EL DORADO — Friday, Nov. 6, was a big day for the Bryant High School swim program. At a meet in El Dorado, both the girls and boys squads won team titles with the defending conference championship teams competing.
The Lady Hornets defeated El Dorado for the first time in the history of the program.
“El Dorado’s girls have been conference champs every year since 2001,” noted Bryant coach Angel Dale. “And the boys beat Magnolia which won the conference last year.
“I am very proud of our team and what we have accomplished already in the first two meets this season,” she asserted.
By Rob Patrick
The White Hall All-Stars continued to be a thorn in the side of the Little Rock Junior Deputy All-Stars on Sunday.
After being knocked from the winners bracket by White Hall at the State tournament, the Little Rock team ran into them again in the Southwest Regional 14-year-old Babe Ruth tourney at Bryant.
And White Hall struck for seven runs in the first inning on the way to a 10-3 win over Little Rock. White Hall advanced to the winners bracket final against Fort Smith on Monday while Junior Deputy had to comeback later in the day on Sunday to face McComb, Miss., in an elimination contest.
By Rob Patrick
SHERIDAN — This time, the Bryant Black Sox matched the intensity, the focus and the enthusiasm of the Sheridan Yellowjackets. They just couldn't match their bats.
In a rematch of a rematch of a rematch, the Sox met the Jackets in the final four of the Junior Legion State Tournament on Monday night, hoping to repeat something that nobody else in the post-season has done: Beat Sheridan. It would've given them a shot at playing for a bid to the finals against Texarkana on Tuesday. But Sheridan's bats continued to boom. In every State game, the Yellowjackets have played in, they've scored in double digits (five games in a row if you go back to the District finals) as they ended Bryant's season with a 10-5 decision.
The Sox had defeated Sheridan in the winners bracket finals of the District only to have the fired up Jackets come back to win two games the next night, including a 6-3 win over Bryant, to force a winner-take-all final that went Sheridan's way again 11-1.
And the Jackets haven't lost since. They will play Texarkana for the championship on Tuesday. Texarkana will have to beat Sheridan twice to gain the title.
The Sox finish the season 19-12-1, and a better team at the end than they were in the beginning. And their finish in the final four of the State tournament was the best by a Bryant 17-and-under Legion team since 1994, the last time a Bryant team won a State title in that age group. And all of these Sox were 16, playing their first year in Legion except for one.
The Bryant 9-year-old Cal Ripken All-Stars have advanced to the winners bracket finals of their State tournament in Magniolia. They were set to play Benton this afternoon for a spot in the championship round of the tourney.
The 9s opened with a 18-0 win over El Dorado on Friday. They knocked off Marion 12-2 on Saturday then drubbed Sylvan Hills 10-0 on Sunday to reach today's game.
Details of the tournament will be forthcoming upon its conclusion.
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The Bryant 7-year-old All-Stars, playing in the 8-year-old Cal Ripken State Tournament received a rugged draw opening against a pair of strong 8-year-old teams. A 4-1 loss to Little Rock Junior Deputy's 8s on Friday was followed by a 9-1 loss to the Sylvan Hills Bombers, another 8-year-old team. In the second loss, Bryant was within 3-1 through three innings before a six-run fourth put Sylvan Hills in control.
CABOT — After being no-hit in the State opener, the Bryant 11-year-old Cal Ripken All-Stars battled back through the losers bracket to finish in third place at the State Tournament. In the process, they nailed down the third of three bids to Regionals to be held in Jonesboro beginning July 30.
The comeback began with a 9-3 win over Benton on Saturday. Later in the day, they ousted Cabot, 12-0. On Sunday, Bryant eliminated Marion 12-0 to set up a game with Hot Springs with the winner advancing to the championship round. But Hot Springs prevailed 10-1.
Bryant’s 11-year-olds, coached by Bryon Glenn with assistance from Johnny Alliston and Scott Yant, include Connor Alliston, Bailey Bowers, Luke Brantley, Chase Brooks, Zach Byars, Jordan Gentry, Caleb McElyea, Liam Miller, Connor Riley, Connor Tatum, Matthew Vangilder and Hunter Winkles.
