Fountain Lake takes out Scrappers, 32-29

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
HOT SPRINGS – Senior fullback Randall Ross of Fountain Lake ran the ball for 254 yards and 4 touchdowns Friday night as the Cobras upset top-ranked Nashville 32-29.
The Scrappers (4-1, 1-1) entered the game as the No. 1 team in Class 4A in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s rankings. They were also first in Rex’s Rankings compiled by sportscaster Rex Nelson.
Last week’s loss dropped Nashville to third place in 4A, according to the Democrat-Gazette.
“Fountain Lake played nearly mistake free,” Coach Billy Dawson said. “They did a good job at the point of attack. We didn’t tackle very well. We didn’t play very well. We didn’t coach very well.”
The Cobras “didn’t turn the ball over. They completed their drives. They controlled the line of scrimmage. They did exactly how they drew it up.”
Fountain Lake had “17 explosive plays; 15 of those were running plays,” Dawson said. “They made big plays at big times.”
Operating out of the Wing-T, the Cobras ran the ball at Nashville most of the night. They threw only 5 passes and completed 3 of them. “They didn’t have to pass the ball,” Dawson said. “They did a good job.”
Fountain Lake’s performance in general and Ross’s in particular “showed us some areas we have to work on defensively,” Dawson said. “We have to take care of ourselves and try to fix it.”
The game appeared to start well for the Scrappers. Trey Hughes scored first for Nashville on a 24-yard pass from Leonard Snell with 9:59 left in the first quarter. Sergio Pacheco kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
Fountain Lake scored 4 minutes later on a 15-yard run by Colby Spoon. Tyler Patton’s PAT tied the game at 7 each.
The Scrappers took a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter When Snell passed 11 yards to Brady Bowden for a TD. Pacheco made the extra point.
Ross opened the second quarter with a 33-yard touchdown run. He scored again with 4:15 to go before halftime.
Nashville answered back with a 3-yard scoring run by Snell with 2:49 left in the half. Snell ran the ball in for the 2-point conversion. The Scrappers led 22-19 at halftime.
Ross added another touchdown midway through the third quarter and a a TD early in the fourth quarter to round out the Cobras’ scoring.
The Scrappers appeared to rally late in the game when Darius Hopkins scored on a 67-yard pass from Snell with 2:12 to go. Pacheco’s PAT pulled the Scrappers to within 3 at 32-29.
Fountain Lake held on late to pull the upset.
Penalties were costly for the Scrappers, who gave up 83 yards on 11 penalties. Fountain Lake had 4 penalties for 41 yards.
The Cobras doubled Nashville’s first downs with 24.
The Scrappers had 142 yards rushing, 217 passing for 359 yards total offense.
Hopkins was the leading rusher with 16 carries for 77 yards.
Snell had 11 carries for 65 yards for the only other Scrapper to gain yards on the ground.
Snell completed 14 of 27 passes for 217 yards and 3 touchdowns. He threw 2 interceptions.
Nashville had 85 total tackles, including 3 for losses. Brady Bowden was the leading tackler with 11. Lucas Liggin had 10. Ashton Nelson and Braden Hood had 9 each.
Homecoming vs. Waldron
The Scrappers will attempt to bounce back from last week’s upset at Fountain Lake as they host Waldron Friday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Scrapper Stadium.
The game will be Homecoming for Nashville. Homecoming activities will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Scrapper Arena and at 7 p.m. Friday at Scrapper Stadium.
Waldron (0-5, 0-2) come into Friday night’s game off a 42-0 loss to Arkadelphia. Despite the loss, Coach Billy Dawson said Waldron “played its best game of the year Friday night. They play really hard. They have a lot of sophomores. Coach Dale Mann has done a good job there.”
The Bulldogs “have a very multiple offense,” Dawson said, led by their “big running back Matthew Sparks.”
Sophomore quarterback Matt Shaddon “will try to get the ball to Sparks. He will run the ball a little bit too.”
Waldron has “a good offensive lineman, Jakob Johnston, left tackle,” Dawson said. “He’s long and runs well.”
The Bulldogs “do a good job in the screen game. They try to throw screens.”
On defense, Waldron is a “3-3 blitz team. They’ll bring 5 or 6 guys. They’ll play some man in the secondary. They try to force your hand,” Dawson said.
This week, the Scrappers will prepare for Waldron. “We’ll work on ourselves too. We have some things to fix. This is one of those weeks where you come off a bad loss. Which way do we go? Do we take it and get better, or do we sull about it?”

Hornets fall to Gurdon, 52-2

Mineral Springs has little time to recover from last Friday’s 52-2 shellacking at the hands of Gurdon, because this Friday the Hornets will host county rival Dierks.
“We can’t keep turning the ball over,” MS Coach Jason Burns said Monday, noting that five Gurdon scores came with the Hornet defense not even on the field.
In fact, he said that the Hornet defense actually played pretty well. “We got a good effort from the defense.”
Dierks will present a challenge to that defense. “They’ve got a good running back, a good quarterback and a good receiver corps.” He said that Dierks, like Mineral Springs, had a bad outing against Gurdon. The Outlaws’ loss to Gurdon is their lone setback of the season.
Meanwhile, the Hornets are sill looking for their first win after falling to 0-4.
Coach Burns said the team was focused on playing Dierks.
Things went sour in a hurry against Gurdon, Friday night, as the Go-Devils tallied 31 points in the first half while giving up a two-point safety on a bad snap in their end zone. The safety was the only Hornet score of the game.
The first Gurdon score might have been an omen for the evening. A pass interception had the Go-Devils perched at the MS two. It took one play for Gurdon to score, and those were all the points the Clark County crew would need.
On the night, MS would surrender the ball six times on pass interceptions and twice on fumbles. The ‘mercy rule’ was in effect less than one minute into the second half.
Kickoff at Hornet Stadium, Friday night will be at 7 p.m.

Lions rush by Rattlers, 47-38

The Mount Ida Lions continued to mark their return to Class 2A-7 football, Friday night, with a 47-38 win over the Murfreesboro Rattlers.
The Lions, who spent the last seasons among the 2A-5 ranks, improved to 2-0 in conference play (4-1  overall) while the Rattlers slip to 0-2 in conference (3-2 overall).
Just about all of the 17 Lions suited up Friday night saw action, including a squadron of junior backs that gave the Rattler defense fits all night. Junior quarterback T.J. Wilson led the way and rushed 12 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns while fellow juniors Austin Hickman, Jesse Lowery and Cody Robertson and Caleb Jones ran the Lions’ ground total up to 366 yards. Wilson also hit eight of 11 passes for 157 yards and two TDs.
The Rattlers’ no-huddle offense kept the fast-paced game close until the end. Senior QB Alex Kennedy hit 15 of 39 passes for 255 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions and had 13 carries for 68 yards and two TDs.
Jacob Jackson caught five Rattler passes for 104 yards and one TD and Ross Stewart had four catches for 68 yards and one TD. Other Rattler receivers included Daniel Robinson, Christian Eckert, Alex Copeland and Matthew Burress. Daniel Robinson picked up 93 yards on eight carries, Garvin Gardner had four for 22 yards and Jarrett Pitchford’s sole carry was good for a six-yard TD and a 189 Rattler rushing total.
The Rattlers opened the game with a quick 65-yard march with Kennedy hitting Jackson twice before hitting him again for a 52-yard TD. Robinson followed the line in for the two-point play and an 8-0 lead with 10:34 left in the opening quarter.
The Lions responded with a 61-yard drive that put them in the endzone and tied with the Rattlers at the 8:38 mark.
Murfreesboro’s next drive, aided and hampered by penalties, went 54 yards and reached the endzone in seven plays. Stewart pulled in a 24-yard TD pass and Eckert added the two-point catch for a 16-8 lead with 7:02 left in the opening quarter.
The Rattler defense stopped the Lions’ next drive but the Lions had the ball back one play after the punt when Kennedy was intercepted at the Rattler 49. Working the ends with the option, the Lions lit the scoreboard up again when Lowery broke free for a 32-yard TD. The two-point try failed and the Rattlers kept a 16-14 lead with 4:17 still left in the first quarter.
The Rattlers’ first punt of the game and a big return by Lowery set the Lions up deep in Rattler territory with 2:31 left in the opening quarter. Staying wide and outside, the Lions ran the ball 67 yards and into the second quarter to take a 20-16 lead.
The favor would be returned less than two minutes later when the Rattlers drove 65 yards, using a big run by a Kennedy and an even bigger fade pass to Jackson to set up Kennedy’s first TD run of the game. The score put Murfreesboro back up, 22-20, with 8:42 left in the first half.
A volley of turnovers plagued both teams in the second quarter. The Rattlers were aimed for the endzone after another Lion punt but a fumble stalled the drive. The Lions quickly fumbled the ball back to the Rattlers and then two plays later, Kennedy was picked off to set Mount Ida deep in their own territory.
After starting off with two incomplete passes and a penalty, the Lions were back in the endzone when Wilson threw to a wide-open Lowery for a 74-yard TD. The Lions held a 26-24 lead with 1:37 left in the half.
Mount Ida took advantage of another Rattler fumble on the ensuing kick-off and one big pass and another quick run by Lowery and the Lions were up 32-24 with 1:13 left in the half.
The Lions opened up the second half with a clock-grinding drive that began at the Lion 35. On the 10th play of the drive at the Rattler 6, the Lions tried to convert a fourth down but were tripped up by the Rattler defense.
The Rattler offense took the feed and a 90-yard run by Robinson quickly set up another short TD run by Kennedy with 5:26 left in the third quarter. The two-point try failed to leave the Lions up, 33-30.
Still on the outside, the Lion offense responded with a five-play, 70-yard drive that increased their lead to 40-30 with 3:34 left in the third quarter.
The Rattlers quickly gave the Lions the ball back when a high punt snap was bobbled at the Rattler 47. Wilson covered that distance to the endzone in one run to put the Lions up, 47-30, with 1:47 left in the third quarter.
The Rattlers collected a Lion fumble in the last seconds of the third quarter but were unable to convert on fourth down and turned the ball over at the Lion 21 with 11:46 left in the game. Murfreesboro’s defense held the Lions scoreless in the fourth quarter and forced two punts.
The Rattlers got their last shot at the scoreboard after taking over at their own 26 with 4:37 on the clock. Their drive went eight plays and was capped by Pitchford from one yard out. Pitchford added the two-point run to cut Mount Ida’s lead to 47-38.
An onside kick attempt landed with the Lions and they were able to play out the clock on the 47-38 win.
The Rattlers will hit the road Friday to face the Gurdon Go-Devils who are 2-0 in conference (3-2 overall) with big wins over Dierks (44-6) and Mineral Springs (52-2).
The Lions will host the Spring Hill Bears Friday. The Bears are 0-2 in conference play and 0-4-1 overall.

Dierks wins over Foreman, 33-21

The Dierks Outlaws evened their conference record to 1-1 and 4-1 overall with a 33-21 win Friday over the Foreman Gators.
The Outlaws will travel to south Howard County this Friday to face the Mineral Springs Hornets, who remain winless this season, for the annual Class 2A-7 match-up.
The Outaws returned to their style of ground-and-pound football against the Gators, picking up 306 rushing yards. Trendin McKinney continues to lead the Dierks ground game and he posted 194 yards on 29 carries and one touchdown. Quarterback Tyler Kesterson also carried 14 times for 90 yards and two TDs and hit seven of 11 passes for 79 yards and one TD to give the Outlaws 385 total yards.
Adding to Dierks’ rushing stats were Justin Joyner with four carries for 12 yards and Caleb Dunn with two for 10 yards and one TD. Outlaws making catches against Foreman were Jake Green, Derek Hill, McKinney and Dunn, who pulled in a 23-yard TD strike from Kesterston to open the game’s scoring.
The Outlaw defense gave up 347 yards of offense, 228 of which came from Foreman’s quarterback Tucker Hall, who hit nine of 27 passes with two interceptions. Hall also rushed 12 times for 69 yards and one TD.
Dierks held Foreman scoreless for the first period while the offense posted 14 points, which included the Kesterson-Dunn pass hook-up and an eight-yard run by McKinney. Dunn also hit his first two of three extra-point kicks in the opening quarter.
Foreman’s defense kept the Outlaws out of the endzone in the second quarter while their offense posted their first points of the night when Kolton Moore broke a 37-yard TD run. Sam Gamble added the kick to cut the Outlaw lead to 14-7.
The Outlaw defense again blanked the Gators in the third quarter but the Blue and White offense could only muster six points. The score came on a short run by Kesterston and put the Outlaws up, 20-7.
Both offenses fired up in the fourth quarter with Foreman posting 14 points and the Outlaws adding 13. Dunn capped a Dierks drive with a seven-yard run and Kesterson scored later on a six-yard run. Dunn’s extra-point kick set the Outlaws scoring at 33.
In the fourth quarter, Foreman’s Hall also scored from six yards out and also hit Derrick Magby for a 27-yard TD reception. Gamble kicked both the extra points for the 33-21 final.
The Outlaw tackle chart was topped by Kesterson with six stops and an interception. Lane Woodruff collected the other Gator misfire. Joyner and Cameron Brewer added four stops each and Tyler Miller, Jake Eudy, Dunn and Layne McWhorter registered three stops each. Also adding to the Outlaw defense were Alex Faulkner, Derek Hill and Clay McMellon.
Friday’s loss also evened the Foreman Gators’ conference record at 1-1 and 3-2 overall. The Gators will host the Lafayette County Cougars this Friday. The Cougars are 2-0 in conference and 4-1 overall.

 

Nashville classroom combines to win Leader’s football contest

Because their predicted score in the tiebreaker was ‘less wrong’ than other entries, Joy Freel’s afternoon class was the winner in last week’s football contest which was marred by upsets, including Nashville’s loss to Fountain Lake. The class will have to split a Sonic gift card. The students were tied with three other entries with seven correct picks, but none had figured on Nashville’s loss. The class’s margin prediction was the lowest, therefore was closest.
Scores of the games in last week’s contest:
Mt. Ida 47, Murfreesboro 38
Gurdon 52, Mineral Springs 2
Dierks 33, Foreman 21
Mena 36, Malvern 22
Auburn 41, LSU 7
Ole Miss 23, Alabama 17
Mississippi St. 48, Texas A&M 31
Arkansas Tech 18, UA-M 13
Harding 56, SAU 13
Fountain Lake 32, Nashville 29

 

This week’s Leader Pigskin Prediction winner

The ‘tiebreaker’ was needed to determine the winner in last week’s football contest. Regular participant Arthur Tinsley only missed two predictions, as did Mrs. Freel’s afternoon math class, and Becky Rowland of Murfreesboro. Tinsley predicted a 14-point winning Scrapper margin and the actual margin was 17. His was the closest, and he wins the prize, a Sonic gift csrd.
Because of a ‘Leader’ contributor’s error, the Alabama-Ole Miss game was listed a week early, therefore last week’s contest includes only nine games.
Scores of games in the contest:
Mount Ida 42, Mineral Springs 14
Lafayette Co., 42, Murfreesboro 36
Gurdon 44, Dierks 6
Mena 55, Ashdown 34
Fountain Lake 35, Waldron 13
Georgia 35, Tennessee 32
Kentucky 17, Vandy 7
Texas A&M 35, Arkansas 28 (OT)
Nashville 38, Arkadelphia 21

Leader’s Pigskin Prediction winner

A Murfreesboro 11th-grader was the winner in last week’s football contest because he was one of the few pickers who thought Prescott would beat Hope.
Sutton Balch only missed one game — Mississippi State’s upset of LSU. He wins a Sonic gift card.
The actual scores of games in last week’s contest:
Murfreesboro 22, Centerpoint 19
Dierks 33, Fouke 18
Mena 35, Mansfield 14
Ashdown 40, De Queen 14
Prescott 58, Hope 38
Alabama 42, Florida 21
Miss. St. 34, LSU 29
Arkansas State 21, Utah State 14
Arkansas 52, No. Illinois 14
Nashville 22, Watson Chapel 13

Area High School Friday Night Football

The undefeated Nashville Scrappers, coming off a 22-13 win over Watson Chapel, will host the Arkadelphia Badgers Friday night. Kick-off is at 7:30.
The 0-2 Mineral Springs Hornets will return to play Friday night in a conference game at Mount Ida. The Hornets are back in action after an open date. Kick-off in Mount Ida is at 7:00.
The undefeated Dierks Outlaws will open conference play on the road tonight against the 1-2 Gurdon Go-Devils. Kick-off is at 7:00. The Outlaws won over the Fouke Panthers last week, 33-18.
The Murfreesboro Rattlers, also 3-0, will open conference play Friday against Lafayette County Cougars. Kick-off is at 7:00. The Rattlers picked up their third win Friday with a 22-19 win over Pike County counterparts, the Centerpoint Knights.

 

 

 

Leader’s Pigskin Predictions

Matthew McBride and Arthur Tinsley were practically neck-and-neck in last week’s football contest, and the ‘tiebreaker’ wasn’t much help in determining the winner.
Both contestants were correct on 9 of 10 picks, including Nashville’s win over De Queen. Both contestants missed on the South Carolina-Georgia game. In the end, McBride’s tiebreaker score prediction was two measley points closer to the actual Nashville-De Queen margin than was Tinsley’s. McBride wins a Sonic gift card.
Scores of the games in last week’s contest:
Dierks 47, Mountain Pine 14
Murfreesboro 6, Horatio 0
England 52, Mineral Springs 33
Hope 34, Ashdown 32
Arkadelphia 40, Sheridan 8
South Carolina 38, Georgia 35
Oklahoma 34, Tennessee 10
Miami 41, Arkansas State 20
Arkansas 49, Texas Tech 28
Nashville 45, De Queen 2

Nashville netters take wins over Hope

The Scrappers and Scrapperettes defeated Hope in tennis Sept. 2 at the Nashville City Park.
The Scrapperettes took a 3-2 decision over the Lady Bobcats. All three Nashville doubles teams won, including Brittany Backus and Olivia Herzog, Alexus White and McKenzie Morphew, and Leslie Lingo and Klaire Howard.
In girls singles, Morphew and Howard dropped their matches to Hope.
The Scrapperettes are 4-1 overall, 1-0 in District 7-4A.
The Scrappers went 3-1 against Hope. Both doubles teams won, including Garrett Hartness and Glen Hartness, and Robbie Morphew and Caleb Glann.
In singles, Matthew Carver won his match; Jacob Carpenter lost his.
The Scrappers are 5-0 overall, 1-0 in conference.

Life lessons taught by little white ball

LINKSTERS. The Nashville High School golf team includes (front row) Adley Kirchhoff, Rachel Dawson, Ali Barfield and Sadie Prejean (back row) Jackson Beavert, Jordan Conant, Josh Reeves, Brady Scott and Zack Jamison

By Rachel Dawson
Leader staff
A Sunday afternoon pastime is how most know golf, but at Nashville High School it is known as a “challenging sport but is very enjoyable with all the encouragement from my teammates,” said junior Scrapper golf team member Sadie Prejean.
This golf year at Nashville has shown great improvement on both the girls and boys team. Coach Aaron Worthen says that “the boys started slow, but have seen vast improvement over the last couple of matches. The girls have all the pieces to be district champs, and if they go The Village ready, that is exactly what I see for them.”
This is Worthen’s first year as the golf coach, and he has practiced the team hard by making sure every aspect of the game from putting to shots out of the dreaded bunkers are perfected.
This year’s team includes seniors Jackson Beavert, Rachel Dawson, Adley Kirchhoff, Josh Reeves and Brady Scott; juniors Ali Barfield, Jordan Conant and Sadie Prejean; sophomore, Zack Jamison.
The team has become very close. Members will agree that the best part of golf, besides playing, is the fun bus rides and memories made off the course with the team.  Knowing that everyone on the team has each other’s back makes this golfing experience so much more enjoyable and fun.
Over the past month of matches, the golf team’s scores have improved, and members are all excited about the rest of the season. Kirchhoff said, “The whole team has improved. I have seen my scores lower each year, especially this one, but to know that the other girls playing with me are improving just as much gives us all determination to win.”
Golf is a tough sport mentally and physically. Walking the holes carrying clubs can be quite tiring on the body, but also on the mind. This year has been a year of learning.  The Scrappers have learned that the key to success in this game is to take it one stroke at a time, and if you mess up just to shake it off, don’t get angry, just like Ben Hogan said, “The most important shot in golf is the next one.”
Golf is not just a game but a teacher of life lessons. Beavert agrees with this while saying,”Golf is not just a high school sport to me, but a hobby I can continue for the rest of my life. I love playing golf. My senior golf season hasn’t started out the way I hoped it would when it comes to performance, but I’m still grateful to be out there.”
Golf has taught patience, commitment, and perseverance to not only these Scrappers but many players. For some, this sport may be a snooze fest, but to the Nashville High School golf team, it is an opportunity to become a better person by learning all the lessons of life through one little white ball.

NHS cheer clinic Sept. 26

The Nashville High School Cheerleaders will conduct their annual cheer clinic will be held in conjunction with the Nashville vs. Arkadelphia Tailgate Party Sept. 26.
Girls who participate will practice on Monday, Sept. 22; Tuesday, Sept. 23; and Thursday, Sept.25, in the Scrapper Dome.
This year the girls will be split into two groups for practice, due to the large number of participants that have been attending. Pre K-1st grade will practice from 3:15-4 p.m., and 2nd-6th grade will practice from 4:00-4:45.
The girls will have an opportunity to learn new chants and dances, as well as perform at the tailgate party and pregame on the track on Friday, Sept. 26, prior to the Nashville vs. Arkadelphia football game.
Pre-registration for the clinic will be Tuesday, Sept. 16 in the Scrapper Dome from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Girls may also register for the clinic by filling out a form that was sent home from school and sending it along with $30 to:
NHS Cheerleaders
1301 Mt. Pleasant Drive
Nashville, AR 71852

Murfreesboro picker wins Week 1 of Leader’s contest

The first week winner of the 2014 Nashville Leader football contest only missed one prediction and also predicted Nashville’s win over Hope in the ‘tiebreaker.’
The winner was Becky Rowland of Murfreesboro, who gets a $10 Sonic gift card.
Actual scores in last week’s contest:
Fouke 44, Mineral Springs 27
Malvern 39, Glen Rose 0
Ashdown 29, Durant, Okla., 12
Mansfield 34, Waldron 14
Mena 42, De Queen 21
Prescott 47, Gurdon 14
Tennessee 34, Arkansas St. 19
Ole Miss 41, Vanderbilt 3
Arkansas 73, Nicholls State 7
Nashville 53, Hope 10

Scrapper ‘Bash’ raises more than $5,200 for Booster Club

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Scrapper fans received an early look at their junior and senior high football teams, bands and cheerleaders Friday night at the Orange and Black Back-to-School Bash sponsored by the Scrapper Booster Club.
“We had a big crowd. The whole night was pretty successful,” Coach Billy Dawson said.
The Bash raised more than $5,200 for the Booster Club, according to Gaye Graham.
We were very pleased,” Graham said Monday afternoon. “I want to thank Red River Credit Union for helping in the concession stand. And also the other volunteers who worked. We appreciate [Joe and Karen Kell for] bringing the snow cone trailer. All the proceeds from snow cone sales went to the Booster Club. Thanks to all who came out to support the Scrappers.”
Dawson said the teams “from the eighth grade all the way up looked organized. I think we can look for another big year.”
The senior high Scrappers held a scrimmage and “got what we wanted. We got humidity. We got some conditioning,” Dawson said.
Overall, the evening was “very productive,” according to Dawson. “The defense played really well. The offense at times played well. We had some normal early stuff.”
Dawson said he was “a little disappointed special teams-wise. That’s why we do it. When that team is called, they need to be ready. We had trouble getting the right guys in on time.”
The Scrappers will work to “clean up some things” from the scrimmage, according to Dawson.
“Overall, we played well up front on both sides. We’ll work on basic exchanges from quarterback to running back,” Dawson said.
The Scrapper offensive and defensive lines “are better than they were in the scrimmage” a week earlier.
With the Bash completed, the Scrappers will focus on their scrimmage with El Dorado Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 p.m. at Southern Arkansas University. “We’ll just go scrimmage and do our stuff. It will be more a play script. We’ll run the plays regardless of distance,” Dawson said.
Thursday night’s scrimmage will help put “the finishing touches on our starters. We still have two or three spots that kids are battling for on both sides. By Monday, we’ll have an idea” after reviewing film from El Dorado.
The Scrappers will open the season Friday, Sept. 5, at Hope.

 

‘Positives’ seen at Scrapper scrimmage

DODGE. Leonard Snell dodges his teammates as they try to take him down while running down the field for another touchdown.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
“A lot of positives” came from the Scrappers’ scrimmage Friday morning, according to Coach Billy Dawson.
“We got some warm weather. That was good. We got some plays in, 143. We got through it with nobody hurt,” Dawson said.
Temperatures approached 90 degrees by the end of the scrimmage, a marked change from earlier days on the practice schedule. “Conditioning wise, we fought through it pretty good,” Dawson said.
Defensively, “We played well after the first series,” Dawson said. The Scrappers missed some tackles earlier “but made strides as we went on.”
Offensively, “We were much better up front. Our tailbacks have got to be more consistent from stance to duty. Overall, we got a lot out of it [the scrimmage]. It was very positive,” Dawson said.
Quarterback Leonard Snell, a junior, “has come a long way. He gets better with every live competition. He’s a guy who can give us a chance out of the pocket. He didn’t play quarterback for a year, but he’s understanding more now,” Dawson said.
Sophomore quarterback Gabe Moorer “is betting better. This has been an eye opener for him with the speed of the game, normal sophomore stuff,” Dawson said.
Lucas Liggin, a senior, “had some snaps. He played pretty well Friday. Im proud of all three of them. I’m proud of their progress.”
One question mark for the Scrappers has been at the kicking position after Christian Aranda moved during the summer. Sergio Pacheco, a junior, “has done a good job in practice,” Dawson said. Trey Hughes, another junior, “has a very strong leg. He hasn’t kicked much. He has good range and good consistency. For the first time since I’ve been here, we have the opportunity to kick into the endzone. That’s a huge deal defensively,” Dawson said.
The Scrappers have seven or eight offensive linemen vying for spots. “These guys have played well there,” Dawson said. “Some are right on the bubble.”
“The defensive line ran around good. The secondary gave up one long play. The linebackers didn’t play as well as I expected. I think Coach [Brad] Chesshir will take care of that.”
Overall, the scrimmage was “very positive. We have something on film that we can work on this week,” Dawson said.
The Scrappers worked on lifting and conditioning Monday afternoon. Tuesday, they went “back to fundamentals, technique, all the little things,” Dawson said. They also worked more on the kicking game.
The Orange and Black Back-to-School Bash will be Friday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m. at Scrapper Stadium. The event will include introductions of junior high and high school football players and brief scrimmages. Bandsmen and cheerleaders will be introduced, and other activities are planned.

 

Oldtimer Scrapper Breakfast

LINED-UP FOR OLDTIMER SCRAPPER BREAKFAST. Former Scrappers from decades of 1940s through 70s who played and practiced at the old Scrapper Stadium joined for the annual fellowship meal, Saturday morning, at the community room of the Howard County Housing Authority. The room is located approximately where the north end zone was at the old stadium. Donations left after expenses will go to the Dwight Jones Scholarship Fund at Nashville High School. The group included, kneeling, from left, Hix Smith, Charlie Pinkston, Michael Bratton and Eddie Cobb, Standing, Val Jamison, Royce Scott, Tommy Younk, Loy Dildy, Bobby Martin, Gene Ray, Joe Robert Wesson, Thomas Chesshir, Charles Sharp, Jack Bennett, Bobby Ray, John Lyons, Robert Ryan, Jimmy Dale, Ronny Bell, Edgar Ware McCrary, Doug Dildy, Billy Ray Jones and Woody Futrell. Not pictured, Louie Graves.

Corporate sponsors sought by Scrapper Booster Club

The Scrapper Booster Club’s Corporate Sponsor membership campaign is underway.
“This year, the Booster Club is making some changes and offering three levels of corporate sponsorship. We have not made any changes since 2005,” according to Gaye Graham.
Levels of corporate sponsorship include the following:
Scrapper Star Level – $600. Sponsors receive a sign at the stadium, corporate shirt, parking pass for reserved parking and two passes to home athletic events.
Scrapper Level – $500. Sponsors receive a sign at the stadium, corporate shirt and parking pass for reserved parking.
Orange and Black Level – $400. Sponsors receive a sign at the stadium and a corporate shirt.
All corporate sponsors will be listed in the football program, Graham said.
There will be a corporate reception Sept. 19 for all corporate sponsors, and they will be recognized during the Scrappers’ home game against Watson Chapel.
Corporate sponsors are asked to return their information to Graham by Aug. 15 in order to have shirts ready by the first game and to be listed in the program.
“All athletes involved in Scrapper athletics benefit from the support of the Booster Club,” Graham said. “Without the generosity and hard work of this community, we would not be able to do this.”

Scrapperettes go 4-2 at UALR camp

TEAM CAMP AT UALR. The Scrapperettes attended team camp Friday and Saturday at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The squad includes (front row) Latrice Wiley, Timya Sanders, Asia Munn and manager Tyundra Stewart; (back row) Kendall Kirchhoff, Lilly Kidd, Mercedes Matthews, Bailey Walls and Maddi Horton.

