May 16th, 2011
After the Lady Beaversâ€™ season came to an end Friday, Glen Rose head coach Kyle Lem said it will be difficult to replace the teamâ€™s five senior starters.
Particularly his two starting pitchers, seniors Madison Jacobs and Tiffany Houpt.
Seniors Stephanie Farber (center field), Hollie Boles (shortstop) and Katie Peterson (left field) also will be graduating â€” and leaving big shoes to fill.
Still, Lem said his squad has a strong foundation to build on for the programâ€™s future.Â
Both defending state champions advanced to the 7A State Tournament semifinals Saturday, with the Hornets beating Cabot 7-5 and the Lady Hornets beating Springdale Har-Ber 10-0.
Hornets head coach Kirk Bock said the wind at the tournament in Fort Smith was a major factor in the game.
"They did a great job of scattering some hits around," he said. "It was unbelievable how hard that wind was blowing. Defensively, any popup was an adventure."
SHERWOOD â€” Before Saturday's game against Russellville, Benton head coach Eric Ryan was unsure who he would start in the circle. With three quality pitchers to choose from, anyone could have started, but Ryan decided to go with the proven-senior leader Jessica Smith.
"She has had a little bit more pop on her fast ball and good movement," Ryan said.
It paid off as Smith pitched a complete game, allowing just one run (earned) on three hits with four strikeouts and one walk as the Lady Panthers defeated Russellville 7-1 at Sherwood in the second round of the 6A State Tournament.
The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to defeat Perryville 4-2 in the first round of the 3A State Tournament at Prescott High School Friday afternoon.
In the seventh, Morgan Ramsey reached on a one-out walk and with two outs senior Kaylee Allen hit a line drive up the middle to move Ramsey to third. Macy Coffee walked to load the bases and two runs would score on a hit by Stephanie Parins.
Molly White gave Harmony Grove a two-run lead when she single home Coffee.
When the Hornets and Lady Hornets step onto the diamond today, both teams will be battling for a second straight state championship â€” a feat scarcely seen.
And if you ask either coach about the otherâ€™s team, youâ€™re bound to hear similar words of respect and admiration.
Baseball head coach Kirk Bock said, â€śWeâ€™re pretty good, but theyâ€™re really good,â€ť adding that softball head coach Debbie Clark â€śdoes a tremendous job with those girls.â€ť
W. Richard Wilhelm, 88, of Benton went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 11, 2011.Â He was a retired dairy farmer, an avid gardener, and a gifted winemaker.Â Richard was a member of Avilla Zion Lutheran Church.Â He was a tender-hearteded, gentle man with a dry wit who was loved dearly by his family and friends.
Born in Alexander on Nov. 7, 1922, he was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Katherine â€śKaffâ€ť Mary Wilhelm; his parents, Walter and Carrie Wilhelm; his sister, Verena Smith Pritchard; and his brother, Harold Wilhelm.
Barbara Jo Horvat, age 71, of Bryant died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at her home. She was born on Jan. 21, 1940, in Pueblo, Colo., to her parents, Joseph J. Horvat and Jewel E. Taylor. She was of the Catholic Faith.
A. David Minnis, age 66, of Mabelvale passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2011. He was born Feb. 26, 1945, in Chillicothe, Mo. At 37, David moved to Mabelvale. He was an avid golfer who loved listening to and playing country music, clock repair and lots of inside and outside activities. He was a very dedicated Union Man who loved his family and a large host of friends.
Wanda Lynn Williams, age 70, of Alexander, AR died Wednesday, May 11, at Ridgewood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Benton. She was born February 24, 1941, at Banks, a daughter of the late Perry Williams and Vivian Corinne Oâ€™Neal Williams.
Oral J. Dortch, 85, of Hensley, passed away May 11, 2011.Â He was born on February 20, 1926, in Poyen to the late Marvin and Ellie Mae Dortch.Â Oral worked for Reynolds Mining Company for over 34 years. He was an Army Veteran having served in 1st Signal Troop, 1st Calvery Division.
He was preceded in death by his son, Lloyd Rae Dortch.