In & around SEC basketball

Auburn Week 8 Review The Tigers avenged their loss to Alabama from earlier this season with an impressive 90-71 win over the Crimson Tide. Auburn won without Mustapha Heron and Anfernee McLemore. Heron was out with the sto-mach flu, but McLemore is out for the season after fracturing his tibia and dislocating his ankle in
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Blue Devils fall short in regional championship game

Photo: Etowah High’s Taylor Berry knocks down one of his seven three-point baskets during the Blue Devils’ 75-70 loss to Talladega in the Northeast Regional Tournament Class 5A championship game on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Jacksonville State. (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Etowah High boys basketball team came in to the Northeast Regional
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Big third quarter pushes Pisgah past Glencoe in regional finals

Photo: Glencoe High’s Abby Vice (left) drives to the basket as Pisgah’s Rylie Arnold defends during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 80-58 loss in the Northeast Regional Tournament’s Class 3A girls championship on Tuesday (Feb. 20) at Jacksonville State. (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A third quarter scoring drought sank Class 3A, No. 8 Glencoe’s
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Lady Eagles off target in regional semifinal loss to Madison Academy

Photo: Hokes Bluff High’s Kristen Shields (left) drives against Madison Academy’s Jasmine Gracie during the Lady Eagles’ 52-26 loss in the Northeast Regional Tournament semifinals on Monday (Feb. 19) at Jacksonville State. (Alex Chaney) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 4A, No. 6 Hokes Bluff fell behind early and couldn’t catch up to second-ranked Madison Academy in
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Blue Devils rough up Mortimer Jordan in regional semifinals

Photo: Etowah High’s Emil Smith (11) guards Mortimer Jordan’s Ronnie Wright during the Blue Devils’ 60-20 victory in the Class 5A Northeast Regional Tournament semifinals on Saturday, Feb. 17, at Jacksonville State. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Etowah Blue Devils placed three players in double figures on their way to a 60-40 victory
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Lady Yellow Jackets rally past NSM in regional semifinals

Photo: Glencoe High’s Ashley Morgan (11) drives to the basket as North Sand Mountain’s Kayci Christopher defends during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 65-61 victory in the Northeast Regional Tournament Class 3A girls basketball semifinals last Saturday (Feb. 17) at Jacksonville State. (Gary Wells)  By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor The Glencoe High girls basketball team crossed off
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 7 Review Auburn responded to its first home loss of the year by winning consecutive games by double digits. First, the Tigers dominated Georgia, 78-61, on the road and did so without leading scorer Bryce Brown. Auburn followed up that win a 76-66 home win over Kentucky. The Wildcats
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Titans fall to Huffman in regional semifinals

Photo: Gadsden City’s Darien Hollis goes up for a basket as Huffman’s Travarus Carroll looks on during the Titans’ 69-62 defeat in the Class 7A Northeast Regional Basketball Tournament semifinals on Thursday, Feb. 15, at Jacksonville State. (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Gadsden City High boys basketball team made its annual trip to
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Blue Devils beat Central Clay County, will play in regional tournament

Photo: Etowah High’s Jamin Graham (right) protects the ball from Central Clay County’s Benjamin Street (5) and Quantavis McKinney during the Blue Devils’ 64-55 victory in the Class 5A basketball subregionals last Tuesday (Feb. 13) in Attalla. (Chris McCarthy) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor For the first time in four years, the Etowah High boys basketball
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Hokes Bluff’s season ends with loss in subregionals

Photo: Braydon Hill and the Hokes Bluff boys basketball team lost to North Jackson, 50-44, in the Class 4A sub-regionals on Tuesday (Feb. 13). (Alex Chaney) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 4A, No. 9 Hokes Bluff saw its season come to an end with a heartbreaking 50-44 loss to North Jackson in the sub-regionals on
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Lions fall just shy of regional tournament

Photo: Sardis High’s Braxton Brooks (left) defends Jacksonville’s Macey Carr during the Lions’ 56-52 loss in the Class 4A basketball subregionals last Tuesday (Feb. 13) in Sardis City. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Jacksonville High boys basketball team will travel by Carr rather than by bus later this week to the Northeast Regional
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Panthers, Yellow Jackets, Warriors fall short in subregional playoffs

Westbrook Christian lost to Lanett, 86-55, in the Class 2A subregionals last Tuesday (Feb. 13). Alex Burnett paced the Warriors (17-111) with 20 points, followed by Jackson Luttrell with six. Southside fell to Parker, 50-28, in th Class 6A subregionals last Tuesday (Feb. 13) in Birmingham. Gavin Orr scored nine points for the Panthers (12-16),
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Lady Yellow Jackets earn second straight regional berth

