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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC baseball

Alabama Week 10 Review

The Crimson Tide finished the regular season with a shutout win over Vanderbilt, and the Tide entered this week’s SEC Tournament as the 11 seed. In the opening game of the tournament, Alabama defeated sixth seeded Ole Miss 6-1, eliminating the Rebels. On the second day of the tournament, Alabama lost to Texas A&M 4-3. Alabama’s

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Jacob MayfieldJacob Mayfield

Westbrook grad honored

Courtesy of Birmingham Southern College

After a standout career on the diamond and in the classroom over the past four years at Birmingham-Southern College, 2010 Westbrook Christian graduate Jacob Mayfield was recently honored by the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame with its inaugural Scholar-Athlete Award. 

Mayfield, who will receive a $3,000 scholarship toward his post-graduate work, plans to

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Sardis High School senior Allie Jones recently signed to play basketball for Snead StateSardis High School senior Allie Jones recently signed to play basketball for Snead State

Sardis’ Jones signs with Snead State

By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter

Sardis High School senior Allie Jones was an eighth-grader when she dedicated herself to becoming a college caliber basketball player.

Jones’ time and effort paid off on April 30 when she signed to play for Snead State Community College in Boaz.

“I always wanted to play college softball, but in

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Southside High’s Claire Graves delivers a pitch during the Lady Panthers’ win over Daphne in the Class 6A stat softball tournament on Friday (May 15) in Montgomery.Southside High’s Claire Graves delivers a pitch during the Lady Panthers’ win over Daphne in the Class 6A stat softball tournament on Friday (May 15) in Montgomery.

Southside comes up just short in Class 6A state softball finals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

The Southside High softball team‘s impressive postseason run ended one run short of the Class 6A state championship on Saturday (May 16) in Montgomery.

After battling back through the playback bracket to reach the title game, the Lady Panthers (42-7) posted a 5-4 eight-inning victory over Wetumpka.

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Gaston High’s Haley Morgan delivers a pitch during the Lady Bulldogs’ loss to Goshen in the Class 2A stat softball tournament on May 15 in Montgomery. Gaston High’s Haley Morgan delivers a pitch during the Lady Bulldogs’ loss to Goshen in the Class 2A stat softball tournament on May 15 in Montgomery.

Lady Bulldogs go 0-2 at state softball tournament

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Gaston High made a quick exit in the Class 2A AHSAA state softball tournament on Friday (May 15).

The Lady Bulldogs dropped a 10-0 decision to Goshen, then lost 15-0 to G.W. Long at Lagoon Park in Montgomery.

Goshen25-19-2)  took an early 5-0 lead after three innings and was never threatened thereafter. The big hit

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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC baseball

Alabama and Auburn Week 9 Review

Alabama won its most important series of the season over Auburn, as the Crimson Tide swept the Tigers on The Plains last weekend. The Crimson Tide had been struggling entering the series and Auburn had been playing as well as any team in the conference, but the Tigers couldn’t overcome large deficits to

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The Westbrook Christian boys golf team poses with its first-place plaque after winning the Class 3A state golf tournament on Tuesday (May 12) in Mobile. Pictured, from left: John Hilliard Catanzaro, Parker Brown, Matthew Williams, Harrison Martin, William Wethington.The Westbrook Christian boys golf team poses with its first-place plaque after winning the Class 3A state golf tournament on Tuesday (May 12) in Mobile. Pictured, from left: John Hilliard Catanzaro, Parker Brown, Matthew Williams, Harrison Martin, William Wethington.

Westbrook boys win Class 3A state golf title

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

At least with the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s first and second-place state plaques, blue is a much preferable color than red.

After two straight years as the state runner-up in golf, the Westbrook Christian boys golf team finally earned a championship trophy earlier this week in Mobile.

Although no Warrior placed in the individual top

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The Glencoe High girls golf team poses with its first-place plaque after winning the Class 1A-3A state golf tournament on Tuesday (May 12) in Mobile. Pictured, from left: Lauren Cole, Hope Bishop, head coach Jason Pierce, Madison Autwell, Madison Cole. The Glencoe High girls golf team poses with its first-place plaque after winning the Class 1A-3A state golf tournament on Tuesday (May 12) in Mobile. Pictured, from left: Lauren Cole, Hope Bishop, head coach Jason Pierce, Madison Autwell, Madison Cole.

Glencoe girls finish first, Westbrook second at state golf tournament

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

The 2015 Glencoe High girls golf squad now stands alone among all previous GHS girls varsity sports teams.

The Lady Yellow Jackets shot a collective 494 score (32 over par) to win the 36-hole Class 1A-3A state championship on Tuesday (May 12) at Magnolia Grove in Mobile for the first girls state championship for GHS.

