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Spring ends on high note

June 5, 2014

BENTON – After a 6-6 record last year, it’s best since the 2005 season, the Benton Panther football team closes its spring portion of its schedule, six practices including Friday night’s spring scrimmage at Panthers Stadium, featuring its hurry-up offense.

Against all odds, Benton back atop softball world

May 29, 2014

It’s not over until it’s over. That could be the new motto for the 2014 Benton Lady Panthers. Down to their last strike and an unlikely hero at the plate in the 6A State Championship game, the Lady Panthers had their lives changed forever.

It took just one swing to rejuvenate a packed house Friday at Bogle Park in Fayetteville. Staring at a full count with two on and down 1, freshman slugger Breanna Langford deposited possibly the biggest hit in school history over the fence in left field.

Hornets down Dogs for 7A Championship

May 29, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE — Junior Blaine Knight shut down a powerful Fayetteville offense and senior eighth-place hitter Dalton Holt put an exclamation point on a 10-0 Bryant Hornets rout over the Purple Bulldogs with a 2-run bomb to left field in the 7A State Championship game in Fayetteville on Friday. It was the Hornets’ 23rd straight win and they just needed six innings to do it.

UN-BRE-LIEVABLE

May 29, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE — It was the shot heard around the state. Down one with two on, two out, a full count and freshman Breanna Langford at the plate, Benton’s 6A title hopes looked to be all but demolished Friday at Bogle Park in Fayetteville. That was until Sheridan pitcher Sydney Bonner left a hanger out over the plate that Langford tomahawked into left field for a 3-run, go-ahead blast to put the Lady Panthers in front for good.

3rd Time's A Charm

May 21, 2014

BENTON -- The Benton Lady Panthers proved that the third time really is the charm Saturday, beating the defending 6A champion Russellville Cyclones 2-1 in the 6A State Tournament semifinals.
Having lost to the Cyclones 2-1 in each of the last two postseasons, Benton kicked the monkey from its back and punched its ticket to Fayetteville for a second straight 6A final.
The win wasn’t just any victory for third-year Benton coach Heidi Cox, however. To her, this win ranks at the top.

FayTown Bound

May 21, 2014

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – Bryant starting sophomore Zack Jackson would walk the bases loaded in the first inning of a 7A State Tournament semifinal game on Monday, but he would not walk another in a complete-game 2-0 shutout of the Conway Wampus Cats at Burns Park in North Little Rock.
Jackson would get out of the inning unscathed and would not let another Conway runner to third base the rest of the game giving up just three hits, three walks and striking out seven in seven innings pitched for the win.

Panthers fall in semis

May 21, 2014

BENTON – The first two innings ended up being killer for the Benton Panthers in a 6A State Tournament semifinal game against the Russellville Cyclones on Saturday. South No. 1 seed Benton gave up three runs in the first and two in the second to spot East No. 2 seed Russellville five runs in a 5-1 loss to end the Panthers’ season. Russellville will take on the East No. 5 seed Marion in the state championship in Fayetteville on Saturday.

Texas native named new Benton AD

May 21, 2014

The Benton Panthers athletic department has a new leader. After former Athletic Director Steve Quinn, Benton AD since 2006, took the principal position at Benton Middle School, Texas import Randy McFarlin will be the new Panther athletic director.

Dozen Does It: Lady Cards take title

May 7, 2014

HASKELL — The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals battled through a rare close contest Monday. With a championship looming, the Lady Cards defeated the Perryville Lady Mustangs 2-1 to move their winning streak to 12 straight and captured the squad’s second straight 5-3A District title.
“I am most proud of how we fought through a close game since we hadn’t played one in a while, so it was nice to see how we were going to do,” Head Coach Sammi Massey said. “It took both pitchers today and both did a great job. We got timely hits where we needed them and played defense when we had to.”

Lady Miners headed to regionals

May 7, 2014

MALVERN – In two must-win games, the Bauxite Lady Miners punched their ticket to a 4A Regionals berth on Friday when they defeated the Robinson Senators 16-6 and the Central Arkansas Christian Lady Mustangs 11-3 at the 7-4A District Tournament in Malvern. The Lady Miners played Nashville, which Bauxite lost to 13-1 on April 25, in the semifinal game on Saturday with results in Monday’s edition.
“We’re in the Regional for sure now,” Bauxite Coach Sara Tew said. “It’s just a matter of where. If we beat Nashville, we’ll be a 1 or 2 seed.”

 

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