Westbrook holds off Weaver, advances to regionals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Westbrook Christian earned a trip to the Northeast Regional Basketball Tournament with a hard-fought 74-68 win over Weaver in the Class 3A subregional playoffs on Tuesday (Feb. 16) in Rainbow City.

The Warriors (30-3) take on New Hope at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Jacksonville State.

The victory avenged an 11-point loss to Weaver earlier

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Lady Warriors dispatch Walter Wellborn, gain berth in regionals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

With their team’s season hanging by a thread on Monday (Feb. 15) in Rainbow City, Westbrook Christian’s standout backcourt made sure that the Lady Warriors’ final home game didn’t end on a sour note.

Senior shooting guard Abby Lockridge and sophomore point guard Olivia Graham combined for 14 of Westbrook’s final 16 points to lead to

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Jenkins, Johnson help send Lady Eagles to regionals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Maddy Jenkins scored 16 points – 12 in the first half – to lead Hokes Bluff to a 48-33 win on Monday (Feb. 15) in the Class 4A subregional round at HBHS. The Lady Eagles (28-3) advanced to the Northeast Regional Tournament at Jacksonville State, where they will face either Locust Fork
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Titans beat Grissom for area title, advance to regionals

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent

After Grissom's Jordaan Ranbus connected on a 3-point shot to open Saturday's (Feb. 13) Class 7A, Area 7 championship game, Gadsden City High scored the next 10 points, starting a trend for the night.

The trend being run after run by both teams. Gadsden City eventually won by a 70-61 margin. The 3-0 score was

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Titans' Jaggears finishes runnerup at wrestling sectionals

Gadsden Middle School 8th grader Samuel Jaggears (pictured on right) finished second overall in the 113-pound weight class at the AHSAA Class 7A Super Sectional Wrestling Tournament last Saturday (Feb. 13) in Birmingham. 

Jaggears will compete as the No. 2 seed in the Class 7A state tournament this weekend in Huntsville. 

Javarious Graves, LaMarcus Ansley and Tyrique Funderburg also

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Area basketball tournament results listed

Sardis lost to Cherokee County, 61-45, in the Class 4A, Area 12 Tournament on Saturday (Feb. 13) in Centre.  The Lions travel to White Plains on Tuesday (Feb 16) for a subregional playoffs game.  Against CCHS, Drew Scott scored 14 points, while John Holland added 11.  Jacob Hyde’s triple-double helped lead fourth ranked Gadsden City
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In & around SEC basketball

Alabama Week 6 Review

Alabama won a thrilling 63-62 contest over 15th ranked Texas A&M on Wednesday (Feb. 11) at Coleman Coliseum. The Crimson Tide led by double digits late in the se-cond half but the Aggies made a comeback in the last three minutes of the game. Anthony Collins, a 93-percent free throw shooter entering the game, missed

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Yellow Jackets rally past Ohatchee in area tournament

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

  Pace Ozmint scored a game-high 18 points to lead Glencoe High to a 70-62, come-from-behind win over Ohatchee on Tuesday (Feb. 11) in the Class 3A, Area 11 Tournament semifinals in Rainbow City. 

The Yellow Jacket (16-12) face Westbrook Christian in Thursday’s championship game.

Glencoe head coach Jason Gilley was proud to get this game

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Westbrook torches Ashville in area tournament

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

  Westbrook Christian shot a blazing 53 percent from the floor, including 44 percent from the 3-point arch, as the Warriors pounded Ashville, 87-51, on Tuesday (Feb. 9) in the semifinals of the Class 3A, Area 11 boys basketball tournament in Rainbow City. 

Westbrook (28-3) will play Glencoe for the area championship on Thursday (Feb. 11).

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Lady Jackets edged out of area tournament

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Glencoe High girls basketball team’s season ended in heartbreaking fashion in the Class 3A, Area 11 Tournament semifinals on Monday in Rainbow City. Trailing Ohatchee by six points entering the fourth quarter, the Lady Yellow Jackets fought back to take a 40-39 lead on a pair of Breia Little free throws
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Lady Warriors beat Ashville in area tournament semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Westbrook Christian outscored Ashville 16 to 3 in the fourth quarter to post a 56-36 victory in the Class 3A, Area 11 Tournament semifinals in girls basketball on Monday in Rainbow City.  The Lady Warriors (20-6) led 39-30 at halftime before Ashville pulled within 40-33 after three quarters. “We started out slow
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Westbrook’s Lockridge reaches milestone

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Abby Lockridge recently joined select company in girls high school basketball. The Westbrook Christian senior shooting guard scored her 2,000th career point on Jan. 26 in a home game against Walter Wellborn. Lockridge, who has been a member of Westbrook’s varsity since the seventh grade and a starter since the eighth grade,
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Panther' Nails wins two medals at state meet