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Claire GravesClaire Graves

Southside wins North Regional, set for state tournament

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

The Southside High softball team showed last weekend in Huntsville why it went wire-to-wire as the top-ranked squad in Class 6A.

The Lady Panthers made short work of the opposition in the Class 6A North Regional Tournament, beating three ranked teams to the tune of 12-0 en route to the North Regional title.

Southside takes on

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Cadie BagleyCadie Bagley

Lady Bulldogs take second place at regionals, qualify for state tournament

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Although his team took the scenic route to qualify for the AHSAA state softball tournament, Gaston High head softball coach Jay Williams isn’t complaining. 

After the Lady Bulldogs (24-16-2) opened the Class 2A North Central Regional Tournament with a 10-3 win over Ranburne, Gaston suffered a 15-0 loss to eventual champion Sumiton Christian to drop to

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Madison GrantMadison Grant

Lady Blue Devils go 1-2 at softball regional

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

The Etowah High softball team went 1-2 at the Class 5A North Regional in Huntsville. 

After opening with a 5-3 victory over Randolph on May 8, No. 5 Etowah fell to the playback bracket with a 2-0 loss to Lawrence County. The Lady Blue Devils then ended their season on May 9 with a 5-1 loss

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Glencoe, West End, Hokes Bluff, Sardis come up short at softball regionals

Glencoe High came one game shy of a berth in the state softball tournament, falling to No. 2 Oakman, 1-0, in the finals of the playback bracket in the Class 3A North Regional Tournament in Tuscaloosa.

After opening with a 4-2 loss to Oakman, the Lady Yellow Jackets rebounded with three straight wins: 9-2 over Holly Pond, 9-5

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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC baseball

Alabama Week 7 Review

The Crimson Tide’s NCAA Tournament chances took a hit after a weekend sweep at home to Arkansas. Alabama has struggled in recent weeks and is only a game ahead of Tennessee and Georgia for last place in the SEC. The Tide currently is 25-24 overall and 8-16 in conference play. They travel to Auburn this

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Chase BeggsChase Beggs

All-Etowah County baseball team announced

Southside High senior Brock Love and Hokes Bluff senior Chase Beggs were recently named co-Most Valuable Players of the 2015 All-Etowah County Schools baseball team.

Joining Love from the county tournament champion Panthers were seniors Hunter Clough, Landon Cunningham and Lakota Leek and sophomore Tanner Snow. 

Joining Beggs from the county runner-up Eagles were juniors Austin Willbanks

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Gabe FordGabe Ford

Area football players named to North All-Star team

A pair of local high school seniors will participate in the 56th AHSAA North-South All-Star Football Game on July 17 in Montgomery.

Gadsden City’s Gabe Ford and Glencoe’s Thomas Ozmint were selected as running backs for the North roster.

Ford ran for 1,164 yards and 11 touchdowns this past season while helping the Titans post a 10-3

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Holt KeelingHolt Keeling

Local athletes medal at state track meets

Several local athletes won medals at the AHSAA state track meets on May 1-2.

At the Class 1A-2A-3A meets at Cullman, Gaston High’s Jason Bogle and Haley Gladden both took home the silver in the shot put with respective throws of 43.05 and 33-05.75.

Bogle also won the bronze in the javelin with a toss of 165-05. 

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The Glencoe High girls golf team poses with its first place plaque after winning the Class 1A-3A sub state tournament on Monday (May 4) at the Gadsden Country Club. Pictured, from left: Madison Autwell, Lauren Cole, coach Jason Pierce, Madison Cole, Hope Bishop.The Glencoe High girls golf team poses with its first place plaque after winning the Class 1A-3A sub state tournament on Monday (May 4) at the Gadsden Country Club. Pictured, from left: Madison Autwell, Lauren Cole, coach Jason Pierce, Madison Cole, Hope Bishop.

Glencoe finishes first, Westbrook second at golf substates

The Glencoe High and Westbrook Christian girls golf teams won first and second place, respectively, at the Class 1A-3A substate playoff on Monday (May 4) at the Gadsden Country Club.

Both teams will compete in the state tournament on May 11-12 in Mobile. 

The Lady Yellow Jackets finished with a 239 score, while the Lady Warriors totaled 248. 

Hope

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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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Gaston High’s Haley Morgan delivers a pitch during the Lady Bulldogs’ win over West End in the Class 2A, Area 12 softball tournament championship on Friday (May 1) at GHS.Gaston High’s Haley Morgan delivers a pitch during the Lady Bulldogs’ win over West End 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

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Carley GardnerCarley Gardner

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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