Yellow Jackets edge Sardis in county semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The championship game of the 2016-2017 Etowah County boys basketball tournament is set. Hokes Bluff will meet Glencoe for the crown on Friday (Jan. 20) following the Yellow Jackets’ 54-52 semifinal victory over Sardis on Thursday at Glencoe. The Eagles defeated Southside in the other semifinal earlier this week. After the
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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Frederick Auburn Week 2 Review Auburn split a pair of conference road games against Missouri and Kentucky last week and picked up their first SEC win of the season against the Tigers. Auburn trailed in the second half but overpowered Missouri behind freshman guard Mustapha Heron’s 16 points. Four days later, the Tigers
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Hokes Bluff holds off Panthers in county semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Hokes Bluff is headed for the championship round of the Etowah County High School Basketball Tournament after a 43-37 victory over Southside on Wednesday (Jan. 18) at Glencoe. The Eagles advanced to play the winner of Thursday’s Glencoe/Sardis semifinal. Hokes Bluff used a near perfect defensive performance to hold off the
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Stout defense carries Lady Panthers past Sardis

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Southside High used a frenetic defense to storm past Sardis, 63-32, in the semifinals of the Etowah County Schools Tournament on Wednesday (Jan. 18) at Glencoe. The Lady Panthers (17-2) earned a berth in the county championship game on Friday (Jan. 20) at 6 p.m. against the winner of Thursday’s Hokes
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Area teams ranked in Jan. 19 ASWA basketball poll

BOYS CLASS 7A 1. Lee-Montgomery 2. Hoover 3. Mountain Brook 4. Auburn 5. Huffman 6. Smiths Station 7. McGill-Toolen 8. Central-Phenix City 9. Murphy 10. Spain Park CLASS 6A 1. Pelham 2. Helena 3. Austin 4. Daphne 5. Spanish Fort 6. Clay-Chalkville 7. LeFlore 8. Carver-Montgomery 9. Ramsay 10. Hazel Green CLASS 5A 1. Jemison-Huntsville
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ASWA names Mr. Football; Back, Lineman of the Year

Beauregard High School’s La’Damian Webb was named the 35th recipient of the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Mr. Football Award on Wed-nesday (Jan. 18) at the ASWA’s annual Player of the Year Awards luncheon presented by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association in Montgomery. A 5-foot-8, 184-pound junior running back, Webb added his
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Late surge pulls Yellow Jackets past West End

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent “You know, anyone can win this tournament this year.” These were the words from Glencoe High School boys head basketball coach Jason Gilley after his “Yellow Jackets” had just taken a hard fought 56-51 win over the West End Patriots on Tuesday (Jan. 17) in the Etowah County Tournament quarterfinals at
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Lady Eagles breeze past Gaston in county tournament quarterfinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Hokes Bluff had little difficulty in advancing to the Etowah County Schools Tournament semifinals, breezing past Gaston, 44-10, on Tuesday (Jan. 17) at Glencoe. The Class 4A No. 4 Lady Eagles (16-4) blasted away early on from the perimeter, knocking down five 3-point baskets on the way to a 24-0 lead after
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Harp’s sharpshooting helps Eagles advance in county tournament

By Mike Goodson Sports Correspondent If Gaston High boys head basketball coach Jesse Chandler came to the Etowah County Basketball Tournament looking for improvement in his Bulldogs, he came to the right place. For 16 minutes on Monday (Jan. 16), No. 5 seed Gaston played toe-to-toe with the favored No. 4 seed Hokes Bluff Eagles,
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Lady Lions advance to county tournament semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Although Sardis High girls head basketball coach Josh Wallace was pleased that his team beat West End, 45-12, in the opening game of the Etowah County Schools Tournament on Monday (Jan. 17), he knows that the Lady Lions must take it up several notches for Wednesday’s semifinal matchup with No. 1 seed
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All-Etowah County football team announced

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The 2016 All-Etowah County Schools football team features a somewhat green tint. Hokes Bluff High took three of the top four awards after recovering from a 1-3 start to finish and make it all the way to the Class 4A state semifinal round for the first time since 2004. The team’s top
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In & around SEC football

National Championship Game Review Alabama’s quest to repeat as national champion ended after Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson found receiver Hunter Renfrow for a 2-yard touchdown with one second remaining. The touchdown gave the Tigers a 35-31 lead and its first national championship since 1981. Alabama jumped out to an early 14-0 lead and appeared to
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Area team ranked in Jan. 12 ASWA basketball poll

