In & around SEC basketball - Week 9 previews

February 28, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 8 Review After a disappointing three-game losing streak, the Crimson Tide earned an impressive pair of wins to get back on the right side of the NCAA Tournament bubble. Alabama easily handled Vanderbilt, 68-61, in Coleman Coliseum, and followed up with an excellent 68-62 road win against South Carolina.
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Former Coosa Christian softball standout starring at UAH

February 28, 2019 chris
Photo: 2017 Coosa Christian graduate and UAH sophomore Alaina Hampton (left) tags out a baserunner during a softball game earlier this season. (Chuck Hampton) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Alaina Hampton is making her presence felt in the Rocket City. Coming off an outstanding 2018 season for the University of Alabama-Huntsville softball program, the 2017 Coosa Christian
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Lettermen of the USA honor U.S. military veterans

February 28, 2019 chris
Photo: Lettermen of the USA recognized several U.S. military veterans at the inaugural One Yard at A Time benefit banquet on Feb. 8 at the Marriott Grand Bohemian Hotel in Mountain Brook. Pictured, front row, from left:  Dale Overton, Phillip Quigley, Harold McMurran, Charles Henry, Major Wooten, Todd Boland. Back row, from left:  Leonard Thomas, Chris
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 8 previews

February 22, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 7 Review The Tigers earned a pair of much-needed victories over the past week, including a 79-56 rout of Arkansas at Auburn Arena. AU also defeated Vanderbilt on the road for the first time in nearly 20 years, though the Commodores are winless in the SEC this season. The
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Etowah comes up short in regional championship game

February 22, 2019 chris
Photo: Etowah High’s Emil Smith (10) muscles in between Center Point’s Correy Westone (left) and LeBois Deru during the Blue Devils 69-49 loss in the Northeast Regional Tournament Class 5A championship game on Thursday, Feb. 21, at Jacksonville State. (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson Sports Correspondent The Etowah High School boys basketball team Blue Devils
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Lady Yellow Jackets fall short in regional finals

February 22, 2019 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Lauren Cole (15) attempts a jump shot as Pisgah’s Kaylee Vaught (2) defends and Molly Heard (23) looks on during the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 67-53 loss in the Northeast Regional Basketball Tournament Class 3A girls championship game on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Jacksonville State. (Gary Wells)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent For the
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Southside’s Dease wins second straight state wrestling title

February 22, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Jacob Dease (pictured at top) won a second straight state wrestling championship at the Class 1A/5A state tournament on Feb. 15 at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. Dease defeated Moody’s Will Jeffcoat (pictured below) by major decision, 13-3. (Submitted photo) By Cole Frederick Sports Correspondent Southside sophomore Jacob Dease capped off
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Westbrook’s Grimes signs with Sewanee

February 22, 2019 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian senior Hunter Grimes signed a football scholarship with the University of the South on Feb. 13. Pictured, sitting, from left: Hunter’s grandfather Dr. Larry Grimes, Hunter, Hunter’s grandmother Katie Grimes. Standing, from left: Hunter’s mom Jamie, Hunter’s dad Dee. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Hunter Grimes is headed to the Cumberland Plateau
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Lady Yellow Jackets breeze past Weaver in regional semifinals

February 20, 2019 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Ashley Morgan (11) attempts a shot as Weaver’s Trinity Pulliam (13) and Maleah Foster (11) defend during The Lady Yellow Jackets’ 67-39 win in the Class 3A Northeast Regional Tournament semifinals last Monday (Feb. 18) at Jacksonville State. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Glencoe High girls basketball team had no intentions
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Blue Devils back in regional finals

February 20, 2019 chris
Photo: Etowah High’s Jamin Graham (left) goes in for a layup as Arab’s Wesley Tyler defends during the Blue Devils’ 64-44 victory in the Class 5A Northeast Regional Tournament semifinals on Monday (Feb. 18) at Jacksonville State. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Etowah High basketball team can now attend to some unfinished postseason business.
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Scottsboro too much for Lady Panthers in regional semifinals

