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Charley RoweCharley Rowe

Westbrook tennis teams compete at state tournament

The Westbrook Christian girls and boys tennis teams took eighth and 10th place, respectively, at the Class 1A-3A state tournament on Monday and Tuesday (Apr. 21-22) in Montgomery.

The Lady Warriors finished with 14 points, while the Warriors totaled eight.

Charley Rowe advanced the farthest for both teams, falling Bayside Academy’s Trent Kennegieter in the No. 1 singles championship

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Lacey BuchanonLacey Buchanon

Cardinal’s Buchanon named All-American

Gadsden State sophomore basketball point guard Lacey Buchanon recently was named a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American. She was the only player from Alabama selected for the honor.  A 2012 Jacksonville High graduate, Buchanon finished the season first in the Alabama Community College Conference and in the top 10 in the nation for assists averaging five per

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 Southside High’s Paiden Kircus rounds second base on the way to a fourth-inning triple in the Lady Panthers’ 9-1 win over Hokes Bluff in the Etowah County Tournament championship game on Saturday (Apr. 19) at SHS. Southside High’s Paiden Kircus rounds second base on the way to a fourth-inning triple in the Lady Panthers’ 9-1 win over Hokes Bluff in the Etowah County Tournament championship game on Saturday (Apr. 19) at SHS.

Lady Panthers top Hokes Bluff for county softball title

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

The Southside High softball team made short work of the opposition in the Etowah County Schools Tournament last weekend at SHS.

The Class 5A No. 3 Lady Panthers (27-6) opened with a 10-0 victory over defending championship Sardis on Friday (Apr. 18), then followed up on Saturday with a 9-1 win over Hokes Bluff.

Claire Graves

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Westbrook Christian’s Blaine Beaird scores a run during the Warriors’ 23-1, 13-0 sweep of North Sand Mountain in the first round of the Class 2A state baseball playoffs on Friday (Apr. 18) in Rainbow City. Westbrook Christian’s Blaine Beaird scores a run during the Warriors’ 23-1, 13-0 sweep of North Sand Mountain in the first round of the Class 2A state baseball playoffs on Friday (Apr. 18) in Rainbow City.

Westbrook rounds up Thundering Herd

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Westbrook Christian’s 1-14 start to the season is quickly becoming a distant memory.

Sparked by a pair of solid pitching performances and an offense that produced 25 hits and 36 runs, the Warriors (14-20) blew past North Sand Mountain, 23-1 and 13-0, in the first round of the Class 2A state baseball playoffs on Friday (Apr.

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Brock LoveBrock Love

Panthers pound Scottsboro in first round

By Gene Stanley/Sports Correspondent

The hunt for the state baseball championships is on, and Southside High made its Class 5A first-round series look easy, beating Scottsboro 7-0 and 12-0 on Friday (Apr. 18) at SHS.

The fourth-ranked Panthers (32-7) were clicking on all cylinders, as evidenced by the fact the Wildcats had only three base-runners and just two hits

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Gadsden City High’s Neal Collins delivers a pitch during the Titans’ 1-0 victory over Huntsville in the first round of the Class 6A state baseball playoffs on Apr. 18 in Huntsville. (Bob Gathany/al.com)Gadsden City High’s Neal Collins delivers a pitch during the Titans’ 1-0 victory over Huntsville in the first round of the Class 6A state baseball playoffs on Apr. 18 in Huntsville. (Bob Gathany/al.com)

Gadsden City comes up short to Huntsville

By Jimmy Lay/al.com

After splitting a doubleheader on Friday (Apr. 18), Gadsden City came up short to Huntsville, 9-7, on Saturday (Apr. 19) in the first round of the Class 6A state baseball playoffs. 

The Titans (17-20) led 6-2 after four innings but could not hold on, as the Generals scored seven straight runs to take the lead for

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Yellow Jackets, Blue Devils, Lions fall in first round of baseball playoffs

Glencoe lost to Piedmont, 14-4 and 11-4, on Friday (Apr. 18) in the first round of the Class 3A state baseball playoffs. 

For the Yellow Jackets (14-10) in game 2, Andrew Willis went 3-for-4 with a run scored, while Taylor Daugherty went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. 

Will Parker and Dalton Roberts each had a hit

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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC baseball

Auburn and Alabama Week 5 Review

Auburn lost two out of three games to rival Alabama last weekend in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers won the opener, 2-1, behind a dominant pitching performance from Dillon Ortman. The Crimson Tide bounced back with a 4-1 victory in the second game. Alabama pitcher Justin Kamplain allowed only one run in eight and 2/3 innings. In

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Wells Ford and Reagan KingWells Ford and Reagan King

Lady Warriors win tennis sectionals

The Westbrook Christian girls tennis team swept the double competition and won five of six singles matches to win the Class 1A-3A, Section 4 tennis tournament on Tuesday (Apr. 15) at the Dana Loconto Tennis Complex in Gadsden.

The Lady Warriors will compete at the Class 1A-3A state tournament on Apr. 21-22 in Montgomery. 

