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There will be a meeting on Sunday, March 8th at 2:00 pm at the Sportsplex in De Queen.  Anyone interested in umpiring Dixie baseball will need to attend.  Umpire testing will be done.  The cost is $35.  For further information, please contact Garry Richards at 870-784-1333.

Lady Leopards Soccer

Lady leopards lost their openingmatch to Arkansas high 3-2 in a great match!!    Loida Carranza scored unassisted in the second half to bring the score to 2-1, Yanet Marrufo provided the equalizer unassisted from about 20 yards out!! Arkansas High found the go ahead goal with 6 minutes left!!

Lady leopards played very well in the second half and hopefully we can build off this!!  Lady leopards will prepare for the Razorback invitational tournament this weekend!! Lady leopards open the tournament against Liberty Eylau (sp)@5:30 on Friday. March 6th.

 Erik Smith is head coach for Lady Leopards soccer.


3rd Annual Charitable Ark-La-Tex Challenge Cycling Tour April 11th

Edge City Cycling announces the 3rd Annual Ark-La-Tex Challenge for Saturday, April 11, 2015.  Benefiting Texarkana Resources, the Ark-La-Tex Challenge is a cycling tour through Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana with 70, 52, 46, 35 and 22 mile route lengths.  The 70 mile tour enables the rider to visit three states in one ride.  A supported return route enables the cyclist to experience all three states with a 35 mile one-way tour.  Cyclists will ride through the beautiful countryside with routes which include some challenging rolling hills and long fast flats as they wind through several rural towns.  The tour rally will begin at 9 a.m. from Liberty-Eylau High School, Texarkana, TX. 

Bikes must be in good working order.  Helmets are required any time the rider is on the bicycle.  The routes will have an abundance of rest stops and support.

Along with Participants, the Ark-La-Tex Challenge is currently seeking additional Sponsors and Volunteers.  Texarkana Resources is a private non-profit organization providing training and support to enable adults with a disability reach their highest potential in the community.

Further Details / Contact:
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Mena Team Bass will be starting up there tournaments this Saturday 28th on De Queen. There will be a meeting at the Lime Tree on Thursday February 26th at 6:30 pm. If you are interested in fishing or want more information, please call Dwayne 479-234-2766 or be at the meeting on Thursday.




Baseball season is right around the corner and De Queen Head Baseball Coach Beau McCaslain announced that the Leopards will start the season next week with a benefit game and a fundraiser.


McCaslain stated the season will start with a benefit game against Horatio at Leopard Field on Thursday at 5 p.m. and it will be followed by a chicken dinner fundraiser and the Leopard's annual Hit-a-Thon on Friday.


McCaslain said admission to the Hit-a-Thon was free and little leaguers are invited to help shag balls in the outfield.


McCaslain said the Hit-a-Thon would provide funds for the team to travel to Jonesboro for the Extra Innings Tournament over Spring Break.


McCastlain also expressed his appreciation to the community for supporting the program through this year's banner program.


McCastlain stated he purchased an indoor netting system so the team could take batting practice inside during inclement weather and he's planning on making additional upgrades to the program with this year's proceeds.




The 3rd Annual Devoe Bollinger, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament date and schedule has been set for Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Texarkana Golf Ranch in Texarkana, Texas.

Check-in will begin at 11:00 am, and continue until the Shot-Gun start at 1:00 pm.  At 12 noon, authentic Tacos al Pastor with all the trimmings along with a delicious  dessert will be served for lunch.

For more information contact: Charlotte Izzo @ 870-279-0462 or Daisy Dean Spigner @ 903-490-1726 or Hunter Campbell @ 903-334-7401, or find us on Facebook.    Entry Form  



During their final home game Tuesday, February 17th, the De Queen Lady Leopards were down early against the Lady Panthers of Magnolia but stormed back behind  three scoring in double digits. Paige Morphew with ten, Hanna Murry adds twelve, and Meagan Martz with 15 led the way. Coach Jason Barker's Lady leopards beat Magnolia 63-38. Improving to 7-14 overall and 4-8 in conference play.

The Leopards fell to Magnolia 63-38. The Leopards came out of halftime on fire scoring 21 and getting to within 9 but the Panthers were too much holding De Queen to just 6 points in the fourth quarter. Senior Tyler Shelton led the Leopards with 6 all scored in the third quarter. Four players, Gilbert, Morales, Tinajero, and Dykes all added 5.  Tyron Keels' scored 4 in his final game in Leopard Coliseum and freshman Hunter Earney scored 4 in the first varsity game of his career. The Leopards fell to 6-15 overall and 1-11 in conference play.


Tuesday night the De Queen HS boys and girls basketball as well as Cheerleading squad had Senior Night 2015. to Girls and Boys Basketball and Cheerleader senior night 2015.


These Lady Leopard Seniors are coached by Jason Barker and assisted by Alisha Mitchell. 


McKenzie Jones is our first senior.  McKenzie is the Daughter of Donna Jones and Max and Stefani Jones. She has been the manager of the Lady Leopard Basketball team, Lady Leopard Soccer Team and football team.  McKenzie plans on attending Henderson State University and studying to obtain a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. 


Marjle McLelland – Marjle is the daughter of Randy and Heather McLelland.  She was escorted by her parents.  Marjle has participated in Cheerleading, Cross Country, Basketball, Soccer and Track.  She plans on attending the University of Arkansas and studying pre-physical therapy. 


Jessica Miller - Jessica is the daughter of Doug and Cecilia Miller.  She was escorted by her parents.  Jessica has played basketball, shot archery been in FBLA, Interact, 4-H and Yearbook.  She plans on Attending Southern Arkansas University and studying to be a Nurse. 


Paige Morphew – Paige was escorted by her parents, Scott Morphew and Gayla Morphew.  She has played basketball, thrown in track, been in National Honor Society, FBLA and Yearbook.  Paige plans on attending Henderson State University and hasn’t decided on a field of study. 


Margaret Parker – Margaret is the daughter of Paula Cubit.  She was escorted by her mom and her sister, Mya Parker.  Margaret has been the manager of basketball, track and soccer and she has participated in FBLA, BTA and NHS.  She plans on attending Henderson State and hasn’t decided on a field of study.


