Hokes Bluff ranked in latest ASWA football poll

Released September 13 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 3-0 340 2. Hoover 2-1 280 3. Thompson 2-0 226 4. Hewitt-Trussville 2-0 216 5. McGill-Toolen 3-0 183 6. Spain Park 3-0 160 7. Theodore 3-0 81 8. Auburn 2-1 66 9. Oak Mountain 3-0 58 10. Mountain Brook 2-1 28 Others receiving votes:
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Local runners compete at Etowah Trails Invitational 5K

Local runners compete at Etowah Trails Invitational A number of area high school cross country runners competed on the Etowah Trails Invitational 5K last Saturday (Sept. 9) at Noccalula Falls Park. The event was hosted by Gadsden City High School. Several local runners finished in the top 10. In girls event, Meghan McCarthy of Rainbow
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JSU fades in second half against Ramblin’ Wreck

Photo: Jacksonville State’s Darius Jackson (right) covers Georgia Tech’s Nathan Cottrell during the Gamecocks’ 37-10 loss last Saturday (Sept. 9) in Atlanta. By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State made its annual visit into the land of major college football with adverse results once again on Saturday (Sept. 9) in Atlanta. Georgia Tech, one of the
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No. 7 Eagles hold of Cherokee County

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Levi Taliaferro (19), Dane Driskell (9), Jackson Evans (32), Grant Mason (45) and Ashton Gulledge (2) converge on Cherokee County’s Sidney Perry during the Eagles’ 27-21 win last Friday (Sept. 8) at HBHS. (Photo by Alex Chaney) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Hokes Bluff jumped to a 21-14 halftime lead and held on for
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Etowah hangs 50 on Douglas on homecoming

Photo: Etowah High’s Evan Jones (right) pulls away from Douglas’ Briley Smith during the Blue Devils’ 50-0 victory last Friday (Sept. 8) in Attalla. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor It was nolo contendere at James Glover Field last Friday (Sept. 8). In their Class 5A, Region 7 opener against Douglas, the Blue Devils raced out to a
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Titans can’t overcome slow start against Hewitt-Trussville

Photo: Gadsden City’s Jaelyn Fleming drags a pile of Hewitt-Trussville defenders during the Titans’ 38-24 loss last Friday. By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A sluggish start doomed Gadsden City High in a 38-24 loss to Hewitt-Trussville last Friday (Sept. 8) at Husky Stadium in Trussville. The Huskies (2-0, 1-0) received the ball to start the game
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Sardis upsets No. 8 Madison Academy

By Taylor Beck/For Sand Mountain Reporter Sardis High found itself down 17-0 early in the second half to region foe and No. 8 Madison Academy but the Lions roared back to upset the Mustangs, 18-17, last Friday (Sept.8) in Sardis City. In the past two weeks, Sardis (1-2, 1-0) suffered single-digit losses at the hands
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Coosa Christian conquers Valley Head

By Bradley Roberts/Fort Payne Times-Journal Coosa Christian conquered Valley Head, 25-6, in the first Class 1A, Region 6 matchup of the season for both teams last Friday (Sept. 8) at Valley Head. The Conquerors improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in region competition, while Valley Head fell to 0-2 overall and 1-2 in region play.
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Penalties hamper Gaston in region loss to Section

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent Gaston kicked off its Class 2A, Region 6 schedule last Friday (Sep. 8) with a 20-6 loss to Section at Shinbone Ridge. The Lions (3-0, 1-0) regained possession with 8:30 remaining in the first half of play. The ball was being advanced until an interception by Matthew Rich placed the home
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Panthers fall short at Fort Payne

By Cody Dowler/Fort Payne Times-Journal A year ago, it was the Fort Payne Wildcats who didn’t finish strong in a 34-31 loss at Southside. Last Friday (Sept. 8), the Wildcats turned the tables with a 28-14 home win. The Panthers came out on offense with a shifty running game that gave the ‘Cats fits on
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Warriors, Yellow Jackets, Patriots come up short

