SHERIDAN â€“ In their last matchup in mid-June, the Benton Panther legion high school team jumped on the Bryant Everett Black Sox with an 8-run fourth inning in an 11-1 Benton victory. On Saturday in the first round of the Zone Tournament in Sheridan, Everett turned the tables on the Panthers with the Black Sox shutting them out 10-0.
Panther Alex Graves stymied Everett in the teamsâ€™ previous match, but the Black Sox got to Graves with two runs in the first, two in the third and four in the bottom of the fifth inning to take an 8-0 lead.
ARLINGTON, Tenn. â€“ Austin Kelly gave up an unearned run in a complete-game finals win and the Bryant Everett Black Sox needed just three hits for a 2-1 championship game win over the St. Louis Gamers in the Arlington, Tenn. American Legion Tournament.
Everett defeated Elite Sports Academy 4-3 in the semifinal and took down Arkansas Express 4-2 in the quarters.
CABOT â€“ Down 1-0 after four innings, the Benton McClendonâ€™s put on a power surge in the top of the fifth scoring four runs and holding on to a 4-3 victory over Cabot Centennial Bank in Cabot on Monday night.
BENTON â€” The Benton Lady Panther softball team has been on Cloud 9 for the past month after winning the 6A State Championship. Despite taking the top spot on the diamond, the awards have continued into the offseason as well.
Tuesday during the All-Star Game in Conway, Head Coach Heidi Cox was named the 2013-14 Arkansas High School Coaches Association Outstanding Coach of the Year, adding to an already marvelous season.
CONWAY â€“ Add Benton Lady Panthersâ€™ volleyball Head Coach Brandy Chumley to the list of 2014 Benton award winners. On Wednesday night, Chumley was honored as the Outstanding Coach of the Year by the Arkansas High School Coaches Association at the AHSCA All Star Game in the Farris Center in Conway.
Benton softball Coach Heidi Cox and Benton Athletic Director Steve Quinn were also also received the top honor in the state. For Chumley, it was the third time she received Outstanding Coach of the Year, as she won in 2006-07 and 2011-12.
BENTON â€” Benton golfer Karli Lipinski was recently honored with a four-year, $8,000 scholarship from the Womenâ€™s Western Golf Foundation.
Candidates for the scholarship were selected on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, excellence of character and an involvement in the sport of golf, according to a release from the Foundation. Skill in the sport is not a criterion.
BENTON â€“ Benton Panthers athletics had a pretty solid year, to say the least. The football team had its best season since 2005, finishing 6-6 with a playoff victory. The Benton Panthers basketball team followed their best season ever, record-wise, with their second-best season ever and a consecutive state semifinals appearance. The Lady Panthers volleyball team fell in an epic match in the 6A State Championship game, the baseball team had another 20-win season, not to mention the Lady Panther softball team won the 6A State Championship in an instant classic in Fayetteville.
There have been 215 no-hitters in Major League Baseball since 1904, not including the 23 perfect games in the modern era. With the large quantity of no-noâ€™s in the league coming from hall of famers and regular Joes, the most dominate of them all came Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Dodgers ace and southpaw Clayton Kershawâ€™s performance against Colorado was above and beyond any other no-hit feat in history. No runs, no hits, no walks and 15 strikeouts in just 107 pitches.
BENTON â€“ The Benton Panthers 7-on-7 team got to flex its muscles once again as the Panthers defeated Maumelle 28-21 in the championship game of the 1st Annual Benton Panthers 7-on-7 Tournament on Tuesday at Panthers Stadium to win their second straight 7-on-7 tournament.
â€śThey like to flex their muscles so thatâ€™s what we do,â€ť Panthers Coach Scott Neathery said. â€śItâ€™s kind of funny. The kids like to do it. If they win, we let them do it. Itâ€™s a good group of kids and they like to have a good time.â€ť
Talk about capping off your high school career in style. Roughly a month after the Bryant Hornets won their third 7A State Championship in the past five seasons, former Hornets shortstop Trevor Ezell was honored with the Gatorade Player of the Year award on Monday at Bishop Park in Bryant.
â€śIt is kind of hard to believe,â€ť Ezell said. â€śIt is a great honor. Iâ€™ve been playing with and against some of the greatest kids in the state, so to be named that really feels special. It is definitely humbling for me.â€ť