Chickasaws complete remarkable turnaround
Football is still going on for half the county this weekend. Blytheville and Rivercrest had their seasons come to an end Friday night, while Gosnell and Osceola had fairly easy first round wins and are both one game away from the quarterfinals.
Local football teams off to best collective start since '08
Prep football is in its second week and there is plenty to be excited about around this end of the county.
Chickasaws hire new head hoops coach
The Blytheville Chickasaws have a new head basketball coach. The Blytheville School Board approved the hiring of Jason James Monday night during its monthly meeting.
Blytheville teams sweep Wynne
It was Cancer Awarness Night at Chickasaw Gym Friday night. Fans in attendance were encouraged to wear pink and the Blytheville Chickasaws sported pink uniforms to draw awareness to the cause.
Chicks earn second win in three tries
The Blytheville Chickasaws got their second win in three contests, thanks to a convincing 65-47 road victory over the Wynne Yellowjackets Friday night.
2014 will be big year for local elections
2014 will be an important year for local politics, as most city and county offices will be up for re-election.
Another rough night for Chickasaws
The Blytheville Chickasaws dropped their seventh game in a row Friday night in a 35-8 loss at Paragould.
Junior Chicks record comeback win over Wynne
The Blytheville Junior Chickasaws opened the 5A-East season with a thrilling, 34-24, come-from-behind victory over the Wynne Junior Yellowjackets Thursday night at Haley Field.
Mills tops Blytheville on wet, sloppy field
For two years in a row, Blytheville and Little Rock Mills University Studies have played games in the rain on a sloppy field, and for two years in a row, Little Rock Mills has come out on top in the wet conditions.
Blytheville football coach sidelined for opener
Blytheville Head Football Coach Vince McCrosky will not be at Friday night's season opener against Osceola. According to Blytheville Athletic Director David Hixson, McCrosky is on a medical leave of absence. He has not been at school this week.
Bumpy night for Chicks in benefit scrimmage game
The Blytheville Chickasaws unofficially began the 2013 season on a bumpy note Friday night at West Helena. The Chicks lost, 54-20, in their AAA benefit game on the road.
Box seats, reserved seats on sale now for BHS games
Box seats and reserved seats for the 2013 Blytheville Chickasaw football season are on sale.
Local baseball, softball teams reach midway point
Baseball and softball seasons are at their midway point for local teams. Here is a look at this week's action throughout the Blytheville area:
Forrest City pounds Blytheville
Forrest City shook off a bland second quarter to outscore Blytheville 35-20 in the second half in a 5A-East Conference game played Friday at Mustang Arena. The Mustangs improved to 6-0 in the East and remained the only unbeaten boys team with a 63-38 win over the Chickasaws.
Blytheville falls to West Memphis in OT
The Blytheville Chickasaws lost their opening round game in the West Memphis Classic Friday night. The Chicks fell to Earle, 57-53, in overtime.
Another wild finish for Blytheville-Beebe
There's just something about Beebe. For the third year in a row, the Blytheville vs. Beebe matchup provided down-to-the-wire excitement added with a little controversy,
Moody resigns as Chickasaw football coach
Blytheville football head coach Maurice Moody resigned Monday to return to West Memphis as an assistant coach. "I'm stepping down, going back to West Memphis," Moody said late Monday afternoon. He said the move allows him to be closer to his family...
Ashdown's Flanigan new BHS hoops coach
The Blytheville Chickasaws have a new head coach. Jeff Flanigan will replace former head coach and current athletic director David Hixson next season on the Chickasaw bench. Flanigan's Panthers were 9-19 overall in 2012 and 5-9 in the conference which was good enough for fifth place...
Kirk, Chicks lose final baseball twinbill
BEEBE -- Coach Bret Kirk dropped his final doubleheader as the Blytheville Chickasaws head baseball coach Tuesday night as the Chicks fell to Beebe in both games, 10-0 and 13-0. Blytheville didn't get a hit in either game. The Chickasaws finished the year 1-24 overall and 0-14 in 5A-East play. Beebe's record advanced to 16-11 overall and 11-3 in league play...
Chicks fall to West Memphis, 18-0
The Blytheville Chickasaws dropped a non-conference contest Thursday afternoon losing to the West Memphis Blue Devils, 18-0, in five innings at the Blytheville Youth Sportsplex. West Memphis put the game away in the first inning scoring 12 runs in its half. The Blue Devils scored a run in each of the second, third and fourth innings before scoring three in the fifth...
Hixson reflects on his legendary career
When longtime Blytheville head basketball coach David Hixson announced he was stepping down from his basketball coaching duties, he made two things very clear. One, he was not changing his mind and two, he wasn't leaving. "This is pretty much etched in stone," said Hixson during an interview Wednesday morning. ...
Hixson steps down as BHS head coach
Longtime Blytheville head basketball coach David Hixson is stepping down from his coaching duties after more than two decades. Hixson will remain as athletic director and possibly continue teaching as well. "We tried to work this out last year," said Hixson. ...
