Benton native Wes Gardner played eight seasons in the major leagues â from 1984 to 1991 with the New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals. Drafted in the 22nd round out of the University of Central Arkansas, Gardner was in the same 1982 Mets' draft class with the likes of Dwight Gooden, Roger McDowell and Rafael Palmeiro.
Roughly a week after Albert Pujols signed a monster contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the dust is starting to settle a little bit. Pujols decided to take the $3 million more a year with the Angels rather than re-up with the St. Louis Cardinals, the team Pujols spent 11 Hall-of-Fame seasons with and where he won two World Series. Thanks Albert. It was fun.
Bryant Hornets football Coach Paul Calley was named the 7A/6A 2011 Farm Bureau Coach of the Year at the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce on Monday night.
âItâs a tremendous honor,â Calley said. âIt is an award for everybody associated with Bryant football.
âItâs an honor just to be nominated. I accepted the award, but I accepted it on behalf of my assistant coaches and players.â
Harmony Grove High School basketball has hit a snag over the past few weeks. Both senior high teams have not won a ball game since beating Woodlawn in the opening round of the Bill Gibbs Memorial Tournament on Nov. 29, which Harmony Grove hosted.
Since that win, the Lady Cardinals have fallen to Poyen, for the second time, Mt. Vernon-Enola, Arkansas Baptist and Mayflower. The boys have lost to all of those teams other than Poyen. The Cardinals lost to Perryville in that spot instead.
A close game throughout turned into a 61-55 victory for the Bauxite Lady Miners over the Magnet Cove Lady Panthers in non-conference action Monday night at Fred Dawson Gym in Bauxite.
âWe knew it was going to be a tough game,â Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said. âMagnet Cove is a very skilled and hard-working team. Theyâve got a lot of talent, they shoot the ball well and theyâre very aggressive.â
Lady Miners junior Mary Crow scored 14 points in the first half on her way to a 24-point, six-rebound, six-assist night. She added two steals.
Up one point with a minute remaining, the Bryant Hornets fell 45-42 to the Camden Fairview Cardinals at the Russellville Tournament on Thursday.
âWhen we were up one with a minute to go, I felt pretty good with the decisions they were making, but it just didnât work,â Bryant Coach Mike Abrahamson said. âOur guards ended up making bad decisions.â
The Hornets (1-2) made crucial turnovers in the final minute to lose by three.
The Bryant Hornets swimming and diving team competed Tuesday evening, Dec. 6, in the Catholic High School 50/100 Sprint Swim Meet at the University of Arkansas Little Rock in the dive portion. For the boys, Justin Combs took third place, Lucas Reitenger placed fifth place and Scott Mead finished in sixth place overall.
For the Bryant girls, Alise Heavrin came in fourth place, Tiffany Robinson took sixth, Kaitlin Howey seventh and Morganne Gillespie finished in eighth place.
A close game at the half turned into a 70-50 blowout favoring the Bauxite Lady Miners over the Brinkley Lady Tigers on Tuesday at Brinkley High School.
Leading 14-10 after the first quarter, the Lady Miners led by as many as seven points in the first half, eventually taking a 31-29 lead at halftime. Junior Mary Crow scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half and also took two charge calls.
"It was a little bit of a track meet the first half," Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said. "We were scoring. We were getting up and down the floor.
The Bauxite Lady Miners made it to the finals of the Harmony Grove annual Bill Gibbs Memorial tournament on Saturday after beating Poyen 62-27 and Perryville 51-30. The Miners had a tough test in front of them on Saturday in the Mt. Vernon Lady Warhawks.
The Lady Miners used good execution and a bit of good luck to down the Lady Warhawks to take the tournament championship in a thriller 52-48. Senior Alaina Crouse led the Lady Miners with 19 points. Junior Mary Crow was in foul trouble early and sat for more than half of the game.
Have you ever used the phrase, âIâm getting too old for this?â Well, it doesnât apply to Bryant native Frank Myers Sr.
Myers, who will turn 93-years-old on Dec. 9, shot an 8-point deer from about 50 yards away over the Thanksgiving weekend at his sonâs deer camp in Union County.
âHe invites me down every year on Thanksgiving day to his camp down in south Arkansas,â Myers said of his son. âThey hadnât seen many deer, but I saw five doe, four yearlings and the one buck. He just came walking out of the brush there, turned his side to me, so well, âYouâre mine.ââ