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Mustang Monitor: November 9

Playoff and transition greetings,

And the fun continues. Congrats to the Mustang football squad for their efforts to secure continued play in the 4A state playoffs. Join us for a trip to Mena on Friday; 7:00 kickoff. Google shows it a 134 mile, 2 hours, 28 minutes trip; door to door from CAC. Head to Hot Springs, then Hwy 270 West to Hwy 88 at Pencil Bluff. Hook a left at the intersection of Hwy 71 then a left at Wendy’s onto Hwy 8 South. The school is about 3 blocks on the left. You’ll see the stadium.

Recommended eating options between Hot Springs and Mena – ZERO. In Mena, I can vouch for Spinelli’s, The Chopping Block and The Branding Iron. If you are SUPER hungry, there is a buffet (seafood likely) at The Limetree Inn.

Spinelli’s is on Hwy 71, on the left before the turn to the high school. At one time, I could highly recommend this as a CAC grad, Jonathan Haigh, was the chef. He is now in Florida; thus I make no promises.

Chopping Block and Branding Iron are also on Hwy 71, just a bit south (left) of downtown Mena.  From experience, my preference would be Branding Iron by a bit. Unless you are opposed to eating in what obviously is a converted gas station/convenience store. Good food in the steak/chop/etc. category that will keep you warm through the game. Chopping Block, a widely varied menu, which can be a concern sometimes.  The locals tend to go Branding Iron so arrive early for pre-game meal. Mentioning my name will provide you absolutely NO benefits and might do more harm. Caveat emptor.

By the way, watch for deer on the way back; no close encounters please.

Congrats to Allie Weiner for her selection to the All Arkansas Preps Girls Golf Team.  Great job Allie, we are proud of you! Also, congrats to the ladies of the Class of 2015 for their totally dominating 2 point victory in Friday’s Powder Puff Game. It appeared a good time was had by all and little damage was incurred by participants or property.

I remind you, if you have not completed required paperwork for winter sports participation, the information and forms are on the website in Athletic at Forms and Downloads.  All documents are to be completed as required and returned to my office no later than Tuesday, November 11, to ensure continued participation.

A shout out to our Booster Club leaders, Jeff and Sara Fairchild, for their great work during football and volleyball seasons. The fun continues with basketball and wrestling upon us.  When your “Team Mom” contacts you with your teams’ assigned date and asks you to donate a bit of your time to service in the concession stand, we will continue to be most appreciative of you for your cooperation.  It’s just a bit of time and generates great resources for our activity programs.  Please heed the call for assistance.

For those of you in high anticipation, the cookie dough orders will arrive on campus Wednesday, November 19. Please expect to hear from your band or choir member that day or shortly thereafter for delivery. Thank you for your support of their efforts and enjoy the cookies.

The 4A State Cross Country Meet was held Saturday at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs and the Mustang team has some great results. Leading the way was senior, Michael Games with a RUNNER UP finish in his final effort as a Mustang harrier. Great job Michael, Saturday and for the season. More great running ahead with track season. Following Michael’s lead, the team finished in 5th place for the meet; a great placing.

Members of the squad are seniors Games, Jayson Simmons and Dylan Smith, junior Evan Caspary, sophomore Bryan Wornock and freshmen Nate Alberson, Alex Mina and Ryan Tyrrell. Good job all!

Sophomore Sydney Hughes was the lone Lady Mustang runner.

That’s enough for now. Best wishes for a great week as we count down the days to Thanksgiving Break. (10 school days; 12 calendar days) Not that any of us are counting. Thank you for your attention and attendance. We hope you see you soon and even more often as winter events start stacking up. Be well out there and do be shouting if we may be of help.

Doug Killgore, CMAA