Chicks rally back from 7 down, but fall to Tigers
Blytheville overcame a seven-run deficit Thursday evening, needing only three outs to finish off Caruthersville at the Blytheville Youth Sportsplex. But with the Chicks up 8-7 going into the final inning, the Tigers exploded for nine runs and held off the host team, 16-11...
Chicks drop two to Rams
PARAGOULD -- The Blytheville Chickasaws dropped a doubleheader to the Paragould Rams Tuesday night losing the first game, 13-9, and dropping the night cap, 8-1. GAME ONE Paragould 13, Blytheville 9 Ahead, 3-2, Paragould broke the game open with six runs over the third and fourth innings on their way to a 13-9 win over the Chicks in 5A-East action...
Chicks get in win column
OSCEOLA -- The Blytheville Chickasaws picked up their first win of the year Monday night thanks to a 13-10 win over the Osceola Seminoles. The Seminoles are coached by former Blytheville track coach/assistant football coach Len Teague. Blytheville (1-7) used a six-run third inning to pull away from the Seminoles and hung on for the victory...
Chicks drop East opener to Wynne
WYNNE -- The Blytheville Chickasaws are still looking for their first win of the season after dropping both games of a double-header to the Wynne Yellowjackets Tuesday evening in their 5A-East opener. GAME ONE Wynne, 14, Blytheville 3 Blytheville (0-4, 0-2 5A-East) jumped out to an early, 2-0, lead in the first inning but Wynne plated 11 runs over the first two innings on their way to a 14-3 win in five innings...
Chicks drop season-opener
WEST MEMPHIS -- The inexperienced Blytheville Chickasaws surrendered just five hits, but several walks and mental errors proved to be their undoing in a 19-4 season-opening loss to West Memphis. Chickasaw star shortstop Ke'Andre Diamond gave Blytheville fans a scare early, tweaking his knee, according to Blytheville head coach Bret Kirk...
Chicks look to improve on 2011 season
The Blytheville Chickasaw baseball team opens the 2012 season Thursday afternoon with a trip to West Memphis. The Chicks look to improve on a 2011 season that saw them go 2-18 overall and 0-14 in the tough 5A-East conference. They return just one starter from last year's squad as second year head coach Bret Kirk has a lot of new faces to prepare for the upcoming season...
Chicks try to close season on positive note
The Blytheville Chickasaws wrap up the 2011-12 season tonight with a trip to Batesville to take on the Pioneers. Blytheville (13-14, 5-8 5A-East) are coming off a heartbreaking loss to Greene County Tech Tuesday night at Chickasaw Gym. Tech's Andrew Ferguson banked a pull-up jumper at the free throw line as time expired to beat the Chicks, 45-43. The loss, along with Nettleton's win over Paragould, eliminated Blytheville from post season play...
Gut-wrenching loss ends Chicks' playoff hopes
In the blink of an eye, the Blytheville Chickasaw's playoff hopes were dashed as rival Greene County Tech defeated the Chicks, 45-43, on "Senior Night" at Chickasaw Gym. With the game tied at 43-43 with eight seconds to play, Tech in-bounded the ball to guard, Andrew Ferguson. Ferguson slipped through the Chick defenders, pulled up at the free throw line and banked a shot off of the glass. Ferguson's shot went through as time expired and took with it Blytheville's playoff hopes...
Chicks hang with Mustangs in first half, but fall 74-58
FORREST CITY -- For a half Friday night at Mustang Arena, Blytheville went toe-to-toe with league-leading Forrest City. Then reality set in as the second half started. Leading 26-22 at the half, Forrest City put together a 20-5 run to pull away from the Chickasaws and then sprinted to the finish, winning 74-58...
Chicks keep slim playoff hopes alive
The Blytheville Chickasaws kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a just as slim, 49-47, win over the Nettleton Raiders Tuesday night at Chickasaw Gym. Ahead by two with under 20 seconds to play, Blytheville's Greg McKillion came up with two huge defensive plays to keep Nettleton from tying or taking the lead...
McKillion signs to play football at Mississippi Juco
Blytheville's Greg McKillion signed a letter of intent Friday afternoon to attend Northwest Mississippi Junior Collage on a football scholarship.
Blytheville boys, girls top Wynne
Blytheville fans got a double-dose of good fortune Friday night with both the boys and girls posting much-needed wins over Wynne at Chickasaw Gym.
Chicks to host Wynne
The Blytheville Chickasaws return home Friday to take on the Wynne Yellowjackets at Chickasaw Gym. Blytheville (3-6, 11-12) is coming off a huge road loss to the Paragould Rams Tuesday night. The Rams won 56-44 and took sole possession of fifth place, a game behind fourth place Nettleton. The Chicks, still hoping for one of the four East playoff spots, are two games back of Nettleton...
Chicks look to avenge loss to Paragould
The Blytheville Chickasaws head to Paragould tonight to take on the Rams in another big 5A-East game. At 3-5 (11-11 overall), and currently in fifth place, in the conference, every game is a big game from here on out for the Chicks. "The kids know what's at stake," said Blytheville head coach David Hixson. "They know that we've got to win tonight."...