Photo: Glencoe High’s Crimson Silvey (23) goes up for a basket as Brindlee Mountain’s Grace Tayman (20) defends during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 52-18 victory in the Class 3A subregional playoffs on Monday, Feb. 12. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Brindlee Mountain proved not very steep for the Glencoe High girls basketball team last
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Lady Panthers fall short in 6A subregionals

Photo: Southside High’s Lauren Hunt looks over the Homewood defense during the Lady Panthers’ 60-47 loss in the Class 6A subregional playoffs on Monday, Feb. 12. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Southside High girls basketball team ended a successful and historic season by falling to Homewood, 60-47, in the Class 6A subregional playoffs
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Lady Conquerors can’t catch Cedar Bluff in 1A subregionals

Photo: Coosa Christian’s Claire Davidson goes up for a basket during the Lady Conquerors’ 60-47 loss to Cedar Bluff in the Class 1A sub-regionals on Monday (Feb. 12) in Gadsden. (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Coosa Christian girls basketball team couldn’t overcome a 19-point first half deficit as its season came to end
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Lady Eagles return to regional tourney with win over North Jackson

The Hokes Bluff girls basketball team earned its fourth straight trip to the Northeast Regional Tournament with a 52-33 victory over North Jackson last Monday (Feb. 12) in Stevenson.  The Lady Eagles (22-0) will face Madison Academy this Monday (Feb. 19) at Jacksonville State. Amanda Noah led Hokes Bluff with 15 points, while Kristen Shields and
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GCHS gridders sign college scholarships

Photo: Several Gadsden High School student-athletes signed college football scholarships on Feb. 7 in in the GCHS auditorium. Pictured, from left: Jamontavius Woods, West Alabama; Jaelyn Fleming, Eastern Kentucky; T.J. Stone, Maryville (Tenn.) College; LaRay Mostella, Alabama State; Jonathan Kilgo, Tennessee State; J.B. McNeal, Alabama State; DeErrick Curry, Alabama State; Jakobe Griffin, Bethel (Tenn.) University;
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Panther duo sign football scholarships

Photo: Southside High seniors Gavin Orr and Gavin Griffin signed college football scholarships on Feb. 7 at the school library. Pictured, from left: Orr’s dad Tim, Gavin Orr, Orr’s mom Tonya, Griffin’s dad Rob, Gavin Griffin, Griffin’s mom Kerri. (Chris McCarthy) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A pair of Panthers recently received a big boost to their
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Blue Devil seniors sign college football scholarships

Photo: Etowah High School seniors Caleb Horton and Cory Thomas signed college football scholarships on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Pictured from left are Horton, EHS head football coach Drew Noles and Thomas. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Two Etowah High School football standouts were among several local athletes to sign a national letter of intent
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Westbrook soccer standout signs with JSU

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Photo: Westbrook Christian senior Mattie Loyd signed a soccer scholarship to Jacksonville State on Feb. 7 in Rainbow City. Pictured, sitting, from left: Mattie’s mom Leah, Mattie, Mattie’s dad Jonathan. Standing, from left: Northeast Alabama Fusion F.C. Coaching Director Jeremy Massa, Westbrook assistant principal and athletic director Matt Kennedy, Westbrook girls soccer
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Titan wrestler finishes first at super sectionals

Gadsden City High School sophomore wrestler Samuel Jaggears took first place at the AHSAA North Super Sectional Tournament last Saturday (Feb. 10) at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Competing as the No. 2 seed in the 126-pound weight class, Jaggears went 4-0 with a pin in the semifinals and an 11-0 major decision in the championship match.
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Panther wrestlers finish third at super sectional meet

Several Southside High wrestlers qualified for the state meet at the AHSAA North Super Sectional Tournament last Saturday (Feb. 10) at the Birmingham CrossPlex. With 166.5 points, the Panthers finished in third place overall behind tournament champion Gardendale (207 points) and Chelsea (181.5 points). Two Southside wrestlers were sectional champions – Andrew Smith at 113
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Area basketball teams qualify for subregional, regional tournaments

Photo: MarDayus Bothwell and the Gasden City High basketball team qualified for the C lass 7A Northeast Regional Tournament later this week at Jacksonville State. (Gary Wells) Several local high school basketball teams competed in area tournament championships this past weekend and qualified for the state subregional round this week. Subregional winners advance to the
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 6 Review For the first time this season, Auburn lost at home. The Tigers trailed Texas A&M by as many as 15 in the second half but stormed back to take the lead late in the game despite leading scorer Bryce Brown being out with a shoulder injury. With
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Hunt’s buzzer-beater gives Southside area title

