The Glen Rose Beavers find themselves in a different but exciting situation to start the 2012 season. With Benton and Bryant playing in the same conference this season, and not playing the Salt Bowl until week four, the Beavers now take part in the biggest game of Week 1. With in-county rival Malvern coming into Glen Rose on Friday, the Beavers kick off the season with bragging rights on the line.
A golden opportunity for the Benton Panthers to begin the 2012 season with a win was literally given away Tuesday evening at War Memorial Stadium. The Panthers fell 42-28 to Class 4A member Arkadelphia in the First Security Kickoff Classic.
Five turnovers and an unusual two-play drive in the fourth quarter doomed the Panthers. Arkadelphia scored the gameâ€™s final 22 points to seal the win.
The Bryant Lady Hornetsâ€™ volleyball team hooked up with an old conference foe on Tuesday. The Lady Hornets played the Conway Lady Wampus Cats in Conway, but Bryant came out on the losing end, falling 3-1 (18-25, 25-21, 19-25, 19-25). The Lady Hornets had won the second set to tie the match at 1-1 and were up 15-9 before the Lady Cats came roaring back to win.
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.