Wednesday, January 18, 2017

OBITUARIES >> 1-18-17


Ralph P. “Pops” Pridmore Jr., 69, of Jacksonville, lost his long and courageous battle with cancer and went to be with his Lord on Jan. 15. Ralph was born on Sept. 16, 1947, to the late Ralph P. Pridmore Sr. and Lula Petty Pridmore.

He graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1965. He attended UCA at Conway for one year before joining the U.S. Air Force, where he served his country as an aircraft mechanic. His tours of duty were in the Philippines, Vietnam and North Dakota.

Upon returning home he went to work in 1972 for Missouri Pacific Railroad, later bought by Union Pacific Railroad. Ralph worked as a mechanic for several years before being promoted to the position of superintendent of maintenance of Way of Work Equipment. He worked for the railroad for 32 years before retiring in 2004 to be with his family.

“Pops,” as everyone called him, loved baseball and bowling. He coached his son’s baseball team for three years in the Jacksonville Youth Baseball Program. Ralph began bowling at the age of 14 at Hilltop Lanes in Jacksonville. He served on many leagues and bowled many tournaments and made many friends. He served on the Central Arkansas USBC Bowling Association as a director, and four years as president. He was inducted into the CABA Hall of fame on May 3, 2003, and in the Arkansas State USBC Bowling Association Hall of Fame on July 11, 2009.

Whether he was bowling or coaching others he was at home in the bowling center. He began to volunteer coaching high school bowling at Northeast High School. He became the Cabot High School volunteer coach in 2008, taking them to 12 conference championships and 10 state championships. Ralph taught bowling for ASU-Beebe for several years. This was his way of giving back, since the game of bowling had been good to him over the years. All the kids he coached, baseball and bowling were “his kids.” Pops always went out of his way to help others. He was well loved and admired and will be missed by his family.

Ralph cared deeply for his family but often quietly. He performed acts of kindness that no one knew of. He was a humble man and never forgot where he came from or who he belonged to.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 35 years, Dee Pridmore; his son, Christopher M. Malone; his daughter, Michelle L. Baugh; six grandchildren, Kayla, Justin, Jared, Hayleigh, Hunter Baugh, Christopher M. Malone Jr. (C.J.), and two great-grandchildren, Lucian and Scarlett.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Diane Wilder; her nurses, Julia, Emma, Missy; her lab staff, and Samantha and Kris, along with her wonderful chemo nurses at LRHO/Carti and Dr. S. Rammos and his staff.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home.

We will celebrate his life at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 at Moore’s Jacksonville Funeral Home, 501-982-2136. Interment will follow in Bayou Meto Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Carti Foundation.

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EVENTS >> 1-18-17


The Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District will hold registration for the next school year from Monday, Jan. 30 through Friday, Feb. 3.

Elementary students, kindergarteners through fifth graders, should register at their zoned schools from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. Jan. 30 and 31 and from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Feb. 1.

All students in grades 6-8 will register at Jacksonville Middle School at 718 Harris Road from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. Feb. 2 and from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 3.

High school students in grades 9-11 will register at Jacksonville High School at 2400 Linda Lane from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. Feb. 2 and from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 3.

The district’s Chief of Staff Phyllis Stewart said student information forms will be printed for current students. Parents will be asked to review the information and make any changes on the form or verify the information is correct.

A district-wide open house will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26.

Students new to JNPSD will have another opportunity to register 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 1.


The Miss Greater Jacksonville Scholarship Pageant and the Miss Greater Jacksonville’s Outstanding Teen Pageant will be held Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Jacksonville Community Center.

The pageants are preliminaries for the Miss Arkansas and Miss Arkansas Outstanding Teen Pageants to be held in Little Rock in June.

The deadline to enter is Friday, Feb. 17.

Participants must be residents, students or full-time employees in Faulkner, Grant, Lonoke, Jefferson, Perry, Pulaski or Saline counties for at least the last six months.

Miss contestants must be 17-24 years old. Entry forms are available online at

Outstanding Teen contestants must be at least 12-17 years old.Outstanding Teen entry forms are online at

The Miss Greater Jacksonville Junior Pageant will also be held on Feb. 25. Contestants will compete in beauty, with optional areas of competition in talent or photogenic.

Junior age groups are Baby Miss, 18 months and under; Toddler Miss, 19-35 months; Wee Miss, 3-4; Tiny Miss, 5-6; Little Miss, 7-9, and Petite Miss, 10-12. Entry forms for junior categories are available by contacting Sharon Boyd.

For more information, call Boyd at 501-982-3898 or email


First Baptist Church of Jacksonville will hold a community gospel hymn singing event from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday.

“Come and celebrate and sing the great hymns that laid the foundation of gospel music,” the announcement said.

