BAUXITE â€” With the 2014 high school football season quickly approaching, the Bauxite Miners now have to find a new head coach. Shane Clancy, Minersâ€™ coach for last four seasons, announced Tuesday to the team and district that he would be leaving to coach Bethel Middle School in Bryant once the Bryant School Board approves the change next week.
â€śI am going to miss Bauxite and the people I worked with,â€ť Clancy said. â€śI am thankful for the opportunity that I had to work here and provide for my family.â€ť
NORTH LITTLE ROCK â€“ In the semifinals of the Junior American Legion State Tournament between the Bryant Everett Black Sox and Sheridan, the two teams went into extra innings tied 1-1. Everett cemented its spot in the state championship game today as Bryant scored three runs in the top of the eighth and Beaux Bonvillain, who relieved in the third inning, shut Sheridan down for the 4-1 win. Bryant also defeated Paragould 4-0 in the second game of the day on Jake Eastâ€™s shutout and will play Sheridan today at 5 p.m. in the final.
Elvis is not the only â€śKingâ€ť to leave the building. When Lebron James departed Cleveland in 2010, the city was in uproar. Jerseys were burned. Billboards were taken down and disrespecting letters were written.
James decided to take his talents to South Beach and partner with Dwayne Wade in hopes of championship. Three straight finals and two titles later and the â€śKingâ€ť has returned to the city he once called home â€“ Cleveland.
BENTON â€“ Despite walking 10 Little Rock Vipers on Wednesday night, the Benton McClendonâ€™s came away with a 9-2 victory at Bernard Holland Park in American Legion action. The game was originally supposed to be played at Gary Hogan Field (UALR) in Little Rock, but the site changed and the start time moved from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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.