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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Jenkins signs with Montreat College

Gadsden City High School senior Landon Jenkins signed a baseball scholarship with Montreat (N.C.) College last Sunday (March 5) at Meadowbrook Baptist. In 84 games, Jenkins had 47 runs scored, 26 RBI and 22 stolen bases. Pictured, sitting from left: East Cobb baseball coach Bo Curtis, Montreat head baseball coach Jason Beck, Landon, East Cobb
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Local teams compete in Yellow Jacket Invitational

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Photo caption: Glencoe High’s Lauren Cole tees off during the Yellow Jacket Invitational girls golf on March 9 at Silver Lakes. (Gary Wells) Westbrook Christian finished in fourth place out of 21 schools at the Yellow Jacket Invitational girls golf tournament hosted by Glencoe High School at Silver Lakes’ Heartbreaker/Mindbreaker courses. The
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 9 Review The Crimson Tide finished the regular season with a 59-54 loss on the road at Tennessee. Alabama led 36-22 at the half but a strong second-half surge by the Volunteers in the ended the Tide’s NCAA Tournament chances. At 10-8 in the conference, Alabama still earned the
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GCHS duo to play in all-star basketball game

Gadsden City High School seniors Haley Troup and Brooke Burns were among 12 high school players across the state recently selected to the Alabama roster for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star girls basketball game next Friday (March 17) in Montgomery. The game will tip off at 5 p.m. at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University
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Conquerors' Hampton ties AHSAA softball record

Coosa Christian’s Alaina Hampton tied an Alabama High School Athletic Association softball record in the Lady Conquerors’ 12-3 win over Ashville on March 2. The senior catcher tied the AHSAA record for number of doubles in a single game after going 5-for-5 with four doubles, a triple and five RBI. Her five hits also tied
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Lady Panthers swing past Gadsden City

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Behind a strong pitching outing from Savanna Yancey and a late-game offense surge, Southside High posted an 8-5 victory over Gadsden City on Monday (March 6) at SHS. With the game at tied at 1-1 going into the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Panthers crossed home plate seven times over
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Lady Blue Devils go 4-1 at J.B. Pennington tournament

Etowah High went 4-1 in the J.B. Pennington Tiger Pride Classic this past weekend in Blountsville. The Lady Blue Devils defeated Susan Moore, 8-0; New Hope, 11-6; Shades Valley, 16-2; and Pelham, 3-1. Etowah’s lone loss came against the host Lady Tigers by a score of 3-0. Against Susan Moore, Melissa Love allowed two hits
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Lady Cardinals advance in conference tournament

Raven Cooley shot 50 percent (5-for-10) from the three-point line in Gadsden State’s 74-60 victory over Lawson State in the opening round of the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament on March 3 in Birmingham. The Lady Cardinals (8-18) will face Shelton State in the tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 8. Cooley finished with 21 points
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 8 Review The Crimson Tide suffered back-to-back losses to Georgia and Texas A&M this past week, which ended any chances they had of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Alabama’s offense struggled in both losses, as the Tide scored only 55 points at home against the Bulldogs
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West End's Little leads off All-Messenger football team

By Chris McCarthy/Editor It was a Little bit of this and a Little bit of that all season long for the 2016 West End High football team. Versatile senior Andre Little rarely left the field for the Patriots as they made their first postseason appearance in six years and won their first playoff game since
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Local trio to be inducted into state softball hall of fame

Three local individuals will be inducted into the Alabama Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017 this Saturday (Mar. 4) in Tuscaloosa. Deborah Dixon, Steve Nelson and Steve Salvador will join 31 previous ASA inductees from the Gadsden/Etowah County area. Dixon and Salvador will be inducted as slow pitch player, while Nelson will
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In & around SEC basketball

Alabama Week 7 Review The Crimson Tide won back-to-back games last week after dropping a home game against Kentucky. Alabama knocked off Missouri on the road, 57-54, and followed that up with a 90-72 win over LSU. Those wins didn’t do much to bolster the Tide’s NCAA Tournament resume, since LSU and Missouri are the
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Buzzer-beating trey ends Glencoe's season at regionals

