In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Coach Rankings Part II 7. Ed Orgeron, LSU. Orgeron is 15-6 in just under two seasons in Baton Rouge, but it’s tough to say whether or not he’s actually done a good job. LSU isn’t any closer to competing with Alabama than they were in the last few years under Les
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Southside's Smith shines at all-star soccer game

Photo: Southside High School rising senior Hallie Kate Smith participated in the AHSAA North-South All-Star girls soccer game earlier this week in Montgomery. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger file photo) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Hallie-Kate Smith represented Etowah County well this past week in Montgomery. The Southside High rising senior was a starter for the North team in the AHHSA North/South
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Rainbow City angler wins local BFL Tournament

Adam Brown of Rainbow City brought five bass to the scale weighing 17 pounds even to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament last Saturday (July 14) on Lake Neely Henry. Brown, who earned $3,917 for the tournament, spent the day fishing the backs of three creeks in the mid-river
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Coach Rankings Part 1 During the SEC’s dominant run in college football from 2006 through 2012, the league boasted the best coaches of any conference from top to bottom. While Alabama and Nick Saban have won two championships in the last five seasons, the rest of the league has not
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Former Gadsden State basketball coach heading back to the Valley of the Cubs

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A longtime local college basketball coach will try his hand on the high school gridiron this fall. Todd Ginn (pictured above), who coached the Gadsden State men’s basketball team from 2006 to 2016, was hired as head football coach at Alexandria High School this past May. “It’s where I’m from, and I
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Local youths compete in Etowah County Junior Golf Tournament

Lauren Cole (pictured above), Brock McNeely, Justin Lovoy, Cove McHugh, Drew Clark and Mallory Brooks all won individual championships at the Etowah County Junior Golf Tournament held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Gadsden Country Club, Twin Bridges, Silver Lakes, Briarmeade and Wills Creek courses. Competing in the girls age 13-18 division, Cole finished
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Westbrook ace picked for Team USA baseball

  Westbrook Christian rising sophomore pitcher/outfielder Sam Dutton (pictured above) was one of 54 baseball players across the county invited to participate in Phase 1 of the 15U Team USA National Team Trials beginning July 29 in Cary, N.C., at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. As the ace of the Warrior pitching staff this past
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In & around the SEC

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Year in Review The 2017-18 college athletic season wrapped up after Oregon State defeated Arkansas in the College World Series. The Razorbacks won the opening game of the best-of-three series, 4-1, and had a lead over the Beavers in the ninth inning of the second game. With two outs, however,
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Longtime Gadsden State announcer gearing up for another year

Photo: Bobby Cooper will be entering his 38th year as the voice of Gadsden State athletics. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The “Voice of the Cardinals” is warming up for yet another season of junior college athletics. When the 2018 Gadsden State volleyball team kicks off its home opener on Sept. 5 against Wallace State-Hanceville,
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Cardinal student-athletes garner national recognition

Photo: Southside High graduate Kelsey Patterson (left) was one of several Gadsden State student-athletes who recently received NJCCA Academic Student-Athlete awards. (Gary Wells) Several Gadsden State student-athletes were part of a record number 287 players from the Alabama Community College Conference re-cently selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Academic Student-Athlete Awards. Five Cardinals
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA College World Series Recap For the first time in nearly 40 years, Arkansas reached the finals of the College World Series. The Razorbacks defeated Texas and Texas Tech in their first two games. In the third game, the Hogs eliminated No. 1 overall seed Florida, 5-2. The Gators fell just
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Larry Foster steps down as Etowah High baseball coach

Photo: Larry Foster recently stepped down as Etowah High baseball coach. (Mike Goodson/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Larry Foster recently retired as Etowah High baseball coach for a second time. The hall of fame coach submitted his resignation at the June 26 meeting of the Attalla City School Board. After becoming head baseball coach in May
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All-Etowah County boys soccer team announced

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Photo: Southside High incoming senior Logan Shelnutt was named Player of the Year for the 2018 All-Etowah County boys soccer team. (Courtesy of Randy Vice) According to head coach Randy Vice, Logan Shelnutt was the swiftest of the swift this past season for the Southside High boys soccer team. The junior forward’s
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Baseball Giants had short-lived history in Gadsden

