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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Parker's free throw sends West End past Sardis

January 15, 2020 chris
Photo by Alex Chaney Madison Parker’s free throw after the end of regulation gave West End a 45-44 victory over Sardis in the opening round of the Etowah County Schools Tournament in girls basketball on Monday, Jan. 13, at Southside. Parker (Pictured above) led the Lady Patriots with 17 points, while Kayley Dobbins added 14.
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Westbrook withstands Coosa rally attempt

January 14, 2020 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Grayson Wright (23) looks to move past Coosa Christian’s Eli Cameron during the Warriors’ 60-39 victory in boys basketball last Monday (Jan. 13) in Rainbow City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Westbrook Christian boys basketball team learned the risk of shifting into cruise control earlier this week. Leading Coosa Christian
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Coosa girls conqueror Westbrook

January 14, 2020 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s McKayla Bean (32) droves to the basket as Coosa Christian’s Kailah East. (34) defends during Coosa’s 71-40 victory in girls basketball on Monday, Jan. 13, in Rainbow City. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publsiher/Editor Senior center India Brown finished with a triple doubled to help Coosa Christian post a 71-40 victory over
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In & around SEC football - bowl recap

January 10, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Nine teams from the Southeastern Conference made it to the postseason, and seven of those teams won its bowl games. Additionally, LSU advanced to the national title game and will take on Clemson this Monday (Jan. 13). A team from the SEC has played for the national championship in every season
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Meads, Delp, Pearce, Gulledge garner top honors for All-Messenger football

January 10, 2020 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor For the fourth straight year, the bell cow of the Hokes Bluff offense led the Eagles to fertile pastures. Senior halfback Darrian Meads, who in 11 games this past season rushed for 1540 yards and 17 touchdowns, is the 2019 All-Messenger football team’s Player of the Year. It was the fourth season
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Davis lights up Southside in Blue Devils’ area victory

January 8, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Jordan Grantland (3) drives to the basket as Etowah High’s Ollie Finch defends during the Blue Devils’ 73-49 victory in boys basketball last Tuesday (Jan. 7). (Courtesy of Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor There is now officially a logjam in Class 5A, Area 12 boys basketball. Sparked by a standout effort from
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Lady Panthers rally past Etowah for area win

January 8, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Savannah Nunn (2) drives to the basket as Etowah’s Amayah Ash (11) and Abbi Martin (10) defends during the Lady Panthers’ 51-43 win in girls basketball on Jan. 7 at SHS. (Courtesy of Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Just prior to the start of the 2019-20 season, Southside High girls basketball coach
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Glencoe’s Morgan reaches career milestone

January 6, 2020 chris
Photo: Glencoe High girls basketball coach Jamie Barkley (left) presents senior forward Ashley Morgan with the game ball after Morgan scored her 1,000th career point in the Lady Yellow Jackets’ 59-46 win over Hanceville on Jan. 3. (Courtesy of Gary Wells)  Glencoe High’s Ashley Morgan recently joined an elite club in high school basketball. Prior
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In & around SEC football - bowl previews III

December 31, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Tuesday, Dec. 31 Belk Bowl Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky (+2.5). The Wildcats fo-llowed up last year’s 10-win season with a 7sevenwin campaign in 2019, doing so with a wide receiver playing quarterback. Lynn Bowden, Jr., took over after injuries to two different quarterbacks, and Kentucky essentially changed its offense midway through
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Titan sharpshooters pick off Etowah in Gadsden Christmas Classic championship

December 31, 2019 chris
Photo: Gadsden City’s Quinton Densmore (13) and Etowah’s Ollie Finch (23) battles for a rebound during the Titans’ 77-65 victory in the Gadsden Area Christmas Classic championship game last Monday (Dec. 30). (Gary Wells)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor For the second year in a row, the Gadsden City High boys basketball team defending its home court
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Titans cruise past Southside into tournament finals

December 30, 2019 chris
Photo: Gadsden City’s Trey Woods goes in for a layup as Southside’s Chris Lengyel (left) looks on during the Titans’ 52-38 victory in the Greater Gadsden Area Christmas Tournament semifinals on Dec. 27 at GCHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Madison Cannon/Sports Correspondent Gadsden City defeated Southside, 52-28, in the semifinals of the Greater Gadsden Area Christmas
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Etowah tops Westbrook in tournament semifinals

December 30, 2019 chris
Photo: Etowah High’s Brady Troup goes in for a layup during the Blue Devils’ 52-45 victory over Westbrook Christian in the Greater Gadsden Area Christmas Tournament semifinals on Dec. 27 at GCHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Madison Cannon/Sports Correspondent Respective fast-break layups by Ollie Finch and Ethan Foster late in the fourth quarter secured Etowah’s 52-45
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Etowah skates by Eagles in tournament opener

December 30, 2019 chris
Photo by Chris McCarthy By Madison Cannon/Sports Correspondent In a clash of defensive-minded teams, No. 3 seed Etowah emerged with a 54-42 win over No. 6 Hokes Bluff in the semifinals of the Greater Gadsden Area Christmas Classic on Dec. 26 at GCHS. Hokes Bluff claimed the game early on with a 10-7 lead at
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In & around SEC football - Bowl Previews II

