Central Arkansas Storm 10U-Black played at Sardis Fest this weekend and took home[more] the gold. After losing their first game on Friday, they fought their way through the losers' bracket on Saturday beating four teams and allowing only four runs to make it the the championship game where they had to win twice due to Base Bullies being undefeated. The first game ended with a 3-2 win and the second with a 6-0 win. Team members include, front from left, Kaylee Ryan and Rachel Steele; second row, Abbi Davis, Shelby Chavers, Caitlyn Crain, Kaitlyn Farr, Hannah Watts, Molly Pittman; third row, Aubrey Vocque, Harleigh McKeehan, Rebekah "Boo" Thornton, Taryn Murray, and Cloie Mitchell. Coaches are Trey Pittman, Brooks Crain, Shane Shepard and (not pictured) Chad Ryan.
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The two perennial softball powers in the 7A-Central Conference are once again[more] battling for the conference championship and, this evening, they meet for the first time this year.
Both the Bryant Lady Hornets and the North Little Rock Lady Charging Wildcats are unbeaten in league play. The Lady Hornets, the defending Class 7A State champs, will host today's game at 5 p.m. They will also dedicate their new scoreboard.
Bryant comes into the game 16-3 overall with seven consecutive wins.
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Jessica Bennett, right, of Alexander and Lana Davis, left, have been accepted into[more} the Certified Public Manager program according to Saline County Circuit Clerk Dennis Milligan. Davis and Bennett are the first two members of the circuit clerk's staff to be approved by the Arkansas Public Administration Consortium to participate in this prestigious program. This program is designed to help participants refine and improve their management skills. At the end of the three-year program, Davis and Bennett will become Certified Arkansas Governmental Managers. "I am proud that Lana and Jessica have made the commitment to upgrade their skill level," Milligan said. "The requirements to pass the CPM program are tough, but they will be even better employees when they graduate."
By Rob Patrick
More will be posted in the days and weeks ahead about most of these items, but for now:
Bryant High School sophomore Ian Shuttleworth, who played[more] some tight end and defensive end as a sophomore for the Hornets football team and also plays Babe Ruth baseball, has been diagnosed with Hogkins’ Lymphoma.
Fortunately, he is at the 1A level which is, as his brother Aaron said it, “the best level to be at if you do have cancer.”
Leading up to his first chemo therapy session earlier this week, Ian, the son of Ken and Janet Shuttleworth, continued to participate in off-season work with the football team and play baseball, though he has not been involved in any contact nor continued to catch for his Babe Ruth team.
In fact, Aaron reports that the night before he was to have a medical port put in his chest, he pitched a no-hitter in his team’s pre-season tournament game.
Our prayers are with Ian and his family for successful treatment and full recovery.
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There may have been those who have seen that among job postings on the Bryant School District website is an opening for Athletic Director.
Yes, it is the plan for Tom Farmer, who has served as AD as well as Transportation Director for many years, to vacate the position. It's something he has been thinking about doing for a few years now.
Farmer is not retiring. He is not dying (as someone asked him). He is not leaving the District.
The plan is (with School Board approval, probably this month) for him to continue as Transportation Director and take on the job of Associate Maintenance Supervisor, working with longtime Maintenance Supervisor Bob Padgett.
A search is underway for his replacement as Athletic Director.
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One thing Farmer or his successor will need to do will apparently be to hire a new girls high school basketball coach. Blake Condley has handed in his resignation in order to take a job at Lake Hamilton, enabling his family to be closer to his wife’s parents. It’s something the Condleys have had in mind for a while. Tess Condley is originally from Lake Hamilton.
Blake has always been very gracious, a class act and an excellent coach. He will be missed.
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An L screen is supposed to protect a batting practice pitcher. But last week, when Bryant baseball coach Kirk Bock was throwing to junior Josh Pultro, a line drive got under the screen and plunked the coach on the foot. After a moment to recover from the initial pain, Bock continued to pitch and Pultro continued to hit. But four pitches later, it happened again.
Apparently, the foot was too swollen to get a good x-ray but there may be a break or two among the smaller bones in the foot. It's his left foot, attached to the leg with his bad knee. So, Bock has been hobbling around in a medical boot, using crutches at times, but he barely slowed him down at the Hornets' doubleheader against North Little Rock Thursday, though he admitted after the game, he figured he'd pay for it that night.
Oh, and he's still pitching b.p.
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In the process of doing my taxes, I added up my mileage to all the Bryant athletic events and I covered in 2010. I’ve been keeping track since the late ‘80’s, when I started working at the Courier. And, in 2010, I set a new personal record: 11,454 miles.
My previous record was 10,250 in 2001.
I love it!
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The Bryant Athletic Association will celebrate the opening of the 2011 youth baseball season[more] — the first at Bishop Park — with ceremonies and activities on Saturday, April 9.
Festivities will be highlighted by the signing of an agreement to host a Regional tournament for 6-year-olds and the dedication of the street leading into the park in honor of the late Ken Palmquist. A long-time employee of the Bryant Parks and Recreation Department, Palmquist worked on the fields for the BAA at Ashley Park through the years and during the development of the fields at Bishop. He passed away on March 2. Members of his family will throw out the ceremonial first pitches.
After team photos are taken from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the concession stand will open at 3 p.m., serving free hot dogs, popcorn and drinks. Bounce houses will also be opened.
At 4:30, the annual introduction of teams and players will commence followed by the presentation of the pre-season tournament trophies.
The colors will be presented with the National Anthem sung by Carroll Posey and, after an opening prayer by Doug Pruitt of Mid-Towne Church, local dignitaries and elected officials will be recognized.
Regular-season league games will begin on Monday, April 11.
