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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC men’s basketball

NCAA Tournament First Weekend Review

After one weekend, only one SEC team remains in the NCAA Tournament. Kentucky, the tournament’s overall No. 1 seed, cruised to easy victories over Hampton and Cincinnati. The Wildcats are 36-0 on the year and are the first team in NCAA history to become 36-0. 

In the Sweet 16, Kentucky faces West Virginia. The Mountaineers

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Southside baseball, softball teams ranked in state poll

Listed below are the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s high school baseball and softball polls released March 26.

BASEBALL  

CLASS 7A

  1. Hewitt-Trussville 

  2. Mountain Brook 

  3. Theodore

  4. Spain Park

  5. Hoover 

 6. Auburn 

  7. Vestavia Hills 

  8. Thompson 

  9. Central-Phenix City

 10. Grissom 

Class

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Gadsden State’s Karlee Brown delivers a pitch during the Lady Cardinals’ 1-0 softball victory over Marion Military on Tuesday (Mar. 24) at GSCC. Gadsden State’s Karlee Brown delivers a pitch during the Lady Cardinals’ 1-0 softball victory over Marion Military on Tuesday (Mar. 24) at GSCC.

Lady Cardinals sweep Marion Military in ACCC softball doubleheader

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

In a doubleheader against Marion Military Institute on Tuesday (Mar. 24), Gadsden State used solid pitching in the opener and timely offense in the nightcap to post a 1-0, 7-6 sweep in Alabama Community College Conference action at GSCC.

The pair of wins moved the Lady Cardinals to 4-2 in conference play and 10-20 overall. 

In

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Southside High’s Landon Cunningham connects for a fourth-inning grand slam during the Panthers’ 5-1 Class 6A, Area 13 win over Albertville on Tuesday (Mar. 24) at SHS.Southside High’s Landon Cunningham connects for a fourth-inning grand slam during the Panthers’ 5-1 Class 6A, Area 13 win over Albertville on Tuesday (Mar. 24) at SHS.

Love tosses one-hitter, Cunningham goes yard in Southside area win

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

There was no love lost for Southside High on Tuesday (Mar. 24).

Senior pitcher Brock Love racked up 15 strikeouts in six innings as the host Panthers (12-7, 3-0) dealt Class 6A, Area 13 rival Scottsboro a 5-1 defeat.

Love, who signed a baseball scholarship with the University of Alabama late last

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Gadsden City High’s Cassidy Underwood delivers a pitch during the Lady Titans’ 10-4 win over Sardis in high school softball on Monday (Mar. 23) in Gadsden. Gadsden City High’s Cassidy Underwood delivers a pitch during the Lady Titans’ 10-4 win over Sardis in high school softball on Monday (Mar. 23) in Gadsden.

Sharp pitching, big inning pulls Lady Titans past Sardis

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Gadsden City used a solid pitching performance by Cassidy Underwood and one big inning to post a 10-4 come from behind win over the Sardis in high school softball on Monday (Mar. 23) in Gadsden. 

“We did a good job hitting, getting some timely hits,” said GCHS head coach Kevin Young.

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In & around SEC men’s basketball

SEC Tournament review

Kentucky accomplished what it was supposed to accomplish this past week at the SEC Tournament in Nashville. The Wildcats easily won the championship, defeating Florida, Auburn and Arkansas along the way. The Wildcats are entering the NCAA Tournament as the overall No. 1 seed, and at 34-0, their quest to remain undefeated is still intact. 

While

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Southside ranked No. 1 in latest ASWA softball poll

Listed below are the Alabama Sports Writers Association's high school baseball and softball polls released March 19. 

BASEBALL

  Class 7A

  1. Hewitt-Trussville 

 2. Thompson

  3. Mountain Brook 

  4. Theodore 

  5. Hoover

  6. Auburn

  7. Spain Park

  8. Central-Phenix City

  9. Grissom 

  10. Baker

  Class 6A

  1. Cullman 

  2. Pelham

  3. Opelika

  4. Homewood

  5. Spanish Fort

  6. Hartselle

  7.

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Chris DudleyChris Dudley

Local players make ASWA all-state basketball teams

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Six area high school players were selected to the 2014-15 Alabama Sports Writers Association’s All-State basketball teams released earlier this week.

Gadsden City’s Chris Dudley and Haley Troup were both named to the Class 7A second team. 

A 6-3 senior guard, Dudley averaged 23 points and seven rebounds per game while helping the

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Westbrook’s Tanner Kennedy watches the path of his fourth-inning home run in the Warriors’ 14-0 baseball victory over Glencoe on Tuesday (Mar. 17) in Rainbow City. Westbrook’s Tanner Kennedy watches the path of his fourth-inning home run in the Warriors’ 14-0 baseball victory over Glencoe on Tuesday (Mar. 17) in Rainbow City.

Westbrook pounds Glencoe in area contests

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Westbrook outscored Glencoe 23-0 in a pair of Class 3A, Area 11 wins this week in high school baseball. 

Westbrook Christian got a strong pitching performance from Tyler Self and timely hitting to defeat Glencoe, 9-0, on Wednesday (Mar. 18) at GHS, while a 12-run fourth inning propelled the Warriors (4-8, 2-0)

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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC men’s basketball

Alabama week in review

The Crimson Tide finished the regular season with a 61-60 road win over Texas A&M. Alabama improved to 18-13 overall, and 8-10 in league play. Due to the win, Alabama earned the No. 9 seed in the SEC Tournament this week. The Crimson Tide plays Florida in the second round. If UA wins, it will

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Southside ranked No. 1 in ASWA softball poll

Listed below are the Alabama Sports Writers Association high school softball and baseball polls released on Mar. 12.