February 20, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Maci Williams (center) attempts a shot as Scottsboro’s Abby Jones (32) and Emily Garner (40) defend during the Lady Panthers’ 62-47 loss in the Class 5A Northeast Regional Tournament semifinals last Monday (Feb. 16) at Jacksonville State. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Southside High girls basketball team fulfilled a goal last
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 7 previews

February 14, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 6 Review For the first time in nearly three decades, Alabama beat Vanderbilt in Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville. Granted, the Commodores are winless in the SEC this season, but it was still a solid performance for the Crimson Tide. However, UA followed up that win with a disappointing performance
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Hokes Bluff's Hill to be preferred walk-on at JSU

February 14, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy/Publisher/Editor Braydon Hill is moving from one successful football program to another. The Hokes Bluff High senior recently signed with Jacksonville State as a preferred walk-on. “It’s something I’ve worked for since I was sophomore when I realized it was something I wanted to do,” he said. “To finally achieve that goal is
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Blue Devils squeak by Springville in Class 5A subregionals

February 13, 2019 chris
Photo: Etowah High’s Taylor Berry (left) drives past Springville’s Max Harrison during the Blue Devils’ 58-57 victory in the Class 5A subregional playoffs last Tuesday (Feb. 12) in Attalla. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Editor/Publisher Etowah learned first-hand last Tuesday (Feb. 12) why Springville won 24 games this season. The Blue Devils fended off a
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Lady Panthers earn first-ever regional tournament berth

February 12, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Alexis Thompson (right) attempts a jump shot as Springville’s Abbie Talton defends during Lady Panthers’ 50-34 victory in the Class 5A subregional playoffs in girls basketball last Monday (Feb. 11) at SHS. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Southside High girls basketball program officially entered uncharted territory on Monday, Feb. 11. Sparked
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Last-second trey sends Lady Jackets to regionals

February 12, 2019 chris
Anna Grace Goodwin’s buzzer-beating three-point basket gave Glencoe a 56-55 victory over Locust Fork in the Class 3A subregional playoffs in girls basketball on Monday, Feb. 11, at Locust Fork. With the Lady Yellow Jackets trailing by two points and with under four second left, Anna Beth Giles dribbled the ball to halfcourt under heavy
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Local wrestlers win super sectional championships

February 11, 2019 chris
A pair of local high school wrestlers finished in first place at the North Super Sectional Tournament last Saturday (Feb. 9) at the Birmingham CrossPlex. Competing in the 126-pound weight class, Gadsden City junior Samuel Jaggears posted a 2-1 decision over Sparkman’s Cordell Ellison. Jaggears improved to 40-1 on the season. In the Class 1A-5A 120-pound
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Blue Devils, Warriors advance to subregional playoffs

February 11, 2019 chris
The Etowah High boys basketball team defeated Alexandria, 73-69, in the Class 5A, Area 12 Tournament championship on Feb. 7 in Attalla. Taylor Berry (pictured above) paced the Blue Devils with 23 points, followed by Trent Davis with 21 and DeRicky Wright with 13. Etowah (16-9) hosts Springville on Tuesday (Feb. 12) in the subregional
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Glencoe, Sardis, Coosa girls move to subregionals

February 11, 2019 chris
Glencoe came up short against Susan Moore, 59-51, the Class 3A, Area 12 championship on Feb. 8 at Susan Moore. Ashley Morgan (pictured above) scored 23 points for the Lady Yellow Jackets, while Cami Zahorscak added eight and Lauren Cole seven. Glencoe (19-9) travels to Locust Fork tonight (Feb. 11) in the subregional playoffs. Sardis
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 6 previews and predictions

February 7, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 5 Review After a poor start to the conference season, the Tigers took advantage of a three-game home stretch to get back above .500. Auburn defeated Missouri, Ala-bama and Florida – all by double digits – and looked closer to last year’s team that won the SEC championship. The
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Lady Panthers dispatch Etowah in area tournament championship