Blytheville tops Beebe
With a record of 2-5 at the halfway point in 5A-East play, the Blytheville Chickasaws knew they had to beat a lot of teams in the second half of the season that have already beaten them if they want to make it to the state tournament.
Chicks begin second half of league play
The Blytheville Chickasaws start the second half of the 5A-East season tonight against Beebe at Chickasaw Gym. The Chicks (10-11, 2-5 5A-East) hope to start the second half a little better than the first half started. Beebe defeated the Chicks a month ago, 46-26, thanks to a major scoring drought for the Chicks...
East-leading Mustangs gallop past Chicks
The Forrest City Mustangs brought their perfect 5A-East conference record to Chickasaw Gym Friday night and showed why they are the team to beat this season. Leading by eight points after one period, the Mustangs outscored the Chicks, 23-13, in the second period and took control of the game on their way to a convincing, 65-47 win...
Chicks host league-leading Mustangs
After a two-game road trip, the Blytheville Chickasaws return home Friday night to take on current 5A-East conference leader, Forrest City, at Chickasaw Gym. The Chicks (10-9, 2-3) are coming off a one-point loss to the Nettleton Raiders Tuesday night in Jonesboro. ...
Raiders trip up Chicks, 45-44
JONESBORO -- For a little more than three periods Tuesday night, the Blytheville Chickasaws continued their strong play from Friday night's win at Wynne. Harold Beverly's bucket with four seconds left in the third gave the Chicks a 10-point lead over the host Nettleton Raiders at 39-29 heading into the fourth. Beverly's bucket would be the last score for the Chicks until the 3:30 mark in the fourth as Nettleton stormed back and pulled out a 45-44 win at Raider Gym...
Chicks look for back-to-back victories at league foe Raiders
The Blytheville Chickasaws head to Jonesboro tonight to take on the Nettleton Raiders. The Chicks are coming off a huge, 48-42, road win Friday night over the Wynne Yellowjackets. That came on the heals of huge home loss to the Paragould Rams. "This is another big game tonight," said Blytheville head coach David Hixson. "We can't afford to go 2-3 in the conferance with two games against Forrest City and (Greene County) Tech still on the schedule."...
Defending state champion Gymchicks edge Monticello
Monticello High School had what it took in the floor exercise portion of their duel meet with the Blytheville Gymchicks, but the defending state champions had enough of everything else to squeeze out a two-point victory in their Jan. 20 opener with Monticello...
JV Gymchicks come up short to Monticello
Angelique Morgan's all-around performance definitely helped the Blytheville junior varsity Gymchicks, but it wasn't quite enough to overcome a Monticello team that had just enough in the final standings. Monticello totaled 141.5 points to claim the Jan. ...
Blytheville gets much-needed win
After losing to Paragould at home on Tuesday night, and dropping to 1-2 in the 5A-East, the Blytheville Chickasaws needed a win as much as any team, and they got it with a 48-42 win over the Wynne Yellowjackets Friday night at Wynne.
Chicks try to topple tall Yellowjackets
The Blytheville Chickasaws head to Wynne Friday night to take on the Yellowjackets in another tough 5A-East conference battle. They look to bounce back from a tough 62-57 loss to Paragould Tuesday night at Chickasaw Gym. The Yellowjackets (7-8, 1-2) are led by 6-foot-6 center Tony Jones. Jones is the key part of a front court that stretches, 6-6, 6-6 and 6-4. Along with Jones is Ronald Sampley who can post up a team's big man or hit from beyond the arc...
Hixson 'dumbfounded' following loss to Rams
"I really don't know how else to put it. I didn't have much to say to the team," he said after the game, Blytheville's first loss to Paragould since the two teams began playing in the same conference in 2004. "I don't know. I really can't put a finger on it."...
Here are the 5A-East standings through Tuesday's games.
Chicks to host Paragould tonight in 5A-East battle
Defending 5A-East champion Blytheville notched its first league win of the young conference season Friday night, defeating Batesville, 53-51. Now the Chicks (9-1, 1-1 5A-East) will try to make it back-to-back victories tonight when they host Paragould, which limps into the game with a 2-9 overall and 0-2 conference mark...
Here are the 5A-East standings through Friday, Jan. 13.
Chicks edge Pioneers for first league win
The defending league champion Blytheville Chickasaws picked up their first 5A-East win of the year with a 53-51 win over the Batesville Pioneers Friday night at Chickasaw Gym. The Chicks shot 8-11 from the free throw line in the fourth period, including a perfect 6-6 from guard Ke'Andre Diamond in the final minute of the game, to keep the pesky Pioneers at bay and avoid the upset...
Chicks to host Pioneers in first home game in over five weeks
The Blytheville Chickasaws return to action Friday night with a 5A-East contest against the Batesville Pioneers. The game is Blytheville's first at Chickasaw Gym since Dec. 6, more than five weeks ago. It is only the Chicks' second home game of the season...
Here are the standings for the 5A-East through Friday, Jan. 6.
