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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In & around SEC basketball

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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In & around SEC basketball

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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In & around SEC basketball

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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In & around SEC basketball

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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In & around SEC basketball

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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In & around SEC basketball

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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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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