Photo: Southside High’s Lauren Hunt (23) is pictured hitting the game-winning three-point basket over a trio of Pell City defenders in the Lady Panthers’ 45-44 victory in the Class 6A, Area 13 Tournament championship game on Feb. 7. (Courtesy of Gary Wells)  By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Class 6A, Area 13 championship game between Southside
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Lady Conquerors hold off Appalachian for area championship

Photo: Coosa Christian’s Claire Davidson (left) protects he ball from Appalachian’s Cassady Cornelius during the Lady Conquerors’ 58-43 victory in the Class 1A, Area 11 Tournament championship game on Wednesday (Feb. 7) in Gadsden. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy/PublisherEditor Coosa Christian weathered a few tense moments in the second half last Wednesday (Feb. 7) in
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Eagles top White Plains in OT, move to area tournament finals

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Landon Johnson (right) drives against White Plains’ Nick Preston during the Eagles’ 46-38 victory over White Plains in the semifinals of the Class 4A, Area 12 Tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 7. (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A fourth quarter run and a dominating overtime propelled Class 4A, No. 9
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Lady Eagles wax White Plains in area semifinals

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Margaret Elizabeth Wetzel brings the ball upcourt during the Lady Eagles’ 56-29 victory over White Plains in the Class 4A, Area 12 girls basketball tournament semifinals on Tuesday, Feb. 6. (Alex Chaney)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 4A, No. 6 Hokes Bluff jumped out to an early lead and never looked back
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Southside evades Yellow Jackets

Glencoe High’s Brian Benefield (23) goes up for a basket between Southside’s Gavin Orr (left) and Brock Habyan during the Panthers’ 66-38 win in boys basketball on Feb. 2 at Southside (Gary Wells).
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6A No. 4 Lady Panthers dispatch 3A No. 8 Glencoe

Abby Vice attempts a jump shot as Southside’s Emilee Coker defends during the Lady Panthers’ 52-44 victory in girls basketball on Feb. 2 at Southside (Gary Wells).
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Fredrick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 5 Review The Tigers keep moving up in the rankings and now have a two-game lead over Florida and Kentucky for first place in the SEC. Auburn dominated LSU, 95-70, and Bruce Pearl’s team controlled the game from the opening tip. The Tigers followed up that win with a
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Five area teams ranked in final ASWA basketball polls

Released Feb. 1 GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Spain Park 3. Sparkman 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. Davidson 6. Huffman 7. James Clemens 8. Lee-Montgomery 9. Alma Bryant 10. Mountain Brook Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. LeFlore 3. Ramsay 4. Southside 5. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6. Blount 7. Hartselle 8. Brewer 9. Center Point 10. Homewood Class
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Stampede overruns Gadsden City

Photo: Gadsden City’s Mykel Woods (22) blocks the shot attempt of Paul Bryant’s Seth Williams during the Stampede’s 58-44 victory in boys basketball on Tuesday (Jan. 30) at GCHS. (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 6A No. 6 Paul Bryant spoiled Gadsden City’s senior night on Tuesday (Jan. 30), as a late 12-0 run
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Lady Titans turn it on in second half against Paul Bryant

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A tightly contested first half turned into a blowout in the third quarter as the Gadsden City High Lady Titans stormed past the Paul Bryant Lady Stampede 55-34 last Tuesday (Jan. 30) in Gadsden. The Lady Titans led 13-11 after the first period and amped up their defense and only allowed
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Blue Devils edge past Southside in overtime

Photo: Etowah High’s Emil Smith (left) eyes the basket as teammate Jamin Graham looks on and Southside’s Gavin Orr defends during the Blue Devils’ 59-58 overtime victory in boys basketball last Monday (Jan. 29) in Attalla. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Add this week’s Etowah/Southside boys basketball game to the list of classic athletic contests
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Lady Panther bowlers win second straight state championship

Photo: The Southside High School girls varsity bowling team won a second straight AHSAA state championship on Jan. 26 in Pelham. Pictured, sitting, from left: Rose Losco, Jennifer Clontz, Jakiia Mostella, Cheyanne Bohannon. Standing, from left: assistant coach David Clontz, Grace Ann Clontz, Jessica Clontz, Ashlee Hull, head coach Zack Blume.  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor For
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 4 Review During the first half of last Saturday’s game between Auburn and Georgia, it looked as if the Tigers were still suffering from the hangover of losing to Alabama. The Bulldogs led 40-26 at the half, and there was no energy in Auburn Arena. Whatever Bruce Pearl told
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Four area teams ranked in latest ASWA basketball polls

GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Spain Park 3. Sparkman 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. Huffman 6. James Clemens 7. Davidson 8. Mountain Brook 9. Lee-Montgomery 10. Alma Bryant Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. LeFlore 3. Ramsay 4. Southside 5. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6. Blount 7. Hartselle 8. Brewer 9. Center Point 10. Austin Class 5A 1. Charles
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Southside finishes first, Etowah second at girls bowling regionals

Courtesy of AHSAA; photo courtesy of southsideathletics.com The Southside High girls bowling team win its second straight North Regional title on Jan. 19 in Tuscaloosa. The Lady Panthers defeated county neighbor Etowah, 1,260-1,064, to advance to the AHSAA state tournament later this week and defend their state championship. Southside beat Pinson Valley, 1,295 to 949,
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Titans, Panthers qualify for state bowling tournament

Courtesy of AHSAA Gadsden City and Southside made it to the quarterfinal round at the AHSAA North Regional bowling tournament on Jan. 19 in Tuscaloosa. Both teams qualified for the state tournament this Thursday and Friday at Oak Mountain Lanes in Pelham. The Titans defeated Huffman, 1,283 to 1,239 in the opening round before falling
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Hokes Bluff boys win county tournament championship

Photo: Southside High’s Tristan Riggan goes up for a basket between Hokes Bluff’s Braydon Hill (10) and Dylan Teague (21) during the Eagles’ 52-45 victory in the Etowah County boys high school basketball tournament championship on Saturday (Jan. 20) at Hokes Bluff. (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Hokes Bluff overcame a slow start to
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Lady Panthers win first-ever county basketball title

Photo: Glencoe High’s Abby Vice (5) attempts a shot as Southside’s Harley Simmons defends during the Lady Panthers’ 56-45 victory in the Etowah County girls high school basketball tournament championship on Saturday (Jan. 20) at Hokes Bluff. (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 6A, No. 5 Southside claimed its first county championship in school
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Southside dispatches Sardis in county tournament semifinals

Southside High’s Gavin Orr (50) goes up for a layup as Sardis’ Braxton Brooks (00) defends during the Panthers’ 57-22 win on Friday (Jan. 19) in the Etowah County boys high school basketball tournament semifinals at Hokes Bluff. (Gary Wells)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Southside breezed into the championship game of the Etowah County boys
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Lady Yellow Jackets edge Hokes Bluff in OT in county tournament semifinals

Photo: Glencoe High’s Lauren Cole (15) attempts a shot as Hokes Bluff’s Amanda Noah defends during the lady Yellow Jackets’ 42-38 overtime win in the Etowah County Schools girls basketball tournament last Friday (Jan. 20) at Hokes Bluff. (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Last Friday’s semifinal girls game in the Etowah County Basketball Tournament
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Lions leap past Gaston in county boys tourney

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Sardis Lions jumped out to an 18-6 first quarter lead and never looked back in disposing of the Gaston Bulldogs 77-43, in boys varsity action in the Etowah County Basketball Tournament last Thursday (Jan. 18) at Hokes Bluff. Sardis head coach Van Owens was proud of the way his team
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Lady Jackets sting West End in county tournament

Photo: Glencoe High’s Kaylie Davis (20) attempts a shot between West End’s Madison Parker (14) and Leslie Decker during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 70-38 victory in the Etowah County Schools girls basketball tournament last Thursday (Jan. 18) at Hokes Bluff. (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Class 3A No. 9 Glencoe Lady Yellow Jackets
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Eagles knock off Glencoe in county tournament semifinals

Photo: Glencoe High’s Cam Harris (14) drives past Hokes Bluff’s Braydon Hill (left) and Peyton Moore during the Eagles’ 63-46 win in the semifinals of the Etowah County boys basketball tournament on Thursday (Jan. 18) at Hokes Bluff. (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Hokes Bluff earned a spot in the Etowah County boys high
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Lady Panthers dispatch Sardis in county tournament

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 6A No. 5 Southside advanced to the championship game of the Etowah County girls high school basketball tournament with a 51-25 win over Sardis on Thursday (Jan. 18) at Hokes Bluff. The Lady Panthers started the game on an 11-0 run, and their defensive pressure forced several Sardis turnovers in
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Lions leap past Gaston in county boys tournament