Photo: Pictured is the old Gadsden City Park baseball field located on the approximate site of the Gadsden Sports Complex on Meighan Boulevard. (Courtesy of Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent People living in Etowah County and its surroundings areas always have had a strong love for the game of baseball. While Gadsden has never
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA College World Series Recap Of the 10 SEC teams that made the NCAA Tournament, Mississippi State probably had the longest odds to reach the College World Series. Former head coach Andy Cannizaro was fired just three games into the season for an off-the-field scandal. Assistant Gary Henderson took over, but
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All-Etowah County girls soccer team announced

Photo: Glencoe High’s Katie Smith (pictured above), Westbrook’s Kylee Berndt and Southside’s Lauren Brewer shared Player of the Year honors for the 2018 All-Etowah County girls soccer team. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A trio of recent local high school graduates shared the spotlight for the inaugural All-Etowah County girls soccer team. Glencoe’s Katie Smith,
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Sanderson sees bright future for GCHS softball program

Photo: Gadsden City High School softball coach Shane Sanderson addresses attendees of a meet and greet session on June 14 at the GCHS library. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Gadsden City High School has turned to a former Rebel to kick-start its girls softball program. Shane Sanderson, who recently retired after six years as an
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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 NCAA Super Regionals, and three of those teams were guaranteed to advance. Three Super Regionals were all-SEC battles, and it the path to Omaha included several riveting games between the conference rivals. Auburn reached its first Super Regional since
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Bone outlines vision for Gadsden City baseball

Photo: Blake Bone speaks at a meet and greet session at the Gadsden City High School library earlier this week after being introduced as GCHS baseball coach. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Blake Bone is back where it all began for him with regard to his coaching career. The former longtime Southside High School baseball
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Faucett speaks at Blue Devil gathering

Photo: Neill Faucett addresses attendees at the annual Blue Devil Banquet on June 7 at the Attalla Community Center. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Local Attalla product Neill B. Faucett always seemed to have a way of succeeding in life. Faucett was honored at the annual Etowah Blue Devil Banquet on June 7 at
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Local players made ASWA All-State baseball, softball teams

Hokes Bluff’’s Dylan Teague was one of four area players named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2018 All-State baseball first team. (Photo by Alex Chaney) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Several area high school baseball players were named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2018 All-State teams. Four area players made the first team –
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In & around SEC baseball

NCAA Regional Tournament Review Ten schools from the Southeastern Conference made it to the NCAA Tournament, with four hosting in the regional round. Top-seeded Florida defeated Columbia and Jacksonville but lost the third game to Florida Atlantic. That loss set up a winner-take-all finale between the Gators and the Owls, and Florida knocked off FAU, 5-2,
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Hokes Bluff’s Edwards highlights All-Messenger baseball team

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor It’s safe to say that the Hokes Bluff High School baseball team’s season would not have lasted as long as it did if not for the contributions of the Eagles’ junior catcher. On a team stacked with a number of standout players, Houston Edwards stood out while thriving in the clean-up spot
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Southside’s Coker leads off All-Messenger softball team

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor When Emilee Coker reached first base this past softball season, she did not remain there for too long. The Southside High senior second baseman stole 70 bases out of 74 attempts in 2018, in the process giving the Lady Panthers an almost automatic runner in scoring position after reaching base. With 84
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Westbrook trio sign college baseball scholarships

Three 2018 Westbrook Christian graduates recently committed to play college baseball. Third baseman Cullen Stafford (pictured above) committed to Huntingdon University in Montgomery, shortstop/pitcher Garret Kennedy committed to Wallace State Community College in Hanceville and pitcher Jordan Reynolds committed to Lawson State Community College in Birmingham. Safford finished with.444 batting avg., 48 hits, 16 doubles,
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Tournament Review For the third time in school history, the Ole Miss Rebels won the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament championship. After losing to Auburn in their opening game, the Rebels bounced back to win four straight to capture their first championship since 2006. After sneaking by Georgia, 5-4, Ole Miss
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Southside High grad riding high at JSU

Photo: Pictured is Southside High graduate and Jacksonville State University assistant baseball coach Evan Bush during a game this past season. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor If the old saying “You are what your record says you are” is true, then a former Panther is making a name for himself in Gamecock country. 2002 Southside High graduate
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GSCC tennis player wins state and national awards

Photo: 2018 Gadsden State graduate Alexander Boozer (center) was recently announced as the regional and national winner of the 2018 Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. Pictured with Boozer are GSCC men’s tennis coach Buster Stewart (left) and GSCC athletic director Mike Cancilla. (Courtesy of Gadsden State) The Intercollegiate Tennis Association recently presented a prestigious
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Area soccer players make all-state teams

