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2014 Hokes Bluff High graduate and Purdue University incoming sophomore Isaac Haas (left) recently received an invitation to try out for the 2015 U.S. Pan American Games men’s basketball team. (Courtesy of purduesports.com)2014 Hokes Bluff High graduate and Purdue University incoming sophomore Isaac Haas (left) recently received an invitation to try out for the 2015 U.S. Pan American Games men’s basketball team. (Courtesy of purduesports.com)

Former Eagle Haas to try out for U.S. Pan Am basketball roster

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

2014 Hokes Bluff High graduate and Purdue University incoming sophomore Isaac Haas is of one of 16 players collegiate players selected by USA Basketball to receive an invitation to take part in the 2015 U.S. Pan American Games men’s basketball team training camp. The camp is used to select the 12 players who will represent the

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Following a season at Troy, former Gadsden State basketball standout Lacey Buchanon has transferred to Jacksonville State. Following a season at Troy, former Gadsden State basketball standout Lacey Buchanon has transferred to Jacksonville State.

Former GSCC standout to play for Jacksonville State

The Jacksonville State University women’s basketball team has added a local player to the Gamecock program, as former Gadsden State standout Lacey Buchanon recently transferred from Troy.

A 5-3 guard, Buchanon helped the 2014-15 Lady Trojans to a 20-win season. Before playing for Troy, Buchanon spent her first two seasons on the collegiate level at Gadsden State, where she

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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around the SEC

The Southeastern Conference is consistently the best overall collegiate league in several sports. Football receives the most attention - it’s the most popular sport in the country - but the league is also the strongest conference in baseball, softball, gymnastics and golf.

The one sport where the SEC struggles to produce on a national level on a yearly basis

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2015 Etowah High graduate and incoming Gadsden State freshman Madison Bishop will play for the Lady Cardinal softball team this coming season. 2015 Etowah High graduate and incoming Gadsden State freshman Madison Bishop will play for the Lady Cardinal softball team this coming season.

Gadsden State softball replenishes roster

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

With only one sophomore on the roster this past spring, Scott Sanderson knew that his first season as Gadsden State softball coach would be a learning experience for both he and his players.

Most of the dust from the Lady Cardinals’ 14-39 season (7-17 in conference play) has settled, and Sanderson spent the past few months

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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC baseball

The University of Virginia defeated Vanderbilt, 4-2, in the finals of the College World Series on Wednesday (June 24) for the first baseball national championship in school history. 

The Cavaliers avenged last season’s loss to the Commodores in the finals.

Despite reaching the championship series last year, this version of the Cavaliers had limited expectations entering this season. 

Vanderbilt

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Freddie Kitchens (left) and Roderick “Nana” McKenzie take a quick break from coaching during Kitchens’ 16th annual youth football camp on Saturday (June 20) in Attalla. Freddie Kitchens (left) and Roderick “Nana” McKenzie take a quick break from coaching during Kitchens’ 16th annual youth football camp on Saturday (June 20) in Attalla.

Kitchens hosts 16th annual football camp

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Last Saturday (June 20) in Attalla, Freddie Kitchens
returned to Jim Glover Field at Etowah Stadium to host his 16th
annual football camp.

A standout two-sport athlete for the Blue Devils in the
early 1990s, Kitchens went on to play both football and baseball for

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Pictured are the1985 Alabama Junior College Conference state baseball champion Gadsden State Confederates. First row, from left: Eric Rudolph, Scott Moates, Billy Jennings, Bernard Rudolph, Tommy Stanley, Steven Burroughs, Tony Bright, Randy Jones, Lee Dickey. Second row, from left: Shun Adams, Kenneth Entrekin, DeWayne Gregg, Brian Manasco, Dennis Jones, Mark Stephens, Ivey Davis, Mike Hanson. Third row, from left: head coach Bill Lockridge Stan Cox, Mike Hanks, Gregg Stewart, Anthony Porter, Richie Johnson, Terry Tolson.Pictured are the1985 Alabama Junior College Conference state baseball champion Gadsden State Confederates. First row, from left: Eric Rudolph, Scott Moates, Billy Jennings, Bernard Rudolph, Tommy Stanley, Steven Burroughs, Tony Bright, Randy Jones, Lee Dickey. Second row, from left: Shun Adams, Kenneth Entrekin, DeWayne Gregg, Brian Manasco, Dennis Jones, Mark Stephens, Ivey Davis, Mike Hanson. Third row, from left: head coach Bill Lockridge Stan Cox, Mike Hanks, Gregg Stewart, Anthony Porter, Richie Johnson, Terry Tolson.

