Lady Titans headed to regionals with area semifinal win over Grissom

February 5, 2020 chris
Photo: Gadsden City’s Adrianna Jones (left) moves against Grissom’s LaQuaishay Allen during the Lady Titans’ 51-46 win in the Class 7A, Area 7 Tournament girls semifinals last Tuesday (Feb. 4) at GCHS. (Courtesy of Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Adrianna Jones provided a good example last Tuesday (Feb. 4) of why she will be playing
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Hokes Bluff girls; Westbrook, Glencoe boys win in area semifinals

February 5, 2020 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Kristen Shields scores over White Plains’ Angel Bozarth during the Lady Eagles’ 47-35 victory in the Class 4A, Area 10 Tournament semifinals last Tuesday (Feb. 4) at HBHS. (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) Hokes Bluff posted a 47-35 win over White Plains in the Class 4A, Area 10 Tournament semifinals last Tuesday (Feb.
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Glencoe's Anna Beth Giles signs with Birmingham Southern

February 3, 2020 chris
Photo: Glencoe High School senior Anna Beth Giles recently signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Birmingham Southern College. Pictured, from left: GHS girls basketball coach Jamie Barkley, sister Katie, mom Donna, Anna Beth, dad Charlton. (Courtesy of Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Anna Beth Giles’ athletic and academic prowess recently paid big
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 5 previews

January 31, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 4 Review After back-to-back losses, Bruce Pearl’s team responded with three straight victories to get back on track. The Tigers knocked off Iowa State, 80-76, in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, and followed that win up with an 83-82 win in double overtime at Ole Miss. Led by senior Anfernee
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GCHS, Hokes Bluff, Glencoe girls; Westbrook boys rank in final ASWA basketball poll

January 31, 2020 chris
GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Foley 3. Theodore 4. Spain Park 5. McGill-Toolen Catholic 6. Austin 7. Gadsden City 8. Hewitt-Trussville 9. Vestavia Hills 10. Central-Phenix City Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. Athens 3. Carver-Birmingham 4. Lee-Huntsville 5. Eufaula 6. McAdory 7. Opelika 8. Dothan 9. Homewood 10. Carver-Montgomery Class 5A 1. Ramsay
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Gadsden State back on track in ACCC

January 28, 2020 chris
Photo: Gadsden State’s Kendrick Buskey (5) drives against Southern Union’s Phillip Richards during the Cardinals’ 96-76 victory in mens basketball last Monday (Jan. 24) at Beck Field House. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor With one victory in four attempts in conference play in the books, Gadsden State mens head basketball coach Deddric Traver viewed last
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Lady Cardinals wear out Southern Union

January 28, 2020 chris
Photo: Gadsden State’s Deyana Dodd splits the Southern Union defense during the Lady Cardinals’ 72-61 win in womens basketball last Monday (Jan. 24) at Beck Field House. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor By the end of the third quarter in Gadsden State’s game against Southern Union last Monday (Jan. 24), it was the visitors from Wadley who
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Southside holds off Thompson, wins fourth straight state bowling title

January 28, 2020 chris
Photo: The Southside High School girls bowling team gathers for a photo after winning its fourth straight AHSAA state championship on Jan. 24. Pictured, sitting from left: Cheyanne Bohannon, Grace Ann Clontz, Courtney Boren, Ashlee Hull. Standing, from left: assistant coach David Clontz, Jessica Clontz, Rose Losco, Keilsy Hull, Jalyn Foster, Jennifer Clontz, head coach
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 3 reviews, Week 4 previews

January 23, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 3 Review Alabama currently is on a three-game winning streak after a pair of wins this past week, winning all three games by double digits. The Crimson Tide knocked off Vanderbilt, 77-62, on the road, and beat Missouri, 88-74. Nate Oats’ team is shooting well and is 11-7 overall
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GCHS, Hokes Bluff, Glencoe girls ranked in Jan. 23 ASWA basketball poll

January 23, 2020 chris
GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Foley 3. Spain Park 4. McGill-Toolen Catholic 5. Theodore 6. Austin 7. Gadsden City 8. Hewitt-Trussville 9. Vestavia Hills 10. Auburn Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. Athens 3. Carver-Birmingham 4. Lee-Huntsville 5. Opelika 6. Eufaula 7. McAdory 8. Dothan 9. Homewood 10. Carver-Montgomery  Class 5A 1. Charles Henderson
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Lady Titans wear down Glencoe

