Archive - May 13, 2011 - Sports Article
The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to defeat Perryville 4-2 in the first round of the 3A State Tournament at Prescott High School Friday afternoon.
In the seventh, Morgan Ramsey reached on a one-out walk and with two outs senior Kaylee Allen hit a line drive up the middle to move Ramsey to third. Macy Coffee walked to load the bases and two runs would score on a hit by Stephanie Parins.
Molly White gave Harmony Grove a two-run lead when she single home Coffee.
When the Hornets and Lady Hornets step onto the diamond today, both teams will be battling for a second straight state championship â a feat scarcely seen.
And if you ask either coach about the otherâs team, youâre bound to hear similar words of respect and admiration.
Baseball head coach Kirk Bock said, âWeâre pretty good, but theyâre really good,â adding that softball head coach Debbie Clark âdoes a tremendous job with those girls.â
For Bryant head coach Kirk Bock, the Hornets have lived up to the title of defending state champions.
âTheyâve done everything were asked them to and more,â he said. âTheyâve battled hard all year.â
And after winning the 7A Central again, this weekend Bryant (21-6, 10-4) heads into the 7A State Tournament in Fort Smith as a No. 1 seed, looking to repeat last yearâs championship run.
With a first-round bye, at noon Saturday the Hornets will face the winner of Fridayâs game between Springdale Har-Ber and Cabot.
It has been a dream for Brad Matthews to coach at one of the highest levels in high school basketball. Wednesday night, that dream came true as Matthews was hired as the new head coach for the Bryant Lady Hornets.
âIâm excited,â Matthews said. âIt is a tough conference, and it is going to be a great challenge. It is something Iâm looking forward to doing.
âBryant has a great girls basketball program.â