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2017/18 Sports physicals
According to Bulldog Athletic Director, Ricky May, sports physicals for the 2017-18 school year are scheduled for Wed., April 5 at 3:30 p.m. in the Waldron High School commons.

The athletic girls are scheduled for Wed., April 12 at 3:30 p.m. in the High School Commons.




Concern rising over concealed weapons at Razorbacks games
The Southeastern Conference casts a worrisome eye towards the University of Arkansas if Arkansas’ House of Representatives don’t go along with the Arkansas Senate’s Friday vote to exempt collegiate sporting events in Arkansas from law HB 1249  to take effect in September allowing concealed weapons to be carried on college campuses in Arkansas by those with certified  proof of a  course in handling firearms.

All of the  Arkansas Razorbacks’ men and women athletics teams have been part of the SEC since 1992, but it seems, by a statement made Tuesday by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, their presence in the SEC could be jeopardized by league concerns over the safety of athletes, officials and fans should  the UA be compelled to allow guns in the stands.
No SEC school, or it is believed any NCAA school, allows fans carrying firearms to attend athletic events.  

The law was passed by the legislature over the objections of the UA and other universities around the state who had opted out of a previous proposal allowing faculty to carry concealed weapons.




Walker named outside linebacker’s coach
Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema has turned to the NFL for the second time this week to complete his coaching staff, naming Atlanta Falcons defensive assistant/defensive backs coach Chad Walker the program’s outside linebackers coach Friday evening.

Less than a week removed from coaching in Super Bowl LI, Walker becomes the second addition to Arkansas’ defensive staff this offseason after spending the last two seasons with the Falcons. His two-year run in Atlanta was his second stint in the NFL after spending three seasons with the Miami Dolphins from 2005-07 as a defensive quality control coach.




Sexton recipient of Brandon Burlsworth character award
Waldron Bulldog, Brian Sexton, was presented the Brandon Burlsworth character award by Coach Nick Stovall.

IT'S SIMPLE: Our nation needs to place a higher value on character. The Burlsworth Character Award has been given out in Arkansas High Schools for the past 11 years in recognition of outstanding character and sportsmanship, and is now nationwide.




Booneville Ladycats edged out by Lady Bulldogs, 38-35
The Waldron Bulldogs edged out the Ladycats of Booneville for a Senior Night victory on Thurs., Feb, 2, 2017 with a final score of 38-35.
The Lady Bulldogs trailed the Ladycats through half time; however, returning to the court in the 3rd quarter, the Lady ‘Dogs were able to put 8 points on the board to Ladycats’ 3 points.




Junior Bulldogs named Conference Champions
In front of a packed house, the Waldron Jr Bulldogs handed the Charleston Tigers their first loss of the year on Jan. 30, 2017. “The atmosphere was electric. It was one of those games that these kids and fans will always remember,” said Coach Josh Atchley.

Early in the game the Tigers handled the Bulldogs by taking a 6 point advantage into halftime up 22 to 16. But, the 3rd quarter belonged to the Dogs, as they preceded to go on a 22 to 5 run heading into the 4th. The run was sparked by tough full court defense from Gada Wagner, Ruben Valdez, Seth Hunt, and Mason Ford, with several big shots from Payton Brown and Jacob Avila.




Razorbacks fall to OSU is worst of SEC defeats
Obviously without Arkansas’ help, SEC men’s basketball held its own in last Saturday’s SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
For their 10 SEC/Big 12 Challenge games the leagues split 5-5 dead even.
The 16-5 Razorbacks’ 99-71 embarrassing loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys in Stillwater, Okla. by far ranks the worst of the SEC’s five defeats.
Nationally No. 4 Kentucky losing, 79-73 at home in Lexington to No. 2 Kansas lived up to its heavyweight title fight type billing.

