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Addison’s football season ends with 20-13 loss to North Sand Mountain


Caleb Crider runs behind his blockers Friday night in the first half. Crider was injured with about three minutes left in the second quarter and was taken to Cullman Regional Medical Center by ambulance.

ADDISON - A seven point margin ended the Addison Bulldogs’ football season Friday, Nov. 8. The Bulldogs (8-3, 5-1) lost to the North Sand Mountain Bison (9-3, 5-2) by a score of 20-13 in the first round of the state playoffs. The Bison will play Westbrook Christian this Friday night.
The Bulldogs  held North Sand Mountain on the initial possession, taking over control of the ball at the AHS 36.

Addison youth invited to play in Elite All American game


Bradley stands next to the Elite All- American football sign that was displayed while he was playing in Atlanta.

By Melica Allen
Sports
nwamallen@
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ADDISON - Bradley Willette is not your typical 14-year-old. The Addison youth stands 6’5” tall and weighs 240. He   excels in sports and in the classroom, as an honor student.
Willette has been invited to play in the Elite All American football game that will be played in Las Vegas, Nevada in January. This is an invitational only event through the Diamond Sports Group.
This event will include the “best-of-the-best”  from the D1 Savage regional games in an east versus west format.

HMS volleyball team goes undefeated in Russellville tourney


Pictured on the front row, from left: Traci Hyde, Gracie Hall, Ryleigh Kutis and Ella Vandiver. Back row: assistant coach Brandy Hulsey, Rylee Edwards, Kaileigh Harrison, Brylee Henderson, Brooklynn Walton, Posey Whiteside and head coach Jayme Hall.

RUSSELLVILLE - The Haleyville Middle School volleyball team had a successful season.
Coached by Jayme Hall and assistant Brandy Hulsey, the ladies participated in the recent Russellville Invitational Volleyball Tournament. The seventh grade defeated Wilson and Deshler in two straight sets each to come out first place in pool play.
HMS faced Florence in the semi-finals and beat them in two straight to advance to the championship match.

G.W. Long beats out Lady Bulldogs for state title


The 2019 2A State runners-up Addison Lady Bulldogs. Pictured on the front row from left: Bracie Rodgers, Addisyn Smothers, Lexie Cunningham and Anna Grace Luker. Back row: Head Coach Kayla Woodard, Macey Butler, Callie Crider, Savannah Manley, Sunny Snoddy, Bailee Ory, Gracie Manley and Assistant Coach Pam Wilkins.

BIRMINGHAM - The  Addison High School Lady Bulldogs (49-15) came up one match short of the seventh straight state title Thursday, Oct. 31, at The Crossplex in Birmingham. But they did take claim to the state runner-up honor.
What is considered as an upset, G.W. Long (49-6), the team that eliminated the Winston County Lady Jackets from the tournament, defeated Addison three sets to one. Addison won the first match 25-18, but G.W. Long went three straight, 25-21, 25-22 and 25-15. This was Long’s first state volleyball title.

WCHS, Phillips eliminated from state tournament


Ally McCollum slams a kill for PHS.

BIRMINGHAM - The Winston County High School Lady Jackets, coached by Tiffany Cole,  were  defeated in the quarterfinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Elite Eight 2019 state volleyball championships by G.W. Long on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Long won the state title this year in 2A.
The tournament was held at the CrossPlex in Birmingham on Wednesday and finals at the Bill Harris Arena on Thursday.
Stats for the WCHS Lady Jackets were:
Mackenzie Blackwood, 22 kills, 2 digs, 2 aces.
Elle Donaldson, 29 digs, 2 aces;

Lynn wins against Winston County in double overtime


Lynn Bear Marcus Meeks intercepts a pass intended for a WCHS player. This happened during double overtime and set up a touchdown for Lynn soon thereafter, winning the game.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - What turned out to be the coldest football night so far this season also turned out to be an intense game when Lynn high-stepped over Winston County High for a win in double overtime Friday night, Nov. 1.
The tough and tumble first quarter involving a quarterback sack by Lynn Bear Cruz Cheatham and a WCHS Yellow Jacket interception by James Abbott ended up scoreless. The Bears made a 65-yard drive between first and second quarters to turn the scoreboard bulbs on with a 5-yard play touchdown. Their PAT was no good, leaving it at 6-0.

