Casting on the Coosa...with Marty Dixon

April 23, 2020 chris
Allow me to preface this article with a disclaimer. I am no writer by any means, and only a fair fisherman. So obviously I am the first choice to come up with some sort of weekly fishing article for The Messenger. I truly believe I may be the only fisherman Chris knows, so here I
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Shields resigns from Hokes Bluff, will coach at Snead State

April 16, 2020 chris
Photo: Jason Shields, pictured during a 2019 game, recently resigned as head coach of the Hokes Bluff High School girls basketball team to accept the women’s head basketball coach position at Snead State. (Courtesy of Alex Chaney)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor After 23 years and almost 700 games of coaching varsity high school girls and boys,
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New Etowah football coach “Locked” in for the long term

April 16, 2020 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Etowah High School football program is locked and loaded for the future. During the Attalla City School Board meeting on April 9, Ryan Locke (pictured above) was hired as the school’s 29th head football coach. Locke was named interim head coach following John Holladay’s resignation in early March. “It’s exciting, it’s
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Westbrook's Cattling named Bryant-Jordan regional award winner

April 9, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Jai’Shawn Cattling’s senior year at the campus of Westbrook Christian may have ended prematurely due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, but his post-high school future recently received a shot in arm. Last month, Cattling (pictured above) was selected as the Bryant-Jordan Foundation’s Class 2A, Region 6
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Hokes Bluff’s Meads to play in North/South all-star football game

April 9, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Darrian Meads recently was notified that his high school football career is not quite finished. The Hokes Bluff High School senior was one of 74 players across the state selected to participate in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s North-South All-Star Football Game on July 15
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Glencoe senior named Bryant-Jordan winner

April 2, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Although area high schools have closed their classrooms and athletic facilities for the remainder of the spring semester due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, a Glencoe High senior recently received a bit of good news. Anna Beth Giles (pictured above) was selected as the Bryant-Jordan Foundation’s
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Gadsden State signs several sharpshooters

April 2, 2020 chris
Photo courtesy of Mark Almond/al.com By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter, Chris McCarthy Publisher/Editor Twin sisters Maggie and Marie Woodall of Fyffe made the All-DeKalb County girls basketball team following the 2019-20 season, during which they helped lead the Red Devils to their 21st area tournament championship and a 24-6 record. Basketball coaches in Jackson and DeKalb
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Southside’s Lengyel, Coosa Christian’s Brown highlight All-Messenger basketball teams

March 26, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A Panther and a Conqueror highlight the 2019-2020 All-Messenger boys and girls basketball teams. Southside’s Chris Lengyel and Coosa Christian’s India Brown were the respective girls and boys Player of the Year for the 2019-20 All-Messenger basketball team. A senior center, Brown averaged 18.5 points and
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Morris resigns as Gaston football coach, moving to Georgia

March 26, 2020 chris
Photo: Former Gaston High head football coach Swane Morris (pictureed at center) instructs his players during a 7-on-7 scrimmage with Coosa Christian last July. Morris resigned his position last month to take an assistant coaching/teaching position at Pierce County, Ga. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor After 20 years and more than 100 victories as a
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Westbrook, West End ranked in ASWA baseball poll

March 23, 2020 chris
Released March 20 Baseball Class 7A 1. Mountain Brook 2. Hoover 3. Sparkman 4. Spain Park 5. Prattville 6. Bob Jones 7. Hewitt-Trussville 8. Baker 9. Florence 10. Oak Mountain Class 6A 1. Chelsea 2. Russell County 3. Cullman 4. Athens 5. Hueytown 6. Faith Academy 7. Hartselle 8. Saraland 9. Robertsdale 10. Gulf Shores
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Panthers sweep Sardis at Southside

March 18, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Southside swept Sardis in a pair of tightly contest games between two Etowah County rivals last Saturday (March 14) at Danny League Field. The Lions (2-8) took a 4-2 lead in the top of the sixth before the Panthers (9-7) answered with two runs in
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Hokes Bluff weathers late Southside rally

March 18, 2020 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Hunter Burke slides into third base as Southside’s Landon Brasher applies the tag during the Eagles’ 9-8 victory in high school baseball last Saturday (March 14) at SHS. (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Hokes Bluff held off a late Southside rally to knock off the Panthers, 9-8, in eight
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Lady Panthers knock off Etowah, GCHS on Senior Day

March 18, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Southside softball celebrated an impromptu senior night with a pair of home victories over Etowah and Gadsden City on Saturday, March 14. As of last Tuesday (March 17), all spring athletics in the state of Alabama were postponed until at least April 6 as schools
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Local athletes compete at Lincoln meet

March 18, 2020 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Haleigh Cashman finished first in the long jump event during a track and field meet at Lincoln High School on March 12. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Hokes Bluff girls track and field team took home 10 medals, including three first place gold, on the way to winning the Lincoln Open
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Area athletes medal at GCHS meet

March 18, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Gadsden City High came away with 18 medals, including eight first place finishes, at the Gadsden City Open Meet No. 2 on March 12. Earning gold for the Titans were Jakari Embry in the boys 110-meter hurdles (14.66) and 300-meter hurdles (42.59); Jeremiah Watts in the
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Coosa's Brown, Hokes Bluff's Shields named to all-state basketball teams

