April 16th, 2012
DEQUEEN â€“ The Bauxite Miners dropped a 6-5 decision to the DeQueen Leopards on Friday night in 7-4A conference play in DeQueen.
Down 6-2 going into the seventh inning, the Miners (8-10, 2-4 7-4A) scored three runs in the top of the seventh, but fell just short.
â€śWe had the tying run at second and the winning run at first,â€ť Bauxite Coach Michael Mattox said of the last inning. â€śWe had the double steal on, and on the same pitch, we struck out to end the game. We were hoping for a throw there to see what happened, but we didnâ€™t get one.â€ť
PINE BLUFF â€“ The Benton Panthers traveled to Pine Bluff expecting to score some runs, but instead got a pitching duel on Friday night against the Zebras in 6A South conference action. The Panthers came away with a 1-0 win over Pine Bluff to improve to 16-4 overall and 7-1 in the 6A South. It was the Panthers ninth consecutive win.
â€śIt was crazy,â€ť Benton Coach Mark Balisterri said.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK â€“ The defending state champion Bryant Lady Hornets ran their winning streak to 25 games, dating to last year, with an 8-1 7A Central conference victory over the North Little Rock Lady Cats on Friday at Lady Cat Field at Burns Park in North Little Rock.
â€śBig conference win,â€ť Bryant Coach Debbie Clark said. â€śItâ€™s my first time as [Bryantâ€™s] coach to beat [North Little Rock] here. Itâ€™s a big coaching win for me. I told them thank you. They didnâ€™t know that before the game, but that was big for me.â€ť
HASKELL - The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals continued their tear through the 3A South conference on Friday with another win. This time the foe was longtime rival Jessieville. With the 11-0 rout of the Lady Lions, Harmony Grove moved their winning streak to an amazing 10 straight, but most of all, brought home another 3A South conference championship and an automatic bid to Regionals.
There was no denying his coaching ability. After Houston Nutt pretty much jumped ship, maybe under a little pressure, to the Ole Miss Rebels after the 2007 season leaving the Hogs without very much at all, Bobby Petrino took over for the Razorbacks. After a slow start, Petrino took Arkansas to a Bowl Conference Series bowl in 2010 losing to the scandalous Ohio State Buckeyes â€“ when five players should have been suspended for getting tattoos at a discounted price and selling school memorabilia â€“ but the Hogs finished with a 10-3 record.
Carolyn Sue Smart, 66 of Benton passed away on April 10.Â
She was born March 30, 1946, to the late Tracy and Maxine Brady in Jonesboro.Â Carolyn enjoyed embroidering, reading, camping, fishing and spending time with her family.Â She was a member of Collegeville Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Randy; a grandson, Kevin Gregory Norris; and her uncle, Johnny.
Tillar Marie Williams of Benton departed this life on April 8. She was born Aug. 30, 1947 in Bauxite to the late Watson,Sr., and Constance Madison.
She attended the last graduating class of the Ralph Bunche School in Benton.Â She also attended Shorter College in North Little Rock. Tillar was united in holy matrimony to Raymond Charles Williams Sr.Â To this union, a daughter and son were born.
She was employed at the Alexander Human Development Center for 31 dedicated years as a rehabilitationÂ instructor.
Her passions in life were books, Folgers coffee and Walmart.
Donal G. Applegate, 79, went to be with our Lord, April 10, after four years of fighting valiantly against esophageal cancer. He married his surviving wife, Claude Sutton's daughter, Marilyn, almost 57 years ago in Bauxite.
He has a beloved daughter, Jill Applegate Warbington (Danny) who considers him the "best daddy in the whole world," and the most special granddaughter, Abbey Warbington, who loves her Papo "up to the sky and down to the ground."
All of his nieces and nephews were precious to him. He "adopted" many non-relatives that will miss his warm love and care as well.
BENTON â€“ Benton Lady Panther tennis players Any Jivan and Lauren Dudley were at Benton Arena to acknowledge their step to the next level on Wednesday afternoon at Benton Arena. Jivan received a full academic scholarship to Hendrix College in Conway and will play tennis there, and Dudley signed a letter of intent to play tennis at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.
BRYANT â€“ Bryant Lady Hornets senior Brianna White signed a letter of intent to play volleyball with the University of Arkansas Fort Smith Lady Lions on Wednesday afternoon in the Bryant gym. White joins a Lady Lions team that went 27-8 last year and made it to the NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament.
â€śI think sheâ€™s really going to help their program,â€ť Bryant Head Coach Beth Solomon said. â€śWeâ€™re going to hate losing her. Sheâ€™s been our middle leader for three years now. Itâ€™s going to be hard for us to lose her, but we wish her the best.