The Bryant Hornets competed in the biggest cross country meet in the region Saturday, finishing 32nd out of 64 teams at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Invitational in Fayetteville. Â Bryant was the ninth Arkansas team and sixth from class 7A. Â For the second meet in a row, freshman Charlie Terry led the way for the Hornets, placing 88th out of 494 finishers in a time of 17:10.
Thursday night proved to be a great one for the Bryant Junior High Hornets. Needing a big win over Little Rock Central to stay in contention for the conference title, the Hornets took care of business, and in dominating fashion. After a slow start, the Hornets finished with 24 unanswered points to win 24-6.
For the second week in a row, the Benton Freshmen Panther football lost a heartbreaker by just one point. Thursday night at John McConnell Stadium, Conway Blue upended the Panthers 14-13.
The loss leaves Benton 6-2 on the season and 5-2 in Central Arkansas Junior High Conference play.
Benton received the gameâ€™s opening kickoff and after being held by the Wampus Cat defense, Drew Dyer got off a 37-yard punt to pin Conway back at its own 20-yard line.
The Benton Lady Panthers were down 24-16 to the Texarkana Lady Razorbacks in the first set of their match Tuesday night in 7A/6A South conference play at Benton Arena. The Lady Panthers would not lose the first set scoring the last 10 points of the match to win it 26-24 and propel them to a 3-0 sweep of Texarkana. After the first set, the Lady Panthers used their momentum to take the next two 25-15 and 25-19.
"That's the crazy thing about volleyball, the momentum can switch just like that," Benton Coach Brandy Chumley said snapping her fingers.
The Benton Panther boys golf team followed in the footsteps of the girls team to end the season. The Panthers won the 6A South conference on Monday and then took third in the State Tournament on Tuesday. Playing at El Dorado Country Club, the Panthers edged the home team by three strokes winning with a score of 313. El Dorado followed with at 316, Sheridan (319), Texarkana (337), Lake Hamilton (342) and Siloam Springs (344).
"We had a great week," Benton Coach Chad Pitts said. "We won the conference and finished third overall. I couldn't be anymore proud of the boys."
The Bryant Hornet golf team finished up its season at Centennial Valley Golf Club in Conway in the 7A State Tournament earlier this week. But it was no ordinary tournament. The Hornets battled through illness and broken bones as they fought their way to a third-place finish, ending the year just three strokes behind runner-up Fayetteville. Conway ran away with the tournament on its way to the championship, posting a two-day total of 590. Fayetteville finished with a 621 with Bryant standing close at 624.
Isnâ€™t all of this getting a little ridiculous Hog fans? Have we not suffered enough? Of course not, because we are Razorbacksâ€™ fans. Weâ€™re used to this stuff, right? I know Iâ€™m not surprised. Well, maybe I expected a better start to the season after finishing as the No. 5 team in the nation last year losing to the two best teams in the country, and started this season ranked No. 10, and with John L. Smith aside, Arkansas was no doubt overrated.
The Bryant Lady Hornets hosted the Little Rock Fair War Eagles on Thursday night in 7A/6A South conference action and came up with their seventh sweep in eight conference games, with the Benton Lady Panthers being the only team to take conference undefeated Bryant to more than three games. Bryant won 3-0 (25-11, 25-9, 25-9) against Fair at Bryant gym.
â€śIâ€™m proud of the girls,â€ť Bryant Coach Beth Solomon said of her team. â€śWe played better than the last time we played them; as far as not playing down and trying to stay at our level.â€ť
CABOT - The Benton Lady Panther golf team won the 6A South conference and took second in the State on Tuesday and Wednesday at Greystone Country Club in Cabot.
Greenwood took the 6A State Title by shooting a 559 with Benton following with a 579, and Jonesboro (583), Marion (583) and Searcy (587) rounding out the top five.
Week 4 of the high school football season was the first clear week from the rain and lightning. After Hurricane Isaac dropped many inches of rain in Week 1 and carried over into Weeks 2 and 3, many games were canceled or called early throughout the state. As for last week, the Saline County area teams did not fare too well. Bryant beat Benton for the seventh straight time in Salt Bowl XIII, 55-21. Glen Rose won big over Harmony Grove, 48-21 and Bauxite and Sheridan fell in their conference openers. The loss for Bauxite marked the 13th straight, dating back to last season.