Lady Panthers win first playback bracket game at state softball tournament

By Chris McCarthy/Editor It’s one game down, three more to go for Southside High at the Class 6A state softball tournament in Montgomery. After a loss to Chelsea on Thursday (May 19) dropped the Lady Panthers to the playback bracket, the team responded with an 8-4 victory over Saraland earlier today (May 20). Southside still
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In & around SEC baseball

Alabama Week 9 Review The Crimson Tide swept Arkansas in Fayetteville for the first time since 2000 last weekend (May 14-15). In the series finale, Alabama trailed the Razorbacks, 4-3, heading into the ninth inning, but the Tide scored four runs to secure a 7-4 win and the sweep. UA improved to 30-21 overall and
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Etowah comes up short at state softball tournament

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Etowah High School softball team’s season came to an abrupt halt at the Class 5A state softball tournament on Wednesday (May 18) at Lagoon Park in Montgomery. The Lady Blue Devils (42-15-1) opened the tournament with a 7-3 loss to Helena in 10 innings, dropping the Attalla squad into the playback
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Etowah wins softball regional

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Etowah High pounded out 23 hits and senior pitcher Madison Grant allowed just four earned runs en route to Class 5A North Regional Tournament softball title last week in Huntsville. The Lady Blue Devils advanced to the state tournament this week in Montgomery, where they open against Helena on Wednesday. It is
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Lady Panthers qualify for state softball tournament

After experiencing a hiccup early in the Class 6A North Regional Tournament last week, the Southside High softball team regrouped to qualify for its second state tournament berth. The Lady Panthers opened with a 6-4 loss to Muscle Shoals on Thursday, dropping them to the playback bracket. Southside responded with four straight wins on Friday,
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Cullman clips Southside in 6A baseball semifinals

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent The doubleheader that comprised Southside’s losses on Friday (May 13) in the semifinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 6A playoffs were two totally different styles of games – but both ended with Cullman winning and advancing to this week’s championship series in Montgomery against Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa. Hillcrest beat Hueytown
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Warriors blanked in state semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent  Westbrook Christian Warriors fell to two-time defending state champion Madison Academy 5-0, 4-0 in the semifinals of the AHSAA Class 3A state playoffs on Friday (May 13) in Rainbow City. Madison Academy will face American Christian in the best-of-three Class 3A state championship series this week in Montgomery. “This was a
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West End, Glencoe, Sardis softball teams come up short at North Central Regional

The West End, Glencoe and Sardis high school softball teams all saw their seasons end the North Central Regional Tournament last week in Tuscaloosa. The Class 2A Lady Patriots finished a game short of the state tournament, losing in the playback bracket final. After opening with a 9-4 loss to Thorsby on Friday (May 13),
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Westbrook falls in state soccer final

By Chris McCarthy/Editor After not allowing more than one goal per match during their 24-game winning streak this season, the dam finally broke on Westbrook Christian defense on Friday (May 14) in Huntsville.    Holy Spirit Catholic junior forward Jordan Richmond scored four goals to lead the Lady Titans to a 4-1 victory in the Class
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Lady Warriors to play for state soccer championship

Sophomore Kylee Berndt scored three goals and junior Alexis Beard added two as undefeated Westbrook Christian (24-0-0) posted a 6-0 win over Madison Academy in Thursday’s Class 1A-3A state soccer semifinals in Huntsville.

The Lady Warriors will play Holy Spirit Catholic (16-0-0) for state championship today (May 13) at 5 p.m. at the John Hunt Soccer Complex.  

Despite

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In & around SEC baseball

Alabama and Auburn Week 8 Review

The Crimson Tide took two of three games from the Tigers over the weekend, including a thrilling 4-3 win in 11 innings on Saturday (May 7). Junior catcher Will Haynie hit a ninth inning solo home run to tie the game, and George Salem hit a walk-off grounder in the bottom of the

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Westbrook boys, girls win state golf titles

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Westbrook Christian baseball and soccer squads aren’t the only teams from the school doing some sweeping of late. The Warrior  boys and girls golf teams won the Class 1A-3A state golf championships on Tuesday (May 10) at Huntsville’s Hampton Cove course. It was the second straight state title for the boys,
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Lady Lions win area softball championship

Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter

Sardis High School won its second straight Class 4A, Area 12 softball tournament championship by defeating host Crossville twice in the finals on Friday (May 6).

The Lady Lions face Carbon Hill on Friday (May 13) at 3 p.m. in the North Central Regional Tournament in Tuscaloosa. Crossville had defeated Sardis in both of the

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Lady Warriors advance to Final Four

Westbrook Christian qualified for its first-ever trip to the state Final Four Tournament with a 2-0 victory over Altamont in the second round of the Class1A-3A state playoffs on Saturday (May 7) in Rainbow City.

The Lady Warriors will play Madison Academy on Thursday (May 12) in Huntsville. 

