LITTLE ROCK â€“ And it has begun. Salt Bowl week officially got started Monday with the Salt Bowl Press Conference at War Memorial Stadium. But unlike the previous two seasons when both the Benton Panthers and Bryant Hornets were in the same conference and played the fourth game of the season, this year the rivals play the first game of the year on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium.
BAUXITE â€” Harmony Grove and Bauxite engaged in the 2014 preseasonâ€™s final tuneup Tuesday in The Pit. With both teams vying for a good start to the season, Tuesdayâ€™s scrimmage was full of ups and also had a few downs in the mix. But Bauxite prevailed in the end, 10-7.
After an exciting game of back-and-forth touchdowns between the Pulaski Academy Bruins and Bryant Hornets, Bryant came out on top as the victor, taking down PA 49-35 in a benefit game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. This game was different compared to other football games. The first three quarters were 12 minutes long featuring the varsity teams, and then the fourth quarter was 8 minutes long for the junior varsity teams to face off against each other.
â€śOverall, taking the positive side, you know we did a lot of good things,â€ť Bryant Head Coach Paul Calley said.
BENTON â€“ After a bit of shellshock to start the game, the Benton Panthers, after giving up a game-opening kickoff return by the Mills Comets, responded with 49 straight points to take down the Comets 49-14 in a benefit at Panthers Stadium in Benton.
â€śWe were dead starting the game,â€ť Benton Coach Scott Neathery said. â€śWe started out slow and they ran the kickoff back. I felt we werenâ€™t ready to play the game. I donâ€™t know if it was shock or what it was, but we got back in the ballgame and I feel like we played well.â€ť
FAYETTEVILLE - TheÂ Razorbacks so needÂ Keon Hatcher in top receiver form that Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema demoted him during preseason drills.Â
The junior from Owasso, Okla., is Arkansasâ€™ leading returningÂ wide receiver from 2013 catching 27 passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns and running 11Â flanker reversesÂ for 140 yards.Â No single Razorbacks wide receiver combines all that Hatcher sports in size (6-2, 210), speed, stats and experience.
DespiteÂ Hatcherâ€™s deeds, the Hogs wallowed 3-9 last year, consecutively losing their last nine including all eight Southeastern Conference games.
BRYANT â€“ After losing a ton of seniors this past season, the Bryant Lady Hornets went with a very young team last year and finished with a 6-6 7A/6A South Conference record and a first-round 7A State playoff loss. But, those youngsters have grown and added muscle over the past summer and look to contend.
BENTON â€“ After a historic year which saw the 23-4 Benton Lady Panthers volleyball team fall in five games in the 6A State Championship game against Jonesboro, Benton returns eight seniors to an experienced team which swept every 6A South Conference match.
FORT SMITH â€“ The CASC Racers, a local year-round swim team, claimed third place overall in the State Championship July 25-27 in Fort Smith.Â The Racers Women claimed the third spot overall as well, just missing second place by seven points, while the men claimed fifth place. There were 52 Racers competing at the state level.Â The Racers had 16 state champion swims, including four individual champions and three relay teams. There were 60 top three swims, and 180 top eight swims.Â The Racers had many AA, AAA, and AAAA swims.
State Champions Relay Teams for the Racers are as follows: