BRYANT â€“ The Bryant swim team dominated once again as the Lady Hornets scored 530 points and Hornets 382 points to demolish the competition on Thursday at the Bishop Park Natatorium in Bryant. The Bryant girls defeated second-place Pulaski Academy (236) by almost 300 points, while the boys topped Magnolia (306) by 76. The Benton boys (251) took fourth, while the Lady Panthers (163) took fifth.
HASKELL -- After losing its first two games of the season, Harmony Grove (2-2) has made statements out of its last two opponents, winning by a combined 112-35. The Lady Cardinals put a hurt on the Woodlawn Lady Bears to open the Bill Gibbs Memorial Tournament on Tuesday, winning 55-26.
â€śI thought we had really good effort in the second half,â€ť Head Coach John White said. â€śThe shot selection was better and the effort in general helped us pull away with a big third quarter.â€ť
Though the score was heavily weighted in Harmony Groveâ€™s favor, the first half was a much closer game.
HASKELL â€“ Senior Allison Tackett and junior Holly Willmon scored 22 points each in a 51-39 Bauxite Lady Miner victory over the Poyen Lady Indians in the Bill Gibbs Memorial Tournament on Tuesday in Daniel Henley Fieldhouse.
Behind her 22 points, Tackett pulled down 13 rebounds, dished out four assists, many to the 6-2 Willmon down low, adding a steal and block to her resume.
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.