Photo: West End High’s Levi Armstrong (left) fends off Tanner’s Ben Looney during the Patriots’ 28-10 Class 2A, Region 7 loss last Friday (Sept. 8) in Walnut Grove. (Photo by Sherry Abercrombie) Westbrook Christian fell to Sand Rock, 17-3, in the Warriors’ Class 2A, Region 6 opener last Friday (Sept. 8) in Rainbow City. Westbrook’s lone score
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 1 Review Despite losing much of its front seven to the NFL, No. 1 Alabama’s defense was dominant in the Crimson Tide’s 24-7 victory over No. 3 Florida State in Atlanta last Saturday (Sept. 2). The Alabama offense struggled at times in new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll’s debut, but
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Hokes Bluff ranked in latest ASWA football poll

Released Sept. 6 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 2-0 280 2. Hoover 1-1 236 3. Thompson 1-0 187 4. Hewitt-Trussville 1-0 178 5. McGill-Toolen 2-0 151 6. James Clemens 1-0 121 7. Spain Park 2-0 111 8. Auburn 2-0 81 9. Mountain Brook 2-0 40 10. Baker 2-0 18 Others receiving votes:
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Locals recognized by AHSAA

Pictured above, Hokes Bluff’s Landon Johnson (Photo by Alex Chaney) Several area high school football players were nominated to the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 2 of the 2017 football season. Glencoe senior quarterback Jacob Amberson completed 12-of-14 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets’ 28-17 win
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Yellow Jackets rally past Westbrook, 28-14

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s John Ross Morgan (23) brings down Glencoe’s Easton Foreman during the Yellow Jackets’ 28-17 victory last Friday (Sept. 1) in Rainbow City. (Photo by Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor When Glencoe High’s first two possessions of the second half last Friday (Sept. 1) resulted in a fumble that led to a Westbrook
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Eagles end skid against Southside

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Ashton Gulledge (bottom) upends Southside Gavin Griffin  during the Eagles’ 33-16 victory last Friday (Sept. 1) at HBHS. (Photo by Alex Chaney) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Entering this season’s opener, Hokes Bluff had suffered six straight losses to the Southside Panthers by an average score of 33-16. But on Friday (Sept. 1),
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Conquerors notch win in home opener

Pictured above, Coosa Christian’s Dartavious Britton By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent Coosa Christian (1-1) picked up a 36-13 win over Appalachian in the school’s home opener last Friday (Sep. 1) at Phillip Ellen Field. The visiting Eagles kicked the game off with the ball, but that did not last long. Jasper Hutchens pass was intercepted by
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Bulldogs lose to Pleasant Valley

Photo: Gaston’s Lathon Stewart (7) tries to escape the grasp of Pleasant Valley’s Dalton Page during the Bulldogs’ 37-6 loss last Friday (Sept. 1) at Gaston. (Photo by Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Pleasant Valley Raiders broke into the win column by dominating the Gaston Bulldogs, 37-6, last Friday (Sept. 1) at Shinbone Ridge.
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Sardis rally falls short against Sylvania

By Taylor Beck/For Sand Mountain Reporter A fourth quarter rally fell short for Sardis against Sylvania last Friday (Sept. 1), sending the Lions to their second straight loss, 27-21. The Rams jumped out to a 20-6 lead after the first half behind a 94-yard punt return for touchdown, followed up with two more rushing touchdowns
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Patriots win; Blue Devils, Titans come up short

Courtesy of al.com West End notched its first win of the season last Friday (Sept. 1) with a 21-19 victory over Susan Moore in Blountsville. Nursing a 14-13 lead at the start of the fourth quarter, the Patriots (1-1) used a 13-yard Jacob Jones to Eli Pearce 13-yard touchdown pass to provide West End some
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Rankings 1. Alabama 2. Auburn 3. Florida 4. Georgia 5. LSU 6. Mississippi State 7. Tennessee 8. Kentucky 9. Arkansas 10. Texas A&M 11. Missouri 12. South Carolina 13. Ole Miss 14. Vanderbilt Week 1 Previews and Predictions Saturday, Sept. 2 Game of the Week Alabama vs. Florida State (+7.5).
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Hokes Bluff ranked in ASWA high school football poll

Released August 30 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Central-Phenix City 1-0 318 2. Hoover 0-1 272 3. Thompson 1-0 237 4. Hewitt-Trussville 0-0 200 5. McGill-Toolen 1-0 155 6. James Clemens 0-0 154 7. Spain Park 1-0 129 8. Auburn 1-0 87 9. Enterprise 1-0 56 10. Bob Jones 0-1 20 Others receiving votes:
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Locals recognized by AHSAA

