CABOT â€“ The Benton Junior Lady Panther volleyball team went to Cabot to play the South team and came away with their first conference victory of the season on Monday night. Benton beat Cabot South in close sets, losing the first 25-27 before taking the next two 25-18 and 15-13.
It was the Jr. Lady Panthers' first close win of the year and Benton's first three-set win. Emme Edmondson had eight kills, Lenzie Newman seven and Sydney Channel had five for a well-rounded attack.Â
NORTH LITTLE ROCK â€“ The Bryant and Benton boysâ€™ golf teams came in first and second respectively at Emerald Golf Course in North Little Rock on Monday. Bryant Junior Luke Brantley and sophomore Drew Castleberry each shot a 1-under 34 at the par-35 nine-hole golf course to take the overall medalist and lead Bryant to a 104 for the win.
Benton took second with a 108, while Maumelle (137), Pulaski Robinson (146), Little Rock Parkview (150) and Jacksonville (172) rounded out the rest.
RUSSELLVILLE â€“ The Bryant Lady Hornets went 2-4 in the Cyclone Invitational in Russellville on Saturday. Starting out with a familiar 7A/6A South conference foe J.A. Fair, Bryant swept them 25-8 and 25-5 before running into fellow 7A school Mount Saint Mary in the next match, falling to the Belles 18-25 and 13-25.
SHERWOOD â€“ Bryant sophomore Drew Castleberry shot a 1-over 37 for the overall boysâ€™ medalist, but the Hornets barely fell to North Little Rock at The Greens at North Hills in Sherwood on Monday. North Little Rock shot a 173 to Bryantâ€™s 170.
â€śThe pin placement had to be the hardest ones they had available,â€ť Bryant Coach Keith Dale said of North Hills. â€śThe greens were cut short, rolled and sanded that morning making a put stick next to impossible. The kids had a very hard time.â€ť
LITTLE ROCK â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers competed in the Spikefest Tournament in Little Rock on Saturday and finished the day 3-1 between pool play and tournament matches. Benton defeated West Memphis 25-15 and 25-17 before splitting with Fort Smith Northside (20-25, 25-11). Because the Lady Panthers beat Northside by more point-wise, Benton was first in their pool.
In tournament play, Benton swept the Texas High Lady Tigers 25-16 and 25-17, but would end their day falling to Mount Saint Mary on its home court 14-25 and 23-25.
ARKADELPHIA â€“ The Bryant Lady Hornet cross country team opened the season with a victory Saturday at the OBU Invitational.Â The Lady Hornets put all five of their scorers in the top 17 places to take the team championship with a score of 44 points.Â Lake Hamilton was runner-up with 66 points followed by Mt. St. Mary (66), LR Christian (81), Cabot (140) and Trinity Christian (176).Â There were 15 total teams and 163 individual finishers in the race.
The Benton Junior High Panthers got their first taste of life in new stadium and the outcome was as sparkling as their new home. The freshmen Panthers defeated Sheridan 21-12 and the Benton eight graders won 40-20.
The freshmen Panthers got off to an inauspicious start. Sheridan recovered an onside kick to open the game. The Benton defense stiffened, forcing Sheridan to line up to punt on fourth down. But a fake by McKinley Williams resulted in a 52 yard touchdown for the Yellowjackets. The two-point conversion try failed, but Sheridan led early 6-0.
LITTLE ROCK â€“ The Benton golf team competed at par-36 First Tee golf course in Little Rock on Wednesday, with the girls taking four of the top five spots in winning the nine-hole match over Harding Academy and Evangel Collegiate, and the boys taking second (130) behind Harding Academy (120).
The match wasnâ€™t on the original schedule, but Benton Coach David Torres said the Panthers are trying to sneak matches in to get ready for the postseason.
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