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HEBER SPRINGS — Several local teams competed in the annual Josh Park Memorial Cross Country Invitational. The Junior Lady Pirates won their fourth consecutive championship dating back to last year’s 4A-4 District Championship run, five of their last six meets. The Lady Pirates were led by Whitley Singleton, she medaled, placed sixth and ran a sub-15 in the hot conditions at 14:58. She was followed by fellow runners Emily Jones medalist eighth-place (16:07), Carley Nantze, medalist 17th-place (16:11), Jaidyn Eby (16:42), Tori Metzer (17:26), Zoie Stutzman (17:57), Piper Koster (18:50), Allyson Casey (19:05), Savanah Daubenheyer (19:29), and Avie Reams (21:22). “I wasn’t sure exactly where we would start out this year, and was thankful to see us come out on top,” said Dover head coach Mike Heath. “This race is probably one of the toughest in the state when you figure in the competition, the terrain and unfortunately the brutal heat. We had a great showing from our girls and had one, Bree McCrotty go down from the heat. She was running strong but just hit a wall out there. This race is always full of traditional power teams such as Heber Springs and Harrison to name a few, so to come and perform like these junior girls did says a lot about them. I want to say this is the first time we have won this meet. We got edged out by seconds last year by Melbourne. We still have a long ways to go to accomplish our goals and only hard work and time will tell.” The Pottsville Apaches had a team time of 1:10:05. Top runners were Jaxson Cox, Sebasstyn Bartlett, Logan Tatro, Colby Eglioff and Colton Cole. Cox medaled for fifth-place in the 1-4A division with a time of 12:59:75 and received 13th overall out of 380 runners. Karsyn Moudy placed ninth in the 1-4A division for the junior girls with a time of 15:24:31 and 17th overall out of 306 runners. The Lady Apaches placed fourth out of 21 teams. Russellville competed in the 5-6A Division, where Brooklyn Nicholson was the overall winner with a time of 14:23.72. Ali Lara, a seventh-grader, finished fourth overall with a time of 14:48.68. The Lady Whirlwinds finished third overall. River Hardman medaled for Russellville on the men with a time of 13:26.36. Shawn Metz medaled in 13:27.71. The Whirlwinds finished fifth overall....

9/17/2019

You can find Morgan Beck, 21, most Fridays walking the sideline at Jack Berry Field with her camera ready to capture the Dover Pirates football team in action. “Football is my favorite sport to capture so you will most likely see me at all Dover football games on the sidelines this season,” she said. “I’m passionate about photography. I started my love for it way back in eighth-grade at Dover School District. My teacher, Sharla Hartzell, has a way of showing her students the art of photography and how to make an image tell a story. I started my own business four years ago, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her. I enjoy taking sports photos more than anything because I love being able to share those memories with the community.” Beck was born and raised in Russellville. She said she stays here because of everything the city offers her. “It’s expanding, and I like knowing I’m here to watch it grow and succeed,” she said. Beck graduated from Dover High School in 2016 and is currently a freelance photographer in the Arkansas River Valley....

9/16/2019

MORRILTON — The Dover Pirates golf team finished second and the Pottsville Apaches third behind host Morrilton Devil Dogs during a golf match held Tuesday at the Morrilton Country Club. Morrilton won with a combined score of 245. Dover shot 256 and Pottsville 283. On the women’s side of the event, the Lady Pirates won with a team score of 308. Men’s top five 1. Marcell Lemmer, Morrilton — 70 2. Phillip Drilling, Morrilton — 78 3. Alex Schalk, Dover — 80 4. Kaleb Williams, Dover— 85 5. Tyler Campbell, Pottsville — 88 Women’s top five 1. Fields, Dover — 95 2. Wooten, Dover — 104 3. Paola Treccarichi, Pottsville —106 4. Norris, Dover — 109 5. Lakyn Rogers, Pottsville 119...

9/15/2019

MORRILTON — The Dover Pirates golf team finished second and the Pottsville Apaches third behind host Morrilton Devil Dogs during a golf match held Tuesday at the Morrilton Country Club. Morrilton won with a combined score of 245. Dover shot 256 and Pottsville 283. On the women’s side of the event, the Lady Pirates won with a team score of 308. Men’s top five 1. Marcell Lemmer, Morrilton — 70 2. Phillip Drilling, Morrilton — 78 3. Alex Schalk, Dover — 80 4. Kaleb Williams, Dover— 85 5. Tyler Campbell, Pottsville — 88 Women’s top five 1. Fields, Dover — 95 2. Wooten, Dover — 104 3. Paola Treccarichi, Pottsville —106 4. Norris, Dover — 109 5. Lakyn Rogers, Pottsville 119...

