BRYANT â€“ After winning its second State Championship in the past three years with a 4-2 win over Rogers Heritage, the Bryant Hornets have received national recognition as two of its players were honored with awards. Second baseman Ozzie Hurt was honored with the American Baseball Coaches Association Rawlings Gold Glove and pitcher Nate Rutherford received the Louisville Slugger Honorable Mention All-American after his stellar season and being named MVP of the State Tournament.
Rutherford put it bluntly when he told the reason for his success this year.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK â€“ New Orleans here they come. The Bryant Black Sox came back to defeat the Texarkana Razorbacks 6-5 in the Senior American Legion State Tournament championship game on Tuesday at Vince DeSalvo Stadium to advance to the Mid-South Regional Tournament in New Orleans starting next Thursday. The Black Sox went 5-0 in State.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK â€“ After defeating Rogers Optimist 11-7 in the first round of the Senior American Legion State Tournament, the Bryant Black Sox handled the North Little Rock Colts 14-4 in seven innings in round two on Saturday. On Sunday, the Black Sox had a little trouble scoring against their new rival Texarkana Razorbacks, but came out on the right side of a pitcherâ€™s duel defeating their Zone 4 championship opponents 3-1 to advance to the championship game regardless of what they do against Paragould tonight.
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.