Off an assist from Alexis Beard, Mary Grace Mayfield scored the

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Local athletes perform well at state track and field meets

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Six area athletes won medals and several others earned points at the Alabama High School Athletic Association state track and field meet held last weekend (May 6-7).
Gaston’s Jason Bogle was the lone medal winner at the Class 1A-2A-3A meets in Cullman, capturing the shot put event on his final throw that covered 45-09 feet.
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Westbrook sweeps Pisgah, moves to state semifinals

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent

A sweep is sweet - at least, to the sweepers.

Westbrook Christian High had the luxury of finishing a sweep in the third round of the Alabama High School Athletic Association's Class 3A state baseball playoffs last Friday (May 6) in Rainbow City, beating Pisgah 7-4 and 2-2 and avoiding a Saturday "if" game.

"That

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Panther sweep Walker, will host Cullman in state semifinals

By Jonathan Bentley/Daily Mountain Eagle

Southside High ended Walker’s baseball season with a pair of narrow wins last Friday (May 6) in Jasper - edging the Vikings 3-2 in eight innings in the opener and 5-3 in the series clincher in the Class 6A quarterfinal round.

The Panthers (31-15) host defending state champion Cullman in

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Gaston falls to Fyffe in 2A quarterfinal rubber game

By Cody Dowler/Fort Payne Times-Journal Fyffe dropped the first game of the three-game series to Gaston before putting on a hitting clinic to win the next two games and advance to the semifinals of the Class 2A state baseball playoffs. The Bulldogs took the opener by a score of 2-1 on Friday (May 6) before
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Lady Panthers win area tournament, move to regionals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Southside High School is once again the Class 6A, Area 13 softball champion. 

The Lady Panthers went through the area tournament undefeated, capping their run with a 10-3 victory over Scottsboro on Friday (May 6) at SHS.

Southside (40-7) will compete in the North Regional Tournament starting on Thursday (May 12) against Muscle Shoals in

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Lady Blue Devils win area softball tournament

Etowah High edged Guntersville, 7-6, in the championship game of the Class 5A, Area 13 Tournament on May 5 in Attalla.

The Lady Blue Devils will compete in the Class 5A North Regional Tournament beginning Thursday (May 12) against Ardmore in Huntsville.

For Etowah in the title game, Emma Jones had a double, two hits and two RBI; Madison

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Coosa Christian's Hampton to play in North/South softball game

By Chris McCarthr/Editor

Alaina Hampton received some unexpected but good news following her initial season with the Coosa Christian softball team. 

The junior catcher recently was one of 18 players across the state named to the North roster for the 2016 All-Star softball game in a doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m. on July 19 at Lagoon Park in Montgomery.

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In & around SEC baseball

Alabama Week 7 Review

Alabama dropped two of three games at home against Mississippi State over the weekend. The Bulldogs rocked the Crimson Tide’s pitching in the series opener en route to a 12-5 victory, and the two teams split a doubleheader on Saturday (Apr. 30). UA dropped to 25-20 overall and 10-11 in league play. Alabama hosts Auburn

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Brad Keselowski captures EICO 500 at Talladega

Courtesy of talladegasuperspeedway.com

In a GEICO 500 that was one for the books, Brad Keselowski held off the field in dramatic fashion in the final laps Sunday (May 1) to claim his fourth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Talladega Superspeedway as a part of Aspen Dental Weekend.

NASCAR’s biggest and baddest track gave the No. 2 Miller

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Lady Warriors blank Fultondale in first round

Makenna Beard and Alexis Beard each finished with two goals and one assist in Westbrook’s Christian’s 7-0 shutout over Fultondale in the first round of the Class 1A-3A girls state playoffs on Tuesday (May 3) in Rainbow City.

The Lady Warriors (22-0-0) host Altamont this Saturday (May 7) in a second round game. 

Also for Westbrook, Avery Bane had

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Warriors finish first, Yellow Jackets second at golf sub-state playoff

The Westbrook Christian and Glencoe High boys golf teams finished first and second, respectively, at the Class 3A North sub-state playoff on Tuesday (May 3) at Silver Lakes.

Both teams will compete in the state tournament this Monday and Tuesday (May 9-10) at Hampton Cove in Huntsville. 

The Warriors finished with an overall 300 score, while the Yellow Jackets

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Panthers put away Scottsboro, advance to state quarterfinals

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent When a high school baseball three-game series comes down to a rubber game, it is usually the team with the deepest pitching staff that pulls out the victory. Such was the case last weekend, when Southside took Game 3 from Scottsboro by a 13-5 margin on Saturday (Apr. 30). “It was
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Lady Warriors win sub-state golf tournament, advance to state

The Westbrook Christian girls golf team won the Class 1A-3A Girls North sub-state tournament on Monday (May 2) at the Gadsden Country Club.

