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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Panthers fall to Hartselle in 6A second round

Courtesy of the Hartselle Enquirer The Southside High baseball team’s season came to an abrupt end in Hartselle last Friday (Apr. 28). The Panthers were swept, 5-1 and 16-0 (in five innings) in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs to end their season at 22-12. Southside’s lone run came in Game 1
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 6 Review The Tigers won a pivotal home series against West Division foe Arkansas last weekend. Auburn dominated the first game, 15-2, behind three hits and four RBI from third baseman Josh Anthony. The Razorbacks won the second game, 7-3, and Auburn won the series finale, 11-6, due to
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Southside ranked in final ASWA softball poll

Released April 27 Class 7A 1. Sparkman 2. Spain Park 3. Buckhorn 4. Fairhope 5. Baker 6. Vestavia Hills 7. Thompson 8. James Clemens 9. Huntsville 10. Tuscaloosa County Class 6A 1. Daphne 2. Oxford 3. Gardendale 4. Helena 5. Saraland 6. Hazel Green 7. Chelsea 8. Austin 9. Southside 10. Northview Class 5A 1.
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Westbrook handles Fyffe, moves to second round

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor A 1-8 start to the season is officially in the rearview mirror for the Westbrook Christian baseball team. Following a 10-0, 0-1 split in the best-of-three first round series against Fyffe last Friday (Apr. 21), the Warriors (18-15) used a solid pitching effort from Cullen Stafford and potent offense to post
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Blue Devils sweep Cleburne County, Lee-Huntsville up next

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Etowah High made short work of Cleburne County on Friday (Apr. 21). The No. 4 Blue Devils (27-6) advanced to the second round of the Class 5A state baseball playoffs following a 5-0, 10-1 series sweep in Attalla. Etowah visits Lee-Huntsville on Friday (Apr. 28) for a best-of-three second-round series. Both
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Eagles sweep Priceville, face Sardis in second round

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The top-ranked Hokes Bluff Eagles advanced to the second round two of the AHSAA Class 4A state baseball playoffs with a two-game sweep of visiting Priceville on Friday (Apr. 21). The Eagles (21-12) will travel to Etowah County neighbor Sardis for a best-of-three series this Friday (Apr. 28). Against Priceville, Hokes
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Panthers dispatch Shades Valley in first round

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Dominant pitching and prolific offense propelled the Southside High Panthers to a sweep over the Shades Valley Mounties in the first round of the Class 6A state baseball playoffs on Friday (April 21) at SHS. Southside travels to Hartselle in the second round of the playoffs on Friday, April 28. Starting
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Conquerors fall to Cherokee in first round

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Coosa Christian’s quest to advance to the second round of the Class 1A state baseball playoffs was stymied last Saturday (Apr. 22) by the Cherokee Indians in a 5-4 loss in the final game of the best-of-three series in Gadsden. After being shut down for the majority of the game by
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 5 Review The Tigers took two of three games on the road against Tennessee last weekend. Auburn won the first game, 3-2, behind a dominant performance from ace pitcher Casey Mize, who gave up three hits and struck out seven while allowing no earned runs in six innings. The
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Local teams ranked in latest ASWA baseball, softball polls

Baseball Class 7A 1. McGill-Toolen 2. Oak Mountain 3. Hoover 4. Buckhorn 5. Hewitt-Trussville 6. Sparkman 7. Enterprise 8. Theodore 9. Grissom 10. Auburn Class 6A 1. Cullman 2. Helena 3. Decatur 4. Spanish Fort 5. Oxford 6. Hueytown 7. Hillcrest-Tusc. 8. Hartselle 9. Southside 10. Saraland Class 5A 1. Briarwood Christian 2. Faith Academy
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Titans’ Isom signs football scholarship

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor The total number of Gadsden City High seniors who will play football at the next level recently rose to 10. GCHS senior Jer’Michael Isom signed with Lake Erie (Ohio) College on Wednesday (Apr. 19) at the school library. A three-year starter at cornerback, Isom last season finished with 44 tackles, three
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Westbrook’s Jones signs with Wallace-Hanceville

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Will Jones soon will depart Rainbow City for the junior college experience. On Tuesday (Apr. 18) the Westbrook Christian senior signed a basketball scholarship with Wallace State-Hanceville. In his two years as a starting guard, Jones helped the Warriors post a 56-11 record with a pair of area titles and consecutive
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Blue Devils blank Westbrook, 3-0

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor In the regular season finale for two playoff-bound teams, Etowah posted a 3-0 shutout over Westbrook Christian on Monday (Apr. 17) in Rainbow City. Nathan Colegrove was the man of the hour for the Class 5A No. 4 Blue Devils (24-6), earning the win on the mound while providing the eventual
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Donny Pruitt resigns as Westbrook basketball coach

