Tiger to be – Ashley Davis signs a letter of intent to play softball at Ouachita Baptist University. Pictured are: (front) brother Jeffery, father Alan, mother Stephanie Davis; (back) De Queen AD Bob Sykes, head softball coach Tracy Nealy, assistant coach Leslie Simmons and head basketball coach Jason Barker. Davis is the granddaughter of Doug and Louise Hill of Lockesburg and Donnie and Pam Davis of Dierks.
Nov 21, 2013, 11:16
Cubs open basketball season with wins over Nashville By Doug Dunson
Coming down – Maurice Moore claims a rebound for the Cubs.
Basketball season opened at De Queen with a pair of junior high wins over Nashville. One was close; one was not.
The boys game was in doubt to the final minute before the Cubs escaped with a 28-25 win.
Nashville started fast and led 7-2 at the end of the opening quarter, but added only four more points in the second half.
Kaden Tollett hit three free throws and Drew Dykes bagged a trey as De Queen rallied in the second to lead 12-11 at the break.
After the third period ended at 16-16, the Cubs scored the first four points of the fourth off Nashville misses. Brady Winship put back a tip in on a fast break for the first bucket, then scored on a long pass from Tollett for the second.
Nashville broke its draught with a free throw by Bowman. Bowman's second shot missed, but Spencer put back the rebound to cut the De Queen lead to 20-19 with 4:03 to play.
With 1:50 left, Lucas Tinajero hit his only basket of the game, a trey that put the Cubs up by four.
Nashville's Jamison hit the visitor's lone three of the night with :50 remaining to cut the gap to 23-22.
Dykes made a free throw for De Queen, but Bowman made one for Nashville.
With 24 seconds left, Spencer's basket put Nashville ahead 25-24. Winship hit a 12 footer with 12 seconds left to put the Cubs back on top 26-25.
After Bowman missed a free throw with :04 showing, Braxton Watkins made two from the foul line for De Queen.
Winship was the only player in double figures with 10 points.
The Cubs made eight of 12 free throws and committed 11 fouls.
Nashville hit four of seven and had 13 fouls.
Close range – Hanna Murry takes a shot against Nashville.
In contrast to the boys game, the girls contest had little suspense at all.
Megan Martz hit four threes, three in the first half, to spark De Queen to a 34-13 decision.
De Queen took an 8-4 lead in the first quarter on a trey by Martz, a two by Makayla Jackson and three free throws by Hanna Murry. By the half the lead was up to 19-6. Each team added eight points in the third quarter.
To read the complete article, please see the Nov. 21 edition of The De Queen Bee. Nov 21, 2013, 11:10
De Queen juniors down Horatio By Doug Dunson
HORATIO -- Visiting De Queen won both games against Horatio in junior high basketball action Nov. 18.
Pass in progress – Alex Martin of Horatio sends the ball to a fellow Lion in the Nov. 18 game with De Queen.
The De Queen girls took a 15 point lead in the opening quarter and won 42-8.
In the first Megan Martz scored eight points including three of four free throws, a three and a two.
Miriam Rodriquez hit a basket and a free throw.
Makayla Jackson, Hanna Murry and Sidney Sneed each added a field goal. The quarter score was 17-2 with Horatio's points coming from Josie Vaught.
Martz added four points and Sneed hit a trey in the second quarter as De Queen's lead grew to 27-2 by the half.
Big bounce – Horatio’s Laney Baker attempts to control a free ball in the Lions’ game with De Queen.
Jackson had a trey to score five points and Carrie Carver four in the third. Horatio got single baskets from Laney Baker, Mary Grace McKee and Vaught.
The period ended with the count at 38-8.
Martz led the scoring with a dozen points. Jackson had nine, Sneed seven, Murry four, Carver four, Cabelleros two and Addy Stewart two.
De Queen was charged with four fouls and sank eight of 11 from the line.
Vaught scored four and McKee and Baker two each for Horatio who had six fouls and no free throw attempts.
The boys final was 50-25.