Southside High junior Hunter Nails captured a pair of gold medals at the AHSAA Class 6A Indoor Track & Field state meet in Birmingham this past weekend. On Feb. 5, Nails won the 800-meter run event with a time of 1:58.51. On Feb. 6, he placed first in the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:26.07. This past November, Nails

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In & around SEC basketball

Alabama Week 5 Review

Alabama picked up its first conference road win of the season on Tuesday (Feb. 2) as the Crimson Tide defeated Mississippi State, 82-80 in overtime. Retin Obasohan led the Tide with 25 points, and UA improved to 12-9 overall and 3-6 in league play. Alabama has a chance to add another conference win this weekend

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Alabama Week 5 Review

Alabama picked up its first conference road win of the season on Tuesday (Feb. 2) as the Crimson Tide defeated Mississippi State, 82-80 in overtime. Retin Obasohan led the Tide with 25 points, and UA improved to 12-9 overall and 3-6 in league play. Alabama has a chance to add another conference win this weekend

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Area teams ranked in Feb. 4 ASWA basketball polls

BOYS

CLASS 7A

1. Central-Phenix City 

2. Mountain Brook

3. Lee-Montgomery

4. Gadsden City 

5. Grissom 

6. Spain Park

7. James Clemens

8. Fairhope 

9. McGill-Toolen 

10. Oak Mountain 

CLASS 6A

1. Lee-Huntsville

2. Carver-Montgomery

3. Homewood

4. Woodlawn 

5. Austin

6. Blount

7. LeFlore

8. Huffman 

9. Albertville

10. Dothan

CLASS 5A

1. J.O. Johnson

2. Sumter Central 

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Gadsden City gridders sign scholarships

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Five Gadsden City High seniors will compete on the gridiron for the next four years.

Quarterback Ahmad DeRamus (Tuskegee), offensive lineman Jamahl Jelks (Tennessee State), receiver Darnell Mooney (Tulane), receiver Denzel Mooney (Miles College) and receiver Jalen Swain (Miles College) signed letters of intent on Wednesday (Feb. 3) on National Signing Day. 

“What impressed me the

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Etowah High trio signs football scholarships

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent

For the first time in Drew Noles’ three seasons as head football coach at Etowah High, the Blue Devils are sending not just one, but three players (and possibly more) to college programs. 

Noles stated that there are a few more athletes who are still being looked at for possible future signing as the colleges

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Titans' Martin signs with West Alabama

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

As the daughter and granddaughter of soccer coaches, Bailee Martin was very likely practicing corner kicks before she learned how to tie her shoelaces. 

That early exposure to the sport paid off handsomely for the Gadsden City High senior on Monday (Feb. 1) when she signed a scholarship with the University of West Alabama in Livingston.

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Local teams compete at state bowling tournament

Several local high school teams competed in the Alabama High School Athletic Association state bowling tournament on Jan. 28 and 29 at Oak Mountain Lanes in Pelham. The Etowah girls went the farthest out of five area squads, as the Lady Blue Devils lost in the semifinal round on Jan. 29 to James Clemens by
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Titans' Kilgo rolls perfect game at state bowling tournament

Most of us are taught at an early age that’s life’s not perfect, but there are exceptions from time to time. Gadsden City High School sophomore Jonathan Kilgo rolled the first perfect game in both his career and Alabama High School Athletic Association State Bowling Championships history on Thursday (Jan. 28) at Oak Mountain Lanes
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In & around SEC basketball

Auburn Week 4 Review

Auburn dropped a pair of road games last week, including an 80-63 loss at Ole Miss. Rebel guard Stefan Moody out-dueled Kareem Canty in a battle be-tween two of the leading scorers in the SEC. Moody scored 24 points, including a barrage of three-pointers in the second half, while Canty was held to only eight

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Area teams ranked in Jan. 29 ASWA basketball polls

BOYS

CLASS 7A

1. Central-Phenix City

2. Mountain Brook 

3. Grissom

4. Lee-Montgomery

5. Oak Mountain

6. Gadsden City

7. Spain Park

8. James Clemens 

9. Fairhope 

10. McGill-Toolen 

CLASS 6A

1. Carver-Montgomery

2. Lee-Huntsville

3. Homewood

4. Woodlawn

5. Blount 

6. Huffman

7. LeFlore

8. Austin

9. Bessemer City

10. Albertville 

CLASS 5A

1. J.O. Johnson 

2. Sumter

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Coosa Christian shoots down Purple Devils

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

With Ragland getting a little too close for comfort, Coosa Christian used some long-range shooting in the second half to put away the Purple Devils on Tuesday (Jan. 26) in Gadsden. 

