42-24 with 6:32 left in the game.
After forcing Salem to turn the ball over on downs on the Greyhound’s next possession, Earle scored once again with 2:53 left, going up 50-24.
Salem started their next drive on their own 20 and with three straight runs by Peyton Barker that moved the ball down to the Earle 30, a facemask penalty against the Bulldogs moved the ball even closer to the endzone for the Greyhounds. After moving down to the five yard line for a fresh set of downs, Turner bulled his way over the goal line for a touchdown with :11 left on the clock. Goetzmann provided the PAT to set the final score of 50-31, with Earle advancing to the next round.
Salem Football continues
After a defeat at Earle in the third round of the State Playoffs sent Salem into the offseason and onto the hardwood for basketball, a surprising turn of events has reversed the course for the Greyhounds.
Earle self-reported the use of an ineligible player during this season to the AAA and declared the season and all games a forfeit. With the sudden change of events, the AAA has slotted the Greyhounds in as the team in the semi-finals of the State Playoffs and they will be taking on Foreman with only one win separating them from a trip to War Memorial Stadium for the Championship game.
With the announcement coming mid-week, the AAA actually stepped up and did the right and fair thing, they postponed the games for a week to allow Salem to get back into football mode and prepare for the game. Salem will travel to Foreman for the 7 p.m. matchup this Friday night.
Good luck Coach Wiggins and the Greyhounds!


ROUGH AND TUMBLE GAME: Cole Young and Zander Laxton knock the helmet off the runner during their Homecoming game against Cross County on Friday, October 6. See full story and additional photos on page 5 of this week’s edition. stapletonshots.com


By Suzonne Harber
The 2017 Greyhound Homecoming is fast approaching. On October 6, the Salem Greyhounds will face the Cross County Thunderbirds at 7 p.m. at Greyhound stadium. Homecoming festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The Homecoming court includes the following ladies: Erin Cameron, Autumn Freeman, Ashton Guiltner, Quincy Humphries, Kendra Rich, Dagni Hall, Keeleigh Smith, Allie Berry, Rory Walling, McKenzie Bontrager, Mackenzie Hill, Brittney Worsham, Morgan Johnson, Allie Sanders, Kaydence Bailey and Chelsea Hamilton.
The week of October 6, we hope to see everyone joined us in supporting the Greyhounds by showing your school spirit.
Mark your calendars for October 6 and join us to root for the Greyhounds!


by Bobby Stapleton
The Greyhounds welcomed the Panthers from Yellville-Summit on September 8 and sent the visitors home with their second loss, while Salem stayed undefeated in the young season.
Salem came out hot on defense, holding Yellville to a three and out first series, getting the ball on their own 35. The ‘Hounds picked up yards from Eli Hale, then Jordan Turner hit for back to back runs for 16 yards and a new set of downs. Salem stalled out and had to punt the ball back to Yellville.
The Panthers covered 53 yards in five plays then converted the two-point conversion to go up 8-0 with 6:21 left in the first.
Salem only needed nine plays to cover 50 yards to tie the game when Turner crashed in for a yard out then converted the two-point conversion to make it 8-all with 3:30 left in the first frame.
The Panthers came storming back, marching downfield but Logan Jewell picked off a Tyler Ramey pass at midfield and returned it to the 32 yard line. Four plays later, Turner put Salem up 14-8 with an eight yard romp. Paul Goetzmann split the uprights to make it a 15-8 Greyhound advantage with less than a half a minute left in the first.
Yellville wasted no time in swinging the momentum back in their favor. The Panthers put together a three play 67 yard scoring drive capped by a 56 yard touchdown pass just two plays into the second quarter. After a two point conversion, Yellville held a 16-15 lead.
Salem didn’t keep the ball long and punted it back to Yellville who had a first and ten from the Salem 41, when Ethan Davis crashed through the line for a sack that pushed the Panthers into a second and 19. Yellville didn’t recover and were forced to punt, but the Panthers punt team came up with a score. Salem mishandled the ball and were forced to run the ball out of the endzone but Yellville made the tackle for the safety, pushing their lead to 18-13.
Salem came out firing in the second half, taking the ball and marching downfield and used a 21 yard TD run by Turner to cap a six play drive to retake the lead. Goetzmann hit his second PAT to up the ‘Hounds up 22-18.
Yellville marched downfield to try and retake the lead but Ian King picked off a pass in the endzone to thwart the Panthers. After Salem stalled and turned the ball back over on downs, Yellville was once again stymied when King picked off his second pass three plays later.
Yellville was feeling the crushing effect of the defense of Salem when their next possession ended on a fumble and Tommy Perkins recovered it for Salem.
Yellville found themselves with the ball with 1:26 left in the game and starting marching downfield trying to retake the lead.
After getting out to their own 42 and less than 30 seconds left, the Panthers went to the air once again but King picked off his third interception on the night, preserving the Salem lead and the Greyhounds claimed the win to stay undefeated.
Pictured: Greyhound QB Harrison Henley fires on the run against Yellville-Summit. Photo/stapletonshots.com