Chicks open conference slate with Badgers
The Blytheville Chickasaws open up the 5A-East season with two-hour trip to Beebe to take on the Badgers.
Chicks fall to NMCC in OT
NEW MADRID, Mo. -- Sometimes it takes more than four periods to settle a score. Tuesday night, it took Blytheville and New Madrid, Mo. an extra four minutes to decide the winner as the Eagles defeated the Chicks, 58-56, in overtime. With :07.1 seconds on the overtime clock and Blytheville (8-6) down two, Ke'Andre Diamond (15 points, seven assists and three steals) took an inbounds pass after a Gabe Smith free throw, dribbled the length of the court and came up just short on a lay up attempt. ...
Lynx overwhelm Chicks
DYERSBURG, Tenn. --The Blytheville Chickasaws have had some memorable moments over their holiday break playing six games in two different tournaments. Beating rival Greene County Tech last Thursday night on the final game played at Tech's Multipurpose building and Tuesday night's battle against Caruthersville, Mo. are probably the two most memorable...
Blytheville holds off Rebels at Dyersburg
DYERSBURG, Tenn.--The Blytheville Chickasaws advanced in the consolation bracket of the Dyersburg Invitational Christmas Tournament with a 57-51 win over the Tipton Rosemark Academy Rebels Wednesday afternoon at Dyersburg High School. The Chicks will play for 5th place in the tournament at 2:30 p.m. today against the Lausanne, Tenn. Lynx...
Chicks advance to tourney championship
Blytheville advanced to the championship game of the GCT Christmas Classic Wednesday with a 48-46 win over Southaven, Miss.
Blytheville advances in hoops tourney
Blytheville topped Hickory Flat, Miss., 60-51, Tuesday afternoon in the GCT Christmas Classic, being played this week at Greene County Tech High School in Paragould.
Chicks will be busy over Christmas break
The Blytheville Chickasaws will participate in two basketball tournaments over the two-week Christmas holiday break. This week, they will head to a more than familiar place, Greene County Tech, and play in the GCT Christmas Classic starting on Tuesday...
Hughes trips up Blytheville
WEST MEMPHIS -- The Blytheville Chicks can't seem to put two good games back-to-back thus far. Only 24 hours after defeating Marion 62-58 on Friday night at the Blue Devil Classic at Lehr Arena, the Chicks came out flat early and lost to Class AA Hughes 48-40 on Saturday...
Chicks show fight; top Marion
Blytheville head coach David Hixson isn't as concerned about statistical categories this early in the season as he is about the level of fight his Chicks show.
Junior Chickasaws split with Greene Co. Tech
PARAGOULD -- The Blytheville Junior Chickasaw basketball teams split a pair of games Monday night with 5A-East foe and rival Greene County Tech. The 8th graders played their best game of the year and took the first game, 38-27 while the 9th graders dropped a tough 42-30 decision to the Eagles...
Chicks open WM Classic with Marion
WEST MEMPHIS -- The Blytheville Chickasaws will open the West Memphis Classic with Marion Friday night, Coach David Hixson said today. The Chicks (1-1) and Patriots (3-1) will square off at 7 p.m. Friday at Blue Devil Gym. Marion is coming off a 59-32 win at Paragould, while Blytheville is coming off an 81-67 win at county rival Osceola...
Defending state champs too much for inexperienced Chicks
SIKESTON, Mo.-- The defending Missouri state champion Sikeston Bulldogs gave the Blytheville Chickasaws a rude welcome to the 2011-12 season Tuesday night with a more than convincing, 70-37, win over the Chicks at Sikeston Field House. With a gritty defense that helped the Chicks (0-1) to a 5A-East conference title last winter, Blytheville stayed with the loaded Bulldogs through the first period. Blytheville lead early, 6-5, and trailed 18-13 heading into the second...
Junior Chicks fall to Batesville
BATESVILLE -- The Blytheville Junior Chickasaws lost to the Batesville Junior Pioneers, 42-23, Monday night in Batesville. Blytheville led early but the Pioneers held the Chicks to just nine points in the second half including a scoreless fourth period on their way to the win...
Bell goes from the courtroom to b-ball court
Art Bell is the new Blytheville Junior Chickasaws basketball coach. He replaces Kirk Glintborg who is now principal at Gosnell Junior High School. Bell, a native of Searcy, comes to Blytheville after practicing law for two years. He graduated in 2005 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas and received a law degree from Arkansas Little Rock in 2008. He's worked for a federal judge and practiced law in Little Rock...
Defending East champion Chicks rebuilding
After losing 11 seniors to graduation off the 5A-East championship team, Blytheville is in the rebuilding process this season. Fortunately for the Chicks, they still have two of the top coaching minds in the state on their bench -- veteran head coach David Hixson and assistant Bill Tyer...
Junior Chicks split with West Memphis
9th GRADE Blytheville 37, West Memphis 22 Blytheville shutout West Memphis, 15-0, in the second period on its way to a 37-22 win. The Chicks trailed 10-9 at the end of one, lead 24-10 at halftime and 34-11 heading into the fourth period. Jonathan Dugan-Banks led the Chicks with 10 points...
