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BENTON â€“ After getting down 2-0 early in the quarterfinals of the 6A State Tournament to Russellville on Friday, the South No. 1 seed Benton Panthers scored 10 unanswered runs to win 10-2 to advance to the semifinals against the East No. 2 seed Jonesboro Golden Hurricane on Saturday. The Hurricane would jump on the Panthers for six runs in the first four innings, and though the Panthers fought back, Benton couldnâ€™t finish the comeback falling 6-5 and wiping away the Panthersâ€™ hopes for a matchup with Greenwood in the 6A State Championship at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville on Saturday.
SEARCY â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers fought hard, but fell 4-0 to the Mountain Home Lady Bombers in the first round of the 6A State Tournament in Searcy on Thursday.
It was a scoreless game until the Lady Bombers struck with about four minutes left in the first half to take a 1-0 lead at halftime.
â€śThe score is not a true indicator of the way the game was played,â€ť Benton Coach Jason Gentry said. â€ś It was a very even, physical game.Â In the second half they pulled away because they could sub three to five girls at a time without much of a drop off in the talent.â€ť
GLEN ROSE - Some teams go years without bringing home any tournament hardware, let alone three in one season. But for the Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals, all of the hard work has paid off. After winning the Woodlawn Tournament in comeback fashion two weeks ago, the Lady Cardinals have put together a phenomenal run, winning the 5-3A District Tournament and now the 3A Region 2 Regional over Bald Knob 5-2.
BRYANT â€“ Two-time All-State and three-time All-Conference selection and Bryant Lady Hornet setter Hannah Rice is taking her talents South for the upcoming season. Rice signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for the Southern Arkansas University (Magnolia) Lady Muleriders on Wednesday at Bryant High School. There was little doubt in Rice's mind after visiting SAU.
"When I visited there, I loved the campus," Rice said. "I felt at home almost immediately. It wasnâ€™t too big or too small. It was the perfect size. Their volleyball team is really good and I wanted to be a part of it."
PEARCY â€“ Needing a must-win against the Lake Hamilton Lady Wolves, the Bryant Hornets came just short in losing 1-0 in 7A/6A South conference play on Tuesday in Pearcy. As the only 7A team in the South, the Lady Hornets are behind the 8-ball when it comes to qualifying for the state playoffs out of the 7A West.
PEARCY â€“ Senior starting pitcher Nate Rutherford pitched a complete-game shutout and junior shortstop Trevor Ezell went 3 for 4 in the Bryant Hornets 6-0 victory over the Lake Hamilton Wolves in 7A/6A South conference action on Tuesday.
Rutherford needed just 61 pitches in seven innings for the win. He struck out four and gave up six hits without a walk.
PEARCY â€“ The Benton Panthers defeated the Lake Hamilton Wolves 6-1 in 7A/6A South conference action on Monday in Pearcy in a game which was originally scheduled for this past Friday at Panther Field.
With the win, Benton clinched the No. 1 seed in the 6A State Tournament from the 6A South conference.
Due to inclement weather in the two teamsâ€™ first scheduled game of the year at Lake Hamilton, the game was moved to Panther Field because of better field conditions and the Panthers and Wolves just swapped venues this past game.
There is a lot of excitement for Coach Bret Bielema's Razorback football team and that was demonstrated last Saturday with over 51,000 fans attending the Red-White football game in Fayetteville. Â I saw that same enthusiasm in Benton on March 27, 2013, when Coach Bielema spoke at the Saline County Razorback Club Fish Fry in front of 600 die-hard fans.Â
HASKELL â€“ After taking two games from Magnet Cove (9-5 and 6-5 wins) over the weekend, the Benton Harmony Grove Cardinals put their winning streak at six with a 14-2 shellacking of the Cutter Morning Star Eagles on Monday.
â€śIâ€™m very proud of the leaps and bounds these guys have made this year,â€ť Cardinalsâ€™ Coach Brandon Mynhier said. â€śThey work hard and have really learned how to win.â€ť
The Cardinals (10-8, 5-2 5-3A) pounded out 11 hits in the win and Ryan Roush started getting the win. Roush gave up two runs on five hits and two walks in five innings, and struck out six.
BRYANT â€“ The Bryant Hornets soccer team wasted little time in dispensing of the JA Fair War Eagles 9-0 in 7A/6A South conference play on Friday at Hornets Stadium.
Junior Bryce Denker scored five goals in the win, the second time this season Denker has scored five goals in a game. But Denker didnâ€™t start the game with a goal. It was an assist to senior Cameron Furton from Denker at the 36:14 mark of the first half that got the scoring started.