Hamilton slips by Haleyville in Lions final season game


Austin Barry is on a carry for the HHS Lions, with Hamilton’s Jathan Jackson holding on to Barry’s jersey.

HALEYVILLE - It was a night of emotion and tears for Haleyville as seniors and parents were recognized in a pre-game ceremony at the Haleyville v. Hamilton football game Friday, Nov. 1.
This was the final season game for the Lions, losing to 5A Hamilton 28-14.

Ladies honored at HHS pep rally


Haleyville High School senior football players honored Dr. Beth Moore and cheerleader sponsor Wendy Rushing at the pep rally held before the Hamilton football game. The ladies were recognized for their tireless work for the school system and the football team. Pictured to the left from left are, Josh Weaver, Dr. Moore, Rushing and Jackson Kennedy.

HHS cross country teams 2nd and 4th in sectionals


From left, Aynelise Vickery, Emily Miller, Daniela Largo, Michaela Ramos, Ana Aaron, Mae Boyles, Kaytee Beth Boyles, Emma Nethery, Carlie Pendley, and Madison Baker with their second place trophy.

By Kathy Barber
Special to Alabamian
TUSCALOOSA -  The Haleyville Running Lions performed well at the 4A Section 2 meet at Sokol Park in Tuscaloosa on a COLD Thursday October 31st.  The girls team brought home an amazing trophy finishing just behind American Christian Academy to take 2nd place.
Top 5 girls from Haleyville were Katie Beth Boyles, Mae Boyles, Carlie Pendley, Ana Aaron and Emma Nethery.
The boys  finished 4th behind American Christian Academy, Northside and Indian Springs to advance them on to state.

Football players honor senior cheerleaders


The Haleyville High School senior football players honored the only two seniors on the varsity cheerleading squad at the pep rally prior to the Haleyville v. Hamilton football game on Friday, Nov. 1. Cheerleaders from left are: Mallory Rushing and Emma Allen. Football players are: Caleb Williams, Eli Wakefield, Matthew Stephens, Dawson Hyde, Nick Whitman and Eric Hollinghurst, Brantson Lambert, Matt Baugus, Ryan Baccus, Brayden Hutcheson, Josh Weaver, Jackson Kennedy and Ty Black.

Lady Bulldogs on track for #7; WCHS, Phillips qualify for state tourney


North Regional Champions Addison Lady Bulldogs: front row, from left: Addisyn Smothers, Bracie Rodgers, Lexie Cunningham, Anna Grace Luker. Back row: Hadley Butler, assistant Pam Wilkins, Callie Crider, Abby Waldrep, Macey Butler, Savannah Manley, Sunny Snoddy, Bailee Ory, Gracie Manley, Katie Barrett Head Coach Kayla Woodard.

HUNTSVILLE - It was smooth sailing for the feared and revered Addison Lady Bulldogs (47-14). The 2018 2A state volleyball champions won the 2019 north regional tournament Saturday, Oct. 26,  at the Von Braun Center, in Huntsville.
The ladies did not lose a set throughout the tournament. They played against Cold Springs in the first round on Thursday, Oct. 24, winning 25-2, 25-13, 25-6.
In the quarterfinals, Addison blew past Fyffe 25-13, 25-12, 25-15.
Friday saw Addison playing Cedar Bluff in the semi-finals. The Lady Bulldogs won 25-19, 25-6, 25-20.

Addison wins area volleyball title; WCHS runner-up


The Addison Lady Bulldogs captured the 2019 2A Area 13 title on Tuesday, Oct. 22. Pictured on the front row from left are: Addisyn Smothers, Bracie Rodgers, Lexie Cunningham and Anna Grace Luker. Back row: Macey Butler, Callie Crider, Savannah Manley, Sunny Snoddy, Bailey Ory and Gracie Manley.