Chicks' slate road-heavy
With all due respect to the former pro wrestling tag team, the Blytheville Chickasaws will be the real Road Warriors this year. The Chicks play 12 of their first 13 games on the road. Their only home game before Jan. 13 is the Dec. 6 contest with county rival Osceola...
White Hall uses trickery to end Chicks' season
By I.C. MURRELL Pine Bluff Commercial WHITE HALL -- The trick plays came as often as White Hall needed them, but it was the big plays that mattered most. Nathan Lee threw for 151 yards and Jeremy Sprinkle caught five passes for 101 yards Friday night, leading White Hall to a 37-20 victory over...
Chicks look for first playoff win since 1994
The last time Blytheville won a playoff game, the current Chickasaw seniors were in diapers. Friday night, the Chicks are looking for their first postseason victory since 1994 and their third in school history as they hit the road to take on 5A-Southeast champion White Hall...
Chicks rout Mustangs to clinch playoff spot
After a one-year absence, the Blytheville Chickasaws are returning to the 5A state playoffs after a convincing, 41-14 route of the winless Forrest City Mustangs on "Senior Night" Friday night at Haley Field. It was the third year in a row that the Chicks needed to beat Forrest City on the final night of the regular season to secure a playoff berth...
Playoffs on line for Chicks
Blytheville head coach Maurice Moody isn't counting on Wynne to get his Chicks into the postseason. He prefers that his team beats Forrest City Friday night to clinch the East's fourth playoff spot, rather than relying on host Wynne to defeat Nettleton in the regular season finale...
Plenty of treats for Chicks Friday night in win over Rams
PARAGOULD -- On Halloween weekend, two Chickasaws had monster nights, Blytheville avoided any scares, and the Chicks were treated to some good news. Blytheville quarterback Langston Jenkins threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Greg McKillion and rushed for four touchdowns and 180 yards, while Josh Wheeler ran for 208 and a score as the Chicks overwhelmed Paragould with a 20-0 start on their way to a 50-14 victory...
Pioneers too much for depleted Chicks
Defending 5A-East champion Batesville is well on its way to another conference title. The Pioneers showed why they are the favorites to repeat, Friday night, scoring on all but two of their possessions and shutting out Blytheville in the second half as they handed the Chicks a 56-21 loss at Haley Field...
No time for Chicks to sulk over bitter loss
Blytheville has little time to lament about the stunning way last Friday night's game at Beebe ended. 5A-East leader Batesville visits Haley Field Friday night, a week after the painful 38-32 loss to the Badgers. Blytheville was up 10, with the ball, late in the fourth quarter, before giving up two touchdowns and a field goal. The final touchdown came on a controversial special teams play as Beebe scored on a called muffed kickoff...
Badgers stun Chicks with 16 in final 3:28
BEEBE -- Blytheville has endured some tough losses over the years, but one would be hard-pressed to find one that rivals the ending of Friday night's key 5A-East game with Beebe. The Chicks watched a 10-point lead with less than four minutes to go evaporate, then the improbable happen in a 38-32 gut-wrenching loss...
Chicks prepping for smashmouth game
Coming off an explosive 27-point first quarter that led to a 39-13 victory over Greene County Tech, Blytheville just hopes to get its hands on the ball Friday night, when the Chicks travel to Beebe for a battle of the two teams tied for third in the 5A-East...
Chicks explode for 27 first-quarter points in win over Tech
Blytheville head coach Maurice Moody doesn't lack confidence in his team's ability to put points on the board. But even he was a little surprised with the fast start Friday night and how his team lit up the Haley Field scoreboard so quickly. A week after being shutout in the first half against Nettleton but winning 28-8, Blytheville had a 21-0 lead over Greene County Tech less than six minutes into the game...
Chicks host GCT in key conference battle
Blytheville players have been preparing all week for Friday's clash with 5A-East conference rival Greene County Tech with one thing on their minds -- last year's 13-8 heartbreaking loss in Paragould. Officials called back a potential game-winning touchdown in the closing seconds that lead to the defeat...
Chicks overcome slow start, beat Nettleton on homecoming
Blytheville came out flat as a pancake, then steamrolled homecoming opponent Nettleton with a big second half to post a 28-8 victory at Haley Field. After a scoreless first half, the Chicks (3-2, 1-1 5A-East) scored 20 straight points in the first 12:02 of the second half, including getting a touchdown after a successful onside kick...
McKillion to miss Friday's homecoming game with Nettleton
Blytheville all-state receiver Greg McKillion will miss Friday's homecoming game with Nettleton after suffering a mild concussion during last Friday night's 5A-East opening loss to Wynne, Chickasaw head coach Maurice Moody said Monday. McKillion will miss this week's activities, including practices...
McKillion gets concussion in loss to Wynne
WYNNE--For the second time in three weeks an area football player may be sidelined with a concussion. Friday night, Blytheville's Greg McKillion suffered a blow to the head after grabbing a one-handed catch in double coverage on a 46-yard pass from Langston Jenkins late in the fourth quarter. As he hit the ground, McKillion's head hit hard off of the turf. He was slow to get up and the officials quickly ran to check on him...