Local musicians are also set to perform.

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. The church is a 401 N. First St.


The Cabot AARP chapter will hold a potluck supper at 6 p.m. Monday at the Cabot Senior Center, 600 N. Grant St. Mayor Bill Cypert will speak after a brief business meeting.


The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual banquet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the community center, 5 Municipal Drive.

Mike Preston, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, will speak.

Tickets are $45 for members and $55 for non-members.

The chamber is asking area businesses to contribute items for the banquet’s silent auction during. To enter something in the auction, or to make reservations for the banquet, call 501-982-1511 by Jan. 25.


Jacksonville First United Methodist Church offers free meals at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays in its Family Life Center. The meals are part of its Mission 5000 program. Call 501-982-8176 for more information.

Coats for the Community will hand out coats beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, 208 W. Main St., Jacksonville. Donations may also be dropped off at this time. Coat distribution will take place each Wednesday until none are left.


Weekly bridge games are held at 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Beebe United Methodist Church’s Shepherd’s Center, 302-A N. Main St. Beginners welcome.


Telescopes are now available to borrow from Central Arkansas Library System branches. The library system recently acquired 14 4.5 inch Orion StarBlast Newtonian telescopes, which can be checked out for two weeks.

CLASSIFIEDS >> 1-18-17


BUTLERVILLE FIRE Department board elections for the year 2017 will be held February 2nd at 7 pm at the fire department.

WANTED: EXPERIENCED bass player for Classic Rock Band, (501) 628-7195, Mark.


HARRELL LAWN Service, specializing in hedge trimming, flower beds, mowing and edging. (501) 259-1607.

FOR ALL of your carpentry and remodeling needs - metal roofs, decks, privacy fences, doors, windows, floor repairs and coverings. 25 years of experience. Call (501) 266-0410.

IF YOU’RE looking for a dependable housekeeper with 20+ years experience, for the Cabot to NLR areas, Call (501) 231-5966.

30% OFF $70 for 1 1/2 hour massage. LMT male outcall Therapy Appointments. Call (501) 605-2848, Monday to Friday 10 am to 11:30 am, Monday to Wednesday 6 pm to 9:30 pm, Sat. and Sunday 6 am-3 pm.


$350-$725 week, no experience, air quality testing, 10-15 openings. Must be 18 and have reliable transportation. Paid weekly. Call for interview, Mon.-Fri., 9 am-5 pm. (501) 605-1851.

CABOT SMALL office has an immediate opening for part-time clerical/administrative assistant position.  Duties include, but are not limited to: data entry, word processing, filing and answering phones.  Must be detail-oriented, proficient in typing, and skilled in editing and proof reading.  Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint experience is required.  To apply, email a resume to or mail to Horizons, P.O. Box 627, Cabot, AR 72023.

PROFESSIONAL BAKER - early morning shift, must be dependable, room for advancement. Apply in person at Dixie Donuts in Austin or pick up applications at Austin Academy front office. (501) 416-5159.

HANDYMAN WANTED: Gravel Ridge area, part-time, references required, must have own vehicle and clean driving record. Prefer retiree or veteran. (501) 993-8297.

COMPUTER SUPPORT - working with 17+ year old national sales company in Sherwood. Required: Office 2010 or later, PDF Reader, 3+ gigabyte drive space, client interaction. Hours flexible, work from home with fax, bonus/raise review in 90 days. Resume to or fax (501) 843-4339.

Farmworker, 3/10/17-12/31/17, Lake Creek Farms, Cooper, TX. 3 temp jobs. Drive trucks, tractors to perform crop raising duties. Field ready equip. Plant, harvest, cultivate. Operate, repair farm implements. 3 mo. exp., clean MVR, emplymnt ref., driver's license, English req’d.  $11.89/hr,   work guarantee, tools/equip/housing provided at no cost, trans. and subsistence exp. reimbursed. Apply at DWS, 501.982.3835.  Job #TX7166035.

HELP WANTED - hours 7-2 Monday-Friday, no experience needed, filling molds with hooks, sit down job, pay is piece work, not hourly. Call Scott (501) 772-5612.


DRIVERS!  Join Our Team! $5000 Sign on bonus. Drivers are home every weekend. Great benefits, paid holidays and miles. New equipment. Dry vans. Local family owned and operated. Must be 23 years of age and have a valid class A Commercial Drivers License. 2 years over the road experience is a must. With You for the Long Haul. or call (501) 228-8800.

TRUCK DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED! Become a driver for Steven's Transport! NO EXPERIENCE NEEDED! New drivers earn $800+ per week! PAID CDL TRAINING! Stevens covers all costs! 1-877-649-3153.


