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Gadsden City, Etowah, Glencoe ranked in latest ASWA football poll

Listed below is the complete Alabama Sports Writers Association high school football poll released Aug. 27. 

Class 7A

Rank Record       Points

1. Hoover (0-1) 376

2. Bob Jones (0-0) 271

3. McGill-Toolen (0-0) 251

4. Spain Park (1-0) 217

5. Central-Phenix City( 1-0) 187

6. Foley (1-0) 165

7. Vestavia Hills (0-0) 117

8. Fairhope (1-0) 84

9. Gadsden City (1-0) 57

10. Auburn (0-1) 56

Others receiving votes: Prattville (0-0) 36, Baker (1-0) 3, Smiths Station (1-0) 3, Murphy (0-0) 1.

Class 6A

Rank Record       Points

1. Spanish Fort   (1-0) 371

2. Clay-Chalkville (1-0) 290

3. Shades Valley (1-0) 237

4. Carver-Montgomery (0-0) 214

5. Opelika (0-0) 207

6. Daphne (0-0) 147

7. Blount (0-0) 100

8. Florence (0-1)  93

9. Muscle Shoals (0-0)  83

10. Decatur (1-0)  19

Others receiving votes: Hueytown (1-0) 16, Oxford (1-0) 12, Hartselle (1-0) 11, Southside (0-1) 9, Saraland (0-0) 7, Athens (1-0) 3, Gulf Shores (0-1) 2, Benjamin Russell (1-0) 1, Bessemer City (0-1) 1, Wetumpka (1-0) 1.

Class 5A

Rank Record       Points

1. St. Paul’s Episcopal  (1-0) 378

2. Pleasant Grove (0-0) 266

3. Vigor (0-0) 248

4. Central-Clay Co. (1-0) 219

5. Jackson (0-0) 209

6. Charles Henderson (0-0) 162

7. J.O. Johnson (0-0) 140

8. Guntersville (0-0)    73

9. Etowah (0-1) 27

10. Dora (1-0) 26

Others receiving votes:  Alexandria (0-1) 16, Ma-dison Co. (0-0) 16, Demopolis (0-0) 9, Sylacauga (1-0) 7, Mortimer Jordan (0-0) 5, Calera (0-0) 4, Marbury (1-0) 3, Moody (0-1) 3, Russellville (0-0) 3, Tallassee (1-0) 3, Greenville (0-0) 2, Parker (1-0) 2, Jemison (1-0) 1, Lincoln (0-0) 1, West Point (0-0) 1.

Class 4A

Rank Record       Points

1. Leeds (1-0) 381

2. UMS-Wright (0-0) 289

3. Dadeville (0-0) 240

4. Straughn (0-0) 204

5. Oneonta (0-0) 171

6. Saks (0-0) 161

7. Thomasville (1-0) 145

8. Deshler (0-0) 102

9. Fayette Co. (1-0) 40

10. Hamilton (1-0) 18

Others receiving votes: Munford (0-1) 15, Bibb Co. (0-1) 14, Haleyville (1-0) 11, Andalusia (0-1) 10, Jacksonville (1-0) 6, North Jackson (0-0) 5, St. James (0-0) 4, Locust Fork (1-0) 3, Trinity (0-1) 2, W.S. Neal (1-0) 2, Northside (1-0) 1.

Class 3A

Rank Record       Points

1. Madison Academy  (0-1) 336

2. T.R. Miller (1-0) 291

3. Piedmont (0-0) 276

4. Dale Co. (1-0) 232

5. Walter Wellborn (0-0) 157

6. Colbert Co. (0-0) 139

7. Pike Co. (0-0) 131

8. Glencoe (0-0) 111

9. Midfield (0-0) 61

10. Lauderdale Co. (1-0) 42

Others receiving votes: Plainview (0-0) 12, Opp (1-0) 10, Sylvania (0-0) 8, Geraldine (0-0) 6, Vinemont (0-0) 5, Bayside Academy (0-0) 2, Excel (0-0) 2, Fultondale (1-0) 1, Hillcrest-Evergreen (0-0) 1, Montgomery Academy (1-0) 1.

Class 2A

Rank Record       Points

1. Tanner (1-0) 375

2. Fyffe (0-0) 279

3. Washington Co. (0-0) 257

4. G.W. Long (0-0) 193

5. Lanett (0-1) 172

6. Pickens Co. (1-0) 159

7. Cottonwood (0-0) 121

8. Sweet Water (0-1) 111

9. Falkville (1-0) 79

10. Addison (0-1) 39

Others receiving votes: Reeltown (1-0) 15, Geneva Co. (0-0) 10, Luverne (0-1) 7, Red Bay (1-0) 6, Flomaton (1-0) 1.

