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[12 Nov 2010 | One Comment | 1,966 views]
Benton folds in first round of Class 6A playoffs

It’s official — the Benton Panthers are out in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs after visiting Van Buren tonight and losing 41-14.
Still, it’s worth mentioning that the 3-7 Panthers just made it into the playoffs this year. Also, this is the first playoffs appearance by Benton in the past three years.
Furthermore, new head coach Scott Nethery pledged at the first of the season to turn the program around this year. Considering the Panthers finished 1-9 last year and 2-8 the season before that, perhaps Nethery has achieved …

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[23 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 2,378 views]
Big night for the Panthers

Just two weeks ago,the mighty Benton Panthers were getting beaten to pulp in their own stadium by the Texarkana Razorbacks and their head coach, Hatty McBackward (a nickname my dad and I gave him because he wears his cap backward and screams — red-faced — at his team for the entire game).
After that Texarkana game, the Panthers were 0-5. Things have improved considerably since then. They went to Sheridan and chalked up a victory against that team last week and, just Friday, they hosted McClellan at C.W. Lewis stadium and …