The boys are coached by Coach Beau Brickell and assisted by Trent Floyd. 


Hunter Currence – Hunter is the son of Tara and Dennis Currance and was escorted by his parents. He has played basketball, baseball and Golf.  Hunter plans on attending SAU and majoring in physical education and history. 


Daniel Gilbert – Daniel is the son of Scott and Tammy Gilbert.  He was escorted by his parents.  Daniel has played basketball, baseball and golf.  He also enjoys hunting and fishing.  Daniel plans on studying Auto Collison. 


Vicente Gutierrez – Vicente is the son of Vicente and Eduarda Gutierrez and was escorted by his parents.  He has played basketball and soccer.  Vicente plans on attending U of A Cossatot then transfer and purse a degree in business.


Tyron Keels – Tyron is the son of Donna Miller and Charles Keels, Jr.  He was escorted tonight by his grandparents Charles and Evelyn Keels and his father Charles Keels, II.  Tyron has enjoyed playing football, basketball and soccer.  He plans on attending college and studying Pre-Dentistry. 

Josue Morales – Josue is the son of Josue Morales and Norma Morales and was escorted by his parents.  He has enjoyed playing basketball and soccer.  Josue plans on attending U of A Cossatot and then transfer to a 4 year college.

Tyler Shelton – Tyler is the son of Anthony and Ronna Shelton.  He was escorted tonight by his parents.   Tyler enjoys playing basketball and baseball.   He plans on attending Henderson State University and studying business management


The Cheerleaders are coached by Chelsae Floyd


Abby Angeles – Abby is the daughter of Dario and Monique Angeles and was escorted by her parents.  Abby has participated in archery, cheerleading and cross country.  She plans on attending college at SAU and Majoring in pre-dentistry.


Kenzie Tatta – Kenzie is the daughter of Peter and Andrea Tatta and was escorted by her parents.  Kenzie has participated in cross country and track and field and is the co-captain of the cheer squad.  She plans on attending University of Arkansas Cossatot and majoring in Occupational Therapy






Horatio youth baseball, T-ball, and softball registration night will be Tuesday, February 24th, from 4:00 until 7:00 pm at city hall in Horatio.  Parents should bring a copy of child's birth certificate and $35.00 registration fee.  Anyone interested in coaching a team needs to go by and sign up as well.






On Friday, February 20th, over 1,000 high school FFA students from three states will be on the UA Cossatot campus in De Queen for the annual Colts Classic Judging Contest.  Students from All over Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas will be competing in all kinds of contests including land judging, horse judging, vet science, electricity and more.  You don't have to have any knowledge to help with the contest - they need all kinds of volunteers - even those who can help serve pizza.  if you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kelli Harris at UA Cossatot by calling (870) 584-4471.




De Queen Basketball

Tuesday night the Lady Leopards left Hope with a 64-44 victory and improved to 3-7 in the 5A South Conference and 6-13 on the season.

Coach Jason Barker’s Lady Leopards took an early lead and poured it on in the final period enroute to the 20-point win.

Paige Morphew and MaKyla Jackson led the Lady Leopards in scoring with 14-points each, while Sydney Sneed dropped in 11.

Hanna Murry scored nine and Meagan Martz added seven.

Savannah Voss led the Ladycats with 12 points.

In boys’ action, the Bobcats defeated the Leopards 88-58.

The De Queen Leopards were hot early, hitting eight 3-pointres in the first half and only trailed by seven after two periods of play, but were outscored by 11 in the third and 12 in the fourth.

Tyron Keels led the Leopards in scoring with 16 points.

Drew Dykes and Tyler Shelton, each scored 12.

Jaquez Smith led the Bobcats with 22 points.



5A-South Conference boys standings:

Hot Springs           8-1, 16-5

Watson Chapel     7-2, 19-4

White Hall            6-3, 16-7

Fairview               5-4, 13-8

Hope                     4-5, 13-8

Magnolia              3-6, 8-8

Lakeside               2-7, 6-14

De Queen             1-8, 6-12


5A South Conference girls standings:

Hot Springs             9-0, 17-4

Watson Chapel       7-2, 12-9

Lakeside                  7-2, 15-6

Magnolia                 4-5, 7-9

Hope                        4-5, 8-8

Fairview                   3-6, 6-16

De Queen                 2-7, 5-13

White Hall                0-9, 6-13







De Queen Basketball


Friday night, the Hot Springs Lakeside Lady Rams defeated De Queen by the score of 63-37 in 5A-South Conference action.


Hanna Murry and Paige Morphew led the Lady Leopards with 12 points each.


In the boys game, the Lakeside Rams defeated De Queen 53-38.


De Queen was led in scoring by senior Tyron Keels with 13 points.




Ashdown Basketball   


Friday night, the Ashdown Pantherettes took over first place in the 7-4A Conference with a 65-53 win over the Nashville Scrapperettes. Ashdown plays Mena tonight and Fountain Lake, Friday to conclude the regular season.


Lakendra Radfood led the Pantherettes with 22 points, while Jada Fricks dropped in 19 and she was five of six from the 3-point line.


Ashdown completed the sweep with a 52-45 victory over the Scrappers.


Devante O'Guinn led the Panthers with 10 points and Austin Cross added nine.


Archery at De Queen Public Schools


     Competitive archery was started at De Queen Public Schools four years ago.  The first three years team members made it to Nationals.  This year’s team is looking to make it four years in a row.   Much of the team is made up of females.  Coach Chaney explained the process at a competition.  All of the compound bows hang on a rack.  The team stands at a line about twenty feet in front of the bows.  He blows the whistle for two short sounds and the team goes to pick up the bow and returns to the line.  Containers are beside the team member holding five arrows.  Next, he blows the whistle one time.  This is the signal to start shooting at the target.  Team members have two minutes to shoot the five arrows.   After they finish shooting, they return the bow to the rack and walk back to the container.  Afterwards, he blows the whistle three times.  Team members walk toward the target and stop ten feet from it.  Then, Coach Chaney tells them to check their scores, take their arrows and return them to the container by the starting point.  Team members shoot from 10 meters and 15 meters.  This is Coach Chaney’s second year to work with the team.

