Pickens County blows past Lynn

Lynn quarterback Noah Jackson (5) gets ready to take a snap in action against the Pickens County Tornadoes.

REFORM - They say defense wins championships.  If that’s the case, then the Pickens County Tornadoes have a great chance at making an appearance in their third straight state title game and their fourth in six years.  The Tornadoes defeated Lynn 61-16 in a 1A Region 6 contest. The first quarter of action only saw one score claimed by the Pickens County defense when Lynn fumble was picked up and returned for 35 yards for a touchdown.  After a failed extra point, the Tornadoes claimed an early 6-0 lead with 11:02 to play in the opening quarter.


Meek loses to Hubbertville

Matthew Clark carries the ball for Meek as #55 Cannon Alexander closes in.

ARLEY - Hubbertville traveled to Arley Friday night to face-off against the Meek Tigers in Region 6 play. Quick scoring drives by both teams brought fans to their feet early in the opening minutes of the game. The Lions wasted little time taking the ball to the endzone. The two-point conversion was successful.

Bennett invited to East Coast Pro event

This is team photo with players, Manager Mark Willoghby and assistants from respective teams, all Area scouts for that team and would cover all or majority of states players on team are from. Bennett is shown on the far right on the front row.

HALEYVILLE - The path to the Major Leagues goes through the East Coast Pro, and that is exactly where a Haleyville High School senior found himself this summer.

Meek, Phillips and Cold Springs in tri-match

Mary Ashton Hyde puts a kill over for the Phillips Lady Bears in a match with Cold Springs.

ARLEY - The Meek Lady Tigers defeated the Phillips Lady Bears and Cold Springs Lady Eagles Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in a tri-match hosted at MHS.
Meek put down the Lady Eagles in two straight by scores of 25-14, 25-15.
The Phillips Lady Bears then defeated Cold Springs 25-20, 25-22.
The titan match was between Meek and Phillips, both ranked in the 1A Top Ten. Phillips sits in the #2 spot, with Meek at #5.


Haleyville Lady Lions defeats Winfield

Madison Caine comes from the outside for a kill for the Lady Lions.

WINFIELD - The Haleyville Lady Lions volleyball team defeated the Winfield Lady Pirates in three straight matches on Thursday, Sept. 13. Haleyville won 25-19, 25-11 and 25-17 at Winfield.
Stats for the Lady Lions were:
Kills: Allie Temple-7; Allison Watkins-6; Ashton McCullar-6;
Assists: Kaylee Riddle-10; Laura Lunsford-7; Allie Temple-4;
Aces: Adyson Robertson-6. Robertson was named Player of the Game as well. Ashton McCullar had 4 aces; Kaylee Riddle-2;
Digs: Allie Temple-8; Laura Lunsford-6.

Lions shut out Oak Grove in region win

An Oak Grove defender snags Joe Lester (25) by the jersey on a carry Friday night. Also shown is Lions #62 Kolby Hood.

HALEYVILLE -   The Haleyville Lions (2-1, 1-0) commanded the air and ground Friday, night, Sept. 7, shutting out region opponent Oak Grove at Herman “Bubba” Scott Field, 48-0.
The Lions had a total of 462 yards, with quarterback Scott McAlpine throwing for 227 yards and three touchdowns.


Addison routs WCHS 51-18

Grant Rice goes in for the score for the Addison Bulldogs.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Addison Bulldogs trampled the Winston County Yellow Jackets 51 - 18 Friday, Sept. 7 at Malcolm Blake Stadium.

Winston County won the coin toss and chose to defend in the first half and go on the offensive during the second half. Yellow Jacket Dante Smith kicked off. The game started with a penalty of five yards against the Jackets on the first play, and they lost their first drive by downs. Another penalty, this time for a personal foul, gave a loss of 15 yards to the Jackets.


South Lamar dominates Meek 45-0

Meek’s Nelson Martin is brought down by a host of South Lamar Stallions.

SOUTH LAMAR - Signs in the South Lamar stands at the matchup between the Stallions and the Meek Tigers Friday night, Sept. 7, read Cage the Tigers, and that’s exactly what the Stallions did, as they dominated the scoreboard 45-0 in what was a crucial regional matchup.


HHS cross country does well at Brooks Invitational

Lewis Barber, left, is neck-to-neck with an Ardmore runnerat the Brooks Invitational.

FLORENCE -The Haleyville Running Lions participated in the Brooks Invitational, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, placing overall third in the large schools division - 4A-7A.
In the boys division, Tristan Carter placed 5th, Gracen Smith, 14th and Lewis Barber, 17th. In the girls category, Kaytee Beth Boyles finished 10th; Aly Donaldson, 12th and Mae Boyles 19th.


Addison wins in two straight over Cullman and Lynn

Addisyn Smothers (8) gets ready for the kill in a match against Cullman. Also shown is Addison player Grace Manley (1).

ADDISON - The 2A Addison Lady Bulldogs did what they do best Tuesday, Sept. 4, in a tri-match with Lynn and Cullman. They win.
The Lady Dawgs won two straight against both opponents. In the Cullman match, Addison won 25-12, 25-9. In action against the Lynn Bears, the Lady Dawgs took the wins with 25-18 and 25-13.

Lynn Bears roll over Phillips 38-19

Andrew York takes the ball for Phillips.

BEAR CREEK - The Lynn Bears made it 11 straight regular season wins on Friday, Aug. 31, after they defeated Phillips High School 38-19 in their season opening contest. After only holding a five-point lead heading into the half, Lynn broke open the scoring early in the third as they outscored the hosting Phillips Bears 20-6 over the final 24 minutes.


