Cardinal student-athletes garner national recognition

July 5, 2018 chris
Photo: Southside High graduate Kelsey Patterson (left) was one of several Gadsden State student-athletes who recently received NJCCA Academic Student-Athlete awards. (Gary Wells) Several Gadsden State student-athletes were part of a record number 287 players from the Alabama Community College Conference re-cently selected to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Academic Student-Athlete Awards. Five Cardinals
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In & around SEC baseball

June 28, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA College World Series Recap For the first time in nearly 40 years, Arkansas reached the finals of the College World Series. The Razorbacks defeated Texas and Texas Tech in their first two games. In the third game, the Hogs eliminated No. 1 overall seed Florida, 5-2. The Gators fell just
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Larry Foster steps down as Etowah High baseball coach

June 28, 2018 chris
Photo: Larry Foster recently stepped down as Etowah High baseball coach. (Mike Goodson/Messenger)  By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Larry Foster recently retired as Etowah High baseball coach for a second time. The hall of fame coach submitted his resignation at the June 26 meeting of the Attalla City School Board. After becoming head baseball coach in May
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All-Etowah County boys soccer team announced

June 28, 2018 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Photo: Southside High incoming senior Logan Shelnutt was named Player of the Year for the 2018 All-Etowah County boys soccer team. (Courtesy of Randy Vice) According to head coach Randy Vice, Logan Shelnutt was the swiftest of the swift this past season for the Southside High boys soccer team. The junior forward’s
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Baseball Giants had short-lived history in Gadsden

June 28, 2018 chris
Photo: Pictured is the old Gadsden City Park baseball field located on the approximate site of the Gadsden Sports Complex on Meighan Boulevard. (Courtesy of Mike Goodson) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent People living in Etowah County and its surroundings areas always have had a strong love for the game of baseball. While Gadsden has never
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In & around SEC baseball

June 21, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA College World Series Recap Of the 10 SEC teams that made the NCAA Tournament, Mississippi State probably had the longest odds to reach the College World Series. Former head coach Andy Cannizaro was fired just three games into the season for an off-the-field scandal. Assistant Gary Henderson took over, but
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All-Etowah County girls soccer team announced

June 21, 2018 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Katie Smith (pictured above), Westbrook’s Kylee Berndt and Southside’s Lauren Brewer shared Player of the Year honors for the 2018 All-Etowah County girls soccer team. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor A trio of recent local high school graduates shared the spotlight for the inaugural All-Etowah County girls soccer team. Glencoe’s Katie Smith,
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Sanderson sees bright future for GCHS softball program

June 18, 2018 chris
Photo: Gadsden City High School softball coach Shane Sanderson addresses attendees of a meet and greet session on June 14 at the GCHS library. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Gadsden City High School has turned to a former Rebel to kick-start its girls softball program. Shane Sanderson, who recently retired after six years as an
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In & around SEC baseball

June 14, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent NCAA Super Regionals Review Six teams from the Southeastern Conference made the NCAA Super Regionals, and three of those teams were guaranteed to advance. Three Super Regionals were all-SEC battles, and it the path to Omaha included several riveting games between the conference rivals. Auburn reached its first Super Regional since
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Bone outlines vision for Gadsden City baseball

June 14, 2018 chris
Photo: Blake Bone speaks at a meet and greet session at the Gadsden City High School library earlier this week after being introduced as GCHS baseball coach. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Blake Bone is back where it all began for him with regard to his coaching career. The former longtime Southside High School baseball
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Faucett speaks at Blue Devil gathering

June 14, 2018 chris
Photo: Neill Faucett addresses attendees at the annual Blue Devil Banquet on June 7 at the Attalla Community Center. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent Local Attalla product Neill B. Faucett always seemed to have a way of succeeding in life. Faucett was honored at the annual Etowah Blue Devil Banquet on June 7 at
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Local players made ASWA All-State baseball, softball teams

June 11, 2018 chris
Hokes Bluff’’s Dylan Teague was one of four area players named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2018 All-State baseball first team. (Photo by Alex Chaney) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Several area high school baseball players were named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s 2018 All-State teams. Four area players made the first team –
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In & around SEC baseball

June 8, 2018 chris
NCAA Regional Tournament Review Ten schools from the Southeastern Conference made it to the NCAA Tournament, with four hosting in the regional round. Top-seeded Florida defeated Columbia and Jacksonville but lost the third game to Florida Atlantic. That loss set up a winner-take-all finale between the Gators and the Owls, and Florida knocked off FAU, 5-2,
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Hokes Bluff’s Edwards highlights All-Messenger baseball team

June 8, 2018 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor It’s safe to say that the Hokes Bluff High School baseball team’s season would not have lasted as long as it did if not for the contributions of the Eagles’ junior catcher. On a team stacked with a number of standout players, Houston Edwards stood out while thriving in the clean-up spot
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Southside’s Coker leads off All-Messenger softball team

June 8, 2018 chris
By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor When Emilee Coker reached first base this past softball season, she did not remain there for too long. The Southside High senior second baseman stole 70 bases out of 74 attempts in 2018, in the process giving the Lady Panthers an almost automatic runner in scoring position after reaching base. With 84
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Westbrook trio sign college baseball scholarships

June 8, 2018 chris
Three 2018 Westbrook Christian graduates recently committed to play college baseball. Third baseman Cullen Stafford (pictured above) committed to Huntingdon University in Montgomery, shortstop/pitcher Garret Kennedy committed to Wallace State Community College in Hanceville and pitcher Jordan Reynolds committed to Lawson State Community College in Birmingham. Safford finished with.444 batting avg., 48 hits, 16 doubles,
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In & around SEC baseball