LITTLE ROCK – The Nashville Scrapperettes went 4-2 during team camp Friday and Saturday at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
The squad were 1-2 Friday but won all three games Saturday.
The camp winds up the summer for the Scrapperettes, according to Coach Ron Alexander. “We had a very good summer. We made a lot of progress both individually and as a team,” Alexander said.
The Scrapperettes attended team camps at Ouachita Baptist University and UALR. They also hosted a camp and competed in camps at schools around the area.

Scrappers hit field in preparation for Sept. 5 opener

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Scrappers opened practice Monday morning with 60 players on the roster.
Coach Billy Dawson was pleased with the first day. “It went well. The kids were attentive. Their focus was good. We used it for some teaching.”
The Scrappers “ran 151 plays on film,” Dawson said. “We got in lots of reps. It was a very good learning day.”
Visitors to Monday’s practice quickly noticed that the players were wearing T-shirts with “F.E.A.R” and each player’s number on the back. Coaches also sported the shirts with their initials on the back.
“There are two definitions of ‘F.E.A.R.,’” Dawson said. “The first one is forget everything and run. The second, and the one we’re using, is face everything and rise.”
The Scrappers wrapped up their summer workouts July 28. Each player turned in two individual goals and two team goals written on popsicle sticks.
Dawson is taking the beginning of practice “very slowly. We’ve gone back to the model from 2004-05 of the way we practiced this time of year. We’re approaching it like the first year.”
The Scrappers will work through every offensive play. The defense will take a similar approach while installing a new defense. “We want to make sure they understand the concepts of the plays,” Dawson said.
“We want them focused. We want a learning atmosphere. We were out there a long time today [Monday]. They did a good job of handling the focus and the mentality we’ve been preaching. We want them to take care of the little things.”
The Scrappers are practicing every day this week at 8 a.m. Next week, they will switch to afternoon practice when school district faculty meetings begin.
The team will practice each day at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 11-14. Friday, Aug. 15, they will hold a scrimmage at 9 a.m.
Media day is set for Saturday, Aug. 16, at 7:30 a.m. at Scrapper Stadium.
The Orange and Black Back-to-School Bash will be Friday, Aug. 22, at 8 p.m. at the stadium.
The Scrappers will travel to Southern Arkansas University at Magnolia April 28 for a scrimmage with El Dorado.
The season opens 30 days from now,  Friday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Hope.

Scrappers return to 7-on-7, conditioning following break

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
After a two-week break during the dead period required by the Arkansas Activities Association, the Scrappers returned to the weight room and 7-on-7 Monday.
“We had a good night,” Coach Billy Dawson said. “This was our first team night. We’ll have them every Monday in July.”
Offensive and defensive linemen worked in the Scrapper Dome. Those involved in 7-on-7 had practice on the playing field at Scrapper Stadium. After practice, players reported to the weight room.
“We’re getting there. We’re working on lifting and conditioning,” Dawson said. “We’re trying to get back in physical conditioning” after the break. “We’re in transition now with conditioning and getting back in shape.”
Dawson said Tuesday that the Scrappers were “a little better after the dead period than I thought they’d be. They looked good last night and this morning.”
The team will work on conditioning for the next three weeks “and continue team stuff. We’re trying to get better fundamentally.”
The Scrappers are also working on “getting stronger through the summer. We’ve pushed them a little more this sumer. That’s a good thing,” Dawson said.
Defensively, “The new scheme is coming along nicely. I like the energy and enthusiasm the kids have now. When it’s time, they’ll be excited and ready.”
The AAA dead period followed 7-on-7 competition and team camps in June.
More 7-on-7 is scheduled for July. Nashville will host 7-on-7 on Monday nights. Today (Wednesday) the Scrappers will travel to Magnolia for 7-on-7. Nashville will host 7-on-7 next Wednesday, July 16.
The first practice for the coming season will be Monday, Aug. 4.
Nashville’s first game will be Sept. 5 at Hope. The complete schedule for the regular-season includes the following:
Sept. 5 at Hope, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 12 De Queen, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 19 Watson Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
* Sept. 26 Arkadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
* Oct. 3 at Fountain Lake, 7 p.m.
* Oct. 10 Waldron, Homecoming, 7:30 p.m.
* Oct. 17 at Ashdown, 7:30 p.m.
* Oct. 24 at Mena, 7 p.m.
* Oct. 31 Malvern, Senior Night, 7:30 p.m.
* Nov. 7 at Bauxite, 7 p.m.
* District 7-4A game

‘Awesome week’ – Former Scrapper plays for West All-Stars

SCRAPPER ALL-STARS. Nashville All-Stars visit after the West defeated the East 23-14 Friday night in the state All-Star game at the University of Central Arkansas. They include West All-Star cheerleaders Avery Kesterson and Kathleen Lance, West All-Star football player Cameron Alexander, West All-Star cheerleading coach Susan Renfrow and West All-Star cheerleader Emily Herzog.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Former rivals became teammates Friday night for the Arkansas East-West All-Star football game at Estes Stadium on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas. The West won 23-14.
For former Scrapper offensive lineman Cameron Alexander, All-Star Week was “great. The best part was meeting everybody.”
Alexander’s West team included players from fellow District 7-4A members Ashdown, Arkadelphia and Malvern. “It was neat. We had the best players from our conference,” Alexander said.
Players from throughout the state were assigned to the East and West teams, and the listings didn’t always follow geographic lines. For example, the West roster included players from the Pine Bluff area, while the East had athletes from Parkers Chapel and Russellville.
Two of Alexander’s new friends came from Charleston – Chance Shelby and Levi Young.
Future teammates at Ouachita Baptist University were there also, including Kris Oliver, Davon Potts of Hope and Austin Kirkpatrick of Gurdon.
Incoming seniors Ty Storey of Charleston and Jake Hall of Har-Ber visited. Both are committed to the University of Arkansas in 2015. “Ty came to the basketball game. He brought us Taco Bell. He’s a good guy,” Alexander said.
Players reported to Conway Monday, June 23. They had “two contact practices a day and a mental practice at night,” Alexander said.
The coaching staff provided wrist bands with the plays on them. “They tried to simplify things” to prepare the team in a short amount of time, Alexander said.
Alexander played at center in the All-Star game. “They told me Monday that’s where I was playing,” he said.
Players practiced and attended the All-Star games in other sports during the week. When game day arrived, they reported to the stadium for their pre-game routine and introductions. As soon as the stadium announcer introduced “Number 78, Cameron Alexander of Nashville,” a thunderstorm hit the Conway area. Players, coaches and officials scurried into the football program offices and dressing rooms at Estes Stadium, and fans did their best to get out of the rain as well.
The downpour hit shortly before 7 p.m. and resulted in a one-hour delay because of accompanying lightning. Arkansas Activities Association rules spell out the time between the last bolt of lightning and the time that play can begin.
Once players reported back to the purple and gray artificial playing surface, the game began and the West immediately took control. Two quick touchdowns gave the West All-Stars a 14-0 lead after the first quarter.
Alexander started at center and played the first, third and fourth quarters.
A new offensive unit and a new defensive unit played the second quarter and gave up two touchdowns to the East subs. The score was tied at 14-14 at halftime.
First teamers played most of the second half for both squads.
“The score didn’t do justice to the game,” Alexander said. “The West was the superior team on the field. Our first team defense was great. They didn’t give up a point all night. Our starters outscored the East 23-0. It was a good group.”
Overall, the All-Star experience was “pretty cool. It was neat getting to see the guys and have fun together. It was a great experience.”
The All-Star selection was among a number of honors for Alexander following the 2013 season. He was named the Scrappers’ Most Valuable Player, All-District, All-State and was picked for the All-Star game. In February, he signed a national letter-of-intent to play at Ouachita Baptist. Alexander received the Scrapper Award at the sports banquet in May. The award recognizes the top Scrapper athlete in all sports.
All-Star Week was “a great experience. I’m glad I was chosen by the coaches in our conference. The game was fun. So were the practices. I met new friends that I’ll go visit some. I saw [former Scrapper assistant Zach] Watson. It was an awesome week,” Alexander said.

 

New coach arrives at NJHS – ‘The sky’s the limit’

Laura Kidd

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
After 19 years of coaching at her alma mater, Spring Hill High School, Laura Kidd has made the move to Nashville, where she is head coach of the junior Scrapperettes and assistant coach of the senior Scrapperettes. She succeeds Coach Buster Bonner, who retired in May.
Kidd has already taken her junior girls to team camp at Ouachita Baptist University, and she opens the gym twice a week.
Later in the summer, her team will participate in team camps in Kirby and Nashville, and she will go with the senior Scrapperettes to camp at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Her outlook on the program so far? “The sky’s the limit,” Kidd said last week. “Coach Bonner and Coach [Ron] Alexander are great coaches. I get to work with Coach Alexander. This is a great job here. I want my girls to get better in every practice and every game.”
Kidd graduated from Spring Hill and attended Southern Arkansas University, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. After college, she returned to Spring Hill where she coached grades 7-12 girls basketball and track. She also taught health and p.e.
Kidd said her high school coach “made me decide to coach. I learned the love of the game and knew from there that coaching is what I wanted to do.”
Kidd’s husband Matt was her high school sweetheart. They have two children – Boone, 19, a student at SAU; and Lilly, 15, who will be a sophomore at NHS. Lilly played for the senior Scrapperettes at the OBU camp.
The Lady Bears of Spring Hill went 35-0 and won the state Class 2A basketball championship last season. The junior girls were 14-1, earning the conference co-championship and the district championship.
“We were building at Spring Hill. I was blessed. I had good kids with a good work ethic,” Kidd said.
When Bonner announced his retirement, Kidd saw an “opportunity” here. “Nashville is known for sports. There’s community support, administration support. This is a new challenge. I didn’t want to get complacent.”
As she gets to know her team, Kidd said the girls are “a lot of fun. They have a lot of energy, and they’re eager to learn. The soak it all in like a sponge. They’re processing things while I’m talking.”
The junior Scrapperettes were 6-4 at OBU. “They were excited,” she said of their performance at the camp. “Their athleticism is exciting. These kids are very athletic. They have the potential to really excel.”
Kidd said scoring is “something we need to focus on. We need to finish shots.”
Defense is also important, she said. “Defense is my favorite aspect of the game. It leads to great offense.”
As the new school year approaches, Kidd said she is “excited to meet everybody.” She will help and have input with the high school team and work with Alexander. “It’s difficult for me to sit at a game,” she said. “Coach Alexander and I will bring out the best in each other.”
For Kidd, “Church, family and basketball” are important parts of her life. “I stay busy,” she said.
She wants her girls to show “hard work and a good attitude.”
Kidd plans to “support all the sports in Nashville. I want the senior girls to be big sisters for my girls. We’re all here for the kids, not an individual team.”

Scrapper senior commits to Ole Miss

LaMichael Pettway (#4) in action

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Scrapper senior LaMichael Pettway has verbally committed to play football at Ole Miss.
Pettway announced his commitment Wednesday afternoon after a recruitment process which produced 21 college offers.
Pettway said Ole Miss seemed like the right fit. “I felt close to them. They were the first to offer. I was impressed with the campus and the way they respond to players. It was more welcoming and more like a family than a business.”
Among the schools which made offers or at least showed strong interest in Pettway were Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Nebraska, Arkansas State and Arkansas.
The Razorbacks were a late entry in the process and made a scholarship offer a couple of months ago.
“Arkansas Is a pretty exciting place, too,” Pettway said Thursday morning as he discussed his decision making which resulted in the selection of Ole Miss. “Every campus is exciting. Arkansas is a pretty place.”
Pettway said he isn’t sure if he will redshirt at Ole Miss. “Anything could happen. They’re pretty young,” he said of the Rebels, a factor which could result in immediate playing time.
Pettway said it is likely that he will be a receiver at Ole Miss. “You never know. I’m leaning now toward playing at receiver, but they might move me.”
Pettway’s verbal commitment is non-binding. He has the option to continue looking at other schools.
About 40 schools have shown interest in Pettway, with some of the early contacts going back almost a year.
He made his decision to become a Rebel last Wednesday, “the day before my mom’s birthday. She’s been waiting on my decision. She’s been behind me all the way,” Pettway said.
Scrapper Coach Billy Dawson said he is “not surprised” by Pettway’s commitment to Ole Miss. “It’s a matter of comfort. He’s 17 years old. If he feels comfortable at a school, that’s a big part of the battle. It’s nothing Arkansas did or didn’t do or something Ole Miss did.”
Dawson said it will be “interesting to see if he can contribute immediately. It’s a big jump. The SEC is a different animal. We’ll see how he progresses.”
The Scrappers have seen a steady stream of recruiters on the field at Scrapper Stadium during their two weeks of spring practice. As many as 30 were expected to get a first-hand look at Pettway.
“I like it for the kids. This may open doors for some of others. It’s good for our program and our kids,” Dawson said of the attention from various colleges.

Scrappers wrap up spring practice

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Spring football for the Nashville Scrappers will wrap up this week.
Practice began May 19 and will continue through the spring game Thursday at 10 a.m. at Scrapper Stadium. In case of rain, the spring game will move to the Scrapper Dome.
“It’s going fine,” Coach Billy Dawson said of practice so far.
“We have a new defensive scheme with new terminology. It’s been pretty smooth. Brad [Chesshir] has done a good job of implementing it,” Dawson said.
“Offensively, we’ve tweaked a few things. We’ll look a little different.”
Dawson wants to “establish a mentality that we’ve been missing the last couple of years. We’re trying to get back to old physical Scrapper football. I think we’ve missed that.”
After last week’s practice, “The players are learning. They’re tired with school winding down. They’ve done okay,” according to Dawson.
College scouts looking at Scrapper senior LaMichael Pettway will attend practice again this week. As many as 30 were expected to show up in Nashville during the two weeks of spring practice.
“This is the last week that they can come,” Dawson said.
After spring practice is over, the team will work in the weight room. The Scrappers will host team camp Friday, June 6. They will attend team camp in Magnolia June 10 and another team camp at Ouachita Baptist University June 12.
The team will compete in a 7-on-7 tournament June 13 at Hope.
The Arkansas Activities Association’s two-week “dead period” will be June 22-July 5.
The Scrappers will host 7-on-7 July 7, 14, 16 and 21. They will compete in 7-on-7 at Magnolia July 9 and 23.
Fall practice begins Monday, Aug. 4.
Media Day will be at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 16.
The Back-to-School Bash will be at 8 p.m. Aug. 22.
Nashville and El Dorado will scrimmage at Southern Arkansas University at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28.
The season will open Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Hope.

Scrapper Sports Banquet

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Two seniors received the top awards at the Scrapper Sports Banquet May 21 at the elementary school cafeteria.
Cameron Alexander received the Scrapper Award, and Kassidy Snowden received the Scrapperette Award.
Alexander lettered in football, basketball and baseball and was All-District 7-4A in all three sports. He received All-State honors in basketball and football and will play in the All-Star football game June 27 at the University of Central Arkansas. Alexander signed a national letter-of-intent to play football at Ouachita Baptist University.
Snowden lettered in basketball and track. She was All-District 7-4A in basketball and All-State in track. She won the triple jump at the state Class 4A meet and finished 12th in the state Heptathlon.
Athletic Director James “Bunch” Nichols and Coach Billy Dawson presented the awards at the conclusion of the banquet, which recognized participants in golf, tennis, basketball, baseball, softball, track and cheerleading.
The Scrapper cheerleaders received their state championship rings during the banquet. They won the state Class 4A cheerleading championship in December at Hot Springs. Coach Susan Renfrow introduced the squad. She will coach the West All-Star cheerleaders at the All-Star football game June 27. Emily Herzog is a member of the West squad.
Award presentations during the evening included the following:
Coach Damon Williams, tennis – Boys Outstanding Doubles, Andy Graves and Alex Perrin; Boys Outstanding Singles, Robbie Morphew; Boys Most Improved, Matthew Carver; Boys All-District, Andy Graves and Alex Perrin; Boys All-State, Andy Graves and Alex Perrin; Girls Outstanding Doubles, Brittany Backus and McKenzie Morphew; Girls Outstanding Singles, Jana Copeland; Girls Most Improved, Klaire Howard; Girls All-District, Jana Copeland; Girls All-State, Jana Copeland.
Coach Aaron Worthen presented golf awards for Coach Tony Horn. They include Girls Most Improved, Rachel Dawson; Boys Most Improved, Josh Reeves; Girls All-District, Adley Kirchhoff; Boys All-District, Luke Dawson.
Coach Rick Baker, boys track – Outstanding Sprinter, Jalen Jones; Most Improved, LT Muldrow; Outstanding Thrower, Rashon Lee; Outstanding Runner, Eric Perez; Leadership, Braden Bowman and Jackson Beavert; All-State, Eric Perez; Joe Goodrum Track Award, Eric Perez.
Coach Buster Bonner, girls track – Outstanding Sprinter, Kassidy Snowden; Outstanding Distance Runner, Elise Van der Slikke; Outstanding jumper, Kassidy Snowden; Outstanding Thrower, Lacie Grace; All-State, Kassidy Snowden; Betty Floyd Track Award, Kassidy Snowden. Bonner is retiring at the end of the year. “I want to thank everybody, especially the staff and the athletes,” he said. “It’s been a great ride. I’ve enjoyed it.”
Coach Buster Bonner, girls basketball – Offensive Player, Kassidy Snowden; Defensive Player, Kassidy Snowden; Steals Award, Kassidy Snowden; Rebound Award, Timya Sanders; Assist Award, Kassidy Snowden; Free Throw Award, Shayla Wright; Newcomer of the Year, Maddi Horton; Hustle Award, KeeKee Richardson; Most Improved – Elise Van der Slikke and Bailey Walls; Sixth Man Team Award, Haley McMurphy; Miss Scrapperette Basketball, Kassidy Snowden; All District 7-4A, Kassidy Snowden.
Coach Damon Williams, boys basketball – Outstanding Defense, Trey Hughes; Most Steals, Brandon Shamrock; Most Rebounds, LaMichael Pettway; Most Assists, LaMichael Pettway; Best Free Throw Percentage, Cameron Alexander; Hustle Award, Jamie Newton; Most Improved, Nashville Senior Boys Basketball Team; All-District First Team, Cameron Alexander; All-District Second Team, Brandon Shamrock; All-District Honorable Mention, LaMichael Pettway; All-State Tournament Team, Cameron Alexander; Ironman Award, Cameron Alexander. Williams presented the Most Improved Award to the entire team because of the Scrappers’ turnaround, which saw the squad advance to the state tournament for the first time since 1963. The Scrappers made it to the Class 4A semifinals, defeating top-ranked Maumelle along the way.
Coach Paul Ernest, softball – Outstanding PItcher, Anna Kesterson; Outstanding Outfielder, Shayla Wright; Outstanding Infielder, Avery Kesterson; Outstanding Offense, Keeley Miller; Hustle Award, Kathleen Lance; Most Improved, Brittany Hilliard; Second Team All-District 7-4A, Alyssa Harrison, Kynnedi Gordon, Mattie Jamison, Kaylea Carver and Hannah White; First Team All-District 7-4A, Kathleen Lance, Keeley Miller, Avery Kesterson, Shayla Wright and Anna Kesterson; All-State, Keeley Miller, Avery Kesterson and Kathleen Lance, All-Star Nominee, Keeley Miller; Junior Classic, Mattie Jamison; Caitlin Spradlin Spirit of the Game Award, Kathleen Lance.
Coach Kyle Slayton, baseball – Newcomer of the Year, Zach Jamison; Most Improved, Ty Whitworth; Offensive Player of the Year, Nick Myers; Defensive Player of the Year, Cameron Alexander; Team Players, Blake Hockaday and Storm Nichols; Pitchers of the Year, Justin Reed and Alex Curry; Most Valuable Player, Alex Curry; Brad Byers Memorial Scholarship, Alex Curry; First Team All-District 7-4A, Nick Myers, Cameron Alexander, Alex Curry; Second Team All-District 7-4A, Justin Reed; Class 4A State Tournament Team, Alex Curry; Xtra Innings All-Star, Nick Myers.

Back on ‘The Hill’ – Former Scrapper takes rein as defensive coordinator

Coach Brad Chesshir

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
In December 2006, Brad Chesshir was a senior defensive standout for the Nashville Scrappers. He received All-District and All-State honors and was named Lineman of the Year. He was chosen to play in the Arkansas All-Star Football Game at Fayetteville.
Today, Chesshir is the new defensive coordinator for the Scrappers. He was named to the position in April and quickly made his presence felt.
Chesshir is a 2007 graduate of Nashville High School. He played for the Scrappers from 2004-06 and was a member of the 2005 and 2006 state championship teams. “Those were good times,” Chesshir said.
Chesshir played college ball at Southeast Oklahoma State, where he started at linebacker all four years. “We lost more games in four weeks than my whole high school career,” he said. Chesshir’s Scrapper teams won 41 straight games.
Chesshir met his wife Phylicia while they were in college. “She’s excited to be part of the Scrapper family,” Chesshir said. “She’s from Oklahoma. I want to introduce her to Arkansas.”
The Chesshirs spent the holiday weekend moving from Louisiana to Nashville.
Chesshir majored in health and p.e. After graduating, he spent a year at Southeast as a graduate assistant, coaching the secondary.
From there, Chesshir became defensive coordinator at a high school in Alexandria, La. The past year, he was head coach at Alexandria, where he was joined by a former teammate, A.J. Whitmore, as running backs coach.
Chesshir didn’t hesitate when he had the chance to return to “The Hill.”
“I tell the kids, ‘If you want to be successful, surround yourself with good people, people with the same goals and mindset you have,’” Chesshir said. “What better way than with the community of Nashville and the Nashville Scrappers. I wanted back with that tradition. I want to help carry on that tradition and build on it.”
Coach Billy Dawson said Chesshir “coaches much like he played – with energy and passion. I think the kids have enjoyed the return of the Pumpkinhead Defense with one of the great Pumpkinheads himself. Brad will be an asset not only on the field and in the weight room, but he is a guy that will be an asset to our community. Coaching is more than x’s and o’s. It’s about relationships and people, and Coach Chesshir excels in that area. I’m glad he is here.”
Now that he’s helping coach the team on which he once played, Chesshir said his role is different. “My goal is to coach with more energy than I played with. My job is to motivate kids to be their best and give them an opportunity to be successful. These kids know who they play for. I continue to remind them who they are. They’re playing for the ones who played before them,” Chesshir said.
“They understand Scrapper pride and tradition. They’re excited and eager to reach that level of success,” Chesshir said.
Spring practice began May 19 and continues through this Thursday. After the first week, Chesshir said he was “pleased with the effort and attitude on defense and the whole team. They’re flying around having fun. They’re getting better every single day.”
As he works with his former head coach and with Coach Brian Bearden, who was on staff during his playing days, Chesshir said there is “no better way to learn than to work under some of the best coaches. I’m truly blessed. We have a great staff.”
One of Chesshir’s former teammates is also coaching, although on the other side of the line. Offensive line coach D.J. Graham was a Scrapper during Chesshir’s days in uniform. “It’s good to be back with a buddy that I played with. Now we’re coaching the same team,” Chesshir said.
As the Scrapper Countdown hits Day 100, Chesshir said he is “excited for the opportunity to work with a great group of coaches, a great group of guys. I’m looking forward to the season. I want to motivate our kids to be the their best every single day and be successful this year.”

Scrappers, Scrapperettes done for the season

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
MONTICELLO – The Nashville Scrapperettes had only one shut out during the season, and it came Saturday in the quarterfinals of the state Class 4A tournament.
Valley View defeated the defending state champions 1-0 Saturday morning, wrapping up a season which saw the Scrapperettes go 21-7. They won the regular-season conference title, the District 7-4A tournament and the Class 4A South regional tournament.
“We didn’t play well enough offensively to win,” Coach Paul Ernest said Monday. “I didn’t have them prepared to win. We had our second lowest hitting total of the year and the first shut out of the year. I didn’t expect that. Whatever I did in preparing was ineffective.”
Avery Kesterson and Kathleen Lance posted Nashville’s only hits of the game. Valley View had 6 hits against the Scrapperettes, with no errors for either team.
“Our girls defensively handled the moment better than offensively. They had no errors and put the ball in play,” Ernest said.
Scrapperette pitcher Anna Kesterson “had just six hits. She played well. Avery had a fantastic game at short stop. Kathleen tracked the balls in the outfield,” Ernest said.
“Offensively, we were going up against an average state tournament pitcher. It looked like we gave in to pressure at the plate. We watched too many pitches. I failed. Our girls hit better than that. It was my failure to prepare them for the moment. I told them all season that it’s not always the best team that wins but the team that handles the moment.”
The game was scoreless through the first four innings. Valley View scored what turned out to be the winning run in the top of the fifth.
The Scrapperettes threatened to score a couple of times but didn’t.
Nashville had 13 quality at bats, including 3 from Shayla Wright, 2 each from Alyssa Harrison, Lance, Avery Kesterson and Kaylea Carver, and 1 each from Kynnedi Gordon and Mattie Jamison.
Anna Kesterson pitched 7 innings, with 1 run off 6 hits, 3 walks and 2 strikeouts. Her strikeout percentage was 61.
The Scrapperettes had “a lot of talent. We had a good year with a conference championship, district championship and regional championship. We went to the quarterfinals of state. It was a great year for this program, but when you’re coming off back-to-back state titles, it’s a bitter pill,” Ernest said.
“I saw improvement in a lot of practice. We’ll miss the seniors, but te program is in good hands. When we lose good players,, we develop the younger girls behind them. We can be in the middle of it for the next 3 years. The girls believe in each other and what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to pursue excellence.”
The Scrapperettes are 42-16 for the last two seasons, with a state title and the district, conference and regional championships.
They were 7-0 during the regular season in District 7-4A.
Farmington ends Scrapper season
The Scrapper baseball season ended Friday afternoon with a 2-1 loss to Farmington in the state Class 4A tournament at Wilson Park.
Farmington took a 1-0 lead, but the Scrappers came back and tied the game at 1-1.
The Cardinals scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Scrappers had 2 hits against Farmington, both by Justin Reed.
Kory Snodgrass scored the Scrappers’ run on an RBI by Reed.
Nashville had 14 quality at bats against Farmington. Zach Jamison had 3; Alex Curry, Ty Whitworth, Dylan Chambers and Cameron Alexander had 2 each, with 1 a piece from Lucas Liggin, Kyler Lawrence and Nick Myers.
Alex Curry pitched the entire game for the Scrappers, giving up 2 runs on 8 hits with no earned runs, 2 walks and 3 strikeouts. Curry’s strikeout percentage was 65.
Nashville wrapped up the season with a record of 18-13. The Scrappers entered the state tournament as the four seed from the South regional tournament in Star City.

College scouts lining up for Scrapper spring practices

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Spring practice began Monday night for the Nashville Scrappers and will continue through May 29.
“We had a good first night,” Coach Billy Dawson said. “There was a lot of energy. The kids were excited. Football-wise, we’ve got along way to go.”
Dawson said the Scrappers’ off-season work “showed up. We’re a lot more physical, a lot stronger. Everyone was positive.”
The late-afternoon start time for practice was a departure from the Scrappers’ usual schedule. “There seemed to be more energy at night. It was a good tone setter,” Dawson said.
Coaches will have a great deal to evaluate during spring practice, Dawson said. “We have a new defensive scheme. Offensively, we’ve made a few teeaks. We’ll try to refine things and see where the kids fit.”
One of Dawson’s goals is “to get the mentality back of being physical and playing with energy.”
Forty-four players are back from last year, Dawson said. The total number, including incoming sophomores, is 67.
The Scrappers will practice today through Friday about 1:30-1:45 p.m., and will follow the same schedule next Tuesday, May 27. Practice will begin at noon May 28. The spring game will be played Thursday, May 29, at 10 a.m.
Dawson expects a number of visitors during spring practice. They will be in Nashville to watch senior LaMichael Pettway, who has already received a host of college offers.
A Vanderbilt scout was on hand Monday night, and Ole Miss came to town Tuesday.
Dawson said about 30 scouts will visit in the next 7 days.
Some of the college programs to be represented include Arkansas, Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Louisvile, Arkansas State, LSU, Southern Mississippi, Memphis, Louisiana-Lafayette, Illinois, Baylor, TCU and SMU, among others.

