Billie Boosters set annual barbecue
The 2019 annual barbecue chicken lunch, sponsored by the Monticello High School Billie Football Boosters, will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church, 317 South Main Street. Tickets are $10 and includes a half chicken, potato salad, bread and a brownie. Tickets may be purchased from any MHS football player, Misty Morgan at 870-377-0695, Alicia Whitaker at 870-222-7013, Union Bank, Commercial Bank, or the offices at MHS, Monticello Middle School, Monticello Intermediate School, Monticello Elementary School, the Occupational Education Center or the Monticello School District administration building.
UAM hosts pair of Halloween events
The University of Arkansas at Monticello Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will host the ninth annual UAM Sports Trunk or Treat from 6-7:15 p.m. Monday at Willis “Convoy” Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium. UAM student-athletes, cheerleaders and along with mascots Weezy and Blossom, as well other representatives from the UAM student body, will be lined up along the old track of the football stadium handing out candy and playing games with trick-or-treaters from car trunks and truck beds. Immediately following, Halloween Havoc will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. inside Steelman Field House. There will be giveaways throughout the event, as well as prizes for contest winners. Plus, Boll Weevil and Cotton Blossom fans are invited to showcase their basketball skills with a round of knockout. The event is open to the public, and admission is free of charge. In addition to the fan contests, UAM will introduce the players and coaches for the women’s and men’s basketball teams. Both teams are preparing for the 2017-18 season, with the Blossoms beginning the year with an exhibition match-up at Arkansas State University on Nov. 2, and the Weevils facing Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. on Nov. 3 in an exhibition contest, as well. The 2017 Halloween Havoc will close out with a dunk competition from the men’s basketball team with guest judges. “We are very excited to be hosting Trunk or Treat again this year,” said UAM Director of Athletics John Harvey. “Our student athletes look forward to this event and enjoy interacting with community kids. We hope that you are able to stick around to watch our basketball teams perform at Halloween Havoc.”
Blossoms picked 11th in GAC poll
The University of Arkansas at Monticello women’s basketball team has been selected to finish 11th in the 2017-18 Great American Conference season in the coaches’ preseason poll released by the conference last Wednesday. The Cotton Blossoms finished 11-16 (8-14 GAC) a season ago, winding up eighth in the league’s regular season. UAM fell in the opening round of the GAC Championship Tournament during to top-seeded Harding University. Three players return from that team, including two starters in seniors Brittnee Broadway and Taylor Collins. Collins scored 9.9 points per game last year and Broadway 7.1 points per game, along with leading the team in overall assists with 113. The other familiar face will be sophomore Mackenzie Johnson, who appeared in 20 games a year ago for the Blossoms. The UAM women’s program welcomes 11 new faces on 2017-18—Idalis Rubalcava, Charlynn Perry, Juanisha Young, Whitney O’Dell, Briana Hayles, Chari Swift, Taylor Farley, Camryn Harmon, Dezirae King, Nina Kizzee and Jaida Harden. The first game for the Blossoms will be at the GAC/Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Challenge against Lincoln University on Nov. 10 in St. Charles, Mo. The first home game is set for Saturday, Nov. 25 against Paul Quinn (Texas) College, and the UAM will play its first GAC contest, also at home, against Southeastern Oklahoma State University on Thursday, Nov. 30. Harding University was selected as the preseason favorite, receiving 11 first-place votes.
Tourney for duck hunters established
This duck season, Southeast Arkansas hunters will have an opportunity to come together for some unique fellowship and a meaningful purpose. The first-ever “Lucky Limit Challenge” is a competitive tournament for duck hunters; registration for the Jan. 13, 2018 event is open now through the end of December. Winning the challenge will require equal parts skill and luck, but the real winner will be the Robert “Bobby” H. Burch Jr. Endowment for Waterfowl Research fund at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the endowment named for Burch, a local dentist and avid waterfowl hunter who passed away in 2015. The tournament is patterned after the “Duck Classic” in Jonesboro, which has been a successful annual event in Northeast Arkansas for 15 years. Each team will be comprised up of four hunters, who must register before Dec. 31. Teams can hunt anywhere within the seven counties generally designated as Southeast Arkansas—Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Cleveland, Desha, Drew and Lincoln. Each team’s morning kills on Jan. 13 will be verified and the ducks logged by species. That evening, the participants will gather for a random drawing which will assign point values to each species. The team with the most points will win a $1,200 cash prize and the large Burch trophy. For more information, contact John McClendon at 870-367-2700 or Chris Sims at 870-723-4089. The contest is for ducks only (no geese, no coots) and the minimum age to participate is 16.