The Benton Lady Panthers are looking to secure at least a No. 2 spot in the 6A State Tournament as they host El Dorado today and Lake Hamilton tomorrow.
After losing to Sheridan last week in 10 innings, the Lady Panthers currently sit in second place in the 6A South with two losses in conference, while Sheridan is 12-1.
Benton will face the El Dorado Lady Wildcats today at 4:30 p.m. at the Lady Panther Softball Complex. El Dorado currently has six seniors on the team and is fresh off a 2-1 loss to Lake Hamilton.
This morning rumors were abound that the Bryant Public Schools System was ready to name a new athletic director.
When asked if a candidate had been chosen, Bryant director of communications Jessica Bollen said, â€śNo.â€ť
But, Bollen said the Bryant School Board will hold a personnel hearing at 5 p.m. today in the Professional Development Center.
Bollen said the board will discuss â€śsome recommended hirings.â€ť However, Bollen said she could not confirm whether the meeting, which will go into executive session, will include any discussion of the athletic director position.
Two Arkansas Razorbacks coaches will be the guests of honor at this year's Annual Saline County Razorback Club Fish Fry, which will be held Thursday at Bishop Park in Bryant.
Wide receivers coach Kris Cinkovich and offensive line coach Chris Klenakis will be on hand to speak, answer questions, take photos and sign autographs.
Mark Robinson, director of football operations, will act as the master of ceremonies after former state Sen. Shane Broadway turns over the microphone.
Bob Garrett, president of the Saline County Razorback Club, said the event is "laid back" and a "lot of fun."
The Bryant Lady Hornetâ€™sÂ defeated the Van Buren Lady Pointers 4-1 in 7A conference soccer action Monday night at Van Buren.
The girls were lackadaisical in the cold light rain and 49 degree weather as the score was 0-0 at the half.Â Bryantâ€™s first three scores in the second half came on free kicks.
Tara Hendricks put Bryant on the board when she connected on a 47-yard free kick that caromed off the keeper for a 1-0 lead with 21:43 left in the game.
Playing baseball for Bryant High School was a lifelong dream of Tyler Brown.
Now the 18-year-old son of Brad and Shelley Brown is making a name for himself on the diamond as the starting second baseman for the Hornets.
As the second batter in the Hornets' lineup, Brown, a senior, has a .421 batting average on the season, as well as 17 RBIs and five doubles.
Head coach Kirk Bock described Brown as a "great leader."
After going undefeated in conference play during the regular season, Glen Rose lost its first game of the 3A-5 District Tournament Saturday.
However, the Lady Beavers will still play as a No. 3 seed this week in the 3A Regional Tournament held at Harding Academy in Searcy.
Had Glen Rose won Saturday, it would have faced Harmony Grove in the finals.
The Lady Cardinals were scheduled to face Cutter Morning Star today in the championship, but inclement weather forced the game to be postponed until Tuesday â€” possibly Wednesday depending on how the weather fares.
Glen Rose beat Harmony Grove 10-3 Saturday in the second round of the 3A-5 District Tournament held in Mayflower.
With the win, the Beavers advance to the district semifinals and automatically earn a place in a 3A Regional Tournament, while the Cardinalsâ€™ season came to a close.
The No. 3 seed Beavers played Jessieville later Saturday in the semifinals. However, the results of the game were not available by press time.
The Sheridan Lady Yellowjackets defeated Pine Bluff 13-3 Friday night, scoring two in the first, three in the second and seven in the fifth. Pine Bluff scored two runs in the first and one in the third.
Hannah Hicks pitched three and 1/3 innings, allowing six hits with six strikeouts and four walks. Sydney Bonner pitched an inning and 2/3 of relief but did not allow a hit or a walk.
In the first inning, Hannah Hicks led off with a walk and Lauren Sweeten reached on an error. Jordan Jones singled for a RBI and Allison Stipes tallied a RBI on a fielderâ€™s choice.
BENTON â€” The Benton Panthers got a break in conference action Friday night and pulled away with a win, defeating Pulaski Academy 11-9 at home.
Benton scored five runs in the third inning, four in the fourth and two in the sixth. Pulaski Academy scored a run in the second, two in the fourth, three in the sixth and three in the top of the seventh.
Benton coach Mark Balisterri said his team got off to a slow start against the Bruins, but accounted toward having to play â€śthree emotional games in a row.â€ť
Neither the Miners nor the Lady Miners will be advancing to the 4A Regional Tournament after losing Friday night in each respective 4A-7 District Tournament.
Both lost to Ashdown, the Miners falling 10-6 in six innings and the Lady Miners losing 7-6 in seven.
The Miners, a No. 6 seed in the tournament held in De Queen, beat Oak Grove Thursday to advance to the game against No. 3 seed Ashdown.
The Lady Miners played two games Friday during their tournament, which was held in Ashdown, winning the first 13-3 against Pulaski Academy, but eventually losing the second to Ashdown.