1985 Gadsden State baseball team observes 30th anniversary of state title

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

  It has now been 30 years since the Gadsden State Community College “Confederates,” as they were called at the time, won the Alabama Junior College Conference Northern Division baseball championship, the AJCC state title and a berth in the NJCAA tournament. A group of mainly local athletes and coaches added to Gadsden being known as

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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC baseball

A season ago, Vanderbilt defeated Virginia in the NCAA College World Series to capture the first baseball national championship in school history. Now, the Commodores and Cavaliers are on track to face each other again for the national title in Omaha.

Virginia beat both Arkansas and Florida to reach the semifinals of the CWS and have two chances to

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Dre Kirkpatrick observes the action during his third annual youth football camp on June 13 at GCHS.Dre Kirkpatrick observes the action during his third annual youth football camp on June 13 at GCHS.

Former Titan Kirkpatrick delivers positive message to area youth

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Former Gadsden City High and University of Alabama football standout Dre Kirkpatrick was back in town on Saturday (June 13) conducting his 3rd Annual 21 Kids Football Camp. 

“We put this camp on each year to give something to the kids in the community," said Kirkpatrick, a 2009 GCHS graduate. “Our society has seen video

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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC baseball

Four teams from the Southeastern Conference advanced to the NCAA College Baseball World Series next week in Omaha, Neb. The College World Series features eight teams in all, including SEC members LSU, Arkansas, Florida and defending national champion Vanderbilt. 

Other members of the field include Cal State Fullerton, Virginia, Texas Christian and Miami (Fla.).

In the Super Regionals, LSU

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Claire GravesClaire Graves

Southside’s Graves rakes in ASWA softball honors

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Southside High’s Claire Graves ended her prep softball career with the Triple Crown in postseason honors.

On releasing its 2015 All-State softball teams last week, the Alabama Sports Writers Association selected the senior pitcher as the Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year and first team pitcher in Class 6A.

Graves, who

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Dustin RobinsonDustin Robinson

Locals make ASWA All-State baseball teams

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Several area players made the Alabama Sports Writers Association 2015 All-State high school baseball teams released last week.

The lone first-team selection was Etowah senior Dustin Robinson at Class 5A second base. Robinson, who also pitched, helped the Blue Devils post a 28-11 record, win the Area 13 title and make it to the

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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC baseball

Seven Southeastern Conference baseball teams made the NCAA Tournament, and five of them advanced to the Super Regionals. LSU, Florida, Vanderbilt, Texas A&M and Arkansas all won their respective regionals and will each play in best-of-three series this weekend.

LSU went 3-0 in its regional and host Louisiana-Lafayette in Baton Rouge. The Tigers entered the tournament as the second

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John ButtsJohn Butts

Butts leaving Gadsden State, back to high school ranks

By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter

After four successful years as women’s head basketball coach at Gadsden State, John Butts is heading to Sand Mountain.

On May 26, the Albertville City Board of Education approved Butts to succeed Jay Shankles as the Aggies’ girls basketball coach. Butts will teach health at AHS.

A 1986 graduate of West End High

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Taylor TalbotTaylor Talbot

Gadsden City hires Talbot as baseball coach

By Shannon Fagan/Cherokee County Herald

The list of credentials Taylor Talbot has accumulated during his eight-year tenure as Cedar Bluff High’s head baseball coach is an impressive one:  three Cherokee County Tournament championships, five area championships, six Class 1A quarterfinal or semifinal playoff appearances and an overall record of 178-107.

Talbot turned the Tiger baseball program into a winner.

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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC baseball

Florida won the SEC Baseball Tournament for the seventh time in school history after the Gators defeated Vanderbilt, 7-3, in last week’s championship game last Sunday (May 24) in Hoover.

Florida’s path to the championship included wins over LSU, Arkansas and Auburn. The Gators lost their opening game to the Razorbacks, 7-6, but responded with four straight wins. 

As

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Pictured is the 1995 Gadsden High School boys soccer team celebrating its Class 1A-5A state championship.  Pictured is the 1995 Gadsden High School boys soccer team celebrating its Class 1A-5A state championship.

Gadsden High soccer players, coaches share thoughts on ‘90s state title teams

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent

In 1991, the Alabama High School Athletic Association recognized soccer as a championship sport, for the first time.

At first, the AHSAA should have dubbed it the “Gadsden High Invitational,” as the Tigers won the first three state championships, finished second in ‘94, and won the title again in ‘95.

As for the runner-up team,

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Seth FordSeth Ford

Ford leaves Westbrook boys basketball, Pruitt takes over

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

After seven years at Westbrook Christian, Seth Ford is taking his talents from Rainbow City to Ashville.

Ford resigned as Westbrook boys basketball coach on May 18 to take the same position at Ashville High while teaching Driver Ed.

“When the opportunity became available, I definitely did a lot of thinking and praying

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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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