Pictured above, Glencoe High’s Jacob Amberson Several area high school football players were nominated to the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for the Week of Aug. 25. Making his first start at quarterback, Glencoe senior Jacob Amberson completed 6-of-10 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 84 yards and two
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Blue Devils take down Southside in season opener

Photo caption: Etowah’s Justin Harris (3) tackles Southside’s Kenneth Bothwell as Jarren Wright (33) closes in during the Blue Devils’ 17-3 victory in high school football last Friday (Aug. 25) in Attalla. (Photo by Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Etowah Blue Devils took advantage of a dominant defensive performance to stifle the Southside
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Titans fall short against Spain Park in Sessions’ debut

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Photo caption: Gadsden City cornerback Josh Richard (right) covers Spain Park’s Kenyon Hines during the Titans’ 31-19 loss in high school football last Friday (Aug. 25) in Hoover. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) The Bart Sessions era at Gadsden City High began on a sour note last Friday (Aug. 25) in Hoover. The Class 7A
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Yellow Jackets sting West End, 40-13

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Photo caption: West End’s Marcus Strickland (left) attempts to bring down Glencoe’s Jacob Amberson during the Yellow Jackets’ 40-13 victory on high school football last Friday (Aug. 25) in Walnut Grove. (Photo by Mike Goodson) The Glencoe High Yellow Jackets capitalized on five West End turnovers on the way to a 40-13
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Lions lose lead late against Plainview

By Huck Treadwell/For Sand Mountain Reporter Sardis let a 13-point lead evaporate in the waning moments of the fourth quarter against Plainview last Friday (Aug. 25). The Lions gave up a blocked punt and 12-yard touchdown run in a 31-30 road loss at Plainview. Sardis started off with a roar, grinding out a 70-yard drive
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Conquerors, Bulldogs lose in season openers

Coosa Christian fell to Holly Pond, 28-6, in the Conquerors’ opening game of the football season last Friday (Aug. 25) at Holly Pond. Coosa’s lone score came on a 68-yard touchdown pass from Caiden Lipscomb to Evan Delp midway through the second quarter. Lipscomb was 15 for 36 in passing for 208 yards. Sophomore halfback
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Lady Cardinals primed for 2017 volleyball season

Pictured above, Gadsden State head volleyball coach Connie Clark (left) has a word with sophomore outside hitter Morgan Newton (center) and sophomore setter Savannah Beck (right) during a recent practice at Beck Field House. By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor With her first year under her belt as a junior college volleyball head coach, Connie Clark feels she
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent 2017 SEC Predictions SEC West Division 1. Alabama (12-0, 8-0) Losses: none A season ago, Alabama unquestionably was the best team in the SEC, and no other team in the league was particularly close. Nick Saban’s team has won the SEC three straight seasons, and is the favorite to do so
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2017 Football Preview: Gadsden City’s 2017 season now in session

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor First-year coach Bart Sessions has one goal and one goal only for the 2017 Gadsden City High football team – win a state championship. “That’s our only goal. This is Gadsden City, and we don’t coach or play in a game that we think we’re going to lose. I don’t say
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2017 Football Preview: Panthers on the prowl for postseason berth

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Southside High head football coach Ron Daugherty is well aware that his Panthers must make a bigger dent in its Class 6A, Region 7 schedule in order to play in a Week 11 game. “I think that’s a driving force for these seniors,” said Daugherty. “In both of those seasons, we
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Etowah Blue Devils replenishing stock for 2017

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Etowah no doubt suffered key losses from graduation, but the 2017 Blue Devils possess a good amount of firepower on both sides of the ball. “In high school ball, you do what have to do to adapt to what your team’s strengths are,” said head coach Drew Noles. “The biggest thing we’ve
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Eagles aiming to fly high 

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor After winning nine of its last 11 games last season and reaching the state semifinal round for the first time since the 2004 season, head coach Mike Robertson, is confident that his Eagles won’t rest on their laurels. “We just try to prepare our kids each week the best we can,”
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Loaded Lions ready to roar in region action

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor With a four-year starter at quarterback and the four top receivers back from last season, will Sardis High employ elements of the wide-open Fun n’ Gun offense? “I don’t know about that, but we’re going to try to spread the ball around quite a bit with so much experience at those
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Seasoned Yellow Jackets ready to make a stir