With the host’s lead trimmed to single digits late in the third quarter, Wesley Grizzard and Caden Davison combined for five 3-point baskets to spark

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Lady Conquerors clip Ragland

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

The Coosa Christian girls basketball team didn’t disappoint its upperclassmen on Senior Night, as the Lady Conquerors posted a 52-35 win over Ragland on Tuesday (Jan. 26) in Gadsden.

Although the hosts maintained the lead from early in the first quarter, the Lady Purple Devils pulled within single digits with 3:38 left in the third quarter. 

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Blue Devils beat Guntersville to set up coin flip

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Emil Smith poured in 19 points to lead Etowah to a 68-59 win over Guntersville on Tuesday (Jan. 26) in Attalla.

The victory set up a coin toss to determine which school will host the upcoming Class 5A, Area 13 Tournament.

"We felt like our backs were against the wall," said Etowah head coach James

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Lady Blue Devils fall to Guntersville

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Jordyn Garmon scored a game-high 10 points to lead Guntersville to a 40-30 victory over Etowah in Class 5A, Area  13 girls basketball on Tuesday (Jan. 26) in Attalla.

The Lady Wildcats raced out to a 7-1 lead after one quarter but the Lady Blue Devils held a 19-15 lead at halftime.

Etowah led 26-22 after three quarters of

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Panthers rally past Glencoe for county basketball championship

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Southside High dug itself out of a double-digit deficit in the second half en route a 44-41 win over Glencoe in the Etowah County Schools boys basketball tournament championship game last Saturday (Jan. 23) at Gaston. A 10-3 run in the third quarter turned a 33-22 SHS deficit in to a 36-32
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Lady Eagles hold off Southside, win fifth straight county title

By Chris McCarthy/Editor With Southside High giving Hokes Bluff all it could handle in Saturday’s Etowah County Schools girls basketball tournament championship game, the Lady Eagles relied on their junior center to bail them out. Kendall Johnson scored Class 4A No. 9 Hokes Bluff’s final 10 points, including all four of her teams’ fourth-quarter field
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Glencoe hires Hokes Bluff grad Davis as football coach

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent

Welcome home, Russell "Rusty" Davis.

At Thursday's special called meeting of the Etowah County Board of Education, Davis was confirmed as the new head football coach at Glencoe High.

A 1985 graduate of Hokes Bluff, Davis has spent the last 24 years in various assistant coaching jobs at Smiths Station - a Class 7A school

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Hokes Bluff girls, Southside boys advance to county tournament championship

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent

The bracket is filled in and the championships set for the 2016 version of the Etowah County Basketball Tournament, with the Hokes Bluff girls and the Southside boys winning on Thursday (Jan. 21) to join the Southside girls and Glencoe boys in the title tilts.

Originally scheduled for Friday (Jan. 22), the championship games were

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In & around SEC basketball

By Cole Fredrick


Auburn Week 3 Review

Last week was by far the best of the Bruce Pearl Era at Auburn. Pearl’s team upset Kentucky at Auburn Arena on Saturday (Jan. 16) and followed that up with another home win over in-state rival Alabama on Tuesday. Before Saturday’s win against the Wildcats, Auburn had not beaten Kentucky since 2000. Point guard

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Lions hold off late Gaston surge

By Chris McCarthy

Publisher/Editor


Sardis boys head basketball coach Van Owen readily acknowledged that the 54-37 margin of victory in his team’s win over Gaston on Tuesday (Jan. 19) was in no way indicative of how close the game was down the stretch in the opening round of the Etowah County boys basketball tournament at Gaston. 

“We kept getting fouls called

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Lady Jackets dispatch Gaston

By Chris McCarthy

Publisher/Editor


A little bit of this and a little bit of that, and Glencoe High qualified for the Etowah County Schools girls basketball tournament semifinals.

Sophomore guard Breia Little scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Lady Yellow Jackets to a 54-28 opening round victory over host Gaston on Tuesday (Jan. 19).

With Glencoe holding a slim

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Local teams ranked in Jan. 21 ASWA

  BOYS

CLASS 7A

1. Central-Phenix City 

2. Mountain Brook 

3. Spain Park

4. Gadsden City 

5. Grissom 

6. Lee-Montgomery 

7. McGill-Toolen 

8. Baker 

9. Oak Mountain 

10. James Clemens 

CLASS 6A

1. Carver-Montgomery

2. Lee-Huntsville 

3. Homewood 

4. LeFlore 

5. Woodlawn 

6. Albertville

7. Blount. 

8. Dothan 

9. Huffman 

10. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa 

CLASS 5A

1. J.O. Johnson 

2. Faith-Mobile 

3.

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Lady Titan reaches career milestone

Gadsden City High junior guard Brooke Burns scored her 1,000th point earlier this season and was honored prior to the GCHS/Buckhorn game on Jan. 15.

