By: Matt Sharp
One of the area's biggest junior-high basketball tournaments, the Mountain Home Invitational Tournament, began on Saturday.
In boys' action, the Junior Bombers won their first game 43-33 over Batesville. Bodie Cotter led Mountain Home with 16 points. The Junior Bombers advance to Wednesday's semifinals where they will play Paragould.
Also on the boys' bracket, Flippin squeaked by Harrison 41-40. The Junior Bobcats' next opponent will be Highland. The Junior Rebels topped Bergman 37-25.
Mountain Home was also victorious on the girls' side. The Junior Lady Bombers defeated Highland 29-22.
Mountain Home will be paired up on Wednesday with Batesville who beat Flippin 46-22. West Plains beat Bergman 35-26, and they will play Harrison in the other semifinal.
In other basketball, Cotter's boys' teams split a pair of makeup games against Pangburn.
The Warriors topped the Tigers in the senior-high game 62-56. Cotter was led by Jeremy Hinrichs and Cody Reese with 14 points each. The Warriors improve to 8-21 on the season and 5-9 in the 2A-2, and they will travel to Newark on Tuesday to face Cedar Ridge.
Cotter did not fare as well in the junior-high contest as they fell to Pangburn 49-42. Austin McBee and Taran Eaton were the Junior Warriors' leading scorers with ten points each. Cotter drops to 4-23 on the year, and they will take on Yellville-Summit on Monday.
Mountain Home's seventh-grade boys took part in a jamboree at Beebe. The Seventh-Grade Bombers began on a tough note as they were edged out by Little Rock Christian 38-35. Mountain Home came back and won their second game 41-23 over Beebe. The Seventh-Grade Bombers will return to action on Thursday when they face Lead Hill.
The Mountain Home wrestling team went down to central Arkansas and finished in fifth place in a tournament at Conway. For the Bombers, J.T. Carlsen went 4-0 on the day and improves to 11-0 on the season. Andrew Jiles also finished 4-0 in his weight group; Lane Alexander ended up 4-1; and Jordan Womack, Ben Ritcheson, and Dalton Reed each finished 3-1.
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