Moody, Chicks try to slow down Selvy
All week, Blytheville head coach Maurice Moody has game-planned for a player he once coached. Moody and the Chicks travel to Wynne Friday night to open 5A-East play with former Earle running back Josh Selvy and the Yellowjackets, who, like the Chicks, are expected to contend for a conference playoff spot this season...
Chicks cruise past Helena-West Helena Central
The Blytheville Chickasaws gave their fans a lot to cheer about in their home debut thanks to a 58-36 rout of the Helena-West Helena Cougars Friday night at Haley Field. Three Chickasaws topped or nearly topped the 200-yard mark. DeMarko Clark rushed for 203 yards and four touchdowns, quarterback Langston Jenkins threw for 209 yards and three touchdowns passes -- with all three scores and 194 of the yards landing in the long arms of receiver Greg McKillion. ...
Chicks, Wonder tie 14-14
Wonder tied the game with a touchdown with 6:31 left in the fourth quarter but the Chicks defense stopped them on their two-point try. On the night, the Chicks' defense held West Memphis to under 100 total yards. D'Arik Haley and Carlos Blackmon led Blytheville with six solo tackles a piece and Antonio Knox added four. Blytheville hosts Wynne Thursday...
Banged-up Chickasaws host Central
Blytheville enters Friday's home-opener with Helena-West Helena Central banged up. Chickasaw head coach Maurice Moody's primary objective is to avoid further injuries as his club wraps up non-conference play. "We've got five or six guys kind of banged up a bit," Moody said. ...
Chicks play West Memphis tough in loss
WEST MEMPHIS--It's not often that a team can feel like it's won after a loss. But such is the case after the Blytheville Chickasaws, 28-14, loss to the 7A West Memphis Blue Devils, Friday night. "We won everywhere except the scoreboard. Especially in the second half," said Chicks head coach Maurice Moody who was an assistant coach for the Blue Devils before taking the job in Blytheville. ...
Chicks try to upset Blue Devils
Blytheville head coach Maurice Moody returns to the sidelines he once roamed as an assistant coach, Friday night. Moody and the Chicks (1-0) invade AP overall sixth-ranked West Memphis (1-0) in the Blue Devils' home-opener. "West Memphis is close to my heart," Moody said. ...
Chicks escape Osceola with season-opening win
OSCEOLA -- Any victory over a county rival is a good win, no matter how ugly it is. Blytheville took advantage of four Osceola turnovers, including a fumble when the Seminoles were driving for the tie or the lead midway through the fourth quarter, and the Chicks escaped Seminole Stadium with an 18-6, season-opening victory...
Junior Chicks fall to Osceola in opener
OSCEOLA -- The Blytheville Junior Chickasaws opened the 2011 football season by dropping a 16-6 decision at the hands of the Osceola Seminoles Thursday night at Seminole Stadium. Blytheville (0-1) had the ball for just 2:27 and ran just six plays in the first half as Osceola (1-0) built up its lead...
Blytheville opens season with Osceola
Blytheville head coach Maurice Moody got his first taste of the Blytheville-Osceola rivalry last year. The game was decided in the final moments on a late Chickasaw touchdown. Blytheville will try to duplicate that result Friday night, when the two county rivals clash at Seminole Stadium in the season-opener...
Chicks get stronger in offseason
After just missing the playoffs in his first season as head coach of the Blytheville Chickasaws, Maurice Moody had one goal during the offseason -- get stronger. "We made it a point to get in the weight room and get stronger," Moody said. "It's really helped us across the offensive line."...
Junior Chicks eager for season to get under way
The Blytheville Junior Chickasaws look to improve upon a 1-9 season last year. While fourth year head coach Ben Fisher isn't making any predictions on how many wins his team will have, he knows one thing is for sure, his team is ready to play. "This is one of best group of kids we've had come through here in a while," he said. "They love to practice and they just want to be out on the field."...
Updated: Chicks edge Pirates in scrimmage
Gavin Sullivan had already thrown for a touchdown, ran in another and returned a kickoff for a score. Then, the Gosnell senior standout had an opportunity to force a tie with his team's future rival Thursday night at Haley Field. Down eight with 33 seconds left, Sullivan rolled right, hit the corner and stretched the ball just short of the goal line...
Chicks counting on all-stater McKillion
Blytheville head coach Maurice Moody would love to have all-state receiver Greg McKillion on the field every offensive, defensive and special teams play. Physically, it might be asking a bit much to play every snap of a 48-minute game. But the 6-foot-5, Division I prospect will likely make his fair share of plays on all three areas this year, lining up at split end, playing in the secondary and returning kicks...
Chicks try to replace all-state QB Smith
Blytheville has plenty of offensive weapons. The big question coming into the season: will the Chicks have someone to get the rock in the hands of those playmakers. All-state quarterback Patrick Smith moved to Memphis, leaving Langston Jenkins and Demarko Clark the keys to the offense...
