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Panthers play their game in win

January 15, 2014

BENTON – It didn’t start well for the Benton Panthers against their arch rival Bryant Hornets on Friday night at Benton Arena, but a 20-0 run from the end of the first quarter until the beginning of the third quarter propelled the Panthers to a 41-34 victory over the Hornets. It was both teams’ first 7A/6A South conference game of the season.

Cardinals could afford to unload some pitching talent

January 14, 2014

WIth the offseason rapidly coming to a close for Major League Baseball, some voids are still left to be filled for many teams. The free agent market still has some big names with big bats and teams are always looking for more pitching.
For the St. Louis Cardinals, the 2014 roster is shaping out to be one of the best in baseball if not the top one. But is it possible to have too many good players on a squad, more specific, on a pitching staff?

Panthers start slow, still finish off Bryant

January 13, 2014

BENTON – It didn't start well for the Benton Panthers against their arch rival Bryant Hornets on Friday night at Benton Arena, but a 20-0 run from the end of the first quarter until the beginning of the third quarter propelled the Panthers to a 41-34 victory over the Hornets. It was both teams' first 7A/6A South conference game of the season.

Dempsey’s 20 leads HG in 53-39 comeback

January 13, 2014

HASKELL -- The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals (3-11 1-4) entered Friday night’s 5-3A conference game in dire need of a victory of any kind. After losing nine straight contests, the Lady Cardinals welcomed Little Rock Episcopal into town for Homecoming and walked away with an exciting 53-39 victory. The win snapped the losing streak and beat the Lady Wildcats for the fifth straight time under Head Coach John White.

Lady Miners eke past Pottsville

January 8, 2014

POTTSVILLE – After a rough loss to the Clinton Lady Yellowjackets in the final of the First Service Bank Classic in Clinton almost a week ago, the Bauxite Lady Miners got just what they needed going into the 7-4A Conference season next week. Bauxite defeated the Pottsville Lady Apaches 53-52 on Friday to improve to 8-4 on the season.
“It was a battle,” Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said. “It was a good win for us after not playing well against Clinton.”

Dintleman deals for Benton

January 8, 2014

BENTON – The Benton Lady Panthers and Greenbrier Lady Panthers faced off in the first game of the season in the first round of the Searcy Classic with Benton coming from behind to edge Greenbrier 44-43. Friday night, it looked much of the same with Benton holding on to a three-point lead going into the fourth. But just like their first matchup, the Lady Panthers would dominate the fourth quarter to get a 48-34 win over Greenbrier on Friday night at Benton Arena.
“That was probably our best time together as a unit on the floor,” Benton Coach Jerry Chumley said of the fourth quarter.

Miners swat Yellowjackets in final

December 31, 2013

CLINTON – The Bauxite Miners defeated host Clinton Yellowjackets 60-46 to win the First Service Bank Classic in Clinton on Monday night.
After a high-scoring first quarter in which the Miners (7-4) led 18-16, Bauxite would go on to lead 34-27 at the half before gaining closing it out on the Yellowjackets.
“This is actually our first full game where we grinded out the whole game and we just kept battling,” Bauxite Coach Andy Brakebill said. “We just pushed it on out and finished the game.”

Twice as nice

December 31, 2013

DONALDSON – After winning the Bill Gibbs Memorial Tournament at their home court earlier in the season, the Benton Harmony Grove Cardinals decided they wanted to win a tournament on the road. The Cardinals had little trouble in shutting the Fordyce Redbugs down with a 46-24 win in the Herb Russell Invitational championship game at Ouachita High School for their second consecutive tourney win.
“We won a championship in every tournament we’ve played in so that’s always good,” Cardinals Coach Dexter Hendrix said.

Make that 2

December 31, 2013

MOUNTAIN HOME – The Benton Panthers defeated the Fayetteville Bulldogs 50-48 in overtime in the 1st Arkansas Bail Bonds Tournament in Mountain Home on Saturday to claim their second consecutive tournament championship. The Panthers defeated Cabot to take the title in Cabot, and lost to Jacksonville 53-48 in the Searcy Classic Championship game to start the season.

Bauxite outplays Ashdown

December 27, 2013

BAUXITE - The Miner varsity girls of Bauxite, led by coach Joshua Harrison, took on the Panthers of Ashdown on Friday Dec. 20, in a highly contested matchup involving speedy hands and terrific posting. The Lady Miners took an early lead and never let up, out-hustling the Lady Panthers for the entire 32 minutes of play. The final was 45-36 Bauxite for the Lady Miners’ first 7-4A Conference victory.

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