Failed two-point attempt gives Meek Tigers win

WCHS defender Chandler Ownby tries to rip the ball from Meek’s Gabriel Jones.

MEEK - Never, ever underestimate the power of the point or points after a touchdown.
It was, in fact, the point after that had Winston County ahead of their county rival, Meek, 7-6 Friday night going into halftime.  It was Meek successfully going for 2 with just over five minutes left in the game that put the home team ahead 14-7, and it was Winston County not converting for two at the very end of the game that gave Meek the 14-13 victory.


Lady Lions pound out win over Russellville

Allison Watkins puts the ball over the net for the Lady Lions

RUSSELLVILLE - The Haleyville Lady Lions varsity volleyball team pounded out a win over the Russellville Lady Tigers Thursday, Aug. 30.
Playing in the Russellville Middle School gymnasium, the Lady Tigers won the first game 25-18. But it was the Lady Lions from there on out.  Coached by Brent McCoy and Abby Huff, Haleyville won 25-14, 25-16 and 25-15.
The Lady Lions JV team lost to Russellville 25-21 and 25-20. It was reported the eighth grade team won and seventh grade team lost.
Stats for Haleyville on Thursday are as follows:

Phillips goes undefeated in Officials Tournament; Haleyville goes 3-2

The Officials Volleyball Tournament held at Winfield High School, Saturday, Aug. 18, featured teams from Haleyville, Hamilton, Lamar County, Marion County, Phillips and Winfield. PHS went undefeated in the tournament. Pictured are Alicyn McCollum and Gracie Hallman, PHS, going for a block on Allie Temple, from Haleyville High School. Haleyville went 3 and 2 in the tournament, winning against Hamilton, Marion County and Lamar County.

HHS grad under contract with pro softball team

Haleyville High School graduate Holly Ward stands in front of the scoreboard at the HHS softball field. Her team won state championships back-to-back when she was a sophomore and junior in 2012-13. Holly is under contract now with the Scrap Yard Dawgs professional team.
HALEYVILLE - Holly Ward is a power house of a pitcher and athlete. The Haleyville High School graduate and former Lions softball pitcher contracted with Scrap Yard this summer to play professional softball.

Marion County Sports Hall of Fame 2018 honorees inducted

HAMILTON Phillips • Mark Crumpton attended Phillips High School from 1997-2003. He played basketball for coach Steve Pike for five years and started every game during his junior year. As a football player, Crumpton played for Gary McCarley and Jonathan Raper, Chris Gillum and James E. Glass. He started playing football in the fourth grade and played nine straight years. He won a league championship in youth football and a conference championship in junior varsity. As an eighth-grader, Crumpton started playing on varsity as a free safety and kick returner. He helped the Bears advance to the second round of the state playoffs. In his freshman season, he started at tailback and free safety and rushed for over 500 yards, scored five touchdowns and intercepted three passes.

AHSAA Central Board of Control approves modification of kicking game for non-varsity football competition

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control has approved allowing modification of the kicking game rules for non-varsity football competition beginning this fall and approved regional sites for softball and bowling for the coming school year. The action was taken Wednesday at its annual summer meeting in Montgomery.

Home Run: Haleyville Sports Complex bringing money to city coffers, as well as visitors to the municipality

The Haleyville Sports Complex is located off Dime Road and 33rd Street. You can also access it by Ninth Avenue.
HALEYVILLE - It is a venue the city of Haleyville has needed for a long time. The Haleyville Sports Complex completed its first year in operation as of April and is a huge success. Mayor Ken Sunseri said the concession stand alone brought in $93,008. Food cost were $29,397.23. Labor cost was $9,023.25. This gave a net profit of $54,588.

Winston County Sports Hall of Fame honors 2018 inductees

Bobby Humphrey, WCSHoF guest speaker

HALEYVILLE -The Haleyville Elementary School Cafetorium was filled with those in attendance of the 2018 Winston County Sports Hall of Fame banquet Saturday, July 21.
Mitch Nethery, pastor of the Haleyville First United Methodist Church, gave the invocation. A steak dinner, catered by Russell’s Rising Smoke, was served by members of the HHS varsity and junior varsity cheerleading squads.

WCSHoF slated Saturday, July 21

Bobby Humphrey

HALEYVILLE - The Winston County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet for 2018 will be held Saturday, July 21, at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per person, which includes a steak dinner. Tickets are on sale at Traders & Farmer Bank or at the door.
Inductees have been announced for the event. They include:
Addison - Dusty Hayes; Abe Rooks; Kim Rooks; David Powell (Special);
Haleyville - Jeff Rasbury; Jeff Burdge;  Duffy Cordray; Kelly Rushing (Special);
Lynn - Anna Cagle; Brandon Kelley; Greg Griffith; Dreama Haley (Special);

Abussamour signs with Wallace State

Seated, l-r: Wallace State Community College Cross Country Coach Stan Larusky, Hamza Abussamour and WSCC Assistant Cross Country Coach Tony Crider. Standing, l-r: Naim Abussamour, HHS Cross Country Coach Lisa Cook and HHS Athletic Director Todd McNutt.

HALEYVILLE - A cross country standout at Haleyville High School is continuing his athletic career at Wallace State.
Hamza Abussamour signed an athletic scholarship with Wallace State recently during a ceremony at HHS.  Abussamour was joined by his family, Wallace State cross country coaches Stan Larusky and Tony Crider, along with his high school coach Lisa Cook and HHS Athletic Director Todd McNutt for the event.  An aspect of the signing that was very special for Abussamour was his classmates coming into the conference room at HHS to support him during the signing.