BENTON â€“ Since Benton baseball Coach Mark Balisterri won his 300th game back in the 6A State Championship season of 2009, it hasnâ€™t taken very long to hit that next milestone â€“ 400 wins. In Balisterriâ€™s 20th season coaching the Benton Panthers, he picked up No. 400 on March 29, 2014, in a 6-3 win over the Lakeside Rams.
BRYANT â€“ The Bryant Lady Hornets held 7A/6A South Conference leader Sheridan Lady Jackets down for two innings, but Sheridan, which threatened the first two innings, finally broke through in the third inning against the Lady Hornets and stayed undefeated in the South with an 8-2 victory in Bryant on Tuesday.
WOODLAWN -- The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals got a taste of its own medicine in the semifinals of the Woodlawn Tournament on Saturday after being held hitless. With Kristen Dempsey and LJ Hemlich usually being the ones to hold the opposition off the base paths, the Lady Cardinals couldnâ€™t muster a hit but still beat Woodlawn 1-0 taking advantage of a walk and wild pitch in the process and advancing to the finals.
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.