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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC football

For seven consecutive years, the Southeastern Conference finished the season on top of the college football world. However, the last two seasons have ended with the SEC in unfamiliar territory. Auburn and Alabama had chances to win national championships in 2013 and 2014, respectively, but both came up short.

Is the SEC’s failure to capture the crown the last

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Is the SEC’s failure to capture the crown the last

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For seven consecutive years, the Southeastern Conference finished the season on top of the college football world. However, the last two seasons have ended with the SEC in unfamiliar territory. Auburn and Alabama had chances to win national championships in 2013 and 2014, respectively, but both came up short.

Is the SEC’s failure to capture the crown the last

For seven consecutive years, the Southeastern Conference finished the season on top of the college football world. However, the last two seasons have ended with the SEC in unfamiliar territory. Auburn and Alabama had chances to win national championships in 2013 and 2014, respectively, but both came up short.

Is the SEC’s failure to capture the crown the last

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Locals participate in North/South All-Star Week games

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent

The 2015 version of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s North-South All-Star Week was formatted a bit differently than its predecessors.

Football, instead of wrapping up the week, was this year’s first event in Montgomery.

2015 Glencoe High graduate Thomas Ozmint played in the game, starting and playing almost every down at strong safety. He

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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC football

By this point, every college football fan knows Nick Saban’s success at Alabama has been historically significant. In the last seven seasons, Alabama has won at least 10 games each year and three national championships, three SEC championships while posting an overall record of 84-11. 

We’re all aware of Saban’s success, but the numbers are still staggering, especially in

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2015 Gadsden City High School graduate Nolan Boatner (right) poses for a photo with University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban earlier this summer. Boatner is attending UA on academic scholarships and is a preferred walk-on with the Crimson Tide football team. 2015 Gadsden City High School graduate Nolan Boatner (right) poses for a photo with University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban earlier this summer. Boatner is attending UA on academic scholarships and is a preferred walk-on with the Crimson Tide football team.

GCHS grad heeds ‘Momma’s call' to UA

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

After accepting a full academic scholarship to Mississippi State University this past February along with the opportunity to be a walk-on for the Bulldog football team, Nolan Boatner discovered that his heart resided approximately 90 minutes northeast of Starkville.

The 2015 Gadsden City High School graduate recently accepted a similar offer from the University

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Gadsden native and Carver High School graduate Evelyn Lawler (left) kisses her son and nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis. Gadsden native and Carver High School graduate Evelyn Lawler (left) kisses her son and nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis.

Gadsden native more than just Carl Lewis’ mom

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

  Over the years many individuals have emerged from Gadsden and Etowah County to make their mark on the world of sports. These local athletes excelled in their chosen fields and going on to glory in the college and professional ranks. 

The Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame is an organization that was founded to archive

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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

In & around SEC football

2015 will be the most important season of Gus Malzahn’s coaching career at Auburn. Everything is in place for the Tigers to be the best team in the Southeastern Conference and possibly the country, but expectations have often been a burden on Auburn football.

In the last 25 years, Auburn has been ranked in the Top 10 of

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Gadsden State student-athletes earn national recognition

The National Junior College Athletic Association recently announced the recipients of the 2014-15 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards, and seven Gadsden State student-athletes were among those recognized.

This year saw a record 1,936 student-athletes from 324 NJCAA member colleges earn national academic honors. During the 2014-15 academic year, the NJCAA saw 58,531 student-athletes compete on 3,461 teams in 28 different sports.

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ML Brackett leaves behind legacy of class

Longtime Etowah County resident and former Etowah High, Auburn University and National Football League standout ML Brackett passed away on June 30 at the age of 81. The following is an article originally published in the Feb. 25, 2009 edition of The Messenger. 

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

ML Brackett’s career has taken him far and wide from his roots in

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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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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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