Miscues haunt Gamecocks in season-opening loss

August 29, 2018 chris
Photo: JSU’s Michael Matthews (21) gains yardage as North Carolina A&T’s Deion James (34) and Antoine Walker (9) close in during the Gamecocks’ 20-17 loss last Saturday (Aug. 25) in Montgomery. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Four turnovers and 14 penalties proved to be too much for Jacksonville State last Saturday (Aug. 25) in
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Late TDs pulls Westbrook past Coosa Christian

August 26, 2018 chris
Photo: Westbrook Christian’s Jackson Cox (11) avoids Coosa Christian’s Jackson Tidmore (5) during the Warriors’ 35-6 victory in high school football on Friday, Aug. 24, in Gadsden. (Gary Wells) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Westbrook Christian scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 16-second span to pull away for a 35-6 victory over Coosa Christian on
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Penalties trip up Southside against Lincoln

August 26, 2018 chris
Photo: Matthew Rich (left), Andrew Dunston and the Southside High football team lost to Lincoln, 19-8, in the Panthers’ season opener Friday, Aug. 24. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger file photo) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Costly penalties and overall lack of experience ultimately doomed Southside High in a 19-8 loss in the Panthers’ season opener at Lincoln on
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Blue Devils hold off Gadsden City

August 24, 2018 chris
Photo: Gadsden City’s Donnie Ryan (left) pursues Etowah’s Reggie Phillips during the Blue Devils’ 32-23 victory in high school football on Thursday (Aug. 23) in Attalla. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The overflow crowd at James Glover Field certainly got its money’s worth on Thursday. The latest meeting between the Gadsden City and Etowah High
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Patriots drop season opener to Susan Moore

August 24, 2018 chris
Photo: West End’s Kaleb Arledge catches a pass during the Patriots’ 42-12 loss to Susan Moore in high school football last Thursday (Aug. 23) in Walnut Grove. (Photo by Sherry Abercrombie) By Shannon J. Allen/Sand Mountain Reporter West End entered last Thursday’s football season opener against Susan Moore riding a three-game winning streak in the
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In & around SEC football - West Division predictions

August 23, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama (12-0, 8-0) over/under 11 Projected wins: Louisville, Arkansas State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Louisiana-Lafayette, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State, The Citadel, Auburn Projected losses: None Alabama will be inexperienced in parts of the defense – especially the secondary – but the overall talent on the roster will be able
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Freshman-heavy Lady Cardinals ready for season

August 23, 2018 chris
Photo: Gadsden State’s Sierra Stone passes the ball as Mikayla Kendrick, Alex Rich, Grace Nolen and Abbie Chambless look on during a recent Gadsden State volleyball team practice. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor With 12 freshmen on her 2018 roaster, Gadsden State head volleyball coach Connie Clark expects a good deal of baptism by fire
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Westbrook ace helps Team USA Baseball win U15 World Confederation Cup

August 23, 2018 chris
Westbrook Christian so-phomore Samuel Dutton of Westbrook Christian and his USA Baseball 15U team won the World Baseball and Softball Confederation U15 World Cup in David, Panama, with a 7-1 victory over Panama last Sunday (Aug. 19). Dutton pitched 8.1 innings total for the tournament without allowing a run. He allowed only four hits while
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In & around SEC football - East Division predictions

August 17, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Georgia (11-1, 7-1); over/under 10.5 Projected wins: Austin Peay, South Carolina, Middle Tennessee, Missouri, Te-nnessee, Vanderbilt, LSU, Kentucky, Auburn, UMass, Georgia Tech Projected losses: Florida The Bulldogs were seconds away from winning a national championship a season ago and return a very talented team this fall. While the defense carried the team
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No instant replay for area football teams in 2018

August 17, 2018 chris
Pictured is Gadsden City’s Jamontez Woods running back a kickoff during the 2017 football season. None of the 10 varsity high school football teams in Etowah County will participate in the Alabama High School Athletic Associations’ experimental instant replay program for the 2018 season. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger)  By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Instant replay is making its
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Local Pony League team finished as 1964 World Series runner-up

August 17, 2018 chris
Photo: The 1964 Gadsden Pony League All-Stars gather for a photo prior to competing in the Pony League World Series in San Diego, Calif. Pictured, kneeling, from left: Mike Johnson, Jimmy Black, Bill Brooks, Bruce Hill, Elwin Martin, Gary Osborn, Eddie Roberts, Mike Davidson. Standing, from left: manager E.S. Black, Craig Edge, Mike Kirby, Benny
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In & around SEC football - West Division preview

August 9, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama Coach: Nick Saban 12th season; 132-20 at Alabama, 218-62 overall 2017 Record: 13-1 The 2017 season was bu-siness as usual for Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. Despite not winning the SEC championship – or even the SEC West Division – Alabama still won the national title. It was Saban’s
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NEO hosts annual coaches symposium

August 9, 2018 chris
Photo: Northeast Orthopedics Physical Therapy Administrator Chris Russell and assistant Kelsey Patterson demonstrate how to use resistance bands to strengthen the shoulder during the 4th Annual NEO Coaches Symposium on Aug. 3 at Southside High School. (Kaitlin Fleming/Messenger) By Kaitlin Fleming/Staff Correspondent With just a few weeks to go before the Friday night lights are
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Etowah, Hokes Bluff ranked in ASWA preseason football poll

August 6, 2018 chris
Listed below is the Alabama Sports Writers Association 2018 preseason high school football rankings including first place votes, 2016 record and total poll points.  Class 7A 1. Hoover (27); 11-3; 358 2. Thompson (3); 12-1; 258 3. Central-Phenix City (1); 11-1; 241 4. McGill-Toolen; 13-1; 219 5. Hewitt-Trussville; 11-1; 214 6. Bob Jones; 7-4; 124
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In & around SEC football - East Division preview

