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January 14th, 2013
This year like many years in the past, I made the trip down to War Memorial to see the Salt Bowl between the Benton Panthers and the Bryant Hornets. Again this year over 20,000 people gathered to see this high school football game. Many doubted the crowd would be that big this year since the game was moved to the fourth week of the football season, but the naysayers were wrong. The Saline County shootoutÂ drew another huge crowd. That is what I call having a passion for football.
LITTLE ROCK - With the first half of the conference season nearing its end, the Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals are having trouble getting into the win column since coming back from Christmas break. Before taking a small sabbatical, the Lady Cardinals had won back-to-back 5-3A conference games to even their record at 2-2 in league play.
LITTLE ROCK - There has never been a sports team that strives off having its teeth kicked in by opponents. For the Harmony Grove Cardinals, they are not a fan of it either. But on Friday, the first game back from Christmas break, the Cardinals welcomed Jessieville into Haskell, but walked away battered and bruised after getting mauled by the Lions.
PINE BLUFF- The Bryant Lady Hornets lost a heartbreaker 40-39 to the Pine Bluff Lady Zebras on Tuesday night at McFadden Field House.
â€śI thought we really played really well in the second half,â€ť Bryant Coach Brad Matthews said. â€ś[We] made a run at them and got the lead. They made a play with a second to go to beat us. Weâ€™ll keep working to get better.â€ť
BENTON â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers started their 7A/6A South conference game against JA Fair on a 16-0 run on their way to a 62-14 victory over the Lady War Eagles on Tuesday night at Benton Arena.
â€śWe got through the game with no injuries,â€ť Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said. â€śWe executed everything pretty good and shot the ball OK. Weâ€™re healthy heading to Sheridan Friday night.â€ť
HASKELL - Heading into Christmas break, the Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals had their heads held high coming off of back-to-back 5-3A conference wins after dropping the two previous. After splitting in the Carlisle Holiday Classic, the Lady Cardinals returned home on Friday to face a very familiar foe in Jessieville.
Hoping for another big win against a really good team, Harmony Grove had its dreams crushed as the Lady Lions pounced, pulling away with a 42-15 blowout performance to stay perfect at 13-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play.
BAUXITE- The Bauxite Miners used the 3-pointer and a second half run in a 57-42 victory over the Malvern Leopards on Friday night at Fred Dawson Gymnasium.
The Bauxite Miners were led by sophomore forward Ben Madison who recorded a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
â€śWe stay on him to do all the little things right. Tonight I think he did lots of good things,â€ť Bauxite Coach Mark Smith said of Madison. â€śHe was on the boards for us big time. Ben played a really good game.â€ť
BRYANT - After being swept by their rival Bryant Hornets and Lady Hornets last season, the Benton Panthers and Lady Panthers went to Bryant gym on Friday night and took got back at their rivals routing the Hornets 62-44 and the Lady Hornets 49-33. Not only did Benton top their biggest rivals, the Panthers and Lady Panthers won their first 7A/6A South conference game of the year. Bryant was in the 7A Central conference last year.
The big story for the Panthers (12-2, 1-0 7A/6A South) was the fact they held a 33-11 rebounding edge over the Hornets (11-4, 0-1).
BENTON â€“ It is not too often that there is a basketball game played with two coaches with the same ties to both schools playing. But for Benton Freshmen Panthers and Harmony Grove Cardinalsâ€™ junior varsity, Wednesdayâ€™s opening-round match of the Benton Classic had just that.
First-year head coach Dexter Hendrix, a 2006 Benton graduate returned to the same floor that he played on as he led his team into the Benton Arena to battle Panther Head Coach David Torres. Torres was the longtime senior girlâ€™s coach at Harmony Grove before moving to Benton in the early 2000s.
December 31st, 2012
CARLISLE - It is hard to believe that Head Coach Mark Smith and the rest of the Bauxite Miners could have envisioned a better start to the season than what they have. Sitting at 7-4 overall is not bad, but an impressive 3-0 start in 7-4A conference play has the program smiling already this young season.