FARM and CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AUCTION Thurs. - Fri, Feb.16-17 • 9AM 2408 Hwy 64 West Wynne, AR 72396 Equipment to sell at this auction? Ad Deadline: Wed. Feb 1st Live Online bidding Details: , 870-238-1400 AALB#’s 2100, 2101 10% BP on first $2500 ea. item sold, $250 max BP per item.


2000 CADILLAC El Dorado, bad motor, good straight body, light blue w/dk. blue top, $2,000. (501) 749-9882.

ATV RAMPS, new, never used, aluminum, $45. (501) 266-2732, Lonoke.

2002 DURAMAX rear end out of a 3500, 8-bolt pattern w/brake assembly, $500 obo. (501) 352-8484, Jim.

HONDA RIM, aluminum 4-hole, 7-spoke, 15x5.5, 195/60/15 tire, $50 obo. (501) 882-2142.

3 MOUNTED tires, 205/15, $150; (4) 14” tires, good tread, $50. (501) 983-1445.

2005 HONDA Civic 4-door, auto., satellite radio, $3,500. (501) 605-3312.

TRUCK BED cover, UnderCover brand, F150, 2005-2008 Short Bed, good condition, $200. (501) 837-7225.

1983 DODGE pickup, $2,800 obo. (870) 552-5109, Lonoke.

‘86 CHEVROLET Silverado, LWB, 305 V8, auto., under 50K miles, runs good, $5,000 obo. (210) 556-9380, Lonoke.

JEEP SPARE tire, Mickey Thompson “Bearclaw” 33x120R15LT, never been on the ground, $50. (501) 515-9632, Jax.

TRUCK BED tool box, 71” wide, fits truck bed 60”+, $50. (501) 515-9632.

$1,300 LADDER rack for a full size truck, $600 obo. (501) 882-2142.

RAILS, BRACKETS, bolts, brake control for 5th wheel hitch. (815) 693-7386, Cabot.

FOR SALE or trade: ‘93 Dodge truck, extended cab, diesel engine. (501) 690-5620, David.


4-WHEELER SEATS, professionally recovered, $60 ea. (501) 605-2841.

2012 APEX camper, very nice condition, $8,900. (501) 288-3389.

2013 FUNFINDER Camper by Cruise, 1 slide-out, barely used, $12,000. (501) 628-7195.


POULAN RIDING mower, 42” cut, 18 HP, $300; 25x8x5014 Kabota Tractor tire, $100; Table Saw, $75. TIllers for sale. 843-5475.

WANTED TO BUY: broken down zero turn mower. Call/text: (501) 766-8386.

CUB CADET RZT-L zero-turn riding mower, Honda motor, 46” deck, 16 hrs. use, $3,000 obo. (501) 266-0239.

SEVERAL OLD John Deere mowers, lots of parts and motors, make offer. (501) 351-2931.


HAY FOR Sale in Austin - good mixed grass in barn, net wrapped 4x5, 1st and 2nd cut available. Local delivery. Call (501) 416-8107 anytime.

FREE PUPPIES, mixed breed, text only, no phone calls please (501) 541-6371.

FREE CALICO cat, female, (501) 983-1445.

FREE 4x5 round bales of hay. (501) 834-4535.

FREE DOG, named Nalla, bulldog mix, 1 yr. old, available at Jax. Animal Shelter. (870) 293-9437.

PUPPIES, 8 months, Chihuahua/Dachshund mix. (501) 256-3541.

FREE CAT, 1 yr. old, black and white, adorable. (501) 533-7325.


SAWMILLS from only $4397.00- MAKE and SAVE MONEY with your own bandmill Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship! FREE Info/DVD: 1-800-578-1363 Ext.300N.

RELAX AND SAVE! SAVE $1500 on a new WALK IN TUB. Heated Seat, Hand held Shower, Aromatherapy, 26 Massage jets, Vantage Therapeautic Walk-In-Baths. Call NOW! 1-800-227-6140.

All-New Inogen One G4 - OXYGEN - Anytime. Anywhere. No tanks to refill. No deliveries. Only 2.8 pounds! FAA approved! FREE info kit: 844-397-2688.

DIGITAL HEARING AIDS - Now offering a 45-Day Risk Free Offer!  FREE BATTERIES for Life!  Call to start your free trial!  855-502-3676.

ATTENTION HOMEOWNERS needing METAL ROOFS, SIDING OR WINDOWS. Government program offering Home Owners up to $25,000 per household for these improvements. No money down, Payments from  $59/Mo. Free estimate. Senior and Military Discounts. Save Hundreds of Dollars CALL NOW 1-866-668-8681 wac.