Photo: Pictured is Westbrook Christian’s Kylee Berndt during the 2018 postseason. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) Several local players were named to the Alabama High School Soccer Coaches Association’s all-state teams earlier this week. Westbrook Christian senior forward Kylee Berndt was the area’s lone first teamer, making the Class 1A-2A-3A first team at forward. A starter since the seventh
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 10 Review The Tigers took two out of three games from LSU to finish the regular season, including a 14-5 victory in the series finale this past weekend. Auburn finished 15-15 in league play and earned the No. 7 seed in the SEC Tournament. In the opening round against
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Cardinal cager named NJCAA All-American

Photo: Gadsden State sophomore Diamond Jolly, pictured during a pre-game introduction earlier this season, recently was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s 2017-18 All-America women’s basketball team. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Diamond Jolly capped her junior college basketball career in historic fashion. The Gadsden State sophomore forward was recently named to the National Junior
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Area gridders compete in spring scrimmages

Photo: Gaston High’s Malikah Warren (15) and Mason Reeves (22) tackle Sardis’ Mason Golden during a spring football jamboree on May 18 at Gaston. (Cole Frederick/Messenger) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Four teams from Etowah County finished spring football with a jamboree at Gaston High on May 18. The Bulldogs hosted Sardis, West End, Coosa Christian
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 9 Review The Tigers had been playing as well as anyone in the league outside of Florida, but last weekend’s series at Ole Miss was a reality check for Butch Thompson’s team. Auburn was swept by the Rebels, including 8-3 and 10-3 losses in the final two games. Auburn
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Eagles come up short in state baseball finals

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Houston Edwards (left) prepares to tag out Andalusia’s Will Clark during the Eagle’s 2-1 loss in the Class 4A state baseball championship series on Wednesday, May 16, in Montgomery. (Mark Almond/preps@al.com) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Hokes Bluff’s quest for a 10th state championship ended in heartbreaking fashion on Wednesday (May 15) at
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Westbrook finishes runner-up, Glencoe third at state golf tournament

Photo: Glencoe High’s Lauren Cole displays the ball she shot for a hole-in-one during the Class 1A-2A-3A girls state golf tournament on Tuesday (May 15) in Muscle Shoals. (Submitted photo) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Westbrook Christian boys golf team finished 36 strokes short of a fourth straight state championship at the Class 1A/2A state tournament
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Teague tosses six-hitter as Hokes Bluff takes opener in state finals

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Dylan Teague delivers a pitch during the Eagles’ 6-3 win over Andalusia in Game 1 of the Class 4A state baseball championship series on Tuesday (May 15) in Montgomery. (Courtesy of al.com) Dylan Teague hurled a six-hitter and struck out five to lead Hokes Bluff to a 6-3 win over Andalusia in
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State bound: Eagles squeak past Oneonta in Class 4A semifinals

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Koby Addison rounds second base after hitting a two-run homer against Oneonta in Game 2 of the Class 4A state baseball state semifinals on May 10. (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 4A, No. 4 Hokes Bluff displayed a flair for the dramatic in its semifinal series over No.
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Lady Panthers fall in shootout in Class 6A state soccer semifinals

Photo: Southside High’s Lauren Brewer advances the ball as teammate Savannah Knighten looks on during the Lady Panthers’ 2-1 shootout loss to Gardendale in the Class 6A girls’ soccer semifinals on Friday, May 11, at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Southside girls soccer team fell short in its
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 8 Review For the first tie since 2002, Auburn swept Vanderbilt in a baseball series. It was also the first time the Tigers had won a series over the Commodores since 2009, and they did so in resounding fashion. Casey Mize struck out 15 batters in Auburn’s 4-1 win
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Mars Hill squeaks by Westbrook in 2A state quarterfinals

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Greysen Robinson delivers a pitch during the Warriors 9-3 loss to Mars Hill Bible in the Class 2A state baseball quarterfinals on May 4 in Florence. (Matt McKean/Florence Times-Daily) By Jeff McIntyre/Florence Times-Daily With the bases loaded and the scored tied 3-3 in last Monday’s deciding game of the Westbrook Christian/Mars Hill
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Local athletes medal at state track and field meets

Photo: Etowah High’s Alex Howard displays his first-place gold medal in the discus event at the Class 5A state track and field meet last Saturday (May 5) in Gulf Shores. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Several area athletes earned medals and a number of others received points at the Alabama High School Athletic Association state
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Eagles headed to state baseball semifinals

