Noles steps down at Etowah, hired at Westbrook

January 21, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Drew Noles (pictured above) won’t have very far to travel to the next phase of his coaching career. To be exact, his new school’s campus is located a mere 5.3 miles from his former one. One day after retiring as head football coach at Etowah High School on Jan. 17, Noles accepted
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Senior duo leads Hokes Bluff past Southside for county championship

January 21, 2019 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Hayden Lipscomb (32) goes up for a basket as Southside’s Colton Morrison (20) and Jordan Grantland (3) defend during the Eagles’ 72-49 win in the Etowah County Schools Tournament championship on Jan. 18 in Sardis City. (Alex Chaney) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Hokes Bluff’s interior and exterior work proved too much for Southside
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Lady Yellow Jackets end county title drought

January 21, 2019 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Abby Vice (left) drives to the basket as Southside’s Savannah Nunn defends during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 42-39 victory in the championship game of the Etowah County Schools Tournament on Jan. 19 in Sardis City. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The last time Glencoe High won the Etowah County Girls Basketball Tournament,
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Southside, Glencoe girls ranked in Jan. 17 ASWA basketball poll

January 18, 2019 chris
GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. McGill-Toolen 3. Sparkman 4. Austin 5. Spain Park 6. Davidson 7. Grissom 8. Auburn 9. Hewitt-Trussville 10. Foley Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. Eufaula 3. Hartselle 4. Blount 5. Opelika 6. Huffman 7. McAdory 8. Cullman 9. Park Crossing 10. Dothan Class 5A 1. Ramsay (19-6) 2. Charles
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Lady Panthers dispatch Hokes Bluff in semifinals

January 18, 2019 chris
By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Southside jumped out to a 14-5 lead after one quarter and never trailed in a 39-19 win over Hokes Bluff in the semifinal round of the Etowah County Schools Basketball Tournament on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Sardis. The Lady Panthers (15-4) face either Glencoe or Sardis in Friday’s championship game. Southside
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Late surge pushes Eagles past Sardis

January 18, 2019 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Hayden Lipscomb (left) blocks a shot by Sardis’ Alex James during the Eagles’ 56-49 win in the Etowah County Basketball Tournament semifinals on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Sardis. Credit: Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter. By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Hokes Bluff outscored Sardis 21-9 over the final eight of the game to take a
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 2 review

January 18, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick Auburn Week 2 Review After beginning conference play with a road loss at Ole Miss, the Tigers bounced back and won two straight games by double digits over Georgia and Texas A&M. Auburn took care of the Bulldogs, 93-78, and followed that up with an 85-66 victory over the Aggies. Bryce Brown
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Yellow Jackets cruise into county tournament semifinals

January 16, 2019 chris
Photo: West End’s Gavin Knue (left) guards Sardis’ Brock Ondo during the Yellow Jackets’ 63-43 victory in the quarterfinals of the Etowah County Schools Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 15, in Sardis City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Glencoe maintained a double-digit lead from late in the first quarter to the final buzzer in
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Lady Lions steamroll West End in county tournament quarterfinals

January 16, 2019 chris
Photo: Sardis High’s Kaitlin Morris (23) guards West End’s Montanna Mashburn during the Lady Lions’ 57-12 victory in the quarterfinals of the Etowah County Schools Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 15, in Sardis City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Sardis High girls put the pedal to the metal early on and never let up
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Local gridders recognized at ASWA banquet

January 16, 2019 chris
Photo: Former Etowah High head football coach Drew Noles, Etowah senior Jamin Graham, Hokes Bluff junior Darrian Meads and Hokes Bluff head football coach Mike Robertson (pictured, from left) gather for a photo following the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Mr. Football and Back/Lineman of the Year Banquet on Tuesday, Jan. 15, in Montgomery. Graham and
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Panthers, Eagles dominate All-Etowah County football team

