It has not been an easy season for the Benton Panthers. With each new week, a new injury seems to appear, making it difficult for the Panthers to find their rhythm. The biggest loss so far â€” senior quarter back Dylan Harris. Add to the fact that they play in the 6A South, one of the toughest conferences in the state, and you end up with one forgettable and miserable season.
To start the year, the Benton Panthers showed huge promise as being a contender in the 6A South with a 21-14 loss to now conference-leading Bryant and followed with a huge win over Jacksonville.
Tuesday night was a historic night on the football field for the Bryant Freshmen Hornets. For the first time in school history, the Hornets finished a season undefeated and untied with a resounding 35-0 win over Saline County rival Benton.
The Hornets finish the season with a perfect 10-0 record overall and 7-0 in the rugged Central Arkansas Junior High Conference. Benton closes the season with a 3-7 record overall, 2-5 in the conference.
Wow. It happened. The St. Louis Cardinals completed one of the most memorable comebacks of all time when they won the 2011 World Series in seven games against the Texas Rangers. Down 10.5 games to the Wild Card leader Atlanta Braves on Aug. 25, the Cardinals came back the last month of the season to take the National League Wild Card on the last day of the season.
On a cold, rainy Thursday night that featured little action at C.W. Lewis Stadium, the Benton Panthers freshmen squad pulled out a 6-0 overtime victory against visiting Cabot South.
The first half of the game was relatively uneventful, featuring stalled offenses and missed opportunities. Benton quarterback Nick Quinn gave up an interception at the top of the second quarter, leaving Cabot with the ball on its own 44-yard line. That turnover resulted in no score for Cabot.
MOUNTAIN HOME â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers saw their season come to an end in the semifinals of the Class 6A State Volleyball Tournament on Thursday, dropping a four-set match to the Mountain Home Lady Bombers 13-25, 18-25, 25-20 and 24-26.
The Lady Panthers finished the year with a 17-9 record with a 6A-South Conference championship. The Lady Bombers, the same team to knock Benton from the playoffs last season, improved to 25-4 overall and advanced to Saturdayâ€™s state championship match at Conway High School.
MOUNTAIN HOME â€” The Benton Lady Panthers assured themselves of a rematch with the team that ousted them from last yearâ€™s Class 6A Tournament by taking a 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-11) sweep of the fourth-seeded Van Buren Lady Pointers in the quarterfinals Wednesday at The Hangar in Mountain Home.
Benton now faces the host Mountain Home Lady Bombers â€” who upset the Lady Panthers in last yearâ€™s quarterfinals â€” at 4 p.m. today in the semifinal round.
After receiving a bye for the first round of the 7A Volleyball State Tournament because of their No. 2 seed, the Bryant Lady Hornets lost to the No. 3 seed Fort Smith Southside Confederettes 3-2 (25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 8-25, 12-15) in the quarterfinals on Wednesday afternoon. The tournament was held at Buzz Bolding Arena in Conway and the Lady Hornets were up 2-0 before losing three consecutive games to be eliminated.
After a tough-fought game in 6A South conference action that ended in a 34-6 loss to the Pine Bluff Zebras this past Friday, the Sheridan Yellowjackets take on the Little Rock Fair War Eagles Friday at Yellowjackets Stadium.
The Zebras (5-3, 4-1 6A South) scored 20 points in the fourth quarter on big plays to upend the Yellowjackets (4-4, 2-3).
MOUNTAIN HOME â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers cruised into the second round of the Class 6A State Tournament on Tuesday when they easily swept the Jacksonville Lady Red Devils 3-0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-7) in the opening round at The Hangar on the campus of Mountain Home High School.
The Lady Panthers (16-8) will face Van Buren in the quarterfinals today at 4 p.m. The Pointerettes also easily won their first round match Tuesday, sweeping El Dorado 3-0 (25-15, 25-4, 25-8).
The Bryant Lady Hornets swept the Central Arkansas Christian Lady Mustangs 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-15) on Thursday in their last regular-season match before the 7A State Tournament which starts on Tuesday at Buzz Bolding Arena at Conway High School.
The Lady Hornets (12-5, 10-4 7A Central) lost to the North Little Rock Lady Charging Wildcats 0-3 on Tuesday to finish out the conference season, but Bryant took second in the Central behind first-place Conway, earning a No. 2 seed and a first-round bye for the state tournament this Wednesday.