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

by Robin Haney
Facing the Centerpoint Knights in the first round of playoffs, the Melbourne Bearkatz delivered a 43 to 42 victory in overtime.
Bearkatz Stadium was chock-full of fans to watch the historic first appearance of the Melbourne Varsity Football program in Class 3A Playoffs. Centerpoint, 6-3-1, advanced to the playoffs from the 3A-5 conference. With a four game winning streak and 8-2 record entering the game, the Katz jumped to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter, but turnovers yielded the lead to the Knights at the end of the first half (14-22).
The Bearkatz continued to scratch and claw through the third quarter and trailed by 1 at the start of the fourth (28-29). Entering the final three minutes to play, the Katz took the lead (36-29), but with 41 seconds remaining, the Knights tied the score up (36-36).
Overtime brought Bearkatz the possession, a 4 yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Kylar McLaughlin to senior receiver Nick Miller and extra point kick from junior Bryce Hutchins (43-36).
Centerpoint’s possession escalated the tension of the game with a touchdown, moving the scoreboard to 43-42. The Knights lined up to go for the two point conversion attempt and the win; sophomore Kyle LeBouef broke up the pass in the endzone to secure the win.
Additional story and photos in the November 20 edition of Pacesetting Times.

by Eric Lufkin
Coach Harmon, ICC Cougar boys golf coach, hosted Melbourne, Salem, Mountain View and Mammoth Springs for match play at the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain in Horseshoe Bend, on September 7.
Cody Faulkner, Salem junior, teed up at hole 1 and got the match started. Group 1 for the boys were Faulkner, Chris Mosley, ICC senior; and Bradley Lamb, Bearkatz senior. The girl’s first group consisted of ICC’s Jordan Sherrell, Emma Cooper, Bearkatz; and Savannah Henley, Salem Greyhounds.
Lamb has been consistent throughout the season and didn’t disappoint that day. Lamb ended the day with a very respectful 36 and took home Medalist honors once again. Faulkner shot his best game of the season with a 38. Zach Foust carded a 45 for Salem. The Bearkatz boys had to share the spotlight with the Salem Greyhounds in their team efforts, as the two teams tied with 129 total strokes.
The Salem girls team won with a team score of 152. ICC girls were right behind them with a 154. Melbourne girls finished the day with 170. Girl’s individual Medalist honors were shared by McKenzie Jewell, Salem senior; and Allyn Irvin of Mountain View. They both shot a 46. Sherrell of ICC, carded a 48 and Kendra Pendergrass ended the day with 50.
Jewell and Henley are both seniors for the Hounds and they played on the team that went to 2A state tournament last year. Coach Tim Eckman of the Salem Greyhounds is in his first year coaching golf. Larry Brown, the long time Salem coach, has retired, but is still helping out this year.
ICC Cougars will be in the 1A District tournament, to be held at Cooper’s Hawk in Melbourne, on Tuesday, September 18. Salem will be in the 2A District tournament played at the Golf Course on Turkey Mountain on September 18.

Melbourne Bearkatz hosted Izard County Consolidated, Mtn. View, Lead Hill and Cave City in 9-hole match play Thursday, Aug. 23 at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course in Melbourne.Melbourne’s Brad Lamb took medalist honors with a 33. Dylan Smith of Melbourne shot 39. Tyler Webb of Melbourne and Chris King, of ICC, each shot a 44. Chris Mosley shot a 54 for the Cougars. On the girls side, Jordan Sherrell, ICC Junior, led the girls and took home medalist honors with a 45. Emma Cooper, Melbourne senior, shot a 53 and Falyn Farmer of ICC ended the day with a 56. The Bearkatz shot the best of all schools with a 116. Izard County Lady Cougars led the way with a 161. Izard County boys came in 5th with a team total of 156, and the Lady Bearkatz placed third with 182.

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