The Lady Warriors, who finished with an overall score of 248, will compete in the Class 3A state tournament this Monday and Tuesday (May 9-10) at Hampton Cove in Huntsville. 

Sydney Fairchild led Westbrook with an

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Lady Panthers blast Huffman in first round of soccer playoffs

Hallie-Kate Smith and Kelsey Patterson each scored three goals in Southside High’s 10-0 victory over Huffman in the first round of the Class 6A state soccer playoffs on Saturday (Apr. 30) at SHS. 

The Lady Panthers travel to Gardendale on Tuesday (May 3) for a second round game.

Also for Southside, Mary Katherine Maudsley had a goal and two

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Gaston puts away Sumiton Christian in three games, moves to 2A third round

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Gaston advanced to the third round of the Class 2A state baseball playoffs with a best-of-three series victory against Sumiton Christian this past weekend (Apr. 29-30). The visiting Eagles pushed the Bulldogs (17-11) to the limit, with the hosts winning 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning in Saturday’s deciding
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Westbrook advances to state quarterfinals after sweeping Piedmont

Courtesy of Cherokee County Herald

Westbrook Christian used a six-run inning to close out the first game and a seven-run first inning in the nightcap en route to a 14-1, 12-6 sweep of Piedmont in the second round of the Class 3A state baseball playoffs on Friday (Apr. 29) at PHS.

The ninth-ranked Warriors (24-10) host No. 7 Pisgah

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Conquerors fall short against Cedar Bluff in second round

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Coosa Christian left nothing on the table against Cedar Bluff during the teams' Class 1A second round state baseball playoff series last weekend, but the No. 3 Conquerors ultimately fell short by a couple of runs.

After losing 14-2 in the series opener on Friday (Apr. 29), Coosa kept its season alive with a 4-3 victory

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In & around SEC baseball

Alabama Week 6 Review

The Crimson Tide lost the deciding game of a weekend series against Te-xas A&M, 2-1, on a walk-off single from Jonathan Moroney. The Aggies won the first game, 4-3, but the Tide rallied to win the second game of the series, 7-4. Alabama fell to 24-17 overall and 9-9 in Southeastern Conference play. UA hosts

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Southside, Etowah ranked in April 28 softball poll

CLASS 7A 

1. James Clemens

2. Sparkman

3. Buckhorn

4. Hoover

5. Baker

6. Oak Mountain

7. Spain Park

8. Tuscaloosa County

9. Hewitt-Trussville 

10. Central-Phenix City 

CLASS 6A 

1. Southside

2. Chelsea

3. Oxford

4. Pell City

5. Florence

6. Athens

7. Brookwood

8. Walker

9. Gardendale 

10. Cullman

CLASS 5A 

1. Rehobeth

2. Springville

3. Hayden

4.

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Race week set for Talladega Superspeedway this weekend

Courtesy of talladegasuperspeedway.com

It’s been more than six months since Talladega Superspeedway has hosted an event weekend, but fans can rejoice - the wait is finally over.

The Most Competitive Track in the world is set to host racing’s best this tripleheader weekend (April 29-May1) in the highly anticipated NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GEICO 500, NASCAR XFINITY

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Etowah’s Grant signs softball scholarship

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Madison Grant’s academic and athletic prowess paid off on Apr. 22.

The Etowah High senior signed a softball scholarship with Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kent.

“This is something I worked for all my life,” said Grant, who plans on majoring in psychophysiology. “I actually wanted to hate the campus when I visited because it’s so

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Westbrook girls, Glencoe's Cole advance to golf sub-states

The Westbrook Christian girls golf team finished with an overall 257 score to win the Class 1A-3A, Section 3 Tournament on Monday (Apr. 25) at Silver Lakes’ Heartbreaker and Backbreaker courses, par 72.

The Lady Warriors advanced to the North 2 sub-state playoffs this Monday (May 2) at Gadsden Country Club. 

Glencoe’s Lauren Cole qualified for the sub-state as

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Southside edges Brewer in first round rubber match

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

The Southside Panthers advanced to round two of the AHSAA Class 6A state baseball playoffs, taking two of three games from A P. Brewer this past weekend at SHS. 

The No. 5 Panthers (27-15) host Scottsboro on Friday (Apr. 29) in a best-of-three series with a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. An if-necessary third game

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Westbrook holds off Raiders in first round

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Westbrook Christian suffered a bit a power outage on Friday (Apr. 22), but the Class 3A No. 9 Warriors made up for that shortcoming with solid pitching, timely hitting and aggressive base running to post a 3-2, 3-1 doubleheader sweep of Pleasant Valley in the first round of the Class 3A state baseball playoffs in Rainbow

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Gaston tames Mustangs, moves to second round

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

After escaping with a 6-4 opening win in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs on Friday (Apr. 22), Gaston rolled to a 10-1 win in the nightcap to post a doubleheader sweep over Southeastern at GHS.

