HASKELL - The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals have had a tough go at the conference season thus far in 2012, dropping the first two 5-3A contests this year. After losing to Perryville in a 67-44 blowout, Mayflower came to town and sent the Lady Cardinals into a 0-2 hole with a 33-28 win.
There is always that one goal at the beginning of every sports season. From golf to volleyball, teams and individuals strive for that coveted trophy. That piece of hardware that will sit in a school trophy case for ever.
In the case of high school football, teams battle through blood, sweat and tears to get what they want. While some roads are easier than others, some teams find themselves in dog fights every week. For the 2012 Glen Rose Beavers and Harding Academy Wildcats, this season has been one to remember.
FAYETTEVILLE -Â Unbeaten 17th-ranked Kansas is unbeaten no more and apt to fallÂ in nextÂ week's women's basketball rankings.
Unranked Arkansas upset the Jayhawks, 64-56Â in Thursday night's nonconference game before 1,356Â at Walton Arena.
Arkansas overcame Kansas leads in both halves, surpassing the JayhawksÂ 33-24 at intermission but twice trailing KU by one in the second half before Jhasmin Bowen's layup put Arkansas up, 46-45 with 7:15 left and never trailing again.
CONWAY â€“ After a tough loss in the first round of the John Stanton Wampus Cat Invitational, the Bryant Lady Hornets responded with a 49-39 win over the Alma Airedalettes in a consolation game on Thursday at Buzz Bolding Arena. Bryant lost to Camden Fairview 53-42 in the first round where the Lady Hornets lacked execution, both offensively and in the rebounding department (Bryant was out rebounded 18-7 in the second half).
CONWAY - After starting the season 5-0, the Benton Lady Panthers have dropped their last two contests, losing their last 43-27 to the West Memphis Lady Blue Devils on Thursday in a consolation game of the John Stanton Wampus Cat Invitational. Benton lost 57-36 to North Little Rock in the first round on Monday.
â€śWe got outworked on the boards,â€ť Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said. â€śWe worked on that and made an emphasis the last two days, but for whatever reason we didnâ€™t stick them. We did at times, but a team like that you have to do it every time or theyâ€™re going to eat you up.â€ť
GLEN ROSE - Every football team, from high school to the pros, has the same goal in mind at the beginning of any season: make the playoffs and win a championship. Though Saline County is far from the NFL, there is one team in the area that has not strayed away from that preseason mindset.
FAYETTEVILLE - From slopping hogs in Illinois, Bret Bielema now coaches Hogs in Arkansas.
The now former Wisconsin Badgers football coach and native of Prophetstown, Ill., was officially introduced at a Wednesday press conference by University of Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long as the Razorbacks head football coach.
â€śI grew up, ironically, on a pig farm,â€ť Bielema said before leading boosters and UA brass in calling the Hogs. â€śThat was my first public Pig-Sooie. From the ages 4 to 18 when I called them, my only partners were pigs. There is a little more pressure there.â€ť
BISMARCK â€“ The Bauxite Miners outlasted the Bismarck Lions in a double-overtime thriller on Tuesday night, escaping with a heart-pounding 57-53 road victory.
Sophomore Ben Madison paced the Miners offensively finishing the night with 27 points, nine rebounds and Hunter Holder chipped in 13 points, three rebounds and three assists.
CABOT â€“ The Benton Panthers have a 4:30 p.m. Saturday date in the Cabot Pre-Holiday tournament final after defeating the Hot Springs Lakeside Rams 52-42 in the semifinal round on Wednesday night in Cabot. The Panthers are looking to win their second consecutive tournament in less than a week as they won the Searcy Bank Classic this past Saturday.
It was a low-scoring affair in the first half as the Panthers committed a season-high 17 turnovers against the Rams, but Benton played solid defense in holding an 18-13 lead at the half.
The Bryant Lady Hornets overcame 19 turnovers to defeat the Maumelle Lady Hornets 39-27 in the second round of the OrthoArkansas Tournament at Central Arkansas Christian on Friday night. The Lady Hornets played well defensively, holding Maumelle to just 22 percent shooting, while hitting double that, 44 percent.
"We executed in spurts," Bryant Coach Brad Matthews said. "You still have to be able to execute with the pressure and getting into the passing lanes. I'm proud of our kids. They have some good talent over there."