BOYS CLASS 7A 1. Mountain Brook 2. Lee-Montgomery 3. Huffman 4. McGill-Toolen 5. Hoover 6. Central-Phenix City 7. Auburn 8. Murphy 9. Smiths Station 10. Vestavia Hills CLASS 6A 1. Austin 2. LeFlore 3. Pelham 4. Carver-Montgomery 5. Spanish Fort 6. Helena 7. Daphne 8. Clay-Chalkville 9. Fort Payne 10. Chelsea CLASS 5A 1. Jemison-Huntsville
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Former Etowah, Alabama standout Rich honored

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Seventy-four Etowah High School graduates and friends honored 1957 Etowah High School graduate and 1961 University of Alabama graduate Jerry Rich at the Blue Devil Spirit Fellowship Luncheon on Jan. 4 at the Attalla Community Center. As a three-sport letterman for the Blue Devils, Rich earned All-Etowah County honors in football, basketball
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Westbrook cruises past Bulldogs

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Westbrook Christian led from the opening tip to the final buzzer in a 78-27 Class 2A, Area 13 victory over Gaston last Tuesday (Jan. 10) in Rainbow City. Six different players scored in the first quarter as the sixth-ranked Warriors (15-5, 4-0) broke out to a 22-8 lead. Will Jones scored 12
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Lady Warriors turn back Gaston

By Chris McCarthy/Editor With her young and inexperienced squad enduring growing pains for much of the season, Westbrook Christian girls head basketball coach Jamie Barkley was happy to see her team come out on the high end of the scoreboard last Tuesday (Jan. 10). The Lady Warriors notched their third win of the year with
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Coosa Christian corrals Mustangs, 75-57

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Coosa Christian overcame a sluggish start to improve to 11-2 with a 75-57 win on Class 1A, Area 11 action last Tuesday (Jan. 10) in Gadsden. The Class 1A No. 5 Conquerors fell behind by eight points in the early going but eventually caught fire and never looked back down the
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Lady Conquerors dismantle Southeastern

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Coosa Christian placed three players in double figures in a 70-40 win over Southeastern last Tuesday (Jan. 10) in Gadsden. The Lady Conquerors improved to 9-2 with the Class 1A, Area 11 win. Coosa head coach Jayme Hollingsworth was proud of his team’s effort in the come-from behind victory. “We played
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In & around SEC football

College Football Playoff Review For the second straight year, Alabama and Clemson will meet in the national championship game. The Crimson Tide submitted yet another stellar defensive performance in a 24-7 win over Washington, while the Tigers gave their best performance of the season in a dominating 31-0 victory over Ohio State. Alabama (14-0) allowed
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Etowah dispatches Douglas in area action

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A good many coaches prefer their team to maintain an unselfishness approach at all times during a game. Not so James Graves. With his team clinging to a four-point lead at halftime against Douglas on Tuesday (Jan. 3), the Etowah High boys basketball coach reminded his players that if they had an
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Lady Blue Devils clip Douglas

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Etowah High girls head basketball coach Ryan Fore was aware coming into last Tuesday (Jan. 3) that Douglas liked to run and gun. His team ultimately grounded the Lady Eagles’ flight plan on the way to a 54-44 Class 5A, Area 13 victory in Attalla. Trailing by four points at halftime, the
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ASWA Back/Lineman of the Year finalists announced

The Alabama Sports Writers Association recently released its Back/Lineman of the Year finalists for the 2016 high school football season. The 48 finalists were chosen by a panel of prep writers from around the state at the ASWA’s all-state football meeting in December. The 48 players are also finalists for the state’s Mr. Football award,
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Friday, Dec. 30 Liberty Bowl TCU vs. Georgia (-2.5) Kirby Smart’s first season in Athens didn’t pro-duce the results many hoped it would, but the Bulldogs at least have a foundation in place moving forward. Jacob Eason made strides at quarterback in his freshman season, while running backs Nick Chubb and Sony
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Sardis edges Westbrook in OT at Glencoe Holiday Shootout

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Sardis High boys basketball coach Van Owen received a late Christmas present on Wednesday (Dec. 28), as his Lions stunned Class 2A No. 6 Westbrook Christian, 57-56, in overtime at the Glencoe Holiday Shootout Tournament. Sardis outscored the Warriors 16-6 in the third period to cut the Westbrook lead to 40-39
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Area football players make ASWA All-State teams