August 2, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Florida Coach: Dan Mullen First season at Florida; 69-46 overall 2017 record: 4-7 Mullen left Mississippi State after nine seasons, and he’s returning to Gainesville after several succession seasons as the offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer. Florida fired Jim McElwain halfway through last season, and the Gators suffered one of the
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Soccer tournaments slated to kick off local sports complex

August 2, 2018 chris
Photo: Pictured is an artist’s rendering of the soccer portion of the proposed Etowah County Mega Sports Complex to be located in Rainbow City and Gadsden. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor It appears that local youth soccer teams will have the honor of officially christening the Eto-wah County Mega Sports Complex in Rainbow City and Gadsden sometime
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Local cyclist wins fourth straight national championship

August 2, 2018 chris
Photo: Gadsden resident and competitive cyclist Randy Kerr recently won a fourth straight national championship at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Randy Kerr’s latest national title did not come without a few tense moments. The Gadsden resident and longtime off-road cyclist overcame an early fall to capture his fourth straight USA
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In & around SEC football

July 27, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Alabama and Auburn at SEC Media Days Each summer, SEC Media Days serves as the unofficial kickoff to college football season in the South. For the first time since 1985, Media Days took place outside of Birmingham. This year, the College Football Hall of Fame hosted SEC Media Days from July
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Westbrook ace commits to LSU

July 23, 2018 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Although he won’t graduate high school until 2021, Sam Dutton (pictured above) already knows where he will spend his collegiate baseball career. The Westbrook Christian rising sophomore pitcher/outfielder committed to Louisiana State University on July 19. “Getting a baseball scholarship has been a great goal of mine, and now that I’ve reached
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Etowah’s Harris commits to Vanderbilt

July 23, 2018 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Justin Harris put an end to the speculation as to where he will be playing football next fall. The Etowah High School rising senior and All-Region cornerback recently committed to SEC member Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. Harris sifted through approximately 30 scholarship offers, including ones from Virginia, Florida Atlantic, Purdue, Wake
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Westbrook grad enjoys all-star football week

July 23, 2018 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Court Coley (pictured above) recently capped his high school football career on a winning note. Participating in the annual North-South All-Star Football Game, the 2018 Westbrook Christian graduate finished with seven solo tackles, three assists and an interception at linebacker in the North’s 27-14 victory at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. The North scored
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In & around SEC football

July 19, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Coach Rankings Part II 7. Ed Orgeron, LSU. Orgeron is 15-6 in just under two seasons in Baton Rouge, but it’s tough to say whether or not he’s actually done a good job. LSU isn’t any closer to competing with Alabama than they were in the last few years under Les
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Southside's Smith shines at all-star soccer game

July 19, 2018 chris
Photo: Southside High School rising senior Hallie Kate Smith participated in the AHSAA North-South All-Star girls soccer game earlier this week in Montgomery. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger file photo) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Hallie-Kate Smith represented Etowah County well this past week in Montgomery. The Southside High rising senior was a starter for the North team in the AHHSA North/South
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Rainbow City angler wins local BFL Tournament

July 19, 2018 chris
Adam Brown of Rainbow City brought five bass to the scale weighing 17 pounds even to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Bama Division tournament last Saturday (July 14) on Lake Neely Henry. Brown, who earned $3,917 for the tournament, spent the day fishing the backs of three creeks in the mid-river
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In & around SEC football

July 12, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Coach Rankings Part 1 During the SEC’s dominant run in college football from 2006 through 2012, the league boasted the best coaches of any conference from top to bottom. While Alabama and Nick Saban have won two championships in the last five seasons, the rest of the league has not
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Former Gadsden State basketball coach heading back to the Valley of the Cubs

July 12, 2018 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A longtime local college basketball coach will try his hand on the high school gridiron this fall. Todd Ginn (pictured above), who coached the Gadsden State men’s basketball team from 2006 to 2016, was hired as head football coach at Alexandria High School this past May. “It’s where I’m from, and I
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Local youths compete in Etowah County Junior Golf Tournament

July 12, 2018 chris
Lauren Cole (pictured above), Brock McNeely, Justin Lovoy, Cove McHugh, Drew Clark and Mallory Brooks all won individual championships at the Etowah County Junior Golf Tournament held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the Gadsden Country Club, Twin Bridges, Silver Lakes, Briarmeade and Wills Creek courses. Competing in the girls age 13-18 division, Cole finished
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Westbrook ace picked for Team USA baseball

July 12, 2018 chris
  Westbrook Christian rising sophomore pitcher/outfielder Sam Dutton (pictured above) was one of 54 baseball players across the county invited to participate in Phase 1 of the 15U Team USA National Team Trials beginning July 29 in Cary, N.C., at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. As the ace of the Warrior pitching staff this past
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In & around the SEC

July 5, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Year in Review The 2017-18 college athletic season wrapped up after Oregon State defeated Arkansas in the College World Series. The Razorbacks won the opening game of the best-of-three series, 4-1, and had a lead over the Beavers in the ninth inning of the second game. With two outs, however,
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Longtime Gadsden State announcer gearing up for another year

July 5, 2018 chris
Photo: Bobby Cooper will be entering his 38th year as the voice of Gadsden State athletics. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The “Voice of the Cardinals” is warming up for yet another season of junior college athletics. When the 2018 Gadsden State volleyball team kicks off its home opener on Sept. 5 against Wallace State-Hanceville,
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