Scrappers advance to state tournament

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
STAR CITY – With a 6-2 win over Star City in the Class 4A South regional Friday afternoon, the Nashville Scrappers captured a berth in the state Class 4A tournament to be played Thursday, Friday and Saturday on their home field at Wilson Park.
The game was tied at 1-1 after the second inning. Neither team scored again until the top of the fifth, when the Scrappers put up 5 runs against the host Bulldogs. The win punched the Scrappers’ ticket back to Wilson Park for state.
Saturday, Nashville fell to to Ashdown 5-4. The Scrappers dropped a 4-3 decision to Hamburg Monday in the consolation game.
The Scrappers (18-12) will enter the state tournament as the four seed from the South region. They will play second seed from the North, Farmington, Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in Nashville.
The tournament will continue Friday and Saturday at Wilson Park.
Nashville recorded 7 hits against Star City. Alex Curry led the Scrappers with 2, followed by Zach Jamison, Cameron Alexander, Lucas Liggin, Justin Reed and Dylan Chambers with 1 each.
Scores came from Nick Myers, Jamison, Andy Graves, Kyler Lawrence, Justin Reed and Kory Snodgrass.
Alexander had 2 of Nashville’s 3 RBIs, with the other by Curry.
Curry pitched all 7 innings, giving up 7 hits, 2 runs and 2 errors while striking out 9 Bulldogs.
The win was Nashville’s second of the season against Star City. The other victory was a 4-2 decision in March at the Ralph Gross Memorial Tournament.
Ashdown
The Scrappers led 3-1 going into the sixth inning Saturday against Ashdown in the regional semifinals.
However, the Panthers scored 3 runs in the sixth and 1 in the seventh, while Nashville added 1 run in the sixth and none in the seventh. Ashdown took the win 5-4.
The Scrappers picked up 9 hits in the game, led by Myers, Lawrence and Chambers with 2 each. Curry, Reed and Ty Whitworth each had a hit.
Runs came from Lawrence, Liggin, Chambers and Snodgrass.
Chambers led in RBIs with 2, with 1 each from Jamison and Liggin.
Reed pitched for the Scrappers, giving up 9 hits and 5 runs while striking out 5 Panthers.
Hamburg
Hamburg led early, then held off a Scrapper comeback attempt to take a 4-3 win over Nashville in the consolation game Monday.
The Lions jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning and added a run in the fourth before the Scrappers scored 3 runs in the fifth. Hamburg put up the winning run in the seventh.
Myers, Jamison and Lawrence scored for the Scrappers.
Jamison and Whitworth had 2 hits each, with 1 hit each from Myers, Lawrence and Curry.
Lawrence had the Scrappers’ lone RBI of the game.
Alexander, Curry and Liggin all saw pitching duty.

Scrapperettes win regional softball title

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Trailing 6-5 going into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Nashville Scrapperettes came back and defeated Ashdown 7-6 to win the Class 4A South regional championship on Futrell Field at the Nashville City Park.
Uncharacteristic errors early in the game left the Scrapperettes trailing 6-0 after two innings. They began their comeback with 2 runs in the third, then added 1 in the fifth and 2 in the sixth before winning in the seventh.
With the victory, the Scrapperettes (21-6) enter this week’s state tournament in Monticello with a first-round bye as the number one seed from the South region. They will play the winner of Thursday’s game between Valley View and Pottsville Friday at 10 a.m. at the Monticello High School softball field.
Ashdown is the region’s second seed, with Malvern third and Monticello fourth.
As the team prepares for state, Coach Paul Ernest said the girls will “go back to some fundamentals in practice. We’ll do some infield work, outfield work, small ball batting practice, regular ball batting practice.”
The Scrapperettes will leave after school Thursday afternoon and go to Star City to work out. They will stay in Star City overnight and go to Monticello Friday morning.
Ashdown
Monday’s regional championship game got off to a rough start for the Scrapperettes. They were down 3-0 after the first inning.
Through the adversity which the team faced throughout the game, Ernest said the girls “continued to pick each other up. We’re to the point that they know when they haven’t played well. I remind them what they’re capable of. It worked yesterday.”
Ernest said the Scrapperettes started preparing for games like the one Monday as early as November. “We have pressure drills with consequences. We look for the girl who doesn’t want the ball. In January, I’m constantly putting pressure on them. They work through it on their own. That had a lot to do with [Monday]. Failure is a big part of this game. It can be more visible on the offensive side. They have to learn to deal with failure and still produce,” Ernest said.
“Errors are part of the game. It’s not a matter of if something bad happens but when something bad happens. They have to handle the moment and win the moment. I told them not to let the first inning beat you in the seventh. Make the next play. They’ve bought into that,” Ernest said.
“I told them that 3 runs weren’t enough to beat us. Then 6 weren’t enough to beat us. Put up the shovel and quit digging a hole. They kept picking each other up.
“To me, that’s character. There’s something inside those girls, put in by their parents and grandparents. That’s high character.”
Ernest said he was “not nervous. I’m a pacer and walk around a lot. I believe in them enough that if today’s not our day, we’ll rebound. If it is our day, we’ll win. Had we lost 6-5, it was still a great comeback. I’m proud of the fact that they have developed the attitude and personality as a team that they don’t quit. They lean on each other. That’s really beautiful to see when it happens.”
The Scrapperettes wound up Monday’s win with 7 runs on 7 hits with 4 errors. Ashdown had 6 runs on 7 hits and 2 errors.
Alyssa Harrison and Avery Kesterson were the leading batters with 2 hits each. Kynnedi Gordon, Hannah White and Mattie Jamison had 1 each.
Runs came from Peekaboo Garland, Gordon, Kathleen Lance, Avery Kesterson, Hannah White, Shayla Wright and Kaylea Carver. White’s score came on a home run.
The Scrapperettes had 6 RBIs, including 1 from Harrison which drove in Lance at the bottom of the seventh for the game-winning score.
Wright tied the game before Harrison’s hit when she scored from third on a passed ball.
Avery Kesterson had 2 RBIs, with 2 from Harrison and 1 each from White and Wright.
Anna Kesterson pitched the entire game, facing 37 Lady Panthers. She gave up 6 runs off 7 hits with 6 walks and 3 strikeouts.  The Lady Panthers did not score after the second inning.
Monticello
The Scrapperettes fell behind twice against Monticello in the regional semifinal Saturday afternoon but came back to defeat the Lady Billies 10-9 in the bottom of the seventh.
“We didn’t play badly at all. We played pretty well, actually,” Ernest said. “We had some breakdowns in the sixth and seventh. The girls went out and picked up somebody else” to take the win.
The Scrapperettes led 5-2 after the fifth inning. Monticello exploded for 5 runs in the sixth and added 2 in the seventh to lead 9-7 going into the bottom of the seventh.
 Garland scored from third to narrow the gap to 9-8. Carver tied the game at 9 each, and Avery Kesterson scored on the last play for the win.
The Scrapperettes had 10 runs, 13 hits and 1 error against Monticello. The Lady Billies recorded 9 runs, 9 hits and 5 errors.
Lance was the leading hitter for Nashville with 4. Wright, Miller and Carver had 2 each, with 1 a piece from Gordon, Avery Kesterson and White.
“Kathleen had one heck of a day. She went 4 for 5 at bat. We had great play up and down the lineup,” Ernest said.
Avery Kesterson scored 3 runs; Carver added 2, with 1 each from Garland, Lance, White, Wright and Maddi Horton.
Lance had 3 of the Scrapperettes’ 6 RBIs. Miller had 2, with 1 from Wright.
Anna Kesterson pitched 5.1 innings, facing 25 batters and striking out 3.
Brittany Hilliard finished the game against 10 batters.
DeWitt
The Scrapperettes opened the regional tournament Friday afternoon by defeating DeWitt 11-1 in 6 innings.
The score was tied at 1 each after the first inning, but it was all Scrapperettes afterward. They put up 4 runs in the third, 1 each in the fourth and fifth, and 4 in the sixth for the win.
Nashville’s 11 runs came on 14 hits and no errors. DeWitt had 6 hits and 4 errors.
Nashville’ had 10 RBIs, led by Miller with 5. Harrison had 2, with an RBI each from Lance, Carver and Jamison.
Lance and Miller had 3 hits each. Avery Kesterson and White had 2 each, with a hit each from Harrison, Gordon, Wright and Carver.
Runs came from Avery Kesterson with 3, Lance, Wright and Miller with 2 each, and 1 a piece from Carver and Horton.
Anna Kesterson and Hilliard shared pitching duties. Together, they struck out 4, gave up only 2 walks and 1 run while facing 26 batters.
DeWitt was “well coached and well prepared,” Ernest said. “Our girls did a good job. They kept attacking and punched their ticket to state. The first round of the regional is big. It got us into state.”

 

Nashville track teams compete in state meet

HEBER SPRINGS – The Scrapperettes were ninth at the Class 4A state track meet at Heber Springs May 6.
Crossett dominated the meet with 131 points to take first place. Maumelle was a distant second with 74, followed by Ashdown with 65.5. The Scrapperettes had 28.5 points for ninth place.
Kassidy Snowden of Nashville won the triple jump with a mark of 35-2.
Other Scrapperette results include the following:
300-m high hurdles – 7. Asia Munn, 51.53.
High jump – tie 3. Snowden, 5-2.
Long jump – tie 5. Snowden, 16-8 1/2.
Triple jump – 1. Snowden, 35-2.
Shot put – 6. Snowden, 32-2 3/4.
Discus – 4. Lacie Grace, 92-10.
The Scrapper track team finished fourth at the state Class 4A meet.
Pine Bluff Dollarway won the state championship with 82 points. Highland was second with 68. Heber Springs was third with 61 points, just ahead of Nashville’s 59.
Maumelle tied for fifth with Crossett with 49 points. Ashdown was ninth with 42 points.
Rashon Lee of Nashville won the shot put with a throw of 49-06.
Complete Scrapper results from state include the following:
400-m dash – 4. Jackson Beavert, 51.52.
800-m run – 3. Eric Perez, 2:04.24.
1600-m run – 2. Perez, 4:36.03.
3200-m run – 3 Perez, 10:30.72.
4 x 400-m relay – 4. Nashville, Beavert, Jamyric Gamble, Warren May and Jalen Jones, 3:35.42.
4 x 800-m relay – 3. Nashville, Eric Perez, Braden Bowman, Robbie Morphew and Ignacio Perez, 8:49.26.
Shot put – 1. Rashon Lee, 49-06; 2. Treveenon Walker, 47-1.
Discus – 4. Marvis Muldrow, 132-09.

Lady Rattlers win district track meet

DISTRICT CHAMPIONS. The Murfreesboro High School Lady Rattlers finished atop the point-standings and Coach Si Hornbeck was named senior girls’ Coach of the Year at the 2A Region 7 West Senior High Conference Track Meet held in Gurdon on April 30. The Lady Rattlers posted 123 points followed by Mineral Springs with 119.5, Foreman, Springhill, Lafayette County, Gurdon, Blevins and Dierks. Pictured with the first-place trophy are (front) Diana Jones, Ashline Garza, Madalyn Brannon, Loren Gills, Ellyn Walls; (middle) Kyra May, Annah Dixon, Reagan Grubbs, Dee Saldana, Carley Smithson, Olivia Turley; (back) Kayla Kelley, Brooke White, Jynsen Smith, Jesslynn Cross, Britton Hutcherson, Amy Jackson, Carlie Buck, Ryann Grubbs, Haley Kennedy, Lexie Baxter, Coach Hornbeck and Tara Humphry.

Scrappers open regional play Friday

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Scrappers will face a 3-hour trek to Star City Friday for the opening game of the Class 4A South regional baseball tournament.
Nashville will take on the host team, the Star City Bulldogs, at 3 p.m. The Scrappers enter the regional tournament as the fourth seed from District 7-4A. Star City is the number one seed from 8-4A.
Nashville defeated the Bulldogs 4-2 March 7 in the semifinals of the Ralph Gross Memorial Tournament at Wilson Park.
The Scrappers finished fourth in the 7-4A district tournament Monday afternoon at Henderson State University with a 9-8 loss to Central Arkansas Christian.
Nashville won 2 and lost 2 in the district tourney, defeating Bauxite 2-1 in the first game, Malvern 8-4 in the quarterfinals, losing to Ashdown 11-10 in the semifinals and losing to CAC in the consolation game.
The winner of Friday’s game will play Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the regional semifinal.
The consolation game will be Monday at 12 noon, followed by the championship game Monday at 2:30 p.m.
The top 4 teams from the regional will advance to the state tournament to be played May 15-17 at Wilson Park in Nashville.
Bauxite
The opening round of the tournament at HSU April 30 saw the Scrappers in a rematch with Bauxite, whom they had defeated 10-1 in the final conference game of the regular season April 25.
Bauxite scored first in the top of the first inning. The Scrappers answered in the bottom of the second when Kyler Lawrence scored on a steal of home to even the score at 1-1.
Nick Myers scored what turned out to be the winning run in the bottom of the third.
For the game, the Scrappers had 2 runs, 2 hits and 3 errors. Bauxite had 1 run, 1 hit and 2 errors.
Scrapper hits came from Myers and Cameron Alexander, who had the only RBI of the contest for Nashville.
Justin Reed pitched 7 innings, giving up 1 hit, 1 run and striking out 7 Miners. His strike percentage was 66.7.
Malvern
The Scrappers took a 4-0 lead over Malvern May 2 in the quarterfinals at Ouachita Baptist University and went on to win 8-4. The Leopards scored 1 run in the fourth and 3 runs in the fifth, while the Scrappers scored twice in each inning.
Nashville had 6 hits against the Leopards, who had defeated the Scrappers 4-2 in a regular-season conference game last month.
Hits came from Myers, Zach Jamison, Alexander, Alex Curry, Reed and Storm Nichols.
Dylan Chambers scored twice for Nashville, with 1 run each from Myers, Jamison, Andy Graves, Kyler Lawrence, Reed and Kory Snodgrass.
Alexander led the team in RBIs with 2, followed by Jamison and Lawrence with 1 each.
Curry pitched 7 innings, giving up 7 hits and 4 runs. He walked 3 and struck out 11, with a strike percentage of 63.9.
The win over Malvern advanced the Scrappers to the district semifinals and earned the team a berth in the regional tournament.
Ashdown
Ashdown led 11-3 going into the top of the 7th inning Saturday afternoon at OBU before the Scrappers put up 7 unanswered scores to make the final 11-10.
Tyler Olsen and Drew Atkins led the Panthers with a combined 7 hits and 6 RBIs.
Ashdown took a 10-0 win over Nashville in the teams’ regular-season meeting, but the Panthers found the going tough late in the rematch.
The Panthers led 3-0 after 2 innings before the Scrappers put up a run in the third. Ashdown scored 1 run in the third, 5 in the fourth and 2 in the sixth for the win.
The Scrappers had 11 hits against Ashdown, including 2 each from Myers, Alexander and Ty Whitworth, and 1 a piece from Jamison, Lawrence, Curry, Reed and Chambers.
Lawrence scored twice for Nashville, with a run each from Myers, Jamison, Jordan Williams, Curry, Reed, Nichols, Chambers and Trace Beene.
Nashville had 9 RBIs, led by Lawrence with 2, and 1 each from Myers, Jamison, Alexander, Whitworth, Reed, Nichols and Chambers.
Three Scrappers pitched against the Panthers. Chambers pitched 1 inning, with 2 hits, 3 runs, 2 errors and a walk, with no strikeouts. His strike percentage was 55.3. Liggin pitched 2 innings, with 4 hits, 6 runs, 5 errors, 4 walks and 3 strikeouts for a strike percentage of 50.8. Alexander pitched 3 innings, with 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 error, no walks and no strikeouts. His strike percentage was 72.2.
The Scrappers recorded 24 quality at bats against the Panthers, with 5 from Alexander, 4 from Nichols, 3 each from Curry and Myers, 2 each from Whitworth, Jamison and Lawrence, and 1 each from Reed, Chambers and Liggin.
CAC
The Scrappers led 5-0 after the first 2 innings Monday afternoon at HSU in the consolation game against CAC. The Mustangs chipped away at the lead in the third and fourth innings before scoring 4 times in the fifth and twice in the seventh to take the win.
CAC scored 9 runs on 10 hits with 2 errors, while the Scrappers had 8 runs on 7 hits with 5 errors.
Myers put up 3 runs to lead the Scrappers, with 2 from Snodgrass and 1 run each from Jamison, Nichols and Chambers.
Myers was the leading hitter with 2. Jamison, Alexander, Lawrence, Liggin and Reed had 1 a piece.
Alexander had 3 of Nashville’s 6 RBIs, with the remainder coming from Myers, Lawrence and Reed.
Nashville had 22 quality at bats against CAC, led by Curry, Jamison, Lawrence, Myers and Alexander with 3 each. Liggin and Chambers each had 2, with 1 a piece from Reed, Nichols and Hockaday.
Reed pitched 4.1 innings, with 6 hits, 7 runs, 4 errors, 2 walks and a strikeout. Curry finished the game with 2 runs off 4 hits, 1 eror, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. Curry finsihed the game with a 64.6 strike percentage; Reed had 60.0.

Scrapperettes win district softball tournament

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
They didn’t get their trophy Saturday afternoon, but the Nashville Scrapperettes won the District 7-4A tournament with a 16-2 victory over Malvern.
Trophies for the champions and runners-up didn’t arrive in time for the game, but the championship hardware was to be sent to the Scrapperettes this week.
With the district regular-season and tournament titles secured, the Scrapperettes are preparing for the first game of regionals.
Nashville will host the Class 4A South tournament Friday, Saturday and Monday at the Nashville City Park. The Scrapperettes, top seed from 7-4A, will play Dewitt, the four seed from 8-4A, at 10 a.m. on Futrell Field.
The winner advances to the regional semifinal Saturday at 12 noon on Futrell Field.
Other games set for Friday include Bauxite and Monticello at 12:30 p.m., Ashdown and Hamburg at 3 p.m. and Dumas and Malvern at 5:30 p.m.
The top 4 teams from the regional will advance to the state 4A tournament May 15-17 in Monticello.
Winning the district tournament was “big going into regionals,” Coach Paul Ernest said. “It got us the number one seed in regionals. If we execute our small ball game the way we did in the tournament and get production from our big sticks, we’ll be hard to defend.”
Bauxite
The Scrapperettes fell behind 2-0 against Bauxite in the semifinals Saturday afternoon before outscoring the Lady Miners 10-1 the rest of the way.
“We came out a little flat,” Ernest said. “Bauxite was riding some momentum after 2 big wins” earlier in the tournament.”
After spotting the Lady Miners 2 runs, the Scrapperettes tied the score at 2-2 in the second, then added 5 in the third and 3 in the fifth. Bauxite’s other score came in the third.
The Scrapperettes scored 10 runs on 10 hits with 1 error. Bauxite had 3 runs, 5 hits and 3 errors.
Alyssa Harrison scored 2 home runs for Nashville, with Hannah White scoring another.
Leading scorers included Harrison, Kathleen Lance, White and Maddi Horton with 2 each, and 1 run a piece from Avery Kesterson and Shayla Wright.
Harrison led the team in hits with 2, followed by Kynnedi Gordon, Lance, Avery Kesterson, White, Wright, Keeley Miller, Kaylea Carver and Mattie Jamison with 1 each.
Harrison had 4 of the Scrapperettes’ 10 RBIs. White added 2, with 1 each from Gordon, Lance, Miller and Jamison.
Brittany Hilliard pitched the entire game for Nashville, giving up 3 runs on 5 hits and striking out 5 batters; 71 percent of her pitches went for strikes.
“We came out and executed our small ball game pretty well. We hit it hard several times. Our big sticks had 3 home runs,” Ernest said.
“Brittany did a good job pitching. We had 10 hits including 3 home runs and held them to 5 hits. That’s good defense,” Ernest said.
Malvern
The win sent the Scrapperettes to the championship game against Malvern. The Lady Leopards defeated Ashdown in 8 innings in the other semifinal game.
Again, the Scrapperettes fell behind 2-0 at the top of the first inning before scoring 3 runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
From that point on, Nashville added 14 runs to none for Malvern in a game called by the run rule in the fifth inning.
The Scrapperettes had 16 runs on 14 hits with 2 errors. Malvern had 2 runs, 3 hits and 1 error.
Avery Kesterson led the Scrapperette batters, going 4 of 4 at the plate and scoring 4 runs. Wright had 3 hits; Harrison, Gordon and Miller had 2 hits each, and Carver added 1.
Lance and Kesterson were the leading scorers with 4 runs a piece; Wright added 3, Horton 2, and 1 each from Harrison, Carver and Jamison.
The Scrapperettes had 12 RBis, led by 3 from Harrison, 2 each from Gordon, Wright and Miller, and 1 each from Lance, White and Jamison.
Anna Kesterson pitched 5 innings, giving up 3 hits, 2 runs and a walk while striking out 4 Lady Leopards. Her strikeout percentage was 63.2.
“We had great pitching from Anna. She’s having an incredible freshman year,” Ernest said.
“I couldn’t be more proud,” Ernest said of the district title. “These seniors had never won the district tournament. It’s gratifying to see that accomplishment.”

Nashville track updates

Scrapperette Track
The Nashville Scrapperettes finished fourth with 66 points in the District 7-4A track meet Thursday at Ashdown.
First place went to Ashdown, followed by Pulaski Robinson and Bauxite.
Lacie Grace of Nashville won the discus with a throw of 99-5. Lydia Gaddis of Nashville was third with 94-6.
Other Scrapperette finishes include the following:
200-m dash – 5. Kassidy Snowden, 27.26.
400-m dash 3. Snowden, 1:03.19.
1600-m run – 7. Elise Vander Syche, 7:06.90
300-m hurdles – 2. Asia Munn, 53.33.
High jump – 3. Snowden, 5-2.
Long jump – 4. Snowden, 16-5.
Triple jump – 2. Snowden, 36-6.
Shot put – 2. Snowden, 32-4; 7. Gaddis, 30-0; 8. Karie Porter, 29-1.
Snowden, Grace and Gaddis were scheduled to compete Tuesday in the Class 4A state meet at Heber Springs.
Scrapper Track
The Scrappers won the District 7-4A track championship Thursday at Ashdown. Nashville rolled up 236.5 points, followed by Ashdown with 175.5, Robinson with 85 and Bauxite with 70 to round out the top four.
Results for the Scrappers include the following:
100-m dash – 1. Darius Hopkins, 11.30; 2. Jalen Jones, 11.37; 8. Jamie Newton, 11.64.
200-m dash – 2. Jones, 24.01; 4. Newton, 24.26.
400-m dash – 1. Beavert, 52.21; 4. Jailon Gamble, 53.98; 7. Warren May, 58.02.
800-m run – 1. Eric Perez, 2:07.25; 6. Braden Bowman, 2:18.12; 8. Ignacio Perez, 2:20.30.
1600-m run – 1. Eric Perez, 4:42.62; 4. Ignacio Perez, 5:16l36; 8. Bowman, 5:22.10; 8. Matthew Carver, 5:38.03.
3200-m run – 1. Eric Perez, 10:48.44; 4. Ignacio Perez, 11:36.26; 5. Bowman, 6. Carver, 12:17.58.
110-m hurdles – 7. Austin Gibbs, 19.30; 8. Robbie Morphew, 20.13.
300-m hurdles – 4. Gibbs, 46.35; 6. Morphew, 46.48.
4 x 100-m relay – 2. Nashville, Newton, Hopkins, Beavert, Jones; 44.33.
4 x 400-m relay – 1. Nashville, Beavert, Jamyric Gamble, 3. May, 4. Jones.
4 x 800-m relay 1. Nashville, Eric Perez, Bowman, Ignacio Perez, Morphew, 8:56.15.
High jump – 3. Trey Hughes, 5-10; 7. Terrell Grundy, 5-06.
Pole vault – 1. Trace Beene, 10-00; 3. Beavert, 9-00; 4. Dalton Smead, 7-06 and Gibbs, 7-06.
Long jump – 3. Shavonte Norvell, 19-10 3/4; 6. Grundy, 19-05 3/4.
Triple jump – 2. Hughes, 43-02; 8. Grundy, 38-07 1/2.
Shot put – 1. Treeveon Walker, 46-06; 3. Rashon Lee, 46-01 1/2; 4. Marvis Muldrow, 42-07.
Discus – 1. Muldrow, 137-09; 2. Lee, 134-08; 6. Dillon Honea, 114-01.
The Scrappers were scheduled to compete in the state Class 4A meet Tuesday at Heber Springs.
Junior Scrapper Track
The Nashville Junior Scrappers took first place in the District 7-4A junior high track meet April 24 in Ashdown.
Nashville nearly doubled the host team’s score, putting up 281 points to 146 for Ashdown. Bauxite was third with 104, and Arkadelphia was fourth with 61.
Results for the Scrappers include the following:
100-m – 1. Darius Hopkins, 11.6; 2. Austin Gibbs, 12.2; 6. Trent Harris, 13.0.
200-m – 1. Hopkins, 24.1; 4. Sam Cogburn, 26.6; 6. Harris, 26.8.
110-m hurdles – 1. Gibbs, 18.6; 2. Jacoree Walker, 20.0.
1600-m run – 2. Angel Hernandez, 5:57.35; 3. Kenneth Luper, 6:04.79; 5. Garrett Lance, 6:08.33; 6. Chris Willard, 6:09.99.
800-m run – 5. Luper, 2:30.70; 6. Alex Littlefield, 2:38.91; 7. Hernandez, 2:42.09.
4 x 800-m relay – 2. Nashville, Luper, Hernandez, gage Webb and Littlefield, 9:44.78.
4 x 400-m relay – 1. Nashville, Kailus Hughes, Hernandez, Luper and Littlefield, 4:07.
4 x 100-m relay – 1. Nashville, Trent Harris, Hopkins, Cogburn and Gibbs, 48.1.
400-m dash – Hopkins, 59.5; Hughes, 1:00.
300-m hurdles – 1. Gibbs, 46.2; 2. Jacoree Walker, 50.8.
Shot put – 1. Jarvis Holmes, 44-3; 2. Kirby Adcock, 39-11; 5. Mace Green, 47-8; 6. Chris Waldrop, 37-3.
Discus – 1. Austin Bowman, 126-9; 2. Adcock, 121-7; 4. Waldrop, 113-9; 6. Holmes, 112-5.
Long Jump – 3. Hopkins, 17-3; 4. Cogburn, 16-11; 5. Gibbs, 16-4 3/4.
High jump – 2. Cogburn, 5-6; 3. Hopkins, 5-2; 4. C.J. Spencer, 5-2; 5. Walker, 5-2.
Triple jump – 2. Gibbs, 36-3; 3. Spencer, 35-10. 7. Hughes, 31-6 1/2; 8. K.D. Mathis, 29-8.
Pole vault – 1. Trace Beene, 9-6; 2. Dalton Smead, 9-0; 3. Tyler Hanson, 7-6; 7. Webb, 7-0.
Hopkins won high point honors.
Junior Scrapperette Track
The Junior Scrapperettes won the District 7-4A track championship April 24 at Ashdown.
Nashville took first place with 234 points; Arkadelphia was second with 136.
Brookelyen Cox of Nashville earned high point honors with 60.
Results for the Junior Scrapperettes include the following:
 4 x 800-m relay – 1. Nashville, Allison Reeder, Chloe Scoggins, Jasmine Scott and Bailey Denton, 11:50.
110-m hurdles – 1. Asia Munn, 18.17; 6. Kalice Munn, 20.05.
100-m dash – 1. Cox, 13.05; 4. Osheanna Williams, 13.80.
1600-m run – 1. Jessica Bradford, 6:41; 3. Bravyn Bell, 4. Hannah Faulkner.
4 x 100-m relay – 1. Nashville, K. Munn, A. Munn, Kianna McElroy, Williams, 56.6.
400-m dash – 1. Cox, 63.6; 3. Scoggins, 3. 69.3; 4. Julianne Futrell, 70.01.
300-m hurdles – 1. A. Munn, 47.45; 6. K. Munn, 57.5; 7. Daisy Grundy, 58.4.
800-m run – 1. Denton, 2:53; 6. Bradford, 3:08.
200-m dash – 1. Cox, 27.6; 3. Williams, 29.5; 4. A. Munn, 30.10.
4 x 400-m relay 1. Nashville, Reeder, Scoggins, Scott, Denton.
Long jump – 1. Cox, 15-8; 2. McElroy, 13-3; 3. Williams, 14-0.
Triple jump – 1. Cox, 32-3; 5. McElroy, 27-5; 6. Williams, 27-3.
High jump – 1. A. Munn, 4-6; tie for second Denton and Williams, 4-4; 4. Scott, 4-02.
Shot put – 1. Cox, 34-1; 2. A. Munn, 32-10; 6. K. Munn, 27-10.
Discus – 4. Laisa Reminez, 57-6; 5. Denton, 56-8, 7. Reeder, 53-10.

