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Lady Panthers hold on against Glencoe

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent

After enduring a very physical fourth quarter, Southside  pulled out a 48-44 win over Glencoe in the semifinal round of the Etowah County girls basketball tournament on Thursday (Jan. 22) at Gadsden State.

With 4:31 remaining in the fourth quarter, the Lady Panthers (13-10) called timeout with a 42-37 lead.  The Lady Yellow Jackets remained

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Southside edges Sardis in tournament semifinals

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent

With 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s Etowah County Tournament semifinals and Southside clinging to a three-point lead over Sardis, the Panther defense stepped up to close the deal.

Following a missed three-point attempt, the Lions managed only Jesse Hubbard’s layup as time expired, allowing Southside to post a 38-37 victory.

Southside

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Southside High seniors Savannah Elkins (left) and Paiden Kircus signed softball scholarships earlier this week with Southern Union Community College in Wadley.Southside High seniors Savannah Elkins (left) and Paiden Kircus signed softball scholarships earlier this week with Southern Union Community College in Wadley.

Southside softball duo signs with Southern Union

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Although they will graduate high school in a few months, Paiden Kircus and Savannah Elkins should run into one another quite a bit over the next few years. 

The Southside High seniors both signed softball scholarships on Wednesday (Jan. 21) with Southern Union Community College in Wadley. 

The two players were major contributors to the 2014

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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC men’s basketball

Alabama update

Through two weeks of Southeastern Conference play, Alabama is 12-5 overall and 2-2 in conference play. The Crimson Tide started league play by defeating Texas A&M and Tennessee handily, but followed that success with losses to South Carolina and Kentucky. Alabama’s NCAA Tournament chances are slim, and the Tide will need to beat several tournament-quality teams to

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Gadsden City boys, girls ranked in Jan. 22ASWA basketball poll

BOYS

CLASS 7A

1. Lee-Montgomery 

2. Spain Park 

3. Mountain Brook 

4. Murphy

5. McGill-Toolen

6. Grissom

7. Hoover

8. Theodore

9. Gadsden City 

10. James Clemens 

CLASS 6A

1. Lee-Huntsville

2. Austin 

3. Bessemer City

4. Cullman

5. Pelham

6. Carver-Montgomery

7. Woodlawn

8. Spanish Fort

9. Opelika

10. Albertville 

CLASS 5A

1. Faith-Mobile 

2. J.O. Johnson<span class="Apple-tab-span"

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 Hokes Bluff’s Phillip Ward (20) attempts a jump shot as Glencoe’s Pace Ozmint (10) defends during the Eagles’ 62-50 victory on Wednesday (Jan. 21) in the Etowah County Basketball Tournament semifinals at Gadsden State. (Photo by Gary Wells)  Hokes Bluff’s Phillip Ward (20) attempts a jump shot as Glencoe’s Pace Ozmint (10) defends during the Eagles’ 62-50 victory on Wednesday (Jan. 21) in the Etowah County Basketball Tournament semifinals at Gadsden State. (Photo by Gary Wells)

Eagles dispatch Glencoe in tournament semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

  Hokes Bluff boys basketball coach Jeff Noah is getting well acquainted with the Glencoe Yellow Jackets.

The two cross-county rivals met for the third time in a little over a week on Wednesday (Jan. 21) in the Etowah County Basketball Tournament semifinals.

"This is a big rivalry game

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Hokes Bluff’s Hannah Evans (15) attempts a shot between Sardis’ Dande Rowan (12) and Carley Gardner (25) during the Lady Eagles’ 47-27 victory on Wednesday in the semifinals of the Etowah County Basketball Tournament at Gadsden State. Hokes Bluff’s Hannah Evans (15) attempts a shot between Sardis’ Dande Rowan (12) and Carley Gardner (25) during the Lady Eagles’ 47-27 victory on Wednesday in the semifinals of the Etowah County Basketball Tournament at Gadsden State.

Lady Eagles shoot past Sardis

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

  Hokes Bluff girls basketball coach Jason Shields wanted to control the tempo of Wednesday’s game against Sardis. 

Mission accomplished with a 47-27 victory in the semifinals of the Etowah County Basketball Tournament at Gadsden State. 

“We needed to do this to keep them from making runs against our defense,” said Shields.