9/15/2019

DOVER — The Atkins Red Devils won the Rivals Cup for the second year in a row with a 46-21 win over the Dover Pirates on Friday at Jack Berry Field. Atkins (2-0) took a 24-7 halftime lead. The Red Devils scored on every possession besides one, which ended when Dover’s (0-2) Justice McMinn picked off Atkins quarterback Eli Roberson near the end of the second quarter. The interception didn’t end in points, however, and the Pirates’ offense sputtered as the first half expired. Atkins drew first blood with a 10-play, 61-yard drive. Roberson capped the drive with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Kreed Stubbs. The Red Devils missed the PAT to make it 6-0 with 7:50 left in the first quarter. Dover answered fast with an explosive two-play drive. Pirates quarterback Leighton Alexander hit Dawson branch for a 3-yard gain, then found Isaac Story deep for a 60-yard touchdown strike. Story was initially hit for a short gain on the pass but kept his feet and took it to the end zone. Atkins made it 12-7 with 3:00 left in the quarter. The Red Devils covered 74 yards in seven plays. Roberson tossed the ball to Trenton Casto for a 36-yard touchdown. Once again, Atkins missed the PAT. After forcing the Pirates to turn the ball over on downs, the Red Devils went to work on their 24. Six plays later, Rylee Bowden rumbled across the goal line on a 12-yard run. Atkins missed the PAT again to make it 18-7 with 9:46 left in the half. After a Dover punt, the Red Devils set up on the Dover 40 and scored seven plays later on a 2-yard run by Bowden. The Red Devils missed the 2-point conversion to make it 24-7 with 4:43 left in the half. The Pirates turned the ball over on downs again but soon picked off Roberson for another chance at the end zone. Dover fumbled the ball on the last play of the first half, recovered by Atkins’ Tyler Leggitt. The Pirates scored on their opening drive of the second half to pull within 24-13 with 8:41 left in the third quarter. Dover moved the ball 59 yards in 10 plays before Mitchell Raney powered across the goal line on a 2-yard run. Atkins answered fast to go up 32-13. The Red Devils went 51 yards in four plays capped with a 15-yard pass to Stubbs for a touchdown. Robinson found Casto on the 2-point conversion with 7:23 left in the third. The Pirates fumbled on the second play of their next drive. Leggitt recovered his second fumble of the night and put Atkins back on offense. Six plays later Roberson hit Stubbs for a 12-yard touchdown pass. The Red Devils missed the 2-point conversion to make it 38-13 with 4:28 left in the third. Dover wasn’t done. With :54 left in the third quarter, Branch broke free on a 34-yard touchdown run to make it 38-21. The Red Devils added another touchdown late in the game to set the final score. Atkins hosts Magnet Cove on Friday. Dover travels to Fountain Lake....

9/7/2019

DOVER — Among the first things first-year Pirates head coach Reed Mendoza heard about after taking the job at Dover? The Rivals Cup. “I feel like it was the first thing people talked to me about,” he said. “Just how important it is. I love the atmosphere around it. I came from a school that didn’t have a rivalry like this, so it’s fun for me.” The 45th annual Rivals Cup kicks off tonight at Jack Berry Field. Dover took a 28-0 loss in 2018 but won 24-22 in 2017, 22-14 in 2016 and 57-7 in 2015. The Pirates won 51-20 in 2014. Atkins last won the rivalry in 2013 (48-35). Red Devils head coach Tommy Cody said he recognized the importance of the game but didn’t want his team to hang the whole season on it. “We’ve lost this game and gone on to win 10 games that season,” he said. It’s Cody’s ninth year to participate in the Rivals Cup. “For us it’s important,” he said. “But conference is important, too. In the end, it’s just another game, but it is a big deal. As far as the season, it won’t determine how the season will go.” Also, for Atkins, it’s the second week in a row to face an in-county rival. The Red Devils thumped the Hector Wildcats 45-22 last Friday in a game dubbed by some The Battle on 105, a reference to the highway that connects the two towns. “That’s a rivalry game too, you could say,” Cody said. “Maybe not to the same scale.” Nevertheless, the kids have this game circled on the schedule before the season begins. Is it a friendly rivalry? Kind of. “There’s beef,” said Atkins lineman Cody Robinson. “Mostly during the game, but there’s definitely some beef. We respect they are playing their guts out while we are whipping them. Respect them after the game is over.” Between the opening kickoff and the final buzzer though? It’s on. Maybe a little before on social media, too. “There’s always some salt,” said Dover lineman Mitchell Raney. “To me, it’s the most important game of this season and every season.” With a brand new head coach, Dover is in the middle of a culture change. Winning against the Red Devils is a part of that, said senior wide receiver Kirkland Quinton. “This is a stepping stone to changing the culture,” he said. “It’s going to be huge. We have a whole different mindset. A whole different philosophy.” For Atkins quarterback Eli Roberson, a win comes down to one thing: Doing what the Red Devils know they can do. “We’ve just got to come out and play like Red Devils know how to play,” he said. “It’s been a tradition for a long time. We grew up always wanting to play in this game. It’s a big game, but it’s no reason to be nervous.” Atkins linebacker and fullback Rylee Bowden expects a close match-up. “It won’t be the same team that showed up last year,” he said. “They have a new coach. I think it’s going to be close with a lot of hitting. Hoping for a lot of running. It’s either going to be high scoring or low scoring, depending on how things play out. One thing for sure is it’ll definitely be quick paced.” Pirates senior running back Justice McMinn said the team has been more focused than usual in preparation for tonight. “Way, way more focus,” he said. “Week by week we focus on the team ahead of us, but there’s a lot of focus here. This game is really important. It means everything to me to win and to my team.” Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m....

9/6/2019

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