January 22, 2020 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Anna Grace Goodwin passes over Gadsden City’s Jermila Underwood during the Lady Titans’ 53-43 victory in girls basketball last Tuesday (Jan. 21) at GHS. (Courtesy of Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor In a physical game between two ranked girls basketball teams, Gadsden City’s superior depth played a big role in the Class
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Westbrook grad named to All-America team

January 22, 2020 chris
Photo courtesy of jsugamecockssports Jacksonville State University freshman and 2019 Westbrook Christian graduate Jackson Luttrell recently was named to the 2019 Phil Steele FCS Freshman All-American Second Team. In 10 games this past season, Luttrell (pictured above) finished with 18 tackles (including six for a loss), 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble. As a senior
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Southside grad Evan Bush recognized by ALABCA

January 22, 2020 chris
Photo courtesy of ovcsports.com By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Jacksonville State University assistant baseball coach and 2002 Southside High School graduate Evan Bush (pictured above) recently was honored by the Alabama Baseball Coaches Association at the organization’s annual awards banquet in Birmingham. Bush, who has been with the JSU baseball program since 2016, was named the ALABCA’s
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Titans come up short to Fyffe at MLK Showcase

January 21, 2020 chris
Photo: Gadsden City’s Trey Woods (left) moves against Fyffe’s Parker Godwin during the Titans’ 85-72 loss at the MLK Classic Showcase last Monday (Jan. 20) in Rainbow City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Gadsden City High boys basketball coach Reginald Huff did not hesitate to identity the main reason for his team’s sixth straight loss
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Area athletes compete at MLK Classic

January 21, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Several local student-athletes turned in top 10 performances at the MLK Indoor Track & Field Classic last Monday (Jan. 20) at the Birmingham CrossPlex. The area’s lone medalist was Gadsden City’s Jeremiah Watts (pictured above), who took the third-place bronze in Class 6A-7A boys high jump (6-02.00). Also for
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Lady Panthers win bowling regionals, set to defend state title

January 21, 2020 chris
Photo: The Southside High girls bowling team gathers for a photo after winning the AHSAA North Regional Tournament on Jan. 17 in Vestavia Hills. The Lady Panthers will defend their state title this week in Pelham. Pictured, from left: assistant coach David Clontz, Jennifer Clontz, Rose Losco, Jessica Clontz, Grace Ann Clontz, Ashlee Hull, Keilsy
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Lengyel’s late heroics propel Southside to county championship

January 20, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Colton Morrison (20) goes in for a layup during the Panthers’ 59-58 victory over Sardis the Etowah County Schools Tournament boys championship game last Friday (Jan. 17) at SHS. (Courtesy of Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Due in large part to a heads-up defensive play by Chris Lengyel, the Southside High
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Morgan shines as Lady Jackets win second straight county tournament title

January 20, 2020 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Anna Beth Giles (4) goes up for a layup as Southside’s Maci Williams defends during Lady Yellow Jackets’ 51-40 victory In the Etowah County Schools Tournament championship game on Jan. 17 at SHS. (Courtesy of Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Year in and year out, the Glencoe High girls basketball team is
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Sardis rallies past Hokes Bluff in county tournament semifinals

January 17, 2020 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Caleb McGinnis (left) attempts a jump shot as Sardis’ Jacob Hopper defends during the Lions’ 45-32 win in the Etowah County Schools Tournament semifinals last Thursday (Jan. 16) at Southside. (Courtesy of Gary Wells) ardis rallied from a three-point halftime deficit to post a 45-32 win over Hokes Bluff in the Etowah
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Williams’ big game helps Southside move to county tournament finals

January 17, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside’s Ziniah Hardy (13) drives to the basket as Hokes Bluff’s Jayden Presley (33) and Madi Wolfe defend during the Lady Panthers’ 43-39 victory in the Etowah County Schools Girls basketball tournament semifinals last Thursday (Jan. 16) at Southside. (Courtesy of Gary Wells)  Maci Williams finished with a double-double of 19 points and 12
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Southside’s Brown leads off all-county volleyball