The Bulldogs (14-10) host Sumiton Christian on Friday (Apr. 29) in a best-of-three second round series. The

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Sardis girls win tennis sectional

Courtesy of Sand Mountain Reporter

The Sardis High girls tennis team rolled up 42 points to win the Class 4A-5A, Section 8 Tournament on Apr. 19 in Guntersville. The Lady Lions will compete in the Class 4A-5A state tournament this week in Mobile.

Head coach Amanda Johnson guided the team to a perfect 14-0 record.

“I just feel really blessed,” said Rylie Brooks,

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Conquerors smash Skyline in opening round of state baseball playoffs

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Coosa Christian exploded for 21 runs while allowing none in a 10-0, 11-0 doubleheader sweep of Sklyine on Thursday (Apr. 21) in the opening round of the Class 1A state baseball playoffs in Gadsden. “It was those types of games that everything came together – hitting, pitching and defense,” said Coosa
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All-Messenger basketball team announced

By Chris McCarthy/Editor 

A pair of Titans and a veteran Warrior highlights the 2015-16 All-Messenger high school basketball team.

After breaking virtually every school scoring record and leading his team to the Northeast Regional Tournament finals, Gadsden City senior guard Kalin Johnson was far and away the top choice for boys’ Player of the Year.  

The decision was

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In & around SEC baseball

Auburn Week 5 Review

At the halfway point of its Southeastern Conference schedule, Auburn finally picked up its first SEC series win. The Tigers edged past Tennessee 2-0 and 7-6 in the final two games of the series to improve to 18-19 overall and 5-10 in conference. The victories over the Vols provided new life for Auburn moving forward,

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Area teams ranked in April 21 ASWA baseball, softball polls

BASEBALL

CLASS 7A

1. Sparkman

2. Vestavia Hills

3. Auburn

4. Central-Phenix City

5. Smiths Station 

6. Bob Jones

7. Hoover

8. Theodore

9. Hewitt-Trussville

10. McGill-Toolen

CLASS 6A

1. Cullman

2. Hartselle 

3. Decatur 

4. Florence

5. Southside

6. Muscle Shoals

7. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa

8. Oxford

9. Opelika

10. Robertsdale

CLASS 5A

1. Russellville 

2. Helena

3. Faith

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Southside seniors recognized, sign scholarships

By Chris McCarthy
Publisher/Editor

Several Southside High seniors will continue their academic and athletic careers in college this fall.
   

At a signing ceremony in the SHS auditorium on April 13, three players signed with Southern Union Community College in Wadley - Hunter Ashcraft and Morgan Hollaway for softball and Walt Austin for baseball.
   

Ashcraft is a four-year starter at second

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Panthers pull past Hokes Bluff in county baseball tournament championship

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

On Saturday (Apr. 15), Southside defeated Hokes Bluff, 7-4, to win the Etowah County baseball tournament. Panther coach Blake Bone is in his 10th season and his team has won eight of those tournaments, with Hokes Bluff beating Southside in Bone’s first year. Mother Nature

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Moore helps move Eagles past Glencoe in county baseball tournament

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Hokes Bluff advanced to the championship of the Etowah County Baseball Tournament on Saturday (Apr. 16) with a 5-1 win over Glencoe at Gaston.

The Eagles later faced Southside in the title game.

HBHS head coach Mike Robertson pointed out the pitching performance of Kaden More as a big factor. Moore scattering six hits and one walk while

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Raines no-hits Sardis in county baseball tournament

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Southside High freshman pitcher Sam Raines faced only 22 batters on his way to the no-hitter in the Panthers’ 2-0 victory over Sardis in the Etowah County Baseball Tournament semifinals on Saturday (Apr. 16) at Gaston. In seven innings, Raines struck out three and walked none. “We didn’t swing our bats
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Cardinals finish second at conference tennis tournament

The Gadsden State men’s tennis team finished second at the Alabama Community College Conference Region 22 Tournament on Apr. 16-17 in Decatur. Marion Military finished first with 13 points, followed by GSCC with 10 points and Faulkner State with four. The Cardinals captured individual championships at No. 2, No. 4 and No. 6 singles, as
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Lady Blue Devils finish second at Gadsden Umpire Tournament

The Etowah High softball team finished runner-up at the Gadsden Umpires Tournament last weekend at the Gadsden Sports Complex.

The Class 5A No. 9 Lady Blue Devils (28-10-1) lost to Class 6A No. 5 Pell City, 14-3, in the championship game.

