May 13th, 2011
It has been a dream for Brad Matthews to coach at one of the highest levels in high school basketball. Wednesday night, that dream came true as Matthews was hired as the new head coach for the Bryant Lady Hornets.
â€śIâ€™m excited,â€ť Matthews said. â€śIt is a tough conference, and it is going to be a great challenge. It is something Iâ€™m looking forward to doing.
â€śBryant has a great girls basketball program.â€ť
Philip Ernest Davis, affectionately known as â€śUncle Phil,â€ťdied on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. He was born Dec. 4 1941, in Bauxite as one of six children. Phil attended Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.
Newly appointed athletic director Mike Lee introduced himself to a group of coaches, staff, fans and media Wednesday afternoon.
â€śI want to be seen as a servant,â€ť Lee said. â€śI want to facilitate their efforts and ensure the culture of Bryant continues to grow.
â€śI donâ€™t want to walk around as boss, I am here to help.â€ť
Lee was named the athletic director May 4 during an executive session of a school board personnel hearing. The position comes with a $65,179.20 12-month salary.
avenâ€™s open gates of pearl into the wide open arms of his Savior he had served for many years on May 9, 2011.
Greeting him also was his precious wife, Martha; parents, Emory and Maggie Lacy; brothers, Marion and Bill Lacy; sister, Alta Louis Outler.
â€śRandyâ€ť loved his God, his church and family.Â He retired from Alcoa as a machinist. As a member of Holland Chapel Baptist Church for 33 years, he served as a deacon and proudly worked with the carpenter crew, a group of retired men that performed maintenance at the church.
Ryan Andrew Hawkins, infant, of Bryant, passed away May 5, 2011.Â He was born May 5, 2011, at Little Rock to Seth and Angel Hawkins.
Survivors include parents, Seth and Angel Hawkins of Bryant; sister, Abygail Hawkins of Bryant; grandparents, Courtney and Karen Hawkins of Benton; and James and Melinda Brown of Traskwood.
Graveside service is by Ashby Funeral Home and will be at 2 p.m. Friday at New Hope Cemetery in Bryant.
The Benton Lady Panthers used three different pitchers Monday afternoon to prepare for this weekendâ€™s state tournament as Benton defeated Watson Chapel 4-0 on the road.
â€śI sat down with them before the game and told them we were going to go 2-2-3,â€ť coach Eric Ryan said. â€śWe wanted to try to get some work in and get ready for the tournament.â€ť
Jessica Smith pitched the first two innings, allowing one hit with two strikeouts and no walks. Lauren White pitched the next two innings, allowing two hits with no strikeouts and no walks but did hit a batter.
Mary Jane Butler, 72 of Alexander, passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2011. She retired from Dassault Falcon Jet at the age of 70.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, William Norton and Mabel Laverne Darner. She is survived by two daughters, Becky Christian of Dickson of Tennessee, and Debbie Wildhaber (Alan) of Jacksonville; two grandsons, Bryan Butler (Amy) of Dickson, Tenn., and Jacob Carson (Ashley) of Bryant; one great-granddaughter, Maddie Grace Butler of Dickson, Tenn.; a special friend, Casey Mahalec; three brothers; and one sister.
The Benton Panthers defeated Monticello 12-2 in a non-conference game Monday at home. Benton, who has already secured the two seed in the 6A State Tournament, scored three runs in the first inning, five in the second, three in the third and one in the fourth.
Monticello scored a run in the first and fifth innings.
Following back-to-back singles by Greg Pryor and Garrison Roy to lead off the bottom of the second, Levon Steward hit a three-run home run. Two outs later, Joseph Henry singled, and Stuart Levy hit a two-run home run to give the Panthers a 8-1 lead.
In a battle for the 7A Central title, the Lady Hornets came up short Monday, losing 4-3 to North Little Rock in extra innings.
However, since both teams have only two conferences losses, both will share the title of conference champion.
Bryant (21-5, 12-2 7A Central) lost both of its conference games at the hands of North Little Rock, who earned the No. 1 seed in the state tournament beginning Friday in Bentonville.
John W. Johnson, age 71, of Benton, passed away Friday, May 6, 2011.Â He was born Sept. 15, 1939, in Traskwood. Mr. Johnson was a licensed building contractor in Arkansas and Denver, Colo.Â He also spent a short time in the U.S Army.Â Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ora Johnson; wife, Mary L. Johnson and two brothers, Dick and Gene Johnson.