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Sardis Lions jumped out to an 18-6 first quarter lead and never looked back in disposing of the Gaston Bulldogs 77-43, in boys varsity action in the Etowah County Basketball Tournament last Thursday (Jan. 18) at Hokes Bluff. Sardis head coach Van Owens was proud of the way his team
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Lady Jackets sting West End in county tournament

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Class 3A No. 9 Glencoe Lady Yellow Jackets placed three players in double figures on their way to a 70-38 victory over the West End Lady Patriots in the Etowah County Basketball Tournament last Thursday (Jan. 18) at Hokes Bluff. “We played sloppy at times but we took care of
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 3 Review The Crimson Tide capped off its best week of the season with a 76-71 win over Auburn in Coleman Coliseum last Wednesday (Jan. 17). Alabama ended Auburn’s 14-game winning streak and did so without leading scorer Collin Sexton. Freshman guard John Petty scored 27 points to lead
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Southside, Hokes Bluff, Glencoe girls ranked in latest ASWA basketball poll

Released January 18 GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Spain Park 3. Sparkman 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. James Clemens 6. Huffman 7. Mountain Brook 8. Alma Bryant 9. Davidson 10. McGill-Toolen Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. LeFlore 3. Ramsay 4. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 5. Southside 6. Blount 7. Hartselle 8. Brewer 9. Center Point 10. Austin Class
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Etowah County Tournament dates, games times re-scheduled

Due to the Etowah County Schools closings on Jan. 16 and 17, the dates and times for the Etowah County Schools varsity basketball tournament have been re-scheduled at Hokes Bluff High School. On Thursday, Jan. 18, the Glencoe and West End girls will play at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Southside and Sardis boys at
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Yellow Jackets top West End in in county tournament

Photo: Glencoe High’s Brandon Bishop (left) goes in for a layup as West End’s Nick Campbell (3) and Marcus Strickland (20) defend during the Yellow Jackets’ 73-48 win in the opening round of the Etowah County Schools boys basketball tournament on Monday (Jan. 15) at Hokes Bluff. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Glencoe shook off a poor
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Lady Lions breeze past Gaston

Photo: Sardis High’s Kaylee Harraid shoots between Gaston’s Kaytlin Thrasher (left) and Amayiah Hill during the Lady Lions’ 54-19 victory in the opening round of the Etowah County Schools girls basketball tournament on Monday (Jan. 15) at Hokes Bluff. (Photo by Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Sardis made quick work of Gaston in the opening
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Lady Yellow Jackets upend Hokes Bluff

Glencoe High’s Anna Beth Giles (4) drives to the basket as Hokes Bluff’s Madison Ingram defends during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 40-33 win in girls basketball on Jan. 12 at GHS. (Photo by Gary Wells).
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Eagles fly past Glencoe

Glencoe High’s Colton Stone (4) drives in for a layup as Hokes Bluff’s Braydon Hill defends during the Eagles’ 65-47 victory in boys basketball on Jan. 12 at GHS. (Photo by Gary Wells).
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent National Championship Game Recap It was a tale of “Tua” halves in the 2018 National Championship Game, as Alabama erased a 13-point deficit en route to a 26-23 overtime victory over Georgia at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. Georgia dominated the first half and took a 13-0 lead into the locker
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Meads, Howard highlight All-Messenger football team

Etowah’s Alex Howard (pictured) and Hokes Bluff’s Darrian Meads were named the Defensive and Offensive Players of the Year, respectively, for the 2017 All-Messenger football team. By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor In a 2017 season that saw several local high school football teams qualify for the postseason, Hokes Bluff and Etowah had the longest journey down
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Area teams ranked in latest ASWA basketball polls

Released January 11 GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Spain Park 3. Sparkman 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. James Clemens 6. Davidson 7. Huffman 8. Alma Bryant 9. Mountain Brook 10. McGill-Toolen Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. LeFlore 3. Ramsay 4. Hartselle 5. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6. Brewer 7. Southside 8. Austin 9. Selma 10. Blount Class 5A
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Gadsden State pulls it out against Wallace-Hanceville

Photo: Gadsden State’s Nic Looney (left) looks for an open teammate as Wallace-Hanceville’s Jonathan Andre defends during the Cardinals’ 63-60 win in men’s basketball on Tuesday (Jan. 9) in Gadsden. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Gadsden State men’s head basketball coach Deddric Tarver had a feeling that his team’s Alabama Community College Conference opener
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Lady Cardinals drop conference opener

