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.
Tuesday night was a historic night on the football field for the Bryant Freshmen Hornets. For the first time in school history, the Hornets finished a season undefeated and untied with a resounding 35-0 win over Saline County rival Benton.
The Hornets finish the season with a perfect 10-0 record overall and 7-0 in the rugged Central Arkansas Junior High Conference. Benton closes the season with a 3-7 record overall, 2-5 in the conference.
Wow. It happened. The St. Louis Cardinals completed one of the most memorable comebacks of all time when they won the 2011 World Series in seven games against the Texas Rangers. Down 10.5 games to the Wild Card leader Atlanta Braves on Aug. 25, the Cardinals came back the last month of the season to take the National League Wild Card on the last day of the season.
On a cold, rainy Thursday night that featured little action at C.W. Lewis Stadium, the Benton Panthers freshmen squad pulled out a 6-0 overtime victory against visiting Cabot South.
The first half of the game was relatively uneventful, featuring stalled offenses and missed opportunities. Benton quarterback Nick Quinn gave up an interception at the top of the second quarter, leaving Cabot with the ball on its own 44-yard line. That turnover resulted in no score for Cabot.
MOUNTAIN HOME â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers saw their season come to an end in the semifinals of the Class 6A State Volleyball Tournament on Thursday, dropping a four-set match to the Mountain Home Lady Bombers 13-25, 18-25, 25-20 and 24-26.
The Lady Panthers finished the year with a 17-9 record with a 6A-South Conference championship. The Lady Bombers, the same team to knock Benton from the playoffs last season, improved to 25-4 overall and advanced to Saturdayâ€™s state championship match at Conway High School.