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Six out of The Messenger’s 10 area coverage high schools placed players on the Alabama Sports Writers Association 2016 All-State football teams. Gadsden City, Hokes Bluff and Etowah each had two players make the first team, while West End had one. Eight local players were second team selections and six student-athletes received
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By Cole Frederick Bowl previews and predictions Monday, Dec. 26 St. Petersburg Bowl Miami (OH) vs. Mississippi State (-14) Mississippi State is 5-7 but the Bulldogs earned a trip to a bowl game due to their high Academic Progress Rate. The Bulldogs finished the season with a resounding 55-20 win over rival Ole Miss, and
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Lady Panthers pour it on in second half against Chelsea

By Chris McCarthy/Editor With Chelsea within single digits of her Lady Panthers at intermission last Monday (Dec. 19), Southside High girls basketball coach Kim Nails streamlined her halftime adjustments to one area. Convert turnovers into points. “We created a lot [of turnovers] in the first half but we weren’t able to capitalize on some of
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No. 10 Hornets sting Southside, 58-31

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Though disappointed in the outcome, Southside High boys basketball coach Chad Holderfield found a silver lining in his team’s 58-31 loss to Chelsea on Monday (Dec. 19) at SHS. “This gives us a good measure of who we are and what some of the better teams in the state are like,” he
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By Cole Frederick College football bowl previews and predictions Saturday, Dec. 17 New Mexico Bowl Texas-San Antonio vs. New Mexico (-7) The Lobos (8-4) earned their second consecutive bowl bid under coach Bob Davie and are looking for their first bowl win since 2007. This is the first bowl bid Texas-San Antonio (6-6) has received
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Area teams ranked in Dec. 15 ASWA basketball poll

BOYS CLASS 7A 1. Mountain Brook 2. Lee-Montgomery 3. Smiths Station 4. McGill-Toolen 5. Auburn 6. Huffman 7. Sparkman 8. Murphy 9. Hoover 10. Grissom CLASS 6A 1. Pelham 2. Austin 3. Daphne 4. Carver-Montgomery 5. Spanish Fort 6. LeFlore 7. Muscle Shoals 8. Blount 9. Fort Payne 10. Chelsea CLASS 5A 1. Jemison-Huntsville 2.
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Etowah's Hyatt signs with Arkansas

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Etowah High senior Daulton Hyatt certainly made the most of his single year in Attalla. The senior quarterback signed a national letter of intent with the University of Arkansas on Dec. 14. “It’s definitely a great day for me,” said Hyatt, who will graduate from EHS later this month and enroll at
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Gadsden City student named athlete of the year

Courtesy of gadsdencityathletics.com The Gadsden City High student body gave the school’s Special Olympians a standing ovation on Monday (Dec. 12) and repeated that action for David Hodges, who was named Alabama’s Special Olympics 2016 Athlete of the Year. Hodges has been doing Special Olympic sports for six years and was part of the Titans’
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Titans take down Midfield, 65-62

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Gadsden City High held off a late rally by Midfield to post a 65-62 win in boys basketball on Tuesday (Dec. 13) at GCHS. Torque Bateman’s put-back with 3:17 left in the fourth quarter gave the Titans a 61-51 lead, but Class 3A No. 1 Patriots went to a full-court press that
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick SEC Championship Review Alabama captured its fifth SEC championship in the last eight seasons in dominating fashion last Saturday (Dec. 3). Florida jumped out to an early 7-0 lead but the Crimson Tide controlled the rest of the game en route to a 54-16 victory. In the first half, Alabama’s defense and
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Area basketball teams ranked in ASWA poll

BOYS CLASS 7A 1. Mountain Brook 2. Lee-Montgomery 3. Smiths Station 4. Hoover 5. McGill-Toolen 6. Spain Park 7. Sparkman 8. Auburn 9. Murphy 10. James Clemens CLASS 6A 1. Pelham 2. Austin 3. Daphne 4. Hueytown 5. Carver-Montgomery 6. Spanish Fort 7. LeFlore 8. Sidney Lanier 9. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 10. Clay-Chalkville CLASS 5A 1. Jemison-Huntsville
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Westbrook’s Self signs with UAH

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Tyler Self’s prowess on the baseball field and in the classroom has propelled him to the Rocket City. Last Wednesday (Dec. 7), the Westbrook Christian senior signed a baseball scholarship with the University of Alabama at Huntsville. In 67 innings on the mound this past season, Self went 11-1 with 72 strikeouts
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Gadsden City's Day, Minton sign with Birmingham Southern