Jr. High Football
Thursday, August 22, Scrimmage Walnut Ridge at Salem – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 31, Mtn. View at Salem – 7 p.m.
Thursday, September 7, Salem at Earle – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 14, Rector at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 21, Salem at Cross Country – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 28, EPC at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, October 5, Salem at Marked Tree – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, October 12, Salem at Midland – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, October 19, TBA
Thursday, October 26, Melbourne at Salem – 7 p.m.
*Conference Games
7th grade games begin at 5:30 p.m.
Sr. High Football
Tuesday, August 22, Scrimmage Walnut Ridge at Salem – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 1, Salem at Mountain View – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 8, Yellville-Summit at Salem – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 15, Salem at Melbourne – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 22, Earle at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Friday, September 29, Salem at Rector – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 6, Cross County at Salem – 7 p.m. * Homecoming
Friday, October 13, Salem at EPC – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 20, Marked Tree at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 27, Midland at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, November 2, TBA
* Conference Games

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Salem Homecoming Court 2016. See full story and additional photos on page 6 of the October 5 edition of the Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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by Suzonne Harber
The Salem Greyhound Student Council members are preparing for Homecoming. The Greyhounds take on the Rector Cougars on Friday, September 30, at 7 p.m.
The Homecoming Court includes the following: 12th grade Queen representatives Carmon Doty, Ashley Hall, Emily Pate, Lindsey Smith, and Bailey York; 11th grade representatives Autumn Freeman and Kendra Rich; tenth grade representatives Lillian McCullough and Allyson Walsh; ninth grade Princess representatives Madison Sellars, Megan Ullrich and Rory Walling; eighth grade representatives Mackenzie Hill and Brittney Worsham; seventh grade representatives Jaycie Strong and Cassidy Walling.
At this time, the Student Council members are selling Homecoming shirts. If you are interested in purchasing a shirt, please contact Kim at 870-895-5921 or stop by the high school office for an order form. Short-sleeved shirts are $15, long-sleeved shirts are $20, and hooded sweatshirts are $25.
Homecoming spirit days have also been decided. Spirit week is September 26 through September 30, and we invite students and community members to dress up and show their spirit.
On Monday, sport your red, white, and blue for America Day. Tuesday is Twinkie Day; find someone and dress as twins. Wednesday is Sports Day, and Thursday is Throwback Thursday.
On Friday, deck out in the black and gold and show your support for the Greyhounds.
Be sure to come out to the Homecoming ceremony, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at Greyhound Stadium.

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Game times are as followed: 3rd grade, 10 a.m.; 4th grade, 11:30 a.m.; 5th grade, 1 p.m.; 6th grade, 2:30 p.m.
All games are on Saturday unless noted and are subject to change.
September 3 – West Plains #2 at Salem, 2nd grade at 11 a.m.
September 10 – Salem at West Plains #1
September 17 – Salem at Thayer
September 24 – Cave City at Salem
October 1 – Highland at Salem
October 8 – Bye week
October 15 – Salem at Melbourne
October 22 – Salem at Highland
October 29 – League Tournament
(3rd grade at Salem; 4th grade at Melbourne; 5th grade at Thayer; 6th grade at Cave City)
Jr. High
Thursday, August 25, Scrimmage at Walnut Ridge – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 1, Salem at Mtn. View – 7 p.m.
Thursday, September 8, Earle at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 15, Salem at Rector – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 22, Cross County at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, September 29, Salem at EPC – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, October 6, Marked Tree at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, October 13, Midland at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, Ocotber 20, TBA
Thursday, October 27, Salem at Melbourne – 7 p.m.
*Conference Games
7th grade games begin at 5:30 p.m.
Sr. High
Thursday, August 25, Scrimmage at Walnut Ridge 7 p.m.
Friday, September 2, Mountain View at Salem – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 9, Salem at Yellville-Summit – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 16, Melbourne at Salem – 7 p.m.
Friday, September 23, Salem at Earle – 7 p.m. *
Friday, Septemeber 30, Rector at Salem – 7 p.m. * Homecoming
Friday, October 7, Salem at Cross Country – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 14, EPC at Salem – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 21, Salem at Marked Tree – 7 p.m. *
Friday, October 28, Salem at Midland – 7 p.m. *
Thursday, November 3, 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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NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT: Jeremy Brown, a senior at Salem High School, signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Crowley Ridge College in Paragould on a Golf Scholarship on Thursday, February 11 at the Salem High School Library. Jeremy is the son of Nick and Sandy Brown of Horseshoe Bend.