     The team uses a compound bow with a maximum of 20 pound pull.  All of the bows are identical.  Bow sights are not allowed to be used.  The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission regulates the indoor archery competition.

Photo and article by Tammy Whatley

 Coach Dennis Chaney is working with the archery team.


Emmanual Escabedo checks the score for his arrow


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Barry Reed

Barry Reed of the Sevier County Dixie Youth Baseball Association announced that registration is open now until February 26th. The draft will take place on March 1st. Children must be 5 years old by April 30th to participate with a max age of 15 years old. For more information check out the Sevier County Dixie Youth Baseball Facebook page or contact Barry Reed.

Registration Form








De Queen High School track members have taken advantage of the good weather.  Pictured is Ricardo Martinez running the last lap of the 800 meter run.  The track teams are preparing for the University of Arkansas indoor meet at Fayetteville.





De Queen High School’s Leopard soccer team started practice last week.  Players are pictured running indoors.  Coach Sloan makes sure his players are in good condition for the season.  The team won the state championship last May.  The student body is looking forward to another great season.

Photo by Duvan Ramirez





Tuesday night, the De Queen basketball teams dropped two games on the road in Magnolia.


The Lady Panthers of Magnolia defeated the Lady Leopards by the score of 56-36.


Senior Kenzie Morphew led De Queen in scoring with nine points.


Hannah Murry scored eight, Sydney Sneed added seven and Megan Martz and MaKyla Jackson scored six each.


In boys action, the Magnolia Panthers defeated the De Queen Leopards 54-31.


Tyron Keels led in scoring with 11.


Lucas Tinajero added eight and Brady Winship scored seven.






Girls Tournament:

Cossatot River Lady Eagles defeated Acorn for the championship. 45-20


First round:

Horatio 45

Umpire 18


Oden 42

Trinity 16


Second round:

Cossatot River 45

Horatio 7


Acorn 43

Oden 36


Boys tournament:

Maumelle defeated Cossatot River 35-29 for the championship.


First round:

Oden 64

Umpire 58 in double OT


Cossatot 49

Trinity 47


Acorn 49

Horatio 31


Second round:

Maumelle 60

Oden 25


Cossatot River 46

Acorn 44 in double OT       



De Queen High School Basketball

The De Queen High School basketball team gets pumped up during the introduction of the starting lineup.  The Leopards will play at Magnolia on January 27.  Also, the Leopards will host Whitehall on January 30.  All games start at 5:00




The Eagletown High School junior class will host a co-ed softball tournament at the Eagletown High School baseball field on Saturday, February 28th.  Registration per 10/player team is $180 with all proceeds going toward the junior-senior prom.  To register a team or for more information, contact the Eagletown High School at 580-835-2242.





In their first home game since November 20th, the Leopards and Lady Leopards hosted the Camden Fairview Cardinals in 5A South Conference play.


The Lady Leopards fought hard and Coach Jason Barker said they were short a few girls, and made some key mistakes, but he felt they handled the Lady Cardinal pressure well.


The Lady Leopards came up short by the final score of 47-40 despite a career high 14-points from Hanna Murry.


The Lady Leopards fall to o-2 in conference play and 3-8 overall.


the Leopards fought hard and only trailed by five points late in the contest, but just couldn't finish off the Camden Fairview Cardinals.


The Cardinals handed the Leopards their first loss in conference play this season by defeating De Queen 51-43.


Tyron Keels led the Leopards with 28-points, but the Leopards drop to 1-1 in the conference and 6-5 overall.






Monday night, the De Queen Junior High School Lady Cubs picked up a huge conference win against the Hot Springs Lakeside Jr. Lady Rams. The Final score was 40-29 and the Lady Cubs improved to 14-1 on the season.






De Queen Head Baseball Coach Beau McCastlain recently announced that they would be continuing the teams fence banner fundraiser to help fund projects and trips for the 2015 Leopard baseball team.


McCastlain explained that the program supplements the district's baseball budget to help make upgrades to the field and program.


McCastlain talked about the new indoor netting system that the team will use for indoor hitting practice that was purchased as a result of 22 businesses and individuals participating in last year's banner fundraiser.


McCastlain said the team would also like to make some upgrades to the outfield if the funds become available.


Donations are needed by February 15th to ensure the banners are displayed in time for the teams benefit game against the Horatio Lions and the Leopards 3rd Annual Hit-A-Thon.


For more information, contact McCastlain at 870-279-4479 or click here for form.



The Eagletown High School Junior class will be hosting a Co-Ed Softball Tournament at EHS Baseball Field on February 28th.  Registration per 10 player team is $180 with all proceeds going toward the Junior and Senior Prom.  To register a team for for more information, contact Eagletown High School at 580-835-2242.




The Leopards and Lady Leopards traveled to Lakeside High School in Hot Springs Friday night and came away with one victory and one loss.


The Lady Leopards fell to the Lady Rams in the first match-up by the score of 64-40. MaKyla Jackson led the Lady Leopards in scoring with 12 points.


The De Queen Leopards opened conference play 1-0 with a 45-41 victory over the Rams. Tyron Keels led the Leopards with 22 points.


The Lady Leopards fall to 3-7 on the season and 0-1 in conference play and the Leopards improved to 6-4, and 1-0.





The Ashdown Panthers traveled to Waldron Friday night, resulting in one win and one loss.


The Pantherettes started fast and never allowed the Lady Bulldogs a chance to get back into the contest. Ashdown defeated Waldron 50-39.

Lakendra Radford poured in 25 points and pulled down nine rebounds.


The Panthers then fell to the Waldron Bulldogs by the score 47-42.


Brandon Northcross led the Panthers with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Mercardo Anderson scored eight points along with three rebounds.





Wednesday night, the Lady Leopards of De Queen were defeated by the Lady Tigers of Acorn 58-55 in the semi-finals of the Cossatot River Senior Tournament.


Head Coach Jason Barker reported the Lady Leopards got off to a slow start, but turned it on late, but simply could not finish off the Lady Tigers.


