Archive - 2011 - Sports Article
It is Christmas morning for the two biggest schools of Saline County as the Salt Bowl game between Benton and Bryant has finally arrived. All the hype and smack talk has led up to one of the biggest football rivalry games in the state as nearly 30,000 fans are expected to show up tonight at War Memorial Stadium.
For the Benton Panthers, the key for tonight against the Hornets will be their defense. In yearâ€™s past, Benton has had a fairly efficient defense but it has been their struggling offense that has put the defense in bad field positions.
The Bryant Lady Hornetsâ€™ volleyball team defeated the Little Rock Central Lady Tigers in both teamsâ€™ first 7A Central conference match of the year. The Lady Hornets took the first two games of the match easily 25-13 and 25-14, before dropping the third set 25-23.
The Lady Tigers gave them some problems in the fourth, but the Lady Hornets pulled away and won 25-20.
â€śIâ€™m happy we won,â€ť Bryant coach Beth Solomon said. â€śIt was a good win for our first conference game. Now weâ€™re 1-0 and in conference. Thatâ€™s a positive thing.
The Benton Lady Panthers defeated Malvern in four games (25-18, 19-25, 25-17, 25-18) on Monday for their first win of the regular season.
In the first game, Alex Williams had two kills, Erin Jackson had a kill and Kristen Ryan had a kill. Williams also had an ace and junior Sarah Carrter had an ace. Courtland Kaufholtz had two aces.
In the second game, Williams had two kills, Morgan had four kills, senior Hayley Ferguson had one and sophomore Allison Reynolds had two.
Ferguson had one ace and Williams had two aces.
The Bryant Lady Hornetsâ€™ volleyball team started Spikefest 2011 on Saturday with a sweep (25-18, 25-13) of the Magnolia Lady Panthers at Little Rock Christian Academy.
Bryant followed with a split with the Little Rock Christian Lady Warriors (16-25, 28-26) and swept Little Rock Hall Lady Warriors before getting a rematch with the defending state champion Bentonville Lady Tigers in tournament play. â€śWe started the day looking really good against Magnolia,â€ť Bryant coach Beth Solomon said. â€śThe girls were hitting hard and digging up almost everything.â€ť