Archive - Apr 2011 - Sports Article
The Harmony Grove Cardinals scored three runs in the first, one in the second, six in the third and two in the fourth to defeat Cutter Morning Star 12-2 in five innings Tuesday afternoon.
Rex Furry pitched a one-hit shutout until the top of the fifth when he gave up a two-run single after walking two with one out. Furry finished the game allowing two runs on two hits with two walks.
He struck out 10.
â€śThis conference is pretty tough and nothing is given,â€ť coach Brandon Kelly said. â€śLast night we played a complete game. It always feels good to get a win.â€ť
The Lady Hornets got off to a slow start Tuesday, but Russellville never got anything started.
After being held scoreless in four innings, Bryant scored six runs in the fifth inning and four in the seventh to beat the Lady Cyclones 10-0.
Head coach Debbie Clark said, â€śSometimes it just takes the players an inning or two to figuyre otua the pitcher.â€ť
Bryant (11-3, 2-0 7A Central) faces Conway today at home at 5 p.m.
Four of the Lady Hornets runs in the fifth inning came off a grand slam by Jessie Taylor, bringing in herself, Katie Stillman, Jenna Bruick and Hannah Rice.
After being rained out Monday, Glen Rose and Mayflower decided to give it another go Tuesday with the Beavers winning 3-0 and the Lady Beavers winning 15-1.
Both the boys and girls teams are undefeated in 3A Conference play,
Glen Rose was scheduled to be the visitor Monday, but accepted hosting duties Tuesday as a result of Mayflowerâ€™s field conditions.
Beavers head coach Chase Meyers said, â€śThat was the best game weâ€™ve played as a team,â€ť adding that sophomore Colin Hunter, who earned the save on the mound and made the play of the game at third base, â€śhad a great game all around.â€ť
Benton freshman Carmen King scored a goal off an assist from Mariah Temple at the 9:29 minute mark in the first half as the Benton Lady Panthers defeated Malvern 1-0 Monday night.
â€śShe is actually our leading scorer on the year,â€ť coach Jason Gentry said. â€śShe has five goals on the year and does a good job of finding the net. She controls the ball.
â€śSometimes she tries to do too much but when she just focuses on striking the ball, she does a good job. It helps that she has got some pretty good players around her too.â€ť
For the Benton Lady Panthers this season, two things were always constant: They battled every night and it was total team effort.
Not one player was dominant on the floor, but instead a different girl led the team in scoring or defense almost every night.
The rest of the 6A South took notice of the team effort as six Benton Lady Panthers were awarded all-conference honors for their performance during the 2010-11 season.
Three members of the Bryant girls basketball team were honored last week by the Arkansas Activities Association.
Sophomore McKenzie Adams was named to the 2011 7A All-Tournament Team.
Head coach Blake Condley said that, although the Lady Hornets lost in the first round to Rogers, Adams scored half of the teamâ€™s points in their only game of the tournament.
â€śShe played very aggressively,â€ť he said. â€śWe were in a position where other girls didnâ€™t score well, and she did.â€ť
The Bryant Lady Hornets finished in fifth place Friday night at the Russellville Cyclone Relays.
Bryant scored 61 points to finish behind team champion Lake Hamilton (80 points), North Little Rock (78), Fort Smith Northside (72) and Cabot (72). In all, 23 schools competed.
Highlighting the Lady Hornetsâ€™ performance was sophomore Alexis Royal, who scored a team high 30 points.Â Royal set a new Bryant school record with her winning leap in the triple jump.Â
The Bryant Hornets earned a seventh-place finish in the Cyclone Relays at Russellville Friday, earning 47.5 points in the 20-team field.
Fort Smith Southside won the event.Â
Troy Smith was the leading scorer for the Hornets, placing third in the high jump (6 feet), fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (41.99 seconds) and sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles (16.28).Â
Coach Steve Oury said Smith "has really come on this year in the hurdle races. Coach Keith Dale does a great job working with all of our hurdlers, and Troy has worked extremely hard."
The Cardinals fought hard Friday, but it wasnâ€™t enough as Episcopal won 15-13.
The game, which was scheduled to be played in Little Rock, was instead played at Harmony Grove. The loss gives the Cardinals an 0-2 record in 3A-5 Conference playa after losing to Glen Rose earlier this week.
Still, Harmony Grove head coach Brandon Kelly was proud of the way his team played.
â€śOverall, we played a complete game. We just flat out got beat tonight,â€ť he said. â€śWe werenâ€™t beating ourselves. We got runs and good, solid hits.
The Sheridan Yellowjackets defeated the Benton Panthers 7-6 Friday night after Sheridan scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning with bases loaded to win the game.
Benton catcher Stuart Levy attempted to block the pitch but it bounced and went behind and Billy Wicker was able to slide in safely before Levy could make the tag.
â€śIt was a disappointing night,â€ť Benton coach Mark Balisterri said. â€śEvery error we made, it cost us. The second inning is what killed us. We had two big errors which allowed them to score four runs.
â€śThatâ€™s the inning that hurt us.â€ť