In the first quarter Braxton Watkins scored six points and Hunter Earney five. Kaden Tollett hit three of four free throws as De Queen took a quick 17-4 lead. Horatio was limited to single baskets by Gustavo Perez and Zach Izzo.
Brady Winship had eight of the Cubs' dozen points in the second. Drew Hendrix and Reece Black scored three each for Horatio. De Queen was up 29-12 at the half.
The lead was up to 39-20 at the end of the third.
To read the complete article, please see the Nov. 21 edition of The De Queen Bee. Nov 21, 2013, 10:59
Lady Leopard golfers third, boys fifth at 5A South match By Doug Dunson
The De Queen girls golf team finished third and the boys team fifth in the 5A South golf tournament at Hope Country Club Sept. 24.
Lakeside won the girls match with a total of 253. White Hall was second at 286. The Lady Leopards finished at 306. The third place qualified the De Queen team for the 5A state tournament at Hot Springs.
Mallory Miller had the best round for De Queen, finishing at 98. Katherine Clay followed with 103. Randee Toye shot 105. Megan Shelly recorded 122.
The girls medalist was Lakeside's Kirsten Garner with a 77.
Lakeside also won the boys match with a score of 316. White Hall was second with 342. In a close finish for third place, Magnolia had 358, Watson Chapel 361 and De Queen 366.
Jacob Rogers and Tanner Lipsey each shot 88 for the Leopards. Michael Monroy and Jeffery Davis each finished at 95. Jordan Bingham carded 101.
Rogers and Tanner qualified for the 5A boys tournament at Pine Bluff.
The boys medalist was Lakeside's Cameron McRae with a 71.
Oct 3, 2013, 11:53
Bobcats overpower Leopards By Doug Dunson
The Bobcats struck early and never let the Leopards get into the game. Hope downed De Queen 35-7 in the 5A South conference opener Sept. 27.
The first possession of the contest ended with a blocked De Queen punt that gave the home team the ball at the Leopard 12. On first down Javon Westmoreland scored the first of his four touchdowns.
Two plays after another Leopard three and out possession, Westmoreland scored on an 11 yard run.
Early in the second quarter Westmoreland returned an interception from midfield to the DHS five, then scored on the following play.
"This is my 16th year doing football. He's one of the best I've seen in a long, long time," said De Queen Head Coach Justin Kramer. The elusive Westmoreland gave Hope big play potential the Leopards could not match, but the resurgent Bobcats had a decided speed advantage that thwarted De Queen's efforts.
"We didn't play very well. I'll take responsibility for that," Kramer said. "We tried to do some things offensively we were not quite ready to do."
With the Bobcats showing a strong pass rush in their previous games, Kramer was worried about having time for downfield passes. To counter that, the Leopards tried quick throws with little success and frequent false start penalties.
Staying upright – De Queen’s Brady Hanney shakes off a would be tackler on his way to a 22 yard run.
To make matters worse, starting tackle Wyatt Johnson turned an ankle the day before the game, forcing the Leopards to work with an improvised offensive line.
After the second Hope touchdown, De Queen showed some offensive spark. Jake Arndt threw to Cal O'Connor for a seven yard gain.
However in what would become a frequent occurrance, the Leopards drew a flag. Instead of second and three, it was first and 18. Three plays later De Queen punted again.
The following Hope possesion ended with a Bobcat punt after Emmanuel Escobedo and Blake Lowrey stopped the runner short on third and five.
After the Bobcats scored on their first two possessions, the Leopards kept them out of the end zone the remainder of the first quarter. The second was a different story.
To read the complete article, please see the Oct. 3 edition of The De Queen Bee. Oct 3, 2013, 11:49
Lions fall to Gators By Amanda McAlister
Into the teeth of the gator defense – Dalton Wilkerson carries the ball for Horatio. (photo by Raylene Young)
The Horatio Lions came up short against the Two Rivers Gators by a score of 25-12 Sept. 27 at the Horatio homecoming game.
The Lions fell behind after the Gators gained a 13 point lead early in the first quarter. The deficit proved an obstacle the Lions could not overcome.