 

 

Scrappers take 2 wins before loss to Malvern

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Scrappers routed Springhill 16-2 in a non-conference game last week and split a pair of District 7-4A contest, defeating Pulaski Robinson 11-1 while losing to Malvern 4-2.
Cameron Alexander hit 3 home runs on 3 trips to the plate against Springhill April 16. He also accounted for 7 RBIs and walked once. Alexander hit a 3-run home run in the first inning and added the others in the second and fourth.
Nick Myers homered for the Scrappers in the third inning.
For the game, the Scrappers had 16 runs on 14 hits and 1 error. Springhill had 2 runs, 4 hits and 6 errors.
Zach Jamison had 4 runs for the Scrappers, followed by Alexander and Myers with 3 each, and Tracy Beene, Kory Snodgrass, Storm Nichols, Justin Reed, Alex Curry and Kyler Lawrence with 1 each.
Alexander and Jamison led the team in hits with 3 a piece, followed by Lucas Liggin and Myers with 2 each, and Nichols, Reed, Curry and Lawrence with 1 run each.
The Scrappers recorded 21 quality at-bats against Springhill, led by Reed and Alexander with 4 each. Myers had 3, Dylan Chambers and Jamison had 2 each, with 1 a piece from Curry, Whitworth, Liggin, Nichols and Graves.
Scrapper batters had 16 RBIs in the contest, led by Alexander’s 7. Reed and Jamison had 2 each, with 1 RBI a piece from Chambers, Nichols, Lawrence, Myers and Blake Hockaday.
Chambers pitched 4 innings, giving up 3 hits and 2 runs while striking out 6. Alexander finished the 5-inning game, with 1 hit, no runs and no strikeouts.
Nashville led 3-0 after Alexander’s 3-run home run in the first. The Scrappers added 4 more in the second, 2 in the third and 7 in the fourth. Springhill scored twice in the fourth inning, and neither team put up any runs in the fifth.
The game was called after the fifth inning under the run rule.
Robinson
The Scrappers posted a run rule win over Pulaski Robinson April 15, defeating the Senators 11-1 in 6 innings.
The game was close through the first four innings, with the Scrappers leading 2-1 after the fourth. Nashville put up 4 runs in the fifth and 5 in the sixth to take the win.
Scrapper runs included 2 each from Myers, Jamison, Lawrence and Chambers, with 1 each from Alexander, Jordan Williams and Snodgrass.
Alexander had 2 RBIs, with 1 from Lawrence.
Myers led the team in hits with 2; Jamison, Lawrence, Curry, Reed and Chambers had 1 each.
Reed pitched the entire game, giving up 4 hits and 1 run while striking out 3 Senators.
Malvern
Nashville took a 2-0 lead over Malvern in the bottom of the fifth inning Friday afternoon before giving up 4 runs to the Leopards in the sixth. Malvern’s 4-2 lead turned out to be the final margin in the Senior Day game.
Scrapper scores came from Myers and Graves. Myers accounted for 2 of the Scrappers 3 hits, with the other coming from Alexander.
Reed was credited with an RBI.
Curry pitched five innings, giving up 2 hits and 4 runs; he struck out 8 Leopards. Reed finished the game, yielding 2 hits and no runs with 1 strike out.
Scrapper seniors and their parents were recognized before the game. They included Reed, Curry, Ty Whitworth, Chambers, Lawrence, Snodgrass, Nichols, Graves, Hockaday, Alexander and score keeper Jana Copeland.

Scrapperettes undefeated in conference play

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Scrapperettes remain undefeated in District 7-4A after posting run rule wins last week over Central Arkansas Christian and Malvern.
Nashville defeated Central Arkansas Christian 13-0 in five innings April 15 in Little Rock. They came from behind Friday afternoon at the Nashville City Park to defeat Malvern 13-3 in 6 innings.
With the wins, the Scrapperettes are 4-0 in conference play, 9-5 overall. They were scheduled to play Arkansas Baptist Tuesday afternoon at Futrell Field. Today (Wednesday), they will travel to De Queen to play their former conference rivals, the Lady Leopards.
Thursday, the Scrapperettes will return to Little Rock to finish their game against Robinson. The game was called Tuesday afternoon because of rain. Nashville trailed 3-1 in the bottom of the first inning.
Friday, the Scrapperettes will visit Bauxite for the final conference game of the regular season. They will host Murfreesboro April 28 before the District 7-4A tournament May 1-3.
Malvern
Malvern took a 3-1 lead over the Scrapperettes in the first inning last Friday. The score held until the bottom of the fifth inning, when Nashville scored 6 runs. The Scrapperettes added 6 more in the sixth inning to end the game.
Nashville put up 16 hits with 1 error against Malvern. The Lady Leopards had 8 hits and 5 errors.
Kathleen Lance was the leading hitter for the Scrapperettes with 3. She was followed by Alyssa Harrison, Avery Kesterson, Shayla Wright, Keeley Miller and Mattie Jamison with 2 each, and Hannah White, Kaylea Carver and Anna Kesterson with 1 each.
KeeKee Richardson, Lance, Avery Kesterson, Wright and Maddi Horton had 2 runs each, with 1 a piece from Jazmine Johnson, White and Carver.
Nashville had 10 RBIs, including 2 each from Harrison and Miller, with 1 each from Lance, Avery Kesterson, White, Wright, Jamison and Anna Kesterson.
Anna Kesterson pitched all 6 innings. She faced 29 batters, giving up 3 runs and 8 hits. She struck out 6.
CAC
The Scrapperettes jumped ahead of CAC 4-0 in the first inning, then added 4 runs in the second and 5 in the third to take the win.
Nashville had 11 hits against the Lady Mustangs, who managed only 1 hit. Both teams had 2 errors.
Wright led Nashville with 3 runs, followed by Richardson, Lance, Jamison and Horton with 2 each and Avery Kesterson and Carver with 1 each.
White and Jamison each had 4 RBIs, with 2 from Miller and 1 each from Lance and Wright.
White, Miller and Jamison were the leading hitters with 2 each, followed by Harrison, Lance, Avery Kesterson, Brittany Middleton and Carver with 1 each.
Anna Kesterson pitched 5 innings, facing 18 batters and striking out 5.

Scrapperettes 7th, Scrappers 3rd in Coca-Cola Relays

Kassidy Snowden won the high jump and the triple jump April 15 at the Coca-Cola Relays at Scrapper Stadium.
Showden cleared the bar at 5-2 in the high jump. She took the triple jump with a mark of 35-4 1/2.
Other Scrapperette results include the following:
100-m dash – 6. Snowden, 13.22.
200-m dash – 3. Snowden, 26.70.
400-m dash – 5. Snowden, 1:04.68.
Long jump – 3. Snowden, 15-11 1/4.
Discus – 4. Lacie Grace, 102-5; 7. Lydia Gaddis, 85-7.
The Scrapperettes were seventh at the meet with 43 points.
Magnolia won the Scrapper Relays with 89 points. Arkansas High was second, followed by Crossett, Maumelle, Ashdown and Fairview in third through sixth place. After the Scrapperettes, Lakeside, Pine Bluff and Fountain Lake rounded out the top 10.
Scrappers finish 3rd
Arkansas High won the boys division of the Coca-Cola Relays April 15 with 181 points. Magnolia was a distant second with 79, followed by Nashville with 59. Crossett and Ashdown were fourth and fifth, with Pine Bluff, Maumelle, De Queen, Dardanelle and Fairview rounding out the top 10.
Scrapper results include the following:
Triple jump – 8. Trey Hughes, 41-3 1/4.
Shot put – 2. Rashon Lee, 48-06 1/2; 5. Treveeon Walker, 44-04 1/4.
Discus – 4. Lee, 134-10; 5. Muldrow, 124-03.
4 x 800-m relay – 4. Nashville, Eric Perez, Braden Bowman, Matthew Carver and Robbie Morphew, 8:55.66.
1600-m run – 2. Eric Perez, 4:45.03.
4 x 100-m relay – 6. Jamie Newton, Jalen Jones, Lee Scroggins, Jackson Beavert, 44.69.
800-m run – 5. Perez, 2:09.94.
200-m dash – 5. Jalen Jones, 23.29; 8. Beavert, 23.59.
3200-m run – 3. Perez, 10:35.37.
4 x 400-m relay – 3. Nashville, Beavert, Jailon Gamble, Warren May, Jones, 3:40.74.
De Queen
The Scrappers were sixth with 52 points at the Collin Raye Relays April 17 in De Queen.
The host Leopards won the meet with 224.5 points, nearly doubling second place Ashdown’s score of 126. Broken Bow was third with 66.
Scrapper results include the following:
800-m run – 8. Ignacio Perez, 2:22.75.
800-m run – 5. Matthew Carver, 12:12.58; 8. Perez, 12:33.25.
4 x 400-m relay – 5. Nashville, R’Qez Hughes, Shavonte Norvell, Lee Scroggins and Trey Hughes, 3:58.23.
4 x 800-m relay – 5. Nashville, Ricardo Baltazar, Perez, Carver, Eduardo Captillo, 9:39.40.
High jump – 4.Trey Hughes, 5-08; 8. Turrell Grundy, 5-04.
Long jump – 4. Grundy, 19-11.
Triple jump – 1. Trey Hughes, 42-08; 2. Grundy, 40-08.
Shot put – 3. Walker, 44-00 1/2.
Discus – 6. Dillon Honea, 109-10.

Nashville games rescheduled

Schedules for the Nashville Scrappers and Scrapperettes have been changed by heavy rainfall Sunday in Nashville and Little Rock.
The baseball game originally planned for Monday, April 14, at Pulaski Robinson was rescheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Nashville.
The softball game planned for Monday, April 14, at Robinson has been rescheduled for Monday, April 21, at Robinson. The Maumelle game that was on the schedule for that day has been cancelled.
The Scrapperettes will play Arkansas Baptist Tuesday, April 22, in Nashville. The game was to have been played April 7.
In a change unrelated to weather, the baseball games at Springhill Thursday, April 17, will include a varsity and a JV game starting at 5 p.m. The schedule had said 2 JV games only.

Scrappers whip Springhill, lose to Ashdown

The Scrappers took a 17-7 non-conference win over Springhill April 10 at Wilson Park but dropped a District 7-4A road game to Ashdown 10-0 the next day.
Springhill took a 1-0 lead over Nashville in the top of the first inning, but the Scrappers stormed back in the bottom of the inning, putting up 13 runs against the Bears.
Spring Hill scored 3 runs in the second, 1 in the fourth and 2 in the fifth, while the Scrappers added 2 runs in the fifth and 2 in the sixth. The game was called after 6 innings under the run rule.
The Scrappers’ 17 runs came off 6 hits with 3 errors. Springhill had 7 runs on 8 hits and no errors.
Kyler Lawrence and Dylan Chambers were the Scrappers’ leading hitters with 2 each, followed by Nick Myers and Justin Reed with 1 each.
Lawrence and Cameron Alexander put up 3 runs each for Nashville, with 2 each from Myers, Zach Jamison, Storm Nichols and Reed; and 1 each from Alex Curry, Chambers and Kory Snodgrass.
The Scrappers had 14 RBIs, including 4 from Lawrence, 2 each from Curry and Chambers, and 1 each from Myers, Jamison, Alexander, Lucas Liggin, Nichols and Reed.
Nashville had 12 walks against Springhill.
Liggin pitched 3 innings, giving up 4 hits and 4 runs while striking out 3 and allowing 4 walks.
Alexander pitched 3 innings, giving up 4 hits, 3 runs and no walks with no strikeouts.
Ashdown
The Scrappers were shut out at Ashdown April 11 in a game called after 6 innings under the run rule.
The Panthers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, added 3 runs in the second, then put up 6 in the sixth inning on their way to the conference win.
The Scrappers (11-5, 1-2) managed only 2 hits and committed 2 errors against the Panthers.
Ashdown had 10 runs on 10 hits with no errors.
Scrapper hits came from Alexander and Liggin.
Three Nashville pitchers saw action against Ashdown, including Reed, Curry and Chambers.
The Scrappers’ next conference game will be Friday, April 18, at 5 p.m. at Wilson Park.

Softball Scrapperettes run record 2-0

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
ASHDOWN – The Nashville Scrapperettes ran their District 7-4A record to 2-0 Friday afternoon with a 7-1 victory over the Ashdown Lady Panthers.
The game was tied at 0-0 through the first four innings before the Scrapperettes put up 4 runs in the top of the fifth.
“We played really well,” Coach Paul Ernest said. “It was probably our most complete game of the year and our most complete game since the last time we played Ashdown” in the state championship game at Fayetteville last May.
“This was a total team effort. We had 9 hits from 7 different girls. That’s been our philosophy. It’s good to see them gat that done in a win. It validates what we’ve been telling them,” Ernest said.
“Kids put too much pressure on themselves at bat,” Ernest said. “If everybody gets 1 hit, that takes care of a lot.”
The Scrapperettes had “incredible pitching” from freshman Anna Kesterson, Ernest said. “Anna did a great job. She’s come a long way. She’s no longer afraid of the strike zone. In 6 out of 7 innings, she threw 13 or fewer pitches. Our defense was fantastic for her.”
Kesterson faced 29 batters and gave up 1 run on 5 hits. She struck out 1 Lady Panther and walked 1.
Scrapperette scores came from Peekaboo Garland, Kathleen Lance, Avery Kesterson, Shayla Wright, Kaylea Carver, Mattie Jamison and Maddi Horton.
Avery Kesterson was the leading hitter with 3; Alyssa Harrison, Lance, Hannah White, Wright, Miller and Jamison had 1 each.
The Scrapperettes recorded 6 RBIs for the game, led by Harrison with 2. Lance, Avery Kesterson, White and Miller had 1 each.
“We had a good day at the plate. Avery went 3 of 3. We had timely hits from some girls, and we handled pressure well,” Ernest said. “We had some good base running from our courtesy runners. KeeKee Richardson and Peekaboo did a good job.”
The Scrapperettes’ fifth inning scoring included runs by Carver, Avery Kesterson, Lance and Horton. Garland and Wright scored in the sixth, and Jamison scored in the seventh.
Ashdown’s only score of the game came in the seventh.
The Scrapperettes will be home Friday, April 18, for a 4:30 p.m. conference game against Malvern.
JV
The JV Scrapperettes defeated Ashdown 5-0 Friday afternoon.
Nashville put up 4 runs in the first inning and 1 in the third. For the game, the Scrapperettes had 5 runs on 4 hits with 1 error.
Scores came from Carver, Jamison, Kendall Kirchhoff, Kacey Hinds and White. Carver, Hinds, Bailey Dougan and Horton had 1 hit each.
The Scrapperettes had 4 RBIs, including 2 from Dougan and 1 each from Hinds and Harrison.
Brittany Hilliard pitched for the Scrapperettes, allowing no hits by the Lady Panthers and striking out 5.

Nashville track team updates

Scrappers
The Scrappers won the Scrapper Relays April 2 with a total of 107.5 points. Arkansas High was second with 100.5, followed by De Queen with 97 and Maumelle with 83.
Results for the Scrappers include the following:
High jump – 5. Turrell Grundy, 5-04.
Long jump – 6. Grundy, 18-09.
Triple jump – 3. Trey Hughes, 40-07; 7. Grundy, 38-05.
Shot put – 1. Rashon Lee, 49-01 1/4; 8. Trevennon Walker, 42-11 3/4.
Discus – 4. Marvis Muldrow, 121-08; 8. Lee, 116-07.
4 x 800-m relay – 2. Nashville, Eric Perez, Ignacio Perez, Robbie Morphew, Braden Bowman, 9:16.03.
100-m dash – 7. Jalen Jones, 12.17.
1600-m run – 1. Eric Perez, 4:44.24; 8. Ignacio Perez, 5:30.95.
4 x 100-m relay – 2. Nashville, Jamie Newton, Jones, Lee Scroggins, Jackson Beavert, 44.83.
400-m dash – 4. Beavert, 52.66; 6. Jailon Gamble, 54.71.
800-m run – 2. Eric Perez, 2:06.64; 6. Bowman, 2:15.44.
200-m dash – 4. Jones, 24.13; 7. Warren May, 24.40.
3200-m run – 1. Eric Perez, 10:26.90; 8. Matthew Carver, 12:34.38.
4 x 400-m relay – 1. Nashville, Beavert, May, Gamble, Jones, 3:37.41.
Scrapperettes
The Scrapperettes finished fifth at the Scrapper Relays April 8 on a windy afternoon at Scrapper Stadium.
Ashdown won the meet with 125.5 points. Maumelle was second with 113, followed by Genoa with 86, Acorn with 74.5 and the Scrapperettes with 43. De Queen, Foreman, Arkadelphia and Lafayette County were 6-9.
Results for the Scrapperettes included the following:
100-m dash – 3. Kassidy Snowden, 14.07.
200-m dash – 1. Snowden, 27.45.
400-m dash – 6. Snowden, 1:06.16.
High jump – 2. Snowden, 4-10.
Long jump – 4. Snowden, 15-6 1/2.
Triple jump – 2. Snowden, 33-5 1/4.
Shot put – 4. Karie Porter, 28-3; 5. Lydia Gaddis, 27-11.
Discus – 2. Lacie Grace, 102-4; 6. Gaddis, 81-8.
Scrappers at Hot Springs
HOT SPRINGS – The Scrappers finished tenth at the Joe Reese Memorial Relays April 10 at Hot Springs.
Arkansas High won the meet with 166 points, followed by Camden Fairview, De Queen, Magnolia and Pine Bluff to complete the top 5. The Scrappers had 24.5 points for tenth place.
Scrapper results include the following:
4 x 100-m relay – 7. Time 45.78.
4 x 400-m relay – 7. Time 3:39.83.
4 x 800-m relay – 8. Time 10:24.88.
Long jump – 7. Turrell Grundy, 19-2 1/2.
Triple jump – 4. Trey Hughes, 41-5 1/2; 5. Grundy, 41-1.
Shot put – 4. Rashon Lee, 48-3.
Discus – 5. Marvis Muldrow, 134-5.

New Murfreesboro cheerleaders

MURFREESBORO HIGH SCHOOL CHEER SQUAD. (Front) Ellyn Walls, Kelsey Higginbottom, Haley Kennedy; (middle) Malorie Martin, Jesslynn Cross, Josie Kinnu, Grace Cole, Loren Gills, Tara Humphry, Lexie Baxter; (back) Hannah Spencer, Laken Robinson, Jordan Gills, Hannah Cox, Morgan Westfall. Not pictured: Madalyn Brannon.

MURFREESBORO JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL CHEER SQUAD. (Front) Jayci Perrin, Megan Cullen, Loran Wilcher; (middle) Jordae Hunter, Jacey Saldana, Madison May, Taylor Horn; (back) Hope Littles, Elizabeth Evans, Jarah Cox, Cassidy Terrell, Rina Fugitt.

 

Nashville Track Results

The Scrapperettes finished in a tie for fourth March 20 at the Panther Relays in Ashdown.
Ashdown won the meet, followed by Trinity, Prescott and the Scrapperettes.
“It was a good meet,” Coach Ron Alexander said, with two Scrapperettes qualifying for state.
Kassidy Snowden won the long jump with a mark of 16-5. She was second in the high jump at 5-3 and qualified for state.
Snowden was also second in the triple jump at 33-10.
Lacie Grace won the discus with a throw of 98-6 and qualified for state. Lydia Gaddis was third at 95-7.
Karie Porter was fourth in the shot put with a personal best throw of 30-1. Gaddis was fifth at 28-9.
The Nashville Scrapper track team divided into two squads and competed in two locations Thursday, March 20.
Nashville finished fifth at Magnolia and sixth at Ashdown.
Results from the Magnolia meet include the following:
High jump – 2. Brandon Shamrock, 6-03.
Discus – 7. Rashon Lee, 126-10.
4 x 800-m relay – 3. Nashville, Eric Perez, Braden Bowman, Ignacio Perez and Robbie Morphew, 9:05.43.
110-m hurdles – 6. Shamrock, 16.67.
1600-m run – 1. Eric Perez, 4:46.64, a meet record.
4 x 100-m relay – 8. Nashville, Andrew Hawthorne, Jalen Jones, Lee Scroggins, Jackson Beavert, 45.65.
400-m dash – 3. Beavert, 52.98.
300-m hurdles – 3. Shamrock, 42.16.
800-m run – 2. Eric Perez, 2:06.56.
4 x 400-m relays – 6. Nashville, Beavert, Warren May, Corey Cooper, Shamrock, 3:45.24.
Arkansas High won the Magnolia meet with 156 points. De Queen was second, followed by Camden Fairview, Magnolia, El Dorado, Nashville, Pine Bluff, Genoa Central, Little Rock McClellan and Watson Chapel to round out the top 10. Nashville had 53 points.
Results from Ashdown include the following:
100-m dash – 8. Jamie Newton, 11.94.
4 x 100-m relay – 5. R’Ques Hughes, Newton, Jaymric Gamble and Kayvion Burris, 47.99.
400-m dash – 5. Burris, 56.35; 6. Jailon Gamble, 56.52.
800-m run – 7. Eduardo Capetillo, 2:26.35.
200-m dash – 6. Newton, 24.83.
4 x 400-m relay – 5. Burris, Gamble, R. Hughes and Trey Hughes, 3:55.34.
Pole vault – 4. LaDarius Daniel, 10-0.
Triple jump – 3. Trey Hughes, 41-2.5.
High jump – 7. Trey Hughes, 5-6.
Ashdown won the meet with 158 points. Arkansas High’s JV was second with 109; followed by Prescott, De Queen, Idabel and Nashville. The Scrappers had 41 points.
Junior High Results
The Nashville Junior Scrapperettes won the girls division of the Junior Southwest Sporting Goods Relays March 18 at Scrapper Stadium with 163 points.
Magnolia was second, and Arkansas High finished third.
Brookelyn Cox of Nashville received high point honors with 44 points.
The Junior Scrappers were third in their division with 126 points behind De Queen and Magnolia.
Darius Hopkins of Nashville earned high point honors with 36.5 points.
Results for the junior Scrapperettes include the following:
High jump – 1. Asia Munn, 4-09; 4. Williams, 4-00.
Long jump – 2. Chelsey Hile, 15-0 1/2; 5. Cox, 13-11.5.
Triple jump – 1. Cox, 30-10.25; 4. Kianna McElroy, 28-10.75.
Shot put – 4. Cox, 30-10.5; 6. Munn, 29-07.
Discus – 7. Laisa Ramirez, 54-10; 8. Bailey Denton, 53-11.
4 x 800-m relay – 2. Nashville, Jessica Bradvord, Denton, Lynsey Fatherree, Felicity Green, 11:56.69.
100-m hurdles – 1. Asia Munn, 18.46; 5. Kaliea Munn, 19.74; 8. Green, 21.62.
100-m dash – 2. Cox, 12.85; 6. Williams, 13.44.
1600-m run – 2. Hile, 6:09.57; 5. Jasmin Scott, 6:50.60.
4 x 100-m relay – 4. Nashville, Asia Munn, Cox, McElroy, Williams, 56.48.
400-m dash – 1. Cox, 66.21; 3. Cloe Scoggins, 69.76.
300-m hurdles – 1. Asia Munn, 52.99; 5. Kaliea Munn, 59.01; 7. Daisy Grundy, 67.30.
800-m run – 2. Denton, 2:55.34; 3. Ramirez, 2:56.93; 4. Hile, 3:04.05.
200-m dash – 3. Cox, 28.31; 4. Williams, 28.36.
4 x 400-m relay – 1. Nashville, Bradford, Allison Reeder, Scoggins, Hile, 4:54.22.
Results for the junior Scrappers include the following:
High jump – 2. Sam Cogburn, 5-06; 5. C.J. Spencer, 5-04; 6. Darius Hopkins, 5-04.
Long jump – 1. Hopkins, 19-02; 3. Cogburn, 18-07.75.
Triple jump – 5. Spencer, 37-03.25; 8. Austin Gibbs, 35-11.50.
Shot put – 3. Jarvis Holmes, 42-09.00; 7. Kirby Adcock, 38-09.00; 8. Mace Green, 38-06.00.
Discus – 4. Austin Bowman, 117-03; 6. Chris Waldrop, 115-01; 7. Adcock, 110-06; 8. Holmes, 116-11.
Pole vault – 4. Dalton Smead, 9-00; 5. Trace Beene, 9-00; 6. Tyler Hanson, 7-06.
4 x 800-m relay – 3. Nashville, Kenneth Luper, Green, Ty turney, Alec Littlefield, 9:47.53.
100-m hurdles – 3. Gibbs, 18.42.
100-m dash – 1. Hopkins, 11.42; 6. Giggs, 11.99.
1600-m run – k7. Angel Hernandez, 6:04.15.
4 x 100-m relay – 3. Nashville, Littlefield, Hopkins, Spencer, Gibbs, 47.53.
400-m dash – 3. Hopkins, 57.04; 6. Cogburn, 61.41; 8. Walker, 62.46.
300-m hurdles – 1. Gibbs, 45.56.
800-m run – 4. Littlefield, 2:25.35; 7. Luper, 2:32.49.
200-m dash – 3. Hopkins, 24.04.
4 x 400-m relay – 4. Nashville, Luper, Green, Turney, Littlefield, 4:08.68.

Division I schools still courting Scrapper junior

Scrapper junior LaMichael Pettway continues to receive offers to play football at Division I schools.
Pettway visited the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville on his birthday last Thursday, March 20. He left with a scholarship offer from the Razorbacks.
Pettway has also received offers from Louisville, Alabama, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Nebraska and Arkansas State.
He has visited Alabama and Arkansas and planned visits to LSU, Auburn and Ole Miss this week during Nashville’s spring break.

Scrappers defeat Panthers, Outlaws

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville Scrappers scored 6 runs in the second inning on their way to a 7-2 win over Dierks Friday afternoon at Wilson Park.
With the game tied at 0-0 going into the bottom of the second, the Scrappers put up runs by Trace Beene, Kory Snodgrass, Andy Graves, Nick Myers, Dylan Chambers and Zach Jamison. Snodgrass added the Scrappers’ final score in the fifth inning.
Adam Bradshaw and Tyler Kesterson scored for Dierks.
For the game, the Scrappers had 7 runs, 11 hits and 1 error. The Outlaws posted 2 runs, 8 hits and 1 error.
Jamison was the Scrappers’ leading hitter with 3, followed by Myers with 2 and Justin Reed, Snodgrass, Cameron Alexander, Storm Nichols, Chambers and Alex Curry with 1 each.
Nashville had 4 RBis for the game, including 2 by Alexander and 1 each by Myers and Chambers.
Curry pitched the entire game for Nashville, giving up 8 hits, 2 earned runs and striking out 1 Outlaw batter.
Dierks saw hits by Tyler Narens, Andrew Sirmon, Andy Tedder, MaClane Moore, Tyler Mounts, Bradshaw, Drew Adams, Caleb Dunn and Kesterson. Narens and Dunn recorded RBIs.
Sirmon pitched 1.1 innings, giving up 6 runs on 7 hits with no strikeouts. Bradshaw finished the game, giving up 1 run on 4 hits with 3 strikeouts.
Fouke
Nashville and Fouke provided fans with an inning of free baseball Thursday night, with Nashville taking a 7-6 win at Wilson Park.
The lead changed hands five times before the Scrappers sealed the win in the bottom of the eighth.
The Scrappers managed 7 runs off 3 hits with 4 errors. Fouke had 6 runs on 8 hits and 6 errors.
Fouke took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Scrappers narrowed the gap with 2 runs in the second. The Panthers added 2 runs in the sixth, but the Scrappers exploded with 4 and took a 6-5 lead. Fouke tied the score at 6-6 in the top of the seventh, and the game went to extra innings after the Scrappers failed to answer.
Nashville took the win in the bottom of the eighth when a walk by Alexander scored Jamison and ended the game.
Jamison led the Scrappers in runs with 2; Lucas Liggin, Snodgrass, Myers, Alexander and Chambers had 1 each.
Jamison also led in RBIs with 3, with 1 a piece from Myers, Alexander and Nichols.
Jamison was the Scrappers’ leading hitter with 2; Nichols added 1.
Liggin, Reed and Curry pitched for Nashville, striking out 5 Panthers.
The Scrappers entered spring break with a 9-0 record. They were off Monday and Tuesday and were scheduled to practice today (Wednesday).
The Scrappers will face Camden Fairview at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Magnolia Tournament, which continues Friday and Saturday.
Arkadelphia will visit Wilson Park Monday, March 31, at 5 p.m. in the first District 7-4A game of the season.

Scrapperettes drop game against Brookland

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – The Scrapperette softball team fell to Brookland 9-1 Friday night at the Tournament of Champions at Burns Park.
Brookland took a 2-1 lead before the Scrapperettes’ Shayla Wright scored in the top of the third. Brookland responded with a score in the bottom of the inning, then added 1 run in the fifth and 5 in the sixth.
Saturday’s games were cancelled because of rain.

