Archive - May 17, 2013
BENTON - Benton High School has become accustomed to having athletes play and succeed at the next level. While not everyone moves on to reach â€śCliff Leeâ€ť status, the ones that play at the NCAA level usually make the most of it.
As for the 2013 Benton Panther basketball team, the â€śnext levelâ€ť will be chalked full of talent and former Panthers; one being 6-foot, 9-inch big man Graham Gardner who signed to play with College of the Ozarks in Branson, Mo., on Tuesday.
HASKELL - The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals have been the hottest team in Saline County all season. Now sitting at 30-2 overall on the year, Harmony Grove is looking for its fourth 3A State Championship since winning three in a row from 2002-04.
While many tournament roads are not easy to travel, the Lady Cardinals have made easy work of their opponent in tournament play, winning three straight before entering the 2013 State Tournament recently. Harmony Grove won the Woodlawn, 3A District and Region 2 Regional tournaments in three straight weekends and now has a chance at more heroics.
The staff at Sparks Regional Medical Center tries to alleviate their patients' pain in a variety of ways â€” including through the power of music, thanks to a local volunteer.
David Bruce, 65, spends his afternoons as a hospital volunteer playing hymns on his diatonic harmonicas to staff and patients alike in the main entrance, in hallways and in patients' rooms. He learned the hymns, which fill up two thick, three-inch music books that he carries around the hospital along with his harmonicas, when he attended First United Methodist Church in Fort Smith with his parents as a child.
BENTON â€“ The Benton Panthers had a historic year this past season, winning a school-record 27 games opposed to just three losses, and losing in the semifinals of the 6A State Tournament. But the Panthers wouldnâ€™t have had their historic year, which included an undefeated 14-0 South Conference schedule, without two players who are trading in their paws for a different species.
BRYANT â€“ Former Bryant senior Brooke Howell provided plenty of power for the Lady Hornets in her All-State career. Howell is now taking that power to north Arkansas as she signed to play volleyball for the Williams Baptist Lady Eagles (Walnut Ridge) on Wednesday at Bryant High School.
In fact her power became legend after one of her spikes hit an opposing player above the shoulders which resulted in a trip to the emergency room. Bryant Coach Beth Solomon said Howell was definitely the hardest hitter sheâ€™s ever coached.