Burns, who has 1,367 career points, currently is averaging 19.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists while shooting 91 percent at the free throw line.

The Lady Titans currently are ranked sixth in Class 7A.

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Lions hold off Gaston, move to tournament semifinals

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Sardis boys head basketball coach Van Owen readily acknowledged that the 54-37 margin of victory in his team’s win over Gaston on Tuesday (Jan. 19) was in no way indicative of how close the game was down the stretch in the opening round of the Etowah County boys basketball tournament at Gaston.

The Lions led for the entire

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Little leads Glencoe past Gaston in county tournament

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

A Little bit of this and a Little bit of that, and Glencoe High qualified for the Etowah County Schools girls basketball tournament semifinals.

Sophomore guard Breia Little scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Lady Yellow Jackets to a 54-28 opening round victory over host Gaston on Tuesday (Jan. 19).

With Glencoe holding a

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Lady Cardinals welcome freshman class

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Gadsden State volleyball program’s 2016 recruiting class gathered for a group signing at Beck Field House on Monday (Jan. 18) with family and friends in attendance. Committing to the Lady Cardinals were Savannah Beck from Alexandria, Callie Brewer from Addison, Annie Jane Crump from Walker, Morgan Hudson from Meek, Morgan Newton
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Cardinals’ Fraser to play for JSU

By Chris McCarthy/Editor J’Nae Fraser is not yet ready to head back to desert country. A native of Chandler, Arizona, the Gadsden State sophomore volleyball standout recently signed with Jacksonville State. Fraser had planned on signing with JSU as a freshman in 2014, but due to NCAA Clearinghouse issues wound up playing for Gadsden State
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Huge defensive stop secures West End victory over Hokes Bluff

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

West End High boys head basketball coach Clint Brannon was a happy man on Monday (Jan. 18) after his Patriots had beaten the Hokes Bluff, 49-46, in the opening round of the Etowah County Schools Basketball Tournament at Gaston.

“This is a huge win for us. Hokes Bluff had beaten us earlier in the season, but we

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Sardis breezes past West End in girls county tournament

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent 

  Sardis exploded for a 30-point halftime lead and cruised to a 58-30 opening round win in the Etowah County Schools Basketball Tournament on Monday (Jan. 18) at Gaston High. 

Sardis coach Josh Wallace seemed happy with his team’s offense in the first half. 

“We only have one senior and we play hard every night. The

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Area bowling teams to compete at regional tournament

Several local teams qualified for the first-ever Alabama High School Athletic Association regional bowling tournaments this week. 

The Gadsden City and Etowah boys and girls and the Southside girls will compete on Thursday and Friday in the North Regional at Leland Lanes in Tuscaloosa. Both Etowah teams won the regular season Region 7 titles. The GCHS boys finished runner-up

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In & around SEC basketball

Alabama Week 2 Review

Avery Johnson picked up the most impressive win of his young collegiate coaching career on Wednesday (Jan. 13), as the Crimson Tide defeated previously unbeaten South Carolina, 73-50. Alabama dominated the game from the opening tip, and Albertville High graduate Riley Norris scored a career-high 27 points. Bama improved to 10-5 overall and 1-2 in

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Glencoe's Ozmint recognized at ASWA banquet

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Pace Ozmint polished off his prep football career in style on Wednesday (Jan. 13) in Montgomery.

The Glencoe High senior was recognized as a finalist for the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2015 Class 3A Back of the Year award during the Player of the Year Banquet sponsored by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches

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Area teams ranked in Jan. 14 ASWA basketball polls

BOYS CLASS 7A 1. Spain Park  2. Gadsden City 3. Central-Phenix City  4. Lee-Montgomery  5. Mountain Brook 6. Grissom  7. McGill-Toolen 8. Auburn  9. Baker  10. Fairhope CLASS 6A 1. Carver-Montgomery 2. Lee-Huntsville  3. Homewood  4. Blount  5. Austin 6. LeFlore  7. Albertville 8. Pelham 9. Woodlawn 10. Dothan CLASS 5A 1. Sumter Central 2.
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Etowah County basketball tournament set

When the New Year experiences its first extended temperature dip below the freezing mark, you know its time for the Etowah County Schools Basketball Tournament. 

For the first time in several years, the games will not held at Gadsden State Community College. Instead, the entire tournament will take place at Gaston High School.

In the varsity girls’ bracket, No.

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Gamecocks lose to North Dakota State in FCS title game

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State fell short in its bid for a second football championship last Saturday (Jan. 9), losing to North Dakota State, 37-10, in the Football Championship Subdivision national championship game in Frisco, Texas. Although the No. 1 ranked Gamecocks fell short in their bid for the national title, the more than
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In & around SEC football

College Football Playoff Championship

Monday, Jan. 11, Glendale, Ariz.

