Westbrook’s Bane signs with Shorter

May 17, 2019 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian senior Avery Bane signed a soccer scholarship with Shorter University in Rome, Ga., on May 10. Pictured with Avery are her mom Niki and dad Jason. (Mike Goodson/Messenger)  By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Avery Bane’s 13-year career in competitive soccer will continue for at least four more years. On May 10, the Westbrook
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Warriors finish runner-up, Lady Jackets third at state golf tourney

May 15, 2019 chris
The Westbrook Christian boys and the Glencoe girls finished second and third, respectively, at the AHSAA state golf tournament last Tuesday (May 14) in Prattville. It was the Warriors’ second consecutive runner-up finish (the team competed in Class 1A-2A last season). Westbrook finished with an overall score of 650 to first-place Houston Academy’s 558. T.R.
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Sardis finishes runner-up at softball regionals, qualifies for state tournament

May 15, 2019 chris
Photo: The Sardis High School softball team gathers for a photo after finishing second at the Class 5A West Central Regional Tournament earlier his week in Tuscaloosa. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Pascalle Devreede, Lily Towns, Harlee Vincent, Sarah Beth Hallmark, Emily Cook, Hailey Hill, Jade Bonds, Lanese Edmondson, Jade Night. Standing, from left: assistant coach Matt
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Local teams compete at softball regionals

May 15, 2019 chris
Several local high school softball team competed in the recent West Central Regional Tournaments in Tuscaloosa. In Class 5A, Southside opened with an 18-1 victory over Pleasant Grove, followed by a 3-2 loss to Mortimer Jordan in the quarterfinals. The Lady Panthers then fell to Moody, 12-2, in the playback bracket. In Class 4A, Hokes
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Lady Panthers come up short in state soccer championship

May 13, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Hallie-Kate Smith (7) pushes the ball away from Montgomery Academy’s Bae Corley during the Lady Panthers’ 2-1 loss in the Class 4A/5A girls soccer championship match last Friday (May 10) in Huntsville. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Southside High girls soccer team finally ran into an opponent that found a way
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Eagles fall to Brooks in deciding third game of state baseball semifinals

May 13, 2019 chris
Courtesy of Florence Times-Daily As the final pitcher in Brooks’ late game-two meltdown against Hokes Bluff on May 8, senior Lake Spurgeon was at the center of the team’s toughest moment of the season. Less than 48 hours later, he was at the center of the team’s best moment yet. Spurgeon drove in five runs
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In & around SEC baseball - Week 9 previews

May 10, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Editor Auburn and Alabama Week 8 Review For the first time since 2011, Auburn beat Alabama in a series at Plainsman Park. The Tigers won the series finale, 17-7, in an offensive explosion to take the series and improve to 12-12 in the SEC and 29-19 overall. It was a back-and-forth game
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Westbrook sweeps DHCA, heads to 2A state baseball finals

May 10, 2019 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Samuel Dutton delivers a pitch during the Warriors’ 11-1 victory over Decatur Heritage in the Class 2A state baseball semifinals on Wednesday, May 8, in Decatur. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent For the first time in six years, Westbrook Christian will compete in the state championship round of the Class 2A
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Late rally keeps Eagles alive in state semifinals

May 10, 2019 chris
By Jacob Cole/Florence Times-Daily Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Koby Addison catches a throw just after Brooks’ Charlie Crowley reaches first base during the teams’ 7-1, 5-4 split in the Class 4A state baseball semifinals on Wednesday (May 8) in Killen. (Matt McKean/Florence Times-Daily) After a dominant game one win for Brooks, a disastrous bottom of the
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Cole is low medalist as Glencoe wins golf substate tournament

May 8, 2019 chris
Photo: The Glencoe High girls golf team gathers for a photo after winning the Class 1A-3A North sub state tournament last Tuesday (May 7) at Silver Lakes in Glencoe. Pictured, from left: Asia Dennis, Camryn Blackwell, Abby Powell, Lauren Cole.  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor For the third time in five years, the Glencoe High girls golf
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Westbrook’s Morris earns gold medal at state track and field meet

May 7, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Westbrook Christian earned four medals on the way to a fifth-place finish at the Class 2A boys state track and field meet last weekend in Cullman. Jonah Morris won the Warriors’ lone gold medal, as the senior took the top spot in the boys 3200-meter run with a time
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Panthers come up short in 5A third round

May 7, 2019 chris
Photo: Southside catcher Ryan Martin (right) returns the ball following a called strike during the Panthers’ loss to Springville in the third round of the Class 5A state baseball playoffs on May 3 at Southside. (Gary Wells) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 5A No. 4 Southside’s unexpected journey in the state baseball playoffs came to a
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Hokes Bluff brushes aside Fayette County in 4A quarterfinals

May 7, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Alex Chaney Hokes Bluff’s path to the Class 4A state baseball championship series got little bit shorter last week. The top-ranked Eagles dispatched Fayette County, 5-1 and 2-1 in a doubleheader sweep in the quarterfinal round on May 3 in Fayette. Hokes Bluff (25-3) visits Brooks on Wednesday for a best-of-three
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Westbrook sweeps past Red Bay in 2A state quarterfinals 

May 7, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Courtesy of Florence Times-Daily Westbrook Christian scored 25 runs in two games and brothers Samuel and Andrew Dutton limited Red Bay from the mound in an 11-1, 14-1 doubleheader sweep in the quarterfinal round of the Class 2A state playoffs on May 2 in Red Bay. The Warriors (21-12) travel
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Blue Devils set state record at 5A track and field meet