Photo; Gadsden State’s Te’ Johnson (right) moves against Wallace-Hanceville’s Desiree Tyner during the Lady Cardinals’ 79-73 loss in women’s basketball on Jan. 9. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Gadsden State’s 79-73 loss to Wallace State-Hanceville gave credence to the idea that the outcome of a game can be decided long before the final buzzer.
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent College Bowl Recap The SEC’s performance during bowl season overall was less than ideal, but the conference’s bowl record will be the last thing anyone talks about heading into Monday’s national championship game. For the second time since 2011, the national title game will be an all-SEC affair as Georgia takes
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Hokes Bluff native wraps up Auburn football career

Photo: Pictured is 2008 Hokes Bluff High graduate Tyler Stovall during the Eagles’ 2007 football season. (Alex Chaney) By Phillip Marshall/auburn.247sports.com His teammates call him “Papa Stove.” They sometimes they even call him “Coach.” Tyler Stovall, Auburn’s 28-year-old holder, welcomes his place as elder statesman. “It’s funny to be a 28-year-old man and be called
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Westbrook breaks down Purple Devils

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 2A No. 9 Westbrook Christian parlayed a dominant second quarter into a 73-31 blowout win over Ragland on Tuesday (Jan. 2) in Rainbow City. The Warriors (11-5) and Purple Devils were tied at 12 entering the second quarter, but Westbrook outscored Ragland 31-4 to take a comfortable 43-16 lead into
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Late run pushes Lady Warriors past Ragland

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A 14-0 fourth quarter run helped the Westbrook Christian Lady Warriors pull away from the Ragland Lady Purple Devils for a 47-25 win on Tuesday (Jan. 2) in Rainbow City. The Lady Warriors forced several turnovers, and Macie Beecham and McKenzie Saunders sparked the above run with a combined three 3-pointers
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Bowl Previews and Predictions III Season record: 89-23 Friday, Dec. 29 Belk Bowl Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M (+3). The Aggies made a coaching change after the regular season, and Jimbo Fisher will take over for Kevin Sumlin next year. Texas A&M finished 7-5 but has a very talented roster that
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Local players make ASWA all-state football teams

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Darrian Meads (pictured), Etowah’s Jerrin Wright and Westbrook’s Court Coley were first-team selections for the 2017 ASWA All-State football teams. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Twenty local athletes were recently named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2017 All-State high school football teams. Three players were selected to the first team, 14 to the
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Bowl previews and predictions, Part II Sunday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl Fresno State vs. Houston (-2.5). In 2016, Fresno State finished 3-9. The Bulldogs made a coaching change and brought in former Cal coach Jeff Tedford, who in his first season led the Bulldogs to the Mountain West title game and
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Brown leads Conquerors past St. John Paul II

Photo: Coosa Christian’s India Brown (53) boxes out against St. John Paul II’s Hannah Hall during the Lady Conquerors’ 39-26 win in the opening round of the Etowah Holiday Tournament last Wednesday (Dec. 20) in Attalla. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Coosa Christian girls basketball team used a dominant performance by India Brown
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Local sports, civic standout Fred Sington, Jr., passes

Photo: Fred Sington, Jr., passed away on Dec. 19 at the age of 82. (Sarrah Peters/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent A hero comes in all shapes and sizes. To most people their hero, whether a sports figure or world leader, is larger than life. On Tuesday, Dec. 19, the city of Gadsden lost one such
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Glencoe hires Alred as football coach

By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Glencoe High Principal Charlton Giles didn’t have to look too far to select the school’s new head football coach. Last Wednesday (Dec. 19) Giles recommended to the Etowah County Board of Education that 1998 GHS graduate Brian Alred be hired as the 24th head coach in the school’s history. Alred replaced Rusty
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Titans halt losing streak with win over Southside

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent After three straight losses, Gadsden City High boys basketball coach Reginald Huff challenged his team to pick up the intensity and effort defensively. It’s safe to say the Titans accepted Huff’s challenge after their performance last Monday (Dec. 18) in a 63-33 win over Southside. Gadsden City (7-6) jumped out to
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Big third quarter pushes Lady Panthers past Gadsden City

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Southside went on a 20-0 third quarter run over the course of six minutes to pull away for a comfortable 61-34 win over Gadsden City on Monday (Dec. 18) in Southside. Lady Panthers (9-0) led only 28-24 at halftime but were more aggressive defensively in the second half, and stifled the
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Bowl Previews and Predictions, Part I Season record: 89-23 Saturday, Dec. 16 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl North Texas vs. Troy (-6). Before Neal Brown took over at Troy, the Trojans had never won 10 games in a season in the FBS. Over the last two seasons under Brown, Troy has
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Lady Cardinals breeze past Cleveland State