Coach reflects on season, makes plan for next year

Coach Damon Williams

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The dry-erase “KBA Multi-Court Playmaker” in Coach Damon Williams’ office was never erased.
All season.
Right in the middle of the board, between the two courts, was a list which stayed up through four months of basketball.
It was the coaches’ pre-season poll for District 7-4A. Right there for coaches, players and visitors to see.
Arkadelphia was picked first.
The Scrappers were picked last.
Williams wrote the rankings on the board before the season started. The dry-erase stayed in his office at the old Scrapper Gym throughout the season, even after the basketball program moved to new quarters at Scrapper Arena. Williams still used the office while a p.e. class met in the old gym.
When the longest season in school history, almost four months, was over last week, the Scrappers had advanced to the final four teams in Class 4A. They went to the state tournament for the first time since 1963 and won their first two state games ever before falling to Lonoke in the semifinals March 10.
“I enjoyed it,” Williams said Friday morning as he reflected on the season. “I had fun. Other coaches don’t realize how good it is here at Nashville.”
The season started strong for the Scrappers as they went 6-0, a streak which included a win over Bauxite in their first game at Scrapper Arena. Blevins handed the team its first loss in the finals of the Nashville Bankers Holiday Classic.
Conference play saw ups and downs for the Scrappers, who finished strong and took the runner-up trophy at the 7-4A tournament in Scrapper Arena.
Nashville finished third in the regional tournament, also at Scrapper Arena, and moved on to state at Lonoke.
Along the way, fans turned out in large numbers to support the Scrappers. The arena was designed with a student section in mind, which was populated by the Bleacher Creatures. Those students rode with parents or filled two buses for the semifinal trip to Lonoke, where they sparred with their counterparts from the host school.
“I loved the support,” Williams said. “The community went the extra mile to watch us. The student section was great. I hope they continue next year. [Athletic Director James “Bunch”] Nichols realizes that. The support is tremendous.”
The Scrappers picked up some “signature wins” during the season, according to Williams. “Arkansas Baptist, Malvern, those were big wins. Arkadelphia was a big win. Maumelle was number one in the state” when the Scrappers defeated the Hornets in the state quarterfinals. Those were huge steps for the program. And we had a shot at the finals.”
As a result of the Scrappers’ turnaround, “The kids know we can win. The community realizes this sport can be [successful] here at Nashville. It can happen,” Williams said.
The players bought into Williams’ style as the season progressed. “I’m very intense on the sidelines. It took them a bit to get used to me. I expect them to get after it and play hard. That’s all I wanted,” Williams said.
“The kids know basketball can be successful. That’s a whole different outlook. THe new arena made a huge difference. It’s second to none,” Williams said.
“It was fun to watch the kids grow. Every day they wanted to come to practice. That’s hard to do,” Williams said.
The Scrappers had “great senior leadership. I’m going to miss them. Other players looked up to them and respected what they did,” Williams said.
Brandon Shamrock likely will receive some notice from college coaches, Williams said. Cameron Alexander has already signed to play football at Ouachita Baptist. “He’s a great competitor. He’ll do well at OBU,” Williams said.
With the season completed, Williams said he will help with the football offseason program and start planning for the next basketball season. “I want to support the other sports like they’ve helped me. The support here is amazing. I appreciate the faculty, administration, everybody.”
Assistant coaches Aaron Worthen and Jerry Baker worked with Williams during the season. Baker served as strength and conditioning coach for the Scrappers. In addition to being an assistant with the high school program, Worthen was head coach for junior Scrapper basketball. Williams helped him most days before senior high practice.
All three coaches were on the bench for games.
“I want to work together,” Williams said.
Williams marks the third head coach in three years for the high school basketball program. “We need stability,” he said. “I plan on being here. I’m looking forward to the future.”
Williams wants this season’s success to carry over into coming years. “I’m proud of our seniors. They’ve started something that we’ll continue. They can look back and say we started this. They were the first to go to the state tournament in 51 years and started the tradition. We want it year in and year out. We want people around the state talking about Nashville basketball. That’s exciting for our kids,” Williams said.
“I’m looking forward to next year and hope to go one game further.”

 

Scrappers win Prescott meet

PRESCOTT – The Nashville Scrappers won the Prescott National Guard Wolf Relays Thursday, March 13.
The Scrappers finished the meet with 96 points, followed by De Queen with 95. Magnolia was third with 78, Maumelle fourth with 65 and Prescott fifth with 64.
Finishes for other area schools include Gurdon sixth, Ashdown eighth, Camden Fairview ninth, Hope twelfth and Arkansas High thirteenth.
Results for the Scrappers include the following:
4 x 800-m relay – First, 8:59.9. Eric Perez, Ignacio Perez, Braden Bowman and Robbie Morphew.
110-m hurdles – Fifth, Brandon Shamrock, 16.63.
100-m dash – Fourth, Jalen Jones, 11.61; eighth, Jackson Beavert, 11.783.
1600-m run – First, Eric Perez, 4:44.07.
4 x 100-m relay – Third, Andrew Hawthorne, Beavert, Jamie Newton and Jones, 45.37.
400-m dash – First, Beavert, 52.00.
800-m run – First, Eric Perez, 2:04.95.
200-m dash – Fourth, Jones, 23.73.
3200-m run – Third, Eric Perez, 10:29.31.
4 x 400-m relay – Second, Beavert, Corey Cooper, Kayion Burris and Shamrock, 3:44.14.
High jump – Second, Shamrock, 6-0.
Shot – Fourth, Rashon Lee, 45-7.
Discus – Second, Lee, 132-2.

Nashville 4th in Junior Scrapper Relays

Nashville finished fourth in the Junior Scrapper Relays March 11 at Scrapper Stadium. De Queen won the meet with 162 points, followed by Prescott with 125, Genoa Central with 101, Nashville with 94 and Fouke with 46. Murfreesboro was sixth with 33. Ashdown, Trinity Christian, Foreman and Gurdon rounded out the field.
Results for the junior Scrappers include the following:
High jump – 1. Sam Cogburn, 5-06. 5. Darius Hopkins, 5-04. 8. C.J. Spencer, 5-04.
Triple jump – 3. Spencer, 36-09.5.
Shot put – 2. Jarvis Holmes, 48-08. 7. Kirby Adcock, 37-09.
Discus – 6. Austin Bowman, 116-04.
Pole Vault – 7. Gage Webb, 6-06.
4 x 800-m relay – 3. Kenneth Luper, Alec Littlefield, Rigo Resendez and Steven Murrofo, 10:04.
110-m hurdles – 4. Gibbs, 17.88.
100-m dash – 1. Hopkins, 11.24. 5. Gibbs, 11.86.
1600-m run – 5. Tyler Hanson, 5:38.16. 8. Murrofo, 5:49.15.
4 x 100-m relay – 5. Littlefield, Gibbs, Cogburn and T’Darion Walton, 49.16.
400-m dash – 8. Luper, 59.19.
300-m hurdles – 2. Gibbs, 45.65.
200-m dash – 1. Hopkins, 23.13. 7. Dee Sasser, 29.97.
4 x 400-m relay – 5. Littlefield, Resendez, Ty Turney and Mace Green, 4:08.13.

All-District honors for Nashville basketball

One Scrapperette and three Scrappers have received District 7-4A post-season honors.
Senior Kassidy Snowden was named first team All-District. She was also selected for the Class 4A state All-Tournament team.
Senior Cameron Alexander was named first team All-District 7-4A. He was selected for the Class 4A state All-Tournament team.
Senior Brandon Shamrock was named second team All-District.
Junior LaMichael Pettway was honorable mention All-District.

Scrappers improve to 8-0 with win over Fouke Thursday

PITCHING AT HOME. Alex Curry pitches for the Scrappers in their 10-2 win over Junction City March 13 at Wilson Park. Curry struck out 12 Dragon batters while giving up 5 hits, no earned runs and a walk.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville Scrappers won three games in four days last week, picked up another win Monday and ran their season record to 7-0.
They defeated Smackover, Junction City, Foreman and Magnet Cove as the non-conference portion of the schedule continues.
UPDATE: The Scrappers beat Fouke Thursday, 7-6, and will wrap up the week with a home game against Dierks Friday at 5 p.m.
Nashville will compete in the Magnolia Tournament during spring break next week with games set for March 28 and 29.
Smackover
After falling behind 2-1 in the second inning, the Scrappers put up four runs in the fourth and held on for a 5-4 victory over the Smackover Buckaroos March 11 at Southern Arkansas University.
Nick Myers scored first for the Scrappers early in the game. Smackover came back with a run in the bottom of the first.
The Buckaroos added another score in the bottom of the second.
Neither team scored in the third before the Scrappers exploded for four runs in the fourth. Scores came from Trace Beene, Myers, Zach Jamison and Kyler Lawrence as the Scrappers went on top 5-2.
Smackover scored once in the fifth and once in the seventh.
For the game, the Scrappers put up 5 runs on 7 hits with 5 errors. The Buckaroos had 4 runs, 9 hits and 2 errors.
Justin Reed pitched 4 innings against Smackover, with 2 from Dylan Chambers and 1 from Alex Curry.
Reed struck out 4 batters, with 2 strikeouts each by Chambers and Curry.
Junction City
The Scrappers jumped out to a 4-0 lead over Junction City in the first inning and never looked back on their way to a 10-2 win March 13 at Wilson Park.
Lawrence, Jamison and Cameron Alexander had 2 runs each for the Scrappers, who ended the game with 10 hits and no errors. Junction City had 3 errors and 5 hits.
Other Scrapper scores came from Williams, Kory Snodgrass, Myers and Chambers.
Curry was the leading hitter for Nashville with 3. Alexander was next with 2, followed by Lucas Liggin, Lawrence, Snodgrass, Myers and Chambers with 1 each.
Curry was the team’s RBI leader with 3. Ty Whitworth, Snodgrass and Alexander had 1 a piece.
Curry pitched all 7 innings, striking out 12 Junction City batters. He gave up 5 hits, no earned runs and 1 walk.
Foreman
The Scrappers won their third game of the week March 14 with a 9-0 victory over Foreman. Their 9 runs came off 8 hits with no errors against the Gators.
Liggin pitched the shutout, striking out 9 Foreman batters and giving up only 2 hits.
Myers led the Scrappers in scoring with 3 runs, followed by Jamison and Lawrence with 2 each, and Williams and Chambers with 1 each. Lawrence had 2 hits, with 1 each from Liggin, Myers, Alexander, Blake Hockaday, Curry and Jamison.
Nashville posted 6 RBIs, with 2 each from Lawrence and Jamison and 1 each from Alexander and Curry.
The Scrappers led 5-0 after the fourth inning and put up 4 more runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Magnet Cove
Nashville defeated Magnet Cove 4-1 Monday afternoon in a non-conference game.
Myers was 3-3 at bat.
Alexander hit an RBI double in the third inning.
Scrapper scores came from Lawrence, Myers, Alexander and Curry.
The Scrappers had 7 runs and 1 error against Magnet Cove.
Reed pitched the entire game, giving up 3 hits and 1 run while striking out 9 batters.

Scrapperettes take 2 of 3 games during Benton tournament

SCRAPPERETTE SENIORS. Seniors on the Scrapperette softball team hold their day in the life jar of game marbles after they defeated Magnolia Friday afternoon at the Benton Tournament. They include Kathleen Lance, Shayla Wright, Keeley Miller, Avery Kesterson, Brittany Middleton and Kynnedi Gordon.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Scrapperettes picked up 2 wins in 3 games during the weekend at the Benton Tournament.
They opened the tournament with a 6-3 win over Magnolia Friday, March 14. The next morning, they led Sheridan 1-0 before a five-run fourth inning led the Yellowjackets to a 5-1 victory. The Scrapperettes bounced back Saturday afternoon by defeating Wynne 11-1 in four innings.
The tournament games were played with a 90-minute time limit.
“We competed well,” Coach Paul Ernest said. “We played good defense. We had great pitching all weekend.”
Class 4A Nashville and Class 3A Perryville were the smallest schools at the tournament, according to Ernest. The other teams were 5A or higher.
“We saw some of the teams we’ll see this weekend at the tournament of Champions,” Ernest said. “We can compete.”
The Scrapperettes will face Brookland Friday at 9:15 p.m. at Burns Park in North Little Rock. The tournament continues Saturday.
Magnolia
The game started slowly for the Scrapperettes, who had defeated Magnolia 14-5 in a regular season game earlier in the week.
“We looked a little like we thought we’d won 14-5 again. We didn’t hit as well,” Ernest said of the early going.
The Lady Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, and neither team managed another run until the fourth, when Kynnedi Gordon hit a 3-run home run for the Scrapperettes, who went on top 5-2.
Magnolia scored again in the bottom of the fourth, and the Scrapperettes added a run in the top of the fifth to take the 6-3 win.
Nashville put up 7 hits against the Lady Panthers and had 3 errors. Magnolia had 3 hits and no errors.
Scrapperette scores came from Gordon, Avery Kesterson, Hannah White, Shayla Wright, Kaylea Carver and Maddi Horton. Scrapperettes recording hits included Kacey Hinds, Gordon, Kesterson, Brittany Middleton, White, Miller and Carver. Gordon led the team in RBIs with 3; Miller had 2, and White added 1.
Brittany Hilliard pitched 3.1 innings, giving up 3 runs and 2 hits. She struck out 3 Magnolia batters. Anna Kesterson pitched 1.2 innings, giving up no runs and 1 hit while striking out 2 Lady Panthers.
Sheridan
Horton put the Scrapperettes on top 1-0 early in the second inning Saturday morning against Sheridan. However, that would be the only score for Nashville as the Lady Yellowjackets put together a 5-run fourth inning of their own to take the win.
“We won 4 of the 5 innings and had 1 bad inning when Sheridan hit the grand slam home run” in the fourth, Ernest said.
Nashville and Sheridan had 5 hits each for the game, and the Scrapperettes recorded the only error of the contest.
Nashville hits came from Carver with 2 and 1 each from Alyssa Harrison, Kathleen Lance and Miller.
Miller pitched the entire game, facing 25 batters.
Wynne
The Scrapperettes wrapped up the tournament by defeating Wynne 11-1 Saturday afternoon.
Nashville led 201 after the second inning but added 5 runs in the third and 4 in the fourth. For the game, the Scrapperettes had 11 runs, 4 hits and 1 error. Wynne had 1 run, 5 hits and 4 errors.
Gordon, Wright and Miller had 2 runs each, with 1 run a piece from Hinds, Lance, Chelsey Hile, Horton and Kendall Kirchhoff.
Nashville had 7 RBIs from Hinds, Lance, Kaycee Patrick, Middleton, Wright, Gabi Dougan and Carver.
The 4 hits came from Harrison, Lance, Patrick and Miller.
Anna Kesterson pitched the 4-inning game, facing 17 batters and giving up 1 run.
Regular season
The Scrapperettes traveled to Magnolia March 11 and came home with a 14-5 win. Nashville had 12 hits against the Lady Panthers but also committed 8 errors. Magnolia had 6 hits and 3 errors.
The Lady Panthers led 4-0 after the first two innings before the Scrapperettes began their comeback. Nashville put up 5 runs in the third inning, 2 in the fourth, 3 in the fifth, 2 in the sixth and 2 in the seventh to take the win. They gave up only 1 other run to Magnolia.
Four RBIs from Miller helped lead the Scrapperette rally. Other RBIs included 2 from Gordon and 1 each from Harrison, Avery Kesterson and White.
Avery Kesterson and Carver scored 3 runs each, Lance added 2, with 1 run a piece from KeeKee Richardson, Harrison, White, Wright, Miller and Mattie Jamison.
Miller and Avery Kesterson were the leading batters with 3 hits each. Harrison, Gordon, Lance, White, Wright and Carver had 1 each.
Miller pitched the entire game, facing 34 batters, giving up 5 runs on 6 hits and striking out 6.
Nashville visited Horatio Monday afternoon
“We have a lot of talented girls,” Ernest said. “There are 28 on the roster and 20-plus can help us. We’re young. We have 12 freshmen.”
The Scrapperettes also have “great senior leadership. They’ve put a lot of time and energy into the program,” Ernest said. The seniors won back-to-back state championships their sophomore and junior seasons.
The Scrapperettes are batting well so far, with a .342 average.
Avery Kesterson has the highest percentage so far at .562 and has 7 runs on the season.
Miller has a .524 average and 10 RBIs.
Carver is batting .500 through last week’s games.
The Scrapperettes’ on-base percentage so far is .447. “We’re drawing some walks. Seven have been it by pitches,” Ernest said.
Carver’s on-base percentage is .636. “She has yet to strike out.”

Scrappers third at DQ meet

DE QUEEN – The Nashville Scrappers finished third at the Leopard Relays March 6 at Leopard Stadium.
Camden Fairview won the meet with 120 points, followed by De Queen with 118. The Scrappers finished with 87 followed by Magnolia with 66, Ashdown with 58 and Maumelle with 55 to round out the top six.
Results for the Scrappers include the following:
100-m dash – Jackson Beavert fourth, 11.92; Jalen Jones fifth, 11.93.
200-m dash – Jones fourth, 24.12; Andrew Hawthorne sixth, 24.37.
400-m dash – Kayvion Burris ninth, 55.95; Jallon Gamble 13th, 58.79.
800-m run – Eric Perez first, 2:06.24; Robbie Morphew fifth, 2:17.27.
1600-m run – Perez first, 4:44.46.
3200-m run – Perez first, 10:44.02.
4 x 100-m relay – Nashville fourth, Hawthorne, Beavert, Lee Scroggins and Jones, 45.39.
4 x 400-m relay – Nashville fourth, Beavert, Scroggins, Burris and Gamble, 3:49.60.
4 x 800-m relay – Nashville second, Eric Perez, Ignacio Perez, Braden Bowman and Morphew, 9:03.47.
High jump – Turrell Grundy seventh, 5-06.
Long jump – Grundy eighth, 119-09; Hawthorne ninth, 119-02.
Triple jump – Grundy seventh, 40-10.
Shot put – Rashon Lee third, 46-00; Treveeon Walker tenth, 41-07.
Discus – Lee second, 130-00; Marvis Muldrow ninth, 117-06.
The Scrappers will compete Thursday at Prescott.

 

Nashville wins annual memorial tournament for 7th time

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
For the seventh time in 10 years, the Nashville Scrappers are the champions of the Ralph Gross Memorial Tournament.
The Scrappers won the 2014 championship Saturday night with a 7-6 victory over Redwater, Texas, at Wilson Park.
Nick Myers, a Scrapper junior, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Other awards for Nashville included All-Tournament selections Alex Curry, Kyler Lawrence and Justin Reed.
“Great job, guys,” Coach Kyle Slayton said of his team’s performance. “Congratulations to Nick Myers for being named tourney MVP.”
Jeff Gross, son of the late Ralph Gross, presented the awards at the end of the tournament.
Horatio
The Scrappers opened the tournament with a 7-6 win over Horatio March 6. Horatio took a 1-0 lead in the first inning before the Scrappers scored three times in the second.
The Lions tied the game at 3-3 in the third, and the contest remained deadlocked in the fourth and fifth innings as each team put up three runs. The Scrappers pulled away to stay in the bottom of the sixth when a sacrifice fly by Justin Reed scored Andy Graves and gave Scrappers the lead for good.
The Scrappers ended the night with 7 runs, 8 hits and 6 errors.
Dylan Chambers and Myers had 2 runs each, with 1 a piece from Lucas Liggin, Kory Snodgrass and Graves.
Reed pitched 6 innings, giving up 6 hits and recording 3 strikeouts.
Curry finished the game with no hits and 3 strikeouts.
Star City
The Scrappers took a 4-2 win over Star City in the semifinals March 7.
Nashville took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and added 2 runs in the second to go up 3-0. Star City scored both of its runs in the top of the third, and the Scrappers scored the final run of the night in the fourth.
Storm Nichols led the team with 2 runs; Myers and Ty Whitworth had 1 each.
Curry pitched the entire game, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and striking out 8.
Redwater
The win over Star City sent the Scrappers to Saturday night’s championship game against Redwater.
Nashville jumped on top early, scoring twice in the first inning to go up 2-0. Redwater scored in the top of the second, with 2 Scrapper runs in the bottom of the inning.
Redwater narrowed the margin with 2 runs in the third and tied the contest at 4-4 in the top of the fifth. Nashville scored in the bottom of the fifth for a 5-4 lead; neither side scored in the sixth.
The seventh inning saw Redwater score twice, giving the Dragons a 6-5 lead as the game went to the bottom of the seventh.
Trace Beene scored on a passed ball to tie the game, and Zach Jamison scored the final run for the win.
Reed and Liggin pitched against Redwater. Liggin gave up 4 runs on 6 hits and struck out 1. Reed gave up 2 hits and 2 runs.
The Scrappers won the first Ralph Gross Memorial in 2005. Other titles came in 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013.
Ashdown won in 2006, Pleasant Grove, Texas, in 2008 and Shiloh Christian in 2012.
Slayton offered his thanks to “all the parents that had to help out this weekend at the Ralph Gross Tournament. Your time was appreciated. Big thanks also to Coach [James ‘Bunch’] Nichols and Twyla for all they do.”
With the tournament championship, the Scrappers are 3-0 on the season. They will host Junction City Thursday, March 13 at 4:30 p.m. and Foreman Friday, March 14, at 5 p.m.

 

Scrapperettes drop games to Mena, Foreman

The Scrapperette softball team led through much of the season opener, but Mena scored 3 runs in the seventh inning to defeat Nashville 6-4 Friday afternoon at the Nashville City Park.
The Scrapperettes led 4-3 going into the seventh before the Lady Bearcats put the game away with 3 runs.
For the game, Nashville had 4 runs, 12 hits and an error. The Lady Bearcats had 6 runs on 11 hits with no errors.
Scrapperette scores came from Kathleen Lance, Avery Kesterson, Hannah White and Kaylea Carver.
Nashville hits came from Avery Kesterson, Hannah White, Shayla Wright, Keeley Miller and Kaylea Carver with 2 each, and Kathleen Lance and Mattie Jamison with 1 each.
Miller recorded an RBI against Mena.
Anna Kesterson pitched the entire game for the Scrapperettes.
Foreman
The Foreman Lady Gators took a 3-0 first inning lead over the Scrapperettes Monday afternoon and won the non-conference game 12-5.
Scrapperette runs came from Brittany Hilliard, Kathleen Lance, Avery Kesterson, Hannah White and Kaylea Carver.
Nashville recorded 12 hits against the Lady Gators.
Hilliard and Anna Kesterson pitched for the Scrapperettes.

‘Unbelievable season’ for Scrappers

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
LONOKE – Lonoke held off a fourth-quarter Nashville comeback attempt and defeated the Scrappers 50-39 in the semifinals of the Class 4A state tournament Monday afternoon at the Gina Cox Center on the campus of Lonoke High School.
The Scrappers led early in the game before Lonoke went on top 11-6 to end the first quarter.
By halftime, the Jackrabbits’ lead had grown to 21-13. In the third quarter, Lonoke outscored the Scrappers 15-10. The final quarter saw Nashville close the gap to within a couple of baskets as the Scrappers put up 16 point to Lonoke’s 14.
However, the rally fell short and the Jackrabbits pulled away for the 11-point win.
The Scrappers were plagued by missed shots from the field and from the free throw line. They completed 16 of 44 shots from the field for 36 percent. At the free throw line, Nashville was 6 of 16 for 37 percent.
Cameron Alexander and LaMichael Pettway were the leading scorers for the Scrappers with 11 points each. Brandon Shamrock added 7, with 5 from Darius Hopkins, 3 from Jamie Newton and 2 from Trey Hughes.
Alexander, Shamrock and Pettway were the leading rebounders with 8 each. Hopkins added 3 and Hughes recorded 4 against the Jackrabbits.
The Scrappers had 11 assists and 6 steals.
Black Mack led Lonoke with 13 points and 9 rebounds.
The Scrappers ended the season with a record of 17-13.
They were second in the District 7-4A tournament and third in the Class 4A South regional, both at Scrapper Arena.
Under first-year Coach Damon Williams, the Scrappers advanced to the state tournament for the first time since 1963 and secured the program’s first two wins at state last week against Stuttgart and Maumelle.
The team won its first game in the new Scrapper Arena Dec. 13 against Bauxite in the conference opener and its last game of the season at the arena, also against Bauxite in the regional tournament.
“It was an unbelievable season. We had the opportunity to win the whole thing,” Williams said Tuesday morning. “I think we can do it. I’m already looking forward to next season. We had a complete metamorphosis from the beginning of the season to the end.”
Scrapper fans traveled to Lonoke in droves for the semifinal game, the first time in school history for the Scrappers to advance that far in the state tournament.
Nashville students traveled to the game on two buses and with their families to cheer on the Scrappers. “The community really got behind the team, and it definitely helped the boys. They had never played in front of a crowd like this. It excited them to see the student body and fans.”
After the game, Williams looked toward the student section and clapped to thank the high school and junior high students who attended. “I clapped for our student section because they’re the best sixth man in basketball. I hope they’re at every game next season.”
Stuttgart
Nashville opened the state tournament March 6 with a 60-50 win over Stuttgart.
The game was tied 9-9 in the first quarter, but the Scrappers went to halftime on top 26-19. The teams scored 13 points each in the third, and Nashville outscored Stuttgart 21-18 in the fourth.
The Scrappers hit 24 of 32 free throws for 75 percent and 14 of 41 shots from the field for 41 percent.
Nashville outrebounded Stuttgart 32-18.
Pettway was the Scrappers’ leading scorer with 17 points, followed by Hopkins and Alexander with 16 each, Shamrock with 7 and Hughes with 4.
Hughes led the team in rebounding with 10, followed by Alexander with 9.
“I thought if we contained Hamburg and kept them from the basket, we’d be okay. We did in the fourth quarter,” Williams said.
Maumelle
Nashville jumped out to a 19-6 lead in the first quarter, survived a Maumelle comeback and held on to defeated the top-seeded Hornets 66-65 Friday night.
The Scrappers led 55-44 going into the fourth quarter before Maumelle briefly took the lead. A basket by Hughes with 9 seconds left proved the winning shot for the Scrappers as they held on to win.
Pettway led the Scrappers with 18 points. Alexander and Hopkins added 15 a piece, with 14 from Shamrock and 4 from Hughes, including the game winner.
The Scrappers shot 52 percent from 2-point range, 57 percent from beyond the 3-point line and 48 percent from the free throw line.
Shamrock had 9 of the Scrappers’ 26 rebounds, with Pettway next at 7.
The win sent the Scrappers’ into the semifinals for the first time in school history.
“They’re playing well,” Williams said as the team began practice Sunday night. “They battled and did the things they need to do to win. I told them at the end that they needed one more rebound. It’s usually not the first shot that beats you; it’s the second.”
“Our guys realized that they are pretty good.”
The Friday night game was scheduled to begin at 8:30 but started around 9 p.m. after other games ran long. Players and fans arrived home between 1:30 and 2 a.m. Saturday.

 

Nashville baseball, softball start next week

Baseball and softball seasons will open next week for the Nashville Scrappers and Scrapperettes.
The season opener for the Scrappers will be at Wilson Park Monday, March 3, at 4:30 p.m. against the Gurdon Varsity and JV.
The Scrappers will host the Ralph Gross Memorial Tournament March 6-8.
The Scrapperettes’ first game will be Monday, March 3, at 4:30 p.m. at Benton
Their home opener will be Tuesday, March 4, at 4:30 p.m. against Magnolia at the Nashville City Park.
The Scrapperettes will host Mena Friday, March 7, at 4:30 p.m.

Scrappers, Scrapperettes both headed to state tournament

For the first time in school history, the Nashville Scrappers and Scrapperettes are going to the state tournament in the same year.
The Scrapperettes punched their ticket to state with a 48-42 win over Dumas Thursday afternoon in the Class 4A South Regional at Scrapper Arena. Their most recent appearance at state was in 2005.
The Scrappers defeated Hamburg 63-52 Thursday night. Their last appearance at state was in 1963.
The top four teams from the regional tournament will advance to state.
The Class 4A state tournament will be March 5-8 at Lonoke High School.
Seeding will be determined by the results of regional tournament games today and Saturday at Scrapper Arena.
Today’s semifinal round includes:
Girls, Malvern and Nashville, 4 p.m.
Boys, CAC and Bauxite, 5:30 p.m.
Girls, Star City and CAC, 7 p.m.
Boys, Monticello and Nashville, 8:30 p.m.
Consolation games and the regional finals will be played Saturday.

Scrapperettes third in district, prepare for regional

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Scrapperettes moved up a spot in the standings at the conclusion of the District 7-4A tournament at Scrapper Arena. They were in fourth place when the tournament began and moved up to third after winning two games and losing one in the tournament.
Nashville advances to the Class 4A South regional this week. The Scrapperettes will host Dumas Thursday at 4 p.m. at Scrapper Arena. The winner automatically qualifies for next week’s state 4A tournament in Lonoke.
Baptist
The Scrapperettes defeated Arkansas Baptist 53-45 in double overtime Feb. 20 in their first game at district. Nashville led 8-4 after the first quarter and 18-14 at halftime.
“It was close,” Coach Ron Alexander said. “I thought we were going to run away with it early. They [Baptist] battled back. Both battled hard.”
On the final possession of regulation, Alexander “thought we’d get a shot off. Instead, we fouled.” On the ensuing free throw, Baptist appeared to make the shot, but the Lady Eagles were called for jumping into the lane and the game went to overtime.
The teams were still tied after the first overtime, but the Scrapperettes pulled away in the second OT period to win and qualify for regionals.
Kassidy Snowden led the Scrapperettes with 18 points, followed byTiyonna Garland with 10, Timaya Sanders with 9, Bailey Walls with 6, Shayla Wright and Madd Horton with 4 each, and Iesha Neal with 2.
Malvern
The Scrapperettes faced top-seeded Malvern in the semifinals Friday night. The contest was close throughout until the Lady Leopards built a lead in the fourth quarter and won 39-25.
“We played hard,” Alexander said. “We had a few mental decisions late that hurt us, but I’m proud of the effort. We handled the ball well.”
Sanders was the leading scorer for the Scrapperettes with 11. Snowden added 7, with 4 from Horton, 2 from Wright and 1 from KeeKee Richardson.
“I’m really happy with the way we played against Malvern. It’s a great improvement over the other two games” during the regular season, Alexander said.
Bauxite
With the loss to Malvern, the Scrapperettes moved to the consolation game Saturday afternoon, where they faced Bauxite. The two previous meetings during the season were close, with Nashville winning both.
Saturday’s contest was also a close one as the Scrapperettes won 25-22.
“It was tough,” Alexander said. “I thought we had a poor effort. Their [Bauxite] best player was gone. I don’t know what the deal was” on the Scrapperettes’ performance.
Nashville shut out the Lady Miners 7-0 in the first quarter and led 15-8 at halftime.
Bauxite outscored the Scrapperettes 14-10 in the second half.
Showden and Wright scored 6 points each for Nashville, with 3 each from Neal, Sanders and Garland. Horton and Walls had 2 each.
“We were fortunate to win,” Alexander said. “Bauxite was in it all the way.”
Regionals
Malvern, Central Arkansas Christian and Star City are the favorites going into the regional tournament at Scrapper Arena, according to Alexander.
Malvern won the 7-4A title Saturday night, with CAC claiming the runner-up trophy. Star City was first during the regular season in District 8-4A, which doesn’t have a post-season tournament.
Playing Dumas in the regional tournament will be “tough, but it’s supposed to be tough at regionals,” Alexander said.
“We have a chance. They have a couple of big girls. If we play like we’re capable of playing, we should come out on top,” Alexander said. “We’re 32 minutes from the state tournament.”

