BENTON â€” It didnâ€™t start well for the Benton Lady Panther ninth-grade team, but it came up victorious over Cabot South for a school-record 9-0 Central Arkansas Junior High Conference mark and finished the regular season 25-3 before the conference tournament on Saturday in Russellville.
The Jr. Lady Panthers were down 12-5 in the first set before coming back to win 26-24, and won the second game easily 25-11 for the match and the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
MAGNOLIA â€“ Benton Junior High volleyball Coach Michelle Shoppach, or otherwise known as â€śCoach Shoopâ€ť, was inducted into the Southern Arkansas University Hall of Fame on Friday in the Grand Hall of the Donald W. Reynolds Campus and Community Center at SAU. A Benton native, Shoppach coached the SAU Lady Mulerider program from 1990 to 1997 and led it to a 157-88 record in her time there.
The 157 wins ranks her second all-time among SAU volleyball coaches, and four of her teams won over 20 matches in a season. Shoppach led the Lady Muleriders to a 32-11 record in 1994.