Clint Brannon instructs junior varsity players during 2011-12 action. Submitted photo.Clint Brannon instructs junior varsity players during 2011-12 action. Submitted photo.

West End promotes Brannon to varsity boys basketball coach

By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter

West End High School is a special place to Clint Brannon, and he hopes to enjoy a long tenure as varsity boys basketball coach for his alma mater.

Brannon, a 2001 West End graduate, has moved up from the junior varsity coaching ranks to take over the Patriots’ varsity program.

He succeeds Keith Thr ash er, who

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Gaston High School guard Morgan Beaird in 2012 Northeast Regional Tournament action. Photo by Joshua Price/Messenger.Gaston High School guard Morgan Beaird in 2012 Northeast Regional Tournament action. Photo by Joshua Price/Messenger.

Gaston's Beaird chooses science over sports

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

Gaston High School basketball star Morgan Beaird was the most highly decorated female high school athlete during the 2011-12 school year.

Beaird led the Lady Bulldogs to the Northeast Regional Tournament at Jacksonville State University. Beaird earned All-Area and All-County during her senior season, and was selected as The Messenger’s Little-7 Player of the Year.

Beaird led

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Westbrook Christian senior Mary Katherine Catanzaro signing her basketball scholarship. Submitted photo.Westbrook Christian senior Mary Katherine Catanzaro signing her basketball scholarship. Submitted photo.

Westbrook Christian's Catanzaro nets scholarship

Westbrook Christian senior Mary Katherine Catanzaro signed a basketball scholarship with Birmingham Southern College on May 11 during a special ceremony held in the Westbrook Christian gymnasium.

Catanzaro lettered in basketball at Westbrook from eighth through twelfth grades. She earned All-Area honors three times, All-County first team two years and All-County one year. Catanzaro was named to The Messenger’s All-Etowah

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Gadsden City point guard Jalen Strong shoots over a Hoover defender during 2011-12 action. The senior is the All-Messenger Big 3 Player of the Year. Photo by Joshua Price/Messenger.Gadsden City point guard Jalen Strong shoots over a Hoover defender during 2011-12 action. The senior is the All-Messenger Big 3 Player of the Year. Photo by Joshua Price/Messenger.

Titans top Big 3 boys team

By Joshua Price/Sports Editor

Gadsden City High School head coach Reginald Huff was named Coach of the Year and Titan point guard Jalen Strong was named Player of the Year on the Big 3 varsity boys basketball team, which was comprised of players from Gadsden City, Southside and Etowah high schools. 

Gadsden City finished 26-5 this season under Huff’s leadership and won…

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Etowah High School guard Bri Aaron was selected the 2011-12 Big-3 girls Player of the Year. Photo by Joshua Price/Messenger.Etowah High School guard Bri Aaron was selected the 2011-12 Big-3 girls Player of the Year. Photo by Joshua Price/Messenger.

Aaron, Fore top Big 3 girls team

By Joshua Price
Sports Editor

Etowah point guard Bri Aaron and head coach Ryan Fore top the Big 3 All-Messenger girls basketball team     

The squad comprised of players from Etowah High School, Gadsden City High School and Southside High School. Aaron was named girls Big 3 Player of the Year and Fore was named girls Big 3 Coach of the Year.

Aaron…

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