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Carson Eubanks hustles around the bases during the Eagles’ sweep over Wilson in the Class 4A baseball state quarterfinals on May 4. (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent For the first time since 2008, the Hokes Bluff High School baseball team is advancing to the semifinal round of the state
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Sardis falls to Oneonta in state baseball quarterfinals

Photo: Sardis High shortstop Blake Wright throws out a base runner during the Lion’s loss to Oneonta in the Class 4A state baseball quarterfinals on May 4 at Oneonta. (Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter) By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter The Sardis High School baseball team made its final season in Class 4A the program’s
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Lady Panthers headed back to Final Four

Photo: Southside High’s Savannah Knighten (white jersey 3), Hallie Kate Smith (7), Anna Motley (15), Rebecca Johnson (9) and Decatur’s Sara Burgreen (black jersey 3) watch the ball during the Lady Panthers 2-1 win in the second round of the Class 6A girls state soccer playoffs on May 1 at Barney Hood Stadium. (Mike Goodson/Messenger)
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Lady Warriors edge Glencoe, fall to West Morgan in state soccer playoffs

Photo: Glencoe High’s Katie Smith (2) protects the ball from Westbrook’s Hilary Tran (11) and Kylee Berndt during the Lady Warriors’ 2-1 victory in the first round of the Class 1A-3A girls state soccer playoffs last Tuesday (May 1) at Glencoe. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A pair of Etowah County girls soccer teams fought
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Area athletes qualify for state track meets

Photo: Southside High’s Taylor Nails set a sectional meet record last week at Fort Payne. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy/Publisher, Editor At various section meets this past weekend, a number of area high school athletes qualified for the state track and field meets. The Class 1A-2A-3A meets will be held in Cullman this Friday and
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Sardis goes 2-1 against West Limestone in second round

Photo: Sardis High’s Jake Ross steals home plate ahead of the tag of West Limestone catcher Alec Braugher in the bottom of the third inning of the Lions’ 9-3 win over West Limestone in the second round of the Class 2A state baseball playoff series on Apr. 27 in Lester. (Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter)
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Westbrook steamrolls Vincent in 2A second round

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Andrew Dutton jumps back to first base as Vincent’s D.J. Ayala awaits the pickoff throw during the Warriors’ doubleheader sweep in the second round of the Class 2A state baseball playoffs last Saturday (Apr. 28) in Rainbow City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor At this rate, the 2018 Westbrook Christian baseball
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Johnson’s clutch RBI sends Hokes Bluff to state quarterfinals

Photo: Hokes Bluff senior Landon Johnson had the series-winning hit in the Eagles’ sweep over Winfield in the second round of the Class 4A state baseball playoffs on April 27. (Alex Chaney/Messenger file photo) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A walk-off base hit from senior Landon Johnson in the bottom of the ninth inning propelled Hokes Bluff
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Lady Panthers edge Albertville in first round of soccer playoffs

Photo: Southside High’s Savannah Knighten (left) battles Albertville’s Daniela Reyes during the Lady Panthers 2-1 victory in the first round of the Class 6A girls state soccer playoffs on Apr. 27 at SHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Southside High shook off a subpar first half to rally past Albertville, 2-1, in the first
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn and Alabama Week 6 Review A year after being swept by the Crimson Tide, Auburn returned the favor in resounding fashion this past weekend in Tuscaloosa. The Tigers had been struggling at the plate entering the series but poured it on during the sweep. Auburn won the first game, 19-5,
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Southside ranked in final ASWA softball poll

Released April 26 Class 7A 1. Sparkman 2. Baker 3. Oak Mountain 4. Spain Park 5. Hewitt-Trussville 6. Fairhope 7. Thompson 8. Buckhorn 9. Vestavia Hills 10. Tuscaloosa County Class 6A 1. Gardendale 2. Hazel Green 3. Daphne 4. Northview 5. Saraland 6. Helena 7. Brookwood 8. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 9. Hartselle 10. Southside Class 5A 1.
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Sardis sweeps Rogers in first round

Photo: Sardis first baseman Logan Gaskin tags out a Rogers baserunner during the Lions’ series sweep in the first round of the Class 4A state baseball playoffs last Friday (Apr. 20) in Sardis City. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Sardis High used strong pitching performances and clutch hitting to sweep Rogers in the opening
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Warriors bulldoze Verbena in first round

