EDITORIAL >>Huck: Our happy warrior

The merriest man in America beyond a doubt is Mike Huckabee. Sure, John McCain climbed to almost a mathematical cinch on the Republican presidential nomination in the three Potomac primaries yesterday, but why should Huckabee worry? He knew on Feb. 6, the day after the Super Tuesday primaries, that his long-shot ambition was hopeless like that of all the better-known […]

SPORTS >>Abundant Life gets ready for district with

By KELLY FENTONLeader sports editorTim Ballard isn’t afraid to set lofty goals for his Abundant Life Owls as they head into postseason play this week.Eight straight wins will do that to a head coach.The Owls tuned up for 2-3A district tournament play this weekend in Rose Bud with an easy 62-32 win over Kirby last Friday in the final regular-season […]

SPORTS >> Falcons avenge earlier GCT loss

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterRidge Williams had a big night rebounding for North Pulaski, but his final rebound kept the Falcons alive in the 5A-East playoff chase. NP held on for a thrilling 53-52 victory in an intense rematch with Greene County Tech on Friday night in front of a capacity crowd at the Falcons’ Nest.The Eagles’ Russell Jetton had the […]

SPORTS >> Cabot senior going out a winner

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterSam Bates may not claim history as his favorite topic in school.But the Cabot senior is about to become part of it later this month when Cabot takes to the court in the state playoffs for the first time since 1977.It is a long time coming for a school noted for football excellence, and retribution for Bates […]

SPORTS >> ’Rabbits hold off Panthers in finale

By JASON KINGLeader sportswriterWith their second-straight 2-4A Conference title already in hand, the Lonoke Jackrabbits found motivation for Friday’s game at Heber Springs a little difficult. The Panthers stayed close until late, when Lonoke finally put them away with 27 points in the final quarter to take a 74-64 win.The Panthers were up for the game. A two-game winning streak, […]

SPORTS >> Cabot boys nipped by Central, but reach state

By KELLY FENTONLeader sports editorCabot coach Jerry Bridges can find several good things to take out of the Panthers’ tough 67-66 loss to Little Rock Central on Friday night.A moral victory is not among them.“We knew coming in we could play with anybody,” Bridges said. “We just have to regroup. It would have been a big win for us.”A big […]

SPORTS >> Devils slip at FC

By KELLY FENTONLeader sports editorFORREST CITY — Jacksonville coach Vic Joyner is still trying to get his young Red Devils to understand what being a front-runner is all about.They got another lesson in that on Friday night when Forrest City jumped up and beat Jacksonville, 58-54, to knock the Red Devils out of a first-place tie with Jonesboro in the […]