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A pair of Gadsden City High student-athletes will test their academic and athletic capabilities in the Magic City next year. Seniors Ella Day and David Minton received four-year President Scholarships from Birmingham Southern and will participate in softball and baseball, respectively. Last season, Day batted .445 with 61 hits, 18 doubles, four
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Coosa’s Hampton signs with UAH

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A 10-year old dream came true for Alaina Hampton on Dec. 1 when the Coosa Christian senior signed a softball scholarship with the University of Alabama at Huntsville. “I’ve been playing softball since I was in fourth grade, and I always wanted to play in college,” she said. “Growing up, you’re going
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Lady Titans take down Hewitt-Trussville in triple OT

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The third time was the charm for the Gadsden City High girls basketball team on Tuesday (Dec. 6). Facing Hewitt-Trussville in their Class 7A, Area 7 opener, the Lady Titans posted a 65-61 victory after battling tooth and nail through regulation and three overtime periods. The outcome was finally decided in the
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Gamecocks fall to Youngstown State in FCS quarterfinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State’s hopes of a return trip to Frisco, Texas, and a chance to play for the FCS Division 1 National Championship came to a screeching halt on Saturday (Dec. 3) at Burgess-Snow Stadium. Youngstown State rolled up 520 offensive yards while stunning No. 3 seed Jacksonville State, 40-24, in the
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Iron Bowl Review Alabama pulled away from Auburn in the second half of the Iron Bowl and defeated the Tigers, 30-12, to secure a perfect 12-0 regular season. The Crimson Tide led 13-9 at the half after several first half turnovers kept Auburn in the game, but the Alabama defense held the
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Westbrook, Etowah volleyball standouts sign with Wallace State

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A pair of local high school seniors will continue their volleyball careers with the most successful junior college volleyball program in Alabama. Etowah’s Emma Jones and Westbrook Christian’s Courtlyn Barber both signed scholarships recently with Wallace State-Hanceville. The Lady Lions have won the past eight Alabama Community College Conference Tournaments. Last season,
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Warriors hold off Glencoe

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Westbrook Christian Warriors placed four players in double figures in defeating cross-county rival Glencoe, 85-68, last Tuesday (Nov. 29) in Rainbow City. “This was another typical Glencoe/Westbrook game,” said Westbrook head coach Donnie Pruitt. “They always come ready to play. Glencoe did a good job handling our pressure. They’re a
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Lady Yellow Jackets breeze past Westbrook

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Glencoe High School Lady Yellow Jackets raced to a 23-2 first quarter lead and never looked back in cruising to a 70-22 win over Westbrook Christian on Tuesday (Nov. 29) in Rainbow City. Glencoe (3-1) was led by Asia Dennis’ 11 points but the Lady Jackets saw a very balanced
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Eagles come up short in state semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor With just over 19 minutes remaining in Hokes Bluff’s Class 4A football semifinal against Madison Academy last Friday (Nov. 25), the Eagle faithful could sense the program’s first state championship appearance since 2001. Darrian Meads’ 5-yard touchdown run on the opening possession of the second half provided Hokes Bluff with a 21-7
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Auburn Week 12 Review Auburn dominated Alabama A&M, 55-0, in its final tune-up game before the Iron Bowl. Jeremy Johnson earned his first start of the season at quarterback on Senior Night and completed 14 of his 19 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown. Johnson also rushed for 42 yards and
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Titan duo sign basketball scholarships

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Haley Troup and Brooke Burns have been friends since kindergarten and played varsity basketball together since their freshman season, so it was only fitting that Gadsden City High School’s “Dynamic Duo” signed college basketball scholarships at the same time. On Nov. 16 at the GCHS library, Troup signed with the University of
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Gamecocks win third straight OVC title

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent For the third consecutive year, the Jacksonville State football team has won the Ohio Valley Conference championship and will head to the FCS playoffs. Eli Jenkins rushed for a career best four touchdowns and Jaylen Hill had two of JSU’s four interceptions as the Gamecocks wrapped up an undefeated OVC season
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Eagles dispatch Cherokee County, move to 4A semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Hokes Bluff High head football coach Mike Robertson is fortunate that he didn’t follow up on his initial reaction last Friday (Nov. 18) after his Eagles found themselves in an early 14-point hole against a Cherokee County squad that was riding a 10-game winning streak. “I don’t know about y’all, but was
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Titans fall to Hoover in state semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent A capacity crowd was on hand last Friday (Nov. 18) in Gadsden to witness the latest episode of the “We want Hoover” trilogy. This was the same story with an almost identical outcome. The Hoover Bucs overcame a sluggish start and exploded in he second half to defeat the Gadsden City
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Alabama  Week 11 Review The Crimson Tide dominated Mississippi State from start-to-finish in an impressive 51-3 win that clinched the SEC West Division for the third straight season. In less than three quarters of action, quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns and added another 100 yards on the ground. Hurts became
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Westbrook’s Catanzaro signs with South Alabama

