Lady Bulldogs to host area tournament

October 6, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Ashville improved to 20-6 on the season after a tri-match sweep last Monday (Oct. 5) in Walnut Grove. The Lady Bulldogs defeated host West End, 25-18, 25-17, followed by a 26-24, 18-25, 16-14 victory over Sardis. For Ashville, Sera Beth Potter (pictured above) had 21 kills, 23 digs and
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Local players recognized by AHSAA

October 6, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Several area football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 5. Southside’s Michael Rich (pictured above) was 16 for 25 in passing for 321 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 54-41 win over Springville. Rich accounted for six touchdowns, four rushing
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Southside wins 12th straight county volleyball title

October 5, 2020 chris
Photo: The Southside High volleyball team gathers for a photo following the Lady Panthers’ victory over Glencoe in the championship match of the Etowah County Schools Tournament last Saturday (Oct. 3) in Walnut Grove. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Rylie Kitchens, Samantha Hathcock, Hannah Rogers, Ziniah Hardy, Khloe Knight. Standing, from left: Keelan Vice, Macey Herren,
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Local runners medal at Guntersville, Oakville

October 5, 2020 chris
Photo by Chris McCarthy/Messenger Several area runners medaled at cross country events last Saturday (Oct. 3). At the Guntersville Invitational, Hokes Bluff’s Sam Green took third place in the boys Class 1A-4A varsity race of 113 competitors with a time of 16:48.93. Ashville’s Joe Stevens finished 10th at 17:57.45. Hokes Bluff’s Beyer Morrison placed 16th
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Westbrook, Southside, Hokes Bluff, Etowah post football wins

October 5, 2020 chris
Photo by Chris McCarthy/Messenger Westbrook Christian 44, West End 13 Westbrook Christian remained undefeated on the season with a 44-13 victory over West End on Oct. 2 in Rainbow City. For the Warriors (6-0, 4-0), Ryan Scott (pictured above) rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns, while KarMichael Cattling ran 10 times for 46 yards
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Glencoe runner upping her game in 2020

October 1, 2020 chris
Photo: Glencoe High sophomore Katie Giles is currently second in the Class 3A state cross country rankings. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Katie Giles was no longer “just happy to be there” following the 2019 cross country season. This past spring and summer, the Glencoe High sophomore put in some serious roadwork in order to
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In & around SEC football - Week 2 previews

October 1, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Staff Correspondent Auburn Week 1 Recap After a slow start, Auburn pulled away from Kentucky for a 29-13 victory on Sept. 26 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in the season opener for both squads. Bo Nix connected with Seth Williams six times for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and Nix threw for three total touchdowns
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Casting on the Coosa: tough year for fishing, good one for fellowship

October 1, 2020 chris
By Marty Dixon/Staff Correspondent I fished the End of the Year Classic for the Tuesday and Wednesday tournament trail earlier this week. It was a fitting end to one of, if not the worst, spring/summer of fishing I’ve had over the past 10 years. Brother Butch and I landed virtually nothing during the past two
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Etowah ranked No. 10 in ASWA football poll

September 30, 2020 chris
Released September 30 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 6-0 276 2. Hoover 6-0 205 3. Auburn 6-0 185 4. Hewitt-Trussville 5-1 158 5. Central-Phenix City 4-2 142 6. Fairhope 3-1 91 7. Daphne 4-1 75 8. Theodore 4-1 74 9. Austin 4-1 39 10. Prattville; 4-2; 38 Others receiving votes: Enterprise (4-1) 12,
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Local gridders recognized by AHSAA

September 29, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Several area football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 4. Southside’s Michael Rich completed 10 of 12 passes for 285 yards and four touchdowns in the Panthers’ 49-7 victory over Sardis. Etowah’s NyNy Davis had 11 receptions for 176 yards and
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Ashville wins Coosa Christian volleyball tournament