Class 1A

Rank Record       Points

1. Brantley (0-0) 362

2. Maplesville (0-0) 304

3. Linden (0-0) 255

4. Hubbertville (0-0) 209

5. R.A. Hubbard (1-0) 181

6. Loachapoka (0-0) 151

7. Cedar Bluff (0-0) 124

8. Valley Head (0-0) 90

9. Ragland (0-0) 75

10. A.L. Johnson (1-0) 45

Others receiving votes: Berry (1-0) 11, Marion Co. (0-1) 9, Autaugaville (0-0) 4, Donoho (0-0) 3, J.U. Blacksher (0-0) 1, McKenzie (0-0) 1.

The Alabama Sports Writers Association prep committee members are Paul Beaudry (Chairman), Alabama Media Group; Ed Bailey, Alexander City Outlook; Andrew Garner, Andalusia Star-News; Jonathan Deal, Athens News Courier; Brandon Miller, Anniston Star; Jeff Sentell, Birmingham News; Adam Robinson, Brewton Standard; Rob Rice, Blount Countian; Shannon Fagan, Cherokee Herald; Ross Wood, Clarke Co. Democrat; Rob Ketcham, Cullman Times; Johnathan Bentley, Daily Mountain Eagle; Justin Graves, Decatur Daily; David Mundee, Dothan Eagle; Lee Peacock, Evergreen Courant; Newton Peters, Florala News; Gregg Dewalt, Florence TimesDaily; Jeremy Smith, Freelance (Demopolis); Chris McCarthy, Messenger (Gadsden); J.J. Hicks, Gadsden Times; Brent Maze, Hartselle Enquirer; Daniel Boyette, Huntsville Times; Ben Thomas, Mobile Press-Register; Stacy Long, Montgomery Advertiser; Robert Carter, North Jefferson News; Tom Green, Opelika-Auburn News; Shannon Allen, Sand Mountain Reporter; Jason Bowen, Scottsboro Daily Sentinel; Daniel Evans, Selma Times-Journal; Lavonte Young, Talladega Daily Home; Griffin Pritchard, Tallassee Tribune; Joey Chandler, Tuscaloosa News; Cory Diaz, Wetumpka Herald.  

Rodney Bozeman, Jr., and the Gadsden State City High football team posted a 34-28 victory in double overtime over Auburn on Friday (Aug. 22) at Auburn. Rodney Bozeman, Jr., and the Gadsden State City High football team posted a 34-28 victory in double overtime over Auburn on Friday (Aug. 22) at Auburn.

Titans top No. 5 Auburn in double OT

Courtesy of Opelika-Auburn News

Dante Rudolph scored from 5 yards out to give Gadsden City a 34-28 double-overtime win over No. 5 Auburn High on Friday (Aug, 22) in the Titans’ season opener at Auburn.

The Tigers passed up a 43-yard field goal attempt after Auburn lost 16 yards on sacks and penalties in their second overtime possession.

The

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Stacy Williams and the Etowah High football team lost to Northridge, 16-14, on Friday (Aug. 22) in Tuscaloosa. Stacy Williams and the Etowah High football team lost to Northridge, 16-14, on Friday (Aug. 22) in Tuscaloosa.

Northridge rallies past Blue Devils

Courtesy of Tuscaloosa News

Orlando Walker scored a pair of touchdowns – a 5-yard run in the first quarter and an 18-yard run in the third – to lead Northridge to a 16-14 victory over Etowah on Friday (Aug. 22) in the Blue Devils’ season opener in Tuscaloosa.

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Southside High’s Aleric Williams gains yardage while Holt Keeling (15) provides blocking during the Panthers’ 42-21 loss to Oxford on Thursday (Aug. 21) at SHS. Southside High’s Aleric Williams gains yardage while Holt Keeling (15) provides blocking during the Panthers’ 42-21 loss to Oxford on Thursday (Aug. 21) at SHS.

Panthers fall to Oxford in 6A debut

Chris McCarthy/Editor

Oxford pulled out a couple more big plays than did Southside on Thursday.

Competing as a Class 6A football team for the first time since the 1991 season, the Panthers came up short by a score of 42-21 at Barney Hood Stadium. 

The visiting Yellow Jackets, who remained in 6A following last year’s re-classification, enjoyed a 21-point

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Ford Clay and the Gadsden City Titans open the 2014 football season at Auburn High.Ford Clay and the Gadsden City Titans open the 2014 football season at Auburn High.

Gadsden City faces 5th ranked Auburn

Gadsden City (0-0) at Auburn (0-0)

2013 result: Auburn 16, Gadsden City 13

Series record: Auburn 2, Gadsden City 0

By Gene Stanley/Correspondent

Gadsden City opens the season with a huge challenge.

The Titans visit Auburn High, which is ranked No. 5 in Class 7A in the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s preseason poll. 

The Tigers finished last year as the Class 6A runner-up, losing

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Paul Ruiz and the Etowah High Blue Devils travel to Tuscaloosa on Friday to take on Northridge. Paul Ruiz and the Etowah High Blue Devils travel to Tuscaloosa on Friday to take on Northridge.