Photo: Gadsden State’s Kelsey Patterson attempts a jump shot during the Lady Cardinals’ 86-74 victory over Cleveland State last Wednesday (Nov. 13). (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Gadsden State placed four players in double figures on the way to an 86-74 victory over Cleveland State on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Beck Field House. The
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Three area teams ranked in latest ASWA basketball poll

Released December 14 GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Sparkman 3. Spain Park 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. James Clemens 6. Alma Bryant 7. Mountain Brook 8. Huffman 9. McGill-Toolen 10. Davidson Class 6A 1. LeFlore 2. Hazel Green 3. Ramsay 4. Hartselle 5. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 6. Homewood 7. Austin 8. Brewer 9. Selma 10. Blount Class 5A
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Local college football lettermen recognize veterans

Photo: Former Etowah High and University of Alabama standout lineman and LETTERMEN of USA member David Gilmer (right) presents an autographed Kyle Whittingham University of Utah football to Vietnam War veteran and U.S. Army Captain Michael Mendell during the recent Semper-Fi Community Task Force/Heroes Week luncheon in Huntsville. Lettermen of the USA, a non-profit organization
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Lady Titans battle No. 3 Spain Park to the wire

Photo: Gadsden City High’s Cianni Rhodes battles for possession with Spain Park’s Claire Holt (center) and Barrett Herring during the Lady Titans’ 51-48 loss last Tuesday (Nov. 12) at GCHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor One day after the Gadsden City High School girls basketball team suffered through a 47-point Class 7A loss to
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In & around SEC football

SEC Championship Review To make the playoffs, Auburn needed to beat Georgia for the second time in four weeks. The Tigers jumped out to an early 7-0 lead but that was all the offense Auburn could muster on the afternoon, as Georgia pulled away for a 28-7 win to secure the SEC title. Kerryon Johnson
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Hokes Bluff duo leads off All-County football football team

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Darrian Meads (pictured above) and Landon Johnson were named Co-MVPs the 2017 of the All-Etowah County Schools football team. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A pair of Eagles soared to new heights this year, and the postseason honors are starting to roll in. Senior quarterback Landon Johnson and sophomore halfback Darrian Meads were named
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Southside, Sardis move in AHSAA reclassification; Westbrook, Coosa Christian affected by new private school rule

Photo: Kenneth Bothwell and the Southside football team will compete in Class 5A next season. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Two local high school moved in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s re-classification for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 athletic seasons. The AHSAA’s Central Board of Control unanimously approved the measure on Nov. 30. Southside, who competed in
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Local teams ranked in latest ASWA basketball polls

Released Dec. 7 GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Sparkman 3. Spain Park 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5. James Clemens 6. Davidson 7. Huffman 8. Alma Bryant 9. Mountain Brook 10. McGill-Toolen Class 6A 1. LeFlore 2. Hazel Green 3. Ramsay 4. Brewer 5. Homewood 6. Austin 7. Selma 8. Athens 9. Blount 10. Carver-Birmingham Class 5A
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Etowah’s Howard highlights 5A, All-Region 7 football team

Etowah High’s Alex Howard was named Player of the Year of the Class 5A, All-Region 7 football team. The 6-2, 230-pound junior defensive end/offensive tackle put up big numbers on both sides of the ball while helping the Blue Devils finish with an 11-2 record, win a region championship and qualify for state playoff quarterfinals.
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In & around SEC football

By C ole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Iron Bowl Review Auburn’s win over Alabama in the Iron Bowl didn’t come as a total surprise, but the manner in which the Tigers won the game certainly wasn’t expected. While Auburn didn’t rout Alabama, they did prove on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium that they are the better team right
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Area teams ranked in ASWA basketball polls

Released Nov. 30 GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Sparkman 3. Spain Park 4. Huffman 5. Hewitt-Trussville 6. James Clemens 7. Davidson 8. McGill-Toolen 9. Gadsden City 10. Lee-Montgomery Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. LeFlore 3. Ramsay 4. Brewer 5. Homewood 6. Athens 7. Hillcrest-Tusc. 8. Austin 9. Blount 10. Northview Class 5A 1.
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True Etowah County boys basketball tournament on tap for 2018

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent In 1951, Norman Dale arrived in rural Hickory, Indiana, to become a high school teacher and head basketball coach of the Huskers. He was hired by his longtime friend, principal Cletus Summers. Speaking with Cletus, Dale thanks him for the opportunity and mysteriously mentions that he hopes things will work out
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Huff reaches milestone in GCHS win

