BRYANT â After losing a ton of seniors this past season, the Bryant Lady Hornets went with a very young team last year and finished with a 6-6 7A/6A South Conference record and a first-round 7A State playoff loss. But, those youngsters have grown and added muscle over the past summer and look to contend.
BENTON â After a historic year which saw the 23-4 Benton Lady Panthers volleyball team fall in five games in the 6A State Championship game against Jonesboro, Benton returns eight seniors to an experienced team which swept every 6A South Conference match.
FORT SMITH â The CASC Racers, a local year-round swim team, claimed third place overall in the State Championship July 25-27 in Fort Smith.Â The Racers Women claimed the third spot overall as well, just missing second place by seven points, while the men claimed fifth place. There were 52 Racers competing at the state level.Â The Racers had 16 state champion swims, including four individual champions and three relay teams. There were 60 top three swims, and 180 top eight swims.Â The Racers had many AA, AAA, and AAAA swims.
State Champions Relay Teams for the Racers are as follows:
LITTLE ROCK â After coming from behind to pick up a 6-5 win over Columbia, Tenn., in the quarterfinal round of the Mid-South Regional Tournament on Saturday, the Bryant Black Sox were down again on Sunday against the Missouri champions, Jefferson City, on Sunday at UALR âs Gary Hogan Field. Behind 7-4 after five innings on Sunday, the Black Sox would scratch a run each in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to trail 8-7 going into the ninth. Thatâs when the fireworks started.
BENTON â Former Benton Panthers pitcher Zack Smiley will be staying close to home when he continues his education past the high school level. On Tuesday, Smiley signed his intent to walk on with the University of Arkansas Little Rock Trojans at Benton Arena.
âI figured it was the best opportunity to play,â Smiley started. âItâs a good school to get my education and itâs a great program for my future.â
Smileyâs father, Dan, said Zack is following his dream.
Wow, what a week. Sure, there was a lot of driving, but my dad, brother and I went on the trip of a lifetime this past week. Planned a year ago, my dad suggested we go see the baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which was held last Sunday in Cooperstown, N.Y. I knew Greg Maddux with his 355 wins, Tom Glavine with his 305 wins, and Frank Thomas with his 521 home runs and over 1,700 RBI would all be first-ballot hall-of-famers, but we all got a treat when three more were added to the induction.