Etowah High traveling to T-Town to play Northridge

Etowah (0-0) at Northridge (0-0)

Series record: Have not met

By Gene Stanley/Correspondent

The Etowah High Blue Devils start off their football season with a trip to Tuscaloosa with Northridge in their sights.

While the Jaguars finished last year with only a 2-8 record, Etowah coach Drew Noles said that this would be one of the toughest games of the year for

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2014 Season Predictions

SEC West 

1. LSU (11-1, 7-1). After losing to Auburn in October, LSU regroups and knocks off Florida, Ole Miss, and Alabama to win the SEC West with an 11-1 record. The Tigers rely heavily on their running game and strong defense throughout the season, and quarterback play improves as the year progresses. Losses: at Auburn. 

2. Alabama (11-1, 7-1).

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Gadsden native Pat Adkison (right) poses for a photo with Samford University Athletic Director Martin Newton during the Central Alabama Softball Association 2014 Hall of Fame Banquet on Aug. 16 in Birmingham. Gadsden native Pat Adkison (right) poses for a photo with Samford University Athletic Director Martin Newton during the Central Alabama Softball Association 2014 Hall of Fame Banquet on Aug. 16 in Birmingham.

Gadsden’s Adkison inducted into Central Alabama softball hall of fame

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Adkison’s softball career began in 1952 as a player. He started with fast pitch in Samson as a catcher and later played fast pitch in Tuscaloosa. 

Adkison turned to the slow pitch game in Milton, Fla., where he played with Joe’s

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Lady Patriots ranked in preseason volleyball poll

Listed below is the al.com prep volleyball preseason rankings released on Aug. 14.

CLASS 7A

1. Bob Jones


2. Hoover


3. Mountain Brook


4. Grissom


5. Huntsville

6. McGill-Toolen

7. Sparkman


8. Baker


9. Thompson

10. Oak Mountain



CLASS 6A

1. John Carroll Catholic

2. Briarwood

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Audrianna Hargitt (14) is one of five sophomores on the 2014 Gadsden State Community College volleyball team.Audrianna Hargitt (14) is one of five sophomores on the 2014 Gadsden State Community College volleyball team.

Reloaded Lady Cardinals ready for liftoff

By Chris McCarthy/ Editor

Coming off a season that saw Gadsden State post a 29-9 record, finish as the state runner-up finish and gain berth in the NJCAA Tournament, the 2014 Lady Cardinals are re-loaded and itching for the opportunity to challenge Wallace State-Hanceville as the top squad of Alabama Community College Conference volleyball. 

“Head to head, we beat Wallace

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Alabama

Head coach: Nick Saban (eighth season; 74-15)

Key returning starters: receiver Amari Cooper, safety Landon Collins, linebacker Trey DePriest.

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Former Westbrook Christian football standout and Jacksonville State junior Chap Sharp should see action for the Gamecocks this season. Former Westbrook Christian football standout and Jacksonville State junior Chap Sharp should see action for the Gamecocks this season.

Grass takes reigns at Jacksonville State

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A great 2013 season and high preseason expectations have the Jacksonville State University football team entering fall practice in an excited state of mind.

Last year, the Gamecocks finished with an 11-4 record and a trip to the playoff quarterfinals. That success translated into a No. 4 national ranking to open this season. JSU also is the favorite

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Florida 

Head coach: Will Muschamp (fourth season; 22-16)

Key returning starters: quarterback Jeff Driskel, defensive end Dante Fowler, cornerback Vernon Hargreaves

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Etowah, Glencoe ranked in ASWA preseason football poll

Listed below is the complete Alabama Sports Writers Association preseason high school football poll for the 2014 season, with first-place votes and last year’s records in parenthesis.

Class 7A

1. Hoover (32) (15-0) 384

2. Bob Jones (11-2) 233

3. McGill-Toolen (12-2) 224

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Etowah High’s Amber Jones was one of several area student-athletes who participated in the North/South All Star Sports Week in Montgomery. Etowah High’s Amber Jones was one of several area student-athletes who participated in the North/South All Star Sports Week in Montgomery.

Locals compete at All-Star Sports Week

By Gene Stanley/Sports Correspondent

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Alabama 

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Alabama Power announces grant

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Focusing on the importance of keeping students active in sports, the Power To Play grant program will award $2,500 to 36 schools throughout the state to support their athletic programs.

Research shows students who participate in athletics get better

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Glencoe High incoming freshman Katie Smith (on right) will be part of the GHS girls varsity soccer team next spring. Glencoe High incoming freshman Katie Smith (on right) will be part of the GHS girls varsity soccer team next spring.

Glencoe High to field girls soccer team

By Chris McCarthy/ Publisher/Editor

Another form of high school football soon will hit Yellow Jacket country.

Glencoe will field a girls varsity soccer team next spring, fulfilling the wish of a number of GHS and Glencoe Middle student-athletes who wanted to represent their school on the pitch.

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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.

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By Chris McCarthy/ Publisher/Editor

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

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Vanderbilt won its first national title in baseball by defeating Virginia

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