March 18, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Gary Wells A pair of local student-athletes recently were named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2019-20 All-State girls basketball team. Coosa Christian senior center India Brown (pictured above) was a Class 1A first team selection, while Hokes Bluff senior guard/forward Kristin Shields was named to the Class 4A honorable mention
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AHSAA suspends spring sports season

March 18, 2020 chris
From Steve Savarese, Executive Director, Alabama High School Athletic Association: Based on the governor’s and the Alabama Slate Department of Education’s (ALSDE) directives to close all schools across the state for a period of 2.5 weeks beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all athletic events including, but not limited to, contests, practices, weightlifting and conditioning are
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In & around SEC basketball - conference tournament preview

March 12, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 10 Review Auburn entered the regular season finale on a two-game losing streak, but the Tigers submitted their best performance of the season last Saturday (March 7) at Tennessee in an 85-63 victory. Samir Doughty buried eight 3-point baskets and scored 32 points, and Auburn dominated both halves in
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Westbrook, Etowah ranked in ASWA baseball poll

March 12, 2020 chris
Released March 12 Baseball Class 7A 1. Mountain Brook 2. Hewitt-Trussville 3. Bob Jones 4. Baker 5. Hoover 6. Florence 7. Sparkman 8. Prattville 9. Mary G. Montgomery 10. Spain Park Class 6A 1. Chelsea 2. Cullman 3. Russell County 4. Faith Academy 5. Hartselle 6. Athens 7. Hueytown 8. Robertsdale 9. Saraland 10. Benjamin
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Southside holds spring scholarship signings

March 12, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Grace Ann Clontz signed a bowling scholarship with Springhill College on March 4 at the SHS auditorium. Pictured, sitting, from left: dad David, Grace Ann, SHS bowling coach Zack Blume. Standing, from left: sisters Cora Lee, Jennifer and Jessica; mom Tiffany. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Several Southside High School seniors signed
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No. 2 Southside collars Bulldogs

March 11, 2020 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Isaac Franklin (right) maintains his balance as Ashville’s Bruce Pantoja (16) defends during the Panthers’ 10-0 victory in boys soccer last Tuesday (March 10) at Barney Hood Stadium. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) Isaac Franklin scored goals four goals to lead Class 4A/5A No. 2 Southside to a 10-0 victory over Ashville in boys soccer
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Second-ranked Lady Panthers shut out Ashville

March 11, 2020 chris
Southside High’s Camryn Davis (center) closes in on Ashville’s Taylor Knight as Meghan McCarthy (right) looks on during the Lady Panthers’ 10-0 victory in girls soccer last Tuesday (March 10) at Barney Hood Stadium. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)
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Patriots blast past Gaston

March 10, 2020 chris
Photo: West End’s Ty Taylor delivers a pitch during the Patriots’ 14-1 victory over Gaston last Monday (March 9) at GHS. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor West End battered the Gaston pitching staff for 15 hits on the way to a 14-1 victory in five innings last Monday (March 9) at Shinbone Ridge. Eli Pearce
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Gadsden State cagers recognized

March 10, 2020 chris
Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy A pair of Gadsden State basketball players recently received postseason honors. For the women’s team, Jalexis Russell (pictured above) was named to the All-Region 22 second team and the All-Alabama Community College Conference All-North Division second team. Corien Frazier was selected to the ACCC All-North Division second team. A
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 10 previews

March 6, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 9 Review Auburn’s losses have all come in pairs so far this season. After last Saturday’s road loss at Kentucky, the Tigers lost at home for the first time all season against Texas A&M in a disappointing effort. Auburn is comfortably in the NCAA Tournament and likely will have
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Local to be inducted in AASA Hall of Fame

March 6, 2020 chris
Three Etowah County natives are among the AASA Softball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020. Tina Rood Hopper and Mike Delozier will be indicted in the Player category, while Clark Livingston is included in the Meritorious category. Collinsville’s Donny Jones will be inducted as a player. The AASA’s 29th induction banquet will be held on
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Russell leads Gadsden State to conference tournament semifinals

March 4, 2020 chris
Photo: Jalexis Russell scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Gadsden State’s 98-67 victory over Coastal Alabama South last Tuesday (March 3) in the quarterfinal round of the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament at Shelton State in Tuscaloosa. (Messenger file photo by Chris McCarthy) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor It was obvious last Tuesday (March 3)
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Area baseball teams attend FCA Media Day

March 3, 2020 chris
Photo: Members of the Westbrook Christian varsity baseball team gather for a photo during the Etowah County Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ 2020 Media Day on Feb. 23 at Rainbow Presbyterian Church. Pictured, sitting, from left: Andrew Dutton, Brett Vice, Samuel Dutton. Standing: head coach Matt Kennedy. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A
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In & around SEC basketball - Week 9 previews

February 28, 2020 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 8 Review Auburn might not be as strong as last year when the Tigers made a run to the Final Four, but this team is as resilient as any in the country. Auburn trailed Tennessee by 17 points in the second half on Saturday but battled back and won
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Local softball teams attend FCA Media Day

February 28, 2020 chris
Photo: Members of the Southside High School varsity softball team gather for a photo during the Etowah County Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ 2020 Media Day last Sunday (Feb. 23) at Rainbow Presbyterian Church. Pictured, sitting, from left: Kaylee Brown, Lynnsey Hunt, Alexis Rennhack, Austyn Patterson, Savannah Yancey. Standing: head coach Brett Yancey.
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