CARPORT! Rated for 90 mph winds and heavy snow loads! 10’x 20’, $787, Special price through 1-30-2017. Call now. OD Funk Mfg, Sherwood, AR, since ’76. 1-800-643-8728.

BEAUTIFUL GOLD Bundy trumpet, good condition, hard case included, $75. (501) 266-2732, Lonoke.

TEA POTS, all colors, shapes and sizes, some rare Hall T pots, some “occupied Japan”, $10-$25 ea. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

BASKETBALL GOAL, adjustable height, $40. (501) 266-2732.

Men’s black tuxedo, nice, satin lapels, 46 reg. pants and 46 jacket, 2 shirts, 2 bowties, 2 cumberbunds, 2 size 18L dress shirts, worn once, $65 obo. (501) 843-4890.

BEAUTIFUL CRYSTAL grand piano, 6”x4”x3” high, made in France, $20 cash. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

CRISTAL D’ARQUES France snowflake covered candy dish or jewelry box, 24% lead crystal, Google for pic. $20 cash; Beautiful 1970s heavy crystal 14 pc. punch bowl set, new condition, $40. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

TALON GHOST paint ball gun, clear w/view loader, needs C02, $30 obo. (501) 882-2142.

LARGE ROUND metal clothes rack, 3 1/2’ wide, 4’ tall, $30 obo.; men’s Danner’s combat hiking boots, sz. 9, tan and black, leather, brand new, $65 obo. (501) 843-4890.

FREE FIREWOOD: 2 big oak trees on ground, will pay for someone to cut up and haul off. (501) 749-9882.

CB EQUIPMENT: Galaxy Saturn Turbo, Cobra 29, cables, meters, Wilson 5000, tuner x2. 988-0974.

ARTLY CLARINET, brushed plastic, good condition, $180 obo. (501) 259-4039.

LADIES LONG leather coat, Fashions of New York, size Large, $75. 259-2046.

LADIES OLD Navy coat, $15; dress sweaters, $3 ea. (501) 255-4186.

WADERS, DRAKE Eqwaders, sz. 12 stout, wrong size Christmas gift, used little, $175. (501) 266-2732, Lonoke.

GIRL’S BABY clothes, infant car seat, tub and more. Excellent condition. (501) 516-3810.

CLAY PIGEONS, Champion, box of 90 +14, $25. (501) 515-9632, Jax.

2 HAIR DRYER chairs, $50 and $75. 425-7200.

5’ and 8’ Aluminum ladders, like new, $20. (501) 516-0389 or visit at 1101 Stone St., Jax.

BED COVERS (dust ruffle), full-size, gray/green print and queen size, black and broun, $15 ea. 259-2046.

BRAND NEW 26” Grand Peak Roadmaster bicycle w/extras, $110; Next Power Climber, 26”, nice, $50; Sedona Giant 26” w/child’s passenger seat, $40; 26” Mongoose, $35. n(501) 843-4890.

VINYL PLAY pen, $30; Graco heavy duty stroller, $35. (501) 843-4890.

ALL WIRE cage, 25”x25”x16.5” w/13”x12” oor, $20; 3 kid’s silver Razor scooter, $12.50 ea.; queen/king comforter, silver and gold, 2 pillowcases, $65 obo. (501) 843-4890.

HAMMOND C3 organ w/Leslie speaker, $3,500. (815) 693-7386, Cabot.

4’ QUILT rack, wood, $20; floor model exerciser, $10; 2 adult potty chairs, $10 ea. 843-4890.

ELVIS GRAND Casino large coin, original box, mint condition $20; set of 4 coins, original box, mint condition, $30. (501) 983-4168, Jax.


CUTE SMALL CABINET, 28”x22”x13” deep w/roosters painted on doors, $35 cash; ceramic, glass and metal deco roosters, $4-$15 cash. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

KENMORE MICROWAVE, over-the-range, cream, works great, $20. (501) 266-2732.

LG DRYER, front loader, $100. (501) 266-2732.

2 LIGHTED curio cabinets, 36x80 and 1 lighted cherry wall curio, 44x78, excellent condition. (501) 259-0130, Cabot.

WHIRLPOOL ELECTRIC range, self-cleaning, almond color, good condition, $75. 843-6354.

MAUVE COUCH, excellent condition, $50; light blue chair, good condition, $25; 2 walkers, $10 ea.; electric knife, $5. 985-2244.

HIDE-AWAY BED, 6’ long, 3 cushion, excellent condition, non-smoker, best offer. (501) 590-3360.

WHIRLPOOL ELECTRIC range, white, $100. Can text pics. (501) 941-8573.

QUEEN-SIZED WATERBED frame, tall headboard w/drawers, $150; Magic Chef 2-door dorm-sized refrigerator, $100. (501) 940-5972.