By Chris McCarthy/Editor John Hilliard Catanzaro recently took the next step toward his goal of one day competing on the PGA Tour. The Westbrook Christian senior signed a golf scholarship with the University of South Alabama in Mobile on Tuesday (Nov. 15) in Rainbow City. A member of the school’s varsity golf team for the
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Area football players recognized

Five local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for second round of the state football playoffs on Nov. 11. Gadsden City junior running back Jaelyn Fleming rushed 22 times for 134 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 75 yards and a score in the Titans’ 29-28
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Area runners compete at state cross country meet

Several local runners participated in the Alabama High School Athletic Association state cross country championships last Saturday (Nov. 12) at Oakville Museum and Park in Moulton. Four area runners finished in the top 15 of their respective classifications to earn all-state honors. In boys action, Southside senior Hunter Nails took sixth place in Class 6A
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Big special team plays help carry Titans past Hewitt-Trussville

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Due large part to clutch special teams play, Gadsden City High will participate in the state football semifinals for the second time in the past three years. Trailing second-ranked and undefeated Hewitt-Trussville by double digits midway through the fourth quarter, the visiting Titans (7-5) scored two touchdowns off a pair of turnovers
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Eagles dispatch North Jackson, head to quarterfinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Three weeks into the 2016 high school football season, Hokes Bluff was facing a dismal future. The Eagles were 0-3 and the postseason appeared to be out of reach. What a difference hard work and a few weeks can make. Fast forward to round two of the Class 4A state playoffs
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Lanett blasts Patriots in second round

By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter No. 8 Lanett ran 12 plays in the first half against West End Last Friday (Nov. 11), and six of them went for touchdowns. The Panthers’ first-half explosion propelled them to a 53-14 victory in a Class 2A second-round playoff game in Walnut Grove. Lanett (10-2) will face No.
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Etowah falls to Mortimer Jordan in second round

Mortimer Jordan posted a 44-30 victory over Etowah in the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs last Friday (Nov. 11) in Kimberly. The Blue Devils (9-3) led 3-0 after one quarter courtesy of Raul Hernandez’s 27-yard field goal. After the hosts went up 8-3 on Brown’s 8-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion, Etowah
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Alabama Week 10 Review The Alabama defense blanked the LSU offense last Saturday (Nov. 5) as the Crimson Tide captured a 10-0 win over the Tigers. Jalen Hurts carried the ball 20 times for 114 yards and a touchdown and threw for 107 yards. The Alabama defense held the LSU offense to
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Area football players recognized

Seven local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for first round of the state football playoffs on Nov. 4. One of two quarterbacks chosen for the Alabama All-Stars, Etowah senior quarterback Daulton Hyatt completed 11-of-14 passes for 236 yards and four touchdowns in the Blue Devils’ 44-27 Class 5A
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Blue Devils top Mae Jemison, advance to second round

 By Chris McCarthy/Editor Every current member of the Etowah High football team is entering unknown territory this week. As a result of their 44-27 win over Mae Jemison in a first round Class 5A state playoff game last Friday (Nov. 4) in Attalla, the Blue Devils (9-2) advanced to the second round for the first
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Kilgo on the mark in Gadsden City win over Mountain Brook

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Johnathan Kilgo converted 3 of 4 field goal attempts to lead the Gadsden City Titans to a 15-7 Class 7A first round playoff win at Mountain Brook last Friday (Nov. 4). Kilgo kicked a 46-yard field goal with 2:38 to go to seal the win. Mountain Brook had several opportunities late,
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Eagles upend top-seed Haleyville, advance to second round

Courtesy of Florence Times-Daily For the first time in nine years, the Hokes Bluff High School football team will participate in the second round of the postseason. Landon Johnson threw for a par of touchdown passes and ran for another as the No. 4 seed Eagles (7-4) posted a 24-8 victory over No. 1 seed
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Patriots gun down Lamar County, will host in second round