Etowah opened pool play on Friday (Apr. 15) with a 9-6 win over Class 2A No. 8 Collinsville

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In & around SEC baseball

Auburn Week 4 Review

The Tigers dropped a crucial weekend series on the road at Missouri and now reside at the bottom of the Southeastern Conference standings. Auburn started the series with a thrilling 11-9 win that included 17 hits, three from rightfielder Jordan Ebert. However, the Tigers dropped the next final games of the series. Auburn fell to

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Area teams ranked in April 14 ASWA baseball, softball polls

BASEBALL 

CLASS 7A 

1. Sparkman 

2. Vestavia Hills

3. Auburn 

4. Central-Phenix City

5. Smiths Station

6. Bob Jones 

7. Hoover 

8. Theodore 

9. Hewitt-Trussville 

10. McGill-Toolen 

CLASS 6A 

1. Cullman

2. Hartselle

3. Decatur

4. Florence 

5. Spanish Fort 

6. Muscle Shoals  

7. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa

8. Oxford 

9. Opelika 

10. Southside

CLASS 5A 

1. Russellville

2. Charles Henderson

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Local sports hall of fame inducts Class of 2016

The Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame inducted four new members last Saturday (Apr. 9). 

The 2016 class included Gadsden High graduate Danny Carlisle, Emma Sansom High graduate Gene Jelks, Southside High graduate Jerry Jones and Hokes Bluff High graduate Mike Robertson.

West End’s Hunter Grant and Etowah’s Kaylee Fore were selected as the hall of fame’s 2016 scholarship

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Local players named to North basketball roster

Three area high school juniors were selected participate in the annual North/South All-Star girls basketball team. 

Gadsden City’s Haley Troup and Brooke Burns and Hokes Bluff’s Kendall Johnson were named to the North rosters earlier this week. The girls’ and boys’ basketball games will be played at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on the Alabama State University campus on July 20

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Westbrook sweeps Gadsden Area Golf Tournament

The Westbrook Christian boys and girls golf teams won the Gadsden Area Tournament on Monday and Tuesday (Apr. 11-12) at Twin Bridges and Silver Lakes.  Led by individual first place winner John Hilliard Catanzaro, the Warriors finished with an overall score of 600. Catanzaro shot 140. He shot a 71 score at Twin Bridges and
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Miracle in fine form in Southside win over Fort Payne

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Southside High baseball team needed two wins in three games this week against Class 6A, Area 13 rival Fort Payne to clinch a state playoff spot.  Competing without four key players on Tuesday (Apr. 12), it appeared that head coach Blake Bone would need a miracle to accomplish said goal.  But
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Local student named Bryant-Jordan state winner

A pair of Etowah County student-athletes were recognized at the 31st annual Bryant-Jordan Student Athlete Awards Banquet on Monday (Apr. 11) in Birmingham.

Hokes Bluff’s Emily Frederick and Glencoe’s Will Brown were two of one hundred and four high school regional senior honorees awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships. Frederick was selected as the 2016 Class 4A state winner

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Southside rolls to fifth straight county softball title

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

  For fifth consecutive year, the Southside High Lady Panthers are the Etowah County softball champions. 

“I'm proud that our seniors have never lost a championship game," said SHS head coach Angie Sanders. "I feel like our work ethic and togetherness creates our success.” 

The Lady Panthers (26-4) defeated Glencoe, 16-1 in five innings in the

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Local teams ranked in April 7 baseball, softball polls

CLASS 7A
    1. Vestavia Hills
    2. Sparkman
    3. Auburn
    4. Bob Jones
    5. Central-Phenix City
    6. Smiths Station
    7. Hoover
    8. Theodore
    9. Hewitt-Trussville
    10. McGill-Toolen
CLASS 6A
    1. Florence
    2. Hartselle
    3. Muscle Shoals
    4. Decatur
    5. Cullman
    6. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa
    7. Spanish Fort
    8. Oxford
    9. Opelika
    10. Southside
CLASS 5A
    1. Russellville
    2.

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Local sports hall of fame to induct Class of 2016

The Etowah County Sports Hall of Fame 2016 Induction Banquet will be held on Saturday, Apr. 9 at 6 p.m. at Convention Hall in Gadsden. A meet-and-greet session begins at 5 p.m. 

The Class of 2016 includes Gadsden High graduate Danny Carlisle, Emma Sansom High graduate Gene Jelks, Southside High graduate Jerry Jones and Hokes Bluff High graduate Mike

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In & around SEC baseball

Auburn Week 3 Review

The Tigers dropped a weekend home series to LSU despite winning the opening game, 8-5. Auburn has struggled to start conference play and currently resides at the bottom of the SEC West Division standings. At 13-15 overall and 2-7 in league play, the Tigers would currently miss the SEC tournament in head coach Butch Thompson’s

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Titans' Johnson, Troup attend ASWA awards banquet

By Chris McCarthy

Publisher/Editor

and ASWA

A pair of Gadsden City High School student-athletes were recognized on Wednesday (Apr. 6) in Montgomery.

Senior guard Kalin Johnson and junior guard Haley Troup were among 42 players honored by the Alabama Sports Writers Association as finalists for 2015-16 Player of the Year honors for the 2015-16 basketball season. 