Texas A&M roared back from a 20-point deficit to menace West Virginia before Coach Bob Huggins’ nationally No. 18 Mountaineers held off the Aggies, 81-77 in Morgantown, Va.
No. 5 Baylor, ranked No. 1 early in the season, barely survived the unranked Ole Miss Rebels, 78-75 in Oxford, Miss.
And LSU, well with the Tigers losing eight of their last nine nobody was surprised to see them lose their sixth consecutive game  falling, 77-64 to the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock.




Razorbacks celebrate over win against Missouri
After losing consecutive SEC home games for the first time since predecessor John Pelphrey coached the Razorbacks, Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson and his Razorbacks certainly didn’t diminish their 19-point victory over Missouri.
In SEC play, Arkansas’ 92-73 victory Saturday at Walton Arena came after home losses to Florida and Mississippi State plus one road loss at Kentucky and one road win at Tennessee.
The Razorbacks, 13-4 overall but just 2-3 in the SEC, would have been in dire SEC straits had they lost at home to last-place Missouri, 5-11, 0-4, going into Tuesday night’s SEC game at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.
“It was a very important win tonight,” Arkansas junior guard Daryl Macon said after registering game highs 17 points and six assists. “We couldn’t drop three in a row. We started the sense of urgency at practice and tried to carry most of it over to the game and it turned out good tonight.”
Anderson agreed. The urgency he didn’t see last Tuesday   when the Razorbacks lost, 84-78 to Mississippi State  at Walton he saw Saturday evening. 
“I thought we brought the intensity that is normally own display at Bud Walton Arena,” Anderson said.   “And It was good to see defensively guys  engaged  and making it difficult for Missouri to get  into what they wanted to run offensively.”
Arkansas’ defense converted 25 points off turnovers to the offense while big men Moses Kingsley and Trey Thompson, the Madison native and Forrest City High grad, combined to block five shots and score 14 points with 12 rebounds.




No official word on Smith for Wake Forest position
FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas defensive coordinator Robb Smith is reported by numerous media outlets to have interviewed for the defensive coordinator’s position at Wake Forest University. However  no official Wake Forest offer to Smith has been reported or confirmed. Neither Smith nor Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema could be reached Friday for comment. Bielema has said other schools have expressed interest in various Aransas assistant coaches. If Smith leaves for Wake Forest, he would replace defensive coordinator Mike Elko. Elko departed Wake Forest Coach Dave Clawson’s staff to become the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame.

Clawson’s Demon Deacons improved off successive 3-9 years to conclude 2016 at 7-6 and beating Temple in the Military Bowl. An instant Arkansas hit when he arrived in 2014 to inherit a struggling defense off a 3-9 overall and 0-8 SEC team  from 2013, Smith’s 2014 defense was instrumental in the Razorbacks vastly improving to 7-6 overall and 2-6 in the SEC.  The 2014 Hogs posted unprecedented consecutive SEC shutouts by 17-0 and 30-0 in Fayetteville over nationally No. 20 LSU and nationally No. 8 Ole Miss and finished with a 31-7 Texas Bowl victory in Houston over the Texas Longhorns.




Bulldogs fall to Eagles in tourney finals
The Waldron Bulldogs were defeated by the Cossatot River Eagles 73-54 in the championship game of the Booneville Tournament on Saturday. "Well that's our strength, our ability to make shots," Cossatot River coach Wendell Cartwright said. "We kind of struggled early. Then we made some plays defensively that got us some easy buckets, which got our confidence up."

Cossatot River trailed by 4 at halftime before putting on a shooting clinic. The Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 47-24 in the second half. "We didn't really wake up until the second half that's for sure," Cartwright said. "We played a whole lot harder in the second half. They just hung in their and kept fighting and battling, and finally we made some plays."




Bulldogs defeat Tigers in semifinal at Booneville tourney
Waldron took the lead for the first time a few minutes into the fourth quarter against the Acorn Tigers in semifinals of the Booneville Invitational tournament on Friday when Ty Allen hit a 3-pointer to make the score 36-34. After the Bulldogs got a stop, Chris Shaddon hit a 3-pointer to extends Waldron's lead to 39-34.



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