Payne Stancil threw four touchdown passes, including three to Andre Little, to lead West End High to a 41-7 victory over Lamar County last Friday (Nov. 4) in the first round of the Class 2A state football playoffs in Vernon. The Patriots (6-5) host Lanett this week in the second round. “It turned out to
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Lanett muzzles Bulldogs in first round

Courtesy of Opelika-Auburn News Gaston High’s postseason began and ended at Lanett last Friday (Nov. 4). Behind eight touchdowns from Tre Story, the Panthers (9-2) cruised to a 68-13 victory in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs. Story threw for six TDS and rushed for another two. Gaston (6-5) forced a fumble
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Conquerors fall to Pickens County in 1A playoffs

Coosa Christian fell to Pickens County, 55-7, in the first round of the Class 1A state playoffs last Friday (Nov. 4) in Reform. Jace Mills threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Caden Davidson for the Conquerors’ lone score. Teppei Daisaku made the PAT. Mills was 3 for 17 in passing for 76 yards, while Davidson
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In & around SEC football

Auburn Week 9 Review The Auburn offense continued its impressive attack on the ground in a 40-29 road win over Ole Miss. The Tigers rushed for 307 yards, including 236 and a touchdown from Kamryn Pettway. Sean White threw for 247 yards and a touchdown, and the Auburn defense limited the Rebel defense to only
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Etowah ranked fourth in final ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. McGill-Toolen 10-0 360 2. Hewitt-Trussville 10-0 260 3. Central-Phenix City 8-1 220 4. Hoover 8-2 219 5. Davidson 9-1 190 6. Enterprise 9-1 141 7. Spain Park 8-2 110 8. James Clemens 7-3 97 9. Mountain Brook 8-2 63 10. Bob Jones 7-3 31 Others receiving votes: Auburn (7-3)
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Area football players recognized

Three local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for the week of Oct. 28. Sardis sophomore running back Drew Vaughn rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries and caught a TD pass in the Lions’ 48-7 win over Boaz. Hokes Bluff senior running back Fisher Simmons
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Lady Cardinals fall short at conference tournament

The Gadsden State volleyball team went 1-2 at the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament last weekend in Hanceville. On Friday (Oct. 28), the Lady Cardinals (16-13) opened the tournament with a 23-25, 25-18, 25-19, 18-25, 16-14 win over Lawson State, then lost to Faulkner State, 25-14, 25-18, 25-11. On Saturday (Oct. 29), Gadsden State fell
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Gamecocks dispatch Eastern Illinois

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State head football coach John Grass must have made his entire offensive unit walk back to Calhoun County two weeks ago following their “disastrous” 24-7 win over Eastern Kentucky. For the first time in several seasons, the Gamecock offense was held out of the end zone. If it had not
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Southside edges Glencoe, 28-21

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent Southside celebrated both Senior Night and Homecoming last Friday (Oct. 28) with a 28-21 victory over Etowah County rival Glencoe at Barney Hood Stadium. It was the final game of the season for both local squads. The Panthers finished the year at 6-4, while the Yellow Jackets wound up at 3-7.
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Patriots come up short to Ashville

By Chris McCarthy/Editor West End ended its regular season on a sour note last Friday (Oct. 28) in St. Clair County , falling to Ashville, 35-28. The Patriots (5-5, 3-3) led 21-13 midway through the second quarter before the host Bulldogs (4-6, 2-5) scored a pair of touchdowns to take a 14-point lead after the
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Sardis blasts Boaz, 48-7

By Ricky Smith/For Sand Mountain Reporter Drew Vaughn and Logan Gaskin combined to rush for 258 yards and three touchdowns to lead Sardis to a 48-7 win over Boaz last Friday (Oct. 28) in Sardis City. The game was the season finale for both teams, as Sardis closed out the year at 4-6 and Boaz
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Eagles fly past Westbrook

Hokes Bluff secured with its first winning season in six years with a 55-20 victory over Westbrook Christian last Friday (Oct. 28) at Hokes Bluff. The Eagles (6-4) travel to Haleyville this Friday (Nov. 4) in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs. The Warriors finished the year at 3-7. Levi Taliaferro scored
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick Alabama Week 8 Review Alabama used an explosive second half to pull away from Texas A&M in a 33-14 win to remain unbeaten on the season. The Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0) rushed for 287 yards as a team and Damien Harris led the way with 17 carries for 128 yards. Jalen Hurts
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Blue Devils ranked in Oct. 26 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. McGill-Toolen 9-0 360 2. Hoover 8-1 259 3. Hewitt-Trussville 10-0 249 4. Central-Phenix City 8-1 209 5. Davidson 8-1 175 6. Enterprise 9-1 143 7. Spain Park 7-2 106 8. James Clemens 6-3 89 9. Mountain Brook 7-2 72 10. Bob Jones 7-3 19 Others receiving votes: Lee-Montgomery (0-9)
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Area football players recognized

