SEARCY â€“ The Benton Panthers started the 2013-14 basketball season with a bit of sloppiness. After senior forward Josh Bowling hit a 3-pointer from the corner to put the Panthers up 40-38 with 47 seconds left in regulation, the Greenbrier Panthers would tie it with a second remaining in the game to force overtime, and would go on to win 57-54 in three OTs in the first round of the Searcy Classic on Thursday.
BENTON â€“ After an undefeated 7A/6A South Conference season last year and a semifinals loss to the Jonesboro Golden Hurricane in the 6A State Tournament, the Benton Panthers have a lot to live up to after breaking the school record with 27 victories against just three losses last year.
But, not only have the Panthers lost five seniors which contributed heavily to the South champions, but Benton has a new coach in the interim after former Head Coach Chris Nail took the assistant principal's position.
LITTLE ROCK â€“ Benton native Branch Terrell signed a letter of intent to play tennis for the Razorbacks at the University of Arkansas on Friday afternoon at the Arkansas Tennis Association in Little Rock.
BRYANT â€“ The Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys plucked yet another from the Bryant Hornet baseball team as senior second baseman Korey Thompson signed his letter of intent to play for the Wonder Boys on Friday morning at Bryant High School. Thompson joins former Bryant Hornets Marcus Wilson and Nate Rutherford at Tech.
BRYANT â€“ The Bryant Lady Hornets received a move-in from Saginaw, Texas, this season and she is already making headlines before playing an inning for the Lady Hornets. Senior Tori Hernandez signed a letter of intent to play third base for the Holy Family University (Philadelphia, Pa.) Lady Tigers at Bryant High School Thursday morning.
HASKELL -- A boyâ€™s childhood is made up of mainly wants. At the age of 5 it is â€śI WANT to be just like daddy.â€ť At 12 itâ€™s â€śI WANT to be a high schooler.â€ť Then at 17 itâ€™s â€śI WANT to move out on my own.â€ť But for some, the wants turn into DREAMS around 10. Like dreaming of being the best athlete ever, or slam dunking the basketball with two hands.
BENTON -- Over the past few years, the Benton Lady Panthers have become accustomed to big things on and off the diamond. With three 6A state runner-up finishes in the last four seasons, Benton has thrived on the field. But when the offseason hits, the thriving continues.
BRYANT â€“ All-State Bryant Lady Hornet golfer Peyton Weaver signed a letter of intent to play golf for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Wednesday at Bryant High School. Weaver, who was All-State at Stuttgart before moving to Bryant her sophomore season, was All-State at Bryant all three years and was the third-best golfer this season in the Overall State Golf Championship in Little Rock.
BRYANT â€“ Bryant Lady Hornet senior Kayla Jolley is joining a former Lady Hornet as she signed a letter of intent to play for the Ouachita Baptist University Lady Tigers on Wednesday at Bryant High School. Jolley joins former Bryant softball player Carly Yazza as a Lady Tiger.
â€śIâ€™m so excited joining Carly because weâ€™ve been best friends for years,â€ť Jolley said. â€śItâ€™ll help me get used to the environment. She can teach me the ropes so I can be relaxed and not stress about stuff.â€ť
BENTON â€“ Despite struggling for his worst game of the season last week in a 35-0 loss to the Wildcats in El Dorado, senior Panther quarterback Tarek Beaugard still has a chance to break the school record of 25 touchdown passes in a season. Earlroy â€śNubbinâ€ť Wray currently holds the record as Beaugard sits at 21 TDs, failing to throw for one last week and throwing a season-high three interceptions.