Clemson vs. 2. Alabama (-7.5). Not many people expected a pair of blowouts in the College Football Playoff semifinals on New Year’s Eve. Alabama annihilated Mi-chigan State to the tune of 38-0, and it probably could’ve been worse. The Clemson/Oklahoma game was tightly contested for a half, but the Tigers shut

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UA softball coach speaks at Gadsden City

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

With a national championship, 10 NCAA College World Series berths, five SEC regular season titles, five SEC Tournament titles and 17 straight NCAA Tournament bids under his belt, University of Alabama head softball coach Patrick Murphy knows a thing or two about sustained success.

Last Monday (Jan. 4) at Gadsden City High School, Murphy shared a

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Glencoe's Ozmint named Back of the Year finalist

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Pace Ozmint recently earned yet another postseason honor. 

A week after making first team All-State for the third straight season, the Glencoe High senior was named a finalist for the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 3A Back of the Year award. 

Ozmint’s fellow finalists are Piedmont quarterback Taylor Hayes and Colbert County running back Kearvae Qualls. 

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In & around SEC football

Bowl Previews and Predictions 

Friday, Jan. 1

Outback Bowl

Northwestern vs. Tennessee (-9.5). The Volunteers had a season full of missed opportunities. Te-nnessee lost four games this year, and all four were by seven points or less. In fact, two of the Vols’ losses came to two of the playoff teams, Alabama and Oklahoma. Tennessee probably should’ve won the East

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Auburn beats Memphis in Birmingham Bowl

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

There are a lot of happy people in the state of Alabama following the playing of the 10th Annual Birmingham Bowl on Wednesday (Dec. 30). 

The City of Birmingham was expecting an income of more than $20 million, ESPN had a near full Legion Field (which looked great for their television audience) and Auburn won

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Monroe hired as Westbrook football coach

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent

You may not know the name “Shea Monroe,” but give it time. Monroe has been hired as the new football coach at Westbrook Christian School.

Monroe, who spent the last three seasons as offensive coordinator at Lincoln High, replaces Tony Osborne, who retired in November after 21 years as head coach.

“I have yet to

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Local players named to ASWA All-State football teams

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

  Several local high school football players were named to the 2015 Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State teams.

Five players were selected to the first team - Gadsden City senior offensive lineman Jamahl Jelks and senior receiver Darnell Mooney in Class 7A, Etowah junior center Peyton Nance and senior linebacker Darius Moore in

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In & around SEC football

College Bowl Previews and Predictions 

Monday, Dec. 28

Military Bowl 

Pittsburgh vs. Navy (-3). The Midshipmen enjoyed one of their best seasons in the last decade under head coach Ken Niumatalolo. Navy finished the regular season at 10-2 and came in second in the division in the American Conference. Pitt finished the year at 8-4 in Pat Narduzzi’s first year

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Westbrook finishes runnerup at Riley Whitaker Tournament

By Chris McCarthy/ Editor Westbrook Christian lost to Weaver, 69-58, in the championship game of the Riley Whitaker Memorial Christmas Classic on Wednesday (Dec. 23) at Gadsden State.  The Class 3A No. 4 Warriors led 36-28 at halftime and 50-42 after three quarters, but Weaver opened the fourth period with a 20-1 run to take
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Gamecocks to play for national championship after routing Sam Houston State

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

One year ago, Jacksonville State made its first appearance in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs under new head coach John Grass, where the Gamecocks was upset and eliminated by Sam Houston State. 

Whoever said revenge is a dish best served cold must have known what they were speaking of, as JSU extracted its revenge on

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Ozmint resigns as Glencoe football coach

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent

“Sometimes you have to take a small step backward in order to later take a step forward.”

Those were the words of Lee Ozmint after resigning as the head football coach at Glencoe High earlier this week. Next season, he will be the defensive coordinator at Oxford.

Ozmint has a big background on defense. He

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Area football players earn all-region honors

Several area players were named various all-regipon teams for the 2015 season.  Etowah High’s Stacy Williams’ was selected Offensive MVP of the Class 5A, All-Region 7 team. The senior running back finished with 1,453 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns while helping the Blue Devils to a 7-3 record, a second-place region finish and a berth in the state
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In & around SEC football

Bowl Previews and Predictions 

Saturday, Dec. 19

Gildan New Mexico Bowl 

Arizona vs. New Mexico (+9). The Lobos are appearing in their first bowl game since 2007 and get to play this one in their own stadium. UNM head coach Bob Davie has done a tremendous job rebuilding this program, and the highlight of the Lobos’ season was an upset over

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Area teams ranked in Dec. 17 ASWA basketball polls

BOYS

Class 7A

1. Spain Park 

2. Mountain Brook 

3. Gadsden City 

4. Lee-Montgomery 

5. Central-Phenix City 

6. Grissom 

7. McGill-Toolen 

8. Thompson 

9. Baker 

10. Murphy 

Class 6A

1. Carver-Montgomery 

2. Lee-Huntsville 

3. Homewood 

4. Pelham 

5. LeFlore

6. Austin 

7. Huffman 

8. Blount 

9. Bessemer City 

10. Albertville

Class 5A

1. J.O. Johnson 

2. Sumter Central 

3.

