April 4th, 2012
BENTON â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers have been on a tear over the past six or seven weeks.
They have already added some hardware to the trophy case by winning the Bootsie Gordon Tournament in early March and now they are trying to keep a healthy winning streak alive as they get into the meat of a tough schedule.
Benton, coming into Monday, had won 10 straight games with itâ€™s only loss coming to arch rival Bryant on opening day.
VAN BUREN â€“ The Bryant Lady Hornetsâ€™ softball team had a rollercoaster of a weekend in west Arkansas. After routing Van Buren 17-0 in 7A Central conference action on Thursday, the Lady Hornets then played six games in two days in the Van Buren Invitational on Friday and Saturday. Bryant won all six games to carry on its undefeated season to improve to 18-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play. All invitational games were limited to 70 minutes because of the number of games and time constraints.
â€śWe had a good tournament,â€ť Bryant Coach Debbie Clark said. â€śWinning is always good.
BRYANT â€“ After senior Dylan Cross pitched the Bryant Hornets to a 9-1 win over the Van Buren Pointers in 7A Central conference action in Van Buren on Friday, the Hornets continued their routing ways with an 11-1 victory over the Texarkana Razorbacks on Saturday afternoon in Bryant.
In the win against the Pointers, Cross gave up one run in a seven-inning, complete-game, giving up five hits and a walk while striking out seven.
BENTON - The Benton Panthers came into Fridayâ€™s match against the conference leading Sheridan Yellowjackets looking to continue their winning ways after routing Texarkana on Tuesday. That is exactly what the Panthers did as they beat the Jackets 5-0 to move into a tie for first in the 6A South.
Though the Panthers got past the Jackets, the scoreboard was full of zeros until the bottom half of the sixth inning. Coulton Lee shut down Sheridan for seven innings on his way to tossing a complete-game shutout to get Benton to 3-1 in conference play and 10-4 overall.
Maurine Hankins McGugan, 95, of Benton died Sunday, April 1.Â She was born April 13, 1916 to Arthur and Carrie Hankins in Pine Bluff.Â
Maurine graduated from Ouachita Baptist College and taught second grade for several years.Â She lived 50years in Benton and the last 11 years at Fox Ridge of Bryant.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Ernest McGugan in May of 1995.Â
â€¨Betty Lou Van Horn Barnett, 83, of Ten Mile Community died Saturday, March 31. She was born Aug. 31, 1928, to Gladys Mills Van Horn and Ross Van Horn in Edinburg, Texas. Betty moved to Lonsdale at an early age. She married Vester Barnett on Dec. 7, 1947. She was a charter member of TOPS Arkansas No. 296 in Benton and a member of Lonsdale Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 52 years; brothers, Robert and Richard Van Horn; and two daughters, Sharon Clark and Carla Miller.
Jacob David Jordan, 23, of Bryant passed away March 30. He was born Oct. 4, 1988, to Todd and Dana Jordan in Little Rock.
On Friday evening, March 30, 2012, Flora May Linz, 83, of Bryant passed from this earth surrounded by family and friends.
She was born Sept. 2, 1928, in Bauxite to the late Nick and Alice Rodgers Patrick.
She was a homemaker and a member of the Central Church of Christ in Bryant.
Flora enjoyed the nature of her yard, writing poetry, working crossword puzzles and spending time with her family.
Debra R. Bodiford, age 56, of Benton passed away Sunday, April 1, 2012, at Saline Memorial Hospital. She was born Aug. 16, 1955, in Little Rock.
Debra worked at the Arkansas Health Center and was of the Jehovah's Witness faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert J. and Anita Faye Pruitt; and a daughter, Jessica Wooten.
Ella Louise Gatlin, 79, of Traskwood passed away Friday March 30, 2012.
She was born January 30, 1933 in Lake Village, Ark. Ella was a retired shift coordinator for the Alexander Human Development Center and a member of Traskwood Assembly of God Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ardell and Ethel Melton Williams; husband, Houston Gatlin; and a son, Ricky Gatlin.