BAUXITE â€“ In the world of sports, achieving personal and professional goals is everything to an individual athlete. Whether it be a basketball, football or baseball player or even a professional ping pong champion, goals are what keep an athlete motivated to be better and to become what he or she has set out to accomplish.
But when one loses a foot right above the ankle and is forever changed, how can that athlete stay motivated to battle past reality and still achieve those goals?
BRYANT â€“ It was a hard-fought weekend for the Bryant Everett Black Sox in the Arkansas American Legion AA State Tournament, but the Black Sox fell just short of a championship on Sunday night when they came out of the loserâ€™s bracket to face Pine Bluff National Bank in the final and lost 13-4 to be the state runner-up.
BRYANT â€“ The Bryant Black Sox hosted the Sylvan Hills Bruins on Tuesday night in their last regular season game of the year and took care of business going into the district tournament. The Black Sox defeated the Bruins 11-1 in eight innings at Bryant High School in a solid warmup going into Saturdayâ€™s second-round tournament game starting at 1 p.m. in Texarkana.
BRYANT â€“ After defeating Stuttgart 7-2 on Saturday in the second round of the AA American Legion State Tournament, the Bryant Black Sox fell 3-2 in a hard-fought game to Newport Dell Motors on Sunday at Bryant High School.
Newport starter Michael Reynolds gave up two unearned runs in his complete-game win as he held Bryant at bay. Reynolds finished giving up seven hits and a walk while striking out four and throwing 106 pitches.
Well Kobe Bryant has opened his mouth at the wrong time once again. On Wednesday, Kobe stated that his 2012 U.S. Olympic team that will be competing in London could beat the 1992 Dream Team that won gold.
Really? Did my ears really hear that? Who in their right mind could possibly think their team has what it takes to take down the greatest assembled team the world has ever, and possibly will ever see again? I thought Kobe was a conceited punk before and this just proves my point.
The Bryant Black Sox hosted Texarkana for a doubleheader on Wednesday night and split the two games. In the first game, the Black Sox were shut out for the first time this season losing 8-0, but won the second game 14-7.
Bryantâ€™s Hunter Mayall had two of the Black Soxâ€™ five hits in game one as Texarkana pitcher Tim Buchanan was lights out all game. Buchanan gave up the five hits in the complete-game win, allowing no runs and no walks while striking out four.
Now that the All Star break is here, the Road to October has officially begun. While there are no teams in Major League Baseball running away with their respective divisions, it is quite difficult to say who will and will not make the postseason come early October. Of course, just like every year, there are two or three teams near the top of the division that are surprising the nation. Take the Pittsburgh Pirates for instance. Last season at the break, the Pirates were leading the National League Central but finished 24 games out of first when it was all said and done.
If there is a bigger name in the UFC than Anderson â€śThe Spiderâ€ť Silva, I, nor has the rest of the world ever heard of him. Quite frankly, Silva may be the biggest star to ever step into the octagon. He is the champion of champions; the fighter of all fighters. He is the UFC. By many standards, he has already surpassed any other fighter in the sportâ€™s history with his title defenses and his pure skill. Tabbed as the best â€śpound-for-pound fighterâ€ť in the world, Silva has yet to disappoint.
BRYANT â€“ Former Bryant Lady Hornetsâ€™ starting shortstop Cassidy Wilson is going from one championship team to another. Wilson, who was a starter on the Lady Hornetsâ€™ three consecutive 7A State Championships including this past yearâ€™s 34-0 season, signed to play softball with the University of Arkansas of Monticello Cotton Blossoms. Monticello is part of the Division II Great American Conference and the Cotton Blossoms won the GAC championship this past season.
BRYANT â€“ Former Bryant Hornet Josh Pultro signed to play baseball for NCAA Division II member University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Signed as a first baseman/outfielder, Bryant Coach Kirk Bock was confident the Lions will be happy with their choice.
â€śTheyâ€™re going to get a good one,â€ť Bock said. â€śHeâ€™s going to be able to hit at that level. Heâ€™s a very good outfielder. This year, he had to move to first base, picked it up real easy and did a tremendous job for us. Theyâ€™re going to have a utility player there.â€ť