The De Queen Leopards and Lady Leopards will open conference play Friday night on the road at Hot Springs Lakeside. The games will be broadcast live on 102.1 The Good Path with the Morning Brew's Jay Lindly providing the play-by-play.



De Queen Junior High Lady Cubs were practicing free throw shooting this week.  The Leopards Coliseum has six goals that players can use.  Pictured shooting a free throw is Brady Young.


Coach Beau Mc Castlain works with Hunter Currence on pitching skills.  The De Queen Leopards’ baseball team took advantage of the warmer temperature on January 6.


The De Queen Lady Leopards took advantage of the nice weather on January 6.  The team held batting and fielding practice.  Pictured is Mallory Miller with her eye on the ball as it’s coming into the strike zone. 


Mr. Justin King volunteered pitching at the De Queen Lady Leopards’ softball practice on January 6.  Coach Tracy Nealy and Coach Leslie Simmons worked with players fielding the ball.





Saturday, January 3rd, the De Queen Lady Leopards defeated the Caddo Hills Lady Indians by the score of 55-48. The Lady Leopards were led in scoring by sophomore Sydney Sneed.


The De Queen Leopards, however, were defeated by Acorn 71-63. Tyron Keels led the Leopards in scoring.


The Lady Leopards will play Wednesday night at 4 p.m. at Cossatot River.



The De Queen Lady Leopards fell to Texas High in the first game of the Ashdown Basketball Classic Saturday morning by the final score of 77-55.


Paige Morphew came off the bench to lead the Lady Leopards in scoring with 16 points, while MaKyla Jackson scored 12.


Chanell Hayes scored 16 points and Jalissa Trotter 15 to led Texas High.


In other girls’ action from Ashdown, the Nashville Scrapperettes defeated the Lady Bears of Bradley 52-23, the Mineral Springs Lady Hornets defeated Genoa Central Lady Dragons 52-25, The Cossatot River Lady Eagles defeated the Hope Lady Bobcats 49-24 and Ashdown defeated Arkansas high 69-22.


The De Queen Leopards improved to 4-3 after winning their second game in a row with a 57-44 victory over the Bradley Bears, Saturday morning in the Ashdown Basketball Classic.


Tyron Keels led the Leopards with 21 points, while Maurice Moore contributed 11.


Daniel Villeda and Lucas Tinajero scored 8 each and Drew Dykes added five more.


Bradley was led by Nelson Ikegulu’s 13 points followed by 10 points from Marquese Jackson.


In other boys’ action, Cossatot River defeated Horatio by the score of 62-16, Mineral Springs defeated Genoa Central 63-53.


 De Queen High School Baseball Program Fund Raiser

The De Queen High School Baseball Program is excited about the upcoming season and would greatly appreciate your participation in our outfield banner advertisement program. For those of you who may not be familiar with this type of program, our outfield fence will be dressed up with vinyl banners of 4’x 6’ advertisements from community businesses and Leopard Baseball fans.

Attached you will find an order form that lists the different options available and the banner specifications. The initial price will be an amount that helps cover the cost of the banner while providing a donation, but will be reduced to just a renewal fee the following year. Of course the Leopard Baseball Program will be grateful of donations regardless of the amount so feel free to include a different amount if those options are not satisfactory.

Below you will also find a list of long term and short term goals for improvements which will be funded with your support.  If you or your business can assist us in reaching some of these goals in some other way, feel free to call me anytime at 870-279-4479 or email me at

Leopard Baseball Facility/Program Improvement Goals

 Short Term

1.)  Turface Infield Conditioner Mix to add to new infield skin

2.)  Spring Break Trip to Jonesboro, AR for the Xtra Innings Tournament

3.)  Indoor Netting System for Indoor Batting Practice

  Long Term  

1.)  New Brick and Netting Back Stop                                       

2.)  Renovate/Raise Infield Dirt area with Clay Base (Two truckloads were purchased with last year’s funds. Two more truck loads are needed.)

3.)  Renovate and level outfield playing area                                                 

4.)  Add French Drain to CF and RF                                           

5.)  Sprinkler system for  the OF  

6.)  Renovate Bull Pen by Home and Visitor dugouts          

7.)  Install a fire hose hookup behind pitcher’s mound      

Please be sure to take the time to send in your order form by Feb 15th so we will have your banner displayed when the first pitch is thrown during the 3nd Annual Leopard Hit-A-Thon which is another fundraising project we are excited about.  This new event, along with awesome community support, will help us create a great baseball environment for some great young men!!


De Queen Basketball Program


Coach Beau Brickell visited with KDQN Wednesday morning (12/17) to talk Leopard basketball.  This is Brickell’s first year at De Queen Public Schools.





The Lady Leopards of De Queen were unable to dig themselves out of a 22 point hole in their non-conference match-up with the Centerpoint Lady Knights Friday night as the lost 56-47.


Meagan Martz dropped in 12 of her 15 points in the second half to help the Lady Leopards cut the Centerpoint lead from 22 points down to four late in the fourth quarter.


Paige Morphew knocked off some game rust in the second half after scoring just one point in the first half to help the Lady Leopards battle back late. Morphew ended the game with 10 points.


Centerpoint was led in scoring by Jade Pennington who scored 18 points.


In boys action, De Queen's Tyron Keels put the Leopards on his back and led his team to a 55-52 victory over the Centerpoint Knights.


Keels led all scorers with 20 points, while Hunter Currence came off the bench to contribute nine.


Daniel Gilbert scored eight and Daniel Villeda scored six for the Leopards.


Centerpoint was led by David Banda with 13 points.




The Ashdown Pantherettes added a victory to their resume Tuesday night by defeating the Arkadelphia Lady Badgers by the final score of 50-36.


Jada Fricks led the Pantherettes with 13 points and one rebound, while Shacoya Poole and LaKendra Radford added 10 a piece.


Amair Davis and Brittany Harris scored seven points each, while Harris collected seven rebounds.


The Ashdown Panthers fought hard all night, but in the end, it was the Arkadelphia Badgers that came away with the 52-45 victory.


Malik Winfrey led the Panthers in scoring and rebounding with 12 points and six rebounds.


