It is pretty easy to say that the Benton Panthers have been anything but good during the football season over the past few years. After winning three games in each of the last two seasons, Benton has been battling injury after injury, day after day. To add insult to injury, the Panthers were forced to give up its three wins from the 2010 campaign after eligibility issues arose.
BRYANT â€“ They weren't sharp, but the Bryant Lady Hornets remained undefeated in their second match of the season. The Lady Hornets beat the Fountain Lake Lady Cobras 3-1 (25-23, 25-19, 17-25, 26-24) on Thursday night at the Bryant gym.
"A win's a win," Bryant Coach Beth Solomon said. "We didn't play as good as we could have. Overall, we had some key players that were not on last night.
Both of the 2012 Bryant High School golf teams have started the year strong. Coming into Monday, the boys already had two first-place finishes under their belt to go with two fourth places. On Monday, the Hornets added another top finish to their stats when they played a dual tournament with Conway on the road.
The Benton Junior High Panthers got off to a stellar start Thursday night at C.W. Lewis Stadium with wins over the Hot Springs Lakeside Rams. The Freshmen Panthers won 28-6 while the eighth graders won 20-6.
Brinson Williams intercepted a Lakeside pass on the Rams' first possession. On the ensuing play, Grayson Morrow made a diving catch in the end zone for the Panther touchdown. Williams kicked the first of his four PATâ€™s, giving the Panthers a 7-0 lead.
It was a rough start to the season for last yearâ€™s 6A South Conference champions. The 6A South Benton Lady Panthersâ€™ volleyball team went up against last yearâ€™s 7A Central Conference champion Conway Lady Wampus Cats and came out on the wrong end of a sweep. The Lady Panthers fell 0-3 (16-25, 16-25, 7-25) as they made too many errors against a powerhouse.
KITSAP COUNTY, Wash. â€“ The Bryant 13-year old All Stars are World Series champions. Bryant defeated Greenville, N.C., 4-3 on Wednesday night to win the Babe Ruth World Series in Kitsap County, Wash., and finish the season undefeated. Bryant went 19-0 in this year's playoffs.
EL DORADO â€“ The Bryant Hornets and Benton Panthers golf teams both participated in the 17th Annual Simmons First Wildcat Invitational Golf Tournament on Monday. The Bryant girls finished best out of the Saline County schools with a second-place finish behind Conway. The Bryant boys finished fourth and the Benton boys and girls each finished fifth.
Peyton Weaver led the Bryant girls, which totaled a 270 (Conway had 255) with an 83 (+11) followed by Savannah Cathey's 91, Abigail Magee's 96 and Kaylee newell's 127.
After a successful 2011-2012 campaign, the Benton Lady Panthers volleyball team is gearing up for another run through the 6A South Conference where they took first place last season. With a 17-9 record overall last season and a 10-2 conference mark, the Lady Panthers were one game away from the State Championship, losing in the semifinals to Mountain Home.
BRYANT â€“ After problems with inconsistency last season, the Bryant Lady Hornets volleyball team might have things figured out this year. The Lady Hornets finished last season second to volleyball powerhouse Conway in the 7A Central Conferencelast year, and was up 2-0 against Fort Smith Southside in the first two sets in the second round of the State Tournament before inconsistency set in again and the Lady Hornets lost the next three sets and the match to end their season.