The Lady Eagles advanced to

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Glencoe High’s Sally Tinker (14) attempts a jump shot as Gaston’s Yosmen Foster defends during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 47-42 win in the opening round of the Etowah County Basketball Tournament on Tuesday (Jan. 20) at Gadsden State. (Photo by Gary Wells) Glencoe High’s Sally Tinker (14) attempts a jump shot as Gaston’s Yosmen Foster defends during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 47-42 win in the opening round of the Etowah County Basketball Tournament on Tuesday (Jan. 20) at Gadsden State. (Photo by Gary Wells)

Stellar defense pulls Lady Jackets past Gaston

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

A stellar second-half defensive effort sparked Glencoe to a 42-37 win over Gaston in the opening round of the Etowah County Basketball Tournament on Tuesday (Jan. 20) at Gadsden State.

After Abby Elrod’s 3-point basket at 6:43 of the third quarter gave the Lady Bulldogs an eight-point lead, the Lady Yellow Jackets allowed 12 points the

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West End’s Hunter Tarvin (32) drives to the basket as Sardis’ Bryan Noblitt defends during the Lions’ 63-44 victory in the opening round of the Etowah County Basketball Tournament on Tuesday (Jan. 20) at Gadsden State. (Photo by Gary Wells) West End’s Hunter Tarvin (32) drives to the basket as Sardis’ Bryan Noblitt defends during the Lions’ 63-44 victory in the opening round of the Etowah County Basketball Tournament on Tuesday (Jan. 20) at Gadsden State. (Photo by Gary Wells)

Lions handle West End, move to tournament semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Helped by a 25-point output from Jaxson Haygood, Sardis cruised past West End, 63-44, in the opening round of the Etowah County Basketball Tournament on Tuesday (Jan. 20) at Gadsden State. 

The Lions (11-10) face Southside in Thursday’s semifinal round.

Sardis, which led from start to finish, torched the Patriots on the perimeter with eight 3-point

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Gaston High’s Javonte Pope (left) and Glencoe’s Jeff Ford battle for a rebound during the Yellow Jackets’ 50-40 victory in the opening round of the Etowah County Basketball Tournament on Monday at Gadsden State. (Photo by Gary Wells)Gaston High’s Javonte Pope (left) and Glencoe’s Jeff Ford battle for a rebound during the Yellow Jackets’ 50-40 victory in the opening round of the Etowah County Basketball Tournament on Monday at Gadsden State. (Photo by Gary Wells)

Yellow Jackets down Gaston in county tournament

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

  Gaston High head coach Buddy Wright challenged his team, "Not to be afraid of the moment and to step up against Glencoe” in the opening round of the Etowah County Basketball Tournament on Monday (Jan. 19).

Albert Douglas did just that, scoring 25 points for the Bulldogs to almost pull off the upset before Glencoe

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West End’s Payten Butts (2) protects the ball from Sardis’ Alexandria Golden (22) and Emma Towns (24) during Sardis’ 50-38 victory on the opening round of the Etowah County Basketball Tournament on Monday at Gadsden State. (Photo by Mike Goodson)West End’s Payten Butts (2) protects the ball from Sardis’ Alexandria Golden (22) and Emma Towns (24) during Sardis’ 50-38 victory on the opening round of the Etowah County Basketball Tournament on Monday at Gadsden State. (Photo by Mike Goodson)

Jones leads Lady Lions past West End

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Allie Jones scored a game high 23 points to lead Sardis High to a 50-38 opening round win over West End in the Etowah County Basketball Tournament on Monday (Jan. 19) at Gadsden State.

The Lady Lions advanced to Wednesday’s semifinal round against Hokes Bluff.

Sardis head coach Josh Wallace was proud of his team’s

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2014 Southside High graduate Tyler Carr was named Class 6A Back of the Year and selected to the Super 12 team at the ASWA Player of the Year banquet on Wednesday (Jan. 14) in Montgomery. 2014 Southside High graduate Tyler Carr was named Class 6A Back of the Year and selected to the Super 12 team at the ASWA Player of the Year banquet on Wednesday (Jan. 14) in Montgomery.

Carr named 6A Lineman of the Year

 By Paul Beaudry For ASWA

Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Although he graduated from Southside in December and is enrolled at Auburn University, Tyler Carr added a few more awards this week for his standout high school football career.