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Glencoe played a lot of youngsters last season, and it showed in a 3-7 record. The Yellow Jackets were 3-3 at the halfway point before dropping their last four games. The above greenhorns are now a year older and hopefully wiser, however, and head coach Rusty Davis feels that his veterans have
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Westbrook looks to improve in 2017 under Mintz

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Taking over on the fly as a head football coach during the season is no easy task, including one as experienced as Brian Mintz. The 1981 Southside High graduate assumed the head position two games into the 2016 season. “I’ve never done that before,” said Mintz, who was an assistant for Westbrook
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Bulldogs to rely on trench warfare in 2017

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Gaston High head coach Swane Morris has a situation on his hands that he can’t recall running into during his previous 17 years as a head coach. Out of every skill position on offense, he has no returning veterans, much less starters. “Some of them got snaps last year, but there’s several
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Patriots ready to climb the postseason ladder

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Although the 2017 West End roster may not contain the amount of star power as in the past few years, Kyle Davis believes that his Patriots will provide the communities of Walnut Grove and Altoona with something to cheer for this fall. “I can’t say that this team is as nearly talented
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2017 Messenger Football Preview: Woods back at the helm at Coosa Christian

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Although he temporarily stepped down as Coosa Christian head football coach during the 2016 season, Nevandra Wood liked what we saw from afar when the Conquerors broke an 18-game winless steak and notched their first postseason berth in seven years under interim head coach Chris Sanders. “The season started out rocky,”
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NEO symposium attracts over 100 local coaches

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Over 120 local coaches and athletic directors attended the 3rd Annual Northeast Orthopedics Coaches Symposium on Aug. 3 at Southside High School. Participants were from area middle and high schools from all sports. “Our biggest goal is general education,” said NEO Certified Athletic Trainer Chris Russell. “Coaches nowadays have so many things
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent West Division Preview Alabama Head coach: Nick Saban, 11th season (114-19 at Alab-ama, 205-61-1 overall) 2016 record: first in West (14-1, 8-0) Key losses: linebacker Reuben Foster, defensive end Jonathan Allen, tight end O.J. Howard Key returning players: defensive back Minkah Fitz-patrick, offensive lineman Jonah Williams, receiver Calvin Ridley 2017 outlook
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent East Division Preview Florida Head coach: Jim McElwain, third season (19-8 at Florida, 41-24 overall) 2016 record: first in East (9-4, 6-2) Key losses: cornerback Teez Tabor, linebacker Jarrad Davis, defensive back Marcus Maye Key returning players: receiver Antonio Callaway, offensive lineman Martez Ivey, defensive end CeCe Jefferson 2017 outlook McElwain
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Longtime local baseball coach takes over at Southside

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Mike Lamb isn’t ready to step away from the diamond just yet. The former Westbrook Christian and Gaston High head baseball coach recently was named to direct the Southside baseball program. Lamb, who coached the Rainbow Middle School baseball team for the past five years, said it was an easy decision
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Hokes Bluff ranked in ASWA preseason football poll, Gadsden City, Etowah, Westbrook receive votes

First-place votes and 2016 record in parentheses Class 7A 1. Hoover (29) (12-2) 366 2. Central-Phenix City (1) (10-2 261 3. Thompson (5-5) 229 4. Hewitt-Trussville (1) (11-1) 191 5. James Clemens (8-4) 179 6. McGill-Toolen (13-1) 171 7. Spain Park (8-3) 114 8. Bob Jones (7-4) 83 9. Auburn (8-4) 64 10. Enterprise (10-2) 56
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Coach Rankings, Part II Last week, SEC coaches ranked 8-14 were unveiled. Here’s a quick reminder of who came in where last week: 14, Matt Luke, Ole Miss; 13, Barry Odom, Missouri; 12, Ed Orgeron, LSU; 11, Kirby Smart, Georgia; 10, Butch Jones, Tennessee; 9, Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M; 8,
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Local cyclist getting better with age

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Local competitive cyclist Randy Kerr recently received a backhanded compliment. Just after crossing the finish line to win his third straight USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships race on July 20 at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia, the Gadsden resident was surrounded by three race officials who demanded to inspect his
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Former Panther to coach Sardis baseball

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Shannon J. Allen, Sand Mountain Reporter Kevin Vinson has left the Coosa River Valley for Sand Mountain. The 1998 Southside High graduate was recently hired as Sardis head baseball coach. Vinson was an assistant coach last season that saw the Lions win their first area championship since 2010 and gain their first
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Coach Rankings, Part I The SEC has the best coach in college football in Nick Saban, but the coaching depth around the league has diminished in recent years. Only one other head coach in the league – Gus Malzahn – has won an SEC championship other than Saban, and a
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Gamecocks look to repeat as conference champions