ADDISON - The Addison Lady Bulldogs captured the 2019 2A Area 13 title on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Addison.
Addison defeated Sulligent in the first match, with Winston County putting down Tharptown. This left the AHS v. WCHS show down, with Addison going three straight sets.
WCHS stats for the the area tournament are: Mackenzie Blackwood, 35 kills, 8 aces;
Ella Moore, 4 blocks, 2 kills;
Makayla Lindsey, 6 kills, 1 ace;
Brenna Wakefield, 6 aces, 3 blocks, 1 kill;
Elle Donaldson, 10 digs, 1 ace;
Jassmine Ergle, 5 blocks, 2 kills;

Cordova Blue Devils upset Haleyville Lions playoff chance


A complete pass to Lion Kane Gravitt-Tucker in the end zone gives Haleyville their last touchdown. Elijah Thomas fails to stop it.

CORDOVA - Moved up a day  because of rain in the forecast, the football boys of Haleyville High School football team traveled to team up against the Cordova Blue Devils Thursday night, Oct. 24. However, it did not go as Haleyville planned, with a 35-26 loss and no advancement to the playoffs.

PHS 1A Area 14 volleyball champions


Pictured are the Phillips High School She Bears who captured the 1A Area 14 volleyball championship Monday, Oct. 21. Front row, from left: Mary Ashton Hyde, Jill Gillum, Elizabeth Brewer, Gracie Hallman and Autumn Edwards. Back row: Coach Debbie Grubbs, manager Natalee Ward, Alli Temple, Emma Hall, Ally McCollum, Allie Veal, assistant Luke Hallman and Coach Morgan Wooten.

BEAR CREEK - The Phillips High School She Bears are once again 1A Area 14 volleyball champions.
The She Bears defeated Hackleburg and Belgreen Monday night, Oct. 21, in area action at home.
Belgreen put out Covenant Christian in the first match of the night, followed by PHS defeating Hackleburg.
The She Bears captured the area title in the championship match against Belgreen, losing the first set 21-25 and then going three straight 25-12-,25-20,25-18.
Stats reported for the She Bears in the Hackleburg match include:

Lynn dominates 35-12 over Meek


Matthew Clark is on the carry for Meek, with Brandon Hill on the tackle for Lynn.

ARLEY   - The Lynn Bears came in with the rain and put the Meek Tigers out to dry, dominating the game 35-12, on a rain soaked turf Friday night, Oct. 25.
As Milli Vanilli once improvised “Blame it on the Rain,” the story for Friday night was mostly captured from the rain--creating a muddy field, coaches and players sloshing through the murk and a scant crowd of spectators wearing heavy rain gear and gathering under tents and umbrellas.

Meek Lady Tigers are 1A Area 12 volleyball champions


The Meek Lady Tigers of Arley captured the 1A Area 12 volleyball championship at Marion County High School recently. Members of the team include, front row, from left: Sunnie Manning, Jessie Woodard, Savannah Smith, BreAnna Eddy, Abby Phillips. Back row: Head Coach Callie Brewer, Laney Phillips, Peyton Johnson, Hannah Taylor, Madison Smith, Veronica Ortega, Tyleigh Thompson, Christina Tyree and assistant Payten Hayes.

Fayette eliminates Haleyville from area vb tourney


Lily Tinch at the net for the Lady Lions.

CURRY - The Haleyville Lady Lions were eliminated from the area tournament Monday, Oct. 21, in Curry. HHS lost in three straight sets, 25-18, 25-8, 28-26.
Stats for Haleyville include:
Kaitlyn Burleson, 6 digs;
Kaylee Riddle, 6 digs;
Ashton McCullar, 2 aces, 6 kills, 1 block, 13 digs;
Laura Lunsford, 4 aces, 7 digs, 7 assists;
Audrey Sibley, 1 ace, 6 kills, 2 digs, 1 assist;
Anna Allen, 4 aces, 1 kill, 6 digs, 42 assists;
Madison Caine, 4 kills, 3 digs, 2 assists;
Samara Pratt, 1 kill, 4 assists;
Lily Tinch, 3 kills, 1 dig;

Phillips pounds Sumiton Christian 61-22


Alex Copeland on the tackle for Phillips.

