Etowah High School graduate Lamar Thomas signed a track scholarship on July 11 with Kansas City (Kans.) Community College. Etowah High School graduate Lamar Thomas signed a track scholarship on July 11 with Kansas City (Kans.) Community College.

Etowah’s Thomas signs track scholarship

By Chris McCarthy/ Publisher/Editor

Three state medals were not the only prizes that Lamar Thomas earned this past track and field season.

On July 11, the Etowah High senior signed a scholarship with Kansas City (Kans.) Community College.

Thomas capped his only year on the EHS track team with three medals at the Class 5A state track and field meet in May. He

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By Cole FrederickBy Cole Frederick

SEC 2013-14 Year in Review

 The Southeastern Conference enjoyed another successful year athletically, once again winning several national championships in a multitude of sports. In all, the league captured six national titles, including championships in baseball, softball, women’s outdoor track and field, women’s gymnastics, women’s swimming and diving and the doubles championship in men’s tennis.

Vanderbilt won its first national title in baseball by defeating Virginia

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MVP Cleveland highlights All-Messenger softball team

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

The sight of Morgan Cleveland excelling on the West End High School softball field’s varsity pitcher’s mound and batter’s box has been a familiar one over the past seven years for the folks in Walnut Grove and Altoona. 

The Lady Patriot senior has accumulated a fair amount of recognition during her seven varsity seasons, including being

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All-Messenger baseball team announced

By Chris McCarthy/Editor

When the Westbrook Christian baseball team was treading water early on this past season, the squad’s senior first baseman was a key factor in keeping the Good Ship Warrior afloat.

Blaine Beaird’s stellar production at the plate was a

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Greg Watkins (pictured on left) is retiring after 19 years as boys head basketball coach at Hokes Bluff High School. Longtime assistant Jeff Noah (right) was named head coach.Greg Watkins (pictured on left) is retiring after 19 years as boys head basketball coach at Hokes Bluff High School. Longtime assistant Jeff Noah (right) was named head coach.

Watkins resigns, Noah takes over as Hokes Bluff boys basketball coach

By Gene Stanley/Sports Correspondent

Good assistant coaches are hard to find and harder to keep. Neither of those problems ever plagued Hokes Bluff High boys basketball coach Greg Watkins, though, as he hired Jeff Noah some 19 seasons ago.

Noah’s loyalty and hard work have now been paid back, as he is the new varsity coach after Watkins’ retirement

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