Four local players were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for the week of Oct. 21. Gadsden City’s Damon Williams rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries as the Titans beat Huntsville, 48-21. Teammate Ryan Sparks completed 8-of-13 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns. West End’s Payne
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No. 1 Scottsboro rolls past No. 2 Etowah to clinch region title

By Jason Bowen/Daily Sentinel For all the anticipation and hype about a Class 5A No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup, Friday’s game ended like most of Scottsboro’s games this season – in a convincing victory. The top-ranked Wildcats took control in the second quarter and took any remaining doubt away in the third quarter on
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Panthers out of playoff picture with loss to Albertville

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Southside High was outscored 28-7 in the second half en route to a 42-28 loss to Class 6A, Region 7 rival Albertville last Friday (Oct. 21) at Barney Hood Stadium. The loss dropped the Panthers (5-4, 2-4) into fifth place in the region, while the Aggies (7-2, 4-2) clinched the fourth and
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Titans lock up third seed with win over Huntsville

Courtesy of al.com Gadsden City locked up the No. 3 seed in Class 7A, Region 4 with a 48-21 win over Huntsville last Friday (Oct. 21) in Huntsville. The Titans were led by quarterback Ryan Sparks, who completed 8-of-13 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns. Damon Williams also had a big night, rushing for
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West End dominates Winston County, secures playoff berth

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent West End High obtained the fourth and final playoff spot in Class 2A, Region 7 with a 73-28 win over Winston County on Friday (Oct. 21) in Walnut Grove. It is the Patriots’ first postseason berth since 2010. “Tonight was a good opportunity to play a lot of young guys,” said
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Conquerors fall to Woodville

By Lionel Green/For Daily Sentinel A clutch fourth-down run by Nick Baker, a game-winning touchdown plunge by Angel Montesdeoca and a game-saving interception by Adam Ramirez highlighted the final 90 seconds of a classic defensive battle between the host Woodville Panthers and the visiting Coosa Christian Conquerors on Friday (Oct. 21). In a contest with
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No. 1 Red Devils scorch Gaston

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent No. 1 ranked Fyffe exploded for a 35-7 halftime lead and never looked back on the way to a 56-14 victory over Gaston in Class 2A, Region 6 action last Friday (Oct. 21) at Shinbone Ridge. Gaston closed out its regular season at 6-4 and 5-2 and is assured of a
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Sardis out of playoffs with loss to Randolph

Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter Sardis High was in control of its playoff destiny for 54 minutes last Friday (Oct. 21) in Sardis City. But Randolph put together back-to-back scoring drives late in the game to steal a 28-27 win. As a result, the Raiders (6-3, 3-3) claimed the No. 4 seed in Class 4A,
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Hornets sting Westbrook

Courtesy of Fort Payne Times-Journal The Ider Hornets came back from a 13-point deficit to defeat the Westbrook Christian Warriors, 34-26, in Class 2A, Region 6 action on Friday (Oct. 21) in Rainbow City. The scoring began when the Warriors scored on a 54-yard touchdown run a minute and 30 seconds into the game. Ider’s
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Yellow Jackets, Eagles come up short

Glencoe High fell to Class 3A, Region 5 rival Ohatchee, 40-7, last Friday (Oct. 21) at GHS. For the Yellow Jackets (3-5, 1-4), Cole Holbrooks completed 10 of 25 passes 210 yards and a touchdown. Aaron Bush had four receptions for 99 yards and a TD. Austin Bush finished with 12 tackles, followed by Aaron
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Local teams compete at regional volleyball tournament

Four area high school volleyball teams competed at the AHSAA North Super Regional Tournament last week in Huntsville. In Class 2A on Oct. 21, Westbrook Christian defeated Mars Hill Bible, 25-19, 25-16, 22-25, 25-14, before losing in the quarterfinals to Winston County, 25-15, 23-25, 21-25, 18-25. The Lady Warriors finished the season with a 39-6
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In & around SEC football

