Every high school basketball and football team has a rival. Every team has the school that they absolutely dislike because â€śhateâ€ť is too harsh. But, one thing most schools do not have is a rival that is less than 10 miles away. This can only be said about Benton and Bryant.
Year in and year out, both schools bring huge crowds during the basketball and football seasons. Known for the famous â€śSalt Bowlâ€ť at War Memorial Stadium to open the football season every year, both schools have been known to get pretty heated, both on the court and in the stands.
The Bauxite Lady Miners dropped their final game of the Alumni Girls Classic 61-51 to the Little Rock Central Lady Tigers on Saturday at Little Rock Hall High School.
Bauxite went 1-2 in the tournament, defeating Lonoke 60-41 in the first round and losing to Little Rock Parkview 69-36 in the second round. Parkview won the tournament when they beat North Little Rock 45-37 in the final.
Parkview went to the 6A State Championship last year and Central lost in the first round of the 7A playoffs last year, so the Lady Miners (2-2) had some tough competition to begin the year.
The Bauxite Lady Miners resume play in the Arkansas Girls Alumni Classic at Little Rock Hall High School tonight. The Lady Miners will play the Little Rock Parkview Lady Patriots in the second round at approximately 7 p.m. tonight.
Bauxite (2-0) defeated the Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits 60-41 in the first round of the classic on Monday, while Parkview (1-0) beat Cabot 64-60.
Lady Minersâ€™ senior forward Alaina Crouse leads the team in scoring for the first two games with a 17.0 point-per-game average and is 9 of 12 (75 percent) from the 3-point line.
Three Bryant Lady Hornet softball players all signed letters of intent to play at their respective colleges late Thursday morning in front of about 150 people in Love Auditorium on the Bryant High School campus.
The three players, Peyton Jenkins, Kayla Sory and Jessie â€śThe Beastâ€ť Taylor, could have had their own separate, special days to sign their letters, but the old friends wouldnâ€™t think of it.
Bryant senior baseball player Jordan Taylor signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Central Arkansas on Friday at noon in front of the Bryant gym. Friends, family and teammates witnessed the Hornetsâ€™ main pitcher sign.
â€śItâ€™s been fun,â€ť Jordan Taylor said. â€śItâ€™s been a lot of fun. Been through a lot with my brothers right here,â€ť referring to his teammates.
The Bauxite Lady Miners will kick off the Arkansas Alumni Girls Basketball Classic tournament held at Little Rock Hall High School. The Lady Miners will play the Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits in the opening game of the tournament at 4 p.m.
The Lady Miners will get to test their mettle against some of the top teams in the state last season. The tournament features six state tournament teams, including one quarterfinals team, three semifinal teams and a finals team.
The Bauxite Lady Miners scored the first 13 points of the game in a 52-24 win over rival Glen Rose Lady Beavers in the first regular season game of the season on Tuesday at Dawson Gym in Bauxite.
â€śFirst game I just didnâ€™t want us to come out a little amped up, not be able to hit any shots or let them stay in for too long,â€ť Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said. â€śI felt like if we could get on them quick it could kind of get our butterflies out. We did a good job of that.â€ť
The Bauxite Lady Minersâ€™ basketball team tied for second place in the class 7-4A conference last season, but had a chance to go undefeated in conference play. The Lady Miners (24-6, 10-3 7-4A last year) lost to the team they tied for second with, Malvern, twice by two points, and lost to first-place Pulaski Academy by one. Bauxite then lost to Malvern by two in the semifinals of the conference tournament.
The Sheridan Yellowjacketsâ€™ bid to host a first-round playoff game came to an end when they dropped a 28-21 decision to the Arkansas High Razorbacks in Texarkana on Friday night. The Yellowjackets scored 14 points in the final four minutes, but couldnâ€™t get it done in the end.
â€śToo little too late,â€ť Sheridan Coach Louis Campbell said. â€śWe didnâ€™t play very good on defense. We gave them 21 points. They had a fumble returned for a touchdown. That was 28 points.â€ť
It has not been an easy season for the Benton Panthers. With each new week, a new injury seems to appear, making it difficult for the Panthers to find their rhythm. The biggest loss so far â€” senior quarter back Dylan Harris. Add to the fact that they play in the 6A South, one of the toughest conferences in the state, and you end up with one forgettable and miserable season.
To start the year, the Benton Panthers showed huge promise as being a contender in the 6A South with a 21-14 loss to now conference-leading Bryant and followed with a huge win over Jacksonville.