Regionals will be in Jonesboro beginning July 30.
LITTLE ROCK — A tough 7-5 loss to the Little Rock Junior Deputy All-Stars have the Bryant 12-and-under Cal Ripken All-Stars (50/70) scrambling to get another shot at them in the championship round.
Bryant opened with a 19-1 blowout over Jacksonville on Friday, July 10, then drubbed Hot Springs 11-0 to advance to the winners bracket final against Junior Deputy on Sunday.
Tonight, they’re set to play the survivor of the Benton-Lakewood game earlier in the evening. With a win, Bryant would need to beat Junior Deputy twice on Tuesday and win the tournament and gain a bid to Regionals in Springdale.
The Bryant 12-year-olds who play on the diamond with 50-foot pitching distance and 70-foot basepaths, coached by Danny Jackson, include Ben Bruick, Britan Crouch, Devin Dupree, Hunter Fugitt, Jason Hastings, Dalton Holt, Zachary Jackson, Hunter Oglesby, Blake Patterson, Drew Tipton, Jacob Ward, Brandon Warner and John Winn.
Bryant has been ranked No. 86 among the 100 "Best Places to Live 2009" by MONEY magazine.
FOUNTAIN LAKE — The Bryant Hornets won two of their five games at a 7-on-7 football competition at Fountain Lake on Saturday. The three losses were by a total of 8 points.
The Hornets will play a league 7-on-7 football competition at North Little Rock on July 20 with games against Augusta, Little Rock Central, North Little Rock and Morrilton to wrap up the summer. Fall practice begins Monday, Aug. 3.
Bryant opened with a 16-14 loss to Hot Springs Lakeside then dropped a 22-20 loss to Lake Hamilton when a last-second touchdown pass from Jimi Easterling to Caleb Thomas was waved off when it was ruled the snap came after the buzzer ending the game. After a 13-9 loss to Pulaski Academy, Bryant pounded the host team 37-7 then knocked Conway out of a championship final with a 20-14 win.
Team Genesis from Bryant Arkansas went undefeated to take first place in the Girl's Fast Pitch 8 & Under, C Division, 2009 Arkansas ASA National Invitational Tournament on Saturday, May 23.The tournament was sponsored by the Cabot Softball Association and was held in Cabot.
Team members include, front from left, Malori Pendergrass, Gianni Hulett, Meagan Chism, Ragan Purdy, Ashlyn Thompson; second row, Allie Dugan, Karlee Holt, Hannah Skinner, Bailey Cunningham, Sarah Hill, Kate Davies; back row, coaches Tim Dugan, Jack Hulett, Donnie Chism, David Hill.
Special thanks has been extended to team sponsor, Ed's Tile Service of central Arkansas.
BAUXITE — On the verge of suffering a second consecutive loss on the same day, the Bryant Black Sox Junior American Legion team put together a five-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning then held on to forge a 7-5 victory over Little Rock Continental Express in pool play at the Benton Tournament held at Bauxite High School on Saturday.
With Sunday's games washed out by rain, the Sox were unable to play their third pool game to earn a shot at the championship round of the event. The Sox will return to action on Sunday, May 31, with a doubleheader rematch with Continental Express.
A two-out error opened the door for the Bryant rally. Landon Pickett and Evan Jobe had drawn walks to start the frame but two outs later, they had only advanced to second and third. After fouling off a 2-2 pitch to stay alive, Reese O'Rourke put the ball in play. The fly to right was mishandled and both runs scored to give the Sox a 4-3 lead.
Chris Joiner, who was 3-for-3 in the game, cracked a single to left to keep the inning going then Lucas Castleberry drove in a run with a single. And when the ball was misplayed in center, the Sox again had runners at second and third. Caleb Milam followed with a bouncer that got past the Continental third baseman and both Joiner and Castleberry scored to put the Sox in front 7-3.