September 28, 2020 chris
Photo: The Ashville High volleyball team gathers for a photo after winning the Coosa Christian Invitational Tournament last Saturday (Sept. 26) in Gadsden. Pictured, first row, from left: Elizabeth Franklin, Brynn Bothwell, AD Engle, Ryleigh Waid, Callie Stewart, Rayne Ford. Second row, from left: manager Elijah Turner, assistant coach Meghan Duren, Hannah England, Josey Rakestraw,
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Glencoe’s Giles wins third 5K of season

September 28, 2020 chris
Submitted photo  Several local runners medaled at 5K events last Saturday (Sept. 26). At the Scottsboro Invitational, Glencoe High’s Katie Giles (pictured above) won her third 5K of the season out of a field of 62 competitors with a PR time of 19:57.67 in Class 1A-4A girls event. The Lady Yellow Jackets finished in third
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Southside sidelines Sardis, 49-7

September 28, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside’s Smiley Jones tackles Sardis’ Landon Carroll during the Panthers’ 49-7 victory in high school football last Friday (Sept. 25) in Sardis City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Southside scored on its first seven drives and controlled the game from start to finish in a 49-7 win over Sardis last Friday (Sept. 25)
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Six local football teams post wins

September 28, 2020 chris
Photo: Spring Garden’s Ryley Kirk (7) gets off a pass just before the arrival of Hokes Bluff’s Cole Turner during the Eagles’ 42-28 victory in high school football last Friday (Sept. 25). (Courtesy of Alex Chaney)  Glencoe 21, Douglas 21 (OT) Nolan Fairley’s 20-yard touchdown in overtime gave Glencoe a 27-21 victory over Douglas last
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In & around SEC football - Week 1 previews and predictions

September 25, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Staff Correspondent The stranglehold COVID-19 placed on sports from March to July left plenty of doubt as to whether or not college football would be played at all this fall. The season was delayed, two Power 5 conferences postponed the 2020 season and nonconference games were eliminated in the Southeastern Conference. Nevertheless, it’s
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Casting on the Coosa: Captain Derick and the fluorocarbon line blues

September 25, 2020 chris
By  Marty Dixon/Staff Correspondent It has been a couple of weeks since my last article, so I’ll try and catch up on everything. My fishing amount has dropped off some in the last month, but I’ll give you the best information I can. We had a high school tournament on the river last Saturday (Sept.
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Lady Panthers win eight matches

September 25, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside’s Macey Herren (3) tips the ball backs towards Gadsden City’s Tochi Osuji during the Lady Panthers’ match victory in high school volleyball last Monday (Sept. 21). (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  Southside split a tri-match at Springville last Tuesday (Sept. 22). The Lady Panthers (14-11) lost to Springville, 13-25, 22-25, 15-25 before defeating Hewitt-Trussville, 21-25, 25-15, 15-9.
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Blue Devils ranked in latest ASWA football poll

September 23, 2020 chris
Released September 23 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 5-0 276 2. Hoover 5-0 205 3. Auburn 5-0 181 4. Hewitt-Trussville 4-1 160 5. Central-Phenix City 3-2 137 6. Prattville 4-1 101 7. Fairhope 3-1 73 8 (tie). Daphne 3-1 53 8 (tie). Theodore 4-1 53 10. Austin 4-1 49 Others receiving votes: James
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Local gridders recognized by AHSAA

September 22, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Several area football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 4. Etowah’s Trent Davis rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and caught three passes for 62 yards and a score in the Blue Devils’ 24-0 victory over Ashville.
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Ashville High girls win Fairview Invitational; Knight ranked first in state

September 21, 2020 chris
Photo: Ashville High’s Wyatt Knight took first place in the boys Class 1A-4A division at the Fairview Invitational 5K on Sept. 19. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Ashville High boys and girls’ cross country teams are quietly making a name for themselves this season. The girls won their third meet of the year and
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Gadsden City, Hokes Bluff, Westbrook, Etowah, West End win in high school football

