Lady Panthers edge Albertville in first round of soccer playoffs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo: The Sardis High softball team went 5-0 record to win the White Plains Tournament last Saturday (Mar. 10). Pictured, kneeling, from left: Jade Bonds, Ivy Nation, Carly Sarratt, Emily Cook, Hailey Hill, Standing, from left: Whitney Feemster, Analee Dilbeck, Mallory Wills, Hannah Hallmark, Harlee Vincent, Kaylee Harraid, Lauryn Noojin. (Not pictured: Kaylee Bayne) The
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Etowah gridder signs football scholarship

Photo: Etowah High School senior Evan Jones signed a football scholarship with Campbellsville (Kent.) University on March 9. Pictured, standing, from left: EHS assistant football coaches Russ Pilkington and Jamison Wadley, EHS head football coach Drew Noles and EHS assistant football coach Dex Vines. (Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Another Etowah High Blue Devil
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Locals golf teams compete in Yellow Jacket Invitational

Photo: Glencoe High’s Abby Powell shot a 122 score at the Yellow Jacket Invitational girls golf tournament on March 8 at Silver Lakes in Glencoe. (Gary Wells) Three local girls golf teams competed in the Yellow Jacket Invitational on March 8 at Silver Lakes in Glencoe. Glencoe finished with a team total score of 337,
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 10 Review The Tigers clinched their first SEC regular season championship since 1999 after they defeated South Carolina, 79-70, at Auburn Arena. While they technically share the regular season title with Tennessee since both teams finished 13-5 in the league, the Tigers hold the tiebreaker over the Volunteers. Bruce
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Gadsden State comes up short in ACCC Tournament quarterfinals

Photo: Gadsden State’s Shond McKinney (left) drives against former Gadsden City High School teammate Jacob Hyde during the Cardinals’ overtime loss to Snead State in the ACCC Tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday (March 7) in Birmingham. (Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter) By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter Gadsden State erased a 17-point halftime deficit against Snead
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Eagles shut out Southside

Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Landon Johnson dives back to first base as Southside’s Mason McGlaughn catches the pickoff throw during the Eagles’ 3-0 victory in high school baseball on Wednesday (March 7) at SHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Timely hits and dominant pitching led Hokes Bluff to a 3-0 victory over cross county rival
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Lady Cardinals advance to conference semifinals

Photo: Gadsden State’s Diamond Jolly (left) finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the Lady Cardinals’ 80-59 victory over Bishop State in the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament women’s basketball quarterfinals on Tuesday (March 6) in Birmingham. (Messenger file photo) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor With his team holding slim two-point advantage at intermission against
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Lady Cardinals slam Coastal Alabama in ACCC Tournament play-in game

Photo: Gadsden State’s Kelsey Patterson (left) attempts a jump shot in front of Coastal Alabama’s Jacquetta Dailey during the Lady Cardinals’ 98-67 victory in the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament’s play-in game in women’s basketball on March 2 at Beck Field House. (Gary Wells) Helped by Diamond Jolly’s double-double performance of 28 points and 10
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 9 Review The Tigers had a chance to clinch the regular season SEC championship but dropped a pair of road game at Florida and Arkansas to keep Tennessee within striking istance. Auburn fell behind in the first half of both games and late second-half runs fell short as the
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GCHS grad helping school and community in different ways

Photo: 2009 Gadsden City High School graduate Dre Kirkpatrick provided the GCHS football program with a $10,000 check on Wednesday (Feb. 27) in the school library. Pictured, from left: GCHS athletic director Todd Lamberth, Kirkpatrick mother ?, GCHS head football coach Bart Sessions, Kirkpatrick, GCHS principal Jeff Colgrove, Gadsden City Schools Superintendent Ed Miller. (Chris
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Local standouts to be inducted into state softball hall of fame

The Alabama Softball Association will hold its 26th Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Saturday, March 10 at 3 p.m. at the Jerry Belk Recreation Center in Tuscaloosa. Eight individuals will be inducted in the ASA’s 2018 hall of fame, including local players Bert Estes, Rodney Roberts and Gary Whitefield. Tickets are $35 for adults
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Taylor, Jones sharp in Blue Devils’ win over Sardis

Photo: Etowah’s A.J. Taylor delivers a pitch during the Blue Devils’ 4-1 victory over Sardis in high school baseball last Tuesday (Feb. 27) in Attalla. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Sparked by solid pitching and timely hitting, Etowah grinded its way to a 4-1 victory over Sardis last Tuesday (Feb. 27) in Attalla. Blue
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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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