JONESBORO â€“ Leading 33-29 after consecutive Braxton Chumley steals and layups late in the third quarter, the South No. 2 seed Benton Lady Panthers could muster just six more points the rest of the way and the East No. 3 seed Searcy Lady Lions ended Bentonâ€™s season with a 53-39 victory in the quarterfinals of the 6A State Tournament in Jonesboro Monday night.
LITTLE ROCK â€“ The Bryant Lady Hornets finished sixth and the Hornets eighth, while both Benton boys and girls took 16th in the 2014 7A/6A Arkansas State High School Swim Championships this past Friday with Catholic High School hosting. Bentonville ran away with the state meet with the girls scoring 471 points to top second-place Conway (253), and the boys topping Little Rock Central by 149 points, 409 - 260.
The Daytona 500 is a spectacle like none other in the racing world. With turns too steep to walk up and a crowd of a hundred thousand-plus donning legends on its shirts and hats, the February event ranks near the top of all championships in sports entertainment.
But the events that played out on Sunday may never be done again. With gentlemen and gentlewoman starting their engines just after noon on Sunday, the race quickly came to a halt â€” a 6-hour, 22-minute halt. With rain pouring down and showing no signs of letting up, drivers and fans took shelter until day turned to night.
CABOT â€“ The Benton bowling teams competed in the 7A/6A State Championship on Wednesday and the boys finished third overall (10 teams total) with 4,177 total pins, while the girls took fourth (10 teams) at 3,276. On the boysâ€™ end, host Cabot dominated with 4,880 pins, a new state record, and Cabotâ€™s Cayden Cook took top honors bowling and 842 series, another state record. Bentonville took second at 4,263.
For the girls, Bentonville would come out on top with 3,647, Cabot second (3,566) and Rogers third (3,316).
PEARCY â€“ Struggling a bit in the first half, the Benton Lady Panthers cleaned it up in the second to come away with a 44-37 victory over the Lake Hamilton Lady Wolves in 7A/6A South Conference action on Tuesday at Lake Hamilton High School. It was Bentonâ€™s fourth consecutive win after losing three straight.
The Lady Panthers (17-5, 9-3 South) jumped on the Lady Wolves 8-2 early with the help of two Braxton Chumley 3-pointers, and would lead 18-10 in the second quarter before allowing Lake Hamilton to come back and tie it 22-22 at the half.
LITTLE ROCK â€” In the six previous games against Glen Rose prior to last Thursday, the Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals were 1-5. After tromping the Lady Beavers 42-22 Thursday, Harmony Grove extended its season at least one more game after beating Glen Rose 43-31 Tuesday in the first round of the 5-3A District Tournament at Episcopal in Little Rock.
â€śItâ€™s elimination time and if you donâ€™t get the job done you go home,â€ť Head Coach John White said.
BRYANT â€“ Bryant senior track and field and cross country star Melinda Murdock's list of accomplishments as a Lady Hornet is pretty lengthy. On Thursday at Bryant High School, Murdock signed a letter of intent to take those accomplishments to the University of Memphis Lady Tigers to run track.
â€śMelinda Murdock is one of the greatest competitors and hardest workers I have coached," Bryant Cross Country Coach Danny Westrbook said. "She is a very unique athlete in that she excels in both distance running as well as sprint and hurdle events."
FAYETTEVILLE - After routing Appalachian State ace starter Jamie Nunn in Friday's 12-2 season opener, some might have presumed the Saturday and Sunday games would be a piece of cake for the Arkansas Razorbacks,Â No. 25 ranked by Baseball AmericaÂ and hosting at Baum Stadium.
They would have presumed wrong. The Razorbacks, now 3-0, did sweep the now 0-3 Mountaineers but it wasn't easy.
BRYANT â€“ There was little doubt in the minds of a duo of Bryant Lady Hornets of where they were going to college. Senior distance runners Marley Adams and Mikayla Douglas signed letters of intent to run for Henderson State University on Tuesday morning at Bryant High School, and the pair have known for several years they were to become Lady Reddies.
â€śIâ€™ve wanted to go there since the seventh grade,â€ť Adams said. â€śI just know theyâ€™ve had a really good team. I know upperclassmen that have gone there. Itâ€™s always been Henderson.â€ť
BENTON â€“ Benton Panthers senior soccer player Michi Forbess signed a letter of intent to play for the Tigers of Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia) at the Benton Athletic Sports Complex field house on Friday.
Forbess is a midfielder for the Panthers, which finished 16-2-1 and lost 2-1 in the 6A State Tournament quarterfinals to Siloam Springs, and is Bentonâ€™s all-time leader in career assists with 21. Benton soccer Coach Bobby Winn said Forbessâ€™ understanding of the game is second-to-none.