Westbrook totaled 61 points at sectionals, followed by

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Chelsea CommingsChelsea Commings

Commings signs with UWA

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Chelsea Commings is leaving the Titans for the Tigers.

The Gadsden City High senior signed a soccer scholarship on Wednesday (Apr. 16) with the University of West Alabama in Livingston.

Commings, who has started for the Lady Titan varsity soccer team at striker since her 8th grade year, was excited about the opportunity to play at the

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Local teams ranked in April 17 ASWA high school softball, baseball polls

BASEBALL

  CLASS 6A

1. Pelham 

2. Thompson 

3. Hoover 

4.Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa

5. Hewitt-Trussville 

6. Huntsville

7. Spain Park

8. Alma Bryant

9. Oxford

10. Northview

CLASS 5A

1. Spanish Fort

2. Cullman 

3. St. Paul’s

4. Southside 

5. Hartselle 

6. Muscle Shoals 

7. Homewood 

8. Springville

9. Rehobeth 

10. Pleasant Grove 

CLASS 4A

1. Charles Henderson

2. Childersburg 

3. Oneonta 

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Haden Ryals Haden Ryals

Southside’s Ryals wins state Bryant-Jordan award

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Not many high school student-athletes go from undergoing head major surgery to winning four straight state wrestling titles.

In recognition of the above accomplishment, Southside High senior Haden Ryals was named the Class 5A overall state winner of the 2014 Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Award for Student Achievement on Monday in Birmingham,. 

Ryals was selected as the Class

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Hunter CloughHunter Clough

Southside shuts out Sardis to win county baseball championship

By Gene Stanley/Sports Correspondent

Southside High made no bones about who was to be crowned county baseball champion, as the No. 4 Panthers bested Sardis, 9-0, in the championship game on Saturday (Apr. 12) at SHS.

In fact, the game was so one-sided that Will Scott's single in the seventh inning was the first and lone hit for the

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Scott CliftonScott Clifton

Clifton resigns as Coosa Christian football coach

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Scott Clifton is one-and-done with the Conquerors.

Last week, the Coosa Christian head football coach resigned after one season in Gadsden.

Clifton, who guided the 2013 Conquerors to a 3-7 record last season that included a 3-1finish, said that the decision to step down was his. 

“My daughter and my parents and my in-laws are all

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Brodie CroyleBrodie Croyle

Local sports hall of fame inducts four

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

The Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame inducted four sports legends into the ranks of Etowah County’s finest on Saturday (Apr. 12) at Convention Hall in Gadsden. The 2014 class of Pat Adkison, Darryl Dunn, Mark Morrison and Brodie Croyle took its place with more than 100 past inductees. 

Pat Adkison

Gene

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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC mens basketball

NCAA Tournament 

Connecticut became the first seventh seed to win the NCAA Tournament by defeating Kentucky, 60-54, on Monday (Apr. 7) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex. The Huskies, led by senior guard Shabazz Napier, led the Wildcats for the entirety of the game, although the ‘Cats threatened to take the lead in the second half. Napier led

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Gadsden City High’s Tori Chupp (left) and Oxford’s Barbara Covarrubias collide during the Lady Titians’ 8-0 victory in Class 6A, Area 12 girls soccer on Tuesday (Apr. 8) at GCHS. Gadsden City High’s Tori Chupp (left) and Oxford’s Barbara Covarrubias collide during the Lady Titians’ 8-0 victory in Class 6A, Area 12 girls soccer on Tuesday (Apr. 8) at GCHS.

Lady Titans blank Oxford

 

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Local teams ranked in April 10 ASWA high school softball, baseball polls

BASEBALL

CLASS 6A

1. Pelham 

2. Thompson

3. Opelika

4. Hoover

5. Sparkman

6. Hewitt-Trussville

7. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa

8. Huntsville 

9. Buckhorn

10. Spain Park 

CLASS 5A

1. Spanish Fort 

2. Cullman 

3. St. Paul’s 

4. Southside 

5. Hartselle 

6. Muscle Shoals 

7. Homewood 

8. Etowah 

9. Briarwood Christian

10. Rehobeth 

CLASS 4A

1. Charles

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Gaston High’s Allen Davison delivers a pitch during the Bulldogs’ 9-4 baseball win over West End on Wednesday (Apr. 9) at GHS. Gaston High’s Allen Davison delivers a pitch during the Bulldogs’ 9-4 baseball win over West End on Wednesday (Apr. 9) at GHS.

Davidson steps up for Dawgs on Senior Day

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Allen Davison made sure that he and his fellow Gaston High seniors went out as winners in the final home game of their high school baseball careers on Wednesday (Apr. 9).

Following a shaky first two innings in which he allowed four runs, hit two batters and watched his defense commit four errors, the senior righthander

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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC mens basketball

NCAA Tournament Final Four

Out of all the power conferences, including the Big 10, Big 12, Big East, Pac-12, ACC and AAC, the Southeastern Conference received the fewest amount of bids to the NCAA Tournament. However, the SEC has the most teams in the Final Four this weekend in North Texas. Florida and Kentucky both earned Final Four berths in the

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