By Mike Goodson Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State is a team heading into the 2017 football season with high expectations. If the Gamecocks get past three strong stumbling blocks in their first three games, JSU must then face a grueling nine-game OVC schedule. JSU opens with longtime foe Chattanooga, then travels to Atlanta to meet Georgia
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Local coach, player participate in all-star football game

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor A pair of Eagles recently landed for a week in Montgomery. Hokes Bluff High School head football coach Mike Robertson was an assistant for the North team at the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s 2017 All-Star Sports Week, while 2017 HBHS graduate Adam Patterson competed in the North’s 14-13 victory over
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Media Days Auburn When Auburn took the stage on the final day of SEC Media Days last week in Birmingham, head coach Gus Malzahn and three of his players walked into the Wynfrey Hotel with high expectations for the second time in three seasons. Alabama was picked to win the
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Etowah grad’s transfer pays off with state championship

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor An acute mild case of homesickness ultimately led to good fortune for both Madison Grant and the Wallace State-Hanceville softball team. A 2016 Etowah graduate and standout softball player for the Lady Blue Devils, Grant attended Lindsey Wilson College for a semester before deciding that Columbia, Kentucky, was a bit too
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Media Days SEC Media Days have become a bigger event every year, and the most anticipated day is always when Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide address the media in Hoover. Saban was joined by defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman and receiver Calvin Ridley at the
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Glencoe native winds up stellar college career

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Jamie McGuire didn’t miss a beat after exchanging her high school black and yellow softball uniform for her college red and white gear four years ago. The 2013 Glencoe High School and 2017 Jacksonville State University graduate recently capped her outstanding collegiate softball career by helping the 2017 Lady Gamecocks win
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Gadsden State athletes recognized by NJCAA

The National Junior College Athletic Association recently announced its All-Academic teams for 2016-17 and recognized 11 Gadsden State student-athletes and two athletic teams for their academic achievement. Qualifying GSCC teams include volleyball with a 3.14 GPA and women’s basketball with a 3.00. To qualify as an academic team, student-athletes must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative
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Sardis High grads to cheer in college

By Shannon J. Allen Sand Mountain Reporter The Sardis High varsity cheerleading squad’s outstanding 2017 senior class produced four girls who will continue their careers in college. Amberly Sampson signed with Snead State in late April, while Madeline Young, Alyssa Ellis and Madison Chastain signed with the University of Montevallo in late May. All four
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick First Team All-SEC C: Grant Koch, Arkansas 1B: Brent Rooker, Mississippi State 2B: Braden Shewmake, Texas A&M 3B: Jordan Rodgers, Tennessee SS: Kramer Robertson, LSU OF: Tristan Pompey, Kentucky OF:  Greg Deichmann, LSU OF: Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt DH: JJ Schwarz, Florida SP: Alex Faedo, Florida SP: Kyle Wright, Vanderbilt SP: Sean Hjelle, Kentucky
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA College World Series Review For the first time in school history, the Florida Gators are the college baseball national champions. The Gators defeated SEC rival LSU in the College World Series finals to secure their first title. Florida won the opening game, 4-3, behind seven solid innings from starting pitching
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Coosa's Hampton highlights All-Messenger softball team

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Unlike the past few years, there wasn’t much doubt as to which player meant the most to her team in local high school softball for the 2017 season. Coosa Christian’s Alaina Hampton bashed, belted and blasted her way to Player of the Year honors for The Messenger’s All-Area softball team The
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Etowah’s Dunn leads off All-Messenger baseball team

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Etowah High senior Eli Dunn was the source of much frustration for opposing hitters and pitchers alike this past baseball season. On the mound, the hard-throwing righthander went 8-2 with a 1.38 ERA while twirling four shutouts and racking up 70 strikeouts. At the plate, he collected 34 hits, 28 RBI,
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Former Titan holds football camp for local youths

2009 Gadsden City High School graduate and current Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick addresses local youths at the conclusion of his 5th Annual 21 Kids Football Camp. Standing to Kirkpatrick’s right is Cincinnati Bengals recevier A.J. Green and standing to his right is Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown. By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Dre Kirkpatrick was
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In & around SEC baseball