Mercardo Anderson followed with 11 points and three rebounds, while Brandon Northcross finished the night with 10 points and two rebounds.


Ashdown's next games are Friday at home against Bauxite. The game will be broadcast live on Your Number One Country 92.1 with Shane Haarmeyer around 6 p.m.



 Warren defeated Mena 48-17 in the 4A state championship game Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. It was Warren’s fourth state championship, but it’s first since 2002 and the first time Mena had been in the championship game since 1976.

 The Mena Bearcats represented the 7-4A conference and finished the season with a 12-3 record.

 Bearcats quarterback Sage Keasterson completed 16 of 32 passes for 131 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. His favorite receiver was Justin Castor who caught four passes for 58 yards and one touchdown.

 Bearcats running back Jackson Daugherty carried the ball five times for 44 yards.

 Keasterson passed for 3,000 yards this season, while Daugherty rushed for 1,000.




   Three members of the De Queen Leopards were named to the 2014 5A South All-Conference football team this week.

   Safety Blake Lowery (#16), a 6’1” 195 pound Senior; All-purpose back Cody Stephen (#3) , a 5’10” 170 pound Junior; and Tackle Miguel Martinez(#75), a 6’1” 330 pound Junior were named to the all Conference team.

    Lowery was the leader of the Leopard defense as a three-year starter in the secondary. Besides consistently being on top of the tackle charts, Lowery had an interception and a fumble recovery this year. He also returned kicks for the Leopards.

     Stephens played running back and quarterback for the Leopards. He completed 24 of 48 passes for 50%, 491 yards, and eight touchdowns. He rushed for 554 yards on 100 carries and four touchdowns. Stephens had one of the best individual efforts in recent history at Hot Springs Lakeside in Week Seven, when he set a school record with five touchdown passes.

     Martinez anchored a much-improved offensive line in 2014 for the Leopards. He’s the strongest Leopard. He benches 300 pounds and squats 600 pounds. Coach Justin Kramer believes that Martinez can develop into a college prospect.

      De Queen’s Blake Lowery, Cody Stephens, and Miguel Martinez – named to the 5A South All-Conference football team this week.



   Quarterback Brady Hanney was the 2014 recipient of the Rotary Cup at Wednesday’s noon meeting of the De Queen Rotary Club at Fat Chance’s Buffet. The award that dates back to 1936 is presented annually to the outstanding senior member of the Leopard football team.

   Hanney changed positions for his senior season, moving from Tight End to Quarterback. Hanney passed for 1,130 yards and five touchdowns. He rushed for 304 yards and three scores. He was named to the 5A South All-Conference football team his junior season.

   Brady, the son of Greg and Angela Hanney of Lockesburg, plans to major in business in college. His grade point average at De Queen High is 3.52. He is a member of National Honor Society and Future Teachers of America chapters at D.H.S. Hanney has also competed in basketball, baseball and track for the Leopards in prior years. He was named Honorable Mention - 5A South All-Conference baseball team last spring. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and video games.

    The Rotary Cup presentation is based on scholarship, leadership, participation in other school activities, and performance on the football field.

     Rotarian Grant Smith, color commentator on the Leopards radio broadcasts, presented the award on behalf of the Club. 1952 Rotary Cup winner Quinton Taggart and 2000 Rotary Cup winner Richard Bell were in attendance at Wednesday’s presentation.


2014 Brady Hanney

2013 Jake Arndt

2012 Miguel Soria

2011 Jace Stephens

2010 John Lee Miller

2009 Greg White

2008 Zack Taylor

2007 Kyle Atkins

2006 David Lee

2005 Randy Hayes

2004 Kirby Atkins

2003 Trey Williams

2002 Zach Jones

2001 Brian McLelland

2000 Richard Bell

1999 Joesph Parson

1998 Justin Powell

1997 Matt Scott & Drew Williams

1996 Alan Bender

1995 Rodney Williams

1994 Charlie White & Mark Palfreeman

1993 Brad Patterson

1992 J.J. Jernegan

1991 Lance Pinkerton

1990 John Frachiseur

1989 Bryan Blackwood

1988 Rocky Halter

1987 Wade Thrapp

1986 Jeff Holcombe

1985 Greg Hayes

1984 David Peppers

1983 DeWayne Pettigrew

1982 Joe Boyles

1981 Scott Smith

1980 Eric Willis

1979 Jimmy Etzkorn

1978 Joe Longacre

1977 Jerry Cobb

1976 Terry Tutt

1975 Scott Renfrow

1974 Greg Miller

1973 Chuck Barnhill

1972 Joe Barnhill

1971 Steve Halter

1970 Randy Davis

1969 Dick Van Bebber

1968 Glen Knod

1967 Bobby Trammell

1966 Bill Stainton

1965 Danny Pike

1964 Richard Knight

1963 Bob McKinley

1962 Tommy Harris

1961 Jack Suggs

1960 Jerry Caplinger

1959 John Whitaker

1958 James R. Norwood

1957 Carl Beutelschies

1956 Lyndall Smith

1955 Don Hubbard

1954 Buddy Wesson

1953 Don Park

1952 Quinton Taggart

1951 Buddy Bob Benson

1950 Jack Humphreys

1949 Billy Pickens

1948 Clarence Wilson

1947 Harold Sunderman

1946 Harold Brinson

1945 Paul Lamb

1944 Dwight Dodson

1943 No Award

1942 No Award

1941 Durwood Bourns

1940 James Williams

1939 W.L. Hawthorne & Nathan Bourns

1938 Johnny Kyle

1937 Watson Hendricks

1936 Buck Aubrey, Jr.





The De Queen Lady Leopards fell to the Lady Dragons of Genoa Central Monday afternoon in the Kirby Sr. High Tournament by the score of 68-63.


Paige Morphew led the Lady Leopards in scoring with 21 points. She also had one assist, one block and three rebounds.

Sidney Sneed scored 14 points and Meagan Martz contributed with nine points.

In the final game of the night, the De Queen Leopards were defeated by the Prescott Wolves by the score of 63-57.

Kobi Whitmore led the Leopards with 15 points.