CHEROKEE - A hot start from the Phillips Bears propelled them to their second win of the season as they routed the Indians of Cherokee High School 61-22 on Thursday, Oct. 24.
Hunter Lanford was the leader for the Bears in the win. The senior running back rushed for four touchdowns and also reeled in a pass for a score in the win.
"I am really proud of the way our team executed," first-year Bear head coach Adam Lawler said following the game. "We came out and were able to dominate in the run game. I think our offensive and defensive linemen played really well," he added.

Addison shuts out Hatton 43-0

HATTON - The Addison Bulldogs concluded the 2019 regular football season in fine style Thursday, Oct. 23, routing the Hatton Hornets 43-0.
The Dawgs got on the board quickly to start the game on an 80-yard kickoff return, courtesy of Grant Rice.  Rice was good for a 58-yard touchdown run later in the first quarter, then Rice completed a pass to Luke Chambers from 24-yards out for the Dawgs’ third score of the first quarter.  All two-point tries failed  throughout the game, but the Dawgs were up 18-0 to end the first quarter.

WCHS hands Sumiton Christian 46-7 loss

DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Winston County Yellow Jackets slammed Sumiton Christian Thursday night, Oct. 24, by a score of 46-7.
The Yellow Jackets had a total of 401 yards on the ground and had 35 yards in penalties.
WCHS held the visitors to only 96 to yards on the night, with Sumiton Christian hit with 20 yards in penalties.
Winston County will host Lynn Friday, Nov. 1.

AHS homecoming court


Pictured is the 2019 Addison High School homecoming queen Macey Butler, along with her court. From l-r: Callie Crider, Ivey Howse, Savannah Manley, Butler, Chloe Brockwell, Rheagan Holland and Savannah Lynn

PHS ends senior night with victories


Cassidy Dodd slams a kills down for the Lynn Lady Bears. On the block for PHS are Allie Veal (30) and Gracie Hallman (12).

BEAR CREEK - It was a night of memories and victories, as the Phillips She Bears honored their seniors and took wins over Lynn and Tharptown Tuesday, Oct. 15.
The PHS She Bears won in straight sets over both teams defeating the LHS Lady Bears 25-12 and 25-13. The She Bears won 25-21 and 25-17 over The Lady Wildcats.
Stats for the She Bears in the Lynn match include:
Alli Temple, 9 assists, 3 kills;
Gracie Hallman, 3 assists, 2 digs, 3 kills, 1 ace;
Ally McCollum, 1 dig, 7 kills, 3 blocks.
She Bear stats for the Tharptown match are:

WCHS wins in close match over HHS


WCHS seniors from left: Mackenzie Blackwood, Elle Donaldson, Jassmine Ergle and Rachel Thompson.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - It was senior night for the Winston County Yellow Lady Jackets Thursday, Oct. 17. The Lady Jackets went three straight over Haleyville in close sets, winning 25-18, 25-23 and 28-26.
Senior Mackenzie Blackwood was also recognized for reaching 1,000 kills at the recent Winston County Volleyball Tournament.
Stats for the Lady Jackets include:
Elle Donaldson, 18 digs, 4 aces;
Mackenzie Blackwood, 14 kills, 6 digs, 1 ace;
Makayla Lindsey, 10 kills, 7 digs, 1 block, 1 ace;
Ella Moore, 2 blocks, 4 digs, 1 kill;

Mustangs wrangle 25-16 win over Winston County


Ryker Morgan is on a carry for the Yellow Jackets, with Isic Clark (11) shown blocking.