May 31, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent SEC Tournament Review For the third time in school history, the Ole Miss Rebels won the Southeastern Conference baseball tournament championship. After losing to Auburn in their opening game, the Rebels bounced back to win four straight to capture their first championship since 2006. After sneaking by Georgia, 5-4, Ole Miss
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Southside High grad riding high at JSU

May 31, 2018 chris
Photo: Pictured is Southside High graduate and Jacksonville State University assistant baseball coach Evan Bush during a game this past season. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor If the old saying “You are what your record says you are” is true, then a former Panther is making a name for himself in Gamecock country. 2002 Southside High graduate
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GSCC tennis player wins state and national awards

May 31, 2018 chris
Photo: 2018 Gadsden State graduate Alexander Boozer (center) was recently announced as the regional and national winner of the 2018 Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. Pictured with Boozer are GSCC men’s tennis coach Buster Stewart (left) and GSCC athletic director Mike Cancilla. (Courtesy of Gadsden State) The Intercollegiate Tennis Association recently presented a prestigious
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Area soccer players make all-state teams

May 29, 2018 chris
Photo: Pictured is Westbrook Christian’s Kylee Berndt during the 2018 postseason. (Chris McCarthy/Messenger) Several local players were named to the Alabama High School Soccer Coaches Association’s all-state teams earlier this week. Westbrook Christian senior forward Kylee Berndt was the area’s lone first teamer, making the Class 1A-2A-3A first team at forward. A starter since the seventh
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In & around SEC baseball

May 24, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 10 Review The Tigers took two out of three games from LSU to finish the regular season, including a 14-5 victory in the series finale this past weekend. Auburn finished 15-15 in league play and earned the No. 7 seed in the SEC Tournament. In the opening round against
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Cardinal cager named NJCAA All-American

May 24, 2018 chris
Photo: Gadsden State sophomore Diamond Jolly, pictured during a pre-game introduction earlier this season, recently was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s 2017-18 All-America women’s basketball team. By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor Diamond Jolly capped her junior college basketball career in historic fashion. The Gadsden State sophomore forward was recently named to the National Junior
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Area gridders compete in spring scrimmages

May 24, 2018 chris
Photo: Gaston High’s Malikah Warren (15) and Mason Reeves (22) tackle Sardis’ Mason Golden during a spring football jamboree on May 18 at Gaston. (Cole Frederick/Messenger) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Four teams from Etowah County finished spring football with a jamboree at Gaston High on May 18. The Bulldogs hosted Sardis, West End, Coosa Christian
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In & around SEC baseball

May 17, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 9 Review The Tigers had been playing as well as anyone in the league outside of Florida, but last weekend’s series at Ole Miss was a reality check for Butch Thompson’s team. Auburn was swept by the Rebels, including 8-3 and 10-3 losses in the final two games. Auburn
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Eagles come up short in state baseball finals

May 17, 2018 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Houston Edwards (left) prepares to tag out Andalusia’s Will Clark during the Eagle’s 2-1 loss in the Class 4A state baseball championship series on Wednesday, May 16, in Montgomery. (Mark Almond/preps@al.com) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Hokes Bluff’s quest for a 10th state championship ended in heartbreaking fashion on Wednesday (May 15) at
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Westbrook finishes runner-up, Glencoe third at state golf tournament

May 16, 2018 chris
Photo: Glencoe High’s Lauren Cole displays the ball she shot for a hole-in-one during the Class 1A-2A-3A girls state golf tournament on Tuesday (May 15) in Muscle Shoals. (Submitted photo) By Chris McCarthy, Publisher/Editor The Westbrook Christian boys golf team finished 36 strokes short of a fourth straight state championship at the Class 1A/2A state tournament
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Teague tosses six-hitter as Hokes Bluff takes opener in state finals

May 16, 2018 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Dylan Teague delivers a pitch during the Eagles’ 6-3 win over Andalusia in Game 1 of the Class 4A state baseball championship series on Tuesday (May 15) in Montgomery. (Courtesy of al.com) Dylan Teague hurled a six-hitter and struck out five to lead Hokes Bluff to a 6-3 win over Andalusia in
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State bound: Eagles squeak past Oneonta in Class 4A semifinals

May 14, 2018 chris
Photo: Hokes Bluff’s Koby Addison rounds second base after hitting a two-run homer against Oneonta in Game 2 of the Class 4A state baseball state semifinals on May 10. (Courtesy of Alex Chaney) By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Class 4A, No. 4 Hokes Bluff displayed a flair for the dramatic in its semifinal series over No.
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Lady Panthers fall in shootout in Class 6A state soccer semifinals

May 11, 2018 chris
Photo: Southside High’s Lauren Brewer advances the ball as teammate Savannah Knighten looks on during the Lady Panthers’ 2-1 shootout loss to Gardendale in the Class 6A girls’ soccer semifinals on Friday, May 11, at Huntsville’s John Hunt Soccer Complex. (Mike Goodson/Messenger) By Mike Goodson/Sports Correspondent The Southside girls soccer team fell short in its
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In & around SEC baseball

May 11, 2018 chris
By Cole Frederick/Sports Correspondent Auburn Week 8 Review For the first tie since 2002, Auburn swept Vanderbilt in a baseball series. It was also the first time the Tigers had won a series over the Commodores since 2009, and they did so in resounding fashion. Casey Mize struck out 15 batters in Auburn’s 4-1 win
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