Alabama Week 7 Review The Crimson Tide wasted no time disposing of Tennessee last Saturday (Oct. 15), cruising to a 49-10 victory. Alabama held the Volunteers to only 163 yards of offense while the Tide rolled up nearly 600 yards on the afternoon. Quarterback Jalen Hurts rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns, while Bo
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Area volleyball teams advanced to regional tournaments

Westbrook Christian swept West End, 25-11, 25-20, 25-12 in the Class 2A, Area 11 Tournament championship match on Monday (Oct. 17) in Rainbow City. Both teams advanced to the North Super Regional Tournament in Huntsville beginning on Friday (Oct. 21). The Lady Warriors will face Mars Hill Bible, while the Lady Patriots play Hatton. Glencoe
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Etowah ranked second in Oct. 19 ASWA football poll

Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. McGill-Toolen 8-0 348 2. Hoover 7-1 251 3. Hewitt-Trussville 9-0 240 4. Central-Phenix City 7-1 203 5. Davidson 7-1 169 6. James Clemens 6-2 140 7. Enterprise 8-1 118 8. Spain Park 6-2 83 9. Mountain Brook 6-2 52 10. Lee-Montgomery 6-2 33 Others receiving votes: Bob Jones (6-3)
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Area football players recognized

Seven local players, including three from Gadsden City, were nominated for the Alabama High School Athletic Association Prep Spotlight for the week of Oct. 14. Hokes Bluff freshman halfback Darrian Meads rushed 21 times for 207 yards and four touchdowns as the Eagles beat Anniston 35-6 to clinch their first playoff spot since 2007. Coosa
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Jenkins, Barge set career marks in JSU win over Austin Peay

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State met Austin Peay in the teams’ annual Ohio Valley Conference struggle last Saturday (Oct. 15) and the game turned out to be just that. The Gamecocks (5-1, 2-0) took a 14-7 lead into the half against the winless Governors, but a turnover by Austin Peay in the third quarter
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Titans top Sparkman, secure playoff berth

By Adam Crocker/Sports Correspondent It was Senior Night at Titan Stadium last Friday (Oct. 14), and Gadsden City rewarded its 21 upperclassmen with a state playoff berth. The Titans (4-5, 4-2) clinched the third spot in Class 7A, Region 4 with a 62-27 thumping of Sparkman (3-5, 2-4) at GCHS. It was the Titans’ third
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Gaston takes down Westbrook, 53-10

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Westbrook Christian notched the first and last points in its Class 3A, Region 6 game against Gaston, but other highlights were few and far between for the home squad last Friday (Oct. 14) in Rainbow City. The Bulldogs erupted for 53 points – including 26 in a 4:32 span in the second
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Conquerors secure first playoff berth in seven years

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Coosa Christian and Gaylesville put it all on the line on Friday (Oct. 14) with a playoff spot at stake. When the smoke cleared, the Conquerors were enjoying the spoils of a hard-fought 21-18 win in Class 1A, Region 6 action in Gadsden. With Coosa (3-6, 3-2) clinging to a 21-18
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Eagles end nine-year playoff drought

By Mary Elizabeth Dial/Staff Correspondent Hokes Bluff High School secured a spot in the state playoffs last Friday, Oct. 14 with a 35-6 win over Class 4A, Region 5 rival Anniston in Hokes Bluff. This will be the Eagles’ first postseason appearance since 2007. “It’s been a tough three or four years here, but we
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Blue Devils cruise past Crossville, will play for region title

Etowah High won its eighth straight game while remaining undefeated in Class 5A, Region 7 play with a 56-21 victory over Crossville last Friday (Oct. 14) in Attalla. The Blue Devils (8-1, 6-0) ran out to a 35-0 lead before entering halftime ahead 49-0. Etowah quarterback Daulton Hyatt tossed three touchdown passes, all in the
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Panthers fall to Cullman, 56-35

Courtesy of Cullman Times Cullman High knew that Southside’s Alaric Williams was going to get his yards last Friday (Oct. 14), and get them Williams did. But the Bearcats had several explosive playmakers of their own and proved that point to the visiting Panthers in the form of a 56-35 Class 6A, Region 6 victory.
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Sardis, Glencoe come up short

Sardis High fell to 2-5 overall and 2-3 in Class 4A, Region 7 with a 44-18 loss to Madison County last Friday (Oct. 14) in Gurley. Madison County (5-3, 4-1) took a 7-0 lead before the Lions pulled within 7-6 on Drew Vaughn’s 12-yard touchdown run at 3:34 of the first quarter. After the Tigers
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