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.
BENTON â€” If there was ever a year where the Benton Panthers should run away with the season, it should be this year. With a squad made up of 18 seniors (10 boys and eight girls), the Benton tennis team should have no problem with their competition.
Especially since most of the squads they will be facing have almost no returning starters, including last yearâ€™s winners Lake Hamilton (boys) and Sheridan (girls).
Bentonâ€™s senior led team is due to the recruiting efforts of a core group of players about four years ago when they were freshman.
The Harmony Grove Football Cardinals opened the pre-season on Thursday night with the Second Annual Red and White game at Cardinal Stadium.
Only two years into a football program and the Cardinals are already looking like a somewhat mature football team.
â€śLast year no one could hear and pads wee popping in the stands,â€ť said Assistant Head Coach Benji White.
â€śWe want to hit people this year.â€ť
The Cardinals started the scrimmage with a nice 50-yard pass from starting quarterback Matt Hollson.
Led by junior Grace Lile, the Benton Lady Panthers defeated El Dorado 145 to 147 over nine holes Thursday at Longhills Golf Course in Benton.
Lile earned medalist with a 43 while freshman Braxton Chumley shot a 50.
Coach Chad Pitts said he pairs Chumley with Lile to try to calm Chumley a little bit since she has never played competitively and the two have become friendly since the school year began.
Kayla Payne shot a 52 and Florida move-in Karli Lipinski shot a 52. Kaylen Presnall shot a 55, Daphne Bono a 54, Drew Melton a 56, Jenna Jamison a 56, and Lauren Manus a 57.
The outdoor temperatures have been hovering around the mid-90s for months now.
Grass has been burned to a crisp, trees have changed colors, and rivers and streams have dried to a mere dirt box.
But none of that seems to be slowing down the very talented golf teams from Bryant High School.
Bryant is under the leadership of newly hired head coach Keith Dale.
This is not Daleâ€™s first rodeo either.
He has coached at El Dorado, Arkadelphia, Jessieville, and Southern Arkansas University before moving his talents and knowledge to Bryant.
Only one day removed from summer vacation, both Bryant golf teams are making a big name for themselves early. On Tuesday, both the boys and girls teams took on Sheridan at Sheridan County Club for a quick nine-hole match. The Hornets were led by junior Tyler Green who finished with a final of 37. â€śHe didnâ€™t have an outstanding day but he did finish at one over par,â€ť head coach Keith Dale said.
Green shot a 6-under 9-hole practice round at Hurricane Country Club on Monday. The boys finished Tuesday with a combined top four score total of 157 giving them an average of 39.2 strokes.