After losses of yardage on the Lions first possession of the game, a fumbled snap on the punt attempt recovered by Two Rivers gave the Gators their first touchdown of the evening. Colby Whitlow recovered the fumble and ran the ball in for the touchdown, then Adam Bernath added the extra point to the board.
Kenneth Smith ran in the next touchdown for the Gators. The extra point kick attempt by Bernath was no good, making the score 13-0 with 6:19 left in the first quarter.
The Lions held off the Gators on the next possession. Dalton Davis covered the pass plays, while Hunter Lansdell made a stop on the running play. Lansdell, Dante Jones, and Jimmy Starwalt made a big play for the Lions bringing up a loss of four yards on the play, making it third and 12. Caleb Ward defended the pass play, and the Gators opted to punt.
The Lions received the ball at their own 17. A pass from Ward to Treyce Young picked up six yards for the Lions. A handoff to Wilkerson picked up another 2 yards. Another pass play to Young added four yards for the Lions, followed by a pass to Starwalt picking up two yards.
A pass from Ward to Izzo got the Lions another first down and placed the Lions at the 50. Wilkerson picked up 24 yards on a running play. Young and Starwalt gained more yardage for the Lions before an interception was thrown by the Lions. Morgan Yates intercepted the pass intended for Cody Harris and continued to run it back for a 95 yard touchdown, placing the Gators up 19-0.
To read the complete article, please see the Oct. 3 edition of The De Queen Bee. Oct 3, 2013, 11:44
Leopard CC teams second in Texas MT. Pleasant, Tex. -- Both De Queen senior teams took second place in the Titus County Fair Cross Country Invitational at Mount Pleasant, Tex., Sept. 28.
Seventeen teams were entered in the senior boys varsity division. Texarkana's Pleasant Grove finished with 49 points to De Queen's 60. Atlanta was third with 94 while everyone else in the field had totals over 100.
The first Leopard across the finish line of the 5K course was Ricardo Martinez who placed eighth in 17:07.
Edgar Zamora took ninth in 17:17 and Diego Martinez 10th in 17:27.
Scott Maya finished 14th in a time of 17:47.
Michael Lorma was 19th with 18:00.
Luis Gonzalez placed 23rd in 18:20 and Jonathan Mosso 40th in 19:08.
In the 15 team senior girls varsity division Paris was first with 52 points. De Queen nipped Trinity of Texarkana 99 to 100 for second place with the remainder of the field far back.
De Queen's Suri Dominguez clocked 14:03 over the two-mile course to finish 10th.
Erin Mitchell was one second and two places back, 12th in 14:04.
Martha Mosqueda finished 23rd in 14:43 with Abby Angeles 25th in 14:46 and Seleni Rojas 29th in 14:59.
Tatiana Avila placed 32nd with a 15:03 clocking and Savanah Nickerson 35th with 15:07.
Junior Varsity Girls
Longview Pine Tree took the eight team junior varsity girls competition with 22 points. De Queen was second with 59 and Bland third with 90.
Miriam Dominguez was De Queen' first finisher with a time of 15:21 over the 2-mile course to finish fourth.
Nallely Moreno placed 11th with 16:00. Johana Martinez was 13th in 16:10, Stephanie Zavala 15th in 16:19 and Erika Zamora 16th in 16:22.
Brenda Mera placed 22nd in 16:32 and Evely Escamilla 25th with 17:04.
Julia Cortez ran 17:35 for 49th. Jennifer Chavez was 53rd, 17:40; Kimberly Cordero 54th, 17:49; Ana Martinez 55th, 17:50; and Carmen Rafael 58th in 17:56.
Amy Victorio placed 62nd in 18:04, Gaby Nieto 64th in 18:12, Hannia Martinez 66th in 18:13, Dianne Alfaro 68th in 18:23 and Brency Ramirez 69th in 18:30.
Brisiela Huesca finished 70th with 18:34, Mayra Cristobal 71st with 18:35, Esmarelda Verdin 73rd with 18:40, Savanna Hill 84th with 19:28 and Rachel Camarillo 100th with 22:14.