REMLAP  - One thing can be said about the Winston County Yellow Jackets: they played their hearts out against the Southeastern Mustangs even againt opposition.
The Southeastern Mustangs had the final say with a 25-16  victory in the griddy regional matchup Friday night, Oct. 18.
The Yellow Jackets played hard but were hit with penalties at the most inopportune moments of the ball game, stated Head Coach Mark Mitchell.

Meek falls to Marion County 35-20


Matthew Clark rushes downfield for Meek. Also shown is Meek Tiger Angel Chino.

By Jesse Lamar
Courtesy of The Journal Record
GUIN - The Marion County Red Raiders snapped a four-game losing streak on Friday, Oct. 18, with a hard-fought 35-20 win over the Tigers of Meek High School.
The Red Raiders, who are now 5-4 on the season and 3-3 in region play, got off to a hot start in the Class 1A, Region 6 matchup, opening the contest with a commanding 20-0 run.
The Tigers had two scores in the second half, but the rally wasn't enough as they eventually fell to the hosting Raiders.

HHS moves final regular season game to Halloween

HALEYVILLE - Nothing goes together like great football and candy.
To that end, Haleyville High School has moved its final regular game of the season to Thursday, Oct. 31.  As the Haleyville Lions take on their arch nemesis, the Hamilton Aggies, kids can enjoy the candy throwouts, a costume contest (friendly costumes only), face painting and much more!
All HHS students are encouraged to come out for Halloween at the Bubba.

Addison Dizzy Dean 11U team honored


Each year, the senior class at Addison HIgh School chooses a theme for their homecoming festivities. This year’s theme was “Home is Where the Bulldogs Are”. Members of the senior class chose to honor Addison’s past, present and future. For the future, the honorees were the Addison Dizzy Dean 11U baseball team, which brought home the state championship this past summer. Members of the team, along with their coaches were brought to the 50-yard line, where they were met with a roar of applause from the crowd. Members of the team were Kiah Lake, Tucker Thompson, Jed Wilkins, Jackson Williams, Stone Talley, Trennon Burns, Shelton Alexander, Braiden Moser, Dathan Cleghorn, Cole Thompson and Landen Livingston. Coaches were Keith Thompson, head coach; Dallas Thompson, Chad Williams and Damon Cleghorn. Pictured above are some of the members of the team, along with their coaches.span>

Townsend carries Hammer for Lions


Reece Townsend brought the Hammer on to the field for the Haleyville High School Lions during the Good Hope football game. He is pictured with band members who presented the honor at the afternoon pep rally. From left, Townsend, Olivia Harris, Melena Ward, Tia Lauderdale, Sara Long and Hagen Weaver. The award is presented by the HHS band and boosters organization.

Hammer Award given to Lambert


Brantson Lambert was given the honor of carrying the hammer on to the field for the Russellville football game for Haleyville. The award is sponsored by the HHS band and band boosters organization and awarded at the afternoon pep rally. Shown with Lambert are band members Destiny Yeakey, left and Erin Morris, right, along with Mayor Ken Sunseri.

Whitman receives Hammer Award


Nick Whitman was presented the Hammer Award at the Haleyville High School afternoon pep rally prior to the Northside football game. The award is sponsored by the HHS band and band boosters organization. Whitman is pictured with HHS Principal Davey Reed, dressed in the theme of the week for red, white and blue.

Nick Whitman was presented the Hammer Award at the Haleyville High School afternoon pep rally prior to the Northside football game. The award is sponsored by the HHS band and band boosters organization. Whitman is pictured with HHS Principal Davey Reed, dressed in the theme of the week for red, white and blue.

Weaver selected for Hammer Award


Josh Weaver was selected at the Haleyville High School pep rally for the Curry game to bring in the hammer for the Lions football team prior to the start of the game. The award is selected by the band and band boosters organization. Color guard members shown from left are: Olivia Harris, Sara Long, Hagen Weaver, Weaver, Melena Ward and Tia Lauderdale.