Chickasaw kicker has 'golden leg'
Blytheville head coach Maurice Moody knows the value of a kicker, maybe more than any of his 5A-East colleagues. Last October, Moody watched his team score one more touchdown than Beebe, but lose, 51-50, in overtime. The Chicks scored eight touchdowns in the game, but converted only one of their seven two-point conversion tries. They also attempted one PAT, missing badly. Beebe, meanwhile, scored seven touchdowns, went 2-for-2 on two-point tries and 5-for-5 on PATs...
Chicks hitting the weights hard
When Blytheville head coach Maurice Moody arrived on campus in the spring of 2010, one of his priorities was hitting the weights. The Chicks have done that, and Moody expects the payoff to come this fall. Going into the season, the second-year Chickasaw coach lists the offensive line as a strength, an area that has been a weakness on past Blytheville teams...
Blytheville, Gosnell to play -- finally
One of Blytheville's most anticipated games may not be a game at all. It's believed other than the occasional 7 on 7, Blytheville and Gosnell have never played one another in a high school football game. Fans will get an opportunity to see the schools clash next month...
Hixson, Aldridge have good all-star experience
FAYETTEVILLE -- On one of the most talented East squads in years, Blytheville's Jimmy Aldridge had one of the highlights of the Wednesday night's high school all-star game at Bud Walton Arena. Aldridge lobbed an alley hoop to Rivercrest's Demoine Brown, who hammered home a dunk and brought the crowd to its feet during the East's 77-70 Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star victory over the West...
Chicks hold Maroon and White scrimmage
The Blytheville Chickasaws held a Maroon and White scrimmage to wrap up spring practice on Tuesday.
Chicks open spring practice
Blytheville head coach Maurice Moody held Blytheville's first spring practice of 2011 Monday afternoon. Blytheville returns the bulk of its team from last season as Moody enters his second year at the helm.
Blytheville-Beebe moved to Thursday
The Blytheville Chickasaw baseball team was scheduled to play 5A-East leader Beebe Tuesday, but the doubleheader has been moved to Thursday at the currently flooded Blytheville Youth Sportsplex. The Chicks are slated to close conference play against Wynne Friday at the Sportsplex. Both games start at 4 p.m. The Sportsplex is closed Tuesday and Wednesday because of flooding...
Chicks fall to Forrest City
FORREST CITY-- The Blytheville Chickasaws dropped a 5A-East double-header to the Forrest City Mustangs Tuesday afternoon losing the first game, 9-3, and dropping the night cap, 19-9. In game one, Forrest City scored two in the first and second innings, one in the third, two in the fifth and a run a piece in the sixth and seventh innings. Blytheville scored two in the top of the second and another run in the fifth...
Chicks fall to 2A power Piggott
The Blytheville Chickasaws took advantage of the dry weather on Monday to get in a non-conference game against 2A powerhouse Piggott. The Mohawks showed why they are at the top of their conference with a 16-8 win over the Chicks in seven innings. Alek Samples got the Mohawks offense going with a solo shot to lead off the game in the top of the first inning off of Blytheville starting pitcher, Jay Bullard. Samples picked up four hits on the afternoon and accounted for three of their runs...
Excitement builds for all-star games
There may be more huffing and puffing than a Three Little Pigs story, but it should be fun to watch. The former Blytheville stars from the 1990s and 2000s have been working their way back into shape for Saturday's Legends Game.
Former Chickasaw stars to take the floor again
Some of the top talent to come through Chickasaw Gym will once again put on a Blytheville uniform at their old stomping grounds.
Rivercrest 17, Blytheville 1
(Left photo) Blytheville's Langston Jenkins throws to a Rivercrest player Thursday night at the Blytheville Youth Sportsplex. (Right photo) Rivercrest's Colby Brister is safe at third as Blytheville's Jay Bullard takes the throw. Rivercrest won the game, 17-1, in three innings. Matt Wierzbicki had the Chicks' only hit, a double. Blytheville drops to 2-8 on the season...
Nettleton sweeps Blytheville
JONESBORO -- Without ace Matt Wierzbicki, the Blytheville Chickasaws dropped both games of a 5A-East doubleheader with Nettleton, Wednesday. Nettleton won the first game, 18-0, in five innings behind a no-hitter from Mikey Lack. The Chicks (2-8, 0-4) committed six errors, including five in the infield behind hurler Braxton Champion...
Paragould sweeps Blytheville
The Blytheville Chickasaws had a golden opportunity to at least gain a split of their AAAAA-East doubleheader Friday afternoon with Paragould, but let that opportunity slip through their grasps during the first game of the twinbill. That was costly too, because in Game 2 the Rams were in control from start to finish...
Brett Kirk getting it turned around
When first-year Blytheville Chickasaw baseball head coach Brett Kirk was approached about becoming the team's fourth skipper in six year, he said the choice was easy.
Paragould sweeps Lady Chicks
The Blytheville Lady Chickasaws (1-4, 0-2) were swept in two games by Paragould in their AAAAA-East doubleheader opener at the Blytheville Youth Sportsplex, Thursday. Blytheville lost each game 19-0 in three innings. The doubleheader was a makeup from Tuesday's rain out...