May 6, 2019 chris
Photo: Etowah High’s Ollie Finch, Justin Harris, Alex Howard, NyNy Davis and Deaundrea Williams (pictured, from left) display their first-place gold medals during the Class 5A state track and field meet last Saturday (May 4) in Gulf Shores. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor After finishing runner-up at last year’s Class 5A state track and field
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Area athletes qualify for state track and field meets

April 30, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Etowah County will be well-represented at the AHSAA state track and field meets this weekend. Classes 1A through 3A will be held at Cullman High School, while Class 4A through 7A will take place at the Gulf Shores Municipal Sports Complex. Coosa Christian had four athletes
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Solid mound work propels Eagles past Wilson

April 30, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Dominant pitching catapulted Class 4A No. 1 Hokes Bluff into the quarterfinals of the state baseball playoffs, as the Eagles swept Wilson on April 26 at Estes/Wright Field. The Eagles (23-3) travel to Fayette County on Friday, May 3, for a best-of-three third round series.
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Franklin notches hat trick as Southside dispatches Leeds in first round

April 29, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Isaac Franklin (pictured above) finished with three goals and two assists in Southside’s 8-2 victory over Leeds in the first round of the Class 4A/5A boys soccer state playoffs on April 26 at Barney Hood Stadium. The Panthers (17-2) host Springville Tuesday (Apr. 3) in a second rounds match.
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Panthers knock off Russellville, head to state quarterfinals

April 29, 2019 chris
Photo: Brennan Stokes (left) and Brock Ford helped Southside post a 4-1 win over Russellville in game three of the teams’ Class 5A second round baseball series last Saturday (Apr. 27). (Chris McCarthy/Messenger file photo) By Craig Thomas/Florence Times Daily For the first time since 2014, Russellville won’t be part of the Class 5A state
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Westbrook sweeps Section, moves to quarterfinals

April 29, 2019 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Andrew Dutton delivers a pitch during the Warriors’ sweep over Section in the second round of the Class 2A state playoffs on Apr. 26 in Rainbow City. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Westbrook Christian baseball team appear to be on a crusade. After out-scoring Vincent by a 32-0 margin in
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Titans swept by Bob Jones in first round

April 29, 2019 chris
Courtesy of al.com Gadsden City was swept by Bob Jones, 19-6 and 8-0, in the first round of the Class 7A state baseball playoffs on April 26 in Madison. The Patriots scored 10 runs in the first inning of Game 1. John-Michael Riley finished 2-for-2 with a home run, two walks and five RBI. Dylan
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Goal in double overtime sends Westbrook past Springville in soccer playoffs

April 26, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Emma Barber’s goal with 17 seconds left in the second overtime gave Westbrook Christian a 4-3 victory over Springville in the first round of the Class 4A/5A girts state soccer playoffs on Thursday (Apr. 23) at Springville. The Lady Warriors (12-3) visit Southside on Tuesday, April 30, in a
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Lady Panthers shut out Mortimer Jordan in first round

April 26, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy Southside scored five goals in the second half to breeze past Mortimer Jordan, 6-0, in the first round of the Class 4A/5A girls state soccer playoffs on Thursday (Apr. 24) at SHS. The Lady Panthers (18-2) host Westbrook Christian in a second-round match on Tuesday, April 30. Caroline Prince
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In & around SEC baseball - Week 7 previews

April 25, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 6 Review The friendly confines of Plainsman Park helped guide Auburn to a series win over Ole Miss last weekend. The Tigers won the series finale at 6-5 in 10 innings after a walk-off single from Conor Davis. Davis was also the hero in Friday’s 7-4 victory over the
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Westbrook’s P.J. Wells signs with JSU

April 25, 2019 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian senior P.J. Wells signed a football scholarship with Jacksonville State University on April 17. Pictured, from left: mom Tara Clark, P.J., house mom Jamie Kilgo, house dad Slade Kilgo. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor P.J. Wells is taking his gridiron talents from Rainbow City to Gamecock country. The Westbrook Christian senior wide
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Etowah’s Irvin wins state tennis title

April 24, 2019 chris
Photo: The Etowah High girl’s tennis team gathers for a photo after finishing fifth at the Class 4A-5A state tournament last Tuesday (Apr. 23) in Mobile. Pictured, from left: head coach Drew Noles, Erianna Irvin, Megan Higgins, Jordyn Walker, Lauren Johnson, Abrianna Irvin, Jada Douglas, Jacie Huff, Kimberly Johnson, assistant coach Erika Pinson. Helped by
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Glencoe falls to Hanceville in deciding third game

April 24, 2019 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Nolan Fairley delivers a pitch during the Yellow Jackets’ 18-6 loss to Hanceville in the first round of the Class 3A state baseball playoff last Tuesday (Apr. 23). (Gary Wells) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Glencoe High baseball program’s first postseason appearance in several years came to an end last Tuesday (Apr.
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Southside rallies past Corner, moves to second round

April 23, 2019 chris
Southside High’s Andrew Dunston catches a relay throw just before a Corner baserunner arrives at third base during the Panthers’ 5-4 victory in the first round of the Class 5A state baseball playoff last Saturday (Apr. 20) at SHS. By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Trailing 6-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning with the season
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Dutton brothers step up in Westbrook sweep over Vincent

April 23, 2019 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Andrew Dutton (7) receives congratulations from his brother Samuel after the former’s hit a home run during the Warriors’ sweep of Vincent in the first round of the Class 2A state playoffs last Monday (Apr. 22) in Rainbow City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Bulldog Brothers made short work of
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Eagles kick off state playoffs with first round sweep

April 23, 2019 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Koby Addison (14) is congratulated by head coach Mike Robertson after Addison’s three-run home run during the Eagles’ sweep of Cleburne County in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs on Monday (April 22) at Hokes Bluff. (Alex Chaney) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 4A No. 1 Hokes Bluff baseball’s
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