January 14, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Thirty-nine student-athletes make up the 2018 All-Etowah County Schools football team. State playoff participants Southside and Hokes Bluff had the most players represented with 12 and 10, respectively. Seven players were selected from Sardis, followed by Glencoe with four and Gaston and West End with three each. Highlighting the list is
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Southside’s Williams highlights All-Etowah County volleyball

January 14, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Southside High’s Macie Williams highlights the 2018 All-Etowah County volleyball team. The 5’11 senior middle hitter (pictured above) was named the team’s Most Valuable Player after helping the Lady Panthers post a 42-13 record, win a fourth straight county tournament title and advance to the North Super Regional Tournament Class 5A quarterfinals.
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Heavy dose of crimson on All-Etowah County cross country

January 14, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Southside High out-distanced the competition on the 2018 All-Etowah County Schools boys and girls cross country team. The Panthers claimed 14 of the 20 sports on the team – eight for the boys and six for the girls. Southside swept both the county and sectional meets in early November and participated in
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All-Etowah County cheerleading team announced

January 14, 2019 chris
Thirteen student-athletes recently were named to the All-Etowah County Schools cheerleader team. Selected were senior Kayla Brooks, Lexy Morgan and Laney Owen from Southside; senior Molly Hamilton and junior Tamera Foster from Gaston; senior Lexie Payne and junior Carly Sims from Glencoe; seniors Mattie Jackson and Mackenzie Braswell from Hokes Bluff; senior Mary Kathryn Lang and
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In & around SEC football - postseason awards

January 11, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent On Alabama’s third offensive play in last Monday’s (Jan. 7) national title game, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was intercepted by Clemson’s A.J. Terrell, who promptly returned the ball 44 yards for a touchdown. Alabama kept the game close for most of the first half, the Crimson Tide couldn’t keep up with the
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Meads, Graham, Bothwell earn top postseason honors on All-Messenger football team

January 11, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor State quarterfinalists Etowah and Hokes Bluff were well-represented on the 2018 All-Messenger high school football team. The Class 5A Blue Devils and the Class 4A Eagles had seven and five players, respectively, make the first team, including three of the four postseason awards. The choice for Player of the Year was not
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GCHS grad Troup shines in Missouri win over Tennessee

January 11, 2019 chris
2017 Gadsden City High graduate and University of Missouri women’s basketball redshirt freshman Haley Troup (pictured above) came off the bench to score a career-high16 points in the Lady Tigers’ 64-66 upset victory over No. 10 Tennessee last Sunday (Jan. 6) in Knoxville, Tenn. Troup, who shot 4-for-6 from the three-point line, played 29 minutes
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Southside, Glencoe girls ranked in Jan. 10 ASWA basketball poll

January 11, 2019 chris
GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. McGill-Toolen 3. Sparkman 4. Austin 5. Spain Park 6. Davidson 7. Grissom 8. Hewitt-Trussville 9. Auburn 10. Foley Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. Eufaula 3. Hartselle 4. Blount 5. Huffman 6. Opelika 7. McAdory 8. Dothan 9. Cullman 10. Carver-Montgomery Class 5A 1. Ramsay 2. Charles Henderson 3.
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Points off turnovers helps push Etowah past Southside

January 9, 2019 chris
Photo: Etowah’s DeRickey Wright (left) drives against Southside’s Tommy Simmons during the Blue Devils’ 71-44 win in boys basketball last Tuesday (Jan. 8) in Attalla. (Courtesy of Ragan White Photography) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Southside paid the price for too many mistakes against county neighbor and Class 5A, Area 11 rival Etowah last Tuesday (Jan. 8). Blue
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In & around SEC football - bowl recap

January 3, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Eleven of the 14 schools from the SEC made bowl games, the most of any league in the country. The conference currently is 6-5 in bowl games this postseason, and Alabama has an opportunity to improve that record to 7-5 with a win over Clemson in the national title game on
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Former GCHS cager to participate in benefit game for local Boys and Girls Club