SOFTBALL

CLASS 7A

  1. Hewitt-Trussville 

  2. Sparkman

  3. Spain Park 

  4. Central-Phenix City

  5. Buckhorn

  6. Baker 

 7. Vestavia Hills

  8. Huntsville

  9. Thompson

  10. Mary Montgomery

CLASS 6A

  1. Southside 

  2. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa

  3. Hartselle 

  4. Dothan

  5. Arab

  6. Saraland 

 

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Sally TinkerSally Tinker

Glencoe’s Tinker reaches milestone

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Sally Tinker’s final high school basketball game turned out to be a grand affair. 

The Glencoe High senior scored her 1,000th career point during the the Northeast Regional Tournament semifinals on Feb. 16 at Jacksonville State.

Tinker, who this past season averaged 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals, finished her prep career with

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Pat EdmondsPat Edmonds

Gadsden State cagers earn postseason honors

Three Gadsden State basketball players received postseason recognition earlier this week.

For the Lady Cardinals, sophomore center Carla Clemmons and freshman guard Kaelyn Irby both made both the Alabama Community College Conference All-Region 22 and All-ACCC North Division first teams. 

Clemmons averaged 16.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocks, while Irby was good for 10.4 points, 6.4 assists and

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Members of the Gadsden Pioneers Rugby Club advance the ball against the Clinch River (Va.) Crusaders on Mar. 7 in Alabama City.  Members of the Gadsden Pioneers Rugby Club advance the ball against the Clinch River (Va.) Crusaders on Mar. 7 in Alabama City.

Local rugby club off to a good start

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Yes, Virginia, Gadsden does has a rugby team!

Last Saturday (Mar. 7), the Gadsden Pioneers won their second game of the season, beating Clinch River (Va.) Crusaders, 54-19, at the athletic field on North 32nd Street in Alabama City.

The Pioneers, who defeated D-3 Chattanooga earlier in the season, will look to avenge their only

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Christian HutchinsonChristian Hutchinson

Gadsden State comes up short in conference championship

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

The Gadsden State mens basketball team came up short in the Alabama Community College Conference championship game on Saturday (Mar. 7), falling to Faulkner State, 93-74, in Bay Minette.

A strong second-half start and a solid performance at the free throw line helped Faulkner take control of the game over the final 20

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Carla ClemmonsCarla Clemmons

Lady Cardinals fall in conference semifinals

The Gadsden State womens basketball team’s season came to an end in the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament semifinals on Friday (Mar. 6), as the Lady Cardinals fell to eventual state champion Lawson State, 63-54, at Faulkner State in Bay Minette.

Carla Clemmons led Gadsden State (25-6) with 12 points, while Brittany Washington added 10.

Kaelyn

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<p></p><p><span class= Carla Clemmons scored 18 points and Morgan Jones added 14 points and seven rebounds as the Gadsden State women’s basketball team posted a 77-66 victory over Southern Union on Thursday (Mar. 5) in the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament quarterfinals at Faulkner State in Bay Minette.

The Lady Cardinals (25-5) will face Lawson State on Friday (Mar. 6) at

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Carla Clemmons scored 18 points and Morgan Jones added 14 points and seven rebounds as the Gadsden State women’s basketball team posted a 77-66 victory over Southern Union on Thursday (Mar. 5) in the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament quarterfinals at Faulkner State in Bay Minette.

The Lady Cardinals (25-5) will face Lawson State on Friday (Mar. 6) at

Carla Clemmons scored 18 points and Morgan Jones added 14 points and seven rebounds as the Gadsden State women’s basketball team posted a 77-66 victory over Southern Union on Thursday (Mar. 5) in the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament quarterfinals at Faulkner State in Bay Minette.

The Lady Cardinals (25-5) will face Lawson State on Friday (Mar. 6) at

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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC men’s basketball

Alabama week in review

The Crimson Tide’s finish to the regular season isn’t exactly the ending Anthony Grant needed for his future in Tuscaloosa. Alabama lost back-to-back games to Vanderbilt and Ole Miss, and Grant is now firmly planted on the hot seat. It is unclear whether Alabama Athletic Director Bill Battle will move on from Grant, but if

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Hope BishopHope Bishop

Local student-athletes named 2015 Bryant-Jordan regional winners

From AHSAA

Three area student-athletes were among 104 regional winners of the 2015 Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete scholarship awards. 

Glencoe High School’s Hope Bishop was named the Class 3A Region 6 Achievement winner, Westbrook Christian’s Ali Porter was selected as Class 3A Region 6 Scholar-Athlete winner and Southside’s Lindsey Hindsman was chosen as the Class 6A Region 7 Scholar-Athlete winner.

A

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Jamie Roberts (Courtesy of Cherokee County Herald)Jamie Roberts (Courtesy of Cherokee County Herald)

Collinsville’s Roberts signs with Gadsden State

By Shannon Fagan/Cherokee County Herald

Being a southpaw is something Collinsville High senior softball player Jamie Roberts has been used to all her life.

It’s also something she’s used to her advantage.

Last year, Roberts wreaked havoc on opposing pitchers from the plate. She batted .552 with 10 home runs, seven doubles, a triple, 33 runs and 49 RBIs.

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