MOUNTAIN HOME â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers cruised into the second round of the Class 6A State Tournament on Tuesday when they easily swept the Jacksonville Lady Red Devils 3-0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-7) in the opening round at The Hangar on the campus of Mountain Home High School.
The Lady Panthers (16-8) will face Van Buren in the quarterfinals today at 4 p.m. The Pointerettes also easily won their first round match Tuesday, sweeping El Dorado 3-0 (25-15, 25-4, 25-8).
The Bryant Lady Hornets swept the Central Arkansas Christian Lady Mustangs 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-15) on Thursday in their last regular-season match before the 7A State Tournament which starts on Tuesday at Buzz Bolding Arena at Conway High School.
The Lady Hornets (12-5, 10-4 7A Central) lost to the North Little Rock Lady Charging Wildcats 0-3 on Tuesday to finish out the conference season, but Bryant took second in the Central behind first-place Conway, earning a No. 2 seed and a first-round bye for the state tournament this Wednesday.
Former Ohio State head football coach John Cooper was at the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club recently and said that the five Ohio State players, including former starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor, should not have played in the Sugar Bowl, which Arkansas lost 31-26, against the Razorbacks this past bowl season.
In the final regular season game, North Little Rock High School swept Benton High School in volleyball 3-0 (11-25, 16-25, 18-25) Thursday night.
â€śWe just didnâ€™t play very well,â€ť coach Brandy Chumley said. â€śOur heads werenâ€™t in the game and we couldnâ€™t get anything going.â€ť
In game one, senior Kristen Ryan and junior Alex Williams had a kill. In the second game, the Lady Panthers had six kills including two from Ryan.
Williams, Hayely Ferguson, Erin Jackson, and Allison Reynolds all had one kill. In the third game, Benton had nine kills including three from Williams.
The Benton Lady Panthers swept the Sheridan Lady Yellowjackets Thursday night 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-18).
â€śWeâ€™ve had a good week,â€ť coach Brandy Chumley said. â€śWe played well against Texarkana and we played well again against Sheridan.â€ť
In game one, junior Erin Jackson and senior Kristen Ryan had a block. The Lady Panthers had eight kills including four from senior Emily Morgan. Senior Hayley Ferguson had two and junior Alex Williams had one kill. Jackson also had a kill.
Junior Courtland Kaufholtz had an ace.
After getting swept by Conway on Tuesday night to snap a six-game conference winning streak, the Bryant Lady Hornets' volleyball team responded with a sweep of their own, defeating the Van Buren Lady Pointers 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-8) Thursday night on the road.
"Last night was an amazing night for our girls," Bryant Coach Beth Solomon said. "We spent Wednesday doing team-building activities instead of really focusing on skills.
"After Conway Tuesday night, we realized that our girls needed some really strong team-bonding activities â€“ they have the skills they need."
The Bryant Freshman Hornets football team defeated Little Rock Catholic Rocketsâ€™ freshman team 36-22 on Thursday at Bryant Stadium, but the game wasnâ€™t without drama. Bryant remained undefeated improving to 7-0 record, but after getting up 22-0, Catholic charged back to tie it 22-22 before the half.
â€śThey had a chance to beat us,â€ť Bryant Coach Kenny Horn said. â€śFortunately our guys came through at the end.â€ť
The Bauxite Miners have hit a bit of a road block over the past five weeks. What seemed like a promising year in week one has turned into a nightmare over the course of only five games.
The Miners torched their arch rivals from Glen Rose at â€śThe Pitâ€ť in week one, beating them 26-7. Since then, the Miners have been outscored 170-72 with their most recent loss coming last week at the hands of Robinson, 51-29.
The Benton Lady Panther volleyball team swept Texarkana 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-20) Tuesday night to move into second place in the 6A South Conference.
â€ś[Texarkana] is a very good team,â€ť coach Brandy Chumley said. â€śBut we played really well and we passed the ball well and played very well.â€ť
In game one, Benton had 11 kills including six from junior Emily Morgan. Senior Hayley Ferguson had two, junior Alex Williams, senior Kristen Ryan and sophomore Allison Reynolds all had one kill.
Williams also had an ace.
The Bryant Hornets boys and girls tennis team competed in the 7A Central conference tournament on Monday at Burns Park Tennis Center, but the Hornets could not advance a player to the semifinals held today.
In girls singles play, senior Callie Hogancamp defeated Meg Bumpers 6-3, 6-1 of Mount St. Maryâ€™s in the first round, and sophomore Whitney Butler beat Emma Baird of Cabot 6-3, 6-2 in the first round as well.