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Greysen Robinson delivers a pitch during the Warriors’ series sweep over Verbena in the first round of the Class 2A state baseball playoffs last Friday (Apr. 20) in Rainbow City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor The Westbrook Christian baseball team made sure that Verbena had no reason to spend last Friday
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Eagles pitch Leeds from state playoffs

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Dalton Daughdrill prepares to throw to first base during the Eagles’ sweep over Leeds in the first round of the Class 4A state baseball playoffs on Friday (April 20). (Alex Chaney)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Fourth-ranked Hokes Bluff has relied on its pitching and defense all season, and it carried the Eagles
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Russellville sweeps past Blue Devils

Courtesy of Florence Times-Daily Russellville swept Etowah, 7-3 and 7-3, last Friday (Apr. 20) in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. The three-time defending state champion Golden Tigers (24-12) advanced to the second round against Lee-Huntsville this Friday (Aug. 27), while the Blue Devils’ season ended at 25-11. Etowah head coach Larry Foster
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Garden springs past Conquerors in first round

Photo: Coosa Christian’s Jackson Justus (right) is congratulated by head coach Joey Millican on the former’s home run during the Conquerors’ loss to Spring Garden in the first round of the Class 1A baseball playoffs last Friday (Aug. 20). (Grant Benefield/Cherokee County Herald) By Grant Benefield/Cherokee County Herald Behind 27 total runs, Spring Garden swept
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 5 Review The Tigers finally got back on track in taking two of three games from Mississippi State last weekend. Auburn won the first game, 2-1, thanks to a complete game from ace Casey Mize, who allowed only five hits and one earned run in nine innings. Mize struck
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Three local teams ranked in final ASWA baseball poll

Released April 19 Baseball Class 7A 1. Auburn 2. Oak Mountain 3. Hoover 4. Vestavia Hills 5. Enterprise 6. Fairhope 7. McGill-Toolen 8. Bob Jones 9. Smiths Station 10. Huntsville Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Cullman 3. Saraland 4. Oxford 5. Spanish Fort 6. Austin 7. Hueytown 8. Homewood 9. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 10. Athens Class
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Kantzler sharp in GCHS win over Fort Payne

Photo: Gadsden City’s Amanda Kantzler delivers a pitch during the Lady Titans’ 6-2 victory in girls softball last Tuesday (Apr. 17) in Gadsden. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Amanda Kantzler struck out 12 of the 31 batters she faced in Gadsden City’s 6-2 victory over Fort Payne in girls softball last Tuesday (Apr. 17)
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Blue Devils blast Westbrook, 15-2

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A 12-run fourth inning propelled Class 5A, No. 6 Etowah to a 15-2 win in five innings over Class 2A, No. 5 Westbrook Christian on Tuesday (April 17) in Rainbow City. Etowah (25-9) travels to Russellville for a best-of-three series on Friday, while Westbrook (20-8) hosts Verbena in the first round
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Etowah tennis players win at sectionals

The Etowah High girls tennis team (12-2) finished third at the Class 4A-5A, Section 6 Tournament last Tuesday (Apr. 17) in Gardendale. Freshman Erianna Irvin won the singles title, while she and teammate Maleah Johnson (pictured, above) won the doubles championship. Irvin is undefeated in singles action this season. Both players will compete in the
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Titans’ Woods signs with Huntingdon

Photo: Gadsden City High School senior Mykel Woods (sitting) recently committed to play basketball at Huntington College in Montgomery. Pictured, standing, from left: GCHS principal Jeff Colgrove, GCHS boys head basketball coach Reginald Huff, GCHS boys assistant basketball coach Steve Stewart, GCHS athletic director Todd Lamberth. Gadsden City High School senior Mykel Woods recently committed to
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Cardinals finish third at state tennis tournament

The Gadsden State men’s tennis team finished third at the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament on Apr. 13 in Mobile. Stephen Walker, pictured above, captured the No. 6 singles title with a 2-6,6-3,6-3 win over Marion Military’s Quentin Llewelyn in the finals. Joel Wester was runner up at the No. 4 singles position, losing to
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Blue Devils, Lady Titans shine at Gadsden City meet No. 3

Photo: Southside High’s Taylor Nails won the 1600 and 800-meter runs at the Gadsden City track and field meet No. 3 on Apr. 12. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) The Etowah High boys track and field team won five first place medals and the Gadsden City girls captured four at the Gadsden City Open Meet No. 3 on
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Noah, Johnson highlight All-Etowah County basketball teams