NCAA College World Series Review The Southeastern Conference sent three teams – the most of any league – to Omaha, Nebraska, for the College World Series. After the first stage of the tournament, two teams from the SEC remain in the battle to win the national championship. LSU met Florida State in the Tigers’ opening
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Etowah grad winds up baseball career at JSU

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor 2013 Etowah High graduate Josh Bobo just completed a solid four-year-career with the Jacksonville State baseball team. Bobo, who graduated last month with a degree in English, is experiencing mixed emotions about the end of his collegiate athletic career. “It’s kind of weird waking up and not having a set plan
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Southside High grad selected in MLB draft

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Braxton has seen the Light in terms of a professional baseball career. The 2014 Southside High graduate and Wallace State-Hanceville sophomore was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 24th round of the MLB draft on June 14. “Making it to the major leagues is something that everybody wants to do,
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA Super Regionals Review Six teams from the Southeastern Conference made the 16-team super regionals field, and the conference – by far the most of any conference – and the league will have the most participants in the College World Series. Texas A&M was a No. 3 seed in the regionals,
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Glencoe High names new softball coach

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Tommy Stanley is back in the proverbial saddle. The longtime Glencoe High teacher and coach was recently named to head up the school’s softball program. Stanley, who has been an assistant softball coach the past several seasons, felt that the time was right to return to the head coaching ranks. He
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Brick Haley to host annual golf benefit

Former Emma Sansom High School football standout and current University of Missouri defensive line coach Brick Haley will host the Fourth Annual Brick Road to Success Charity Golf Tournament on June 23 at Silver Lakes in Gadsden. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Alabama Chapter of Autism Speaks. The tournament, which will begin
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Local players named to all-state baseball teams

A number of area players garnered postseason honors in the Alabama Sportswriters Association’s 2017 All-State baseball teams. A local trio were selected to the first team – Etowah High’s Cade Runyan and Eli Dunn in Class 5A and Westbrook Christian senior Tyler Self in Class 2A. Runyan anchored the Blue Devil pitching staff with an
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Area players make all-state softball teams

Seven local student-athletes received statewide recognition for their performances for the 2017 high school softball season. A pair of area players – Coosa Christian’s Alaina Hampton and Southside’s Emilee Coker – were named to the Alabama Sportswriters All-State Class 1A and Class 6A first team, respectively. A senior catcher, Hampton batted .639 this past season
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA Regional Tournaments Review Eight teams from the Southeastern Conference made the NCAA Tournament, and the league had a strong showing in the tournament’s first stage. After winning the SEC Tournament, LSU continued its stellar play in the Baton Rouge Regional. The Tigers defeated Texas Southern, 15-7, and knocked off Southeastern
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Southside High runner nailing it down

By Chris McCarty Publisher/Editor Hands down, 2017 Southside High graduate Hunter Nails is one of the most accomplished high school athletes to come out of Etowah County. Since joining the Panther varsity cross country, indoor track and outdoor track teams when he was a seventh grader at Rainbow Middle, Nails has accumulated an impressive collected
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Westbrook golfer named player of the year

2017 Westbrook Christian graduate John Hilliard Catanzaro was recently named Player of the Year for the al.com Super All-State boys golf team. Catanzaro shot the best individual round in the history of the AHSAA state golf tournament and earned low medalist honors with a 9-under par 63 effort in the second round to help the
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Area players make all-state soccer teams

By Chris McCarthy Editor/Publisher Several local high school players were recently named to the al.com all-state teams for the 2017 season. From Gadsden City, senior defender Audria Wood was named to the Class 7A first team. She signed a soccer scholarship to UAB this past fall. Southside senior forward Kelsey Patterson was selected to the
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Haley Troup named All-American

2017 Gadsden City High School Haley Troup was selected as Esmark High School Basketball All-American earlier this week. The award was created to recognize outstanding athletic, educational and community service achievements by high school student-athletes across the United States in 16 major sports programs. The program includes recognition of student-athletes from four U.S. geographic regions
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Tournament review LSU won the 12th SEC baseball tournament championship in school history and the program’s sixth since 2008 last week in Hoover. The Tigers defeated Arkansas, 4-2, in the championship game. The Razorbacks had the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, but LSU held on and
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Westbrook hires solid coaching trio