BRAVO DRYER and Roper washer, $200 for set. Will not separate. (870) 552-5109, Lonoke.

VINTAGE BAR, beautiful, hardwood, 3 mirrors front of bar, excellent condition with 2 heavy duty bar stools. Can be seen on Craigs list, $900. (501) 983-4168, Jax.

2 WORKING tube TVs, $50 ea. obo.; working white Kenmore dishwasher, $150 obo.; matching green couch and love seat w/4 end recliners, $275 obo.; twin mattress/box springs, $200 obo.; All smoke-free, clean. Need gone ASAP! (501) 944-5346.

UPRIGHT STAND, full size, good condition, made in China, $600. (501) 843-3297.

QUEEN BEDROOM set - dresser, mirror, headboard, rails, chest of drawers. Solid, dark wood, good condition, $400 obo. (501) 319-5429.

PUB TABLE w/4chairs, $100; queen mattress and box springs, $50. (870) 656-3793.


IN BEEBE: very nice, 2 Bedroom/2 Bath apartments. All utilities paid including basic cable. Washer and dryer furnished. $700 month. Twin Lakes Apartments. Call Lisa at 278-0498.

COZY, one room studio apartments in Jacksonville. Bed pulls down from wall in Living Room in front of wood burning fireplace. Includes appliance filled kitchen. Starting at $325 plus utilities, deposit $200.  No children or pets. Camp Construction, (501) 982-0434.

BEEBE: NICE 3 bedroom, 2 bath home, recently remodeled, $795 month plus deposit and references. (501) 747-6811.

3 BEDROOM, 2 bath, all brick, stainless steel appliances, fresh paint, new flooring, 1800 sq. ft., Cabot. $1,250 month, $1,250 deposit. Call (501) 425-8243.

FOR RENT: 3 bedroom, 2 bath, nice clean mobile home with storage space and a big backyard in McRae, $750 month, $500 deposit, no pets. (501) 605-6199.

DUPLEX FOR rent: 3 bedroom, 1 bath, washer/dryer hookup, fenced yard. 5 minutes to Cabot Elementary, 20 minutes to base, $550 month. (501) 605-7502.


Used Mobile Homes without land. All Sizes. $20K Cash or Less. Call 501-588-3300.

Tax Refund? Get a new Mobile Home! 501-653-3202.

2 Bedroom Singlewide. Priced to sell FAST! Call 501-653-3205.

SPORTS EVENTS >> 1-18-17


Beebe High School is hosting the Fourth Annual Badger Booster Club Alumni Basketball Game Jan. 21 at Badger Arena. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. The event will feature a basketball game for former Beebe and McRae High School graduates. Also featured will be the current Beebe basketball teams, alumni and current cheer and dance, peewee cheerleaders, the high school smash mob, Beebe fourth grade patriotism display and Beebe Martial Arts. For more information on how to participate, email


The charitable foundation of Jacksonville-native and NFL defensive tackle Clinton McDonald is seeking sponsors for its annual springtime events in Jacksonville—a family festival and a youth football and cheerleading camp. The McDonald and Associates Collective Collaboration-Light Into Darkness nonprofit group will host Family and Friends Fun Day on April 7, and the Iron Sharpens Iron Youth Football and Cheer Camp on April 8. Current professional and college players will coach and train participants. For more information or to make a pledge, call MACCLID foundation vice president Dominique McGrudder at 501-773-0917, or visit


The Jacksonville Youth Shooting Club will be registering students for the trap team on Thursday, Jan. 26 at Second Baptist Church in Jacksonvillle. Registration will be from 6-7:30 p.m. and the church is located at 1117 North James Street. For more information, call 501-982-4561.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

SPORTS STORY >> Lady Wolves earn road win

Leader sports editor

Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School got a split in a 2A-4-East Conference game, but not in the familiar way. The Lady Wolves picked up their second win of the season with a thrilling 37-35 victory, while the boys lost for the second-straight time on the road 92-83.

The girls’ game was the second win of the season for the Lady Wolves and second against Marvell, although JLCS had a much easier time in their 38-19 victory in Jacksonville in early December. Lighthouse appeared to be on its way to another lopsided win on Friday after taking a 14-5 lead in the first quarter, but Marvell showed some improvement in a month’s time.

“They certainly looked a little better,” said Lighthouse coach Chris Collier. “They had two or three scoring instead of just the one scoring the whole time. So we couldn’t just focus on one individual. So they had gotten a little better.”

Lighthouse (2-15, 2-5) also got a player back that had been out with injury, but it was a trade. Jordan Doakes sat out the first two months of the season before returning last Tuesday at Clarendon.

After getting her feet wet in that game, she posted seven points against Marvell. But the team was without Marla Dukes, who, according to Collier, is the team’s best defender.