Scrappers earn runner-up spot in 7-4A tournament

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
When pre-season basketball polls were released, sports pundits had the Nashville Scrappers picked seventh or eighth out of eight teams in District 7-4A. Saturday night on their home court, the Scrappers played head to head with Central Arkansas Christian for the district championship before falling 45-35.
Nashville will enter this week’s regional tournament at Scrapper Arena as the second seed from District 7-4A after mercy ruling Malvern 60-35 Thursday night and upsetting top-seeded Arkadelphia 56-54 in the semifinals Friday night.
“It was a great week,” Coach Damon Williams said of his team’s showing in the district tournament. “I’m extremely proud of them. They played well. I’m proud of our seniors. They have started something for the underclassmen to continue. They expect us to be in there. We’re going to make it a habit. What the seniors started, we’re going to continue.”
A win in the regional Thursday night would send the Scrappers to the state Class 4A tournament at Lonoke next week. Local sports observers say that would be the first time since the 1960s for the Scrappers to compete at state.
Malvern
Nashville and Malvern split their series during the regular season, with both teams winning at home.
Thursday night, the Scrappers started strong and never looked back, jumping out to a 14-3 lead in the first quarter and extending the margin to 31-11 at halftime. LaMichael Pettway led the team in scoring with 14 points. Freshman Darius Hopkins was next with 13, followed by Brandon Shamrock with 12 and Cameron Alexander with 10.
The Scrappers recorded 33 rebounds against the Leopards, 12 offensive and 21 defensive. Shamrock was the leading rebounder with 10.
The Scrappers had 10 turnovers for the night. Shamrock recorded 5 blocks.
Nashville shot 54 percent from the field, 22 percent from 3-point range and hit 10 of 19 free throws for 52 percent.
Arkadelphia
The tournament highlight for the Scrappers came Friday night with the win over Arkadelphia, ranked sixth in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Class 4A poll.
The Badgers took the lead early and were on top 17-12 after the first quarter. The Scrappers fought back, outscoring the Badgers 19-11 in the second quarter to lead 36-33 at halftime.
Arkadelphia led 17-12 after the third, but the Scrappers put up 13 points to Arkadelphia’s 9 in the fourth to seal the win. “We were very excited Friday night after the win. It was a very emotional game,” Williams said.
“The crowd was great,” Williams said. “Our student body is second to none.” Scrapper Arena was near capacity for the conference showdown, and the student section was large and vocal. When the Badgers went to the free throw line late in the game, “There was no way [#11, Blake] was going to make the shot with our student section. Our crowd was as loud as any high school gym in the state.”
Alexander was the leading scorer for the Scrappers with 18 points, including 7-9 from the field and 3-5 from the free throw line. He also hit a 3-point shot.
Pettway added 16, with 12 from Shamrock, 8 from Hopkins and 2 from Jamie Newton. Shamrock and Pettway tied for rebounding honors with 6 each, followed by Alexander with 5.
Shamrock blocked 3 Badger shots.
Alexander and Shamrock had 2 steals each.
CAC
Central Arkansas Christian and Nashville fought it out for the district championship Saturday night. Although the Mustangs won, the Scrappers “played well,” Williams said. “We didn’t get tired. CAC is a good team. They packed in the zone to keep the ball away from our 3 big guys.”
CAC held Nashville to hitting 16 of 48 shots form the field and 0 out of 17 shots from 3-point range. The Scrappers hit 3 of 5 from the free throw line, including 2 for 2 from Alexander.
Pettway scored 18 points to lead Nashville. Alexander had 12, with 5 from Shamrock rounding out the Scrapper scoring.
Nashville had 18 rebounds against CAC and stole the ball 13 times. The Scrappers had 9 turnovers for the game.
After winning 2 of 3 games and advancing to regionals, said Williams he and the Scrappers appreciate the support from the community. “Everybody in town is a Scrapper. They want to do well,” Williams said. “The support from the other coaches is great. I appreciate that. It’s easy to get something going here. Coach [Billy] Dawson does it right in football. The kids know how to act when they get to me. All I have to do is keep it going. We want to build a program. I hope everybody will be patient with us.”

Nashville cheerleaders tell of championship season at Rotary meeting

AT ROTARY. Senior cheerleaders and Coach Susan Renfrow spoke at the Feb. 19 Nashville Rotary Club meeting. The group includes Abby Herzog, Avery Kesterson, Jayla Jacques, Jana Copeland, Jennifer Gamble, Kathleen Lance, Emily Herzog and Coach Susan Renfrow.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Senior members of the Scrapper cheerleader squad told about their state championship season at the Feb. 19 meeting of the Nashville Rotary Club.
Nashville won the Class 4A state title in Hot Springs. Coach Susan Renfrow and her seven seniors told Rotarians about cheering and the state finals.
“I’m losing nearly half of the [15-member] squad next year,” Renfrow said. “They’re great girls.”
Renfrow introduced each senior and talked briefly about her contribution to the cheerleaders.
Jayla Jacques “cracks the whip in the cheer room. She gets things done,” Renfrow said.
Avery Kesterson “is our media girl. She did the video” of cheer highlights which the girls showed Rotarians.
Twins Emily and Abby Herzog bring different talents to the squad. “Emily is our flier. She’s up for anything. Abby is very structured; she overthinks everything. She’s a base, and she can also fly.”
Jennifer Gamble “Is good with facts. She has any stats we need. She knows leading scorers. She loves sports,” Renfrow said.”
Jana Copeland “takes care of media. She’s our publicist. She’s also our choreographer,” Renfrow said.
Kathleen Lance “is the boss if I can’t be there. She makes sure everything is done.”
The seniors “had a lot of responsibilities that we as spectators take for granted. I hope we get more to take their place,” Renfrow said.
While the seniors cheered from junior high on through high school, “Junior high and high school are two different things. There’s the physical part that improves a ton from junior high to senior high. We don’t send junior high to sell ads. High school goes to the businesses and gets the information back to me” for the football program, Renfrow said.
Unlike other sports, cheerleaders have one shot at winning. “You get two and a half minutes to show you’re the best” during competition, according to Renfrow.
Nashville cheerleaders are selected by out-of-town judges during tryouts, Renfrow said. “I don’t pick the squad. There’s a misconception of rich girls, smart girls, popularity contest. These girls take it very seriously.”
Each senior talked about different aspects of cheerleading.
“There’s not as much pressure in junior high. It’s different in the way the community looks at you in high school. There’s more responsibility. You have bigger crowds. Competition is more serious when the prize is a state championship,” Kesterson said.
Tryouts can be stressful, Lance said. “Some girls are excited. Some say it’s the worst day of their lives. We practice every day before tryouts. You have to make a creative judge by yourself. You practice your smile. There’s a lot of running around trying to get ready, then it starts.”
Seniors are responsible for teaching a cheer to the girls who are trying out. Other performances are also a part of tryouts, Lance said. When tryouts are completed, the girls leave the Scrapper Dome and Athletic Director James “Bunch” Nichols announces the results on KMTB Radio. “It’s kind of a melancholy time. For the seniors, it’s the end of our career. It’s sad for the girls who don’t make it,” Lance said.
After tryouts, the new squad and parents meet with Renfrow. “She tells us cheerleaders should be responsible, honorable, respectable. We’re in public a lot. It’s more than just leading the crowd in cheers,” Emily Herzog said. “We’re leaders in the community. I work hard in and out of school. People know me because I cheer. So many little girls come up and hug me. We all try to give them the best example we can.”
The squad has two fund-raisers, including football program ad sales and the annual cheer clinic.
Last fall, 108 girls attended the clinic. “It means a lot to me,” Jacques said. “It’s one of the best memories I have from being a little girl. I knew then that I wanted to be a cheerleader. You see yourself out there when the little girls come to the clinic. We want to build a foundation for their dreams like I did.”
Copeland told about competition. “You’re behind a curtain before you go out on the mat to perform. It’s nerve racking. It’s the most terrifying but most amazing feeling in the world.”
Once the performance was over, the girls awaited the results. “We were sitting on a mat,” Gamble said, “and they called out Valley View, then us. We broke the trophy and put it back together. We wanted the trophy for Mrs. Renfrow more than for us.”
Abby Herzog said the girls gain a great deal from cheering. “There’s school and community service. We become more confident. We want to be a good role model and a good example. We have to manage our time between cheering and school. We’ve all benefitted and gained so much.”
Lance, Kesterson and Emily Herzog were named All-Star cheerleaders, Renfrow said. They will cheer at the Arkansas All-Star football game June 27 at the University of Central Arkansas. Abby Herzog received All-State honors.
Renfrow was named head coach of the West All-Star cheerleaders.
In business items considered by Rotarians, the organization made plans for its upcoming pancake dinner. Officers were elected for the new year.
NHS junior Jackson Beavert told the club that he wants to start an Interact chapter at high school. Interact is Rotary’s program for high school students. “I moved here from Pleasant Grove at Texarkana. We had an awesome Interact chapter there. It would be good to start here,” he said.

Baseball camp set March 8

PRO-DAY Baseball will host the Ralph Gross Memorial Baseball Camp Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. – 12 noon at the Scrapper Dome, according to Jeff Gross, president of PRO-DAY Baseball and son of the late Ralph Gross.
Players ages 8-18 will learn hitting, fielding, pitching and base-running from the former Texas Rangers/Chicago Cubs Scout during the three-hour session.
Gross has worked in baseball on both the professional and minor league levels along with coaching college baseball at the University of Arkansas/Monticello and Pensacola Junior College.
Since he founded PRO-DAY Baseball in 1989, he has helped hundreds of players advance into professional baseball and hundreds going on to receive scholarships to play college baseball.
Current and recent Major League players he has been associated with include the following: 9-time Gold Glove Winner Torii Hunter (Detroit Tigers), Travis Wood (Chicago Cubs), Justin & BJ Upton (Atlanta Braves), John Buck (Seattle Mariners), Stephen Drew (Boston Red Sox) & Billy Sadler (San Francisco Giants), to name a few.
“This is a great opportunity for baseball players of all ages to listen to a person who has been in baseball on all levels as a professional scout and a collegiate coach,” said Kyle Slayton, who enters his 12th season as head baseball coach at Nashville High. “The knowledge that they will receive in this short time is remarkable and the money that is raised goes to an outstanding cause.”
The camp is named in memory of the 1952 Nashville High graduate who was a five-star athlete in baseball, basketball, football, track and tennis. The money raised for this camp helps go to a student-athlete each year at Nashville High who plans to go off to college while playing sports.
The Ralph Gross Athletic Scholarship Award has been presented annually since 2003.
The cost of the camp is $50. Enrollment is limited.
Those who would like to attend should send payment to PRO-DAY Baseball, Box 3141, Pine Bluff, AR 71611.
Players may email prodaybaseball@yahoo.com or call 1-888-224-6150 to reserve a spot.

 

Scrapperettes improve defense in win over Baptist

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville Scrapperettes came from behind to defeat Arkansas Baptist 52-41 in the regular-season finale Friday night at Scrapper Arena.
Nashville will enter this week’s District 7-4A tournament as the fourth seed. The Scrapperettes’ first game in the tournament will be at 4 p.m. Thursday. A win would automatically qualify Nashville for next week’s regional tournament.
Baptist led by as many as 10 points in the first quarter and held a 19-12 advantage to start the second quarter. However, the Scrapperettes outscored the Lady Eagles 18-3 in the second and took a 30-22 lead at halftime.
Nashville scored 22 points in the second half to 19 for Baptist to seal the win.
The Scrapperettes hit 12 of 17 free throws against Baptist, a key factor in the win according to Coach Ron Alexander.
“Our free throw shooting has gotten better,” Alexander said. The Scrapperettes have rebounded from a season-low 1 of 12 free throws in a conference loss at Arkadelphia back in January.
Another plus for the Scrapperettes has been defense, Alexander said. “Our defense is playing well, and that’s one big factor” in the win.
Nashville recorded 19 steals against Baptist and blocked a Lady Eagle shot. The Scrapperettes grabbed 17 defensive rebounds in Friday night’s victory.
Nashville also held onto the ball against Baptist. The Scrapperettes gave up 8 turnovers, one of the lowest numbers of the season, and they were not called for traveling during the game.
“We have started taking care of the ball,” Alexander said.
Kassidy Snowden was the leading scorer for the Scrapperettes with 13 points, followed by Timya Sanders with 9. Shayla Wright added 7, with 6 from Kee Kee Richardson, 5 each from Tiyonna Garland and Latrice Wiley, 4 from Breona Jefferson and 3 from Asia Munn.
Sanders led the team in free throw shooting, making 5 of 6 shots. Snowden hit 4 of 7, and Wright made 2 of 3. Munn made her only free throw of the night.
The district tournament will open today (Wednesday) at 4 p.m. with fifth place Baptist taking on eighth place Ashdown. The Scrapperettes will await the winner Thursday at 4 p.m. The winner of Thursday’s game will play top-ranked Malvern in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Friday. Number 6 Bauxite will face seventh place Arkadelphia at 7 p.m. The winner plays number 3 Robinson Thursday at 7 p.m. The winner there will play second-ranked Central Arkansas Christian in the other semifinal game at 7 p.m. Friday.
The consolation game is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, and the championship game will be Saturday at 6 p.m.
The top four teams from the conference will advance to the Class 4A South regional tournament next week at Scrapper Arena.

Scrappers get OT win over Baptist

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Scrapper fans received four free minutes of basketball Friday night as Nashville defeated Arkansas Baptist 56-52 in overtime in the regular-season finale at Scrapper Arena.
The Scrappers led 20-19 at halftime and 34-30 at the end of the third quarter before Baptist came back and took the lead near the end of regulation. Cameron Alexander tied the score at 49-49 with a free throw to send the game to overtime. From there, Nashville outscored the Eagles 7-3 for the District 7-4A win.
“It was a big win for us Friday night,” Coach Damon Williams said. “Baptist is a really good team.”
Nashville will enter this week’s district tournament at Scrapper Arena as the league’s fourth-seeded team. The Scrappers will play their first game Thursday at 5:30 p.m. against the winner of today’s contest between number five Malvern and number eight Robinson. If the Scrappers win Thursday, they will automatically advance to the regional tournament next week at Scrapper Arena.
The win over Baptist Friday night didn’t come easy. Nashville trailed 10-4 at the end of the first quarter. However, the Scrappers fought their way back in during the second quarter and outscored the Eagles 16-9 to close out the first half.
The Scrappers extended their lead in the third quarter before Baptist outscored Nashville 19-15 in the fourth.
“We were fortunate to get to overtime,” Williams said. “We had the lead and lost it. That takes the air out of you, but we battled back. Maybe this proved to the boys that when they play right, they can win. I’m still trying to teach them how to finish.”
Alexander was the Scrappers’ leading scorer with 17, including the key free throw that sent the contest into overtime. Brandon Shamrock had 14, LaMichael Pettway 13, Darius Hopkins 10 and Trey Hughes 2.
Pettway was the leading rebounder with 13. Alexander had 9.
The Scrappers had 16 turnovers against Baptist and recorded 14 steals.
With the regular season now completed, the team’s attention turns to the district tournament. Opening round games today (Wednesday) include Malvern and Robinson at 5:30 p.m. and Bauxite against Ashdown at 8:30 p.m.
The tournament continues Thursday with the Scrappers playing at 5:30 p.m. Number 3 Baptist will play at 8:30 p.m. against the Bauxite/Ashdown winner.
If the Scrappers win Thursday, they will play top-seeded Arkadelphia Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the semi-finals. The winner advances to the championship game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; the loser plays in the consolation game Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Central Arkansas Christian, the second-place team, will play at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
The top four teams from the district tournament will advance to the regional Feb. 26-March 1 in Nashville.
Malvern
The Scrappers dropped a road game Feb. 11 at Malvern as the Leopards got past Nashville 63-59.
The teams were tied at 26 at halftime, and Nashville held a 45-44 lead after the third quarter. The Leopards put up 19 points to Nashville’s 14 in the final quarter to take the win.
Turnovers were a problem for the Scrappers as they lost the ball 21 times.
Nashville recorded 27 rebounds, including 7 from Alexander.
Pettway was the leading scorer for Nashville with 21 points. Alexander added 18, with 9 from Hopkins, 6 from Shamrock and 5 from Hughes.

Nashville seniors honored

SCRAPPERETTE SENIOR NIGHT. Scrapperette seniors and their families were introduced Friday night at Scrapper Arena during Senior Night activities. The group includes Coach Ron Alexander, Lacie Grace, Kelsey Grace, ShaKonda Haney, Breona Jefferson, Reeoe Haney, Fern Dixon, Kassidy Snowden, Stefan Snowden, Shane Wright, Shayla Wright, Charlene Wright, Juanisha Finley, Iesha Neal, Jamar Finley, Clarissa Brizo, Dissia Brizo, Cynthia Herrera and Coach Buster Bonner.

SCRAPPER SENIOR NIGHT. Scrapper seniors and their families were introduced Friday night at Scrapper Arena during Senior Night activities. The group includes Coach Jerry Baker, Randy Rauch, Coach Aaron Worthen, Joshua Rauch, Sheila Faulkner, Coach Damon Williams, Tammy Alexander, Cameron Alexander, Jeff Alexander, Brandon Shamrock, Cindy Jackson, DeQuan McGraw, Stena Snell, Shavonte Norvell, Carolyn Norvell, Jamie Newton, Billie Newton and James Newton.

Scrapperette and Scrapper basketball seniors and their families were honored Friday night during Senior Night at Scrapper Arena.
The seniors were introduced by announcer Kyle Slayton and made their way to mid-court, where coaches presented team pictures to the players and flowers to their moms.
Scrapper seniors provided the following information for their introductions:
Senior Cameron Alexander is the 18-year-old son of Jeff Alexander of Kirby and Tammy Alexander of Nashville. He is a 2-year letterman for the roundball Scrappers. After graduation, Cameron will attend Ouachita Baptist University where he will double major in education and mass communications while playing football for the Tigers.
Brandon Shamrock – Parent, Cindy Jackson. Three-year basketball letterman. Honor Society.
Joshua Rauch – Parents, Sheila Faulkner and Randy Rauch. He has been a manager for Scrapper basketball for 3 years.
Senior Jamie Newton is the 18-year-old son of James and Billie Newton. He is a 2-year letterman for the roundball Scrappers. After graduation, Jamie will be enlisting in the Air Force.
Senior #2 Shavonte Norvell – 1-year letterman. Escorted by his mom, Carolyn Norvell. After graduation, he plans on attending college in Arizona.
Senior DeQuan McGraw, son of Stena and Keith Snell. He is a 1-year letterman. After graduation, he will attend the University of Central Arkansas to major in forensic science and business.
Scrapperette seniors provided the following information for their introductions:
Mashayla Danielle Wright is escorted by her parents, Shane and Charlene Wright. She is a 3-year letterman in senior high basketball, a 3-year letterman in senior high softball and a 3-year letterman in senior high track. She has been a part of 2 state champion softball teams and 2 state champion track teams. She is a member of FFA, FBLA, FCCLA and Spanish Club. She is a member of National Honor Society. She is also a member of Liberty Baptist Church. She plans to attend Ouachita Baptist University to become a nurse practitioner.
Breona Lachae Jefferson is escorted by her parents Reeoe and ShaKonda Haney. Breona has been a Scrapperette for 6 years and a member of the 2-11 and 2012 state championship track teams. She’s a member of the National Honor Society and a member of Dodson Street Church of Christ. Breona will be attending Henderson State University where she will major in nursing.
Lacie Kendall Grace is escorted by her sister, Kelsey Grace. Lacie has been a 2-year member of Scrapperette softball, 3-year member of Scrapperette tennis and a 4-year member of Scrapperette basketball and track. Lacie plans to get her basics at Cossatot and then transfer to Texas A&M Texarkana to major in occupational therapy.
Clarissa Brizo and Cynthia Herrera are being escorted by Dissia Brizo, mother. They have been managers for 6 years. They plan on going to Henderson State University to major in medicine.
Iesha Sharel Neal is escorted by her parents, Juanisha and Jamar Finley. She is a 1-year letterman in basketball, 2-year letterman in softball. She has been a part of 2 state champion softball teams. She is a member of FCCLA and Spanish Club. She is a member of the National Honor Society. She is also a member of First Providence Outreach Ministries. She plans to attend Henderson State University to be an occupational therapist.
Kassidy Snowden is being escorted by her mom, Fern Dixon, and her brother, Stefan Snowden. Kassidy has been a Scrapperette for 6 years, a member of the 2011 and 2012 state championship track team, and a 2-year letterman. After graduation, Kassidy plans on attending college, where she will be majoring in athletic training.

Nashville Basketball

Scrappers pound Panthers

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
They had to wait until Saturday afternoon to play, but the Nashville Scrappers routed the Ashdown Panthers 76-53 at Scrapper Arena in a District 7-4A game that was postponed from Friday night because of the weather. The girls game between Nashville and Ashdown went on as scheduled.
Between the third and fourth quarter of the girls game, Superintendent Doug Graham announced that the boys game would be postponed until Saturday because of hazardous conditions between Nashville and Ashdown.
The start of Saturday’s game was delayed nearly an hour because officials faced icy conditions around central Arkansas on their way to Nashville.
After the game started, the Scrappers were clearly in control, leading 18-10 after the first quarter and 41-32 at halftime.
Freshman Darius Hopkins played in his first high school game following the conclusion of the junior high season Thursday night. He responded with 17 points and was the third leading scorer on the team.
Brandon Shamrock was the game’s leading scorer with 27 points. Cameron Alexander was next with 18, followed by LaMichael Pettway with 10.
Nashville outscored Ashdown 25-10 in the third quarter, and the mercy rule was in effect for much of the second half.
Alexander led the Scrappers in rebounds with 8, followed by Shamrock and Pettway with 5 each. Nashville recorded 26 rebounds against the Panthers.
Pettway was the team’s assist leader with 14.
For the night, the Scrappers hit almost 70 percent of their shots from the field. They were 3 of 9 from beyond the 3-point line, and they hit 13 of 20 free throws.
Saturday was a good afternoon for blocked shots by Shamrock, as the Scrapper senior blocked 4 of the Panthers’ scoring attempts.
Nashville was scheduled to play at Malvern Tuesday night, weather permitting.
The final home game of the regular season will be Friday night as the Scrappers host Arkansas Baptist. Friday will be Senior Night at Scrapper Arena.
The District 7-4A tournament will be played next week in Nashville.
Scrapper Arena will host the Class 4A South regional Feb. 24-March 1.
Arkadelphia
The Scrappers played the ranked Arkadelphia Badgers close throughout the night but fell 65-54 Feb. 4 in Nashville.
When the teams met last month in Arkadelphia, the Badgers unleashed a barrage of 3-point shots and made 9 of them on their way to a 73-36 win over the Scrappers. Last week, Arkadelphia hit 3 of 3 shots from 3-point range.
The contest was close throughout, with the Badgers leading 23-20 after the first quarter and 27-24 at halftime.
Alexander led the Scrappers with 18 points, followed by Shamrock with 15, Pettway with 11 and Trey Hughes with 10.

Jr. Scrapperettes wrap up season with 2 wins

The Nashville Junior High Scrapperettes wrapped up their season with two straight wins over Ashdown.
The Scrapperettes traveled to Ashdown Feb. 6 and came home with a 37-22 win.
Asia Munn led Nashville with 15 points, followed by Alyssa Harrison with 7, Kendall Kirchhoff and Kaylea Carver with 6 each and Hannah White with 3.
Carver was the leading rebounder with 7. White had 6, followed by Munn with 5.
Kirchhoff, Carver and Harrison recorded 3 steals each.
Kesterson and Kirchhoff had 3 assists each.
The junior girls played Ashdown Jan. 30 at Scrapper Arena and defeated the Lady Panthers 34-16
White was the leading scorer with 9, followed by Munn with 8. Kacey Hinds scored 5, Kirchhoff and Harrison ahd 4 each, and Carver and Gabi Dougan had 2 each.
Kirchhoff led the Scrapperettes with 11 rebounds; White had 5.
Munn and Kirchhoff led the team in steals with 4 each.

Scrapperettes pick up 2 district wins

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville Scrapperettes picked up District 7-4A wins over Ashdown and Arkadelphia last week at Scrapper Arena.
Snow was falling when the Scrapperettes and Ashdown tipped off Friday night. By the end of the game, the ground was covered and Nashville had a 62-30 win.
The Scrapperettes jumped out to a 14-8 lead in the first quarter and extended it to 32-16 at halftime.
Shayla Wright was on fire from 3-point range, where she hit 5 shots. She also added a 2-pointer to lead the team in scoring with 17 points.
Maddi Horton added 12, with 10 from Timya Sanders, 8 from Kassidy Snowden and 7 from Kee Kee Richardson. LaTrice Wiley, Tiyonna Garland and Karie Porter rounded out the Scrapperette scoring.
Nashville was scheduled to visit Malvern Tuesday night, weather permitting.
Senior Night will be Friday, the final home game of the regular season. The Scrapperettes will host Arkansas Baptist.
The District 7-4A tournament will be played in Nashville next week, followed by the Class 4A South Regional Feb. 24-March 1.
Arkadelphia
The Scrapperettes defeated Arkadelphia 45-30 Feb. 4 behind 17 points from Sanders. Wright scored 12, with 11 from Snowden.

 

Booster Club raises $15,000 at Scrapper Showdown

“BACK HOME.” J.B. Grimes, offensive line coach at Auburn University, speaks at the Scrapper Showdown. Grimes began his coaching career in Nashville and said he was “back home” Saturday night.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Scrapper Booster Club raised $15,000 at the Scrapper Showdown Saturday night at the Nashville Elementary School cafeteria, according to Gaye Graham from the Booster Club. About 200 people attended the fund-raiser.
“This is the best we’ve ever done,” Graham said Sunday. “Thanks so much for area merchants who donated items for the auction and to all who came out to support Scrapper athletics.”
Proceeds from the Showdown will benefit all aspects of the athletic programs at junior high and high school, Graham said. The Booster Club will use part of the money to provide state championship rings for the Scrapper cheerleaders, order an endzone video camera system for the football program, purchase an ice machine for Scrapper Arena, and help with travel expenses for basketball, track, softball and baseball.
The Showdown featured a barbecue dinner, live and silent auctions, a raffle, Heads or Tails game, basketball shoot and music by Mike Eudy, elementary school art teacher.
Auburn University offensive line coach J.B. Grimes was the speaker for the showdown. He began his coaching career in 1977 as an assistant with the Scrappers after graduating from Henderson State. Grimes coached at a number of Division I and Division II schools before joining Gus Malzahn at Arkansas State in 2012. When Malzahn became head coach at Auburn in 2013, Grimes moved with him as offensive line coach.
“J.B. is one of the best offensive line coaches in the country,” Coach Billy Dawson said as he introduced the speaker. “Auburn had a great year. They had the best O-line in the country and got better every week.”
“It’s great to be home,” Grimes said. “My career started in Nashville. My wife and I are building a home here.” Grimes is married to the former Jennifer Graves of Nashville.
“I loved it here. I want to come back home when I retire,” Grimes said, noting that he is “not retiring now.”
“You’ve got spmething special here in Nashville. There’s obvious pride in what you do in the athletic department. When I come back to town with this kind of turnout, that’s special. You don’t see this everywhere,” Grimes said.
Grimes said that when he was on the staff at Arkansas from 1989-92, “The school had good football and good basketball teams. “They fed off each other. In Nashville, I look over and see your new arena. Wow! That’s big time. It shows a commitment to every sport.”
Last year, Auburn “did something that’s never been done before – go from 3-9 the year before to playing for the national championship,” Grimes said. “Back in August, if anybody had said we’ll give you seven wins, we would have taken it.”
When the new staff took over at Auburn, “There was an accountability problem and an entitlement problem,” Grimes said. “Discipline is what you do for somebody, not to somebody. We don’t need to forget that. The accountability problem that we faced was something we had to overcome with a velvet hammer. You don’t have to get mad to get your point across.”
Grimes said the team was moved back into a dorm, and one player said he wasn’t moving back. The response was, “‘That’s fine, but you won’t play football at Auburn.’ He understood. We had to teach that we’re all in this together.”
Grimes said Auburn “had some luck during the course of the season. I’ve been associated with 12 championship teams, and they had two common denominators. They always had a good quarterback, and they always had some luck. When you’re lucky and good, that equates into championships. We were 13 seconds short in the national championship game.”
Auburn pulled off stunning wins over Georgia and Alabama to advance to the title game. “The Alabama game – it’s crazy what happened. That never happens,” Grimes said. “Our kids put themselves in the position where one play made the difference. These guys wanted to be coached.”
Grimes said there seven things he looks for in an offensive lineman. “Is he big enough? Is he strong enough? Is he quick enough? Is he balanced enough? Is he smart enough? Does he have character? Does he have toughness?
“You can take any two of the first five and add character and toughness and have a good player. You can’t do without good character people with toughness,” Grimes said.
Following his comments, Grimes visited with a number of friends, and items in the live and silent auctions received one last look from those at the Showdown.
The live auction quickly became quite competitive as auctioneer Todd Morris kept a close watch on the bids, with help from Dawson.
The top seller was a University of Alabama football autographed by Coach Nick Saban. Jason Harrison bought the ‘Bama football, along with autographed footballs from Auburn and the Razorbacks.
Some of the other items included Captain for a Day, bought by Kathy Brown; Cheerleader for a Day, bought by Dickie Hendry; reserved parking spot for next season at Scrapper Stadium, John Stinnett; reserved parking spot for the rest of this season and next at Scrapper Arena, Gary Dan Futrell; Scrapper quilt, Woody Futrell.
Jim Hamilton won a big-screen color TV in the Heads or Tails game. Cameron Alexander was the winner of the iPad Mini in the basketball shoot.

