SHERIDAN â€“ Just like their last game against Sheridan, the Benton Panthers got down early against the Yellowjackets on Friday night. But just like the last game, a 6-2 win over the Sheridan, the Panthers again came back and took a 7-2 win on Friday to take sole possession of second place in the 7A/6A South. Both teams were 7-2 in the South going into Fridayâ€™s contest as the Panthers improve to 8-2, a game behind the Bryant Hornets.
BEEBE â€“ The Bryant Hornets used a complete team performance to add to their victory total for the season at the Beebe Badger Relays on Thursday. The Hornets scored in every event and totaled 162 points, which was 100 points ahead of runner-up Beebe (62 points). Â Twenty-nine teams scored in the meet, with Searcy (47), Batesville (43), and Rivercrest (36) rounding out the top five teams. Â
BAUXITE â€“ For the second consecutive year, the Bauxite Lady Miners are sending another player out with a college basketball scholarship. After all-time leading scorer Mary Crow signed with Arkansas Tech last year, 5-10 small forward Allison Tackett signed to play for the Southern Arkansas University Lady Muleriders on Thursday morning at Fred Dawson Gym in Bauxite.
HASKELL â€” The Harmony Grove Cardinalsâ€™ pitching has been really good and then not so much throughout the 2014 season. Winners of 10 games coming into Mondayâ€™s damp tilt with Fountain Lake, the Cardinals strolled away with their chins high and much-needed momentum, winning on a walk-off RBI single from Logan Clay to win 1-0.
HASKELL â€” After a year under Dwaine Fishburn as interim head coach, the Benton High School senior boys basketball team now has a full-time leader.
Following a 6-0 vote at Monday's Benton School Board meeting, 2006 Benton graduate and current Harmony Grove senior boys head coach Dexter Hendrix was named to the helm of one of the most coveted coaching positions in the stateâ€”Benton Panther basketball.
"I am very excited to go back to Benton and coach a great basketball program and help it continue to grow and take it to the next level," Hendrix said.
BENTON â€“ After losing half its team and majority of its contributors to graduation a season after making it to the 6A state semifinals, the Benton Panthers mirrored last season with another semifinals trip, only to lose to the 2014 6A State Champion Jonesboro Hurricane (Jonesboro lost 34-33 to Bobby Portis' Hall team in finals last season) for the second consecutive season. But after being picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the 7A/6A South Conference this past season, the Panthers exceeded all expectations to win the conference with a 12-2 record.
HASKELL â€” The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals finally got back on the diamond in 5-3A action Monday, playing host to a much-improved eStem squad. After Thursdayâ€™s rainout, the Lady Cardinals were forced to reschedule and wait until Monday to get back in the swing of things.
With LJ Helmich in the circle and bats finally waking up, Harmony Grove strolled away with a 10-1 win, thanks to a big 8-run third inning paced by five walks and a Metsâ€™ error.
RUSSELLVILLE â€“ The Bryant Hornets track team competed in the Russellville Cyclone Invitational Friday night, earning a second-place finish in what is regarded as the biggest and most competitive regular season meet of the season in the state of Arkansas. Â
The Hornets scored 72.5 points to finish behind team champion Â Bentonville (82 points). Â Little Rock Central (66), Rogers Heritage (55), and Little Rock Catholic (47) finished out the top five teams. Â Twenty four teams scored in the meet, which featured 13 out of the 16 teams in class 7A. Â
BENTON â€“ Former Benton Lady Panthers senior forward Allison Reynolds was named to the 6A All-State Tournament Team, but the fact that Benton finished runner-up in the 6A South Conference to El Dorado, only two, not three, Lady Panthers were recognized as all state.
Voted by the 6A South coaches, junior guard Braxton Chumley and junior forward Braylee Landreth got the two spots for Benton, but Reynolds was voted by the conference coaches as a top player in the state.
BENTON â€“ The Benton Panthers were down early, but came back to defeat rival Sheridan Yellowjackets 6-2 in 7A/6A South Conference action on Friday at Panthers Field. Sophomore lefty Chase Nix threw five shutout innings of hitless relief to earn the win.
â€śI was real proud of our pitching,â€ť Benton Coach Mark Balisterri said. â€śBrian (Krikorian) was struggling as far as throwing strikes. They hit it hard a couple times. I feel like we could have stuck with him and been OK, but his pitch count was up for two innings for him and we didnâ€™t want to burn both our starters on Tuesday.