Lucas Tinajero scored 12, Tyron Keels scored six, Daniel Gilbert had five and Daniel Villeda scored four.


The Leopards and Lady Leopards game will be Friday, December 19th at Centerpoint.


Winter Hitting Clinic

 Horatio High School will host a winter hitting clinic on Monday, December 29th for baseball players ages 7-13 at Horatio High School’s Lane Field.

Cost of the camp is $45 and the camp will run from 9:00 am-12:00 pm.  The fundamentals of hitting will be stressed and players who pre-register by Dec. 17th will receive a free camp t-shirt.  

A limited number of spaces are available.  To register or for more information call Lance Spigner@ (870) 381-7285. 





Tuesday night the De Queen Leopards were defeated by the Ashdown Panthers by the score of 61-30 in a non-conference match-up.


Head Coach Beau Brickell had to face the Panthers shorthanded as several players did not make the trip to Little River County, but he said he was pleased with their effort because his guys never quit and played all four quarters.


The Leopards next game will be Saturday at 2 p.m. during the first round of the Kirby Senior High Tournament. De Queen will be playing the Dierks Outlaws.


In girls’ action, the Lady Leopards fell 66-57 to the Pantherettes, Tuesday night.


MaKyla Jackson led the Lady Leopards with 19 points along with five assists and eight rebounds.


Meagan Martz added nine points, Sydney Sneed had eight and Paige Morphew contributed with seven points.


The Lady Leopards will also be competing in the Kirby Tournament.




We're wrapping up this year's Pigskin Pick 'em contest with three entries getting all nine games correct. 

When we looked at tie breaker Arkansas vs Ole Miss  game with it's  30 to 0 shutout, Mike Callahan missed predicting the score by 27 points; Sonny Kimmell missed by 20 points; and Levi Browning missed by 17 points--making him the winner.

It's been an action-packed year and we look forward to seeing your predictions in next year's contest.




Coach Richard Bell will lead De Queen Junior High Cubs in basketball this year.  Coach Bell is shown teaching a transition strategy to Tyler Miller.

Jason Barker is the Lady Leopards’ basketball coach.  This year he has an assistant coach.  De Queen alumni Alisha Mitchell will assume the new role

The De Queen Leopards’ basketball team has a dynamic duo for coaches.  Head coach Beau Brickell and assistant coach Trent Floyd. 






De Queen High School’s Diana Ramirez is showing her Leopard spirit.  Diana is doing jump known as a toe touch.  The cheerleaders will be leading cheers at the basketball games.




Coach Erik Smith challenges the Lady Leopards’ soccer team in a conditioning exercise.  Pictured right to left are Camen Zavala, Coach Smith,  Loida Carranza, Anahi Gutierrez and Abby Flores


De Queen vs White Hall   11/1/14

Top Left:  Captains for the De Queen Leopards head to midfield for the coin toss.  Pictured are #13 Brady Hanney, #16 Blake Lowrey, #40 Kirkland Williams, #85 Manuel Escobedo, and #25 Josh King.

Photos by Tammy Whatley




Pigskin Pick 'em Week Ten



Pigskin Pick 'em Week Ten Play Sheets show Carolina at Pittsburgh for Monday Night Football. However, Carolina is in that other Pennsylvania city tonight - Philadelphia! We apologize for any inconvenience, and we have thrown that game out as far as scoring is concerned.

Road teams had a good week: Alabama won at L.S.U. Texas A & M pulled a shocker at Auburn. Ohio State recorded a Big Ten road win at Michigan State. Baylor won in Norman. When the dust all settled, we had ONE contestant who nailed nine out of nine games perfectly. Tony Hughes hit them all correctly to win the $100 cash prize for Week Ten. Congratulations Tony! Charles Buck missed only one contest. We had 132 contestants miss two games in a wild weekend of football!.


Week Eleven play sheets are now available at participating sponsor locations. Big games in Week Eleven include: Mississippi State at Alabama, Auburn at Georgia, South Carolina at Florida, and Texas at Oklahoma State. Pick up a play sheet. Circle your winners. Don't forget to predict your L.S.U. at Arkansas tie-breaker score. Drop your entry by the radio station before 12 noon on Friday. Good luck from Pigskin Pick 'em!"

Shown Above: Beth Hughes picked up check for her husband, Tony from Jim Pinson.





De Queen Leopards’ football season ended Friday night.  Pictured are the managers that have supported the team all season.  Pictured L to R are Kimberly Cordero, Stephanie Bell, Ariana Cuevas, Kathy Hernandez and Justyce Brown.

2014 Fall Ball District Champs - 8 & under Softball

 XPLOSION was undefeated in the district tournament on Saturday, November 1st held in Nashville Arkansas.

Bottom left - Genevieve Lopez, Charlie Tadlock, Perry Bell Nickerson, Emma Ray, Skyler Tadlock, Mackenzee Pearce. Middle row - Payton Blanton, Courtney Socash, Catherine Socash, Raylee VanVoast, Phoebe Gass, Kinley Rankin

Coaches - Derek Rankin, Rhonda Blanton, Head Coach - Chad Nickerson



pigskin pick 'em week 9

In another weekend filled with upsets, we had EIGHT Pigskin Pickers miss TWO games each. The eight contestants were: Billy W. Fletcher, Cory Thompson, Gary Ward, Mike Parks, Charles Hensley, Rhonda Spradlin, Kristina Dobbs, and Elmer Elmore, Jr. So we go to the Arkansas - Mississippi State tie-breaker score to determine the winner. The top-ranked Bulldogs knocked off the Razorbacks 17-10 in Starkville Saturday night. Billy W. Fletcher predicted 21-17, missing by eleven points. So Billy W. Fletcher wins the $100 cash prize for Week Nine!

"Week Ten play sheets are now available at participating sponsor locations. Big games in Week Ten include: Baylor at Oklahoma, Ohio State at Michigan State, Alabama at L.S.U., and Texas A & M at Auburn. Pick up a play sheet. Circle your winners in Week Ten. Don't forget to guess your Dallas at Jacksonville tie-breaker score. Drop your entry by the radio station before 12 Noon on Friday. Good luck from Pigskin Pick 'em!