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LITTLE MISS AND LITTLE MISTER: The Zeta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held their Annual Valentine Pageant on Tuesday, February 9 at the Salem High School Gymnasium during the Salem-ICC Basketball game. The winners of the Little Miss and Little Mister Pageant include: Second Runner-Up Ms. Aldridge’s First Grade: Natalie Burk the daughter of Cassi and Joey Burk and Keaton Zeigler the son of Carrie Johnson and Tate Zeigler; First Runner-Up Ms. Barker’s Second Grade: Allison Stone the daughter of Melanie and Jeremy Stone and Kamden Barker the son of Nikki Barker; Winner Ms. Edwards Third Grade: Lilly Summerhill the daughter of Jeff Summerhill and Skyler Payne the son of Bailey and Lincoln Payne. Photo/C.Johnson

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MR AND MISS VALENTINE: The Zeta Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held their Annual Valentine Pageant on Tuesday, February 9 at the Salem High School Gymnasium during the Salem-ICC Basketball game. The winners of the Mr. and Miss Valentine Pageant include: Second Runner-Up Sophomore Class: Kaylea Walling the daughter of the late Sherry Walling and Gary and Amy Walling and Braden Love the son of Brock Love and Tennile Ellison; First Runner-Up Junior Class: Melissa Palumbo the daughter of Mike and Veronique Palumbo and Justin Pearson the son of Buddie and Amy Pearson; Winner Senior Class: Callie Marsh the daughter of Bill and Julie Marsh and Jeremy Brown the son of Nick and Sandy Brown. Photo/C.Johnson

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ONE LAST GAME: Salem Greyhound football Seniors (L-R) Drake Raines, Raymond Hunter, Trey Lemmel, and Alex Martin go out for the coin toss on Senior night last Friday night, the last home game of the season. See additional photos in the Nov. 4 edition of the Pacesetting Times! Photo/B.Stapleton

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KING: Drake Raines get a congratulatory kiss from Madison Stills after he was crowned Homecoming King last Friday night during the Salem Greyhound Homecoming festivities. Photo/B.Stapleton

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GOING ALL OUT: Salem’s Cameron Shaver gets upended trying to get into the end zone. The Greyhounds played the Yellville Panthers last Friday night. See full story and additional photos in the September 16 edition of the Pacesetting Times. Photo/B.Stapleton

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CLOSING THE GAP: Salem’s Spencer Love (#28) and Alex Martin bring down a runner in last week’s game against Cedar Ridge. See additional photos and full story on page 7 in the Sept. 2 edition of the Pacesetting Times. Photo/T.Stapleton

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GOING LONG: Salem’s River Galbraith unloads on an approach shot on hole 14 at Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend. See the August 26 edition of Pacesetting Times for additional photos and full story. Photo/B.Stapleton

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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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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

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SWITCHING IT UP: Salem’s Lindsey Smith goes in for the reverse lay up against the Lady Greyhounds win over Flippin in the Marvin Newton Classic last Saturday. See full story and additional pictures in this week’s edition. Included in the Classic coverage is Viola Longhorns and Salem Greyhounds. Photo/B.Stapleton

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DOUBLE TEAMING: Brent Haskins and Raymond Hunter make the tackle on a Cougar. See this week’s edition of the Pacesetting Times for additional pictures and full recap of the Salem v. Rector game. 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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HAULING IT IN: Salem Greyhound Drake Raines hauled in a catch for a 30 yard gain against Yellville-Summit on Friday, September 12. See related story and pictures on page 6 of the September 17th edition of Pacesetting Times. Check newsstands now! Photo/ Travis Stapleton

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Lining them up and knocking them down: Greyhound Spencer Love steamrolls Yellowjackets on his rumble down the left side last Friday night, Sept. 5. See newsstands now for complete game coverage! Photo/B.Stapleton

That’s far enough: Salem’s Alex Martin takes down a Yellowjacket in a great open field tackle against Mountain View last Friday night. See this and the full game highlights in the September 10 edition of Pacesetting Times!martin Photo/B.Stapleton

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Salem Greyhound Football Schedule 2014-15
Thursday, August 28, Scrimmage at Cedar Ridge 5:30 JR 7:30 SR
Friday, September 5, Mountain View at Salem 7 p.m.
Friday, September 12, Salem at Yellville-Summitt 7 p.m.
Friday, Septemeber 19, Salem at Melbourne 7 p.m.
Friday, October 3, HOMECOMING, Rector at Salem, 7 p.m.
Friday, October 10, Cross Country at Salem 7 p.m.
Friday, October 17, Salem at Earle 7 p.m.
Friday, October 24, Marked Tree at Salem 7 p.m.
Friday, October 31, Salem at Walnut Ridge, 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 6, Midland at Salem, 7 p.m.

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Salem Senior High Football Team 2014

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RESOURCE OFFICER OF THE YEAR: Salem School’s Resource Officer, Daniel Busch (m), was named the Resource Officer of the Year by the Arkansas Safe Schools Association

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.”