2016 Football Preview: Sardis looking to build on strong offseason workouts

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Consistency will be the operative word this season for Sardis High School. The 2015 Lions only twice won two straight games on the way to a 5-5 record and a fifth place finish in Class 4A, Region 6. “For us to get where we need to get, we’re going to have
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2016 Football Preview: Rusty Davis making his mark at Glencoe

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Seven months into the job, Rusty Davis is settling in as head coach of his former high schools county rival. A 1984 Hokes Bluff High graduate and former Eagle quarterback, Davis now wears the yellow, black and gold of the Glencoe Yellow Jackets. Davis spent the past 24 years in various
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2016 Football Preview: Shea Monroe to lead, guide and direct Westbrook Christian

Chris McCarthy Publsiher/Editor Westbrook Christian is making the move from Class 3A the past two years to its traditional 2A spot. “That 3A region was very athletic,” said first-year head coach Shea Monroe. “Make no mistake – there is a lot of athleticism in the new (Class 2A, Region 6), but it is more of
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2016 Football Preview: Bulldogs re-sized and re-fitted

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Gaston High head football coach Swane Morris likened part of his offseason work on the roster as assembling the pieces of a puzzle. “We’re having to move different people around to different spots, and hopefully we won’t be short a piece when we’re finished,” he said. “We’ll see if our kids
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2016 Football Preview: Patriots have postseason in their sights

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Kyle Davis knows that last season’s six-win season was an important stepping-stone for his program. That being said, West End’s third year head football coach believes his program is more than ready to ascend the next rung on the ladder. “We want to make the playoffs,” said Davis. “It’s been a
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2016 Messenger Football Preview: new leaves are turning over in Conqueror country

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor New Coosa Christian football coach Chris Sanders is teaching his team to pay attention to detail in an effort to get back in the winning column. “If we can do that and limit mistakes, that is half the battle,” he said. “I want us to focus on one thing and get
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Local youngsters compete in national track & field meet

The local More Than Runners track club competed in the USATF Junior Olympic Track and Field meet from July 26th to July 30 at Sacramento State University in Sacramento, Calif. The club participated in the Alabama state meet in Selma and the Southeast Regional Meet in Baton Rouge, La., earlier this summer. In Sacramento, JaKodie
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent East Division Preview Florida Head coach: Jim McElwain, second season (10-4 at Florida, 32-20 overall) 2015 finish: first in East (10-4, 7-1) Key losses: defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III, running back Kelvin Taylor, defensive lineman Jon Bullard Key returning players: LB Jarrad Davis, DB Jalen Tabor, DB Marcus Maye 2016 outlook
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Gadsden City grad wins AGA title

Courtesy of jsugamecocksports.com Southside native and 2012 Gadsden City High graduate Bo Hayes won the Alabama Golf Association’s State Match Play Championship, overcoming an early deficit in the final round last Saturday (Aug. 6) at the 16th Alabama State Match Play Championship of the Alabama Golf Association in Brewton. A rising senior at Jacksonville State
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick SEC Coach Rankings 14. Barry Odom, Missouri 13. Kirby Smart, Georgia Odom and Smart are the two newcomers to the head coaching ranks as they are entering their first seasons at Missouri and Georgia, respectively. Odom served as the defensive coordinator at Missouri last season under Gary Pinkel and was promoted to
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JSU’s Grass optimistic about 2016 season

By Mike Goodson Sports Correspondent Jacksonville State head football coach John Grass unveiled his 2016 version of the  Gamecocks to the news media on Wednesday (Aug. 3) at the JSU Media Day. Jacksonville State is expected to have one of its strongest teams in recent years with a program that returns many veterans and features
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Area teams ranked in ASWA preseason football poll

Class 7A 1 McGill-Toolen (347) 2 James Clemens (248) 3 Hoover (219) 4 Central-Phenix City (172) 5 Spain Park (169) 6 Bob Jones (164) 7 Hewitt-Trussville (15 8 Murphy (98) 9 Auburn (49) 10 Gadsden City (32) Others receiving votes: Lee-Montgomery (8-4) 21, Jeff Davis (6-4) 10, Baker (6-4) 7, Buckhorn (6-5) 6, Vestavia Hills
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Preseason All-SEC team First Team Offense Quarterback Chad Kelly, Ole Miss Running back Leonard Fournette, LSU Nick Chubb, Georgia Receiver Calvin Ridley, Alabama Christian Kirk, Texas A&M Tight End O.J. Howard, Alabama Line Cam Robinson, Alabama Braden Smith, Auburn Avery Gennesy, Texas A&M Jashon Robertson, Tennessee Ethan Pocic, LSU First Team
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Former Florida State softball standout setting up shop in RBC

