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Harmony Grove girls fall in tournament

December 28, 2011

The Harmony Grove senior high girls basketball team got back to work on Tuesday when they traveled to Carlisle for the Carlisle Christmas Tournament. The Lady Cardinals got things under way against Maumelle, but the outcome was not very good as they fell 55-39 Tuesday morning.

“It was a sloppy, early-morning game,” head Lady Cardinals’ Coach John White said. “Both teams finally settled in later on.”

Lady Miners drop opening game of classic

December 28, 2011

The Bauxite Lady Miners came back from their week and a half break and lost 60-49 to the Magnet Cove Lady Panthers on Tuesday in the Jessieville Christmas Classic in Jessieville.

“We didn’t play really well,” Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said. “Magnet Cove played with a lot of effort and intensity [Tuesday] and we didn’t match theirs today.”

The Lady Miners (9-4) didn’t have a problem scoring in the first quarter finishing with 19 points, but defensively, Bauxite couldn’t stop Magnet Cove, allowing it to score 18 points in the opening quarter.

No Pujols, no problem: Cardinals sign Beltran at bargain

December 28, 2011

This whole not having Albert Pujols retire with the St. Louis Cardinals thing keeps getting easier and easier. It was announced on Thursday that former Cardinal killer Carlos Beltran signed with St. Louis on Thursday with the signing being announced sometime after the holidays.

A free agent outfielder who most recently played for the San Francisco Giants after being traded from the New York Mets last year, Beltran hit a combined .300 for the two teams with 22 home runs and 84 RBIs in 142 games.

Hornets win big to kick off classic

December 21, 2011

The Bryant Hornets used a 27-0 run to rout the North Pulaski Falcons 67-24 on Tuesday in the opening game of the Red Devil Classic at Jacksonville High School. The Hornets also hit 61 percent of their shots and held the Falcons to just 31 percent shooting.

Bauxite teams improve to 2-0 in conference

December 19, 2011

The Bauxite Lady Miners improved to 2-0 in the 7-4A conference with a 49-44 victory over the Nashville Lady Scrappers on Friday night at Fred Dawson Gym in Bauxite.
“It was a good game,” Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said. “It was closely contested. They jumped on us early.”
The Lady Miners (9-3, 2-0) scored the first two baskets of the game, but the Lady Scrappers ended up taking a 13-6 lead after the first quarter.
Bauxite picked up the defense to take a 20-17 halftime lead.

Benton looks for revenge against arch rival Bryant

December 16, 2011

The Bryant Hornets defeated their rival Benton Panthers 48-39 on Nov. 22 earlier this season at Benton arena. The Hornets’ win was the first over the Panthers since 2005, but tonight’s Saline County Shootout in Bryant may have a different result than the first meeting.
The Panthers (7-2) were without junior guards Quin Allen and Thaddeus Caffery due to injury in the first game. Since their return, the Panthers have gone 6-1, losing to a very good Cabot Panthers team, and Caffery has led the team in scoring.

Pujols is a traitor to Cardinal Nation

December 16, 2011

Imagine yourself as one of the biggest fans in a sports teams history.
A die-hard fan as many would put it. Imagine your team drafting the best player to ever play his sport in the 13th round with the 402nd pick. You may already know where this is going.

Harmony Grove hopes to snap streak

December 16, 2011

Coming into the 2011 high school basketball season, it was unclear as to how both Harmony Grove teams would perform. The senior girls came in with a ton of senior talent from Morgan Ramsey, Macy Coffee and Torie Simmons. For the boys, they did not look near as good on paper. With fair guard play but lacking size, head coach Richard Moore was not sure exactly how the year would play out.

Former Major League pitcher Wes Gardner talks baseball, playoffs

December 16, 2011

Benton native Wes Gardner played eight seasons in the major leagues — from 1984 to 1991 with the New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals. Drafted in the 22nd round out of the University of Central Arkansas, Gardner was in the same 1982 Mets' draft class with the likes of Dwight Gooden, Roger McDowell and Rafael Palmeiro.

With Pujols gone, what now for the Cardinals?

December 16, 2011

Roughly a week after Albert Pujols signed a monster contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the dust is starting to settle a little bit. Pujols decided to take the $3 million more a year with the Angels rather than re-up with the St. Louis Cardinals, the team Pujols spent 11 Hall-of-Fame seasons with and where he won two World Series. Thanks Albert. It was fun.

 

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