Jeff Davis’ Jasmine

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Lady Titans falls short in area softball game

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Gadsden City High softball team kept pace with Class 7A No. 7 Buckhorn over the first few innings last Tuesday (Apr. 5), but the Lady Titans (12-10-2) ultimately fell short by a 5-0 score in an Area 7 game in Gadsden. GCHS starting pitcher Amanda Kantzler held the Lady Bucks off
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Conquerors down Cedar Bluff, move closer to area title

Courtesy of Cherokee County Herald

Coosa Christian defeated No. 10 Cedar Bluff, 5-3, in Class 1A Area 13 action on Tuesday at CBHS. 

Another win on Thursday in Gadsden will secure the area championship for the Class 1A No. 3 Conquerors (18-1, 7-0). The No. 10 Tigers (11-12, 4-1) must win game two of the series to force a

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Lady Blue Devils win Piedmont tournament

The Etowah High softball team went 5-0 to win the Piedmont Invitational Tournament on Saturday (Apr. 2). The Lady Blue Devils (20-8, 4-0) defeated Saks, 6-0; Clay-Central, 8-0; Fort Payne, 7-6; and Piedmont, 8-0 before beating Class 4A No. 5 Cleburne County, 3-2, in the championship game. Against Saks for Etowah, Madison Grant went 3-for-3
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Lady Panthers win Gulf Shores Tournament

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

The Southside High varsity softball team won the 32-team Gulf Shores Classic III last week in Gulf Shores.

The Class 6A No. Lady Panthers (22-4) defeated Daphne, 3-1, in the championship game on Mar.31.

In pool play, Southside beat Class 7A No. 3 Hoover, 3-0; Baldwin County, 11-1; Class 3A No. 8 Pleasant Valley, 4-2; and Portland (Tenn.), 7-0.

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Area teams ranked in March 31 ASWA baseball, softball polls

BASEBALL

CLASS 7A

1. Vestavia Hills

2. Sparkman

3. Auburn

4. Hoover

5. Bob Jones

6. Oak Mountain

7. Central-Phenix City

8. Smiths Station

9. Theodore 

10. McGill-Toolen

CLASS 6A

1. Florence 

2. Hartselle

3. Muscle Shoals

4. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa

5. Cullman

6. Spanish Fort

7. Opelika 

8. Oxford 

9. Decatur 

10. Southside

CLASS 5A

1. Russellville 

2. Charles Henderson 

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In & around SEC basketball

NCAA Tournament Review

Texas A&M was the last Southeastern Conference team left standing in the NCAA Tournament last week, and the Aggies fell to Oklahoma, 77-63, in the Sweet 16. Tyler Davis scored 17 points for the Aggies, while Jalen Jones chipped in 11 points. Texas A&M finished the season 28-9, which set the school record for wins in

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Cardinals drop conference DH to Shelton State

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent

The Gadsden State softball team gave it the old college try on Tuesday (March 29), but in the end, Shelton State was too strong, taking the Alabama Community College Conference doubleheader, 4-2 and 4-3.

The first game started out as a pitching duel and remained that way through the fourth inning. 

In the top of

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Beggs paces Eagles past Glencoe

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Sparked by a standout pitching effort from Chase Beggs, Class 4A No. 8 Hokes Bluff posted its second shutout of the season over Glencoe, in this case a 9-0 victory on Tuesday (Mar. 29) at Glencoe City Park. 

In seven innings, Beggs held the Yellow Jackets to two hits and one walk while striking out 14.

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GCHS duo finalists for ASWA award

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

A pair of local players are officially among the cream of the crop in high school basketball across the state.

Gadsden City High guards Kalin Johnson and Haley Troup were among 42 student-athletes recently selected by the Alabama Sports Writers Association as finalists for 2015-16 Player of the Year honors.

The players will be recognized at a

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Freeman sharp as Etowah trims Titans

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Etowah High used a stellar pitching performance by Devin Freeman to out-distance Gadsden City, 10-2, in high school baseball action on Wednesday (Mar. 25) at the Gadsden Sports Complex

Etowah head coach Larry Foster was pleased with his pitcher’s performance. 

“Devin has been a good pitcher for us all season. Gadsden City beat us earlier

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Area teams ranked in March 24 ASWA baseball, softball polls

BASEBALL

CLASS 7A

  1. Sparkman

  2. Vestavia Hills

  3. Auburn

  4. Hoover

  5. Bob Jones

  6. McGill-Toolen

  7. Mountain Brook

 8. Central-Phenix City 

  9. Smiths Station

  10. Theodore

CLASS 6A

  1. Florence

  2. Hartselle

  3. Cullman

  4. Muscle Shoals 

  5. Spanish Fort 

  6. Opelika 

  7. Decatur 

  8. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 

  9. Northview 

  10. Oxford

CLASS 5A

  1. Russellville 

  2. Charles Henderson 

 

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NCAA Tournament Review
   

After one weekend of the NCAA Tournament, the Southeastern Conference was almost entirely eliminated from the field. Vanderbilt lost in blowout fashion to Wichita State, and the Commodores failed to reach the field of 64. Kentucky and Texas A&M both won opening round games against Stony Brook and Green Bay, respectively.

