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[21 Nov 2014 | One Comment | 18,842 views]
Benton ‘mercy rules’ Parkview, gears up for El Dorado

The Benton Panthers got one step closer to the Class 6A high school football championship game on Friday night by beating Parkview 49-28.
Since Benton was undefeated this season and won the 6A South, the Panthers drew a bye during the first round of the playoffs last week. The team easily handled Parkview tonight, having pulled ahead by 35 points in the third quarter. When a team is ahead by 35 points in the second half, the sportsmanship rule (a.k.a. the mercy rule) kicks in meaning that the clock runs without …

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[16 Nov 2014 | One Comment | 18,487 views]
Benton to face Parkview on Nov. 21

The Benton Panthers will square off against Parkview on Friday, Nov. 21 in the second round of the Class 6A playoff game.
Benton, which won the 6A South Conference with a 9-0-1 record, won a bye in the first round of the playoffs on Nov. 14. The Panthers’ goal, of course, is to advance to the state championship game to be played at War Memorial Stadium on Dec. 5.
To get to that game, however, the Panthers will have to take care of Parkview at home on Friday and then defeat another …

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[6 Nov 2014 | One Comment | 10,530 views]
Benton Panthers win 6A South conference championship

The Benton Panthers tonight defeated the Pine Bluff Zebras 39-36 to win the 6A South and post an unbeaten season with a record of 9-0-1.
According to the folks at Saline247.com, this is the first undefeated season in the team’s history. The tie game came at the first of the season against the Bryant Hornets at the Salt Bowl at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.
At any rate, tonight’s game took place at Pine Bluff and was decided in the final seconds by a field goal. Pine Bluff was undefeated in …

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[11 Oct 2011 | One Comment | 4,265 views]
Nix camp declares victory in school board election

It’s not official yet, but Heath Nix’s camp is on Facebook declaring victory over incumbent Paul Childress in tonight’s Benton School Board runoff election.
Of course, we at First Arkansas News will confirm those results as soon as we’re able — the polls closed at 7:30 p.m. and the report from the Saline County Clerk’s office that will confirm who won the election is not available at this time. Still, Nix’s supporters are whooping it and claiming a 939-925 victory over Childress. Should those totals hold, it’s not hard to imagine …

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[24 Sep 2011 | One Comment | 2,662 views]
Benton fumbles home opener, 50-22

The Benton Panthers — in its Friday home opener — fell 50-22 to Pine Bluff.
The final score exceeded the seven-point Pine Bluff win Hootens.com predicted. The Panthers fell to 1-3 on the season and Pine Bluff improved to 2-2. Prior to the game, Hootens ranked Benton 8th in the 16-team Class 6A while Pine Bluff was ranked 2nd. Top-ranked El Dorado improved its season record to 4-0 with 41-0 victory over Little Rock Fair on Friday.
At any rate, what stood between Benton and victory? In addition to the speedy and …

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[15 Dec 2010 | 3 Comments | 2,539 views]
Cliff Lee — Benton boy bouncing all around the MLB

Any fan of Major League Baseball has heard the news by now — pitcher Cliff Lee has left the Texas Rangers to play once again for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Here in Benton, we do tend to keep up with Lee. He’s a Benton boy who’s made good. In fact, there’s a sign at the Benton Panthers’ baseball field that declares the place is “home of Cliff Lee.” Proud of him? You’d better believe it.
However, keeping up with the player is a bit of a chore. Let’s take a look at his …

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[12 Nov 2010 | One Comment | 2,002 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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[5 Nov 2010 | One Comment | 2,865 views]
Benton Panthers make the playoffs

It’s been a rough year for the Benton Panthers, but the team clinched an appearance in the Arkansas Class 6A playoffs last night with a 61-13 drubbing of Little Rock’s J.A. Fair.
That victory gave the Panthers a 3-7 record on the season and only its second home win at C.W. Lewis Stadium in Benton this season. Truth be told, that was the second home win for the Panthers in the past two years.
What? How does a team make the playoffs with a 3-7 record. Well, there are two, eight-team divisions …

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[23 Oct 2010 | No Comment | 2,432 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 …

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[12 Oct 2010 | 3 Comments | 5,583 views]
School Board punts plans for new Panthers playfield

The Benton School Board set the table for yet another round of fights over a new football stadium for the Panthers.
The Saline Courier reported that the Benton School Board voted 4-3 to reverse an August decision to spend $11 million to replace C.W. Lewis Stadium, a downtown facility that was built in 1934.
The fate of C.W. Lewis has been a source of controversy these past few months in that some point out the aging facility should be replaced by a new field closer to the high school while others have …