Photo:Gadsden City High boys basketball coach Reginald Huff earned his 500th career win with the Titans’ 61-42 victory over Southside on Nov. 28. By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Walter Holt, Gid Riddle, George Baker. We now can add Gadsden City High School’s Reginald Huff to the list of legendary Etowah County basketball coaches. Last Tuesday (Nov.
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Lady Panthers defeat Gadsden City

Photo: Southside High’s Lauren Hunt (23) drives between Gadsden City’s Asia Samuels (34) and Brittney Watts (5) during the Lady Panthers’ 46-39 victory in girls basketball last Tuesday (Nov. 28) at GCHS. (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent “This was an exciting game,” said Southside High girls basketball coach Kim Nails following her Lady Panthers’
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Hokes Bluff comes up short in Class 4A third round

Photo: Hokes Bluff Austin Gulledge (2) runs into Fayette County’s Chance Stevenson during the Eagles’ 35-27 loss in the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A state football playoffs on Nov. 24. (Alex Chaney) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Hokes Bluff’s quest to play in the state semifinals for the second straight year came to an end
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Etowah falls short in 5A quarterfinals

Etowah’s Corey Thomas fights for yardage during the Blue Devils’ 31-0 loss to Briarwood Christian in the Class 5A state quarterfinals last on Nov. 24) at in Birmingham. (Al.com/ Butch Dill) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 5A, No. 5 Etowah’s best season in nearly two decades ended with a 31-0 loss to No. 1 Briarwood
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 12 Review The Tigers were sluggish in a 42-14 win over Louisiana-Monroe and led the Warhawks only 14-7 at the half. Kerryon Johnson led the Auburn offense with 137 yards rushing and a touchdown and Darius Slayton caught four passes for 89 yards and a touchdown. Jarrett Stidham threw
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Gaston football team receives sportsmanship award

Pictured in above photo, from left: Etowah County Schools Superintendent Dr. Alan Cosby, TV-24 Pigskin Roundup host Jon Holder, GHS head football coach Swane Morris, GHS principal Tammy George, GHS athletic director Richard Tant. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent On Nov. 17, the Gaston High School football team received the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’
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Hokes Bluff shuts out Rogers, moves to quarterfinals

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Darrian Meads (left) looks avoid Rogers’ Ethan Truitt during the Eagles’ 12-0 victory over Rogers in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs on Nov. 17. (Alex Chaney) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Not many teams qualify for the state football quarterfinals with a two-game total of 24 points. Count Hokes
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Blue Devils dispatch Brooks, move to third round

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 5A, No. 5 Etowah advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1999 with a resounding 42-21 win over Brooks on Friday (Nov. 17) at Jim Glover Field in Attalla. The Blue Devils (11-1) will travel to take on No. 1 Briarwood Christian next Friday (Nov. 24). For most
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In & around SEC football

Auburn Week 10 Review Auburn submitted its best performance of both the season and the Gus Malzahn era in a convincing and do-minating 40-17 win over No. 1 Georgia last Saturday, Nov. 11, at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tigers dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and outgained the Bulldogs by a
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Area runners compete at state cross country meet

Photo: Southside High’s Taylor Nails is pictured competing in the Class 6A boys state cross country meet last Saturday (Nov. 11) in Moulton. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) Four local runners placed in the top 15 in their respective events at the AHSAA state cross country meet last Saturday (Nov. 11) in Moulton. The top 15 runners in
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Hokes Bluff exacts revenge on Madison Academy

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Braydon Hill makes a catch between a trio of Madison Academy defenders during the Eagles’ 12-10 win in the first round of the Class 4A state football playoffs on Friday (Nov. 10) in Madison. (Alex Chaney) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent As the final seconds ticked off the clock in Class 4A, No.
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Sardis comes up short to Cherokee County in first round

Photo: Sardis High’s Chase Bright runs after a catch as Cherokee County’s Jawaun Hood hangs on during the Lions’ 21-14 loss in the first round of the Class 4A state football playoffs on Nov. 10 in Sardis City. (Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Sardis High did not have an answer for
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Conquerors fall to Cherokee in first round

Photo: Coosa Christian’s Jake McDowell (right) pursues Cherokee’s Willie Padron during the Conquerors’ 49-0 loss in the first round of the Class 1A state football playoffs on Nov. 9. (Allison Carter/Florence Times-Daily) By Jacob Cole/For Florence Times-Daily Arian Strong’s five-touchdown performance propelled Cherokee to its first playoff win since 1999 as the Indians routed Coosa
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