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April 8th, 2011
Although the first part of the game Thursday was close, eventually Watson Chapel pulled away from Bauxite.
At the end of five innings, Watson Chapel was ahead four runs, 14-8, but scored two in the sixth and six in the seventh to win 20-8.
âThey won by a couple of touchdowns,â Bauxite head coach Wes Mode said. âStill, I was really pleased with our hitting, but I was disappointed in our defense.â
Bryant senior Abbi Stearns signed a letter of intent Thursday to attend and play basketball for Central Baptist College in Conway.
Stearns has been a member of the Bryant varsity team for the past three years and started the past two. She said playing for the Lady Hornets has been a âreal experience.â
Last week, Stearns was named to the 2011 7A Central All-Conference Team, which she also made last year as a junior. As this yearâs lone senior, she led the Lady Hornets in rebounds, averaging eight per game. She led the team in rebounds as a junior, too.
The Harmony Grove Cardinals scored three runs in the first, one in the second, six in the third and two in the fourth to defeat Cutter Morning Star 12-2 in five innings Tuesday afternoon.
Rex Furry pitched a one-hit shutout until the top of the fifth when he gave up a two-run single after walking two with one out. Furry finished the game allowing two runs on two hits with two walks.
He struck out 10.
âThis conference is pretty tough and nothing is given,â coach Brandon Kelly said. âLast night we played a complete game. It always feels good to get a win.â
The Lady Hornets got off to a slow start Tuesday, but Russellville never got anything started.
After being held scoreless in four innings, Bryant scored six runs in the fifth inning and four in the seventh to beat the Lady Cyclones 10-0.
Head coach Debbie Clark said, âSometimes it just takes the players an inning or two to figuyre otua the pitcher.â
Bryant (11-3, 2-0 7A Central) faces Conway today at home at 5 p.m.
Four of the Lady Hornets runs in the fifth inning came off a grand slam by Jessie Taylor, bringing in herself, Katie Stillman, Jenna Bruick and Hannah Rice.
After being rained out Monday, Glen Rose and Mayflower decided to give it another go Tuesday with the Beavers winning 3-0 and the Lady Beavers winning 15-1.
Both the boys and girls teams are undefeated in 3A Conference play,
Glen Rose was scheduled to be the visitor Monday, but accepted hosting duties Tuesday as a result of Mayflowerâs field conditions.
Beavers head coach Chase Meyers said, âThat was the best game weâve played as a team,â adding that sophomore Colin Hunter, who earned the save on the mound and made the play of the game at third base, âhad a great game all around.â
Benton freshman Carmen King scored a goal off an assist from Mariah Temple at the 9:29 minute mark in the first half as the Benton Lady Panthers defeated Malvern 1-0 Monday night.
âShe is actually our leading scorer on the year,â coach Jason Gentry said. âShe has five goals on the year and does a good job of finding the net. She controls the ball.
âSometimes she tries to do too much but when she just focuses on striking the ball, she does a good job. It helps that she has got some pretty good players around her too.â
For the Benton Lady Panthers this season, two things were always constant: They battled every night and it was total team effort.
Not one player was dominant on the floor, but instead a different girl led the team in scoring or defense almost every night.
The rest of the 6A South took notice of the team effort as six Benton Lady Panthers were awarded all-conference honors for their performance during the 2010-11 season.
Three members of the Bryant girls basketball team were honored last week by the Arkansas Activities Association.
Sophomore McKenzie Adams was named to the 2011 7A All-Tournament Team.
Head coach Blake Condley said that, although the Lady Hornets lost in the first round to Rogers, Adams scored half of the teamâs points in their only game of the tournament.
âShe played very aggressively,â he said. âWe were in a position where other girls didnât score well, and she did.â
The Bryant Lady Hornets finished in fifth place Friday night at the Russellville Cyclone Relays.
Bryant scored 61 points to finish behind team champion Lake Hamilton (80 points), North Little Rock (78), Fort Smith Northside (72) and Cabot (72). In all, 23 schools competed.
Highlighting the Lady Hornetsâ performance was sophomore Alexis Royal, who scored a team high 30 points.Â Royal set a new Bryant school record with her winning leap in the triple jump.Â
The Bryant Hornets earned a seventh-place finish in the Cyclone Relays at Russellville Friday, earning 47.5 points in the 20-team field.
Fort Smith Southside won the event.Â
Troy Smith was the leading scorer for the Hornets, placing third in the high jump (6 feet), fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (41.99 seconds) and sixth in the 110-meter high hurdles (16.28).Â
Coach Steve Oury said Smith "has really come on this year in the hurdle races. Coach Keith Dale does a great job working with all of our hurdlers, and Troy has worked extremely hard."