In the round of 32, Indiana

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Panthers open area play with win over Albertville

By Shannon J. Allen
Sand Mountain Reporter


A seven-run outburst in the top of the sixth inning propelled Southside High to a 9-2 triumph over Albertville in the Class 6A, Area 13 baseball opener for both squads on Tuesday (Mar. 22) at AHS.

Trailing 1-0, the Aggies gained the momentum in the top of the fourth when starting pitcher Nathan Fortner tagged out

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Cardinals' Brown named ACCC Pitcher of the Week

Gadsden State sophomore Karlee Brown was named the Alabama Community College Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week for March 14-20. Brown pitched three complete games for an earned run average of 0.36 while helping the Lady Cardinals go 3-0. She struck out eight batters while only allowing four walks. Brown currently owns a 16-8 record. 


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Local cagers named to ASWA All-State teams

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Nine area players were selected to the 2015-16 Alabama Sports Writers Association’s All-State boys and girls basketball teams. Three student-athletes were named to the first team – Gadsden City senior guard Kalin Johnson and Gadsden City junior guard Haley Troup in Class 7A and Westbrook Christian senior guard Abby Lockridge in Class
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Catanzaro is low medalist as Westbrook wins Glencoe Invitational

John Hilliard Catanzaro’s low medalist score of 137 helped the Westbrook Christian boys golf team win the Glencoe Invitational on Saturday (Mar. 19) at Silver Lakes.

The Warriors finished with a team score of 585, edging out runner-up Muscle Shoals by 14 points. Also for Westbrook, Harrison Martin shot a 143 score to finish tied for third in the

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Lady Blue Devils win own tournament

The Etowah High softball team went 4-0 to win its tournament last Saturday (Mar. 19) in Attalla.

The Class 5A No. 9 Lady Blue Devils (15-7) posted an 8-0 shutout over Saks in the championship game. At the plate for Etowah, Madison Grant went 4-for-4 with a home run, a triple, a double, three RBI and three runs scored.

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SEC Tournament Review

Kentucky defeated  Texas A&M, 82-77, in overtime to capture the 29th Southeastern Conference Tournament championship in school history. The Wildcats (26-8) and Aggies (26-8) shared the regular season crown, although Texas A&M was the top seed in the tournament due to winning the tiebreaker in the regular season. 

Sophomore guard Tyler Ulis led Kentucky with a career-high

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Area teams ranked in ASWA baseball, softball polls

Released March 17  Baseball CLASS 7A   1. Sparkman    2. Vestavia Hills    3. Auburn    4. Hoover   5. Bob Jones   6. Huntsville   7. McGill-Toolen   8. Mountain Brook   9. Central-Phenix City   10. Smiths Station CLASS 6A   1. Florence   2. Hartselle   3. Decatur   4. Cullman
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Smith’s RBI single moves Lady Panthers past Etowah

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

“When you come to the fork in the road, take it," New York Yankees Hall of Famer Yogi Berra once advised. 

The Southside High softball team took Yogi’s advice on Tuesday (Mar. 15), pushing across a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to win a 5-4 nail biter over county rival Etowah at

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Conquerors close out Pleasant Valley

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Coosa Christian baseball team survived a few tense moments on Monday (Mar. 14) en route to its 12th straight win, dispatching Pleasant Valley by the score of 9-6. The host Conquerors (12-1) jumped out to a 7-1 lead before the Raiders put across four runs in the top of the fourth
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Lady Titans outlast Hokes Bluff

Courtesy of GCHS

Scoreboard operators were busy at the Gadsden City High School softball field on Monday (Mar. 14).

The host Lady Titans and Hokes Bluff combined for 27 hits  - including seven for extra bases - and 23 runs as GCHS held on for a 12-11 victory.

Trailing 11-10 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Lady

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Area golfers compete at Yellow Jacket Invitational

Several local girls golf teams competed in the Yellow Jacket Invitational Tournament on March 10 at Silver Lakes in Glencoe. Twenty-five schools and 82 players participated in the event hosted by Glencoe High School. 

In team competition, Westbrook Christian finished at 285, followed by Gadsden City and Southside at 392 each.

Hope Cone led the Lady Warriors with a

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Alabama Week 10 Review

The Crimson Tide en-ded the regular season with back-to-back losses to Arkansas and Georgia, and Alabama’s NCAA Tournament chances took a serious hit with those defeats. At 17-13 overall and 8-10 in conference play, Alabama likely must at least make the SEC Tour-nament championship game to have a chance for an at-large bid. Alabama plays Ole

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Eagles sharp in win over Gaston

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent

When a high school baseball team is playing all three phases - offense, defense and pitching - of the game well, that squad is hard to beat.