Former Hewitt-Trussville and UNC-Asheville player Matt Dickey (pictured above) was recently named boys basketball coach at Westbrook Christian. By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor The Westbrook Christian varsity athletic program will feature some new faces this coming school year. Matt Kennedy, the school’s athletic director and head baseball coach, confirmed that Matt Dickey, Rachel Greer Neal and
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 10 Review Alabama’s rebuilding season ended with two los-ses and a tie against Vanderbilt last weekend. The Commodores dominated the first game, 18-1, and cruised to a 13-1 victory in the nightcap. Alabama led the series finale 3-1 late but Vandy stormed back to tie the game before storms
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Proposed local sports complex receives positive feedback

Pictured above is the master plan for the proposed Etowah County Mega Sports Complex. The Etowah County Mega Sports Complex Authority held a public input meeting on Wednesday, May 24, at the Gadsden City High School Auditorium, with approximately 120 citizens attending the event. Authority Chairman Ralph Burke indicated that he was pleased with the
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Local gridders scrimmage at West End

By Shannon J. Allen Sand Mountain Reporter Photo: West End’s Matthew Hood (30) catches a touchdown pass in front of Gaston’s Matthew Rich during a spring football scrimmage on May 19 in Walnut Grove. Sardis, Hokes Bluff, Gaston and West End participated in a spring football jamboree on May 19 in Walnut Grove. “I just
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Vines gets room to grow at Etowah

By Shannon Fagan Cherokee County Herald For the past three years, Dexter Vines has learned from one of the state’s best high school basketball and football coaching staffs at Spring Garden. He now hopes to take what he’s learned and establish his own program in Attalla. Vines was hired on May 11 to re-place Ryan
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 9 review The Crimson Tide could not capitalize on the success of sweeping Auburn. Alabama followed up its unlikely sweep of the Tigers with the opposite result against Florida last weekend. The Gators won the series opener, 2-1, and dominated the second game, 13-6. Florida took the series finale,
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Southside loses to Chelsea in 6A girls soccer championship

Southside High’s Kelsey Patterson (3) fights off Chelsea’s Megan Hurley during the Lady Panthers’ 2-0 loss in the Class 6A girls soccer state championship game last Saturday (May 13) in Huntsville. By Chris McCarthy/Editor Southside’s High’s first-ever appearance in a girls’ state soccer final ended on a disappointing note last Saturday (May 13) in Huntsville.
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Lady Warriors fall short in state soccer finals

Westbrook Christian’s May Grace Mayfield (2) protects the ball from a pair of Montgomery Academy players during the Lady Warriors’ 4-0 loss in the Class 1A-3A girls soccer state championship game on May 12 in Huntsville. By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor For the second year in a row, the Westbrook Christian girls soccer team came up
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Area softball teams compete in regional tournaments

Coosa Christian’s Alaina Hampton slides into second safely during the Class 1A North Central Regional Softball Tournament on May 12 in Tuscaloosa. Several local teams participated in the AHSAA regional softball playoffs on May 11 and 12. In the North Central Regional Tournament in Tuscaloosa, Class 1A Coosa Christian lost to Addison, 2-1, before beating
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Lady Panthers pound Pell City in state soccer semifinals

Southside High’s Destini Johnson brings the ball across midfield during the Lady Panthers’ 8-0 victory over Pell City in the Class 6A girls state soccer semifinals on May 12 in Huntsville. By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Kelsey Patterson scored four goals to help the Southside Lady Panthers dismantle the Pell City Lady Panthers, 8-0, in the
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In & around SEC baseball

Alabama and Auburn Week 7 Review Alabama’s best weekend of the year and Auburn’s worst weekend of the year just so happened to coincide when the two rivals met in Auburn last weekend for a best-of-three series. The Crimson Tide swept the Tigers, including a pair of one-run wins on Saturday. Chandler Taylor led Alabama’s
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Area athletes medal at state track and field meets

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Nine area high school athletes took home individual medals from last week’s AHSAA state track and field meets, with Hokes Bluff senior Tylynn Register coming away with the biggest haul of hardware. At the Class 4A-5A-6A-7A meets in Gulf Shores, Register won the 4A gold in the triple jump (36-04.25), the
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Westbrook wins section, sub state golf tournaments

