Hogs to be called in Manila

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE -- University of Arkansas head men's basketball coach Mike Anderson will address the Mississippi County Razorback Club at the Manila Airport Center on May 7.

Arkansas basketball coach Mike Anderson will be the keynote speaker at the May 7 Mississippi County Razorback Club banquet.

Sponsored by John Ed Regenold and the Armorel Planting Company, the banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a meet and greet scheduled around 6 that night.

The menu will include barbecue pork loin, ribs, barbecue chicken and all the trimmings.

Tickets are $20 each. Memberships in the local Razorback club are $15 for single and $25 for joint.

Members will be eligible to win free tickets to the Little Rock football games.

The club will be auctioning off all home football tickets, including Alabama and LSU; basketball tickets and signed Razorback items.

For tickets, contact a Mississippi County Razorback Club board member. They include: Mike Huffman, Ben Hubbard, John Logan, Mark Moseley, Bill Jackson and Mark Bryles in Blytheville; Godfrey White, Ralph Wilson, Jr., Reggie Cullom and Harry Wooten in Osceola; Tim Sullivan and George Hale in Burdette; and Rodney Robertson, Ray Benson and Shaun Perkins in Manila/Leachville.

The Manila Airport Center can accommodate up to 475-500 fans.

Last year's event had approximately 500 fans. It was the largest ever Mississippi County Razorback Club banquet and featured football coach Bobby Petrino.

A big turnout is expected again this year to hear Anderson speak.

Coach Anderson will discuss his first year back at Arkansas, which included three wins over ranked teams and a school record 17 victories at home, as well as his thoughts on the 2011-12 season and what fans can expect from his teams in the years to come. Prior to his presentation, Coach Anderson will sign autographs for those in attendance.

Anderson's return to Arkansas last March was welcomed by Razorback fans around the nation as they brought back one of their own. Attendance at Bud Walton Arena increased with each game as fans heard about the pressing, in-your-face, defensive-minded style that Anderson calls "the fastest 40 Minutes in basketball" and included a pair of sell outs for Arkansas' games with No. 20/19 Michigan and No. 14/12 Florida.

Despite the loss of arguably his best player just two games into the season, Anderson's never-give-up personality was played out by his team, who with limited numbers, won 18 games, received votes in the Associated Press poll for the first time in three years and picked up three victories over ranked teams. Freshman BJ Young led the team in scoring at 15.3 points per game; the third most by an Arkansas freshman in school history, and for his efforts was named second-team All-SEC, as well as an SEC All-Freshman team selection.

Off the court, the Razorbacks have been very active in community service projects since Anderson's arrival including handing out hams to a local housing community, delivering school supplies to children at the Fayetteville Boys and Girls club and participating in the men's march against violence. Arkansas' team grade point average continues to improve as well as three Razorbacks either matched or exceeded their career best semester grade point average this fall.

Coach Anderson will begin his second season as Arkansas' head coach this fall and should bring back a more experienced team than he had in year one as 13 players from his 2011-12 roster return. Among those are junior Marshawn Powell, who was averaging 19.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game before an injury claimed his season, Young and freshman Hunter Mickelson, who set the Arkansas school record for blocks by a first-year player.

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