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Amanda Noah (pictured above) and Landon Johnson were named the respective Most Valuable Player for the All-Etowah County Schools girls and boys basketball teams. (Alex Chaney) A pair of Eagles soared to new heights during the 2017-18 high school basketball season. Hokes Bluff seniors Amanda Noah and Landon Johnson
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Boaz rallies past Blue Devils for area title

By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter A walk-off victory in last Thursday’s top-10 showdown allowed the Boaz Pirates to sail away with the Class 5A, Area 13 baseball championship. The No. 5 Pirates scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to stun No. 6 Etowah, 6-5, at Pirate Park and claim their
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Warriors clinch 12th straight area title

Westbrook Christian posted a doubleheader sweep over Collinsville last Thursday (Apr. 12) to clinch the 2A Area 12 championship. The Class 5A No. 5 Warriors (20-6, 8-0) host Verbena next week in the first round of the state playoffs. It was Westbrook’s 12th consecutive area championship competing in 2A and 3A. The Warriors outscored area
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In & around SEC baseball

Alabama Week 4 Review The Crimson Tide won another pivotal conference series in taking two of three games from No. 22 Missouri on the road last weekend in Columbia. It was UA’s second straight series win over a ranked conference opponent Alabama won the opening game of the series, 2-1, behind seven solid inn-ings from
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Three area teams ranked in ASWA baseball poll

Released April 12 Baseball Class 7A 1. Auburn 2. Oak Mountain 3. Hoover 4. McGill-Toolen 5. Vestavia Hills 6. Enterprise 7. Hewitt-Trussville 8. Bob Jones 9. Smiths Station 10. Central-Phenix City Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Saraland 3. Cullman 4. Oxford 5 Austin 6. Homewood 7. Spanish Fort 8. Chelsea 9. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 10. Hueytown
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Southside holds off Sardis in county softball tournament

Photo: Southside High’s Rylee Gattis delivers a pitch during the Lady Panthers’ victory over Sardis in the Etowah County softball tournament championship game on Wednesday (Apr. 11) at Hokes Bluff. (Cole Frederick/Messenger) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Southside High Lady Panthers captured their seventh consecutive Etowah County softball tournament championship with a thrilling 9-7 victory
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Gilliland, Pirates sink Etowah, 13-3

Photo: Etowah High’s A.J. Young scores a second-inning run during Blue Devils’ 13-3 loss to Boaz last Tuesday (Apr. 10) in Attalla. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy Editor/Publisher The Etowah High baseball team took one on the chin last Tuesday (Apr. 10) in Attalla. Boaz senior Michael Gilliland torched the Class 5A No. 5 Blue
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Warriors’ Reynolds two-hits Collinsville

Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Jordan Reynolds delivers a pitch during the Warriors’ 11-0 win over Collinsville last Tuesday (Apr. 10) in Rainbow City. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Westbrook Christian put 11 runs on the board and Jordan Reynolds pitched a two-hit shutout as the eighth-ranked Warriors moved one step closer to home-field advantage in
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Blue Devils win Aggie Invitational

Photo: Etowah High’s Deundrea Williams and Ny Ny Davis (pictured, from left) compete in the boys 200-meter dash event during the Aggie Invitational track and field meet last Tuesday (Apr. 10) in Albertville. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) The Etowah High boys track and field team took first place at the Aggie Invitational last Tuesday (Apr. 10) in
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Westbrook girls, GCHS boys win Gadsden Area Golf Tournament

Photo: Glencoe High’s Lauren Cole finished as the girls’ match low medalist at the Gadsden Area Golf Tournament last Monday (Apr. 9) at Twin Bridges. (Gary Wells) The Westbrook Christian girls and Gadsden City boys won the Gadsden Area Golf Tournament last Monday (Apr. 9) at Twin Bridges. Ellie Porter’s match runner-up score of 79
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Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame banquet set for April 14

Photo: Gadsden City High School boys head basketball coach Reginald Huff is one of five individuals to be inducted in to the Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame on April 14. (Gary Wells) Five individuals comprise the Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018. Johnny Coker, Raymond Farmer, Steve Clay, Joe Dismuke and
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Westbrook, Etowah clinch baseball playoff berths

