MAY 8, 2019
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Mena Bearcat Signs with McNeese State University of the Southland Conference... (MENA) Zion Barnes signed a National Letter of Intent on Monday afternoon, in front of many of his Bearcats football teammates and other classmates. Barnes had two distinct possibilities of playing football in college, both as a Cowboy. But, in the end Barnes decided to choose the school that would give him immediate starting possibilities, McNeese
Former Arkansas Razorbacks on Road to NFL Stardom (FAYETTEVILLE) Four more Arkansas Razorback football players are headed to the NFL after signing as undrafted free agents. Ryan Pulley, Brian Wallace, Randy Ramsey, and Santos Ramirez will join the pool of Razorbacks taking their talents to the next level. The undrafted free agents join Hjalte Froholdt, Dre Greenlaw, and Armon Watts as the seven total Hogs headed to the NFL. Cornerback Ryan Pulley declared for the draft after his junior campaign for Arkansas and signed as a UDFA for the
Arizona Cardinals. During his final season with the Hogs, he tallied 37 tackles with 30 solo stops, 3.5 for loss, a sack, a forced fumble, three interceptions, and six pass breakups. He started for nine games and played in 11 in the 2018 season. Offensive tackle Brian Wallace started all 12 games in his senior year and will now be joining the Denver Broncos. Standing at 6’5″ and weighing in at 326 lbs, Wallace has the physical build to make it at the next level. Defensive end Randy Ramsey is headed to the Green Bay Packers after 22 career starts with Arkansas. His senior year
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ended with 32 tackles, including 16 solo, seven tackles for loss, three sacks, one fumble recovery, and six quarterback hurries. He finished his career at Arkansas with 105 total tackles. Safety Santos Ramirez is joining the New York Jets after 34 starts for the Hogs. He finished his junior and senior years starting every game. In his time with the Hogs, he racked up 218 tackles, 2.5 for loss, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and three interceptions.
State in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The other school on his radar was at OSU. Barnes is a 6’2”, 240 pound Defensive Lineman , who recorded 92 tackles in the 2018 season, averaging 8.4 tackles per game. His defensive prowess garnered him 18 tackles alone against Pottsville, 11 tackles against Gentry and Dover, and recording another ten tackles against Hot Springs. Barnes was a problem for most quarterbacks last season, recording ten hurried up passes and causing two fumbles for the Bearcats. According to Bearcat Head Football Coach, Tim Harper, “Barnes amassed around 170 tackles during his four year play for the Bearcats.” Harper praised the hardwork that he put into his success while a Bearcat. Showing up in the weight room early and being chased out by the coaches. Harper added “Barnes would often record himself working out” trying to find out what he could do to improve his conditioning efforts.
Mena Bearcat Band Members Honored at Banquet (MENA) Mena High School Band honored its outstanding members and recognition of its Seniors, at their Awards Banquet held Saturday evening at First Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall. Christopher Thompson and Fisher Neufeld won the Distinguished John Phillip Sousza Award, normally awarded to one outstanding student bandmember; but, it occasionally awards co-winners. Tilman Portwood won the Directors Award, Christopher Thompson also was selected Band King, while Emily Sorge was selected Band Queen. Fisher Neufeld was selected Outstand-
ing Jazz Musician, Daniel Green was named as the Outstanding Woodwind Musician, with Ayden Ludwig being selected as the Outstanding Brass Musician. Summer Loar was chosen as the Outstanding Percussion Musician. Teresa Cude was selected for Outstanding Leadership and Pete Floyd was a natural choice for Most Spirited. Colby Murphy was chosen as the band’s Outstanding Marcher. Faith Chaney was picked as Outstanding Guard Member. Jackson Efird was selected as Most Improved and Annika Thompson was chosen as the Rookie Of The Year.
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