“It was good to get Doakes back and I think she’ll contribute more and more as she gets settled in and more comfortable,” Collier said. “She’s pressing a little bit right now trying to do too much. But she’s going to get better and better.

“Losing Marla hurts us because she defends well. We’re going to miss her until she gets over this illness and gets cleared to play. I think her being out is a big reason why they scored 35 this time instead of 19. But it’s hard playing on the road so I’m not complaining.”

Marvell had cut Lighthouse’s lead to 22-16 by halftime, and to 29-25 by the end of the third quarter. Lighthouse built the lead back up to 10 in the fourth. But with about four minutes left in the game, junior Amaya English, JLC’s best ball handler, fouled out, and Marvell began pressuring to climb back into the game.

Jada Guy stepped to the line with about 12 seconds to go and made 1 of 2 free throws to give the Lady Wolves a 37-32 lead. Marvell got a 3-point play with one second to go on a foul that Collier was not pleased about.

“I called timeout after Jada made that free throw and told them, whatever you do, don’t foul,” Collier said. “So Jada is standing there with her arms folded into her chest. The girl runs the length of the court and jumps into her, and they call a foul. Only reason I didn’t come unglued is because there was just one second left and I knew all we had to do was throw the ball in to win it. But that one was bad.”

Guy led Lighthouse with 17 points while English scored 11. Tyiesha Banks led Marvell with 15 points.

Both teams were terrible from the free-throw line. Lighthouse made 8 of 24 while Marvell was just 6 for 19.

In the boys’ game, The Wolves never led from start to finish. Marvell scored the first five points of the game. Lighthouse responded with a 5-2 run, but Marvell answered with five-straight for a 12-5 lead. Lighthouse answered with a 6-0 run to cut it to one, but could never get in front.

The Mustangs (9-2, 4-1) took an 18-14 lead into the second period, and then opened that frame with a 3-pointer. That lead grew to as much as 13 at 39-26, and the margin was 42-30 at halftime.

Lighthouse pulled to within 57-54 1:30 left in the third, but Marvell closed that frame with a 7-2 run for a 64-56 advantage going into the fourth quarter.

The Wolves never got any closer the rest of the game. Marvell scored first and led by at least nine until Lighthouse briefly cut it to 81-73 with two minutes to play, but the Mustangs scored six-straight from that point to stretch the lead back to 14 in just 40 seconds.

The Mustangs’ win avenged an earlier loss to Lighthouse. The Wolves beat Marvell 82-75 in Jacksonville on Dec. 6. Marvell’s only other loss this season was to Class 4A Dollarway.

Lighthouse started the season winning 14 of its first 15 games, including an 11-game win streak from Nov. 8 to Dec. 16. Since the Christmas break, the Wolves have lost four of five, and now stand 15-5 overall and 5-2 in league play.

They played at Carlisle on Tuesday and will host Hazen on Friday. Lighthouse beat those two teams earlier this year by scores of 91-41 and 96-41 respectively during the 11-game streak.

Gerald Doakes led Lighthouse with 31 points. Devontae Davis added 12, Chris Mims 11 and Zack Bobo 10.

SPORTS STORY >> Jacksonville turns over last chance

Special to The Leader

The Jacksonville Titans lost a heartbreaker Friday night at Hall High School in Little Rock by a final of 46-45. The score was tied at the end of one quarter, and Jacksonville led by two at the half and by one at the end of three quarters.

Hall (9-5,2-1) then outscored their visitor by two points in the final period to take the win. The Titans (8-7,3-2) had defeated Hall 69-65 in the Coke Classic in Fort Smith over the holiday break.

With four seconds remaining, Hall missed two double-bonus free throws. Jacksonville got the rebound and called time-out with the length of the court to go and only 3.2 seconds on the clock.

After the break, the inbounds pass went to halfcourt, but the second pass went out of bounds on the Jacksonville end of the floor. Hall had the ball with 0.1 seconds to go and only had to toss the ball in to end the game, setting the final score of 46-45 Warriors.

“It was kind of an ugly, sloppy game early,” said Jacksonville coach Victor Joyner. “The lack of execution on both teams was just atrocious. The ball wasn’t moving on our part. When they did move the ball, it was easy for us to score. We were just flat offensively. We had an opportunity to win the game, and that’s all you want to have, an opportunity. Braylon Hawkins woke up tonight, and Joe Phillips woke up tonight. We need those guys going forward. We need them to keep playing like they played tonight.”

Tyree Appleby got the Titans on the scoreboard first with a 3-point basket. Maurio Goggins and Antonio Smith answered with a two each for Hall. Chris Williams had an offensive rebound put-back for Jacksonville.