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor After two years on Westminster Drive in Rainbow City, Donny Pruitt recently decided to shelve his whistle and playbook for good. Pruitt tendered his resignation as Westbrook Christian boys basketball coach early last week to WCS principal Cindy Greer and assistant principal/athletic director Matt Kennedy. In his two seasons at Westbrook,
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Panther student-athletes sign college scholarships

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Hard work in the athletic arena and in the classroom recently paid off for several Southside High seniors. Megan Hendrick, Ashton Downey, Becca Feazell, Kelsey Patterson, Hunter Nails, Jordan Kilgo and Austin Winningham signed college scholarships on Apr. 12 at the SHS auditorium. Downey will play tennis at Snead State. “I’ve
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In & around SEC baseball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 4 Review The Tigers lost their first series of the season on the road at Texas A&M last weekend. Auburn took the first game of the series, 2-1, but dropped the second game, 6-3, and the rubber match, 3-1. Despite the series loss, Auburn (24-10, 8-4) is still tied
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Area teams ranked in latest ASWA baseball, softball poll

Released April 13 Baseball Class 7A 1. McGill-Toolen 2. Hewitt-Trussville 3. Oak Mountain 4. Hoover 5. Buckhorn 6. Sparkman 7. Grissom 8. Enterprise 9. Theodore 10. Spain Park Class 6A 1. Helena 2. Cullman 3. Decatur 4. Spanish Fort 5.Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6. Oxford 7. Hueytown 8. Chelsea 9. Southside 10. Hartselle Class 5A 1. Briarwood Christian
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Westbrook golfers sweep the field at Gadsden Area Tournament

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Westbrook Christian took first place in both the girls and boys’ division at the Gadsden Area Golf Tournament at Twin Bridges on Monday (Apr. 10) and Silver Lakes on Tuesday (Apr. 11). Led by Hope Cone’s low-medalist score of 150, the Lady Warriors shot 483 overall to claim the girls title.
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Conquerors clinch second straight area title

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Coosa Christian made short work of Appalachian this past week, and in the process clinched its second straight Class 1A, Area 11 title. On Monday (Apr. 10), the No. 5 Conquerors (21-4) posted an 11-1 win in Gadsden in five innings. On Tuesday (Apr. 11), Coosa produced a 15-1 victory at
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Lady Panthers rally past Sardis for county softball title

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor With four straight Etowah County Schools Softball Tournament titles under its belt, Southside High did not hit the panic button when it found itself trailing 5-0 after one and a half innings against Sardis last Saturday (Apr. 8). “I basically told them to put things in perspective and not to make
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Sardis topples Hokes Bluff in county softball tournament semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Sardis Lady Lions advanced to the championship game of the Etowah County girls softball tournament by virtue of a 12-2 semifinal win over Hokes Bluff last Saturday (Apr. 8) at Glencoe. Sardis banged out 15 hits in the victory, while the Lady Eagles managed only three. Hokes Bluff opened the
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Etowah runners shine at Albertville track and field meet

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor The Etowah High boys track and field team won four events and finished second in five at a meet at Albertville High School on April 7. The Blue Devils finished in third place overall, while the Sardis boys and girls came in fifth and sixth, respectively. The Lions had one first-place
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA Men’s Tournament review South Carolina’s appearance in the Final Four was the biggest surprise of the NCAA Tournament, and the Gamecocks proved that they belong against No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the first national semifinal. South Carolina trailed by double digits in the second half but battled back and took
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Area teams ranked in latest ASWA baseball, softball polls

Released April 6 Baseball Class 7A 1. McGill-Toolen 2. Hewitt-Trussville 3. Buckhorn 4. Hoover 5. Oak Mountain 6. Theodore 7. Sparkman 8. Grissom 9. Auburn 10. Enterprise Class 6A 1. Helena 2. Cullman 3. Decatur 4. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 5. Spanish Fort 6. Chelsea 7. Oxford 8. Saraland 9. Hartselle 10. Hueytown Class 5A 1. Briarwood Christian
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Titans tap Bart Sessions as new football coach

Photo courtesy of al.com By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Gadsden City High will have its third football coach in school history on the Titan Stadium sideline this fall. At a meeting last Tuesday (Apr. 4), the Gadsden City Board of Education approved the hiring of Bart Sessions as GCHS head coach. Sessions, whose overall record as
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Gadsden City’s Haley Troup named Class 7A Player of the Year

