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We blew it. And when I say we blew it, I mean our country’s response to the coronavirus. While most countries have seen its cases go down considerably, flattening the curve and even eradicating the virus, the good ole US of A is in dire straights. 

The Benton Everett Buick GMC 18U squad suffered its first two losses of the season on Tuesday and Wednesday. Starting the American Legion year 6-0, including three straight shutouts, Benton would fall 4-1 to Jacksonville Tuesday on the road and 5-1 to Cabot on Wednesday in Bauxite.

Though getting off to a slow start at the Mid-Summer Tournament in Memphis, the Bryant Jr. Black Sox (17U) would finish the tournament with two wins this past weekend to improve to 10-7-1 on the season. The Jr. Sox fell 5-3 to the Memphis Tigers and 11-4 to Easley Baseball on Friday and earl…

In his Baltimore Orioles uniform, now former Arkansas Razorbacks All-American outfielder Heston Kjerstad was reintroduced Wednesday on an Orioles Zoom press conference as an officially signed first-round draft choice selected second in the entire draft.

Questions on the resumption of  college athletics abounded when the impending repercussions from the coronavirus COVID-19 first canceled sports in mid-March just days before new Arkansas Coach Sam Pittman was supposed to commence spring football practice.

The Bryant Sr. Black Sox swept two from the Lake Hamilton Wolves on Tuesday at Bryant High School for their sixth and seventh straight victories since starting the season 2-9 to improve to 9-9 overall. The Black Sox were down 3-1 after four innings to the Wolves in the first game, but came b…

After a 2-9 start to the American Legion season, the Bryant 19U Black Sox were looking for some validation going into this past weekend’s Memphis Mid-Summer Tournament (formerly The Hagan). They definitely got it, sweeping their way to a title championship on Sunday night over Easley Basebal…

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Since the announcement and introduction of Caleb Perry as the new head football coach for Bauxite High School, he has hit the field running.

The Arkansas Razorbacks would have opened the College World Series today if their season would not have been cut short due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, which swept across the country in mid-March and the world even earlier. Granted, it was possible the Razorbacks might not have made…

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LITTLE ROCK – People interested in chasing an Arkansas alligator on public land and water this fall have until midnight June 30 to put their name in the hat. Applications for the 2020 Arkansas alligator season are available online at www.agfc.com. 

As per Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s order for the Directive for Community and School Sponsored Team Sports, Saline County schools were able to return to school for weight training and workouts this past Monday, with limited capabilities during this Phase 1 opening. 

Benton junior track and field athlete Sakari Faulkner was named to the Arkansas Track Coaches Association 5A All-Arkansas Team for her performance in the Arkansas Indoor High School Championships in late February. Faulkner would finish second in the shot put with a toss of 36-2.75 to earn th…

Bryant senior Lady Hornet Olivia Orr was recently named to the Arkansas Track Coach’s Association All-Arkansas Academic Team recently. According to the ATCA, the criteria used for the academic team is students had to have a minimum 3.5 GPA and 25 on the ACT, and also competing during the sta…

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Saline County received some shocking news earlier this week when it found out one of its own was taken too soon. A Bryant High School graduate, Michael Mcclellan, 37, died in his sleep Tuesday night of an apparent heart attack. 

Three Bryant Hornets track and field athletes were honored recently in being named to the Arkansas Track Coaches Association All-Academic Team for their performances not only on the track, but also the classroom. Senior Ethan Ives, and juniors Bresner Austin and Ammon Henderson were all name…

It’s been a whirlwind the last few years for former Bauxite Miners multi-sport star Ben Madison. After leaving Bauxite for college ball, Madison started his next step at Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri, and would come closer to home the next two seasons, dominating at Central Baptist Col…

After a very shortened season due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Arkansas Track Coaches Association (ATCA) recently released student-athlete award recipients, and a couple Benton Panthers earned honors. 

After 14 Hornet football players signed to play at the next level during the February signing period, Bryant senior linebacker Tristan Sehika made it 15 recently after signing with the Hendrix College (Conway) Warriors. 

After reaping honors, including the All-Arkansas Preps Football Coach of the Year and the National Federation of State High School Associations Arkansas Coach of the Year, Bryant Coach Buck James brought home yet another after leading the Hornets to back-to-back state championships.

After shining for the Benton Lady Panthers and the University of Arkansas - Little Rock Trojans volleyball teams, Taylor Lindberg turned pro last season, a year which has been a whirlwind for her. 