Goggins sank another two, but DaJuan Ridgeway responded with a 3-pointer to give the Titans the 8-6 edge. Ridgeway was good for another three at the end of the quarter, but Goggins finished the scoring for the quarter with two free throws to tie the contest at 12-12.

Braylon Hawkins sank a scoop shot lay-up to start the scoring in the second period for Jacksonville. Tyre Tillmon answered to tie. The lead went back and forth most of the quarter, with neither team going ahead by more than two points.

Hawkins hit a 2-point basket in the lane for the 20-20 tie, and then gave Jacksonville the 23-21 halftime advantage with a 3-point bucket from the corner off a baseline in-bounds play.

Hall outscored the Titans 7-2 to take a 28-25 lead early in quarter number three. Williams sank two from the line, and Appleby had a steal and dunk, and Jacksonville led by one.

Goggins took the lead back with two free throws, but the Titans went on an eight point scoring run to lead 37-30. Joe Phillips had six of those points, two from the stripe, and two scored under the basket. Goggins responded with six straight points of his own, and the score at the end of three periods was 37-36.

Ridgeway sank a three to start the final period scoring. The score was tied at 43-43 with 2:32 remaining. Phillips put the Titans in the lead with one-of-two free throws. The Warriors took the lead back at 45-44, and then Appleby was fouled by Goggins on a 3-point attempt, and went to the line for three free throws. He made one of the three for the 45-45 tie.

With only 40.2 seconds remaining on the clock, Hall was passing the ball looking for a shot when Shaun Juniel was fouled with 20.8 seconds to go. He made one of the two from the stripe, and Jacksonville took a time-out, down by one point.

Out of the time-out, Ridgeway drove to the basket, but was unable to score. The Warriors came away with the rebound, to set up the missed free throws and game-ending turnover.

Appleby had 13 points for Jacksonville. Ridgeway had 12, Phillips eight, Hawkins seven, and Williams five. Goggins led all scorers with 18 points and was perfect from the free throw line with 8 of 8.

SPORTS STORY >> JHS ladies hang on to victory at LR Hall

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The Jacksonville Lady Titans held on for a 50-47 road victory over the Hall Lady Warriors in Little Rock on Friday night. Jacksonville (10-10,3-1) led by nine at the end of three quarters of play, but the Lady Warriors (2-12,0-3) scored 17 points in the fourth to pull within two points late in the quarter.

“I don’t really think they came out ready to play,” said Jacksonville coach Marian Kursh. “I’m extremely excited that they finished the game, but we made a lot of unnecessary mistakes. Twenty-eight turnovers, I don’t think we’ve done that all season long. We just try to be mindful and tell the girls that when you’re playing away, you have to be more focused than when you are at home. They made some mistakes that we just have to work through, but I’m glad they pulled it out.”

Shymaryia Christopher scored the first five points for the Lady Titans. Taking advantage of early turnovers by Hall, a lay-up by Alexis James gave Jacksonville a 7-2 advantage. The Lady Warriors then scored six straight to take the 8-7 edge.

Martina Knight scored a 2-pointer for the Lady Titans, but could not hit the free throw for the three point play. Elexis Lofland did follow with the old-fashioned 3-point play to give the lead back to Hall, but Dayzya Jordan tied the game at 11-11 with a floater in the lane. Alexias Burns answered with a 2-point basket to give the Lady Warriors the 13-11 lead at the end of the opening frame.

Jacksonville came back to outscore the home team 14-8 in quarter number two. Hall had a 17-14 lead when Allison Seats sank two free throws and Jordan one to knot the game at 17. Christopher had an offensive rebound put-back plus one free throw, and James scored on a turnover resulting from the Lady Titan press.

A 2-pointer by Seats on a baseline out-of-bounds play gave Jacksonville the 24-19 lead. Amber Brooks connected on a two at the buzzer for Hall, and the score at intermission was 25-21.

The third quarter belonged to the Lady Titans as again they outscored their opponent, this time 14-9 to take a 39-30 lead into the final quarter. Christopher had ten of the 14 points and Knight the other four.

To start the fourth quarter, Christopher extended the lead to 42-30 with the old-fashioned 3-point play on a driving lay-up. The score was 46-35 when Hall went on an eight point run to cut the lead to 46-43 with 3:16 remaining in the game. The teams exchanged free throws, then Taylor Toombs scored under the basket for Jacksonville and for a five point edge. Brooks sank her second three-point basket of the quarter for the Lady Warriors to cut the lead back to two at 49-47.

A missed one-and-one opportunity by Christopher gave Brooks another shot at a three, but it was missed and rebounded by the Lady Titans. Jacksonville was running some time off the clock, and the Hall coaches were screaming for their team to foul with 27.2 seconds remaining. Knight fielded a pass under the basket and was fouled on her shot attempt.

