The Bauxite Miners have hit a bit of a road block over the past five weeks. What seemed like a promising year in week one has turned into a nightmare over the course of only five games.
The Miners torched their arch rivals from Glen Rose at âThe Pitâ in week one, beating them 26-7. Since then, the Miners have been outscored 170-72 with their most recent loss coming last week at the hands of Robinson, 51-29.
The Benton Lady Panther volleyball team swept Texarkana 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-20) Tuesday night to move into second place in the 6A South Conference.
â[Texarkana] is a very good team,â coach Brandy Chumley said. âBut we played really well and we passed the ball well and played very well.â
In game one, Benton had 11 kills including six from junior Emily Morgan. Senior Hayley Ferguson had two, junior Alex Williams, senior Kristen Ryan and sophomore Allison Reynolds all had one kill.
Williams also had an ace.
The Bryant Hornets boys and girls tennis team competed in the 7A Central conference tournament on Monday at Burns Park Tennis Center, but the Hornets could not advance a player to the semifinals held today.
In girls singles play, senior Callie Hogancamp defeated Meg Bumpers 6-3, 6-1 of Mount St. Maryâs in the first round, and sophomore Whitney Butler beat Emma Baird of Cabot 6-3, 6-2 in the first round as well.
The class 6A No. 1 team in the state, the El Dorado Wildcats, wasted little time in dispatching the Sheridan Yellowjackets 38-7 at Yellowjackets Stadium on Friday night.
âWe got outplayed and out-coached,â Sheridan Coach Louis Campbell said. âIt wasnât even a ballgame. Their bus driver beat our bus driver.â
The Wildcats (6-0, 3-0 6A South) scored 21 points in the first quarter and was up 35-0 at half time, invoking the mercy rule, where the clock stops for timeouts and injuries only.
The Benton Lady Panthers were swept by Lake Hamilton in three games Tuesday night (16-25, 23-25, 23-25.)
In the first game, Emily Morgan had four kills, Alex Williams had a kill and Erin Jackson had a kill. Hayley Ferguson had an ace.
In the second game, the Benton Lady Panthers had 14 kills. Williams had two, Morgan had four, Allison Reynolds had two and Ferguson had three. Kristen Ryan had two kills and Jackson had one.
Williams had an ace in game two. Reynolds, Morgan and Williams all had blocks.
The Bryant Lady Hornets volleyball team swept the Cabot Lady Panthers 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-17) in 7A Central conference action on Tuesday night in Cabot. The Lady Hornets won their fifth consecutive conference match and improved to 9-3 overall with an 8-2 record in conference, good for second place behind Conway.
âWeâve got another win under us,â Bryant Coach Beth Solomon said. âThe girls played well tonight, but not as well as we could have.
âI think they were confident they would win tonight so they didnât come out and play as hard as they should have.â
This time last year, Glen Rose quarterback Collin Hunter had one of the best running backs in the state behind him with Steven Kehner. Having that âsafety blanketâ in the backfield gave Hunter a year to mature and become a leader for the Glen Rose Beavers without the added pressure of being a starting quarterback.
Friday night, it seemed to pay off as Hunter led the Glen Rose Beavers to a 35-0 win over undefeated Jessieville on the road.
âHe is growing up every week,â coach Mark Kehner said. âThis was probably his first big game with the pressure on him to make plays and lead us.â
When the Bryant Lady Hornets volleyball team went to Little Rock to play the Mount St. Mary Belles in early September at the McAuley Center, the Hornets lost to the Belles in four games due in large part to inconsistency.
On Thursday night, the Hornets revenged the loss to their rivals defeating them in four games â 3-1 (17-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-17) â at home. The win gave Bryant its fourth 7A Central conference victory in a row and the Hornets are sitting comfortably in second place behind the Conway Lady Wampus Cats, which they play on Oct. 11 in Conway.
The Benton Panther tennis team swept Texarkana in doubles competition Tuesday afternoon at Tyndall Park.
Benton seniors Ian McMahn and Dudley Stow defeated Texarkanaâs Flowers and Hemperley 8-6. Seniors Sam Anderson and Jake Jakonczuk defeated Texarkanaâs Brock and Gregory 8-2.
Seniors Nathan Perry and Clint Powell defeated Flowers and Hemperley 8-4.
In singles competition, senior Eric Emmons defeated Tanner McClean 8-4 while senior Austin Willis defeated Devonte Murphy 8-1.
Sophomore Trey Young lost to McClean 1-8.
The Benton Lady Panther golf team finished as conference runner-up and fourth in state after a two-day tournament.
On the first day, Grace Lile shot an 89, Karli Lipinski shot a 104, Daphne Bono shot a 119, Kayla Payne shot a 104, Kaylen Presnall shot a 117 and Bentonâs team total was a 297.
The first day round total was good enough for a second place finish in conference behind conference champion El Dorado, who shot a 289 as a team.
On the second day, Lile shot a 85, Lipinski shot a 89, and Payne shot a 95.