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent With 28 seconds remaining and a one-point lead, the Glencoe boys basketball team just needed one stop to advance to the Northeast Regional Tournament finals. Senior forward Cole Holbrooks had just sunk two free throws to give the Yellow Jackets a 62-61 advantage over New Hope, and Indian guard Campbell Everett
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Lady Yellow Jackets fall in 3A regional semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Despite three freshmen and a sophomore in the starting lineup, the Glencoe High girls basketball team was not by any means intimidated by either the raucous atmosphere at Jacksonville State University’s Pete Mathews’ Coliseum or an undefeated Plainview squad in the Class 3A Northeast Regional Tournament semifinals last Monday (Feb. 20). Whether
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Lady Eagles come up short in regional semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A seven-point output in the third quarter came back to haunt the Hokes Bluff girls basketball team in a 59-49 loss to Madison Academy last Monday (Feb. 20) in the Northeast Regional Tournament semifinals at Jacksonville State. Starting the second half with a three-point lead, the Lady Eagles (28-5) managed just two
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Panther wrestlers finish second at 6A state tournament

Photo by Mark Almond/preps@al.com Southside finished runner-up at the AHSAA Class 6A state wrestling tournament last Saturday in Huntsville The Panthers finished with a score of 171.5 to Oxford’s 195. Pinson Valley was third at 148 and Homewood was fourth with 115.5 points. Landon Thompson earned Class 6A MVP honors after winning the 152-pound weight
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Coosa Christian loses in 1A regional semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Making its first-ever appearance in the Class 1A Northeast Regional Tournament last week, the Coosa Christian boys basketball team held its own in the first and third quarters, with only a 61-49 point deficit. It was the other two periods that severely compromised the Conqueror cause, as Coosa (23-5) managed just one
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Lady Conquerors lose in 1A regional semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Coosa Christian girls basketball team’s historic season came to a disappointing end in the semifinals of the Class 1A Northeast Regional Tournament last week. Plagued by poor shooting, particularly in the second half, the Lady Conquerors fell to Skyline, 69-44, on Feb. 17 at Jacksonville State. It was the first time
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Westbrook falls in regional semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Westbrook Christian boys basketball team had an unusually poor shooting night on Thursday (Feb. 16), and the Warriors paid the price in the Class 2A Northeast Regional Tournament semifinals at Jacksonville State. Westbrook (26-7) shot just 33 percent (21-for-63) from the field and 21 percent (5-for-24) from the three-point line in
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Mountain Brook edges Gadsden City at regionals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Gadsden City High Titans ran into an old nemesis in the form of Mountain Brook on Thursday (Feb. 16) at Jacksonville State. Just as in past few years, the Spartans wound up ended the Titans’ season at the Class 7A Northeast Regional Tournament. Mountain Brook (28-5) led 48-45 with four
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Lady Titans fall in OT in regional semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Gadsden City Lady Titans fell to Spain Park, 52-49, in overtime in the semifinal round game of the Class 7A Northeast Regional Tournament Regional on Thursday (Feb. 16) at Jacksonville State University. Spain Park came back from 10 points down to win by three points in overtime. The third quarter
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Guntersville shoots past Blue Devils in 5A subregionals

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A dynamic shooting performance catapulted Guntersville over Etowah, 92-80, in a Class 5A sub-regional game on Tuesday (Feb. 14) in Attalla. The Wildcats buried four first quarter 3-pointers and took advantage of a poor shooting performance from the Blue Devils as the visitors built a 19-11 lead after the first frame.
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Conquerors roll into regional tournament

By Chris McCarthy/Editor For the first time in school history, the Coosa Christian boys basketball team will require clean game jerseys in mid-February. The Conquerors (21-4) led from opening tip until the final buzzer in a 58-51 victory over Spring Garden in the Class 1A subregionals on Tuesday (Feb. 14) in Gadsden. Coosa will play
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Westbrook plows Section, heads to regionals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Warrior Express remained on the right track last Tuesday (Feb. 14) in Rainbow City. Westbrook Christian led by 23 points at halftime on the way to a 72-42 victory over Section in the Class 2A boys subregional round. The red and white clad Warriors’ next stop will be at the
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Glencoe girls headed to JSU after subregional win

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A 19-1 second half run propelled Glencoe High to a 51-42 win over Weaver in the Class 3A subregionals on Monday (Feb. 13) in Glencoe. The win sent the Lady Yellow Jackets (17-13) to the Northeast Regional Tournament at Jacksonville State University, where they will take on Plainview on Monday (Feb.
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Lady Eagles trounce Handley, head to regionals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Photo by Alex Chaney The Hokes Bluff Lady Eagles are heading to Jacksonville State University to play in the Northeast Regional Tournament on the strength of a 56-32 shellacking of Handley on Monday (Feb. 13) in the Class 4A subregional round. Hokes Bluff (28-4) will face Madison Academy on Monday (Feb.
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Lady Panthers come up short in subregionals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Southside High girls basketball program must wait another year to qualify for its initial appearance at the Northeast Regional Tournament. The Lady Panthers’ fine season ended on a disappointing note on Monday (Feb. 13) at SHS, as Southside fell to Fort Payne, 56-49, in the Class 6A subregional playoffs. Poor shooting
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Blue Devils hold off Alexandria in area title game