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By Tracy Coppock
The Riverdale Garden Club of Saline County is hosting a meeting Thursday, April 14, at the home of[more] Jimmie Lee Stephens, 811 NW 4th St., in Bryant.
The Club is in a chapter of the south central region of the Arkansas Federation Garden Club and they meet every second Thursday from September through May.
A held meeting consists of a guest speaker and tips for a better product. It gives those in attendance an opportunity to ask questions and hear what others have done or tried in their gardens. Members sometimes exchange plants, ideas, and general socialization.
“You never know what you’re going to learn,” said member Thelma Poole.
Subjects discussed in the past have been water conservation, flower arrangements, honeybees and daylilies. It is not limited to just flowers but vegetables as well.
The dues are $15 a year and portions of the proceeds go to the Heifer Project.
“You are never too old to learn something new everyday.” Poole said.
For more information, contact Jo at [email protected], or call Poole at 847-1756.
This Thursday, April 7, from 6 p.m. to close, Straw Hat Pizza will be donating a portion of its food sales to[more] the Bomb Squad, a 12-and-under softball team. The Bomb Squad has qualified for the USFA World Series in Panama City, Fla., which will be held in July.
In addition, it is Karaoke night and the team is going to have some additional fundraisers going on during the evening.
For more information, see the document below:
Bryant High School’s drama group will be performing “Grease”, the musical by[more] Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey. The Pink Ladies and Thunderbirds of Rydell High School will take the Bryant High School stage beginning this Saturday, April 9, at 7 p.m., in the first of two public performances in Love Auditorium. The second public performance will be Sunday at 2 p.m.
They will also perform several morning shows beginning Thursday, April 7, through Wednesday, April 13, for the area schools.
The 1950’s musical is about the lives and loves of several Rydell High School seniors preparing for graduation day. Bryant High’s senior Mariah McElroy will play the role of Sandy and Jacob Brady, also a senior, will play Danny Zuko, her love interest.
The production is directed by drama instructor Rachel Arrington. According to Arrington, more than 40 students are part of the cast. Other students and teachers have also provided costumes, stage scenery, lighting and direction assistance.
Tickets for general admission are available for all performances and can be purchased at the door.
For more information about the play, email Arrington at [email protected] or call Jessica Bollen at 501-231-7401.
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BENTON – Springtime is planting and growing time and the Saline County Master Gardeners’ Annual Plant Sale will[more] inspire garden enthusiasts in Central Arkansas to get out and dig. The event will be Saturday, April 16, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Saline County Fairgrounds. Admission is free.
Sun and shade plants for the garden, and trees such as Japanese maples, dogwoods and crape myrtles, will be available to help jump start your spring planting. From daylilies to roses and gardenias, to vegetables and herbs, there will be something for every gardener. Many of the items are grown by Master Gardeners in their gardens and greenhouses.
“Again this year we will have special interest tables. Each table will have plants for sale and printed material relating to that special interest,” Sandy Rial, plant sale chairperson said. “One special interest table will be on herbs; another on butterfly gardening, and plants that will attract butterflies to your garden,” Rial added. Always wanted to grow beautiful house plants? Another special interest table will provide you information on how to select plants suitable for indoors.
Featured speakers this year are:
9 a.m. – Dr. Jim Robbins “What is HOT in Arkansas”
Dr. Robbins of the University of Arkansas, Cooperative Extension Office in Little Rock, has recently returned from a horticulture trip to China, and will give us the latest scoop on what to plant in Arkansas this year.
10:15 a.m. – Chris Olsen “Colorful and Awesome Plants”
Chris, manager/designer for Botanica Gardens, will show off all the plants featured in his talk and some lucky people will have the opportunity to purchase and take home these unusual plants.
11:30 a.m. – Janet Carson “Creating the Landscape You Have Always Wanted”
Janet, well known to gardeners in Arkansas through her weekly column, In the Garden appearing in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, is a horticultural specialist with the University of Arkansas, Cooperative Extension Service in Little Rock.
Bring a pint of your garden or lawn soil for free testing. Learn how to successfully treat for fire ants, grow roses and propagate native plants. The growing and proper pruning of crape myrtles will be covered. Do you like to take in “Yard Sales” on Saturdays? No problem. Gently used garden items will be for sale at very affordable prices. And while you’re there find out about becoming a Master Gardener.
“From educational and vendor booths to a silent auction, there will be fun and entertainment for all ages. But be sure to come early for the best selections,” Rial said.
The event is co-sponsored by the Saline County Master Gardeners and the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture. For more information call Sandy Rial, 501-993-4390 or Ron Matlock 501-303-5672.
To get to the fairgrounds from the east (Bryant/Little Rock) take exit 116 (Sevier, South Street) off Interstate I-30, cross over I-30 and turn right onto South Street, then left onto the service road. The fairgrounds will be on the left, past Holland Chapel. If coming from the west, (Hot Springs/Texarkana) take exit 116. The fairgrounds will be on the right.
Diamond Sports of Bryant will be hosting a clinic called[more] Basics of Baseball Pitching with Kevin Sheredy on Sunday, March 27, at 3 p.m.
The clinic is free for members, $15 for non-members.
Coach Sheredy is a graduate of East Kentwood High School in Kentwood,Mich. After being a three-sport athlete in high school, he started his college career at the University of Arkansas in 1994.
After two years with the Razorbacks, Sheredy moved to the West Coast to finish his collegiate career at UCLA. From there, he was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball draft. After playing professionally for 9 seasons, including time spent with the Arkansas Travelers and Memphis Redbirds, Sheredy served as an assistant coach at Little Rock Catholic High School. He also spends the fall working with the Arkansas Baseball Academy as their lead pitching instructor and recently joined the Diamond Sports Staff of Instructors.
To reserve a spot, contact the Diamond Sports Office at 501-653-BATS (2287) or [email protected]