February 7, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Kaylee Brown (12 shoots over Etowah’s Shy’ere Gibbs during the Lady Panthers’ 46-31 victory in the Class 5A, Area 12 championship game on Wednesday (Feb. 6). (Gary Wells)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Southside built an early first quarter lead and never looked back as the Lady Panthers sprinted past Etowah, 46-31, to
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Westbrook’s Luttrell signs with JSU

February 7, 2019 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian senior Jackson Luttrell signed a football scholarship with Jacksonville State University on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Pictured, sitting, from left: Jackson’s mom Tonya, Jackson, Jackson’s dad Phil. Stan-ding, from left: Westbrook athletic director Matt Kennedy, former Westbrook head football Brian Mintz, Jackson’s sister Morgan. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Jackson Luttrell will stay local
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Etowah duo sign football scholarships

February 7, 2019 chris
Photo: Etowah High seniors Emil Smith (right) and Trey Cole signed football scholarship on Wednesday (Feb. 6). (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent A pair of Etowah High seniors will showcase their gridiron skills at the next level. Emil Smith and Trey Cole both signed football scholarship on Wednesday (Feb. 6) in Attalla. Smith, who
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Southside comes up short in area tournament semifinals

February 6, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Chris Lengyel (2) attempts a jump shot as Alexandria’s Landan Williams (left) defends during the Panthers’ 52-47 loss in the Class 5A, Area Tournament semifinals last Tuesday (Feb. 5) in Attalla. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Southside High’s potent perimeter game faded down the stretch last Tuesday (Feb. 5) in the Class
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Glencoe girls ranked in final 2018-19 ASWA basketball poll

February 4, 2019 chris
Released February 3 GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. McGill-Toolen 3. Sparkman 4. Austin 5. Davidson 6. Spain Park 7. Grissom 8. Auburn 9. Hewitt-Trussville 10. Foley Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. Blount 3. Eufaula 4. Hartselle 5. Huffman 6. McAdory 7. Carver-Birmingham 8. Cullman 9. Opelika 10. Muscle Shoals Class 5A 1. Ramsay
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Area athletes compete at state indoor meet

February 4, 2019 chris
One local high school athlete medaled and three others posted top 10 finishes at the AHSAA state indoor track & field meet last weekend at the Birmingham Crossplex. Gadsden City’s Jakari Embry (pictured above) was the area’s lone medalist, as the Titan junior took home the third-place bronze in the Class 7A boys 60-meter hurdles
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 5 previews

January 31, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Week 4 Review Alabama earned yet an-other impressive home win in knocking off Mississippi State, 83-79, at Coleman Coliseum. Donta Hall scored 19 points for the Crimson Tide, while John Petty and Riley Norris chipped in 13 and 11 points, respectively. UA improved to 13-7 overall and 4-3 in league
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Coosa Christian baseball program welcomes back Garry Shirley

January 31, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Garry Shirley has returned to the Land of the Conquerors. The 1981 Etowah High School graduate was recently named head baseball coach at Coosa Christian, where he was from 2005 until 2012. Shirley replaces Joey Millican, who resigned this past summer due to personal reasons. During Shirley’s initial eight seasons at Coosa,
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Glencoe girls ranked in Jan. 31 ASWA basketball poll

January 31, 2019 chris
GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. McGill-Toolen 3. Sparkman 4. Austin 5. Spain Park 6. Davidson 7. Grissom 8. Auburn 9. Foley 10. Hewitt-Trussville Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. Eufaula 3. Blount 4. Hartselle 5. Huffman 6. McAdory 7. Carver-Birmingham 8. Cullman 9. Opelika 10. Muscle Shoals Class 5A 1. Ramsay 2. Charles Henderson
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Southside girls win third straight AHSAA state bowling title

January 29, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside High girls bowling team members Ashlee Hull, Jennifer Clontz, Rose Losco and Cheyanne Bohannon (pictured, from left) celebrate during the AHSAA state championship match on Jan. 25 at Oak Mountain Lanes in Pelham. (Dennis Victory/al.com) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Southside High girls bowling team found itself in unfamiliar territory on Jan. 25 in
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