Photo: Cullen Stafford and the Westbrook Christian baseball team clinched a playoff spot on Thursday (Apr. 5) with a doubleheader sweep over Class 2A, Area 12 rival Sand Rock. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger file photo) Westbrook Christian clinch a playoff spot with a doubleheader sweep over Class 2A, Area 12 rival Sand Rock on Thursday (Apr. 5)
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Gadsden City sweeps Briarmeade Invitational

Photo: Gadsden City’s Ella Howard tees off aduring the Links at Briarmeade Invitational girls golf tournament on Thursday (Arp. 5) in Glencoe. (Gary Wells) Ella Howard shot a 97 score to help Gadsden City to a first-place finish in girls golf at the Links at Briarmeade Invitational Tournament on Thursday (Arp. 5) in Glencoe. The
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 3 Review Alabama won its biggest series of the season in taking two of three games from No. 9 Kentucky over the weekend in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide won the first two games by scores of 4-2 before falling 5-2 in the series finale. Brad Bohannon’s team followed up
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Local teams ranked in ASWA baseball poll

Released April 5 Baseball Class 7A 1. Auburn 2. McGill-Toolen 3. Hoover 4. Oak Mountain 5. Hewitt-Trussville 6. Bob Jones 7. Enterprise 8. Smiths Station 9. Vestavia Hills 10. Central-Phenix City Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Robertsdale 3. Saraland 4. Oxford 5. Homewood 6. Spanish Fort 7. Cullman 8. Helena 9. Hartselle 10. Athens
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Mustangs clip Coosa Christian in area action

Photo: Coosa Christian’s Ashton Clemmons delivers a pitch during the Conquerors’ 7-2 loss to Southeastern last Tuesday (Apr. 3) in Gadsden. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Coosa Christian opened its Class 1A, Area 11 schedule on a sour note last Tuesday (Apr. 3), falling to Southeastern, 7-2, in Gadsden. The Conquerors had a tough day
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Lady Titans can’t solve Cobb in area loss

Photo: Gadsden City’s Michaela Brown (left) holds a Hewitt-Trussville runner at first base during the Lady Titans’ 9-0 loss to Hewitt-Trussville’s last Tuesday (Apr. 3) in Gadsden. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Nearly 100 years ago, Ty Cobb brought his MLB Detroit Tigers to Alabama City to play an exhibition baseball game against an
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Lady Eagles rally past Glencoe

Photo: Glencoe High’s Skylar Thompson (left) scores a third-inning run as Hokes Bluff catcher Maddie Smith awaits the throw during the Lady Eagles’ 4-3 victory in girls softball last Monday (Apr. 2) at HBHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Hokes Bluff High softball team made the most of its opportunities late in the game
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Hokes Bluff ends Southside’s county baseball tournament streak

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Houston Edwards connects for a hit during Etowah County Schools baseball tournament  last Saturday (March 31) at Hokes Bluff. (Alex Chaney) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 4A, No. 8 Hokes Bluff overcame an early deficit to capture its first Etowah County baseball championship since 2008 with a 4-1 victory over Southside last
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA Tournament second weekend review Kentucky and Texas A&M were the only two teams from the Southeastern Conference to reach the second weekend of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, and neither team made it past the Sweet 16. The Aggies dominated North Carolina in the second round but ran into one
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Four area baseball teams ranked in latest ASWA poll

Released March 29 Baseball Class 7A 1. Auburn 2. McGill-Toolen 3. Oak Mountain 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. Bob Jones 6. Hoover 7. Smiths Station 8. Theodore 9. Enterprise 10. Central-Phenix City Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Robertsdale 3. Homewood 4. Saraland 5. Spanish Fort 6. Oxford 7. Austin 8. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 9. Hartselle 10. Cullman Class
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Southside’s Hunt, Etowah’s Graham highlight All-Messenger basketball team

Photo: Southside High’s Lauren Hunt (pictured above) and Etowah’s Jamin Graham (right) are the 2017-18 All-Messenger basketball team girls and boys Players of the Year, respectively. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Southside High’s Lauren Hunt and Etowah’s Jamin Graham lead off the 2017-18 All-Messenger basketball teams as the girls and boys team Players of
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Area basketball standouts help junior college teams win state titles

Photo: Shelton State freshman and Hokes Bluff High graduate Kendall Johnson (left) battles Gulf Coast State’s Dominique Banks during the NJCAA women’s basketball tournament this past week in Lubbock, Tex. (Courtesy of Shelton State athletics) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor A couple of former high school basketball from Eto-wah County made a name for themselves during
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Locals medal at Gadsden City meet No. 2