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Etowah cruises past Golden Eagles

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Etowah took a 40-12 halftime lead en route to a 68-38 victory over Jacksonville on Tuesday (Dec. 15) in Attalla. 

“We’re finally starting to make our shots," said Etowah head coach James Graves. “We started the season slowly but have now won three in a row. We start three freshmen, but they are a good

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Lady Blue Devils off target against Jacksonville

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Jacksonville High put two players in double figures on the way to the 34-27 win over Etowah on Tuesday (Dec. 15) in Attalla. The story of the game was the Lady Blue Devils’ cold shooting.  Etowah head coach Ryan Fore was not pleased about his team’s lack of offense.  “We out-shot
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Second wind helps Lady Panthers dispatch Alexandria

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Southside High girls basketball coach Kim Nails had a simple request for her team at halftime against Alexandria on Monday (Dec. 14). 

Pick up the intensity on defense.

The host Lady Panthers (8-1) followed Nails’ directive to the letter, as Southside increased its five-point halftime lead to 22 by the end of the third quarter.

The

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Southside rally falls short against Valley Cubs

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Southside recovered from a double-digit deficit in the second half to make a game of it late on Monday (Dec. 14), but Alexandria hung on for a 51-43 victory in boys basketball at SHS.

Trailing 34-22 with 2:12 remaining in the third quarter, the Panthers put together a 12-3 run to draw within 39-34 with five

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JSU beats Charleston Southern, advances to FCS semifinals

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Jacksonville State head football coach John Grass believes in giving the fans what they wanted on Dec. 11. 

For folks who enjoy a good defensive struggle, the first 30 minutes was just that with the Gamecocks clinging to a 13-10 lead at halftime. 

For fans who prefer an active scoreboard, the floodgates opened in the

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Area teams ranked in Dec. 10 ASWA basketball polls

BOYS Class 7A 1. Spain Park  2. McGill-Toolen  3. Gadsden City 4. Mountain Brook 5. Lee-Montgomery  6. Auburn  7. Murphy  8. Thompson  9. Central-Phenix City 10. Grissom  Class 6A 1. Carver-Montgomery  2. Lee-Huntsville  3. Bessemer City  4. Homewood  5. Blount 6. Pelham  7. LeFlore  8. Austin  9. Albertville  10. Northview  Class 5A 1. J.O. Johnson 
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In & around SEC football

SEC Championship Game Review

Alabama defeated Florida, 29-15, in the SEC championship game behind another dominant performance from running back Derrick Henry, who rushed 44 times for 189 yards and one touchdown while breaking Herschel Walker’s conference record for rushing yards in a season. Henry has rushed for 1,986 this season, while Walker rushed for 1,891 in 1981. 

The

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Gadsden City holds off Grissom

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

After opening full throttle on Tuesday (Dec. 8), Gadsden City High downshifted a bit too much against Grissom.

A 16-point GCHS lead in the third quarter was whittled down to five with three minutes to go, providing the Tigers a chance to hand the Titans their first Class 7A, Area 7 loss.

But Gadsden City (8-2,

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Lady Titans grind out area win

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Gadsden City girls head basketball coach Jeremy Brooks acknowledged that Grissom’s plan of limiting the Lady Titans’ outside game worked to an extent on Tuesday (Nov. 8).

“[Grissom] came out with some junk defenses and ran some triangles and twos, and they got pressure on us on the perimeter,” he said. “So we tried to beat

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West End collars Bulldogs in area tilt

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

Andre Little scored a game-high 18 points to lead West End to a 52-40 win over the Gaston Bulldogs in Class 2A, Area 12 boys basketball action on Tuesday (Dec. 8) in Walnut Grove.

“This is a bunch of resilient kids," said West End head coach Clint Brannon. "They play hard

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Lady Patriots clip Gaston

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

  Destiney Butts and Tamia Timmons each scored 17 points to lead West End to a 44-34 Class 2A, Area 12 victory over Gaston in girls high school basketball on Tuesday in Walnut Grove. 

The first quarter ended with the score knotted at 8-8 before the Lady Patriots pulled out to a 17-16 lead at the

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Gamecocks beat UTC in overtime, head to third round

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

The Jacksonville State Express continued to roll on Saturday (Dec. 5), as the Gamecocks defeated Tennessee-Chattanooga, 41-35 in overtime at Burgess-Snow Field.