December 24, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Friday, Dec. 27 Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman  North Carolina vs. Temple (+5). Expectations were low for Mack Brown’s first season back in Chapel Hill, but his Tar Heels exceeded them and finished 6-6. Brown had a very successful tenure during his first stint at North Carolina and parlayed that
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Area gridders named to ASWA all-state football team

December 24, 2019 chris
By Chris McCarthyPublisher/Editor Sixteen area student-athletes recently received statewide recognition for their standout production during the 2019 high school football season. The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s All-State football team featured four local players on the first team, five on the second team and six on the honorable mention list. Making the cut at first team
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Titans’ Wright, Merrick sign football scholarships

December 24, 2019 chris
Photo: Gadsden City High School seniors DeRickey Wright and Allen Merrick signed college football scholarships on Dec. 18 at the GCHS library. Pictured, sitting, from left: Christina Henderson, Wright, Merrick, Joame Cooper, Catrina Merrick, Iriall Merrick. Standing, from left: GCHS athletic director Todd Lamberth, GCHS head football coach Ali Smith. By Chris McCarthyPublisher/Editor A pair
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Sardis’ Hopper signs with South Alabama

December 24, 2019 chris
Photo: Sardis High School senior Jacob Hopper signed a football scholarship with the University of South Alabama on Dec. 19 at the SHS gym. Pictured, sitting, from left: Jacob’s dad Jody, Jacob, Jacob’s mom Tabatha. Standing, from left: SHS assistant football coach Clay Wright, SHS assistant football coach Ty Harris, SHS assistant football coach Matt
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In & around SEC football - bowl previews and predictions, part I

December 20, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Friday, Dec. 20  Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl Buffalo vs. Charlotte (+6.5). Charlotte is making its first trip to a bowl game in school history, and the 49ers have had their best season since joining the FBS. Buffalo is back in a bowl game despite losing quarterback Tyree Jackson to the NFL, but
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Glencoe, Hokes Bluff girls, Westbrook boys ranked in Dec. 19 ASWA basketball poll

December 20, 2019 chris
GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. McGill-Toolen Catholic 3. Spain Park 4. Theodore 5. Hewitt-Trussville 6. Auburn 7. Sparkman 8. Foley 9. Austin 10. Vestavia Hills Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. Eufaula 3. Athens 4. Lee-Huntsville 5. Carver-Birmingham 6. Opelika 7. Mae Jemison 8. McAdory 9. Carver-Montgomery 10. Homewood Class 5A 1. Charles Henderson
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Lady Conquerors fall to No. 1 Spring Garden

December 18, 2019 chris
Photo: Coosa Christian Bella Millirons (33) attempts a shot between Spring Garden’s Kayley Kirk (left) and Macy Reedy during the Lady Conquerors’ 71-47 loss in girls basketball last Tuesday (Dec. 17) in Gadsden. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Coosa Christian girls basketball team hung with the state top-ranked team for the better part of
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AHSAA reclassification affects local schools

December 18, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor When the dust settled following the release of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s reclassification for the 2020-21 to 2021-22 academic semesters on Tuesday, Dec. 17, one local school moved up, two moved down and eight stayed put. Class 5A Southside moved to 6A, where it
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Meads highlights all-county football

December 18, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Alex Chaney By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor With regard to the annual All-Etowah County Schools football team, a certain Hokes Bluff High senior running back finished where he started. For the fourth year in a row, Darrian Meads was named the All-Etowah County School Overall MVP, a streak that saw Meads (pictured above)
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Local runners compete in indoor meet

December 17, 2019 chris
Photo: Ashville High’s Kathleen McCarthy (second from right) competes in the Class 1A-5A girls 1600-meter run during the AHSAA Holiday Meet on Dec. 13 at the Birmingham CrossPlex. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  Several area runners competed in the AHSAA Class 1A-5A Holiday Invitational indoor track meet on Dec. 13 at the Birmingham CrossPlex. The lone local medalist was
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Gadsden State's Spradley named All-American

December 13, 2019 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor On top of winning an Alabama Community College Conference championship, competing in the NJCAA Tournament and being named the ACCC co-Player of the Year, Taylor Spradley recently received nationwide recognition for her prowess on the volleyball court. The Gadsden State sophomore earlier this week was named
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In & around SEC football - postseason awards

December 13, 2019 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Championship Game Review LSU remained perfect on the season as the Tigers cruised past Georgia 37-10 in the SEC title game. Quarterback Joe Burrow likely clinched the Heisman Trophy several weeks ago, but he left no room for any doubt on Saturday in Atlanta. Burrow threw for 349 yards and
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Local teams ranked in Dec. 12 ASWA basketball poll

December 13, 2019 chris
GIRLS Class 7A 1. Hoover 2. McGill-Toolen 3. Spain Park 4. Theodore 5. Auburn 6. Hewitt-Trussville 7. Sparkman 8. Austin 9. Foley 10. Grissom Class 6A 1. Hazel Green 2. Eufaula 3. Athens 4. Lee-Huntsville 5. Carver-Birmingham 6. Opelika 7. McAdory 8. Carver-Montgomery 9. Mae Jemison 10. Homewood Class 5A 1. Ramsay 2. Charles Henderson
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