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Haley Troup closed out her high school basketball career with a flourish on Tuesday (Apr. 4) in Montgomery. The Gadsden City High School senior was named Class 7A Player of the Year at the Alabama Sports Writers Asssociation’s Mr./Miss Basketball awards banquet presented by Alfa Insurance. It was the second year
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Southside shuts down Sardis in county tournament title game

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Southside High Crimson Panthers are once again Etowah County Schools Tournament baseball champions by virtue of a 7-0 victory over the Sardis Lions on Saturday (Apr. 1) at Glencoe. Sophomore Jarren Wright pitched six strong innings for Southside and the Panthers (14-7) scored four runs in the top of the
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Sardis batters Bulldogs in county baseball semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Sardis High Lions exploded for 13 hits on their way to an 11-3 win over Gaston in Etowah County Schools Baseball Tournament semifinals on Saturday (Apr. 1) at Glencoe. The Lions (14-9) had two batters hit by pitches and were the recipients of nine walks. “We did leave a lot
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Staff Correspondent NCAA Tournament Weekend 2 Review The Southeastern Conference wasn’t mentioned among the best conferences in college basketball throughout the season, but the league arguably had the best performance of any conference during the NCAA Tournament. The SEC earned five bids, and three of those teams advanced to the second weekend of
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Titans’ Troup, Conquerors’ Davidson highlight All-Messenger basketball teams

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Although separated by just a few hundred yards as the crow flies, Gadsden City and Coosa Christian high schools are miles apart in terms of size and student body. What the Titans and Conquerors do have in common, however, are top-notch basketball programs, a fact that is reflected in the 2016-17
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Area teams ranked in latest ASWA baseball, softball polls

Released March 30 Baseball Class 7A 1. Hewitt-Trussville 2. McGill-Toolen 3. Buckhorn 4. Oak Mountain 5. Hoover 6. Grissom 7. Theodore 8. Sparkman 9. Spain Park 10. Central-Phenix City Class 6A 1. Cullman 2. Spanish Fort 3. Decatur 4. Helena 5. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6. Oxford 7. Chelsea 8. Hartselle 9. Saraland 10. Hueytown Class 5A 1.
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Thompson goes yard in Lady Jackets' win over Coosa Christian

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Skylar Thompson’s two-run home run sparked Glencoe High to a 7-3 victory over Coosa Christian in the Glencoe Spring Break Round Robin Softball Tournament on Monday (March 27). Thompson’s dinger over the right-centerfield wall in the bottom of the fifth inning provided the Lady Yellow Jackets (6-8) some breathing room with
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Lady Titans kick off Glencoe Tournament with pair of wins

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Gadsden City Lady Titans opened play in the Glencoe Spring Break Round Robin Softball Tournament on Monday (March 27) with back-to-back wins over Spring Garden and Ohatchee. The Lady Titans defeated the Lady Panthers, 6-5, in their first game and exploded for 11 runs in the first inning against the
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Titans, Panthers shine at GCHS Open No. 2 track and field meet

Gadsden City High won six first-place medals and Southside earned five in the GCHS Open track and field meet on March 23. Twenty-two teams competed in the event. First place finishers for Gadsden City in the girls’ events were Brittaney Watts in the 100-meter dash (12.65), Mariqua Adley in the 300-meter hurdles (51.63) and May
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Staff Correspondent NCAA Tournament Weekend 1 Review Five SEC teams made the NCAA Tournament, and the conference represented itself very well during the first weekend of the tournament. Three teams – Kentucky, Florida and South Carolina – advanced to the Sweet 16, and the conference boasts a 7-2 record so far in the
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Area teams ranked in ASWA baseball, softball polls

Released March 23 Baseball  Class 7A 1. Hewitt-Trussville 2. Grissom 3. McGill-Toolen 4. Sparkman 5. Theodore 6. Auburn 7. Central-Phenix City 8. Buckhorn 9. Hoover 10. Oak Mountain Class 6A 1. Cullman 2. Spanish Fort 3. Decatur 4. Helena 5. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6. Hazel Green 7. Chelsea 8. Florence 9. Oxford 10. Hartselle Class 5A 1.
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Hokes Bluff gets past Yellow Jackets

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor As is often the case in sporting events involving Hokes Bluff and Glencoe high schools, last Tuesday’s baseball game between the county rivals at went down to the wire. With the score tied at 2-2 on the bottom half of the seventh inning, Hokes Bluff leadoff hitter Dylan Teague worked a
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Westbrook shuts out Gaston in area opener