At the Alabama Sports Writers Association Player of the Year banquet on Wednesday (Jan. 14) in Montgomery, Carr was named the ASWA Class 6A

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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around the SEC

MVP

Amari Cooper, Alabama

Offensive Player of the Year

Dak Prescott, Miss. State

Defensive Player of the Year

Shane Ray, Missouri 

Coach of the Year

Dan Mullen, Miss. State 

First Team All-SEC

Offense

Quarterback

Dak Prescott

Jr., Mississippi State

Running back

Nick Chubb, 

Fr., Georgia

Cameron Artis-Payne

Sr., Auburn

Receiver

Amari Cooper

Jr., Alabama 

Pharoh Cooper

So., South Carolina 

Tight End

Evan Engram 

So., Ole Miss

Line

Laremy Tunsil

So., Ole Miss

La’el Collins

Sr., LSU 

Ben Beckwith

Sr., Mississippi State 

A.J. Cann, 

Sr., South Carolina

Reese Dismukes

Sr., Auburn 

Kicker

Austin MacGinnis

Fr., Kentucky 

All Purpose

Bud Sasser, receiver

Sr., Missouri 

Defense 

Line

Shane

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Gadsden City girls, boys ranked in Jan. 15 ASWA basketball poll

GIRLS

CLASS 7A

1. Huntsville

2. Gadsden City 

3. Hazel Green

4. Jeff Davis

5. Thompson

6. Hoover 

7. Sparkman

8. Murphy 

9. McGill-Toolen

10. Lee-Montgomery

CLASS 6A

1. Homewood 

2. Center Point

3. Clay-Chalkville

4. Austin

5. Fort Payne

6. Shades Valley

7. Lee-Huntsville

8. Arab

9. Athens

10. Selma 

CLASS 5A

1. Wenonah

2. Faith

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Gadsden State’s Carla Clemmons (left) eyes the basket as Wallace-Hanceville’s Hannah Vest defends during the Lady Cardinals’ 60-55 ACCC victory on Tuesday (Jan. 13) at Beck Field House.Gadsden State’s Carla Clemmons (left) eyes the basket as Wallace-Hanceville’s Hannah Vest defends during the Lady Cardinals’ 60-55 ACCC victory on Tuesday (Jan. 13) at Beck Field House.

Lady Cardinals open ACCC play with win over Wallace-Hanceville

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

The Gadsden State women’s basketball team kicked off league play with a flourish on Tuesday (Jan. 13).

Facing the 21st ranked junior college team in the nation in Wallace State-Hanceville, the Lady Cardinals (17-2, 1-0) pulled out a 60-55 victory in Alabama Community College Conference action at Beck

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Gadsden State’s Pat Edmonds (24) shoots over Wallace-Hanceville’s Kriston Beasley during the Cardinals 45-44 win in ACCC action on Tuesday (Jan. 13) at Beck Field House.Gadsden State’s Pat Edmonds (24) shoots over Wallace-Hanceville’s Kriston Beasley during the Cardinals 45-44 win in ACCC action on Tuesday (Jan. 13) at Beck Field House.

Gadsden State edges Lions in conference game

 

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Glencoe High’s Jessica Rathje (23) goes up for a layup as Ashville’s Hannah Ashley defends during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 51-47 Class 3A, Area 11 victory in girls basketball on Jan. 9 at AHS. With the win, Glencoe clinched the right to host the area tournament next month. Glencoe High’s Jessica Rathje (23) goes up for a layup as Ashville’s Hannah Ashley defends during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 51-47 Class 3A, Area 11 victory in girls basketball on Jan. 9 at AHS. With the win, Glencoe clinched the right to host the area tournament next month.

Lady Yellow Jackets clinch No. 1 seed for area tournament

 

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Dylan StoneDylan Stone

Glencoe's Stone highlights All-Messenger football team

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

A number of factors contributed to Glencoe High’s success this past football season, none more so than the player who engineered the Yellow Jacket offense. 

Dylan Stone’s production via both his arm and his legs earned the senior quarterback Player of the Year honors for the 2014 All-Messenger high school football team.

Stone finished with a

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Gadsden City boys, girls ranked in Jan. 8 ASWA basketball poll

BOYS

CLASS 7A

1. McGill-Toolen

2. Mountain Brook 

3. Murphy

4. Spain Park

5. Lee-Montgomery 

6. Theodore 

7. Tuscaloosa County

8. Bob Jones 

9. Grissom

10. Gadsden City

CLASS 6A

1. Lee-Huntsville 

2. Austin 

3. Carver-Montgomery

4. Bessemer City

5. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa

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Fred SingtonFred Sington

Local pair honored by state softball hall of fame

The Alabama Amateur Softball Association recently honored a pair of former players with local ties.

Fred Sington, Jr., and Ricky Hampton will be inducted into the 23rd Annual AASA Hall of Fame on Jan. 17 at the Jerry Belk Center in Tuscaloosa. A reception will begin at 4 p.m. with the induction banquet to follow at 5 p.m. 

Joining Sington

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