Gosnell tops Armorel in five innings
The Gosnell Pirates defeated the Armorel Tigers, 12-1, in five innings Monday afternoon at Armorel.
Local games rained out
The home-openers for the Chicks and Lady Chicks, scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed because of the weather.
Gymchicks win state championship
Every afternoon for the last several years when the Blytheville Gymchicks would arrive at the Auxiliary Gym for practice, each team member would look at the large photo of the 1997 state gymnastics champions and wonder how she would react if her team could win a title of its own.
5 years later, Champion Chicks still successful
Today marks the fifth anniversary of Blytheville's 2006 state championship.
Host Gymchicks eye state title
The Blytheville Gymchicks will host the state gymnastics meet, beginning Friday afternoon.
Chicks top Osceola for first win
The Blytheville Chickasaws picked up their first win of the season on Monday, defeating host Osceola, 5-1.
Lady Chicks fall to Jonesboro in season-opener
Blytheville opened the softball season with a 16-1 loss to Jonesboro in three innings.
Chicks open baseball season with loss
The Blytheville Chickasaws dropped their March 1 baseball opener at Marion 9-4.
UPDATED: Chicks end season with loss in state opener
The Blytheville Chickasaws season came to an end Tuesday night with a 65-53 loss to the Huntsville Eagles Tuesday night in the first round of the 5A State Tournament at Alma High School.
First round loss ends season for Chicks
The Blytheville boys basketball season came to a disappointing end Tuesday night in the first round of the state tournament, as the Chickasaws fell to the Huntsville Eagles, 65-53.
Chicks open 5A State Tuesday night
The Blytheville Chickasaws begin 5A state tournament play at 8:30 tonight in Alma against Huntsville, the fourth seed from the 5A-West.
New era begins for Chickasaw baseball
A new era begins Tuesday when the Blytheville baseball team opens the season at Marion. Brett Kirk takes the reigns as the new Chickasaw head coach, Blytheville's fourth skipper in six years.
UPDATED: Chicks get OT win in regular-season finale
Blytheville outscored Wynne 14-9 in overtime to pick up a 68-63 win in the final regular-season game of the boys basketball season Friday night in Wynne.
UPDATED: Chicksaws are conference champs
The Blytheville Chickasaws are the 5A-East conference champs.
Chicks can clinch league title Thursday night
Blytheville head coach David Hixson said that the implications for tonight's matchup against Batesville are obvious: It's a conference championship game. "Just like they've all been," he said.
UPDATED: Chicks escape late scare, grab conference lead
Class 5A fifth-ranked Blytheville entered Tuesday night's game at Greene County Tech needing to win out to assure itself of the 5A-East's top seed going into next week's 5A State Tournament.
UPDATED: No. 5 Chicks control own conference championship fate
Riding high off a stunning 67-42 rout of then fellow 5A-East co-leader Forrest City, the Blytheville Chickasaws control their own 5A-East championship fate as they travel to conference rival Greene County Tech Tuesday night, the start of a three-game week to close the regular season.
Chicks handle Forrest city with surprising alacrity
BLYTHEVILLE -- The Blytheville Chickasaws took one giant leap towards a 5A-East championship with an impressive 67-42 win over the Forrest City Mustangs Friday night in front of a large and energetic crowd at Chickasaw Gym.
Down the stretch they come: East teams jockey for state tournament positions
5A-East teams have one more week to jockey for state tournament positions, which could be key to making a run in the 5A State Tournament at Alma.
Chicks host Mustangs in battle of East co-leaders
Regular season games don't get much bigger than the one Friday night at Chickasaw Gym. Remaining in first place and likely control of their 5A-East championship fate await the winner of Blytheville-Forrest
Chicks tied for first in East
Blytheville moved into a tie for first in the 5A-East Tuesday night.
Chicks rout Raiders, now tied for East lead
The Blytheville Chickasaws jumped back on top of the 5A-East standings with a 56-33 thumping of the Nettleton Raiders Tuesday night at Raider Gym. With Forrest City's (14-7, 7-2 5A-East) 45-44 loss to Beebe Tuesday night, the Chicks (14-5, 8-2 5A-East) and Badgers lead the 5A-East by 1/2 game.
Chicks cruise to win over Nettleton
Blytheville raced to a 16-1 first quarter lead and never looked back, topping the Nettleton Raiders, 56-33, in high school boys basketball action Tuesday night at Nettleton.
Chicks to play at Nettleton
The Blytheville Chickasaws head to Jonesboro tonight to take on the Nettleton Raiders with the girls game starting at 6 p.m.
Friday's canceled game at Wynne has been rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 25. Greene County Tech swept Beebe Saturday in the only 5A-East games played over the weekend. The Forrest City-Paragould and Nettleton-Batesville games are rescheduled for Wednesday.
Junior Chicks top GCT
The Blytheville Junior Chickasaws defeated Greene County Tech Monday night, 42-28.