May 20th, 2011
This weekend is what the Lady Hornets have been waiting for all season: the 7A State Tournament Championship.
And in order for the defending champs to be successful Saturday against its 7A Central foe North Little Rock, the Lady Hornets will need big games from their pitcher-catcher combo, juniors Peyton Jenkins and Jessie Taylor.
The 17-year-old âbeats,â as head coach Debbie Clark affectionately calls them, have led the team in the field and at the plate.
It takes a monumental event to wake me up early on a Saturday morning.
If thereâs no hunting season on and you see me roaming around before the sunâs above the horizon, run for the hills because the apocalypse might be at hand.
So when I heard the old wooden seats at Ray Winder Field were being given away, I did the unthinkable: set my alarm.
And I wasnât alone. Last Saturday hundreds of us descended upon the old home of the Arkansas Travelers, eager for an opportunity to take home a piece of team history.
Charles Thomas Alexander, 71, of Little Rock, passed away May 16, 2011. He was born in Little Rock to Oran Randle and Beatrice Weaver Alexander and was a member of Pleasant Valley Church of Christ. Charles was a real estate broker, a member of the Arkansas Air National Guard and a past member of the Toastmasters and the Lions Club. He retired from the Post Office as a Postmaster. He was also a very clever poet.
Bonnie LeNore Weatherford, 58, of Traskwood, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2011, in Benton. She was born March 22, 1953, in Rochester, N.Y. She was the daughter of William Mose Barnard and Mary âCovellâ Barnard. Bonnie was an LPN, who was a devoted wife and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She loved nursing and taking care of all of her patients. She also had a great love for her cats and wildlife in her backyard, where she enjoyed spending a lot of her time. Bonnie also enjoyed fishing and cooking.
Janet L. Renfro, 53, of Benton, died Monday, May 16, 2011.Â She was born on March 11, 1958, in Sacramento, Cali. to the late Wayne Alverson and Sally Birdie Phillips.Â
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Drew Allan Renfro, and one brother, Danny Alverson.Â
She is survived by two daughters, Haley Blankenship and husband, Scott, and Brandee Gray, all of Benton; one sister, Terri Nicholson of Wichita, Kan.; one brother, Garry Alverson of Humphrey; one aunt, Nona Alverson of Heber Springs, seven grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and many friends.
At the 54th annual Meet of Champions held Saturday at Lake Hamilton High School, Bryant sophomore Alexis Royal won the triple-jump title.
With wind speeds up to 25 mph buffeting the competitors, Royal jumped 36 feet, 11 inches on her second attempt to secure her victory.
Royalâs margin of victory was a full 10 inches farther than the other competitors. Jasmine Marks of Camden Fairview was second with a jump of 36â1.
Mrs. Lorene Shaver, age 90, of Benton died Tuesday, May 10, 2011. She was born September 14, 1920, in Lamar. Lorene was a housewife and a member of Geyer Springs Baptist Church and a member of the Easter Star. She was preceded in death of her parents, Jerome E. and Arnie Owens Cromer and three sisters.
Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, J.E. Cromer and wife, Carol of Norfork; nephew, Joseph Cromer; niece, Jacquelyn Cromer; and three grandchildren.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bayou Meto Cemetery in Jacksonville. Rev. Tom Brock will be officiating.
Helen Elizabeth Hickey, age 88, of Benton, passed away Friday, May 13, 2011.Â She was born January 12, 1923, in Paron.Â Mrs. Hickey was a hairdresser and a member of First Baptist Church in Benton.Â She was preceded in death by her parents, Buck and Delia Holland; husband, Lynn Hickey; sister, Pauline Moberly and brother, Bob White.Â
She is survived by two sons, Dwight Hickey of Benton and Glenn Hickey and wife, Sandy of Little Rock; one grandson, Jeffrey J. Hickey and wife, Renee; and two great-grandchildren, Taylor and Andrew Hickey.
SHERWOOD â The game of softball is all about momentum, and in Mondayâs semifinal game between Benton and Mountain Home momentum was being tossed between the two teams like a hot potato.
âWe got the most out of our momentum,â coach Eric Ryan said. âWe would get it and they would get it. We would go back and forth.â
The Benton Lady Panthers scored five runs in the seventh inning to defeat Mountain Home 7-5 to advance to their third straight 6A State Final in Fayetteville.
By beating Little Rock Catholic 7-6 Monday in the 7A State Tournament semifinals in Fort Smith, Bryant advances to the championship game, which it is looking to win for the second straight year.
The Hornets will take on championship-round host Conway at 5:30 p.m Saturday.
Head coach Kirk Bock, whose team is 23-6 on the year (10-4 7A Central), said Saturdayâs game against the Wampus Cats âis going to be a chore.â
âWeâre kind of tired of playing people in our conference,â Bock said, laughing.