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Local youngsters no longer must commute to Birmingham, Huntsville, Auburn or Tuscaloosa in order to hone their softball skills with a top-flight instructor. Danielle Cox Brock, a former Glencoe resident and Florida State University softball standout who recently moved from South Florida to Hokes Bluff, brings impeccable credentials as a private
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Three area cagers, one local gridder see action at all-star week

By Stan Veitch Sports Correspondent The AHSAA North-South All-Star girls basketball game in Montgomery definitely on July 20 had an Etowah County flavor to it, with two Gadsden City guards – Haley Troup and Brooke Burns – starting. “It was great to start alongside Brooke,” Troup said. “The game was different than usual, though. They
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Each preseason, there’s a list of coaches relegated to the dreaded “hot seat” discussion. Throughout the recent SEC Media Days in Hoo-ver, four coaches from the SEC were frequently mentioned in those hot seat conversations – Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin, Kentucky’s Mark Stoops, LSU’s Les Miles and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn. Sumlin
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Gadsden City's Haley Troup keeps family at forefront

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Haley Troup recently showed where her priorities lie. The highly recruited Gadsden City High School incoming senior basketball player had planned on waiting until August before committing to a college, but a close relative’s grave illness hastened that announcement. With her grandmother Shirley Copeland suffering through the latter stages of ovarian
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Coosa's Hampton plays in North/South softball game

  By Stan Veitch Sports Correspondent Coosa Christian senior softball catcher Alaina Hampton played in Tuesday’s (July 19) AHSAA North-South All-Star softball game, and in the process, put her stamp on the doubleheader at Montgomery’s Lagoon Park. “There were two catchers and we split innings,” Hampton said. “I got to play in both games.” In
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Glencoe's Pierce honored

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Jason Pierce apparently is well thought-of in the state coaching community. The Glencoe High School girls golf coach recently was named the National Federation of High School Coach of the Year in girls golf for the 2015 season, which is seleted by the state coaches. Pierce’s Lady Yellow Jackets won 2015
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Brown, Cone win local junior golf tournament

Tee Brown and Hope Cone were the overall winners in the 2016 Etowah County Junior Golf Tournament played last week at the Gadsden Country Club, Briarmeade, Wills Creek and Silver Lakes courses. Brown shot an overall score of 213, while Cone finished at 234. It was Cone’s second straight county title. Her three-day total was
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Local angler wins Weiss Lake tournament

Gadsden resident Brian Smith won the American Bass Anglers Ram Truck Open Series in the Co-Angler Division on Weiss Lake on July 9. Smith won with three bass weighing 11.84 pounds. He sealed his victory with a 4.81-pound kicker. “We were fishing shallow pretty much kicking up mud all day hitting docks,” said Smith. “I
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent The SEC Media Days concluded yesterday (July 13) at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover. Auburn recap Auburn was the first team to take the stage on Monday (July 11). Head coach Gus Malzahn, receiver Marcus Davis and defensive linemen Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams represented the Tigers. AU is
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Cooper family a tradition in Etowah County sports

By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Traditions run deep in the Etowah County area. For one local family, spring and summer means carrying on a family tradition that began four generations ago, a tradition of umpiring local baseball by the family that has excelled in local sports. This is the story of the Cooper family. Robert Neil
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Sardis runner signs scholarship

By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter Alexis Powell excelled in cross country, track and cheerleading for Sardis High School. For college, she chose to pursue a scholarship in cross country. “I just love running,” said Powell, whose best time for Sardis was 21 minutes over the 3.1-mile, or 5K, cross country course. Powell found what
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In & around SEC football

By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama is entering the football season as the defending national champion. The Crimson Tide has more talent on their roster than any other team in college football. Their only real concerns are at quarterback and kicker. The schedule is one of the toughest in the country. Sound familiar? The level of
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Beggs, Justus share top honor on All-Messenger baseball team

By Chris McCarthy/Editor An Eagle and a Conqueror took the top honors in the 2016 All-Messenger high school baseball team. Chase Beggs played a big hand in the Eagles finishing the regular season as the eighth-ranked team in Class 4A and qualifying for a state playoff berth. In 58 innings on the mound, the senior
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Gadsden native doing well on west coast

By Stan Veitch/Sports Correspondent Nikki Ferguson has come a long way – both physically and in soccer – from his days around the Gadsden area. The man who was instrumental in helping start soccer programs at Southside, Westbrook Christian and Gadsden high schools recently was awarded the Bay Valley (Calif.) Conference Coach of the Year
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Southside, Etowah standouts highlight All-Messenger softball team