After beginning the season with impressive victories over Poyen and Lonoke, the Bauxite Lady Miners softball team suffered its first loss against Horatio on Tuesday, March 10, and were set to open 7-4A Conference play the following Friday against Arkadelphia and travel to Heber Springs for a…

Benton Lady Panthers senior Katie Morrison took the next step in her athletic career recently, signing with the Cowley College Tigers, which is located in Arkansas City, Kansas. Though a signing ceremony with friends and family wasn’t possible due to the coronavirus COVID-19, Morrison made i…

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HASKELL – Coaching the Bauxite Miners for a successful five seasons prior, Andy Brakebill has been the head man for the Poyen Indians the past two seasons, but is returning home to Saline County after accepting the head-coaching duties for the Harmony Grove Cardinals on Monday. The Harmony G…

Though not receiving the warranted fanfare a future college athlete deserves with a signing celebration at their respective schools due to the coronavirus COVID-19, two-time All-State selection and two-time Saline County leading scorer Max Chenault made it official on Wednesday at home. Chen…

Despite the loss of all-time goals scorer Garrett Bosley to graduation, the Benton Panthers soccer team had high expectations going into the 2020 spring season. Though the Panthers started the year 0-3, after going 45-12-3 the previous three seasons including a semifinals appearance in 2018,…

Fresh off of their first ever state tournament runner-up finish and a 6A Central Conference title, the Bryant Hornets soccer team was off to a good start to the 2020 season, sitting at 3-2-1 with their only losses coming to 6A defending state champion Springdale (1-0), which Bryant fell to i…

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Editor's Note: Hayden Hilson was misidentified in today's print issue of The Saline Courier. The story will rerun in full on Page 6 on Wednesday.

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The Arkansas Activities Association has officially announced the cancellation of all remaining state basketball championship games. Boys and girls teams who qualified for the finals in class 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A will all be named 2020 state basketball champions.

Starting the season 5-1 including winning four straight with their last victory a 7-1 decision over the Little Rock Christian Warriors on Wednesday, March 11, the Benton Panthers were set for a showdown with rival Bryant in the Big Red Series that Saturday. It never happened and the Panthers…

Though the Harmony Grove Cardinals basketball team struggled through most of the 2019-20 season, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Though students are experiencing an extremely rare time in their lives today with COVID-19 taking over the world, Harmony Grove has plenty to cheer about still.

After finishing 18-13 overall and 7-5 in the 7-4A Conference with a first-round exit in the 4A South Regional, three Bauxite Lady Miners earned honors after a solid season. 

Though the Benton Panthers got off to an excellent start to the season, beginning 8-0 in nonconference action, Benton would finish the remainder of the year 6-13 and miss out on the state tournament with an overall record of 14-13, including 4-10 in the 5A South Conference. 

After a successful run in one of the toughest conferences in the state and a season which ended in the quarterfinals of the 6A State Tournament to No. 1 Northside, the defending state champs, the Bryant Lady Hornets had several honored after a 17-11 season, including 8-6 in an always tough 6…

After a 15-13 season ended by the undefeated Magnolia Panthers, which were set to play Mills in the 4A state championship game until suspended by the coronavirus, in the first round of the 4A South Regional, the Bauxite Miners had three players honored with postseason accolades. 

Though the Bryant Hornets couldn’t duplicate their 2019 6A runner-up finish the year previous, the Hornets did come home with postseason honors a season after falling to the Fayetteville Bulldogs in the quarterfinals of the 6A State Tournament at Hornet Arena in Bryant, finishing at 17-12 ov…

Though the Benton Lady Panthers had one of their toughest seasons at 6-19 overall and missed out on the state tournament, Benton senior post player Rhema Riley brought home All-State honors, as well as All-Conference accolades.

After a valiant effort in the first half when host Bryant Lady Hornets were down just three points at halftime, the Northside Lady Bears showed early in the third quarter in the quarterfinals of the 6A State Tournament why they went undefeated in a very tough 6A Central Conference and are ra…

The Benton girls track and field squad opened the season on the right foot, dominating the Benton Invitational on Thursday at Panther Stadium in Benton, while the Benton boys took third at the meet. The Bryant boys came away with a fifth-place finish, while the Bryant girls were eighth out o…

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The challenge was going to be hard enough without Bryant junior standout Camren Hunter out with an ankle injury in Thursday’s first-round 6A State Tournament game against the West No. 6 seed Van Buren Pointers at Hornet Arena in Bryant. 

The Benton Panthers baseball team suffered its first loss of the season on Thursday in the semifinals of the Benton Invitational at Everett Field at Panther Stadium. Going up against the Catholic Rockets, the Panthers were in a pitchers’ duel throughout, falling 1-0 to the Rockets.

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Winning becomes easier to do when a team uses tough defense to lock down its opponent.

Though mustering just five hits, the Benton Panthers were aided by 10 Pine Bluff walks to open the Benton Invitational Monday at Everett Field at Panther Stadium. The Panthers cruised to a 10-0 win as senior Dalton Pugh pitched four one-hit innings, allowing no runs and striking out seven wi…

Opening their season officially against the Catholic Rockets in Little Rock on Tuesday, the Benton Panthers soccer team unofficially opened it this past Monday against the Greenbrier Panthers, coming away with a 0-0 tie in a benefit game in Greenbrier. 

The Benton Lady Panthers will have a new look this season after completing their most successful four-year stretch in school history. Ten seniors, which led the Lady Panthers to a 58-20 overall record, including 37-3 in conference play, the past four seasons graduated, including three All-St…