May 21st, 2012
The Ralph Bunche Community Action Committee has one primary mission: To level the playing field for schoolchildren.
The focus of the event is the annual back-to-school picnic held at Ralph Bunche Community Park shortly before the start of the new school year. This year's event is scheduled for Aug. 4.
Oveta Pledger, president of the sponsoring organization, said funds are being raised now to be able to once again sponsor this project that has helped many, many children in the community.
FAYETTEVILLE - The Bryant Lady Hornets completed their undefeated seasaon with an 8-4 win against the Bentonville Lady Tigers to win the 7A State Championship on Saturday at Bogle Park in Fayetteville. The Lady Hornets finish 34-0, extend their winning streak to 37 games dating back to last season, not to mention winning their third consecutive 7A State Title game.
FAYETTEVILLE â€“ The Bryant Hornets are the new 7A State Champions after defeating the Rogers Heritage War Eagles 4-2 on Friday afternoon at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville. The Central No. 2 seed Hornets needed just four hits to score four runs, taking advantage of the No. 2 seed War Eaglesâ€™ six walks and three hit batters. It was the Hornets second State Title in the past three years, making it all three years, but losing to Conway last year.
Jerry Wayne Breland, 73, born Dec. 1, 1938 in Farmerville, La., to Willie Columbus and Mittie Evelyn (Nash) Breland, passed away to be with his Lord and Savior on the morning of May 16.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Wilbur D. Breeland.
Mary Alma Pever Johnson, 87, of Bauxite went to be with the Lord on May 17. She was born July 18, 1924, to the late Hiram and Jessie Pever in Athens, Ala. Mary enjoyed working word search puzzles, traveling, bird watching and African violets. She retired after years of dedication from teaching developmental disabled adults in Athens, Ala. Her most precious memories were times spent with her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, O.B. Johnson; two sisters; one brother and one granddaughter, Lori Johnson.
PEARCY â€“ The Benton Panthers track and field team competed in four events in the Meet of Champs at Lake Hamilton High School in Pearcy on Saturday and finished fourth overall with 29 points. Vilonia took first with 52 points, followed by Conway (40) and Heber Springs (32). Bentonville and Rogers each had 28 points, coming behind Benton.
As usual, senior runner Zach Riley led the way for Benton, winning the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. Riley won the 100 in a time of 10.75 and the 200 in 21.67.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK - The Central No. 2 seed Bryant Hornets will be making their third consecutive trip to the 7A State Championship game after handling the West No. 1 seed Bentonville Tigers 9-0 on Monday afternoon in the semifinals at Vince DeSalvo Stadium at Burns Park in North Little Rock. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but inclement weather postponed it.
There is an old saying that has been around for many, many decades: â€śYou win some, you lose some.â€ť
Those words have been muttered by coaches and athletes millions of times. The second part of the quote, â€śbut you live to fight another day,â€ť is the part that isnâ€™t always the case.
The Benton Panthersâ€™ season came to an end when their rival conference foe Sheridan Yellowjackets upended them 3-2 in the semifinal of the 6A State Tournament on Saturday at Mountain Home High School.
â€śIt was a heck of a game,â€ť Benton Coach Mark Balisterri said. â€śWe just didnâ€™t get the big hit. We had a couple chances to score some runs, but couldnâ€™t get the big hit. We outhit them. They just scored one more than we did and thatâ€™s basically all there was to it.â€ť
With a 7-0 semifinal win over the West No. 2 seed Springdale Har-Ber Lady Cats on Saturday in the State Tournament at Lady Hornet Field, the Central No. 1 seed Bryant Lady Hornets will make their third consecutive trip to the State Final game against the Bentonville Lady Tigers on Saturday, May 19, at Park in Fayetteville. Bryant will try to make it three titles in a row and are currently on a 36-game winning streak, dating to last season.