By Chris McCarthy/Editor A pair of standout pitchers who consistently helped their cause at the plate highlight the 2016 All-Messenger high school softball team. In being major factors in their teams advancing to the state tournament, Southside junior Savanna Yancey and Etowah senior Madison Grant are the team’s co-Players of the Year. Taking over as
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In & around the SEC

SEC Year in Review In the last decade, the Southeastern Conference has been synonymous with championships. From 2006-2015, the SEC won multiple national titles in football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, softball, track and field and golf. In the 2015-16 season, however, the SEC only won one championship in those sports. The conference still represented
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Brick Haley returns home for golf benefit

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Judging from the heavy turnout, the Brick Road to Success benefit golf tournament was a resounding success on June 24 at Twin Bridges Golf Course. Haley, a 1984 Emma Sansom High School graduate, was humbled by the sheer number of people who braved the near triple digit temperatures to participate in the
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In & around SEC baseball

Florida’s spectacular season came to an unceremonious conclusion earlier this week at the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. The Gators were upset, 2-1, by Coastal Carolina in the tournament’s opening game. It was the Chanticleers’ first-ever CWS victory. Florida then played Texas Tech in an elimination game, and the Red Raiders knocked the Gators
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YMCA summer campers receive dose of reality

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Local youngsters recently learned life lessons on doing their best and not giving up, courtesy of a pair of reality television participants. Jo Jo Bynum and Eddy Stewart, Alabama residents who currently are competing in the NBC series American Ninja Warrior, spoke to Coosa YMCA summer day campers on Monday (June 20).
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Local track team competes at state meet

The Gadsden-area More Than Runners track and field club competed in the state meet on June 18 and19 in Selma. The team, which competes in four age groups, qualified to for the regional meet held at Louisiana State University next month. First place winners were Kenedy Wright in the 100 and 200-meter dashes; Christopher Miller and
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Cardinals sign Centre's Wester

    By Shannon Fagan/Cherokee County Herald 2016 Cherokee County High School graduate Joel Wester recently signed a tennis scholarship with Gadsden State Community College. Wester played at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles for the Warriors thispast season. “I wasn’t really expecting this (scholarship),” Wester said. “It was kind of late in
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In & around SEC baseball

NCAA Super Regionals Review The NCAA Super Regionals proved to be unkind to the Southeastern Conference. Five teams from the SEC – Florida, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, LSU, and South Carolina – participated in the Super Regionals, and all five teams also hosted the tournaments. However, Florida was the only team that advanced to the
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Brick Haley to host annual golf benefit at Twin Brdges

Former Emma Sansom High School football standout and current University of Texas defensive line coach Brick Haley returns to his hometown of Gadsden on June 24 to host the third annual Brick Road to Success Charity Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held at Twin Bridges Golf Course, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting
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Area players make ASWA all-state softball, baseball teams

By Chris McCarthy/Editor Nineteen local players were recently named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2016 All-State high school softball and baseball teams. Ten area players made the softball teams and nine were picked for baseball. Seven players were selected for the first team – five in softball and two in baseball. Making the first
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In & around SEC baseball

NCAA Regionals Review Five teams from the Southeastern Conference advanced to the Super Regionals of the NCAA baseball tournament. Florida, the overall No. 1 seed for the tournament, rolled through its regional – including a 10-1 win over Georgia Tech in the final. The Gators face in-state rival Florida State in the best-of-three Super Regionals
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Locals make all-state, all-county soccer teams

By Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor A number of local student-athletes recently were named to the all-state girls soccer teams as made by high school state members of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the inaugural All-Etowah County boys and girls teams State runner-up Westbrook Christian had three players make the Class 1A-3A all-state first
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In & Aound SEC Baseball

SEC Tournament review Texas A&M defeated Florida, 12-5, in the SEC Tournament championship game last Sunday (May 29) in Hoover. The Aggies secured their first conference championship behind a dominant offensive performance, including five RBI from leadoff hitter J.B. Moss. Texas A&M also scored 12 runs in a semifinal win over Ole Miss and 13
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In & around SEC baseball

Alabama Week 10 Review Alabama was swept by South Carolina in the Crimson Tide’s final regular season series of the season. The Gamecocks won the final game of the series 9-7 and they recorded 16 hits against the Tide. UA entered the SEC Tournament as a No. 9 seed and defeated Kentucky, 5-2, in the
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Southside falls short in playback bracket final at state softball tournament

By Chris McCarthy/Editor The Southside High softball team came up short of a berth in the Class 6A state championship game on Friday (May 20) in Montgomery. After winning two straight games the loser bracket, the Lady Panthers’ season ended with a 1-0 loss to Oxford in the playback final. The game’s lone run came
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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

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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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