Cats Successful in Pre-Season


Connor Kendrick

Sophomore Kanard Turner is having a breakout varsity season for the Cats.

Pierson Wekkin, Sports Reporter

During the preseason the Conway Highschool Boy’s basketball team faced many highs and lows and were very sucessful, finishing 11-5.

The Conway Boy’s Basketball team competed in multiple tournaments over the course of the past two months. In the Hot Springs tournament they pulled out a relatively easy game against Coach Marcus Adam’s former team Washton Chapel with a 72-42 win. However they went on to lose versus a tough, gritty Little Rock Christian team with it being a close game at halftime and then losing the second half battle. They lost 73-55 and then went on to win the 3rd place game against Hot Springs. Their second tournament was the Arvest Bank Hoopfest which took place at Rogers from December 8 to December 10. The Wampus Cats took 1st place in the Rogers tournament. Their first game was against Harrison which was a tough first half, but they caught up in the second half to win 67-44. Next, they beat Rogers Heritage 60-43, and then beat out the home team Rogers 61-48 and celebrated the whole way home. The boys Varsity Basketball team finished 2nd place at the Bad Boy Mowers tournament, and they got blown out by one of the top teams in the state, Bentonville West, which gave them an opportunity to learn from their mistakes.

The Conway Wampus cats had a rough start to the preseason going 0-2 with having both games on the road against Maumelle and Bentonville. However, they were only mediocre losses as the point differential wasn’t all that great: Maumelle 65-52 and Bentonville 61-58. The feeling of loss would only fuel the Wampus Cat’s never ending desire to better themselves, and they would go on to improve in many one day tournaments and one game against an out of state Lousianna team. Overall, the preseason has been very successful and promising and has provided glimpses of the future and the full potential of this team. Senior RJ Patton describing the preseason and its benefits,”We had a great preseason and played some top teams in the state. We learned lessons and learned to be humble and play smarter not harder; I have definitely changed my mindset as I have bonded more with Coach Adams and learned to play more aggressive. I think this season will plan out well and we could realistically win state!”

The Wampus Cat Varsity Boys play Cabot next, and they are 2-0 in conference play and among the top teams in the state.