January 3, 2019 chris
The Boys & Girls Club of Gadsden/Etowah will host the BGC Basketball Classic this Saturday, Jan. 5, at 4 p.m. at the Gadsden City High School gymnasium. The game features the Talladega College men’s team against Carver College of Atlanta, Ga. Former Boys and Girls Club of Gadsden/Etowah County member and 2018 Gadsden City High
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ASWA Back, Lineman of the Year finalists include pair of local gridders

January 2, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Two area high school football players were among 56 finalists for the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Back/Lineman of the Year awards for the 2018 football season. Etowah senior defensive end Jamin Graham is a finalist for Class 5A Lineman, while Hokes Bluff junior running back Darrian Meads (pictured above) is a finalist
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Gadsden City holds off Etowah for Christmas tournament title

January 2, 2019 chris
Photo: Etowah’s Jamin Graham follows through on a slam dunk as Coosa Christian’s Dartavious Britton (1) and Mikel Mooneyham look on during the recent Greater Gadsden Area Christmas Classic at Gadsden City High School. (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The championship game of the Greater Gadsden Area Christmas Classic lived up to its advance
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Cardinals named to ACCC honor roll

January 2, 2019 chris
Pictured is Gadsden State sophomore Morgan Blalock (right) during a basketball game last season. Thirty Gadsden State student-athletes were named to 2018 Alabama Community College Conference Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll. Recognized were Andrew Bennett, Sloan Gartman, Stephen Walker, Alex Ivey and Justin Blake in men’s tennis; Morgan Blalock, Dalayia Crawford, Brooklyn Dutton, Morgan Frazier, Kaylan
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In & around SEC football - bowl previews part III

December 27, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Saturday, Dec. 29 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Clemson vs. Notre Dame (+12.5). Clemson has been in the playoff field for the last four seasons under Dabo Swinney, so the Tigers are no strangers to the playoffs. While most pundits project a fourth straight meeting between Clemson
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Area players named to ASWA All-State football teams

December 26, 2018 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Seventeen local football players were selected to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2018 All-State football teams. Six players were named to the first team, including Gadsden City senior running back Jamontez Woods at Class 7A Athlete, Etowah senior Jamin Graham (pictured above) at Class 5A defensive end, Etowah junior DeRickey Wright at Class 5A
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In & around SEC football - bowl previews, part II

December 20, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Saturday, Dec. 22 Jared Birmingham Bowl: Memphis vs. Wake Forest (+3.5). The Tigers had chances to win the American Conference Championship but lost to Central Florida for the second time this season. Star running back Darrell Henderson is entering the NFL draft and skipping the bowl game, which will be a big
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Etowah High trio sign DI football scholarships

December 20, 2018 chris
Photo: Etowah High senior football players Jamin Graham (left) and Justin Harris signed letters of intent with the University of Nebraska and Vanderbilt University, respectively, on Wednesday, Dec. 19) at EHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Three Etowah High seniors will continue their football careers at the highest level of competition. Last Wednesday at the
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Southside, Glencoe girls ranked in Dec. 20 ASWA basketball pol

December 20, 2018 chris
GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Spain Park 3. McGill-Toolen 4. Austin 5. Sparkman 6. Davidson 7. Hewitt-Trussville 8. Grissom 9. Foley 10. Auburn Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. Hartselle 3. McAdory 4. Blount 5. Huffman 6. Park Crossing 7. Eufaula 8. Opelika 9. Cullman 10. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa Class 5A 1. Charles Henderson 2. Ramsay
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Lettermen of the USA honors 102 year-old military veteran

December 20, 2018 chris
Photo: United States Army/Lettermen of the USA Board Member Colonel John Jones (left) salutes World War II veteran Major Wooten during Wooten’s 102nd birthday celebration on Dec. 8 in Huntsville. As part of a 102nd birthday celebration, The Lettermen of the USA presented United States Army Private (Ret.) Major Wooten with an autographed Bobby Humphrey
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