The Mocs rallied from a 14-point second half deficit to force the extra session. UTC threw an interception in the end zone in the extra period, however, and JSU junior quarterback Eli Jenkins

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In & around SEC football

Iron Bowl Review 

Alabama kicker Adam Griffith connected on all five of his field goal attempts - including a 50-yarder before halftime - and the Crimson Tide knocked off Auburn, 29-13, in the 80th Iron Bowl. Derrick Henry carried the ball 46 times for 271 yards - both the highest in his career - and he is now the

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Westbrook puts a damper on Ford’s return

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

It wasn’t quite the homecoming that Ashville High boys head basketball coach Seth Ford envisioned on Tuesday (Dec. 1) in Rainbow City. 

Ford, who coached the Westbrook Christian boys the past seven seasons before leaving for Ashville in May, watched his former team dismantle his current squad by a score of 83-30. 

On the other hand,

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Lady Warriors breeze past Ashville

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Westbrook Christian got off to a good start in Class 3A, Area 11 play on Tuesday (Dec. 1), posting a 60-42 victory over Ashville in Rainbow City.  Senior guard Abby Lockridge and sophomore guard Olivia Graham both had huge games for the Lady Warriors (4-1, 1-0), as the former finished with 23
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Yellow Jackets top Hokes Bluff

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent   Glencoe placed four players in double figures on the way to a 50-38 victory over cross-county rival Hokes Bluff on Monday (Nov 30) at HBHS. Glencoe head coach Jason Gilley was proud of his team’s effort to hold Hokes Bluff standout Kaden Moore to 18 points, including just two in the
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Lady Eagles fly past Glencoe

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent   Hokes Bluff High girls head basketball coach Jason Shields gave his team credit for “playing smarter” on Monday (Nov. 30) in the Lady Eagles’ 67-19 win over cross-county rival Glencoe at HBHS.  “We made better decisions tonight and cut down on our mistakes,” Shields added. “We’re a young team with
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Alabama Week 12 Review 

Alabama easily handled Charleston Southern, 56-6, last Saturday (Nov. 21) at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Derrick Henry rushed for two touchdowns on only nine carries, and in the process tied Trent Richardson’s single-season rushing touchdown re-cord. The Crimson Tide improved to 10-1 overall. Nick Saban now has won at least 10 games in eight straight seasons. Alabama travels

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Former Etowah coach makes good on a promise

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

John Butts is a man of his word.

The former Etowah High and current Albertville varsity girls basketball coach returned to Wyman Townsel Gym on Nov. 13 for the first time as an opposing coach since leaving the Lady Blue Devils five years ago.

It was not your ordinary Attalla homecoming, however. Butts was paralyzed from

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All-Etowah County football team announced

Glencoe High’s Pace Ozmint is the Most Valuable Player of the 2015 All-Etowah County Schools football team.

The senior running back/receiver/safety/punter had an outstanding season on both sides of the ball for the Yellow Jackets, who finished with a 9-2 record and made the Class 3A state playoffs for the seventh straight season. 

At safety, Ozmint led the team

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Gadsden City, Gaston win Alabama Power grants

Gadsden City and Gaston were among 32 high schools that recently were awarded a $2,500 grant in the Alabama Power Foundation’s Power To Play program. The grants will help the schools increase participation.

Grant recipients were determined through an online voting process that gave communities across the state the chance to show their support for the competing schools. To

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Westbrook's Martin signs with UNA

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

Harrison Martin soon will be making a name for himself in the collegiate golfing ranks.

The Westbrook Christian senior signed a scholarship with the University of North Alabama on Nov. 13.

Martin, who has been a starter on the WCS golf team since the seventh grade, helped the Warriors win the Class 3A state championship this

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Alabama Week 11 Review 

Led by another 200-yard rushing performance from Derrick Henry, Alabama dominated Mississippi State, 31-6, last Saturday (Nov. 14) in Starkville. The Crimson Tide improved to 9-1 overall and 6-1 in conference play and are in excellent position to make another trip to the College Football Playoffs. The Alabama defense was spectacular once again in keeping Dak

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Alabama Week 11 Review 

Led by another 200-yard rushing performance from Derrick Henry, Alabama dominated Mississippi State, 31-6, last Saturday (Nov. 14) in Starkville. The Crimson Tide improved to 9-1 overall and 6-1 in conference play and are in excellent position to make another trip to the College Football Playoffs. The Alabama defense was spectacular once again in keeping Dak

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Gadsden City dispatches Senators

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent

  Gadsden City High placed four players in double figures on the way to a 90-74 victory over Sparkman on Tuesday (Nov. 17) at GCHS.

