BENTON -Â Â With the painful sting of a recent loss still fresh in the air, the Saline County town of Benton played host to the ninth grade football team of cross county rival Bryant. Both teamâ€™s wanted this victory and the fans showed in resilient support of todayâ€™s youngsters and tomorrowâ€™s War Memorial salt slingerâ€™s.Â Benton football would walk away with salt in their wounds once again this season taking a beating from Bryant 34-0.
LITTLE ROCK â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers ended their regular season defeating the Mount Saint Mary Belles Thursday night in Little Rock. Benton won its last four matches and 14 of the its past 15 matches with the Lady Panthers only loss coming to Conway in the Lady Cat Invitational two weeks ago. Benton swept every match in the 7A/6A South conference finishing 12-0 in league play and 20-3 overall.
PEARCY â€“ Behind a third-place individual performance from senior Melinda Murdock, the Bryant Lady Hornets finished runner-up in the team competition at the Lake Hamilton Cross Country Invitational Saturday. Defending 7A state champion Rogers Heritage won the title with 37 points. Bryant finished with 90 points followed by Lake Hamilton (93), Mount St. Mary (148), LR Christian (161), Cabot (277), Watson Chapel (303), and Conway (307). There were 33 teams and 235 individual runners in the race.
BENTON â€“ The Benton Jr. High Lady Panthers defeated the No. 2 team in the conference, North Little Rock, in three games on Monday night in Benton. Benton won 25-21, 18-25 and 15-11.
"What a great match," Benton Coach Michelle Shoppach said. "We won because we played as a team and did things we have been working on all year; plus the cheer squad and the fan, mostly guys who acted like the Texas A&M yell leaders, were great. They provided lots of energy to take us over the edge for the victory."
Maggie Carson had 14 digs, Brooklyn Jensen had five kills and Lenzie Newman added four kills.
BENTON â€“ Talk about domination. The Benton Lady Panther volleyball team clinched the 7A/6A South conference with a 3-0 sweep of second place Lake Hamilton Lady Wolves on Tuesday night at Benton Arena. Benton won 25-20, 25-22 and cruised in the third set with a 25-14 win, and has swept every conference match this season with one to go against El Dorado at home on Senior Night Thursday.
â€śThis is the first year weâ€™ve gone undefeated and sweeping everyone,â€ť Benton Coach Brandy Chumley said. â€śItâ€™s never been done. This team is a really good team and thatâ€™s a testament to them.â€ť
BENTON â€“ The Benton Freshman Panthers had lost itâ€™s three previous games before undefeated Conway Blue came to Panther Stadium on Thursday night. Benton responded to the 5-0 Blue team in a big way, not allowing Conway a first down all game in a 24-7 victory to improve the Fr. Panthers to 3-3 overall and 2-3 in the Central Arkansas Junior High Conference.
BENTON â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers improved to 16-2 overall and 10-0 in the 7A/6A South conference with another sweep of a conference opponent on Thursday at Benton Arena. The Lady Panthers defeated Texarkana 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-14) and have swept every South opponent this season.
BENTON â€“ To say Austin Eoff is having success his freshman season so far as a Purdue Boilermaker would be an understatement. Eoff, a four-time All-State selection and three-time individual state champion for the Benton Panthers, has taken the Boilermakers by storm this season. Eoff has led Purdue in all three events this season, giving the Boilermakers no worse than a fourth-place finish.
MOUNTAIN HOME â€“ The Benton Panther golf team finished 8th out of 12 teams, shooting a 358, just four strokes from qualifying as a team in the 6A State round two today in the State Tournament at the par-72 Big Creek Golf and Country Club in Mountain Home on Monday. Benton finished fourth in the South.
â€śThis is some tough competition,â€ť Benton Coach David Torres said. â€śItâ€™s a wide-open, beautiful course. Itâ€™s well taken care of and the greens are well-groomed. Itâ€™s just the toughness of it; tough pin placement. This week, your putter was everything. Each green had two or three tiers.â€ť
BRYANT â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers picked up where they left off the last time they faced their county and 7A/6A South conference rival Bryant Hornets on Tuesday. The Lady Panthers swept the Lady Hornets for the second straight match, taking the match 3-0 (25-11, 25-20, 25-8) in Bryant.