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Benton's Griffin signs to play college basketball

May 17, 2012

Nate Griffin, a former point guard for the Benton Panthers, signed his letter of intent with North Central Community College on Friday.

“Nate (Griffin) has turned out to be a really fine young man. We are really proud of him,” Chris Nail, Head Men’s Basketball coach for the Benton Panthers said. “He was a two year all-conference, one year all-state player and a good tournament player. He’s had a great career for us and we are excited that he gets to pursue his education for free and play some basketball.”

'Awesome' outing wins it for Benton

May 11, 2012

MOUNTAIN HOME – Losing 5 of their last 6 games going into the State Tournament, the No. 3 seed Benton Panthers shrugged off their bad play of late and defeated the No. 6 seed Jacksonville Red Devils 5-0 in the opening round of State on Thursday night at Mountain Home High School. Junior left-handed starting pitcher Coulton Lee struck out 12 Devils in his complete-game, shutout win.

“Coulton pitched awesome,” Benton Coach Mark Balisterri said. “We played really good [Thursday]. We played about as good as we played all year.”

Franklin no-hits Parkview in 1st round

May 11, 2012

JACKSONVILLE - The Benton Lady Panthers ended their regular season with an outstanding overall record of 29-2. The Lady Panthers also won the 6A South with a perfect 14-0 conference record. On Thursday, the Lady Panthers continued their tear through 6A as when they took on Little Rock Parkview in the first round of the State Tournament.

Benton, the No. 1 seed, demolished Parkview winning 16-0 to move into the second round with ease. Starting pitcher Jessica Franklin made easy work of Parkview, striking out eight straight in the game on her way to a no-hitter.

Pujols who? Cardinals just fine without

May 10, 2012

We’re basically a month into the season and former St. Louis Cardinal and current Los Angeles Angel of Anaheim Albert Pujols is batting .190 with just one home run and nine RBIs (as of Tuesday). I won’t lie, I love it. Once an avid Pujols supporter, he left a bad taste in my mouth when he left the Cardinals after 11 Hall-of-Fame seasons. In just those 11 years with the Cardinals, Pujols had a .328 average with 445 home runs, 455 doubles,1,291 runs and 1,329 RBIs. Those are Hall-of-Fame numbers already.

On a Mission: Lady Hornets end regular season undefeated

May 9, 2012

BRYANT – The Bryant Lady Hornets ended the regular season on Tuesday night at Lady Hornet Field the only way they are accustomed to doing it this year – with a win. The Lady Hornets routed the North Little Rock Lady Cats 13-0 on Senior Night leaving no doubt that Bryant means business going into the State tournament, Which starts Thursday at Lady Hornet Field.

Panthers lose, but get what they need

May 9, 2012

LITTLE ROCK – Lack of offense did it again for the Benton Panthers as they fell 4-3 to the Little Rock Central Tigers at Buddy Coleman Field in Little Rock in non-conference action on Monday to end the regular season. The Panthers start the State Tournament on Thursday against Jacksonville having lost 5 of their last 6 games after a 10-game winning streak. Benton was just 3 for 23 at the plate on Monday and the Panthers are hitting just .203 (26 of 128) in their past five losses.

Panthers take 6th at State

May 7, 2012

PEARCY – Senior Zach Riley broke a state record and the Benton Panthers placed sixth in the 6A State Track and Field Championships held at Lake Hamilton High School on Friday. The Panthers scored 47 points for the meet, while Russellville took the championship with 118.50 points. The Lady Panthers placed 11th out of 16 teams with 57 points. Texarkana placed first with 202.50 points.

“We had a good day,” Benton track Coach Lewis Pryor said.

Lady Cardinals make State despite loss

May 7, 2012

SEARCY – The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals made easy work of Bald Knob on Friday, winning 7-0 to guarantee them a spot in the 2012 3A State Tournament that starts Thursday in Harrison.

The Lady Cardinals were held scoreless in the first inning, but broke out the bats in the second, scoring three on one hit, two errors and a hit by pitch, to take an early 3-0 lead.

After putting up zeros once again in the third and fourth, the Lady Cardinals scored four more runs in the fifth to seal the deal, beating Bald Knob 7-0 to move into the second round of the 3A Regional Tournament.

Panthers drop non-conference game, fourth straight

May 3, 2012

NORTH LITTLE ROCK – The Benton Panthers stepped out of the 6A South conference and dropped a 9-6 decision to the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats on Wednesday at Vince DeSalvo Stadium at Burns Park. It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Panthers after winning 10 in a row.
“We got what we needed to get,” Benton Coach Mark Balisterri said. “I wanted the win, but right now, the most important thing is playing games is a lot better than practicing.”

Lady Hornets clinch

May 2, 2012

BRYANT – They may have just been biding their time, but the Bryant Lady Hornets clinched the 7A Central conference in convincing fashion with a 10-0 win over the Conway Lady Wampus Cats on Tuesday night at Lady Hornets Field. Conway’s only previous conference loss came at the hands of the Lady Hornets, which picked up their 15th shutout of the year.

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