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.
The Bryant Black Sox made five errors en route to five unearned runs in a 5-4 loss to the Hub City Bombers (Hattiesburg, Miss.) in the first game of the Mid-South Regional Tournament on Thursday morning in New Orleans. The Black Sox played this morning in a loser's bracket game against Piedmont, Okla., and Bryant has to win at any chance to advance to the American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C. Results will be in tomorrow's Courier.
Two errors in the top of the first inning led to two unearned runs for the Bombers for an early 2-0 deficit for the Black Sox.
The Bryant Black Sox played at 9:30 this morning as they were the opening game of the Mid-South Regional Tournament in New Orleans. The Black Sox played the Hub City Bombers out of Hattiesburg, Miss., and results will be in tomorrow's paper.
The Black Sox won the Arkansas American Legion State Tournament sweeping the field to advance to the regional in New Orleans. The winner of the regional will advance to the American Legion World Series held in Shelby, N.C.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK -- The Benton Panther golf team began the season with a dominant performance in the Yellowjacket Invitational Tournament on Monday at Stonelinks Golf Course in North Little Rock. The Panthers boys and girls team each won their side of the tournament against teams they will be playing throughout the year.
Led by senior Grace Lilesâ€™ top score of 79 (+7), the Benton girls team shot a 271 to blow out the competition, which consisted of 7A/6A South conference members, by 13 shots. El Dorado took second with a score of 284, Sheridan 287 and Lake Hamilton shot a 295 for fourth.
The St. Louis Cardinals keep winning, but the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates, teams which are in front of the Cardinals in the National League Central Division, keep winning too. The Cardinals are currently six games behind first-place Cincy and 2.5 behind Pittsburgh.