The Westbrook Christian girls and boys golf teams won their sub state playoffs on Monday (May 8) at the Gadsden Country Club. Both teams will compete in the state tournament next week at Grand National in Auburn. The Lady Warriors were tops in 1A-3A, while the Warriors captured the 1A-2A title. Hope Cone shot a
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Southside girls advance to state soccer semifinals

Southside High advanced to the Class 6A state soccer semifinals with a 3-1 win over Decatur last Saturday (May 6) in Decatur. For Southside, Kelsey Patterson had a goal and an assist, while Destini Johnson and Savanna Knighten both scored one goal. The Lady Panthers (15-5-1) will play Pell City this Friday (May 12) at
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Lady Warriors shut out Mars Hill in soccer quarterfinals

Alexis Beard scored three goals to lead Westbrook Christian to a 6-0 win over Mars Hill Bible in the Class 1A-3A state soccer quarterfinals last Saturday (May 6) in Florence. The Lady Warriors (18-6) will play Altamont on Thursday (May 11) at 11:30 a.m. in the semifinal round at the John Hunt Soccer Complex in
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Lady Conquerors edge Appalachian in area tournament championship

Coosa Christian defeated Appalachian, 7-6, in the championship game of the Class 1A, Area 12 Tournament on May 3 at AHS. The Lady Conquerors (12-11) qualified for the Class 1A North Central Regional Tournament this weekend in Tuscaloosa. Coosa will face Addison on Friday at 1:30 p.m. Coosa opened the area tournament with a 16-2
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Sardis wins area softball title

Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter The Sardis High varsity softball team (27-14) defeated North Jackson, 7-4, in the championship game of the Class 4A, Area 13 softball tournament on May 3 in Sardis City. It was the program’s third consecutive area tournament title. The Lady Lions will compete in the North Regional Tournament starting Thursday
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Southside, Hokes Bluff, West End finish second at area softball tournaments

Southside lost to Oxford, 9-2, in the Class 6A, Area 13 Tournament championship game on May 4 at OHS. The Lady Panthers (28-16) qualified for the Class 6A North Regional Tournament this weekend in Huntsville. Southside plays Cullman on Thursday (May 11) at 1:30 p.m. Hokes Bluff fell to White Plains, 9-0, in the Class
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Blue Devils fall to Russellville in 5A third round

Courtesy of Florence Times-Daily Etowah was limited to one run and six hits over two games as the Blue Devils were swept by defending state champion Russellville, 3-0 and 5-1, in the Class 5A baseball state quarterfinals last Saturday (May 6). In game 1, the Golden Tigers (34-9) scored four runs in the top of
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Hokes Bluff swept by Haleyville in state baseball quarterfinals

Courtesy of Florence Tines-Daily The Hokes Bluff High School baseball team’s season came to an end last Saturday (May 6), as the top-ranked Eagles (23-7) suffered a sweep at the hands of Haleyville in the Class 4A state quarterfinals. Hokes Bluff lost the opener by a score of 2-1 and fell 15-1 in five innings
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Local athletes headed to state track & field meets

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor A number of area athletes qualified for the AHSAA state track & field meets this week in Gulf Shores (Class 4A, 5A, 6A and 7A) and Cullman (Class 1A, 2A and 3A). The top five sectional meet qualifiers made the state meet, with several sixth-place finishers being possible wild cards. Hokes
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Hokes Bluff sweeps Sardis, move to 4A quarterfinals

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor The Hokes Bluff High baseball team solidified its standing as the state’s top-ranked team last Friday (Apr. 28), as the Eagles qualified for the Class 4A quarterfinals with a 5-3, 8-2 sweep over Etowah County neighbor Sardis in Sardis City. Hokes Bluff (23-5) travels to Haleyville this Friday (May 5) for
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Blue Devils sweep Lee-Huntsville in 5A second round

Courtesy of al.com Etowah swept Lee-Huntsville, 2-1 and 7-3, in the second round of the Class 5A state baseball playoffs last Friday (Apr. 28) in Huntsville. All the scoring in game 1 came in the first inning. Eli Dunn led off the inning with a solo home run, and Noah Parrish later scored on an
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Westbrook comes up short at Fayetteville

By LaVonte Young/Talladega Daily Home Fayetteville High’s baseball team used a strong performance to win the third and decisive game in a Class 2A second round state baseball playoff series against visiting Westbrook Christian, 6-1, on Saturday (Apr. 29). On Friday (Apr. 28), the Warriors won Game 1 by a score of 3-2, then fell
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