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.
What defines an athlete as â€śthe best of all time?â€ť Is it the number of championship rings or trophies? What about the number of overall wins or pure dominance of a single superstar? While picking out the best baseball or football star may be hard to choose, Michael Jordan has the title in the NBA and Tiger Woods deserves it in the PGA.
Since winning his first few majors as a young professional, Woods has been compared to the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead and Arnold Palmer. While some agree he is already the best to ever play, the critics still outweigh the opposition heavily.
Baseball's Hall of Fame Induction was last weekend and it was the first time since 1997 that the Baseball Writer's Association of America didn't vote a player in. The HOF Veteran's Committee voted umpire Hank O'Day, baseball pioneer Jacob Ruppert and pre-1900's catcher Deacon White. Congratulations to those guys which got in I've never heard of, but this column isn't about them. I'm looking toward next year when there will be three first-ballot HOFers in Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas.
BENTON â€“ It will be an interim reunion of sorts when Benton Panther Assistant Coach Dwaine Fishburn and Freshman Panther Head Coach David Torres begin the basketball season. After six seasons as Bentonâ€™s head basketball coach, Chris Nail took the assistant principal position. Fishburn was named interim head basketball coach and Torres was named the interim assistant coach at the Benton School Board Meeting on Tuesday night. The duo also were interim coaches for the Panthers for the 2006-2007 seasons before Nailâ€™s arrival.
BRYANT â€“ The Bryant Everett Black Sox advanced to the championship game with an 11-0 win over Jacksonville Gwatney on Monday in the American Legion Junior Regional Tournament at Bryant Hornet Field. Bryant moves on to face Texarkana, Texas, for the tournament championship needing just one more win to secure the title.
â€śThis might have been the best team win all year long,â€ť Bryant Coach Tyler Brown said. â€śWe came out and we hit the ball well and had a plan at the plate. [We] played great defense which is always a plus and had great pitching. Great team win.â€ť
BRYANT â€“ The Bryant Everett Black Sox took advantage of 10 walks and seven errors in an 11-2 win over the Atlanta, Texas, Rebels on Saturday morning in the American Legion Junior Regional Tournament at Bryant High School.
Despite four errors and two unearned runs allowed, the Rebels were down just 3-2 after five and a half innings, but walks and errors came back to haunt Atlanta once again. Dalton Holt led the bottom of the fifth off with a single to left field, reached third on two wild pitches and scored on a passed ball to make it 4-2.
The designated hitter is celebrating its 40th year in existence this season and I'm going to come out and say it. I hate the designated hitter. Hate it, hate it, hate it. And I'm not a hateful person. But to threaten the designated hitter to my beloved National League is going too far. Yes, there are rumblings inside Major League Baseball that the DH is coming to the NL within possibly 10 years.
SHERIDAN â€“ After combining for one hit and one run against the Bryant Black Sox in two regular-season meetings, the Benton McClendonâ€™s put up 16 hits and 11 runs on the Sox on Saturday, but it wasnâ€™t enough as Bryant took a 14-11 win over Benton in the second round of the Zone 4 Tournament in Sheridan.
BENTON â€“ Former Benton Panther second baseman Jack James will be joining Panther teammate Justin Vincent at Arkansas Baptist College next baseball season as James signed his letter of intent to play for the Buffaloes on Tuesday afternoon at Benton Arena.