Such is the case right now with Hokes Bluff, which improved to 7-1 on the young season with a 7-1 victory over county rival Gaston on Tuesday (March

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Lady Jackets buzz past Hokes Bluff

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Carleigh Harden lined a two-out single in bottom of sixth to plate the decisive run in Glencoe 5-3 softball win over visiting Hokes Bluff on Tuesday (Mar. 9). 

Skylar Thompson followed Harden’s clutch hit with a double for an insurance run. 

“We got timely hits when we needed them and played hard," said GHS head

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Westbrook slides past Sardis

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Due in large part to a solid pitching effort by Troy Bearden, Westbrook Christian posted a 10-6 victory over Sardis in high school baseball on Monday (Mar. 7) in Rainbow City. 

The sophomore righthander shook off a shaky first inning to retire 12 out of the next 14 batters to earn the win. Just one Lion

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Alabama Week 9 Review

Alabama lost a crucial home game to Arkansas on Wednesday (Mar. 2) that might keep the Crimson Tide out of the NCAA Tournament. Avery Johnson’s team had its chances down the stretch, but they lost to the Razorbacks, 62-61, at Coleman Coliseum. The Tide dropped to 17-12 overall and 8-9 in conference play. Alabama travels

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Glencoe's Ozmint heads up All-Messenger football team

By Chris McCarthy/Editor “Without Pace [Ozmint], we would have been 5-5 this year.”  So noted former Glencoe High head football coach Lee Ozmint following the Yellow Jackets’ final game this past November. Since the 2015 Yellow Jackets finished with a 9-2 record, for one player to mean the difference between a win and a loss
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Lady Blue Devils rough up Douglas, 13-0

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

The Etowah High softball team ended its four-game losing streak in emphatic fashion on Wednesday (Mar. 2). 

The Lady Blue Devils (1-4, 1-1) pounded Douglas for 12 hits – five for extra bases – while allowing just two hits and four baserunners in a 13-0 thumping of Class 5A, Area 13 rival Douglas in Attalla.

Noting

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Wiggins Racing Team is up to speed

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

  The hundreds of people driving on Sutton Bridge Road between Gadsden and Rainbow City each day probably notice a large building and give it very little thought. Perhaps they have noticed the unusual boat that is housed inside when the huge doors are open but not realizing its significance. 

If plans come through this year

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Alabama Week 8 Review

The Crimson Tide’s NCAA Tournament chances took a hit last week, as they dropped a pair of games to Kentucky and Mississippi State. The road loss to Kentucky won’t matter as much, but a home loss to Mississippi State could be potentially damaging for Alabama. The Tide needs to win both home games against Auburn

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Titans fall short in regional championship

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Gadsden City High boys basketball program came ever so close to its first trip to Birmingham but ultimately came up short on Tuesday (Feb. 23) in the Class 7A Northeast Regional Tournament championship at Jacksonville State. Leading Spain Park by two points entering the fourth quarter, GCHS was outscored 20 to
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Lady Eagles’ season ends with OT loss to Locust Fork

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent

Take two quality teams, both built around defense, and add a familiarity with each other.

What do you get? 

A recipe for a very good basketball game.

That is exactly what happened on Saturday (Feb. 20) when Locust Fork defeated Hokes Bluff, 61-59, in overtime in a Class 3A Northeast Regional semifinal matchup at Jacksonville

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Westbrook come up short against New Hope in regional semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent New Hope Indians scored 22 points off 21 Westbrook Christian turnovers on the way to 66-47 victory in the Class 3A Northeast Regional Tournament semifinals on Saturday (Feb. 21) at Jacksonville State.  The loss snapped the Warriors’ 15-game winning streak.  “We were doing a good job at that time of holding
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Brindlee Mountain tops Lady Warriors in regional semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Westbrook Christian Lady Warriors ran into a buzzsaw in the form of Brindlee Mountain on Saturday (Feb. 21), coming up short by the score of 57-42 in the AHSAA Class 3A Northeast Regional Tournament at Jacksonville State.  The game was a see-saw affair during the early going until the Lady
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McKinney’s last-second basket sends Gadsden City to Class 7A regional finals

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent

As they sat down at the table for postgame interviews following the Titans’ 56-54 win over Mountain Brook in the Northeast Regional Tournament semifinals, Gadsden City High coach Reginald Huff told Shond Kidd-McKinney, "You finally got warmed up."

To which Kidd-McKinney replied, "It was all in the shoes." 

McKinney went on to explain that he

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Alabama Week 7 Review

Alabama drastically improved its NCAA Tournament chances with two road wins last week. The Crimson Tide knocked off Florida, 61-55, in Gainesville and defeated LSU, 76-69, in Baton Rouge. Avery Johnson’s team now has won five consecutive games and is in great position to make the tournament for the first time since the 2012 season.

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