"The De Queen Junior High Cubs scored the first 14 points of the game....and the last 14 points of the game, as the Cubs improved to 8-0 on the season with a 28-20 win over Hot Springs Thursday night at Leopard Stadium. The Cubs took an 8-0 lead as they scored on their first possession of the contest on a 13 yard pass from Tyler Miller to Hunter Earney. Brandon Hagood ran in for the two point conversion, and the Cubs led 8-0 after the opening quarter. The Cubs extended the lead to 14-0 on a 53 yard run by Earney. Hot Springs stormed back with two scores to tie the game at 14 at intermission. After falling behind 20-14, the Cubs bounced back. De Queen tied the game on a 21 yard run by Hagood. Then the Cubs took the lead for good on a 22 yard run by Earney. Miller hit Earney with the two point conversion pass to make the final score: De Queen 28 Hot Springs 20. Earney rushed ten times for 115 yards and two touchdowns to pace the Cubs. Hagood added 85 yards on 13 carries and a score. The Cubs close out the season next TUESDAY night, November 3rd against Hope at Leopard Stadium."






It was the tightest week ever in the history of the Pigskin Pick 'em contest! There weren't many upsets in Week Eight, and we had TWENTY-FOUR contestants miss only one game each! Ironically, they all missed Washington at Dallas on Monday Night Football! The twenty-four contestants who missed only one game include: Dollie Blankenship, Doralene Martin, Saloman Hernandez, Patti Boone, Mike Callahan, Ronald Hoffman, Neil Moran, Mark Mabry, Rhonda Spradlin, Logan Davis, Tawana Ricker, Steve Keener, Carey Lambrecht, Jessica Ugarte, Antonio Ugarte, Ken Jackson, Sonny Kimmel, Destiny Kimmel, Nita Johnson, Phil Johnson, Elmer Elmore Jr., Cheryl Huston, Roy Rogers Sr., and Marilyn Baker.

So we go to the Arkansas - University of Alabama Birmingham tiebreaker score to determine the winner. The Hogs defeated the Blazers 45-17 in Fayetteville Saturday. Doralene Martin predicted 47-17, missing by only two points! Doralene Martin wins $100 cash as the winner in Week Eight! We had three contestants that deserve a special honorable mention for missing the Arkansas tie-breaker score by only THREE points! They include: Patti Boone, Saloman Hernandez, and Carey Lambrecht.

Week Nine play sheets are now available at participating sponsor locations. Big games in Week Nine include: Auburn at Ole Miss, Georgia versus Florida in Jacksonville, Stanford at Oregon, Oklahoma State at Kansas State, and Arizona's Cardinals at Dallas. Pick up a play sheet from one of our sponsors. Circle your winners in Week Nine. Don't forget to predict the final outcome of the Arkansas at Mississippi State game in Starkville as our tie-breaker score. Turn it in to the radio station by noon on Friday. Good luck from Pigskin Pick 'em!






In a busy weekend of football, we had ELEVEN contestants who each missed TWO games in Week Seven of the 2014 Pigskin Pick 'em Contest. The eleven contestants were: Ryan Wishard, Easton Leonard, Ken Jackson, Patti Boone, Marilyn Baker, Carey Lambrecht, Christy Keener, Billy Martin, Mike Parks, Tawana Ricker, and Bo Collins. So we go to the Arkansas-Georgia tie-breaker score. The Dogs beat the Hogs 45-32 Saturday. Ryan Wishard predicted 38-28, missing by only eleven points. Ryan claims the $100 cash prize for Week Seven!


Week Eight play sheets are now available at participating sponsor locations. Big games in Week Eight include: Ohio State at Penn State, South Carolina at Auburn, Alabama at Tennessee, Michigan at Michigan State, and the Washington Redskins at Dallas. Pick up a play sheet. Circle your winners. Don't forget to list your U.A.B. at Arkansas tie-breaker score prediction. Drop your entry by the radio station before 12 Noon on Friday. Good luck from Pigskin Pick 'em!



The 9U Timberwolves defeated Spa City Crushers Sunday at Burns Park in North Little Rock to capture gold rings in the P2A Fall Pre-State Tournament.

Bottom row: Braeson Scarborough, Peyton Hill, Slade Slayton, Caleb Halter, Rylin Hill;  Middle row: Johnathan Garcia, Tyler Brown, Kason Willard, Alex Mendiola, and Tucker Emerson

Coaches:  Coach Slayton, Coach Willard, Coach Hill

 Pigskin Pick em Week Six

  "In another upset-filled weekend, we had ONE perfect entry in Week Six of the 2014 Pigskin Pickem Contest. Yolonda Chaney nailed all ten contests perfectly to claim the $100 cash prize for Week Six!
     Week Seven play sheets are now available at participating sponsor locations. Big games in Week Seven include: Notre Dame at Florida State, Missouri at Florida, and the New York Giants at Dallas. Pick up a play sheet and circle your winners. Don't forget to predict the Georgia at Arkansas tie-breaker score. Drop your entry by the radio station before 12 Noon on Friday. Good luck from Pigskin Pickem!"



The Cossatot ABC Preschool shows their Leopard support by wearing their Black & Gold.



The De Queen High School Student Council announces the 2014 DHS Homecoming Court. The De Queen Leopards Football team will be playing their homecoming game against Hot Springs High School on October 10, 2014. Homecoming festivities begin with a Homecoming Parade themed "Terminate the Trojans” downtown at 1:30 p.m. The parade will also continue to the High School at approximately 2:00 p.m. An afternoon ceremony and pep rally will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the De Queen High School Auditorium. Evening Homecoming ceremonies will begin at 6:30 pm at Leopard Stadium and the game will follow at 7:00 pm.

