De Queen Area Sports


Leopards have up and down scrimmage
Kirkland Williams, 40, Josh King, 25, and Martin Rios, 52, bury a Mineral Springs runner in the senior high scrimmage.


It was an up and down day for the Leopards.

De Queen had some high points but also had some low ones during their Monday scrimmages at Hornet Stadium with Mineral Springs and Centerpoint.

The Leopards got off to a slow start. Mineral Springs scored twice off turnovers before the De Queen offensive unit began to mesh.

The Leopards began to move the ball on deeper patterns. The first long completion came when Habram Martinez caught the ball over a defender for a first down in Hornet territory.

After an incompletion on first down Hanney threw to Kobi Whitmore who out jumped the defense for a catch at the 15 then shed a tackler to score.

To read the complete article, please see the Aug. 28 edition of The De Queen Bee.

Aug 28, 2014, 11:05


Early errors haunt Cubs
Devin Stephens, 44, and Layne Woods, 87, trap the Nashville quarterback in the junior high scrimmage.


A couple of early mistakes put the De Queen junior high team in a hole it could not escape.

The Cubs dropped their scrimmage with Nashville by a count of 32-14.

De Queen's scoring came on a 15 yard run by Hunter Earney and a 60 pass interception return by Layne Woods.

To read the complete article, please see the Aug. 28 edition of The De Queen Bee.


Aug 28, 2014, 10:55


Leopards eager to scrimmage
Coach Justin Kramer has a list of questions. He hopes to get answers when the Leopards scrimmage.

De Queen will visit Mineral Springs and scrimmage the Hornets as well as Centerpoint next Monday.

"We'll find out a lot, answer some questions as far as depth goes," the coach said.
The trip to Mineral Springs is new for the Leopards. Previously De Queen travelled north of Hot Springs to scrimmage at Fountain Lake. That ended when Fountain Lake decided not to come to De Queen.

As far Monday's exercise in Howard County, Kramer said the Leopards will stick with the basics. He explained that the team has been exposed to a large percentage of the playbooks, but he wants to be certain the Leopards are well grounded in the basics before putting more on the plate.

"It's a mistake I made last year, trying to go too fast," he said. "I didn't let them get a good grasp of the core concepts."

Kramer described the Leopards' progress in practice as "slow and steady" with a good work ethic.

To read the complete article, please see the Aug. 21 edition of The De Queen Bee.

Aug 21, 2014, 10:33


Cubs have unusual depth
Coach Stephen Sloans explains a point to the Cubs offense.


If there really is strength in numbers, De Queen's junior high football should be in good shape. The Cubs have sufficient depth that few of them will play both offense and defense. Those that do will more than likely be rotating at one of the positions.

Stephen Sloan, now in his second decade as Cubs head coach, said the Cubs are good group with several starters back from last season on both offense and defense.

With less than a week remaining, a Cub line up has been penciled in for before the Aug. 26 scrimmage against Nashville.

To read the complete article, please see the Aug. 21 edition of The De Queen Bee.

Aug 21, 2014, 10:24


Leopards have good opening day
De Queen head coach Justin Kramer was smiling on the second day of football camp.

"For first day, we're a lot further along that we were at this point last year," he said. "We are not where we need to be, but we are getting better."

A few players missed the opening day of drills with summer baseball and other commitments. "We were missing about 10, but we know where they are," the coach explained.

"Our main thing is making sure we're fundamentally sound at each position," he said of the pre-pad workouts. The Leopards will spend a great deal of time working on footwork and timing.

Kramer said there will be a lot of teaching, meetings, and film work. If all goes well, "When we get to pads, we're ready to go," Kramer said.

To read the complete article, please see the August 7 edition of The De Queen Bee.

Aug 7, 2014, 12:50


Ashdown grad joins HHS staff
HHS Coach Michael Smith


Michael Smith is the newest addition to the Horatio football staff.

Moving to Horatio is almost a homecoming for the Arkansas Tech graduate. He was a member of the class of 2005 at Ashdown High School. The Ashdown defensive coordinator during Smith's high school years was Mark King, now Horatio's head coach.

To read the complete article, please see the August 7 edition of The De Queen Bee.

Aug 7, 2014, 12:44


Coach Baker returns to Ashdown
Coach Joe Baker has resigned at De Queen to return to Ashdown.

Baker, the head boys track coach and the defensive co-ordinator for the Leopard football, has been at DHS since 2008.

He coached the track team to a sweep in 2009. The Leopards won the state indoor meet, the 7AAAA conference meet and the class AAAA state outdoor meet.

To read the complete article, please see the July 31 edition of The De Queen Bee.

Jul 31, 2014, 11:08


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