Three high school athletes won a pair of gold medals at the Gadsden City Track & Field Open Meet No. 2 on March 22. Two of the first-place winners were from Etowah. Deundrea Williams won gold in the 100-meter dash (11.31) and 200-meter dash (22.91), while Alex Howard captured the shot put (43-09.00) and discus
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Area roundup: Kennedy throws perfect game for Westbrook

Garret Kennedy (pictured above) pitched a perfect game in Westbrook Christian’s 28-0 victory over Class 2A, Area 13 rival Gaston on March 22 in Rainbow City. In five innings, Kennedy threw 51 pitches and struck out 12. Court Coley was the catcher. Kennedy helped his cause with four hits, two RBI and two steals. Also
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA Tournament first weekend review A record eight teams from the Southeastern Conference made the NCAA Tournament, but only two survived the opening weekend. Kentucky snuck past Davidson, 78-73, in the first round, then stormed past Buffalo, 95-75, in the Round of 32. Buffalo, a No. 13 seed, upset No. 4
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Area baseball team ranked in ASWA poll

Released March 22 Baseball Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Auburn 3. McGill-Toolen 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. Bob Jones 6. Oak Mountain 7. Smiths Station 8. Theodore 9. Enterprise 10. Central-Phenix City Class 6A 1. Russell County 2. Hartselle 3. Robertsdale 4. Spanish Fort 5. Homewood 6. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 7. Saraland 8. Helena 9. Florence 10. Austin Class
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Local players named to All-State basketball teams

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Photo: Coosa Christian’s Claire Davidson was one of six local student-athletes recently named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2017-18 All-State basketball teams. (Gary Wells) Six local student-athletes recently were named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2017-18 All-State basketball teams. Coosa Christian’s Claire Davidson made the Class 1A second team.
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Lady Blue Devils win Etowah Invitational 

Photo:The Etowah High softball team went 4-0 to win its invitational tournament last Saturday (March 17) in Attala. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Shy Gibbs, Jada Bigelow, Jessica Smith, Lexi Brown, Anna Kate Watkins, Abbi Martin, Krislyn West, Shelby Horton. Standing, from left: assistant coach Steve West, assistant coach Sarah Street, Bree Vasser, Melissa Love, Kalena
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Area athletes medal at GCHS meet

A number of local high school athletes medaled at the Gadsden City Track & Field Open Meet No. 1 on March 15 at GCHS. Etowah High’s Alex Howard won a pair of gold medals. He placed first in the shot put with a throw of 45-02.00, while his toss of 134-01.75 was the top effort
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Tournament review Kentucky won its 31st SEC Tournament champion-ship in a thrilling 77-72 win over Tennessee in last Sunday (Mar. 11), and the Wildcats have now won four straight conference tournament titles under John Calipari. UK has won six SEC tournament champion-ships in nine seasons under Calipari and is peaking
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Area teams ranked in ASWA baseball poll

Released March 15 BASEBALL CLASS 7A 1. Hoover 2. Oak Mountain 3. Auburn 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. McGill-Toolen 6. Theodore 7. Smiths Station 8. Bob Jones 9. Enterprise 10. Central-Phenix City CLASS 6A 1. Hartselle 2. Russell County 3. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 4. Helena 5. Chelsea 6. Cullman 7. Robertsdale 8. Spanish Fort 9. Homewood 10. Hueytown CLASS
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Spain Park trips up Titans

Photo: Gadsden City’s Ryan Sparks tags out Spain Park’s Jared Kinnington during the Titans’ 22-0 loss in high school baseball on Wednesday (Mar. 14) in Gadsden. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Cooper White, leading off the game for Spain Park, hit a pop fly to second base for the first out of the Spain
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Lady Blue Devils pour it on against Ashville

Photo: Etowah’s Jessica Smith (left) scores a third-inning run before Ashville catcher Jada Wills can apply the tag during the Lady Blue Devils’ 14-5 victory in high school softball last Tuesday (Mar. 13) in Attalla. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Etowah scored at least three runs in four different innings on the way to
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Yellow Jackets jam up Gaston

Photo: Glencoe High’s Paul Hicks delivers a pitch during the Yellow Jackets’ 15-2 win over Gaston on Tuesday (March 13). (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Glencoe High Yellow Jackets overwhelmed the Gaston Bulldogs, 15-2, in Etowah County baseball action on Tuesday (March 13) in Glencoe. Gaston struck first after a leadoff single from
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