Standing: Crown Bearer Lila Martin, Football Bearer Micah Vance

Front row: (left to right) Sr. Maid Montie Hennard, Sr. Maid Miriam Dominguez, Sr. Maid Justyce Brown, Queen Lucee Lugo, Sr. Maid Kenzie Tatta, Sr. Maid Mallory Miller, Sr. Maid Paige Morphew

2nd row: (left to right) Soph. Maid Erika Zamora, Jr. Maid Krishna Patel, Sr. Maid Rachel Lipsey, Sr. Maid Alexandra Martinez, Sr. Maid Marjle McClelland, Sr. Maid Ashleigh, Zeigler, Jr. Maid Kylie Bowens, Soph. Maid Martha Mosqueda, Sr. Maid Margaret Parker   



Horatio High School's 2014 Homecoming Court…  Front row: left to right Crown Bearer Bella Baker, Queen Morgan Brackett, &  Football Bearer Eli Vann. 

Middle row: Senior Maid Adi Arellano, Senior Maid Audrey Smith, Flower Girl Ashton Alexander, Senior Maid Megan Perez, & Senior Maid Cheyenne Whitlow. 

Back row:  Junior Maid Sarah Swain, Junior Maid Allison Jones, Sophomore Maid Laney Baker, and Sophomore Maid Elvelyn Martinez. 

Homecoming ceremonies was Friday, October 3rd at 6:30 pm on the HHS football field.




Chicago hosted the running world once again Sunday as nearly 45, 000 runners took to the streets for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon.  Runners snaked through several Chicago neighborhoods on a grand tour of the city, which continues to make its way to the forefront of the running scene. The Chicago Marathon is one of the six World Marathon Majors along with Boston, New York, London, Berlin, and Tokyo.

Two local runners, Jason Barker and Lacey Young, qualified to run in this year’s race.  This was Barker’s second Major marathon after running Boston in April and Young’s first.  Young has qualified for Boston and will run there in April.

Lacey finished Chicago in 3:13:34 which put her at the 2251st place overall and the 287th female to cross the finish line.  That put her in the top 5% overall male and female and the top 1.5% female.

Jason finished in 3:13:02 which put him at the 2190th place overall and 1909th male to cross the finish line.  This put him also in the top 5% of all runners and top 10% male. 


This is a photo after the race in front of the famous Chicago "Bean"





In a weekend packed with upsets, we had two contestants miss only one game in Week Four of the 2014 Pigskin Pick 'em Contest. Paula Hale missed Missouri-South Carolina, while Taylor Howard missed the Monday Night Football contest between New England and Kansas City. So we go to the Arkansas - Texas A & M tiebreaker score from Saturday. The Aggies slipped past the Hogs 35-28 in Arlington. Paula Hale predicted 38-28, missing by only three points. Taylor Howard guessed 21-14, missing by 28 points. So Paula Hale wins the $100 cash prize for Week Four!
 Week Five play sheets are now available at participating sponsor locations. Big games in Week Five include: Alabama at Ole Miss, L.S.U. at Auburn, Florida at Tennessee, Stanford at Notre Dame, Baylor at Texas, and Oklahoma at T.C.U. Pick up a play sheet, circle your winners, don't forget the Dallas-Houston tie-breaker score, and drop your entry by the radio station before 12 Noon on Friday. Good luck from Pigskin Pick 'em!





"We had ELEVEN perfect entries in Week Three of the 2014 Pigskin Pick 'em contest! Cheryl Huston, Elmer Elmore Jr., Wesley Jeanes, Vanessa Heath, Tawana Ricker, Bryan Aynes, Brenna Aynes, Todd Aynes, Marilyn Baker, Salomon Hernandez, and James Howard nailed all ten contests correctly! So we go to the Arkansas - Northern Ilinois tiebreaker score. The Hogs whipped the Huskies 52-14. Vanessa Heath predicted 49-24, missing by only 13 point to claim the $100 cash prize in Week Three. Tawana Ricker was off 15 points, while Bryan Aynes and Wesley Jeanes each missed by 17 points. Very competitive week for Pigskin Pick 'em contestants!
Week Four play sheets are now available in participating sponsor locations. Big games in Week Four include: Mena at Ashdown, Missouri at South Carolina, Tennessee at Georgia, and the New Orleans Saints at Dallas. Pick up a play sheet, circle your week four winners, don't forget the Arkansas - Texas A & M tiebreaker score prediction, and turn it in to the radio station by 12 Noon on Friday. Good luck from Pigskin Pick 'em!"


300 and counting


Friday night's game broadcast against Ashdown marked the 300th football game broadcast by Jay Bunyard.  Affectionately known as "The Voice of the Leopards", Bunyard has not missed announcing a game in the last 27 years--he even cut short a Cancun vacation for his fifth wedding anniversary when the Leopards made it to the State playoffs with a 14-0 record.


To commemorate the milestone, Athletic Director Bob Sikes presented Jay with a plaque and Mayor Billy Ray McKelvy declared September 19th as "Jay Bunyard Day" in De Queen.  KDQN played messages throughout the day from several of the previous Leopard coaches congratulating Jay on his accomplishment.






In a weekend full of upsets, we had three listeners submit entries with only ONE miss each in week one of the 2014 Pigskin Pick 'em Contest. J.P. Johnson and Sonny Kimmel missed only the Virginia Tech at Ohio State contest, while Amanda Kimmel missed only the New York Giants at Detroit Monday Night Football match-up. So we go to the tie-breaker score as the Hogs thrashed Nicholls State 73-7 Saturday. Amanda Kimmel guessed 49-10, missing by 27 points, while Sonny Kimmel missed by 38 points and J.P. Johnson was off by 50 points. So Amanda Kimmel makes all the ladies out there happy as she wins the $100 cash prize for week one!
 "Week two play sheets are now available at participating sponsor locations. Big games this upcoming weekend include: Arkansas at Texas Tech, Georgia at South Carolina, Tennessee at Oklahoma, and UCLA at Texas. Pick up a play sheet, fill it out, don't forget the Arkansas tie-breaker score, and drop off your entry at the radio station before 12 Noon on Friday. Good luck from 2014 Pigskin Pick 'em!






There will be a De Queen Booster Club meeting Tuesday, August 19th at 6:00 p.m. at the multi-purpose building at the Church of Christ.  The community is encouraged to attend and get involved in the Leopard Booster Club.  Individual sponsors may join for as little as $10 per month.  Corporate sponsors for as little as $75 per month.  (Complete sponsorship fee listing)