She made the first of two from the line, and a held ball was called on the rebound of the second. The possession went to Hall. Another 3-pointer was missed, and rebounded by Jacksonville. However, a walk was called, and the Lady Warriors had possession on the baseline of their basket.

A foul was called on the Lady Titans on the in-bounds pass, putting Brooks at the line for two free throws in the double bonus. She missed both, and the rebound and game went to Jacksonville by the final of 50-47. Hall was 7 of 19 from the free throw stripe for the game, and missed ten in the second half.

The freshman, Christopher, led Jacksonville in scoring with 25 points, and Knight was next with nine points. Burns had 18 for Hall, and Brooks had 15 points.

SPORTS STORY >> Bench prevails for Cabot

Leader sports editor

The Cabot Panthers’ No. 1 ranking was in jeopardy for about three quarters Tuesday at Panther Arena. Cabot’s post players were plagued by foul trouble outside shots weren’t falling early, but Cabot still found a way to pull out a 55-49 win over Conway in a 7A-Central matchup.

“It was a grind, man,” said Cabot coach Jerry Bridges. “Conway is pretty good. Our bigs were in foul trouble the whole game. But I was proud of the bench for stepping in when they had to and giving us some big minutes. We needed some new people to step up or we weren’t going to win this game. And we got that. There’s a lot of things I wish we would’ve done better, and are going to have to do better, but that’s one thing I’m proud of, is my bench guys. Noah Allgood, Jared Vance, Christian Weir and Landon Vaught had to play a lot tonight and we were able to find away to beat a good team.”

Starting at the 3:20 mark of the first quarter, Conway went on a 7-0 run to take a 13-6 lead.

Logan Gilbertson scored before the buzzer to make it 13-8, and Cabot had a good start to the second. The Panthers were patient on offense with the first possession of the second frame. They moved the ball for 1:10 before finding guard Jalen Brown under the basket for a layup and a three-point game.

But post player Matt Stanley picked up his second foul a minute later, and left the court for the rest of the half.

Conway (7-5, 1-1) then went on a 10-2 run, starting with a pair of missed layups by Gilbertson. Conway’s Kendarius Smith scored after each one. A pair of turnovers by Weir led to four more Conway points for a 21-12 Wampus Cat lead. It reached its largest margin at 23-12 after another missed layup by Cabot was followed by an offensive rebound and putback by Gentrell Taylor with 1:14 left in the first half.

Cabot point guard Bobby Joe Duncan broke the run with a 12-foot floater. Cabot then trapped at midcourt and forced a backcourt violation. Vance then hit a 3-pointer from the corner to make it 23-17 with 43 seconds to go in the half. Smith then hit a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left to set the halftime score at 25-17.

Cabot (12-1, 2-0) came out with pressure to start the third quarter, but Stanley picked up his third foul just 87 seconds into the period. Cabot’s defense continued to wreak havoc on Conway, but the shots weren’t falling offensively.

The Wampus Cats had scored four points on just two shot attempts through the first three minutes of the third, and still held a 29-26 lead. Stanley then picked up his fourth foul, and second of the half away from the basketball. Gilbertson also got his fourth foul in the third, but Cabot’s defense remained stingy.

The Wampus Cats scored four of their next six points at the free-throw line, and still led 35-31 with three minutes to go in the third. Noah Allgood then pump faked to get his man out of position for an open layup to cut the margin to two.

Allgood then blocked Smith’s driving layup attempt, and Duncan hit a floater to tie the game at 35-35 with two minutes on the clock. Conway’s Carson Petrucelli then missed a 3-pointer. Duncan got the rebound and went 94 feet for another floater to give Cabot its first lead of the game.

Cabot took a 38-37 lead into the final period, and scored the first six points of the fourth for a 44-37 lead with five minutes remaining in the game.

Conway was forced to start sending Cabot to the line, and the Panthers shot well enough to keep the Wampus Cats at arms length. Cabot made 12 of 16 foul shots in the fourth quarter and Conway was never able to get closer than three points.

That came at 52-49 with 28 seconds to go. Weir calmly sank both free throws and Conway could not hit another shot the rest of the way.

Cabot went 0 for 9 from 3-point range in the first half, but 3 for 9 in the second. Conway outrebounded Cabot 42-29 and shot a higher percentage from the floor and the line. But Cabot took more shots because of the turnover difference. Cabot had just six the entire game, while forcing Conway into 16.

Conway made 20 of 23 free throws while Cabot went 22 for 31.

Duncan led Cabot with 14 points while Allgood scored 11. Smith led Conway with 14. Taylor had 12 and Petrucelli scored 11.