September 21, 2020 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Connor Faulkner (10) avoids Glencoe’s Carson Naylor (right) before encountering Eli Huff (24) during the Eagles’ 42-0 victory on Sept. 18. (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) The Etowah special teams blocked four Ashville punts, including on three straight Bulldog possessions, on the way to a 24-0 shutout over Class 4A, Region 6 rival
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Etowah ranked in latest ASWA high school football poll

September 16, 2020 chris
Released September 16 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 4-0 269 2. Hewitt-Trussville 4-0 211 3. Hoover 4-0 184 4. Auburn 4-0 161 5. Austin 4-0 140 6. Central-Phenix City 2-2 103 7. Prattville 3-1; 65 8. Fairhope; 3-1; 43 9. Oak Mountain; 4-0; 41 10. Daphne; 3-1; 25 Others receiving votes: Theodore (3-1)
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Area gridders recognized by AHSAA

September 15, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Several local football players were recognized in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Prep Spotlight for Week 2. Etowah’s Trent Davis rushed for 224 yards and four touchdowns in the Blue Devils’ 39-22 Class 5A, Region 7 victory over Fultondale. Davis scored on runs of 55, 10, 4 and
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Local runners medal at Oakville 5K

September 15, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Two local runners medaled and several other posted top 25 finishes at the Chickasaw Trails Invitational 5K last Saturday (Sept. 12) at Oakville. Southside’s Camryn Davis (pictured above) was runner-up in the large school girls division out of 154 participants, clocking with a time of 21:15.64. For the Southside
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Westbrook, Etowah post impressive wins

September 14, 2020 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Ryan Scott (1) catches a touchdown pass in front of Southeastern’s Austin Arriaga during the Warriors’ 24-14 victory in high school football on September 11 in Rainbow City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) Will Noles finished with 142 total yards and four touchdowns in Westbrook Christian’s 24-14 win over Class 2A, Region 6 rival Southeastern.
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Pearce-less Patriots fall to Cleveland

September 11, 2020 chris
Photo: West End’s Rocko Sainsbury (left) hands off to Isaiah Roberson during the Patriots’ 44-13 loss to Cleveland on Sept. 10 in Walnut Grove. (Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter)  By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter West End trailed 14-7 and was driving in Cleveland territory on Thursday night when quarterback, Eli Pearce suffered a right
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Casting on the Coosa: A damaging wake and a New Testament serpent

September 11, 2020 chris
By Marty Dixon/Staff Correspondent It’s been a long week of fishing, with little rewards. I did not get any on Friday, but I cooked some crappie for my mom and dad. I broke out the fish fryer and deep-fried some crappie that Jonathon Nix provided for us. Brother Butch, who is the principal at West End
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Blue Devils ranked in latest ASWA football poll

September 9, 2020 chris
Released September 9 Class 7A Rank Record Points 1. Thompson 3-0 266 2. Hewitt-Trussville 3-0 214 3. Hoover 3-0 182 4. Auburn 3-0 165 5. Austin 3-0 131 6. James Clemens 2-1 97 7. Daphne 3-0 81 8. Central-Phenix City 1-2 66 9. Prattville 2-1 32 10. Fairhope 2-1 30 Others receiving votes: Oak Mountain
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Local gridders recognized by AHSAA

September 9, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Southside-Gadsden’s Carnel Davis rushed for 215 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries as the Panthers rallied from a 11-point second half deficit to defeat Pell City, 22-17. Quarterback Michael Rich completed 9-of-20 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown, while Aulden Battles caught four passes for 133 yards
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Glencoe runner wins second 5K of season

September 8, 2020 chris
Photo by Chris McCarthy/Messenger By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Glencoe High sophomore Katie Giles (pictured above) won her second cross country event of the season at the Red Raider Invitational at Pleasant Valley High School last Saturday (Sept. 5). Giles’ winning time of 20:34.43 was 57 seconds faster than runner-up Taylor Knight of Ashville. The Glencoe girls
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