Cullman High’s Maison Goodwin slides under the tag of Southside’s Greyson Daugherty during the Panthers’ loss in the Class 6A state baseball quarterfinals on May 1 at SHS. Cullman High’s Maison Goodwin slides under the tag of Southside’s Greyson Daugherty during the Panthers’ loss in the Class 6A state baseball quarterfinals on May 1 at SHS.

Panthers’ season ends in state quarterfinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Southside High left one too many ducks on the pond last Friday (May 1), a shortcoming that ultimately resulted in Cullman’s 7-3, 11-1 doubleheader sweep in the Class 6A state baseball quarterfinals at SHS. 

The No. 8 Panthers stranded 17 base runners over the course of the evening, including eight in scoring position. The

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West End’s Jayleigh Kirby delivers a pitch during the Lady Patriots’ loss to Gaston in the Class 2A, Area 12 softball tournament championship on Friday (May 1) at GHS.West End’s Jayleigh Kirby delivers a pitch during the Lady Patriots’ loss to Gaston in the Class 2A, Area 12 softball tournament championship on Friday (May 1) at GHS.

Gaston tops West End for area softball tournament title

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

  Gaston High School swept West End, 10-6 and 11-7, in the Class 2A, Area 12 Tournament softball championship on Friday (May 1) at GHS.

The Lady Bulldogs (21-16) had to battle back through the loser’s bracket to take the title. “I am proud of my team,” said Gaston head coach Jay Williams. “They were upset

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Sardis rams through area softball tournament

Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter

Sardis High dominated the Class 4A, Area 12 softball tournament, outscoring their opponents 37-5 to finish 3-0 and win the championship.

The Lady Lions defeated Hokes Bluff, 20-2, in the title game.

Both Sardis and Hokes Bluff qualified for the North Central Regional this weekend in Tuscaloosa. The Lady Lions open the tournament against

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Lady Warriors win first ever postseason game

Westbrook Christian won its first postseason soccer match in school history on Tuesday (Apr. 28) with a 4-0 shutout over Fultondale in the first round of the Class 1A-3A state playoffs in Rainbow City. 

The Lady Warriors travel to Altamont this Saturday (May 2) in the second round. 

Kendall Sharp, Alexis Beard, Olivia Strickland and Kayleigh Campbell

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The Etowah High softball team gathers for a photo after winning the Class 5A, Area 13 Tournament on Wednesday (Apr. 29) in Attalla. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Heather Bush, Jessica Smith, Bree Vasser, Savannah Waddell, Aimee Fancher, Britney Wright, Taylor Bush, assistant coach Caitlin Whitt. Standing, from left: head coach Stephen Coggins, assistant coach Kim Jones, Amber Jones, assistant coach Sarah Beam, Nicki Rodgers, Madison Bishop, Emma Jones, Madison Grant, Brooke Perry, Jessica Love, Alyssa Howard, Kaitlyn Parrish, Krislyn Farmer, assistant coach BJ Brooks, assistant coach Steve West.  The Etowah High softball team gathers for a photo after winning the Class 5A, Area 13 Tournament on Wednesday (Apr. 29) in Attalla. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Heather Bush, Jessica Smith, Bree Vasser, Savannah Waddell, Aimee Fancher, Britney Wright, Taylor Bush, assistant coach Caitlin Whitt. Standing, from left: head coach Stephen Coggins, assistant coach Kim Jones, Amber Jones, assistant coach Sarah Beam, Nicki Rodgers, Madison Bishop, Emma Jones, Madison Grant, Brooke Perry, Jessica Love, Alyssa Howard, Kaitlyn Parrish, Krislyn Farmer, assistant coach BJ Brooks, assistant coach Steve West.

Etowah wins area softball tournament

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent

Nicki Rodgers was due. And she knew it.

“I’m usually nervous if we’re not ahead,” the Etowah High second baseman said. “But I was pretty calm in there this time.”

Getting her pitch helped, too.

“It was a perfect pitch, low but in the zone,” she said. “I hit the ball in the gap a

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