August 20th, 2011
The Benton Panthers kicked their season off Friday with their annual Maroon and Gray game at C.W. Lewis Stadium. With packed house on one side of the field and a partially packed side on the other, one would think it was a regular season football game. Too bad it was not. It was just a scrimmage.
BENTON â€” If there was ever a year where the Benton Panthers should run away with the season, it should be this year. With a squad made up of 18 seniors (10 boys and eight girls), the Benton tennis team should have no problem with their competition.
Especially since most of the squads they will be facing have almost no returning starters, including last yearâ€™s winners Lake Hamilton (boys) and Sheridan (girls).
Bentonâ€™s senior led team is due to the recruiting efforts of a core group of players about four years ago when they were freshman.
The Harmony Grove Football Cardinals opened the pre-season on Thursday night with the Second Annual Red and White game at Cardinal Stadium.
Only two years into a football program and the Cardinals are already looking like a somewhat mature football team.
â€śLast year no one could hear and pads wee popping in the stands,â€ť said Assistant Head Coach Benji White.
â€śWe want to hit people this year.â€ť
The Cardinals started the scrimmage with a nice 50-yard pass from starting quarterback Matt Hollson.
Led by junior Grace Lile, the Benton Lady Panthers defeated El Dorado 145 to 147 over nine holes Thursday at Longhills Golf Course in Benton.
Lile earned medalist with a 43 while freshman Braxton Chumley shot a 50.
Coach Chad Pitts said he pairs Chumley with Lile to try to calm Chumley a little bit since she has never played competitively and the two have become friendly since the school year began.
Kayla Payne shot a 52 and Florida move-in Karli Lipinski shot a 52. Kaylen Presnall shot a 55, Daphne Bono a 54, Drew Melton a 56, Jenna Jamison a 56, and Lauren Manus a 57.
Annie Pauline Terry Turner, 99, passed away Aug. 17, at her home in Benton. She was born Jan. 23, 1912 in Coryell County, Texas, Pauline lived most of her life in Bastrop, Louisiana.
She is survived by her son Terry Turner of Clayton, MO; daughters Emily Turner Laurel and Rebecca Turner Bourne, both of Benton; nine grandchildren; ten great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Pauline was preceded in death by her husband Eugene Campbell Turner and two sons, Eugene Campbell Turner, Jr., and Ted Everett Turner.
Jerry G. Glasscock, 52, of Hot Springs passed away Thursday, Aug. 18. He was born May 17, 1959 to the late Betty McGillrey Glasscock and William Glasscock in Bald Knob.
Mr. Glasscock was a member of Harveyâ€™s Chapel Baptist Church and worked for Hot Springs City Sanitation. He was predeceased by his parents; one daughter, Michelle Lynn Glasscock and sister, Rosalee Glasscock.
The outdoor temperatures have been hovering around the mid-90s for months now.
Grass has been burned to a crisp, trees have changed colors, and rivers and streams have dried to a mere dirt box.
But none of that seems to be slowing down the very talented golf teams from Bryant High School.
Bryant is under the leadership of newly hired head coach Keith Dale.
This is not Daleâ€™s first rodeo either.
He has coached at El Dorado, Arkadelphia, Jessieville, and Southern Arkansas University before moving his talents and knowledge to Bryant.
Jerry Alan West Sr., 63, of Benton, went home to be with our Lord on Tuesday, August 16.Â He was born October 31, 1947 in Camden.Â Jerry was a Zone Supervisor at Wal-Mart and he was of the Methodist faith.Â
He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth N. West.
Mary Ann â€śMrs. Maryâ€ť Wake, 62, of Alexander, passed away Sunday, August 14.Â She was born October 30, 1948 in Pine Bluff.Â Mary was a Para Professional and a member of Abundant Life Assembly of God.Â She was preceded in death by her parents, Dale and Annie Wake and her brother, Everett Wake.
Only one day removed from summer vacation, both Bryant golf teams are making a big name for themselves early. On Tuesday, both the boys and girls teams took on Sheridan at Sheridan County Club for a quick nine-hole match. The Hornets were led by junior Tyler Green who finished with a final of 37. â€śHe didnâ€™t have an outstanding day but he did finish at one over par,â€ť head coach Keith Dale said.
Green shot a 6-under 9-hole practice round at Hurricane Country Club on Monday. The boys finished Tuesday with a combined top four score total of 157 giving them an average of 39.2 strokes.