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Harmony Grove advances in state tournament

May 13, 2011

The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to defeat Perryville 4-2 in the first round of the 3A State Tournament at Prescott High School Friday afternoon.
In the seventh, Morgan Ramsey reached on a one-out walk and with two outs senior Kaylee Allen hit a line drive up the middle to move Ramsey to third. Macy Coffee walked to load the bases and two runs would score on a hit by Stephanie Parins.
Molly White gave Harmony Grove a two-run lead when she single home Coffee.

Bryant has rare opportunity for dual repeat

May 13, 2011

When the Hornets and Lady Hornets step onto the diamond today, both teams will be battling for a second straight state championship — a feat scarcely seen.
And if you ask either coach about the other’s team, you’re bound to hear similar words of respect and admiration.
Baseball head coach Kirk Bock said, “We’re pretty good, but they’re really good,” adding that softball head coach Debbie Clark “does a tremendous job with those girls.”

Bryant looks to repeat

May 13, 2011

For Bryant head coach Kirk Bock, the Hornets have lived up to the title of defending state champions.
“They’ve done everything were asked them to and more,” he said. “They’ve battled hard all year.”
And after winning the 7A Central again, this weekend Bryant (21-6, 10-4) heads into the 7A State Tournament in Fort Smith as a No. 1 seed, looking to repeat last year’s championship run.
With a first-round bye, at noon Saturday the Hornets will face the winner of Friday’s game between Springdale Har-Ber and Cabot.

Bryant hires Matthews as head coach

May 13, 2011

It has been a dream for Brad Matthews to coach at one of the highest levels in high school basketball. Wednesday night, that dream came true as Matthews was hired as the new head coach for the Bryant Lady Hornets.
“I’m excited,” Matthews said. “It is a tough conference, and it is going to be a great challenge. It is something I’m looking forward to doing.
“Bryant has a great girls basketball program.”

New Bryant AD meets with coaches, staff

May 12, 2011

Newly appointed athletic director Mike Lee introduced himself to a group of coaches, staff, fans and media Wednesday afternoon.
“I want to be seen as a servant,” Lee said. “I want to facilitate their efforts and ensure the culture of Bryant continues to grow.
“I don’t want to walk around as boss, I am here to help.”
Lee was named the athletic director May 4 during an executive session of a school board personnel hearing. The position comes with a $65,179.20 12-month salary.

Benton gets tune-up at Watson Chapel

May 11, 2011

The Benton Lady Panthers used three different pitchers Monday afternoon to prepare for this weekend’s state tournament as Benton defeated Watson Chapel 4-0 on the road.
“I sat down with them before the game and told them we were going to go 2-2-3,” coach Eric Ryan said. “We wanted to try to get some work in and get ready for the tournament.”
Jessica Smith pitched the first two innings, allowing one hit with two strikeouts and no walks. Lauren White pitched the next two innings, allowing two hits with no strikeouts and no walks but did hit a batter.

Benton beats Monticello 12-2 at home

May 10, 2011

The Benton Panthers defeated Monticello 12-2 in a non-conference game Monday at home. Benton, who has already secured the two seed in the 6A State Tournament, scored three runs in the first inning, five in the second, three in the third and one in the fourth.
Monticello scored a run in the first and fifth innings.
Following back-to-back singles by Greg Pryor and Garrison Roy to lead off the bottom of the second, Levon Steward hit a three-run home run. Two outs later, Joseph Henry singled, and Stuart Levy hit a two-run home run to give the Panthers a 8-1 lead.

Lady Hornets lose game, share title

May 10, 2011

In a battle for the 7A Central title, the Lady Hornets came up short Monday, losing 4-3 to North Little Rock in extra innings.
However, since both teams have only two conferences losses, both will share the title of conference champion.
Bryant (21-5, 12-2 7A Central) lost both of its conference games at the hands of North Little Rock, who earned the No. 1 seed in the state tournament beginning Friday in Bentonville.

Sheridan clinches No. 3 seed with win

May 9, 2011

The Sheridan Yellowjackets defeated Texarkana 10-5 Friday night to secure the No. 3 seed in next week’s 6A State Tournament in Marion.
Zac Perkins pitched a complete game, with really one bad inning coming in the third. Two walks, two errors and a hit allowed for Texarkana to score three runs to trim the deficit to 6-3, after Sheridan had scored six runs in the bottom of the first.

Three to be inducted into bowling HOF

May 9, 2011

The Central Arkansas USBC Bowling Association will be inducting three members, including one Benton resident, into their bowling Hall of Fame on May 21 at the Cajuns Wharf restaurant in Little Rock.
Wilma Laha, Danny Fuller and Benton resident Felicia Burlison will all be inducted this month.
Laha, who has been bowling for nearly 45 years, is being inducted for her service with association after serving at nearly every position, including secretary, vice president, and on the board of directors.
She was voted secretary of the year two times.

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