BENTON â€“ The Benton Junior High volleyball Lady Panthers won the 2013 Benton Freshman Classic on Saturday in Benton, taking down the Bryant Jr. Lady Hornets 25-17 and 25-19 in the championship match.
The Lady Panthers finished first in pool play, dropping one set to Lakeside before sweeping Arkadelphia and Bryant to meet back up with Arkadelphia in the first match of bracket play. Benton beat Arkadelphia 25-11 and 25-19 to advance to Bryant in the championship match.
CONWAY â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers came out of the gates hot, but fell 3-1 to the Conway Lady Wampus Cats in Conway on Thursday night. Benton took the first set 25-18 before Conway returned the favor in the second set with a 25-18 win of its own, and won the last two sets 25-19 and 25-16.
â€śTheyâ€™re very competitive,â€ť Benton Coach Brandy Chumley said of Conway. â€śIt was a good team to play to see where our weaknesses are and what we need to work on to try to get us ready for our conference play. Theyâ€™re a very good team.â€ť
BENTON â€“ It wasnâ€™t the crispest of scrimmages, but thatâ€™s what scrimmages are for. The Benton Panthers topped the Mills Comets 30-21 in an Arkansas Activities Association benefit game on Tuesday night at Panther Stadium preceding next weekâ€™s opening-season game vs. Arkadelphia on Sept. 6.
BRYANT - The Bryant Hornets ended their 2012 season in disappointing fashion, falling to Cabot at home in the first round of the 7A state playoffs, 28-21. On Tuesday, the Hornets got back to work against someone other than themselves, battling the 7A State Champion Fayetteville and Pulaski Academy in benefit games.
With two 12-minute quarters against each, the Hornets worked on key issues and battled two good teams in doing so. First up was the Fayetteville Bulldogs. Coming off of a 2012 state title, the Bulldogs made the long trek to face Bryant and took advantage, outscoring Bryant 17-7.
BENTON â€“ Losing six seniors from a state playoff team may seem like a lot to lose going into the next season, but the Benton Lady Panthers volleyball team is not shy on experience.
â€śWe have five seniors this year and they all pretty much played last year, or played some,â€ť Benton Coach Brandy Chumley said. â€śThey know what it takes, and I have a feeling theyâ€™re going to do what it takes to have a good year. Itâ€™s been fun so far.â€ť
BRYANT â€“ What a difference a year makes. After winning the 7A/6A South conference with an undefeated record, the Bryant Lady Hornets volleyball team returns one player with extended varsity experience as Bryant graduated eight seniors last season. This year, the Lady Hornets have no seniors.
â€śWe definitely look different,â€ť Bryant Coach Beth Solomon said. â€śLast year, our entire varsity, other than Abby Staton, were all seniors. This year, we look a little bit different, but weâ€™re still as aggressive. Weâ€™re going to play just as intense.
BRYANT â€“ The Bryant Lady Hornets volleyball team began the 2013 season with a 3-0 sweep of the Arkansas Baptist Lady Eagles on Tuesday night at Bryant Gym. The Lady Hornets were down 2-0 in the first set before taking the second-year program Lady Eagles 25-8. Bryant would win 25-4 in the second set and 25-8 in the third.
â€śThe biggest thing from tonight was definitely our serving,â€ť Bryant Coach Beth Solomon said. â€śSavannah Shelton led the team with 20-plus aces tonight.â€ťÂ
BENTON â€“ Before the Arkansas Razorbacks hired Bret Bielema this past December, rumors swirled about who may take over as the head coach after a horrific 4-8 season in 2012. Super Bowl-winning coach and current Monday Night Football announcer Jon Gruden was included in the rumor-mill and three Razorbacks fans attempted to serenade Gruden to the Razorbacksâ€™ helm with their version of Beatlesâ€™ classic â€śHey Judeâ€ť with â€śHey Grude.â€ť
Have you heard of this Mike Trout guy? You probably have if youâ€™ve been watching any type of baseball at all the past two years. Trout is the centerfielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and heâ€™s pretty good.
EL DORADO â€“ The Benton girls finished second and the boys fifth in the 18th Annual Simmons First Wildcat Invitational Golf Tournament at the par-71 El Dorado Country Club on Monday. The Lady Panthers shot a 312 coming behind a dominate performance from Conway, which shot a 251. Smackover was third at 331, El Dorado fourth, Camden Harmony Grove and Sheridan. Conwayâ€™s Logan Tolliver took the overall girls title with an 80, while her teammate Alexis McDaniel shot an 81.