The win improved the Titans’ record to 3-0 and gave head coach Reginald Huff his 459th career victory.

Behind 20 points from Kalin Johnson and 11from Shond Kidd McKinney, Gadsden City

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Lady Titans can’t hold off Sparkman

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent


Sparkman put together a late rally to post a 40-37 victory over Gadsden City in girls basketball on Tuesday (Nov. 16) at GCHS.

The third quarter saw Gadsden City take a 33-27 lead behind the scoring of junior guards Brooke Burns and Haley Troup. But Sparkman outscored the hosts 13-4 down the stretch to secure

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Golden Eagles ground Gadsden State’s homecoming

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

The disappointment in Gadsden State men’s basketball coach Todd Ginn’s voice was evident following his team’s 81-78 loss to Chattahoochee (Ga.) Tech last Monday (Nov. 16) in the Cardinals’ homecoming game. 

“We got stagnant coming out of the first half, and I probably waited a little bit too long to go to our trap,” he said.

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Lady Cardinals fly past Chattahoochee Tech on homecoming

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Lady Cardinals certainly shared the wealth on homecoming last Monday (Nov. 16).  Fourteen out of 15 players made the scoring column as Gadsden State cruised to a 77-57 victory over Chattahoochee (Ga.) Tech at Beck Field House.  Just two out of the 14 scorers reached double digits, a statistic that head
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Area runners compete at state cross country meet

Several local runners competed in the AHSAA cross country 5K state meet last Saturday (Nov. 14) at Oakville Indian Mounds Park in Moulton.

Two locals earned all-state honors after finishing in the top 10. In Class 3A girls, Westbrook Christian freshman Mary Reid Goodwin came in seventh out of 119 participants with a time of 19:57.91. Southside High senior

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Gadsden State hopes tough early schedule reaps dividends in ACCC action

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent

It’s an old cliché but it’s a true one - records can be deceiving.

That’s the message that Gadsden State mens basketball coach Todd Ginn is sending out to his 2015-16 Cardinals.

“We’ve got a really tough preseason schedule,” he said. “But we’ll find out who can play and find the right combinations of athletes.

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Dixon takes the helm for Lady Cardinals

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent

It’s going to be a season of firsts for Marty Dixon.

He’s never coached girls basketball before and he’s never coached at the junior college level until now.

“I’ve coached boys basketball and I’ve coached girls in different sports,” the Gadsden State’s first-year women’s basketball coach said. “It’s a little bit of a different thing

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Alabama Week 10 Review 

Behind a dominant rushing performance from Derrick Henry, the Crimson Tide rolled over LSU, 30-16, last Saturday (Nov. 7) at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Henry was overshadowed by LSU’s Leonard Fournette coming into the game but it was Henry that stole the show with 210 yards on 38 carries and three touchdowns. Kicker Adam Griffith made all three

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Local runners win cross country sectionals, qualify for state meet

Southside High senior Hunter Nails and Westbrook Christian freshman Mary Reid Goodwin both took first place in the sectional cross country qualifying runs on Nov. 5 in Scottsboro. Both runners will compete in the AHSAA state cross country meet this Saturday (Nov. 14) in Moulton. Nails posted a winning time of 16:22.01 in Class 6A,
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Etowah’s season ends with overtime loss to Parker

By Chris McCarthy/Editor An impressive workhorse effort from Stacy Williams on Nov. 6 wasn’t quite enough to carry Etowah High to its first postseason victory in four years. The senior running back’s 232-yard, three-touchdown effort on 31 carries went for naught as the Blue Devils lost to A.H. Parker, 27-21, in overtime in the first
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Yellow Jackets fall to Colbert County in first round

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent Football is a game of numbers.  In Thursday’s 20-7 Colbert County win over Glencoe in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs, there was one number that really stood out. The Indians (8-3) gained 309 yards, while the host Yellow Jackets (9-2) managed only 177, including just 62 on the
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Auburn Week 9 Review

With red zone woes continuing to plague the Au-burn offense, the Tigers fell 27-19 to Ole Miss last Saturday (Oct. 31). Quarterback Sean White was hobbled with a knee injury for most of the game, and the inconsistency of the Auburn offense was a major issue once again. The Tigers settled for four field goals

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Local players recognized by ASWA

Four area players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 10 of the 2015 high school football season. West End senior quarterback Hunter Grant completed 11-of-16 passes for 224 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 183 yards on 12 carries for 407 total yards in the Patriots’ 48-15
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Glencoe ranked in final ASWA football poll

Class 7A

Rank Record Points

1. Spain Park (9-1) 323

2. James Clemens (9-1) 252

3. McGill-Toolen (9-1) 215

4. Bob Jones (9-1) 187

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