January 17, 2020 chris
Southside High senior Bliss Brown was recognized as the MVP of the 2019 All-Etowah County Schools volleyball team during the Etowah County Schools Basketball Tournament last Wednesday (Jan. 15) at Southside High School. Brown (pictured above) finished the year with 1,266 assists, 115 kills, 114 digs, 49 aces and five blocks while helping Southside post
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 2 review

January 16, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 2 Review Nate Oats earned the first marquee win during his tenure at Alabama as his team handed Auburn its first loss of the season on Jan. 15. The Crimson Tide pulled away for an 83-64 victory over the Tigers, who were 15-0 entering the matchup. Kira Lewis scored
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Gadsden City, Hokes Bluff, Glencoe girls ranked in Jan. 16 ASWA basketball poll

January 16, 2020 chris
GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. Spain Park 3. Foley 4. McGill-Toolen Catholic 5. Theodore 6. Austin 7. Gadsden City 8. Vestavia Hills 9. Hewitt-Trussville 10. Auburn Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. Athens 3. Lee-Huntsville 4. Carver-Birmingham 5. Opelika 6. Dothan 7. Eufaula 8. McAdory 9. Mae Jemison 10. Homewood Class 5A 1. Charles
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Panthers power past West End in county tournament semifinals

January 16, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside’s Chris Lengyel (left) drives the lane as West End’s Jeremiah Roberson defends during the Panthers’ 71-34 victory over West End in the Etowah County Schools Basketball Tournament semifinals on Jan. 15 at Southside. (Courtesy of Gary Wells)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor When Southside’s sharpshooters are on target, the Panthers are tough to beat, particularly
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Lady Yellow Jackets set to defend county title

January 16, 2020 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Abby Viice goes in for a layup during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 67-27 victory over West End in the Etowah County Schools Basketball Tournament semifinals last Wednesday (Jan. 15) at Southside. (Courtesy of Gary Wells)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Glencoe breezed into the girls finals of the Etowah County Schools Basketball Tournament, posting
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Southside volleyball standout signs with Gadsden State

January 16, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside High School senior Bliss Brown signed a volleyball scholarship with Gadsden State on Jan 8. Pictured, sitting, from left: Bliss’ mom Claudette, Bliss, Bliss’ dad Veryl, Gadsden State volleyball coach Connie Clark. Standing, from left: SHS principal Julie Tucker, SHS assistant volleyball coach Michael Jaggers, SHS head volleyball coach Courtney Brothers, SHS athletic
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All-Etowah County Schools cross country teams announced

January 15, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells The 2019 All-Etowah County Schools cross country team was announced at the Etowah County Schools Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Southside High School. Selected to the girls’ team were Camryn Davis (pictured above), Lanora Hill, Alexis Valentine, Zoie Menk, Peyton Abernathy and Anna Parker from Southside; Katie
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Hokes Bluff advances to county semifinals

January 15, 2020 chris
Photo courtesy of Alex Chaney Hokes Bluff defeated Gaston, 55-47, in the opening round of the Etowah County Schools boys basketball tournament last Tuesday (Jan. 14) at Southside. Jordan Presley led the Eagles with 23 points, followed by Ashton Gulledge with 12. Will Bagley scored 19 points for the Bulldogs, while Nick Lewis (pictured above)
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Lady Eagles fly past Gaston in county tournament

January 15, 2020 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Jayden Presley (33) drives past Gaston’s Alexis Underwood during the Lady Eagles’ 59-29 win in the opening round of the Etowah County Schools girls basketball tournament last Tuesday (Jan. 14) at Southside. (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) Four Hokes Bluff players scored in double figures in the Lady Eagles’ 59-29 win over Gaston
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West End edges Glencoe in county opening round

January 15, 2020 chris
Photo by Alex Chaney West End edged Glencoe, 56-55, in the opening round of the Etowah County Schools Tournament in boys basketball on Monday, Jan. 13, at Southside. Jeremiah Roberson (pictured above) led the Patriots with 16 points, followed by Gavin Knue with 12 points, Eli Pearce with nine and Isaiah Roberson with eight. Daniel
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