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Alexandria had shaved Etowah 15-point fourth quarter lead to three points by the time Andy Noles stepped to the foul line with 5.2 seconds left in the Class 5A, Area 13 Tournament championship last Saturday (Feb. 11) in Attalla. The senior guard needed to make one of two foul shots to
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Yellow Jackets fall to Piedmont in area tournament championship

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent A poor shooting night derailed Glencoe’s chances of winning the Class 3A, Area 10 Tournament championship game, as the Yellow Jackets fell to Piedmont, 50-42 on Feb. 10 in Glencoe. The Yellow Jackets only mustered eight points in the opening quarter and trailed the Bulldogs 17-8. The Glencoe offense picked up
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GCHS girls, boys win area titles, qualify for regionals

Gadsden City defeated Grissom, 62-50, in the Class 7A, Area 7 Tournament championship game last Saturday (Feb. 11) in Huntsville. The Titans (16-13) will face Mountain Brook in the Northeast Regional Tournament semifinals at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday (Feb. 16) at Jacksonville State. For GCHS, tournament MVP Deonte Jones finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds
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Warriors win area tournament championship

Westbrook jumped out to a 44-18 halftime lead on the way to a 72-57 win over Collinsville in the Class 2A, Area 12 Tournament championship game last Saturday (Feb. 11) at CHS. The Warriors (26-6) host Section on Tuesday (Feb. 14) in the sub-regional round. For Westbrook, Will Jones went 11-for-12 at the free throw
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Lady Eagles edge Jacksonville in area title game

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Hokes Bluff Lady Eagles overcame both a 10-2 early deficit and a 25-point performance by Kyra Williams en route to a 50-48 victory over Jacksonville in the championship game of the Class 4A, Area 12 Tournament on Feb. 10 at Hokes Bluff. The Lady Eagles host Handley in the sub-regional
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Coosa rallies past Ragland for area tournament title

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent After visiting Ragland jumped out to an early 17-5 lead in the Class 1A, Area 11 Tournament championship game on Feb. 9, Coosa Christian head coach Richard Hollingsworth took his most important timeout of the season. Coosa senior Caden Davidson buried a 3-pointer soon after that well-timed break, and the Conquerors
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Lady Conquerors win first ever area title

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The Coosa Christian Lady Conquerors connected on nine 3-pointers en route to the first area basketball tournament championship in program history in a 59-51 win over Appalachian on Feb. 9 in Gadsden. The Lady Conquerors improved to 17-4 on the season and will host a sub-region game against Jacksonville Christian on
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Etowah's Wilson to play at Kansas juco

Etowah High School senior Malik Wilson signed a football scholarship with Dodge City (Kans.) Community College on Feb. 9. Wilson also had scholarship offers from Tennessee Tech, Mercer, Shorter University, Independence Community College and Garden City Community College. Dodge City had 11 players sign Division I scholarships this year and finished ranked No. 15 in
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Conquerers blast into tournament finals

By Cole Frederick, Sports Correspondent Class 1A No. 3 Coosa Christian used a blistering start to sail past Appalachian, 76 – 55, in the semifinals of the Area 11 tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Coliseum. The Conquerors started the game on a 16 – 0 run, which catapulted them into the area championship game
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Coosa girls dominate over Ragland

Coosa Christian cruised to the Class 1A, Area 11 Tournament girls’ championship game with a dominating 64 – 44 win over Ragland on Monday, Feb. 6 in Gadsden. The Lady Conquerors fell behind 6-0 early on but responded with a 13 – 0 run in just over four minutes and led 13-8 at the end
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick Alabama and Auburn Week 5 Review Auburn completed the season sweep of Alabama as the Tigers knocked off the Crimson Tide, 82 – 77, in Coleman Coliseum last Saturday, Feb. 4. Senior guard Ronnie Johnson scored 15 points off the bench for the Tigers (16 – 8, 5 – 6), who hadn’t
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Lady Eagles dispatch White Plains in area tournament

By Mike Goodson, Sports Correspondent Hokes Bluff overcame a 23-point performance by White Plains’ Grey Young to take a giant step towards Jacksonville with a 51 – 37 win on the Class 4A, Area 12 Tournament semifinals at HBHS. “Everyone came up big tonight,” said Hokes Bluff head coach Jason Shields. “Grey Young is a great
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Lady Titans move to tournament finals

