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.
The Benton Panthers finished off their preseason on a little bit of a shaky note heading into the final week of preparation before the 2011 season. Head coach Scott Neathery played his starters for only one half against Malvern on Tuesday. After playing two 15 minute quarters, the Panthers and Leopards were knotted up at 10-10. Benton could have scored more with a little more focus on the field.
â€śWe are still a little sloppy,â€ť Neathery said. â€śWe still need to polish up.â€ť
The Benton girls and boys golf team finish second out of four teams at a nine hole tournament at Sheridan.
For the girls, Grace Lile shot a 48, Kaylen Presnall shot a 50, Braxton Chumley shot a 52, Kayla Payne shot a 54 and Karli Lipinski shot a 57.
They girls finished second to Lake Hamilton, who shot a 148 as a team. Benton shot a 150 and Sheridan shot a 157.
For Sheridan, Brooke McMellan shot a 46, Camden Nutt shot a 53 and Judy Brown shot a 58.
â€śWe just got to get a couple girls down there in the 40s,â€ť coach Chad Pitts said.
BRYANT â€” At the 2011 Salt Bowl Press conference, Bryant head coach Paul Calley said the Hornets would be utilizing more of a passing game than what some fans might be accustomed to.
And in Mondayâ€™s scrimmage against Pine Bluff, the Hornets stayed true to his word as they marched down the field in their opening drive for a touchdown.
â€śWe utilized that short passing game,â€ť Calley said over the phone Tuesday morning.
The Benton Panthers kicked their season off Friday with their annual Maroon and Gray game at C.W. Lewis Stadium. With packed house on one side of the field and a partially packed side on the other, one would think it was a regular season football game. Too bad it was not. It was just a scrimmage.