Archive - 2012 - Sports Article
CONWAY - After starting the season 5-0, the Benton Lady Panthers have dropped their last two contests, losing their last 43-27 to the West Memphis Lady Blue Devils on Thursday in a consolation game of the John Stanton Wampus Cat Invitational. Benton lost 57-36 to North Little Rock in the first round on Monday.
â€śWe got outworked on the boards,â€ť Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said. â€śWe worked on that and made an emphasis the last two days, but for whatever reason we didnâ€™t stick them. We did at times, but a team like that you have to do it every time or theyâ€™re going to eat you up.â€ť
GLEN ROSE - Every football team, from high school to the pros, has the same goal in mind at the beginning of any season: make the playoffs and win a championship. Though Saline County is far from the NFL, there is one team in the area that has not strayed away from that preseason mindset.
FAYETTEVILLE - From slopping hogs in Illinois, Bret Bielema now coaches Hogs in Arkansas.
The now former Wisconsin Badgers football coach and native of Prophetstown, Ill., was officially introduced at a Wednesday press conference by University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long as the Razorbacks head football coach.
â€śI grew up, ironically, on a pig farm,â€ť Bielema said before leading boosters and UA brass in calling the Hogs. â€śThat was my first public Pig-Sooie. From the ages 4 to 18 when I called them, my only partners were pigs. There is a little more pressure there.â€ť
BISMARCK â€“ The Bauxite Miners outlasted the Bismarck Lions in a double-overtime thriller on Tuesday night, escaping with a heart-pounding 57-53 road victory.
Sophomore Ben Madison paced the Miners offensively finishing the night with 27 points, nine rebounds and Hunter Holder chipped in 13 points, three rebounds and three assists.
CABOT â€“ The Benton Panthers have a 4:30 p.m. Saturday date in the Cabot Pre-Holiday tournament final after defeating the Hot Springs Lakeside Rams 52-42 in the semifinal round on Wednesday night in Cabot. The Panthers are looking to win their second consecutive tournament in less than a week as they won the Searcy Bank Classic this past Saturday.
It was a low-scoring affair in the first half as the Panthers committed a season-high 17 turnovers against the Rams, but Benton played solid defense in holding an 18-13 lead at the half.
The Bryant Lady Hornets overcame 19 turnovers to defeat the Maumelle Lady Hornets 39-27 in the second round of the OrthoArkansas Tournament at Central Arkansas Christian on Friday night. The Lady Hornets played well defensively, holding Maumelle to just 22 percent shooting, while hitting double that, 44 percent.
"We executed in spurts," Bryant Coach Brad Matthews said. "You still have to be able to execute with the pressure and getting into the passing lanes. I'm proud of our kids. They have some good talent over there."
Benton Panther junior forward Josh Bowling scored 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Panthers' 74-54 victory over the Wynne Yellowjackets on Friday night in the Searcy Bank Classic. Benton defeated Greenbrier 66-41 in the first round on Thursday.
The Panthers (4-0) also shot 29 of 33 from the free-throw line and led 31-18 at the half.
"The kids did a good job of getting the ball in to him," Benton Coach Chris Nail said of the Panthers finding Bowling. "[Wynne] played a 1-2-2 zone and the middle was open. He hurt them in the middle of the zone."
The Bryant Hornets improved to 4-0 with a 57-53 victory over the Maumelle Hornets in the second round of the OrthoArkansas Tournament at Central Arkansas Christian High School on Friday.
The Hornets led 32-22 at the half, but Maumelle got within 36-30 after Kendall Donnerson got an offensive rebound and put back. Senior Hornet guard CJ Rainey responded with a layup while fouled and hit the free throw to push the lead back to nine.
SEARCY â€“ After an ugly 37-28 opening-round win over Batesville in the Searcy Bank Classic, the Benton Lady Panthers cleaned their play up to destroy the Wynne Lady Jackets 54-26 in the second round on Friday night. Benton committed 22 turnovers against Batesville, but came out with more energy on Friday night.
"We played with a lot more enthusiasm and a lot more urgency," Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said. "We jumped on them. By far our best quarter of scoring. We were ready to play."
The Benton Freshman Panthers, behind 13 points from Jackson Oulch and 12 points from Clay Anderson, defeated Cabot North 39-21 Monday night. The win improves Bentonâ€™s season record to 7-1.
â€śItâ€™s always nice to win the home opener,â€ť Panther Head Coach David Torres said. â€śWe got off to a bit of a slow start, but weâ€™re able to speed up the game halfway through the first quarter. Cabot North is a big, long team and we were able to get them into an up-tempo game.â€ť