GLEN ROSE - The Harmony Grove Cardinalsâ€™ season has been everything but good so far this year. Coming off of a spring break road trip where they went 1-3 did not help the matter much either. With the conference season starting back up, the Cardinals had a lot on their plate as they headed in to Glen Rose to face one of the top teams in 3A this season.
With the odds stacked against them, the Cardinals played arguably the best game of the year as they used a strong offensive attack with an almost flawless defense to down the Beavers 5-2, picking up their first conference win of the season.
SANFORD, Fla. â€“ After starting the Florida High School Invitational with a loss to American Heritage High School in Sanford, Fla., the Bryant Hornets won their next three games, including a 7-6 extra-inning win against the New Smyrna Barracudas on Saturday. The last win gave the Hornets third place in the invitational.
The Benton Panthers used stellar defense and hot bats to reach the semifinals of the Central Arkansas Invitational on Friday night against Sylvan Hills. The Panthers battled past CAC on Thursday, 2-0, before beating Vilonia 10-4 early on Friday.
With the momentum in their favor and playing on their home field, the Panthers could not keep up the good work as they fell 6-3 to Sylvan Hills.
BENTON - The Benton Panthers came into the Central Arkansas Invitational on Thursday looking for a win after falling in their last contest against Lake Hamilton 4-2. With their bats struggling, Benton looked to turned things around at home against Central Arkansas Christian.
Though their bats were no hot, or even warm, the Panthers got past the Mustangs 2-0 behind stellar defense once again.
SANFORD, Fla. â€“ After two games in the Florida League High School Invitational in Sanford, Fla., the Bryant Hornets are sitting at 1-1. The Hornets dropped their first game on Monday 4-2 against the Stallions of American Heritage High School from Del Ray Beach, Fla. Bryant had an off day on Tuesday before rebounding with a 7-4 win on Wednesday morning against the Sanford Seminoles.
The Stallions struck first against Bryant senior starter Tyler Nelson when Amfernee Seymour singled to start the game and Jonathan India doubled to scored Seymour for a 1-0 Heritage lead.
BENTON â€“ The Benton Lady Panthersâ€™ basketball team had one of the best years in school history during the 2011-12 season. Coming out of the 6A South conference, the Lady Panthers had a .500 record, sitting at 6-6 on Dec. 17 and then went on a little run.
Benton went on a 15-game winning streak, including winning the conference on Senior Night against second-place Texarkana 42-26 to improve to 13-0 in conference. It was the Lady Panthersâ€™ first conference championship in 19 years.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK â€“ The Bryant Lady Hornets had no trouble in the Tournament of Champions held at Burns Park in North Little Rock, outscoring their opponents 38-1 and defeating Searcy 16-1 in the championship game on Saturday night. After getting warmed up in an 8-0 win against Hope in the first round, the Lady Hornets beat Foreman 14-0 before the Searcy win.
BENTON â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers softball team has hit a bit of a hot streak as of late. After falling in the season opener to Bryant, the Lady Panthers have won eight straight games, including a 10-0 shutout victory over Lake Hamilton on Friday to open conference play.
HASKELL â€“ Neither team gave up a hit until the sixth inning, but the Bauxite Miners came out on top of the Harmony Grove Cardinals 6-2 on Friday night at Harmony Grove. It was tied 1-1 going into the seventh inning, but the Miners finally got to Cardinalsâ€™ senior starter Bodie Harris.
â€śWe just had a different approach,â€ť Bauxite Coach Michael Mattox said. â€śIâ€™m not sure we solved him, we just had a better approach to stop swinging at high pitches and low pitches, waited for a good a good pitch and just drove it.
HASKELL â€“ The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals held the Bauxite Lady Miners to three hits on their way to a 10-0 five-inning victory on Friday at Harmony Grove.
The Lady Cardinals (6-2) scored one run in the second inning and two in the third before breaking the game open in the fourth inning with six runs.
â€ś[The Lady Cardinals] did some things Iâ€™ve been looking for them to do all season,â€ť Harmony Grove Coach Sammie Massey said. â€śI was very pleased. They hit the ball well and played good defense. Overall, I thought we played well.â€ť