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September 11th, 2013
LITTLE ROCK â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers competed in the Spikefest Tournament in Little Rock on Saturday and finished the day 3-1 between pool play and tournament matches. Benton defeated West Memphis 25-15 and 25-17 before splitting with Fort Smith Northside (20-25, 25-11). Because the Lady Panthers beat Northside by more point-wise, Benton was first in their pool.
In tournament play, Benton swept the Texas High Lady Tigers 25-16 and 25-17, but would end their day falling to Mount Saint Mary on its home court 14-25 and 23-25.
ARKADELPHIA â€“ The Bryant Lady Hornet cross country team opened the season with a victory Saturday at the OBU Invitational.Â The Lady Hornets put all five of their scorers in the top 17 places to take the team championship with a score of 44 points.Â Lake Hamilton was runner-up with 66 points followed by Mt. St. Mary (66), LR Christian (81), Cabot (140) and Trinity Christian (176).Â There were 15 total teams and 163 individual finishers in the race.
The Benton Junior High Panthers got their first taste of life in new stadium and the outcome was as sparkling as their new home. The freshmen Panthers defeated Sheridan 21-12 and the Benton eight graders won 40-20.
The freshmen Panthers got off to an inauspicious start. Sheridan recovered an onside kick to open the game. The Benton defense stiffened, forcing Sheridan to line up to punt on fourth down. But a fake by McKinley Williams resulted in a 52 yard touchdown for the Yellowjackets. The two-point conversion try failed, but Sheridan led early 6-0.
LITTLE ROCK â€“ The Benton golf team competed at par-36 First Tee golf course in Little Rock on Wednesday, with the girls taking four of the top five spots in winning the nine-hole match over Harding Academy and Evangel Collegiate, and the boys taking second (130) behind Harding Academy (120).
The match wasnâ€™t on the original schedule, but Benton Coach David Torres said the Panthers are trying to sneak matches in to get ready for the postseason.
BENTON â€“ The Benton Junior High volleyball Lady Panthers won the 2013 Benton Freshman Classic on Saturday in Benton, taking down the Bryant Jr. Lady Hornets 25-17 and 25-19 in the championship match.
The Lady Panthers finished first in pool play, dropping one set to Lakeside before sweeping Arkadelphia and Bryant to meet back up with Arkadelphia in the first match of bracket play. Benton beat Arkadelphia 25-11 and 25-19 to advance to Bryant in the championship match.
CONWAY â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers came out of the gates hot, but fell 3-1 to the Conway Lady Wampus Cats in Conway on Thursday night. Benton took the first set 25-18 before Conway returned the favor in the second set with a 25-18 win of its own, and won the last two sets 25-19 and 25-16.
â€śTheyâ€™re very competitive,â€ť Benton Coach Brandy Chumley said of Conway. â€śIt was a good team to play to see where our weaknesses are and what we need to work on to try to get us ready for our conference play. Theyâ€™re a very good team.â€ť
BENTON â€“ It wasnâ€™t the crispest of scrimmages, but thatâ€™s what scrimmages are for. The Benton Panthers topped the Mills Comets 30-21 in an Arkansas Activities Association benefit game on Tuesday night at Panther Stadium preceding next weekâ€™s opening-season game vs. Arkadelphia on Sept. 6.
BRYANT - The Bryant Hornets ended their 2012 season in disappointing fashion, falling to Cabot at home in the first round of the 7A state playoffs, 28-21. On Tuesday, the Hornets got back to work against someone other than themselves, battling the 7A State Champion Fayetteville and Pulaski Academy in benefit games.
With two 12-minute quarters against each, the Hornets worked on key issues and battled two good teams in doing so. First up was the Fayetteville Bulldogs. Coming off of a 2012 state title, the Bulldogs made the long trek to face Bryant and took advantage, outscoring Bryant 17-7.
BENTON â€“ Losing six seniors from a state playoff team may seem like a lot to lose going into the next season, but the Benton Lady Panthers volleyball team is not shy on experience.
â€śWe have five seniors this year and they all pretty much played last year, or played some,â€ť Benton Coach Brandy Chumley said. â€śThey know what it takes, and I have a feeling theyâ€™re going to do what it takes to have a good year. Itâ€™s been fun so far.â€ť
BRYANT â€“ What a difference a year makes. After winning the 7A/6A South conference with an undefeated record, the Bryant Lady Hornets volleyball team returns one player with extended varsity experience as Bryant graduated eight seniors last season. This year, the Lady Hornets have no seniors.
â€śWe definitely look different,â€ť Bryant Coach Beth Solomon said. â€śLast year, our entire varsity, other than Abby Staton, were all seniors. This year, we look a little bit different, but weâ€™re still as aggressive. Weâ€™re going to play just as intense.