Local football standouts ink with OBU, HSU

Scrapper Head Coach Billy Dawson flanked by LT Muldrow and Cameron Alexander

Two Nashville Scrappers signed national letters-of-intent during NCAA National Signing Day Wednesday, Feb. 5
Offensive lineman Cameron Alexander signed with Ouachita Baptist University.
Defensive lineman LT Muldrow signed with Henderson State University.

Outlaw phenom kicker Curtis Sebren, shown here flanked by his parents, James and Anita Sebren, signed a football scholarship agreement with Henderson State University, Wednesday morning. Standing at back are, from left coaches Jeff Tipton, Brad Bray, head coach David Bennett and Stephen Sprick.

The high school and junior high school student bodies at Dierks packed one side of the gymnasium, Wednesday morning, to cheer a local football hero as he signed a scholarship offer from Henderson State University.
Curtis Sebren, a record-setting kicker for the Outlaws, thanked his parents, coaches, the school administration and his teammates when he gave a brief address following the signing. Sebren signed as he sat at a table decorated with Henderson Reddie items in the center of the gymnasium floor. He was flanked by his parents, James and Anita Sebren.
The Nashville Leader will have more on the signings in the Feb. 12 print edition.

Turnovers thwart Scrapperettes against conference foes

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville Scrapperettes dropped two District 7-4A games last week. Despite the losses, Nashville remains in fourth place in the district standings.
Central Arkansas Christian defeated the Scrapperettes 55-33 Friday night in North Little Rock.
“We had too many turnovers,” Coach Ron Alexander said. The Scrapperettes lost the ball 26 times against the Lady Mustangs.
CAC led 13-11 after the first quarter and 20-15 at halftime. However, the Scrapperettes turned the ball over 12 times in the third quarter, Alexander said. “Turnovers hit early in the third. We went from being 5 points down to 12 points down in a heartbeat. We forced some CAC turnovers, too.”
The Lady Mustangs turned the ball over 17 times, or 27 percent of their possessions. The Scrapperettes turned the ball over on 35 percent of their possessions.
Kassidy Snowden was the Scrapperettes’ leading scorer with 9 points. KeeKee Richardson added 7, followed by Shayla Wright and Maddi Horton with 5 each, Timaya Sanders with 4 and Tiyonna Garland with 3.
The Scrapperettes had trouble scoring, according to Alexander. “It was bad. We had 75 possessions and scored 33 points. CAC had 64 possessions and scored 55 points.”
The Scrapperettes averaged .44 points per possession compared to 1.16 for CAC.
For the game, Nashville shot 45.5 percent from the free throw line, 26 percent from 2-point range and 33 percent from 3-point range.
The Scrapperettes recorded 19 offensive rebounds and 10 defensive rebounds.
Nashville has three regular-season conference games remaining after hosting Arkadelphia Tuesday night.
Ashdown will visit Scrapper Arena Friday night. The Scrapperettes will travel to Malvern Feb. 11 and will host Arkansas Baptist Feb. 14 in the final game of the regular season. The Baptist game will be senior night in Scrapper Arena.
Pulaski Robinson
The Scrapperettes saw a first-half lead evaporate in the second half, and they lost to Pulaski Robinson 29-27.
Nashville led 9-3 after the first quarter and 10-7 at halftime. However, the Lady Senators outscored the Scrapperettes 10-6 in the third quarter and 12-11 in the fourth to seal the win.
Nashville shot 42 percent from the free throw line and 29 percent from the field, hitting only 10 of 34 shots from the field and none from 3-point range.
Sanders was the leading scorer for Nashville with 17 points; followed by Horton with 6, Bailey Walls with 2 and Richardson and Latrice Wiley with a point each.
The Scrapperettes lost 21 turnovers against Robinson, while pulling in 10 offensive rebounds and 20 defensive.

Scrappers rout Robinson, fall to Mustangs

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville Scrapperettes dropped two District 7-4A games last week. Despite the losses, Nashville remains in fourth place in the district standings.
Central Arkansas Christian defeated the Scrapperettes 55-33 Friday night in North Little Rock.
“We had too many turnovers,” Coach Ron Alexander said. The Scrapperettes lost the ball 26 times against the Lady Mustangs.
CAC led 13-11 after the first quarter and 20-15 at halftime. However, the Scrapperettes turned the ball over 12 times in the third quarter, Alexander said. “Turnovers hit early in the third. We went from being 5 points down to 12 points down in a heartbeat. We forced some CAC turnovers, too.”
The Lady Mustangs turned the ball over 17 times, or 27 percent of their possessions. The Scrapperettes turned the ball over on 35 percent of their possessions.
Kassidy Snowden was the Scrapperettes’ leading scorer with 9 points. KeeKee Richardson added 7, followed by Shayla Wright and Maddi Horton with 5 each, Timaya Sanders with 4 and Tiyonna Garland with 3.
The Scrapperettes had trouble scoring, according to Alexander. “It was bad. We had 75 possessions and scored 33 points. CAC had 64 possessions and scored 55 points.”
The Scrapperettes averaged .44 points per possession compared to 1.16 for CAC.
For the game, Nashville shot 45.5 percent from the free throw line, 26 percent from 2-point range and 33 percent from 3-point range.
The Scrapperettes recorded 19 offensive rebounds and 10 defensive rebounds.
Nashville has three regular-season conference games remaining after hosting Arkadelphia Tuesday night.
Ashdown will visit Scrapper Arena Friday night. The Scrapperettes will travel to Malvern Feb. 11 and will host Arkansas Baptist Feb. 14 in the final game of the regular season. The Baptist game will be senior night in Scrapper Arena.
Pulaski Robinson
The Scrapperettes saw a first-half lead evaporate in the second half, and they lost to Pulaski Robinson 29-27.
Nashville led 9-3 after the first quarter and 10-7 at halftime. However, the Lady Senators outscored the Scrapperettes 10-6 in the third quarter and 12-11 in the fourth to seal the win.
Nashville shot 42 percent from the free throw line and 29 percent from the field, hitting only 10 of 34 shots from the field and none from 3-point range.
Sanders was the leading scorer for Nashville with 17 points; followed by Horton with 6, Bailey Walls with 2 and Richardson and Latrice Wiley with a point each.
The Scrapperettes lost 21 turnovers against Robinson, while pulling in 10 offensive rebounds and 20 defensive.

Scrapper 2014 football schedule released

The Scrapper football schedule for 2014 was announced Friday.
The Scrappers will open the season Friday, Sept. 5, at Hope.
Three new opponents will be on the schedule as the result of conference re-alignments by the Arkansas Activities Association.
They include Fountain Lake, Waldron and Mena, replacing Central Arkansas Christian, Arkansas Baptist and Pulaski Robinson.
Home games include De Queen, Watson Chapel, Arkadelphia, Waldron and Malvern.
The schedule includes the following:
Sept. 5 at Hope, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 12 De Queen, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 19 Watson Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
* Sept. 26 Arkadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
* Oct. 3 at Fountain Lake, 7 p.m.
* Oct. 10 Waldron, Homecoming, 7:30 p.m.
* Oct. 17 at Ashdown, 7:30 p.m.
* Oct. 24 at Mena, 7 p.m.
* Oct. 31 Malvern, Senior Night, 7:30 p.m.
* Nov. 7 at Bauxite, 7 p.m.
* District 7-4A game

 

Scrapper Showdown this Saturday

READY FOR SHOWDOWN. Scrapper Booster Club members display some of the items which will be in the live and silent auctions Saturday night at the Scrapper Showdown. They include Matt Smith, Scrapper rug; James “Bunch” Nichols, Memphis Grizzlies basketball autographed by Mike Miller; Robbie Stavely with signed football and basketball tickets which he and Mark Stavely donated, Gaye Graham with putter donated by Josh Tice; Josh Tice, Kristen McJunkins and Bryan McJunkins with a Scrapper quilt. The showdown will be held Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Nashville Elementary School cafeteria. Tickets are $15 and are available from Scrappers, Scrapperettes and cheerleaders.

The Scrapper Showdown will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Nashville Elementary School cafeteria.
Tickets are $15 and are on sale by Scrappers, Scrapperettes and cheerleaders.  The ticket price includes a barbecue dinner.
Scrapper Booster Club members are rounding up items for live and silent auctions, along with prizes for Heads or Tails and the basketball game. Fans will play Heads or Tails for a TV and the basketball shooting game for an iPad Mini.
Among the auction items already secured are Razorback basketball tickets for the Arkansas/Georgia game Saturday, March 1; reserved parking spot at Scrapper Arena, reserved hospitality room and VIP seating at the arena, crappie fish fry, Scrapper quilt, Scrapper rug, golf club, WeedEater, load of gravel and a tool set.
Others include Texas Ranger baseball tickets, NASCAR tickets at Texas Motor Speedway, an Arkansas Razorback football autographed by Coach Bret Bielema, and a basketball autographed by Mike Miller of the Memphis Grizzlies.
More items include Cheerleader for a Day, Captain for a Day, a reserved parking spot at Scrapper Stadium, and a booth in the stadium press box.
There will be numerous items and gift certificates from area merchants.
Nashville Elementary School art teacher Mike Eudy will provide music during the meal and silent auction.
The guest speaker for the Showdown will be J.B. Grimes, offensive line coach at Auburn University. Grimes is a familiar face in Arkansas coaching circles. He began his career as an assistant coach at Nashville. He has been an assistant coach at a number of NCAA D-1 programs, including Arkansas and Arkansas State. When former Red Wolves coach Gus Malzahn moved to Auburn, he named Grimes as his offensive line coach. The Showdown is a Booster Club fund-raiser which benefits the Nashville athletic program.
Live and silent auction items donated through Monday include the following:
Reserved parking at Scrapper Stadium
Reserved parking at Scrapper Arena
Cheerleader for the Day
Captain for the Day
Reserved Booth in Press Box
Reserved Hospitality Room and Seating at Arena
Birthday Party at Dome
Scrapper Quilt
2 rounds of golf at Hot Springs Country Club
Autographed Basketball by Memphis Grizzlies/
Autographed football by Brett Bielema/Mark and Robbie Stavely-Foxwood Sports
4 tickets to AR-GA basketball game/Mark & Robbie Stavely-Foxwood Sports
Tickets to Texas Ranger game/SWA Radio
Tickets to Texas Motor Speedway/SWA Radio
Scrapper Rug/Smith’s Cleaners
Golf Club/Print Mania
Large box of frozen products/Tyson
Bushel of peaches/Jamison Orchard
Drill/Home Improvement Center
Loading Ramps/Parrish
Jewelry, leggings, scarf/Mandi Stone
2 oil changes/York Gary
1 month membership/SNB Fitness
$50 cashier’s check/Diamond Bank
30 min Massage/Deb Erwin
Razorback Tailgate Tent/Coca-Cola
Crappie Fish Fry/Grahams-Kells-Nichols
Coat Rack/Ivan Smith Furniture
Subscriptions/The Leader
Purse/Dena’s Diva
Blower-WeedEater/Husqvarna
Load of gravel-Tony Fatheree
Tool Set/Western Auto
Gift Certificate/Simple Simons
$75 in Scrapper Gear/Karter’s Dugout-Kortlan
Tire rotation and balance/Neeleys
Various types of oil and grease/Hendry Oil
Sunglasses/Bell Vision
$50 gift certificate/Power Pharmacy
Gift certificate/Merle Norman
S-factor procucts, purse, cap, Porter’s Lotion/Trendsetters
Family Pack for 8/Trish BBQ
Scrapper Hat/Lisa Wesson
4 bags ($40 each) car wash tokens/Cruizzers
Pot with spring flowers/Sunshine Acres
Carlo Blagi necklace/Tollett’s
Gift certificates/Subway
Hair products/Stephanie & Co
Shampoo, cut, style/Carrie Tollett
Park Place gift card with chocolates
Pallet of sod/Fulton Grass
Golf Balls/Michael Howard-Farm Bureau Insurance
Insulated bag/Shelter Insurance
Putter/Edward Jones
Scrapper Gift basket/Nashville Drug
Gift basket/Red River Credit Union
Gift Basket/Wild Ivy
Gift Certificates/LaVilla
Ray & Associates
Brazz Boutique
Model Citizen Boutique
Glass Shop
Nashville Pawn
Bingen Diesel
Britt Salon & Boutique
Lawrence Termite
R&J

Scrapper offensive lineman named Rotary Club MVP

ROTARY MVP. Scrapper senior Cameron Alexander (third from left) was named Most Valuable Player on the 2013 football team Saturday night at the Rotary Club Football Banquet. Rotary president Margi Jenks (left) invited Alexander’s mother, Tammy Alexander (second from left), and his father, Jeff Alexander, on stage for the presentation

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Senior offensive lineman Cameron Alexander was named the Nashville Scrappers’ Most Valuable Player Saturday night at the conclusion of the 54th annual Rotary Club Football Banquet.
A three-year starter, Alexander was a Permanent Team Captain, All-District and All-State selection and will play in the Arkansas All-Star game this summer in Conway.
Rotary president Margi Jenks presented the MVP award to Alexander and invited his mother, Tammy Alexander, and his father, Jeff Alexander, to join the honoree on stage at the Nashville Elementary School cafeteria.
“What is an MVP?” Jenks said she asked as she prepared for Saturday’s banquet.
“I asked the coaches. They said somebody who is always in the weight room. Someone with high academic standards, a 4.0 GPA for Cameron. Someone who is loyal. Competitive. Selfless. All about the team and doing what’s best for the team.
“Then I asked his mom. She said Cameron has always wanted to be a Scrapper from the time when the high school players visited kids at elementary and primary. He’s worked to better himself. He gets up every morning at 5:30 and works out at the Gym in Nashville before school and after basketball practice. His ultimate dream is to be a football coach himself,” Jenks said in giving Tammy Alexander’s description of her son. “He loves his teammates and friends. He’s a good role model. He’s a Christian. He’s dependable and doesn’t take it easy. He’s loving, funny, sometimes a pain, but I love him dearly.”
Last, Jenks turned to the MVP honoree himself in the form of an essay which he wrote for David Schwope’s Advanced Composition class at NHS. In the essay, Alexander told what it meant to him to be a Scrapper.
“My high school career is over,” he said in the essay. “I’ll never forget going on the field on Friday night. There’s no better feeling. It’s a real blessing what God has opened for me. I had a great relationship with my coaches going back to seventh grade. They got on me on the field, but it was their way of showing they loved me. I’m thankful for everything. As they say in Nashville, ‘Once a Scrapper, Always a Scrapper.’”
The MVP presentation was the climax of a night of accolades for the Scrappers. Position coaches presented a number of awards to their players, including the following:
Outstanding Defensive LIneman – Coach Jerry Baker presented the award to LT Muldrow. “He made my job easy. He led our defensive front and taught our younger kids to work and showed the value of dedication to the game. He’s a special young man and made a big impact on my life,” Baker said. Muldrow had 76 tackles, 6 tackles for a loss and 13 hurries.
Outstanding Offensive LIneman – Coach D.J. Graham presented the award to Cameron Alexander. “He had 65 big blocks, 30 STAR plays, a 93 percent grading average,” Graham said. “He anchored our O-line. He worked himself into the best lineman in the conference. He will develop into the best on his college team,” Graham said. Alexander is a two-time Outstanding Lineman of the Year for the Scrappers and was Lineman of the Year in District 7-4A.
Outstanding Receiver -  Coach Paul Ernest presented the award to LaMichael Pettway. For the season, Pettway had 56 receptions for 1,058 yards, 15 touchdown receptions and 2 rushing touchdowns.
Outstanding Defensive Back – Coach Brian Bearden presented the award to Leonard Snell, who recently was named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Super Sophomore team.
Outstanding Defensive Linebacker – Coach Brian “Boomer” Brown presented the award to Ashton Walker, whose first extensive action came against Watson Chapel, where he played before transferring to Nashville. Walker had 71 tackles and 3 TFLs. “He’s one of the most coachable athletes I’ve seen,” Brown said.
Outstanding Running Back – Coach Billy Dawson presented the award to Kyler Lawrence. The senior “had a great career here,” Dawson said, and played on offense and defense. He had 1,055 yards receiving and running, 15 touchdowns, 39 tackles and 4 break-ups.
Outstanding Special Teams – Coach Jerry Baker said the recipient was Christian Aranda, who was unable to attend the banquet. Aranda, the Scrapper kicker, made 41 of 45 PATs and 2 of 2 field goals for a total of 47 points.
Champion Awards Defense – Recipients were David Galvan and Charles Furr.
Champion Awards Offense – Recipients were Lee Scroggins and Curtis Myers.
All-District – Coach Billy Dawson introduced All-District selections, including first team Cameron Alexander, LT Muldrow, Tyler Parker and LaMichael Pettway; second team Braden Hood, Leonard Snell, Billy Stewart and Kyler Lawrence; honorable mention Asher Walker, Kory Snodgrass, Ashton Walker, Storm Nichols and Lucas Liggin.
All-State – Cameron Alexander, LaMichael Pettway.
All-Star – Cameron Alexander. He was named the Outstanding Lineman in District 7-4A and will play in the Arkansas All-Star game June 27 at the University of Central Arkansas.
Permanent Team Captains – Cameron Alexander, Eric Perez and LT Muldrow. “They were selected by their peers,” Dawson said. “I told the players that they were voting for strong work ethic, someone who stands up for what’s right, someone that 10 years from now, you’ll still be proud of them. You know, the players get it right every year. They’re always watching. Our choices this year are three unbelievable human beings. Ten years from now, they’ll be owning companies, preaching, coaching, doing something to make us proud. They’ll carry the Scrapper Star with them everywhere.”

 

ROTARY MVP. Scrapper senior Cameron Alexander (third from left) was named Most Valuable Player on the 2013 football team Saturday night at the Rotary Club Football Banquet. Rotary president Margi Jenks (left) invited Alexander’s mother, Tammy Alexander (second from left), and his father, Jeff Alexander, on stage for the presentation. See The Nashville Leader's Facebook page for more pictures from the banquet.

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Senior offensive lineman Cameron Alexander was named the Nashville Scrappers’ Most Valuable Player Saturday night at the conclusion of the 54th annual Rotary Club Football Banquet.
A three-year starter, Alexander was a Permanent Team Captain, All-District and All-State selection and will play in the Arkansas All-Star game this summer in Conway.
Rotary president Margi Jenks presented the MVP award to Alexander and invited his mother, Tammy Alexander, and his father, Jeff Alexander, to join the honoree on stage at the Nashville Elementary School cafeteria.
“What is an MVP?” Jenks said she asked as she prepared for Saturday’s banquet.
“I asked the coaches. They said somebody who is always in the weight room. Someone with high academic standards, a 4.0 GPA for Cameron. Someone who is loyal. Competitive. Selfless. All about the team and doing what’s best for the team.
“Then I asked his mom. She said Cameron has always wanted to be a Scrapper from the time when the high school players visited kids at elementary and primary. He’s worked to better himself. He gets up every morning at 5:30 and works out at the Gym in Nashville before school and after basketball practice. His ultimate dream is to be a football coach himself,” Jenks said in giving Tammy Alexander’s description of her son. “He loves his teammates and friends. He’s a good role model. He’s a Christian. He’s dependable and doesn’t take it easy. He’s loving, funny, sometimes a pain, but I love him dearly.”
Last, Jenks turned to the MVP honoree himself in the form of an essay which he wrote for David Schwope’s Advanced Composition class at NHS. In the essay, Alexander told what it meant to him to be a Scrapper.
“My high school career is over,” he said in the essay. “I’ll never forget going on the field on Friday night. There’s no better feeling. It’s a real blessing what God has opened for me. I had a great relationship with my coaches going back to seventh grade. They got on me on the field, but it was their way of showing they loved me. I’m thankful for everything. As they say in Nashville, ‘Once a Scrapper, Always a Scrapper.’”
The MVP presentation was the climax of a night of accolades for the Scrappers. Position coaches presented a number of awards to their players, including the following:
Outstanding Defensive LIneman – Coach Jerry Baker presented the award to LT Muldrow. “He made my job easy. He led our defensive front and taught our younger kids to work and showed the value of dedication to the game. He’s a special young man and made a big impact on my life,” Baker said. Muldrow had 76 tackles, 6 tackles for a loss and 13 hurries.
Outstanding Offensive LIneman – Coach D.J. Graham presented the award to Cameron Alexander. “He had 65 big blocks, 30 STAR plays, a 93 percent grading average,” Graham said. “He anchored our O-line. He worked himself into the best lineman in the conference. He will develop into the best on his college team,” Graham said. Alexander is a two-time Outstanding Lineman of the Year for the Scrappers and was Lineman of the Year in District 7-4A.
Outstanding Receiver -  Coach Paul Ernest presented the award to LaMichael Pettway. For the season, Pettway had 56 receptions for 1,058 yards, 15 touchdown receptions and 2 rushing touchdowns.
Outstanding Defensive Back – Coach Brian Bearden presented the award to Leonard Snell, who recently was named to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Super Sophomore team.
Outstanding Defensive Linebacker – Coach Brian “Boomer” Brown presented the award to Ashton Walker, whose first extensive action came against Watson Chapel, where he played before transferring to Nashville. Walker had 71 tackles and 3 TFLs. “He’s one of the most coachable athletes I’ve seen,” Brown said.
Outstanding Running Back – Coach Billy Dawson presented the award to Kyler Lawrence. The senior “had a great career here,” Dawson said, and played on offense and defense. He had 1,055 yards receiving and running, 15 touchdowns, 39 tackles and 4 break-ups.
Outstanding Special Teams – Coach Jerry Baker said the recipient was Christian Aranda, who was unable to attend the banquet. Aranda, the Scrapper kicker, made 41 of 45 PATs and 2 of 2 field goals for a total of 47 points.
Champion Awards Defense – Recipients were David Galvan and Charles Furr.
Champion Awards Offense – Recipients were Lee Scroggins and Curtis Myers.
All-District – Coach Billy Dawson introduced All-District selections, including first team Cameron Alexander, LT Muldrow, Tyler Parker and LaMichael Pettway; second team Braden Hood, Leonard Snell, Billy Stewart and Kyler Lawrence; honorable mention Asher Walker, Kory Snodgrass, Ashton Walker, Storm Nichols and Lucas Liggin.
All-State – Cameron Alexander, LaMichael Pettway.
All-Star – Cameron Alexander. He was named the Outstanding Lineman in District 7-4A and will play in the Arkansas All-Star game June 27 at the University of Central Arkansas.
Permanent Team Captains – Cameron Alexander, Eric Perez and LT Muldrow. “They were selected by their peers,” Dawson said. “I told the players that they were voting for strong work ethic, someone who stands up for what’s right, someone that 10 years from now, you’ll still be proud of them. You know, the players get it right every year. They’re always watching. Our choices this year are three unbelievable human beings. Ten years from now, they’ll be owning companies, preaching, coaching, doing something to make us proud. They’ll carry the Scrapper Star with them everywhere.”

 

Auburn assistant Scrapper Showdown guest speaker

The Scrapper Showdown will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Nashville Elementary School cafeteria.
Tickets are $15 and are on sale by Scrappers, Scrapperettes and cheerleaders.  The ticket price includes a barbecue dinner.
The guest speaker for the Showdown will be J.B. Grimes, offensive line coach at Auburn University. Grimes is a familiar face in Arkansas coaching circles. He began his career as an assistant coach at Nashville. He has been an assistant coach at a number of NCAA D-1 programs, including Arkansas and Arkansas State. When former Red Wolves coach Gus Malzahn moved to Auburn, he named Grimes as his offensive line coach.
Scrapper Booster Club members are rounding up items for live and silent auctions, along with prizes for Heads or Tails and the basketball game. Fans will play Heads or Tails for a TV and the basketball shooting game for an iPad Mini.
Among the auction items already secured are Razorback basketball tickets for the Arkansas/Georgia game Saturday, March 1; reserved parking spot at Scrapper Arena, reserved hospitality room and VIP seating at the arena, crappie fish fry, Scrapper quilt, Scrapper rug, golf club, WeedEater, load of gravel and a tool set.
Others include Texas Ranger baseball tickets, NASCAR tickets at Texas Motor Speedway, an Arkansas Razorback football autographed by Coach Bret Bielema, and an autographed basketball by the Memphis Grizzlies.
More items include Cheerleader for a Day, Captain for a Day, a reserved parking spot at Scrapper Stadium, and a booth in the stadium press box.
There will be numerous items and gift certificates from area merchants.
The Showdown is a Booster Club fund-raiser which benefits the Nashville athletic program.
More details of the event will be announced.
Showdown speaker familiar to local fans
Sports Information Office
Auburn University
With more than 30 years coaching at the collegiate level on his resume, J.B. Grimes, who helped the Tigers to a 2013 SEC Championship and a BCS Championship berth this past season, is completing his first season as the offensive line coach at Auburn.
The offensive line paved the way for the Tigers to lead the nation in rushing with 335.7 yards per game. Running back Tre Mason was a Heisman Trophy finalist and named the SEC Player of the Year while Nick Marshall was an Associated Press honorable mention All-SEC selection. The line allowed only 1.23 sacks per game to tie for 21st nationally.
Grimes, who coached in his 16th bowl game and has coached numerous NFL players, spent the 2012 season as the offensive line coach at Arkansas State with Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn.
“J.B. is a tremendous coach who is one of the nation’s top teachers at the offensive line position,” Malzahn said. “He has an incredible resume coaching the position and has taught countless players at the NFL level. We’re fortunate to have him in our program at Auburn.”
During the 2012 season at Arkansas State, Grimes coached an offensive line unit that helped set a school record with 481.8 yards of total offense per game while ranking 16th nationally in fewest sacks allowed. Senior offensive lineman Zach McKnight earned first-team All-Sun Belt honors under Grimes’ direction as the offense led the Sun Belt in rushing and ranked in the top 25 nationally in total offense, scoring offense and rushing offense.
Prior to his arrival at ASU, Grimes spent two seasons at Kansas (2010-11) and Mississippi State (2004-08) as the offensive line coach. Grimes’ coaching career also includes stints at East Carolina, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, Arkansas, Louisiana-Monroe and Delta State as an assistant coach over the last three decades.
In his first season at Mississippi State, the Bulldogs rushed for 1,744 yards, the most at the school in four years. Behind his offensive line, MSU produced three seasons with a 1,000-yard rusher. In his one season at East Carolina (2003), the Pirates’ offensive line paved the way for its third straight 1,000-yard individual rusher. At Texas A&M (1998-2002), Grimes coached the offensive line under R.C. Slocum as the Aggies posted a 40-22 overall record while playing in four straight bowl games.
While at Virginia Tech (1993-97) coaching for Frank Beamer, Grimes helped the Hokies to back-to-back Big East Championships and five bowl games in five seasons.
Grimes also coached at Arkansas, serving as a graduate assistant in 1981-82 and as a full-time assistant coach in 1989-92, where he helped the Razorbacks to the Southwest Conference championship and a Cotton Bowl appearance in 1990. At Arkansas, Grimes worked for Lou Holtz, Ken Hatfield and Jack Crowe.
Grimes also coached at Louisiana-Monroe (1979-80; 1985-88), Delta State (1983) and Missouri (1984) after spending his first two seasons at the high school level in Arkansas, at Nashville (1977) and Des Arc (1978). Louisiana-Monroe won the 1987 Division I-AA national championship.
As an offensive lineman at Henderson State, he helped his team to a 40-6 record in four seasons, including a berth in the 1974 NAIA Championship game. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Henderson State in 1977 and a master’s degree in education from Louisiana-Monroe in 1981.
Grimes grew up in Clarendon, Ark., and is married to the former Jennifer Graves of Nashville; she received a degree in advertising and public relations from Arkansas. The couple has four children, sons Aaron and Nick and daughters Danielle and Lindsey.