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Following an 0-8 start to the season, Westbrook Christian is beginning to see the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. Helped by a solid pitching performance by Tyler Self, the Warriors posted a 10-0 shutout in five innings over visiting Gaston in Class 2A, Area 12 action last Tuesday
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Gadsden City's Troup finalist for Player of the Year award

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Haley Troup has been recognized yet again for her outstanding 2016-17 high school basketball season. The Gadsden City senior was one of 21 players statewide selected as finalists for the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Miss Basketball/Player of the Year awards presented by ALFA. The winners will be announced at a banquet
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Locals make all-state girls basketball teams

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Haley Troup certainly is closing out her outstanding high school basketball career with a bang. For the third year in a row, the Gadsden City senior guard was named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s All-State girls basketball first team. She was the only area girl or boy player who made
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Area cagers named to all-state boys basketball teams

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Four area student-athletes were recently named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association 29016-17 All-State boys basketball teams. Coosa Christian senior forward Caden Davidson was selected to the Class 1A second team, Gadsden City senior guard Deonte Jones was picked for the Class 7A third team, West End senior forward Andre Little
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Titans’ Burns, Troup end prep careers in all-star fashion

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Haley Troup and Brooke Burns shared the hardwood floor one last time on March 17. The Gadsden City High seniors participated in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star girls’ basketball game at Alabama State University in Montgomery. Troup, who recently was named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 7A All-State first team, finished
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Locals compete at GCHS track and field meet

Southside High won nine events and host Gadsden City won eight at the GCHS track and field meet on March 16. Hokes Bluff and Etowah won five and four first-place events, respectively. Hokes Bluff’s Tylynn Register had four first-place finishes – the 100-meter hurdles (16.11), the 300-meter hurdles (48.23), the long jump (16-10.50) and the
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Hokes Bluff triathlon set for April 15

The Hokes Bluff Library Foundation along with the Hokes Bluff Lions Club and Tawanna Lions Club will host the “Bookin’ it though The Bluff” triathlon on April 15. Beginning at 8 a.m. at the Hokes Bluff Community Center, the event includes 22.6 mile- bike ride through eastern Etowah County to the Hokes Bluff Ferry Park.
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Glencoe’s Holbrooks highlights All-Etowah County boys basketball team

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Glencoe High’s Cole Holbrooks is the Player of the Year of the 2016-17 All-Etowah County Schools boys basketball team. A 6’4, 200-pound senior forward and two-year starter, Holbrooks averaged 14.9 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists along with 50 blocks and 26 steals in 25 games this past season. He helped
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Matt Scott resigns as Gadsden City football coach

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Gadsden City High is on the lookout for its third head football coach in the school’s 11-year history. Matt Scott submitted his resignation at the March 16 meeting of the Gadsden City Board of Education. GCHS Principal Jeff Colgrove accepted the resignation on Friday (March 17). In four years and 47
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Staff Correspondent SEC Tournament Review The Kentucky Wildcats won the Southeastern Conference in the regular season and followed that up with their 31st tournament championship. The Wildcats defeated Arkansas 82-65 in the SEC championship game and knocked off Alabama in the semifinals and Georgia in the quarterfinals. UK point guard De’Aaron Fox was
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Hokes Bluff's Johnson tops All-County girls basketball team

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Kendall Johnson literally has been the center of attention for the Hokes Bluff High girls basketball team for the past several years. The 6’0 senior post player won 122 games in five seasons on the varsity, and this year her accomplishments resulted in her being named the MVP of the All-Etowah
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Area teams ranked in ASWA baseball, softball polls

Released March 16 Baseball Class 7A 1. Hewitt-Trussville 2. Sparkman 3. Theodore 4. Grissom 5. Auburn 6. Hoover 7. McGill-Toolen 8. Central-Phenix City 9. Buckhorn 10. Enterprise Class 6A 1. Cullman 2. Spanish Fort 3. Decatur 4. Helena 5. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6. Florence 7. Hartselle 8. Hazel Gree 9. Chelsea 10. Southside CLASS 5A 1. Briarwood
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Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame to induct Class of 2017

The Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame recently announced its 2017 Class. Former local high school football standouts Andre “Brick” Haley, Larry Rose, Carnell Williams and Toderick Malone will be inducted at the organization’s annual banquet and ceremony at 6 p.m. on April 8 at Convention Hall in Gadsden. A meet & greet sessions will
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Blue Devils, Lady Warriors win Kickoff Classic

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Etowah boys and Westbrook Christian girls took first place in the fifth annual Kickoff Classic golf tournament last Saturday at Twin Bridges in Gadsden. The tournament featured both nine and 18-hole formats. The Blue Devils finished with an overall score of 305, while the Lady Warriors shot 254 as a team.
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