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Vance, Poland earn all-state; Panthers name five to all-conference

April 1, 2011

Eddie Poland and Luke Vance were named to the 6A All-State Team after the Benton Panthers finished the season as co-champions of the 6A South for the first time since 1989.

Poland, a three-year letterman, finished the season averaging nine points and three steals per game.

“He finished the season strong for us and was probably our best defender,” Benton coach Chris Nail said.

Nail said Poland will be visiting North Central Community College in Missouri, which is the same one former Panther Brandon Jones attended a couple of years ago.

Last-inning hit lifts Bauxite over Jessieville

March 31, 2011

The Miners got some sweet revenge Tuesday, and did it in true dramatic fashion.

Bauxite beat former conference foe Jessieville 16-15 on two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning by sophomore Chris Revas.

The Miners (9-5, 1-0), the defending 3A State Champions who have since moved up to 4A, lost twice to Jessieville last year. Bauxite only lost five games on their way to capturing the title.

Bauxite head coach Michael Mattox said, “Next to the state championship game, that was probably the best game I’ve ever coached.

Sheridan defeats El Dorado, faces Dumas tonight

March 31, 2011

Although the Sheridan Lady Yellowjackets trailed for most of the game, they were able to rally in the fifth inning to take a one-run lead and eventually defeat El Dorado 6-3 Tuesday night.

Sheridan scored a run in the third, three in the fifth and two in the seventh while El Dorado scored a run in the first, a run in the second and a run in the third.

Sheridan’s two runs in the seventh inning gave the Lady ‘Jackets a three-run lead.

Glen Rose sweeps Harmony Grove

March 30, 2011

Glen Rose and Harmony Grove battled the weather and each other Tuesday in the opening of conference play.

In the end, the Beavers came out on top 10-4, and the Lady Beavers won 15-13.

Glen Rose softball head coach Kyle Lem said, “We had two opportunities to end the game on a run rule and didn’t, and, of course, they came back as always.”

Lem said the game was a “hard fought slugfest, just like it is every time. There’s just something between our two porgrams I guess.”

Harmony Grove softball head coach Sammi Massey was reached for comment, but did not respond by press time.

Benton defeats Texarkana in conference play

March 30, 2011

BENTON — After spending the weekend in Shreveport, La. where the weather was in the mid 90s and sunny, the Benton Lady Panthers were a little “shell-shocked” Tuesday when they had to play in the rain and the mid 50-degree temperatures at the Benton Panther Softball Complex.

Although it took some time for their bats to warm up, the Lady Panthers defeated Texarkana 6-0 thanks in part to a three-run inning in the fifth.

Bauxite starts conference play with wins

March 29, 2011

Both the Bauxite baseball and softball teams are off to a 1-0 start in 4A-7 Conference play after beating Oak Grove Monday.

The Miners (8-5, 1-0) won 12-3 in seven innings behind solid pitching from junior Ryan Weng, who had a complete game with only 79 pitches.

Bauxite baseball head coach Michael Mattox said, “He worked very efficiently. It didn’t seem like he had complete command, but he’s such a competitor that even on his off days he’s effective.”

Weng gave up five hits and three runs, two of which were earned. He recorded three strikeouts with three walks.

Sheridan to face El Dorado in conference match-up

March 29, 2011

After defeating Mena 4-3 on Saturday, the Sheridan Yellowjackets will try to maintain their winning streak when they face El Dorado tonight.

“That is a big conference game for us,” Sheridan coach Mike Moore said. “They have a really good pitcher. It is going to be a tough game for us.”
The ‘Jackets are currently riding a 11-game winning streak and are 2-0 in the 6A South conference.

Sheridan scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 4-2 lead over Mena last Saturday.

Anderson says he is ‘at home now’ with Arkansas

March 28, 2011

FAYETTEVILLE —  The last coach Arkansas hired out of the University of Missouri actively worked 50 years  for the Razorbacks  and continues  as athletics director emeritus.
At 51, Mike Anderson will be hard put to match Frank Broyles’ Razorbacks tenure though he’s willing to try.
However long he gets to coach, Arkansas’ new head basketball coach with the 17-year Arkansas assistant coaching past says he wants to coach only Arkansas.
“I’m at home now,” Anderson told the estimated 5,000 to 6,000 Saturday  packing the south side of Walton Arena. “As long as they want me here I am at home.”

Bryant has ups, downs in Tenn. tourney

March 28, 2011

After getting off to an impressive start Thursday, the Lady Hornets floundered Friday at an invitational tournament held in Tennessee.
Bryant head coach Debbie Clark said her players gathered their composure Saturday, but by the time the girls started making headway against the competition, a storm rolled through and caused officials to cancel the tournament.
Clark said other coaches were impressed by the Lady Hornets’ tenacious play during their two wins Thursday. Bryant beat Clarksville High School 6-3 and Clarskville Northwest 15-1.

Bryant wins final game of invitational

March 26, 2011

The Bryant Hornets defeated East Ridge High School (Fla.) 4-2 Friday night to win the Northwest Powerade Classic in Sanford, Fla.
The Hornets scored two runs in the second, one in the third and one in the fourth, and withstood a rally by East Ridge to complete the tournament sweep.
Landon Pickett led off the bottom of the second with a single to right field. After a strikeout, Evan Jobe singled to right field between first and second to put runners on first and second.

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