By Mike Goodson, Staff Correspondent The Gadsden City High Lady Titans overcame a sluggish first half start to dismantle Huntsville, 59 – 41, in the semifinal round of Class 7A, Area 7 Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at GCHS. Gadsden City will face Grissom in the tournament championship game on Friday. Since there is no subregional
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Lady Panthers dismantle Oxford in area title game

By Cole Frederick, Sports Correspondent Class 6A No. 8 Southside secured the Area 13 Tournament championship with a dominating 77 – 37 win over Oxford on Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Southside. The Lady Panther defense forced several Oxford turnovers in the first half, and Southside built a 20 – 6 lead after the first quarter. Oxford
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Area athletes medal at state indoor track & field meet

Southside High’s Hunter Nails and Gaston’s Amayiah Hill each won a gold medal at last weekend’s AHSAA State Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Nails won his second straight first-place medal in the Class 6A 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.50. He also won second place silver in the 1600 meter
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick Auburn Week 4 Review After the Tigers suffered their worst loss of the sea-son at South Carolina, they responded with their best win of the year on the road at TCU. Auburn defeated the Horned Frogs, 88-80, in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. True freshman Austin Wiley led the way with 25 points
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Eight Titans sign college football scholarships

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Several Gadsden City High seniors reaped the benefits of hard work in the classroom and on the gridiron on Wednesday (Feb. 1). Eight Titan players capped their prep careers by signing college scholarships – offensive linemen Toryque Bateman (University of Louisville), Quaddrick Rice (Arizona Western Community College) and Tank Collins (Miles College);
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Panthers’ Williams signs with Auburn

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent A large gathering of friends, teammates, family members and well-wishers were on hand on Wednesday (Feb. 1) at the Southside High School library as senior Alaric Williams signed a scholarship to continue his playing days with Southeastern Conference member Auburn University. Williams was a four-year standout for Panthers at running back.
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Area teams ranked in final ASWA basketball poll

Poll released Feb. 2 BOYS CLASS 7A 1. Lee-Montgomery 2. Hoover 3. Mountain Brook 4. Huffman 5. Smiths Station 6. Auburn 7. McGill-Toolen 8. Grissom 9. Jeff Davis 10. Murphy CLASS 6A 1. Pelham 2. Daphne 3. Helena 4. LeFlore 5. Carver-Montgomery 6. Austin 7. Spanish Fort 8. Clay-Chalkville 9. Oxford 10. Pinson Valley CLASS
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Lady Panthers win state bowling title

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Southside High girls bowling team swept its way to the state championship and into school history in the AHSAA girls bowling tournament on Jan. 27 in Pelham. The Lady Panthers (26-0) went 4-0 in match competition at Oak Mountain Lanes, including an 806-647 victory over Hartselle in the finals. It was the
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Panther wrestlers finish second at state duals tournament

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Photo by Dennis Victory/preps@al.com Oxford overcame an early 13-point deficit to defeat Southside, 40-24, in the Class 6A finals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s State Wrestling Duals Tournament last Saturday (Jan. 28) at the Birmingham CrossPlex. The Panthers built at 16-3 advantage with a 15-3 major decision by Colin Edwards
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick Auburn and Alabama Week 3 Review The Tigers pulled away from Alabama in the second half on Jan. 18, winning 84-64 behind dynamic performances from a pair of true freshmen in Mustapha Heron and Austin Wiley. Heron finished with 15 points, while Wiley had the best game of his young career as
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Stafford’s buzzer-beater sends Westbrook past Conquerors

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A standing room-only crowd at the Coliseum was treated to a barnburner on Tuesday (Jan. 24). In a matchup of the only state-ranked boys teams in the area, Class 2A No. 9 Westbrook Christian battled back from a 19-point halftime deficit to post a 72-69 victory over Class 1A No. 3 Coosa
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Four local teams headed to state bowling tournament

Southside High defeated James Clemens, 784 to 757, in the finals of the North Regional Tournament on Jan. 20 in Tuscaloosa. The Etowah boys team finished runner-up to James Clemens, falling in the championship match by a score of 776 to 947. The Lady Blue Devils, who posted the top match score of the tournament
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Lady Eagles win county title on last-second shot

By Chris McCarthy/Editor With just under two seconds left in regulation and the ball at halfcourt, it looked as if the girls’ championship game of the Etowah County Schools basketball tournament would be decided in overtime last Friday (Jan. 20) at Glencoe. Amanda Noah had other ideas. Stationed several feet beyond the three-point line, the
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