Dierks Dixie Youth baseball sign-up Feb. 16

Registration for Dierks Dixie Youth baseball (ages 4-13) will be held Sunday, Feb. 16 from 2-4 p.m. at the Dierks Community Building, across from the post office.
Parents will need to bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate and a $40 registration fee. Parents can also turn in forms and fee at the front office of Jo Ann Walters Elementary School. Checks can be made payable to Dierks Dixie Youth Baseball.
There will be a $10 late fee for registrations made after the Feb. 16 deadline. Players will not be allowed to register after league teams have been drafted.
For more information, contact Jason Smith at (870) 245-7473.

Spring soccer registration underway

Registration is underway for the 2014 Spring Soccer Season sponsored by Nashville Parks and Recreation.
Youth from Mineral Springs, Dierks, Murfreesboro and Nashville are welcome. A $40 registration fee includes the team shirt and trophy. Age divisions will be determined by the number of players that sign up and the age of a child as of Feb. 1. Practice and games will be held at the Nashville City Park. All levels of experience are welcome.
Registration forms may be picked up at the Nashville City Park Office, 1301 West Johnson St., Nashville.  Phone (870) 845-7405 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The deadline to register is Saturday, Feb. 15.

Scrappers pick up win over Malvern

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Nashville Scrappers outscored Malvern 23-6 in the fourth quarter Friday night to take a 58-44 victory over the Leopards at Scrapper Arena.
Senior Cameron Alexander led the Scrapper charge, scoring 16 of his 21 points in the final quarter.
The conference game was close through the first three quarters. The teams were tied at 27 at halftime, and Malvern led 38-35 at the end of the third.
“They picked it up Friday night,” Coach Damon Williams said of his Scrappers. “They did things in the fourth quarter that they haven’t done earlier. They got the ball up the floor and made their lay-ps and free throws most of the time. The took the lead and extended it by making lay-ups and free throws and playing good defense.”
Marco Finley of Malvern scored all 15 of his points in the first three quarters as the Scrappers shut him out in the fourth. “We knew where he was. He had 2 points in the second half. We talked about that at halftime,” Williams said.
“Our guys played well in the fourth. They weren’t bad the other three, but they stepped it up a notch. I’m really pleased with Friday night.”
Alexander’s 21 points led both teams in scoring. Brandon Shamrock added 13 for the Scrappers. Jamie Newton and Trey Hughes had 9 each, and LaMichael Pettway scored 6.
The Scrappers are 7-6 for the season, 3-3 in District 7-4A. They played at Arkansas Baptist at Little Rock Tuesday night in a game that began after the Leader’s press deadline.
Friday night, Nashville will travel to Bauxite to start the second half of the conference season.
“We’ll start over then. Every week is pretty big in the conference the rest of the way,” Williams said.
Arkadelphia is in first place in 7-4A followed by CAC. Ashdown, Baptist, Nashville and Malvern were tied for third going into Tuesday night’s games. “We’ve got to beat CAC,” Williams said. “They’re second; we’re tied for third. We need to keep getting the victories. Everybody is beating up on everybody but Arkadelphia. There’s not another ‘next-best’ team.”
Nashville will host the District 7-4A tournament Feb. 17-22 in Scrapper Arena and will host the Class 4A South regional the following week.
Ashdown
The Scrappers took a 54-40 loss at Ashdown Jan. 14. “We had a terrible fourth quarter,” Williams said. “We got it to a 2-point game and made 4 trips with a chance to tie and missed all of them. Ashdown scored and extended the lead.”

 

Coaches reflect on games; look at Scrapper facilities

By Jana Copeland
Leader staff
Sometimes understanding the past can help us appreciate and embrace the future. The atmosphere and encouragement that fans leave every game in the new Scrapper Arena is a legacy that will be remembered for future generations to come.
Dennis Horn, former Nashville Junior High boys and girls coach and senior high girls basketball coach, spent five years at the helm, 1967-1972. Those years were filled with many accomplishments for his junior high teams, especially. “At the time, the girls had just finished two undefeated seasons and the boys were 30-0.”
To say the least, the atmosphere in the newly completed Scrapper Arena was extremely peppy and involved. “The enthusiasm at the grand opening of the new HPER center reminded me of that in the gym that was new to us back then.”
Every coach has one or two games that really stick out to them throughout their careers. When Horn was asked, he answered, “Playing Helen Parker with her Ashdown Junior High team was always a challenge.” Nashville seemed to be able to beat everyone else, but that team. The Scrapperettes finally won when they got into senior high, though. “She was a great girls basketball coach,” Horn said of Parker.
Another team that always seemed to be a good matchup was Willie Click’s Delight team.
Horn has noticed some changes since his coaching years, including going from half-court play to playing full-court ball for girls. “It used to be 3 on 3, playing half-court. Now it’s 5 on 5 playing full-court. That is a major difference I have seen.”
Also, there were no three-point shots back then. “That has changed the boys and girls game tremendously over the years,” Horn said.
Along with Horn, Betty Floyd is another former Scrapperette basketball coach. She also coached in the 1967 gym from 1969-1979. “The gym was always so exciting, especially for the girls games! Everyone was there and cheered loud! The fans were very supportive.”
Floyd said that the most memorable game in her career would probably have to be the game in 1973 that they won state runners-up against Highland. “What I think is cool is that record still stands today,” Floyd said. “The trophy we received was placed into the impressive trophy case in the new HPER center.” She wants to make sure it stays in there until the record is either tied or broken. “I think this should motivate them to try to beat the record we had and try to do their best every game they play.”
Floyd had the first All-State Girls basketball player from Nashville, Charlene Kreul. Throughout her 10 years, Floyd had 33 All-District players, 3 All-Sate players, and 7 All-Star players. She was also the All-Star assistant coach in 1972 and was the head coach in 1973.
“The biggest difference I see in basketball is the change from half-court to full-court play and the 3 on 3 change to 5 on 5.” Floyd said that the reason the game changed to 5 on 5 was to help their girls get scholarships just like the boys did for college athletics. “In order for them to be able to play in college, they had to play like college players. That meant 5 on 5, full-court play,” Floyd said.
We all leave legacies. Let’s make sure that the legacy that we are building now in our new gymnasium is that of a true Scrapper.

 

Junior Scraperettes wins over Prescott

The junior Scrapperettes defeated Prescott 40-15 Jan. 6.
Asia Munn was the leading scorer for Nashville with 13 points, followed by Hannah White with 12, Kasey Hinds with 6, Kendall Kirchhoff with 4, Kaylea Carver and Bailey Denton with 2 each, and Allison Reeder with 1.
Nashville led 24-7 at halftime.
Kirchhoff led the team in rebounds with 7; Hinds had 6.
Munn recorded 4 steals, with 3 each for Kirchhoff and White.

Nashville to hits regional, state tournaments

Nashville will host four regional and state tournaments this spring, the Arkansas Activities Association announced Thursday.
The Class 4A South regional basketball tournament will be at Scrapper Arena Feb. 26-March 1.
The Class 4A South regional softball tournament will be at the Nashville City Park May 9, 10 and 12.
The Class 4A state track meet will be at Scrapper Stadium during the week of May 5. The date will be announced.
The Class 4A state baseball tournament will be at Wilson Park May 15-17.
The 4A South regional baseball tournament will be at Star City.
State 4A softball will be at Monticello.
State 4A basketball will be at Lonoke.

Scraperettes drop game to Arkadelphia

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
Missed free throws spelled defeat for the Scrapperettes Friday night as they lost to Arkadelphia 32-31 at Badger Gym.
The Scrapperettes and Lady Badgers fought it out in a defensive struggle through much of the game. Nashville led by two late in the contest, but Arkadelphia fought back, fouling the Scrapperettes and taking advantage of missed free throws.
The Lady Badgers went ahead to stay with 3 seconds left. Nashville put up a shot from mid-court but missed, and Arkadelphia escaped with the conference win.
Nashville hit only 1 of 12 free throws for 8 percent at Arkadelphia, according to Coach Ron Alexander. For the season, they’re 99 of 231 for 43 percent.
Kassidy Snowden led the Scrapperettes with 9 points against Arkadlephia. Shayla Wright was next with 7, followed by KeeKee Richardson with 6, Breonna Jefferson with 3 and Timaya Stewart and Bailey Walls with 2 each.
Jefferson made the Scrapperettes’ lone free throw.
The conference loss to Arkadelphia followed the Scrapperettes’ near-upset of Central Arkansas Christian Jan. 7. The Lady Mustangs are the state’s second-ranked team in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s Class 4A poll.
The Scrapperettes shut out CAC 8-0 in the first quarter and led 16-10 at halftime before finally falling to the Lady Mustangs 35-30.
“Our defense played really well. We were in their face and showed a lot of intensity against CAC,” Alexander said. “We challenged almost every shot and shut down their transition.”
Snowden led the Scrapperettes with 18 points. Jefferson and Stewart had 4 each, followed by Wright and Latrice Wiley with 2 each.
Last week’s conference losses left the Scrapperettes at 1-3 in District 7-4A. “We put ourselves in a position to win every game,” Alexander said. “If we made less mistakes and made more free throws, we’d be 4-0 now. Instead, we’re tied for eighth in the conference. We’re 8-10 points out of first place.”
The Scrapperettes traveled to Ashdown Tuesday night. They will host top-ranked Malvern Friday at 6 p.m. at Scrapper Arena.
“We’re going to keep going and keep giving ourselves a chance to win. The free throws will fall eventually,” Alexander said.
Tournament
Foreman defeated the Scrapperettes 40-31 Saturday afternoon in semifinals of the Cossatot River Senior Tournament.
“That was the most lethargic we’ve played all year,” Alexander said of the team’s performance. Overall, “It was a total lack of effort.”
Wright, Richardson and Stewart had 8 points each against the Lady Gators.
“Bailey Walls gave us some quality minutes. Kiki and Shayla got after it Saturday,” Alexander said.
“We’ve got to score more, knock the free throws down and rebound.”

 

Scrappers fall to CAC, Arkadelphia

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
The Scrappers fell to Central Arkansas Christian and Arkadelphia in District 7-4A games last week.
Nashville and CAC were tied at 18-18 after the first half, but the Mustangs outscored the Scrappers 21-16 in the second half to take the win.
Arkadelphia led throughout the contest and won 73-37.
“We didn’t fare too well,” Coach Damon Williams said of last week’s games. “Against CAC, the defensive effort was there, but we struggled to score. We didn’t shoot well.”
In the Arkadelphia game, “Defensive intensity was a little lacking from the start. We’ve got to play better defense” in tough situations.
The Scrappers’ leading scorers in the CAC game were Brandon Shamrock and Cameron Alexander with 11 points each, followed by LaMichael Pettway with 7, Jamie Newton and Kevin Brazil with 2 each and Shavonte Norvell with 1.

Alexander was the leading scorer against Arkadelphia with 11, followed by Shamrock with 9 and Pettway with 6. Winland Ogden scored 4, Norvell had 3 and Corey Cooper and Newton added 2 each.

The Badgers turned in a stellar shooting performance, including nine 3-point shots.

Williams said the Scrappers must “take care of the ball. We had 30 turnovers against Arkadelphia. We need to cut that in half, at least.”

Despite the losses, “I’m still excited. There’s a lot of ability on this team. They’re buying in to what we’re doing. The key is playing hard. Our intensity level has dropped a little. That’s not acceptable,” Williams said.

“I thought we had turned the corner earlier. Now we’re in a big slide.”

The Scrappers played Ashdown Tuesday night and will host Malvern Friday in 7-4A games.

Nashville vs. Ashdown

Junior Scrapperettes win over Prescott

The junior Scrapperettes defeated Prescott 40-15 Jan. 6.
Asia Munn was the leading scorer for Nashville with 13 points, followed by Hannah White with 12, Kasey Hinds with 6, Kendall Kirchhoff with 4, Kaylea Carver and Bailey Denton with 2 each, and Allison Reeder with 1.
Nashville led 24-7 at halftime.
Kirchhoff led the team in rebounds with 7; Hinds had 6.
Munn recorded 4 steals, with 3 each for Kirchhoff and White.

Scrappers drop two in Dual State Tournament

JUNCTION CITY – The Scrappers led at halftime but fell in two games last week at the Dual State Tournament in Junction City.
Nashville led Camden Harmony Grove and Crossett at the half before losing both games.
“We played well at times, but we couldn’t finish,” Coach Damon Williams said. “We forgot how to rebound in the second half in both of them.
Harmony Grove took a narrow 65-62 victory over the Scrappers in the opening game Dec. 31, and Crossett won by nine, 52-43, on Jan. 2.
“We gave up 36 points in the second half against Harmony Grove, and we gave up 36 in the second half against Crossett,” Williams said.
Brandon Shamrock led the Scrappers in scoring against Harmony Grove with 28 points, followed by Cameron Alexander with 23.
Alexander made a 3-point shot against the Hornets; Shamrock made 3 from 3-point range.
In the Crossett game, LaMichael Pettway was the leading scorer with 14 points; Alexander had 13 and Shamrock had 12
The Scrappers led the Eagles 29-16 at halftime but were outscored 36-14 in the second half.
“Against Crossett in the first half, we played as well as we have all season. In the second half, we didn’t,” Williams said.  “Crossett didn’t make any huge adjustments in the second half.”
The Eagles had 22 offensive rebounds for the game, while the Scrappers had 23 rebounds total, including offensive and defensive.
Jalen Hudson had 33 points for Crossett.
The Eagles “shot till they made it,” Williams said.
“It was a great tournament,” according to Williams. “We saw some tremendous teams. It was a good test for us.”

Nashville basketball continues with tournaments

The Scrappers and Scrapperettes will participate in tournaments this week and next.
The Scrappers are competing in the Dual State Tournament at Junction City. They played Camden Harmony Grove Tuesday after the Leader went to press. The tournament continues through the week, with the finals set for Saturday, Jan. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Other teams include Crossett, Bearden, Junction City, Norphlet, Lafayette County, Gurdon and Emerson.
The Scrapperettes will play in the Cossatot River Senior Tournament starting Monday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m They will play the winner of a Jan. 4 game between Cossatot River and Horatio. The finals are set for Saturday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m.
Other teams include De Queen, Umpire, Mt. Ida, Oden, Acorn, Dierks, Caddo Hills and Foreman.
Conference play will resume Tuesday, Jan. 7 when both teams host Central Arkansas Christian. They will travel to Arkadelphia Friday, Jan. 10.

NHS cheerleaders reflect on Class 4A crown

STATE CHAMPIONS. The Scrapper cheerleaders display their trophy and banner after winning the state Class 4A championship Dec. 21 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.

By Jana Copeland
Leader staff
“Unlike football, basketball, softball, and really all other sports, we have no way of scouting our competition. We have to just be prepared to bring our best and hope that the other squads can’t match us! We had 2 1/2 minutes to prove we were the best- and we did just that!” said Susan Renfrow, Nashville cheer coach, after winning the state Class 4A championship Dec. 21. “There are so many factors that go into winning a state championship in cheering now. In 2008, AAA changed the score sheet completely. Before that scoring used to be about perfection of motions, jumps, stunts and dance. Now it’s all that but even more about crowd performance and tricky stunts.”
After the squad learned the routine in August, Renfrow was “determined to incorporate as much as possible into our Friday night band dances to help the girls get used to the new skills in front of a crowd as well as having that as good practice. One of the stunts that we did every Friday that was also in competition was a full up to an extension. To my knowledge out of 70 squads that performed at state, we were one of four that performed that skill all day, and I guess it paid off.
“While I am the girls’ biggest critic, I am also their biggest fan. While we had good jumps, tumbling, motions, and stunts, I knew to win a state championship we had to perfect all of those skills to compete with the best,” Renfrow said.
Every year the same five or six squads seem to make up the top half at state, but no one dominates every year. “While we have always been in the top, third place is the best we had placed. This year I knew we had a pretty good shot at winning because of the talent we had along with a great group of seniors to lead us. This was also the first year since I have been coaching that we had no night practice sessions leading up to state because the girls were so ready,” Renfrow said.
“The day of state we didn’t even warm up the whole routine; they knew where to be and what to do. Instead we ran through the stunts and pyramid; they warmed up their tumbling, and we were ready to go. I could feel the excitement they had right before they performed. They were so ready to get out this routine out there and into the judges’ hands. With the exception of one stunt being a little shaky, the girls performed beautifully,“ Renfrow said. “I tried not to get too excited and set myself up for disappointment because Valley View had already performed a great routine and then we watched Pottsville perform a good routine as well.”
Finally, after a 2 1/2 hour wait while all the other squads performed, the time came to find out who won. The announcer said the 4A runner-up was Valley View, but “I still wasn’t sure that we had won,” Renfrow said. “It doesn’t take but one major deduction that we might not even know we made to knock our score down really fast. Then they called Nashville as the 4A state champions! I’m pretty sure my mouth just dropped and I grabbed my face. I was so proud and excited for the girls and their parents. As happy as I am that it’s over and we won, I am already thinking about next year and how we can start getting ready.”
Afterward, the girls were excited about their title.
Kaden Peebles said, “I was very excited to perform and compete at state. We had been preparing for months and in the end it was worth it. We each did our part and worked together as a team. I love each of the girls like sisters. It was a great experience and I’m very proud of my team!’
Brittany Backus said, “During the competition it was a lot of fun because we were doing what we love to do for the last time of the season. When we won it was a huge dream; it was awesome that we had put so much effort into it and it had really paid off!”
Sadie Prejean was “very overwhelmed. Also I was extremely happy not just for me but also for my teammates and Mrs. Renfrow. I was excited about winning and getting rings!”
Alexus White said, “All I could think about during the competition was giving 110%! We had to give it our all and amaze the crowd and judges! After we won, all I could think was we just proved to people that Scrappers are the best!”
Taylor Spigner said was “more nervous waiting to hear the results than I was performing. I was squeezing Kailee Stinnett’s hand so hard, and they announced we won and I jumped and screamed and cried, I had never been so happy! I was so excited I didn’t even hear any more results after that! It was an amazing experience, one I will never forget!”
Stinnett was “unbelievably happy that we won. I couldn’t believe they actually called our name. I still smile and can’t contain my excitement every time I think about it!
Brooke Bowden said, “I was very excited for our squad. It was a goal we all wanted to achieve. Our hard work paid off and we enjoyed representing our Nashville Scrappers!”
Abby Herzog said she was really nervous before state, “But I was also confident because I knew we had all worked so hard and all we had to do was go out and do our best. I was so excited that we had won and the fact that I’m a senior and we hadn’t won in the past two years made it that much more special!”
Emily Herzog said, “It was great to see how happy all of my squad members were. We all wanted it so badly, and it was so great to see the happiness of us accomplishing our dreams!”
Avery Kesterson was “really pumped for state and, I think we all just had a pretty good feeling about it. We had worked so hard for that day, for that last 2 minutes and 30 seconds.”
For Kathleen Lance, “Winning state in cheerleading is a goal I’ve wanted to accomplish ever since my first year competing. At state it’s different than any other sport. In cheer you go out on the mats in front of the judges and you have 2 minutes and 30 seconds to either win state or come home with nothing! The day we won was so nerve racking and then so exciting after we found out we won!”
Jana Copeland said, “We worked so hard all year long to prove to a panel of judges that we deserved to win. I was so happy when I heard Nashville called as the state champions in 4A. My head was spinning after we were handed the trophy and I literally almost fell down because I was so excited. I am so thankful for my teammates, coach, and family for believing in us and helping us achieve our ultimate goal of winning state my senior year. I am incredibly grateful to God for allowing my teammates and me to showcase the abilities he has given us.”

Scrapperettes take sixth straight tournament title

By John R. Schirmer
Leader staff
For the sixth straight year, the Nashville Scrapperettes are the champions of the Nashville Bankers Holiday Classic.
The Scrapperettes defeated Genoa Central 44-36 Saturday night in the finals of the 20th annual tournament, the first to be played in Scrapper Arena.
On the boys side, the Scrappers recorded their first loss of the season as they fell to Blevins 50-39 in the championship game.
The tournament began Monday, Dec. 16 and included Nashville, Genoa, Blevins, Murfreesboro, Mineral Springs and Horatio.
Scrapperette Coach Ron Alexander said his squad needed to control the outside shooting of Genoa’s Bailey Everett in order to win. Everett scored 32 points in the semifinals against Horatio Dec. 18, including 27 points on 9 shots from 3-point range.
“We tried to have our hands in her face and not let her beat us,” Alexander said. “We had to know where she was on the court.”
The Scrapperettes (10-3) held Everett to 5 points and only 1 successful 3-point shot.
Kassidy Snowden was the leading scorer for the Scrapperettes with 22 points, followed by Breonna Jefferson with 7, Shayla Wright and Maddi Horton with 5 each, Iesha Neal and Bailey Walls with 2 each, and Timaya Sanders with 1.
The Scrapperettes advanced to the finals by defeating Murfreesboro 55-20 in the opening round and Mineral Springs 34-14 in the semifinals.
Seniors who won the title all three years of their high school careers include Shayla Wright, Kassidy Snowden, Lacie Grace, Iesha Neal, Breonna Jefferson and managers Cynthia Herrera and Clarissa Brizo.
The crowd estimated at 1,500 came in slowly at first but grew steadly throughout the night.
“We had a good tournament and good competition. We had great crowds all three nights, especially tonight [Saturday],” Alexander said.
The crowd of 1,500 at Scrapper Arena compares to 500 in attendance for the championship game last year at the old Scrapper Gym.
In the boys game, the Scrappers (6-1) trailed 9-8 after the first quarter but fell behind 22-17 at halftime. Blevins rolled up 23 points in the third quarter to put the game away.
“In the first half, we were staying in control and kept our composure,” Coach Damon Williams said. “We lost our composure a little at the end of the first half. In the third quarter, it went from bad to worse. We have to take care of the ball when teams press and keep our composure and get the ball up the floor. I don’t like this feeling.”
The game was a battle of unbeatens, as Nashville entered 6-0 and Blevins was 20-0.
“Blevins is a great team. They’re 21-0 now. I knew they would be the best team we’ve seen to date,” Williams said.
Cameron Alexander led the Scrappers with 17 points, followed by Brandon Shamrock with 10 and LaMichael Pettway, Corey Cooper and Jamie Newton with 4 each.
Robinson
In addition to a busy tournament schedule last week, the Nashville teams also traveled to Little Rock Friday night to play District 7-4A opponent Pulaski Robinson.
The Scrappers defeated Robinson 59-55 behind 24 points from Shamrock and 15 from Alexander.
Nashville is 2-0 in conference play and is in first place.
“We were picked dead last in the district,” Williams said.
Against Robinson, the Scrappers trailed by 8 points but “kept our composure and kept battling” to win by 4.
The Scrapperettes and Robinson went to overtime before the Lady Senators won 47-41.
“We were down 15 in the first half,” Alexander said. “We settled down in the third quarter and had a 3-point lead late before we handed it to them.”
Snowden was the leading scorer for the Scrapperettes with 17 points. Wright and Sanders had 9 each. Horton added 3, with 2 from Jefferson and 1 from Neal.
Nashville is 1-1 in District 7-4A following the loss.
Tournaments
The Scrappers will compete in the Dual State Tournament next week at Junction City.
Nashville will play Camden Harmony Grove Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 3:40 p.m. in the opening game. The tournament continues through the week, with the finals set for Saturday, Jan. 4, at 7:30 p.m.Other teams include Crossett, Bearden, Junction City, Norphlet, Lafayette County, Gurdon and Emerson.
The Scrapperettes will play in the Cossatot River Senior Tournament starting Monday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m They will play the winner of a Jan. 4 game between Cossatot River and Horatio. The finals are set for Saturday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m.
Other teams include De Queen, Umpire, Mt. Ida, Oden, Acorn, Dierks, Caddo Hills and Foreman.
Conference play will resume Tuesday, Jan. 7 when both teams host Central Arkansas Christian. They will travel to Arkadelphia Friday, Jan. 10.

29 show up for Scrapper hitting clinic

The Scrapper baseball program recently hosted the 2013 Winter Hitting Clinic at the Scrapper Dome.
Twenty-nine players ages 7-13 participated.
The following awards were presented at the end of the clinic, including the following:
King of the Jungle Champions – Tyler Brown and Austin Hanson.
King of the Jungle Runners-up – Garrett Williard and Jaydon Marlan.
Home Run Derby Champions – Jaydon Hostetler and McKay Smith.
Runners-up – Austin Hanson and Peyton Hill.
Clinic participants included Slade Slayton, Ethan Gunner, Turner Futrell, Ryan Brown, Tyler Brown, Karsen Chambers, Aiden Smith, Kaleb Halter, Hayden Gray, Riley Dodd, Andrew Peebles, Jaydon Hostetler, Will Pope, Colton Patterson, Cam Lane, Aaron Lott, Aiden Chapman, Chandler Chapman, Austin Hanson, Ty Gordon, McKay Smith, Peyton Hill, Carter Mounts, Bret Jones, Kason Williard, Zach Backus, Garrett Williard, Jaydon Morlan and Nick Garcia.
Instructors included Coach Kyle Slayton, Michael Milum, Alan Copeland, Matt Smith, Lane Chism, Ray Rogers and Preston Pope.

Nashville High School cheerleaders win Class 4A title

CHEERLEADERS WIN STATE. The Scrapper cheerleaders won the Class 4A state championship Saturday afternoon at Hot Springs. They were recognized later during the 20th Annual Nashville Bankers Holiday Classic at Scrapper Arena. The squad includes (front row) Avery Kesterson, Rachel Dawson, Jayla Jacques, Jana Copeland, Kailee Stinnett, Sadie Prejean and Jennifer Gamble; (back row) Taylor Spigner, Alexus White, Brooke Bowden, Brittany Backus, Kaden Peebles and Kathleen Lance. (Not pictured: Abby Herzog and Emily Herzog.) Susan Renfrow is the coach.

HOT SPRINGS – The Scrapper cheerleaders won the Class 4A state championship Saturday afternoon at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
Valley View finished second in the competition.
Nashville entered state coming off a first place finish in the Class 4A division at a contest held at Ouachita Baptist University Dec. 11.
After the results were announced, the cheerleaders returned to Nashville for the final game of the Nashville Bankers Holiday Classic between the Scrappers and Blevins. They were recognized at halftime and displayed their championship trophy for the crowd.
The Scrapper squad last won state in 2008.
Susan Renfrow is the NHS cheerleading coach.
The squad includes seniors Abby Herzog, Avery Kesterson, Jana Copeland, Jayla Jacques, Jennifer Gamble, Kathleen Lance and Emily Herzog; juniors Rachel Dawson, Brooke Bowden, Taylor Spigner and Kailee Stinnett; and sophomores Alexus White, Brittany Backus, Kaden Peebles and Sadie Prejean.

Nashville cheer squads win divisions at OBU contest

FIRST PLACE. NHS cheerleaders display the trophy after winning their division Dec. 11 in competition at Ouachita Baptist University. They also received the Terrific Tumbling Award and the Cheer Pumping Crowd Award. They will compete for the state Class 4A cheerleading title Saturday in Hot Springs.

By Jana Copeland
Leader staff
ARKADELPHIA – The Nashville Junior and Senior High cheerleading squads won their divisions during competition last week at Ouachita Baptist University.
They were set to compete in the B^2 Cheer and Dance competition on Saturday, Dec. 7. However, because of the bad weather, the competition was rescheduled to Wednesday, Dec. 11.
The junior high squad received an average score of 89.2. They won the First Session 4A-5A Junior Division with this score. In addition to winning first in their division, the NJHS cheerleading squad also received the most creative dance award.
The sigh school squad was awarded first place in the Second Session 4A Senior All Girl Division with the average score of 92.8. The squad also received the Terrific Tumbling Award and the Cheer Pumping Crowd Award.
The score sheets for both high school and junior high school competitions were the same. There were several categories that went into judging the cheer competition.
Crowd leading is worth 15 points, as well as incorporations. The overall cheer impression is given a maximum score of 5 points.
The stunts are worth 15 points, and the pyramids and tumbling are both worth 10 points. The dance, jumps, and motions portions of the routine have a maximum score of 5 points.
Choreography, formations/ transitions and performance are worth 5 points each.
Each squad is judged by three judges and then the combined total points earned from the three judges, and this total is divided by the number of judges.
The high school squad will compete for the Class 4A state title this Saturday, Dec. 21, in the Hot Springs Convention Center. They are scheduled to perform at 1:32 p.m.
Fans are invited to support them and cheer them on at state.

Nashville junior girls defeat Mineral Springs

The Junior Scrapperettes defeated Mineral Springs 43-24 Dec. 12 in their final game before the Christmas break.
The Scrapperettes led 21-15 at halftime and outscored the Lady Hornets 22-9 in the second half to seal the win.
Asia Munn led Nashville with 12 points, followed by Hannah White with 6, Kendall Kirchhoff and Kasey Hinds with 5 each, Anna Kesterson with 4, and Alyssa Harrison, Madi Miller, Tori Erwin and Kaylea Carver with 2 points each.
Kirchhoff was the leading rebounder with 10.