Just two seasons into their varsity program, the Harmony Grove Cardinals are once again staring at a 1-0 record after winning their season opener last week.
The Cardinals beat the Poyen Indians in their first ever game last season by a score of 35-14. On opening night, the Cardinals repeated history after they beat the Indians for the second year in-a-row, this time by a score of 32-23.
The Cardinals totaled over 400 yards of offense on Friday but turned the ball over twice in the late quarters.
After losing to the Harrison Golden Goblins 28-10 this past Friday, Sheridan Yellowjacketsâ€™ coach Louis Campbell said there were positives despite his team giving up six turnovers in the opening game of the season. The Yellowjackets take on the Arkadelphia Badgers at Yellowjackets Stadium Friday.
The Arkansas Travelers open the 2011 Texas League playoffs against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock night, and the Travsâ€™ road to get there has been an interesting one. Itâ€™s the first time the Travs have been to the TL playoffs since they won the championship in 2008.
The Travelers went 36-31 to win the TL North Division first half by one game over the Naturals to qualify for the playoffs and went 32-38 in the second half. The Naturals won the second half North with a 38-32 record.
The Russellville Cyclones defeated the Bryant Hornetsâ€™ golf team 157 to 160 on Thursday at Hurricane Creek Country Club. The Bryant junior varsity team shot a 173 for third place.
Junior Austin Harmon shot a match-best 3-under-par 33, but the rest of the Hornets didnâ€™t give much help as the Cyclones took victory.
â€śYesterday was a very bad match for us,â€ť Bryant coach Keith Dale said. â€śAustin Harmon shot very well, but the rest of the team didnâ€™t play very well.â€ť
Harmon finished with five birdies, two bogeys and also had two pars.
The Bryant Hornetsâ€™ tennis team defeated the Pine Bluff Zebras on Thursday in Pine Bluff. The Lady Hornets swept its singleâ€™s matches 2-0 and split its doubleâ€™s matches 1-1. The Hornetsâ€™ boys swept its singles matches 2-0, but were swept 0-2 in its doubles matches.
Bryant Hornets coach Steve Wilson said senior Callie Hogancamp and sophomore Whitney Butler both played well for their second victories of the year.
Hogancamp defeated Toreia Harris 8-1 in Girls 1 singles and Butler beat Brittney Sargent 8-0 in Girls 2 singles.
It is Christmas morning for the two biggest schools of Saline County as the Salt Bowl game between Benton and Bryant has finally arrived. All the hype and smack talk has led up to one of the biggest football rivalry games in the state as nearly 30,000 fans are expected to show up tonight at War Memorial Stadium.
For the Benton Panthers, the key for tonight against the Hornets will be their defense. In yearâ€™s past, Benton has had a fairly efficient defense but it has been their struggling offense that has put the defense in bad field positions.
The Bryant Lady Hornetsâ€™ volleyball team defeated the Little Rock Central Lady Tigers in both teamsâ€™ first 7A Central conference match of the year. The Lady Hornets took the first two games of the match easily 25-13 and 25-14, before dropping the third set 25-23.
The Lady Tigers gave them some problems in the fourth, but the Lady Hornets pulled away and won 25-20.
â€śIâ€™m happy we won,â€ť Bryant coach Beth Solomon said. â€śIt was a good win for our first conference game. Now weâ€™re 1-0 and in conference. Thatâ€™s a positive thing.
The Benton Lady Panthers defeated Malvern in four games (25-18, 19-25, 25-17, 25-18) on Monday for their first win of the regular season.
In the first game, Alex Williams had two kills, Erin Jackson had a kill and Kristen Ryan had a kill. Williams also had an ace and junior Sarah Carrter had an ace. Courtland Kaufholtz had two aces.
In the second game, Williams had two kills, Morgan had four kills, senior Hayley Ferguson had one and sophomore Allison Reynolds had two.
Ferguson had one ace and Williams had two aces.
The Bryant Lady Hornetsâ€™ volleyball team started Spikefest 2011 on Saturday with a sweep (25-18, 25-13) of the Magnolia Lady Panthers at Little Rock Christian Academy.
Bryant followed with a split with the Little Rock Christian Lady Warriors (16-25, 28-26) and swept Little Rock Hall Lady Warriors before getting a rematch with the defending state champion Bentonville Lady Tigers in tournament play. â€śWe started the day looking really good against Magnolia,â€ť Bryant coach Beth Solomon said. â€śThe girls were hitting hard and digging up almost everything.â€ť
HASKELL â€” The Harmony Grove Cardinals heading into their second season as a football team. With a finishing record of 2-8 last season, including blow-out wins over Poyen and Cutter Morning Star, the Cardinals are looking to double their wins and try to stun some teams in 2011.
The preseason for the Cardinals ended on Thursday with a three team scrimmage at Cardinal Stadium. With Woodlawn and Cutter Morning Star participating, the Cardinals looked to get some much needed work in. That's exactly what they did.