Archive - 2011 - Sports Article
Eddie Poland and Luke Vance were named to the 6A All-State Team after the Benton Panthers finished the season as co-champions of the 6A South for the first time since 1989.
Poland, a three-year letterman, finished the season averaging nine points and three steals per game.
âHe finished the season strong for us and was probably our best defender,â Benton coach Chris Nail said.
Nail said Poland will be visiting North Central Community College in Missouri, which is the same one former Panther Brandon Jones attended a couple of years ago.
The Miners got some sweet revenge Tuesday, and did it in true dramatic fashion.
Bauxite beat former conference foe Jessieville 16-15 on two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning by sophomore Chris Revas.
The Miners (9-5, 1-0), the defending 3A State Champions who have since moved up to 4A, lost twice to Jessieville last year. Bauxite only lost five games on their way to capturing the title.
Bauxite head coach Michael Mattox said, âNext to the state championship game, that was probably the best game Iâve ever coached.
Although the Sheridan Lady Yellowjackets trailed for most of the game, they were able to rally in the fifth inning to take a one-run lead and eventually defeat El Dorado 6-3 Tuesday night.
Sheridan scored a run in the third, three in the fifth and two in the seventh while El Dorado scored a run in the first, a run in the second and a run in the third.
Sheridanâs two runs in the seventh inning gave the Lady âJackets a three-run lead.
Glen Rose and Harmony Grove battled the weather and each other Tuesday in the opening of conference play.
In the end, the Beavers came out on top 10-4, and the Lady Beavers won 15-13.
Glen Rose softball head coach Kyle Lem said, âWe had two opportunities to end the game on a run rule and didnât, and, of course, they came back as always.â
Lem said the game was a âhard fought slugfest, just like it is every time. Thereâs just something between our two porgrams I guess.â
Harmony Grove softball head coach Sammi Massey was reached for comment, but did not respond by press time.
BENTON â After spending the weekend in Shreveport, La. where the weather was in the mid 90s and sunny, the Benton Lady Panthers were a little âshell-shockedâ Tuesday when they had to play in the rain and the mid 50-degree temperatures at the Benton Panther Softball Complex.
Although it took some time for their bats to warm up, the Lady Panthers defeated Texarkana 6-0 thanks in part to a three-run inning in the fifth.
Both the Bauxite baseball and softball teams are off to a 1-0 start in 4A-7 Conference play after beating Oak Grove Monday.
The Miners (8-5, 1-0) won 12-3 in seven innings behind solid pitching from junior Ryan Weng, who had a complete game with only 79 pitches.
Bauxite baseball head coach Michael Mattox said, âHe worked very efficiently. It didnât seem like he had complete command, but heâs such a competitor that even on his off days heâs effective.â
Weng gave up five hits and three runs, two of which were earned. He recorded three strikeouts with three walks.
After defeating Mena 4-3 on Saturday, the Sheridan Yellowjackets will try to maintain their winning streak when they face El Dorado tonight.
âThat is a big conference game for us,â Sheridan coach Mike Moore said. âThey have a really good pitcher. It is going to be a tough game for us.â
The âJackets are currently riding a 11-game winning streak and are 2-0 in the 6A South conference.
Sheridan scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 4-2 lead over Mena last Saturday.
FAYETTEVILLE âÂ The last coach Arkansas hired out of the University of Missouri actively worked 50 yearsÂ for the RazorbacksÂ and continuesÂ as athletics director emeritus.
At 51, Mike Anderson will be hard put to match Frank Broylesâ Razorbacks tenure though heâs willing to try.
However long he gets to coach, Arkansasâ new head basketball coach with the 17-year Arkansas assistant coaching past says he wants to coach only Arkansas.
âIâm at home now,â Anderson told the estimated 5,000 to 6,000 SaturdayÂ packing the south side of Walton Arena. âAs long as they want me here I am at home.â
After getting off to an impressive start Thursday, the Lady Hornets floundered Friday at an invitational tournament held in Tennessee.
Bryant head coach Debbie Clark said her players gathered their composure Saturday, but by the time the girls started making headway against the competition, a storm rolled through and caused officials to cancel the tournament.
Clark said other coaches were impressed by the Lady Hornetsâ tenacious play during their two wins Thursday. Bryant beat Clarksville High School 6-3 and Clarskville Northwest 15-1.
The Bryant Hornets defeated East Ridge High School (Fla.) 4-2 Friday night to win the Northwest Powerade Classic in Sanford, Fla.
The Hornets scored two runs in the second, one in the third and one in the fourth, and withstood a rally by East Ridge to complete the tournament sweep.
Landon Pickett led off the bottom of the second with a single to right field. After a strikeout, Evan Jobe singled to right field between first and second to put runners on first and second.