October 28th, 2011
On a cold, rainy Thursday night that featured little action at C.W. Lewis Stadium, the Benton Panthers freshmen squad pulled out a 6-0 overtime victory against visiting Cabot South.
The first half of the game was relatively uneventful, featuring stalled offenses and missed opportunities. Benton quarterback Nick Quinn gave up an interception at the top of the second quarter, leaving Cabot with the ball on its own 44-yard line. That turnover resulted in no score for Cabot.
MOUNTAIN HOME â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers saw their season come to an end in the semifinals of the Class 6A State Volleyball Tournament on Thursday, dropping a four-set match to the Mountain Home Lady Bombers 13-25, 18-25, 25-20 and 24-26.
The Lady Panthers finished the year with a 17-9 record with a 6A-South Conference championship. The Lady Bombers, the same team to knock Benton from the playoffs last season, improved to 25-4 overall and advanced to Saturdayâ€™s state championship match at Conway High School.
MOUNTAIN HOME â€” The Benton Lady Panthers assured themselves of a rematch with the team that ousted them from last yearâ€™s Class 6A Tournament by taking a 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-11) sweep of the fourth-seeded Van Buren Lady Pointers in the quarterfinals Wednesday at The Hangar in Mountain Home.
Benton now faces the host Mountain Home Lady Bombers â€” who upset the Lady Panthers in last yearâ€™s quarterfinals â€” at 4 p.m. today in the semifinal round.
After receiving a bye for the first round of the 7A Volleyball State Tournament because of their No. 2 seed, the Bryant Lady Hornets lost to the No. 3 seed Fort Smith Southside Confederettes 3-2 (25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 8-25, 12-15) in the quarterfinals on Wednesday afternoon. The tournament was held at Buzz Bolding Arena in Conway and the Lady Hornets were up 2-0 before losing three consecutive games to be eliminated.
After a tough-fought game in 6A South conference action that ended in a 34-6 loss to the Pine Bluff Zebras this past Friday, the Sheridan Yellowjackets take on the Little Rock Fair War Eagles Friday at Yellowjackets Stadium.
The Zebras (5-3, 4-1 6A South) scored 20 points in the fourth quarter on big plays to upend the Yellowjackets (4-4, 2-3).
MOUNTAIN HOME â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers cruised into the second round of the Class 6A State Tournament on Tuesday when they easily swept the Jacksonville Lady Red Devils 3-0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-7) in the opening round at The Hangar on the campus of Mountain Home High School.
The Lady Panthers (16-8) will face Van Buren in the quarterfinals today at 4 p.m. The Pointerettes also easily won their first round match Tuesday, sweeping El Dorado 3-0 (25-15, 25-4, 25-8).
Wilma Jean Weare, 77, Little Rock died Tuesday Oct. 25, in Benton. She was born Jan. 23, 1934, in Saline County.
She was a retired bookkeeper for Harvest Foods and a member of Pleasant Valley Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Coy and Gladys Mann; her husband, Roy A. Weare; and two half-brothers, Coy Lynn Mann and Randy Matthew Mann.
Mrs. Weare is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Clara Dean â€śCDâ€ť Wallis Alsip, 82, of Bryant passed away Oct. 23 at UAMS from complications due to pneumonia.She was born Sept. 6, 1929, to John Ike and Louise Whayne. She was born in Keystone, Okla., and moved to Vaughn in 1939. She attended Vaughn School until she married Rodney Wallis in 1946. She lived in Rogers until she married Keith Alsip in 2001 and moved to Bryant.
She waspreceded in death by her first husband, Rodney Wallis; and a son, Charles Wallis.
Melba A. Burks, 68, of Pyatt passed away Friday, Oct. 21.Â
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Fairplay Cemetery in the Fairplay Community with the Rev. George Yarberry officiating.Â
Arrangements are by Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton.
Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard.
Danny Royce McMahan, 67, of St. Cloud, Fla., formerly of Benton, died Oct. 19 in hospice care in Orlando, Fla.
He was retired from the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority as a lieutenant aircraft rescue firefighter. He also was a firefighter at Kennedy Space Center and was a member of the astronaut rescue team for the Apollo 15 and 16 launches.