On Friday evening, April 17, the Corning, Rector, and Piggott School Districts turned on the football stadium lights and the baseball and softball lights at 8:20 p.m. for 20 minutes and 20 seconds to honor the 2020 graduating seniors and to remember the lost spring sport season. The lights were a symbol of hope and a reminder that things will eventually return to normal.
The Knobel Mustang Colts won their very first trophy last weekend by capturing third place honors at the Elementary Invitational Basketball Tournament held at Rector. The boys who are coached by Jim Bob Lentz, played three games in the tournament - they beat McDougal 44 to 43, lost to Manila 49 to 40, then came back to win over Piggott 40 to 16. Todd Stacy, a member of the Knobel PeeWee group, scored an average of 23 points per game for the tournament, scoring higher than any other individual who participated in the event. The boys, who are all Fifth and Sixth graders, are: Front row, from left - Roger Carnal, Guy Williams, Leon Roberts, Alvin Mullins, Todd Stacy, Donnie Sweaney, Lee Ball, Michael Dodd and Gregg Stacy. Back row, left from right: Terry Gilland, Larry Catt, Tony Bass, Rory Small, Lynn Gowen, Allen Young, Larry Howe, Larry Huckabay, Joe Lowery and Robbie Crossfield. Not pictured is Ricky Niedermeir.
Junior Jayden Wiedeman was recently selected to the 3A-3 All Conference Basketball Team. Jayden is a Forward for the Bobcats. He is the son of Jeremy and Amanda Wiedeman of Corning.
Left to right – Ellis Wright, teacher and coach, Ermadean Leonard Arnold, Ella Dean Helms, Glenna Segraves Whitledge, Erma Faye Hicks Eldridge, Ernestine Samons Allen, Virginia Faye Allen Hays, Mrs. Ellis Wright, teacher and kneeling in front with ball, Glenna Adams Taylor. This team won a trophy. Mr. and Mrs. Wright were teachers at Richwoods for eight years. They coached several winning girls’ teams during that time. Most of them grew up to live in or around Corning and had children graduate from Corning High School.
The Corning Lady Bobcats lost to the Trumann Wildcats on Thursday, March 12 in a home conference game by a score of 17-1. Coach Jerry Songer said the Lady Cats had 4 hits while Trumann had 9 hits. The Wildcats got on base 14 times by walk or hit by a pitch. Jayden Brinkley went 2-2, teammate Liz Ennis went 1-2 and Maddy Taylor was also 1-2. The Lady Cat’s overall record is currently 4-2 as the softball season is postponed per the Arkansas Activities Association suspending all spring sports until Monday, March 30 due to the COVID-19 virus.