Running Lions finish well in Jesse Owens classic


Haleyville’s top three boys. Pictured from left are: Logan Smith, Lewis Barber, Gracen Smith

By Kathy Barber
Special to the Alabamian
DANVILLE - The Haleyville High School  Running Lions competed in The Jesse Owens XC Classic Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 5, in Danville. This is one of the largest races in the state with teams from four states competing. Runners numbering 3,767 completed the course.
Traffic was so congested that some spectators, as well as teams themselves, had to park a mile away on the side of the road and walk the course to make it in time for the races. Luckily our teams made it to the competition early.  

PHS loses to Hackleburg in homecoming


Phillips’ Hayden Kelley is on the run after an interception.

BEAR CREEK - Phillips High School's homecoming was not only dampened by the light rain in the area, but also the Hackleburg Panthers, who pulled away in the second half to beat the Bears 38-22.
The mood between the two teams was friendlier and emotional prior to the start of the game when Hackleburg offensive lineman Kade Holcomb and wide receivers Gavin Pyburn and Ethan Heggy presented flowers to homecoming court contestant Emma Taylor in memory of her brother, Kiah, who lost his life in a two-vehicle accident in July.  

Addison claims Winston County VB champs title


In the championship match, Winston County’s Mackenzie Blackwood goes for the kill, as Addison’s two sisters Savannah (13) and Gracie (16) Manley go for the block. Also shown in the background is Makayla Lindsey (21).

DOUBLE SPRINGS  -  The reigning 2018 2A volleyball state champions are now the 2019 Winston County champs. Addison won the title Saturday, Oct. 12, at Winston County High School.
Addison defeated Lynn in the first varsity match of the morning, 25-5, 25-11, 25-5.
The WCHS Lady Jackets defeated Meek in the second match of the morning by a score of 25-18, 27-25 and 25-16.
The championship match featured AHS and Winston County High School, with Addison winning 25-11, 25-17, 20-25, 25-13.
Stats for the Addison Lady Bulldogs for the tournament include:

Temple named AHSAA top performer


Alli Temple Phillips

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association has recognized a local volleyball standout as a top performer.     Alli Temple, Phillips High School, Bear Creek: had 22 assists and 17 kills as the Bears (21-14) downed Belgreen in a key Class 1A match in northwest Alabama.
 Among other top performances reported for week seven were: Drew Bailey, McIntyre, Chelsea;
Bliss Brown, Southside-Gadsden;
Reese Colburn, Mortimer Jordan;
Stephanie Sharp, Buckhorn;
Olivia Brown, Homewood;
Madalyn Holladay, Danville;

Addison regains ASWA Top 10 ranking

MONTGOMERY - The Addison Bulldogs has regained its place in the Top 10 rankings for 2A, coming in at #10 in the Alabama Sports Writers Association poll.
Others ranked included: CLASS 2A
1. Fyffe (23); 6-0; 285
2. Luverne; 6-0; 214
3. Ohatchee (1); 6-0; 182
4. Reeltown; 7-0; 162
5. Leroy; 5-1; 138
6. Aliceville; 5-1; 101
7. Collinsville; 5-1; 82
8. Red Bay; 6-0; 74
9. G.W. Long; 6-0; 37
10. Addison; 5-2; 21

Good Hope slides by Haleyville 17-11


Camden Smith on one of his 15 carries on the night. Smith garnered a total of 105 yards rushing. He runs behind the blocking of offensive lineman Trevor Jordan (75).

HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville Lions (3-4, 2-2), suffering from multiple injuries this season, battled Friday night, Oct. 11, but fell short 17-11 in region action to the Good Hope Raiders (7-1, 4-1).
The Lions, who had 266 yards total offense on the night, were forced to punt on the opening series.  This set up the Raiders first scoring drive on a punt at the GHHS 24.

Pickens County blows past Meek 44-13


Stuart Waldrep comes around the corner on a carry for Meek.

ARLEY   - It rained during the first half of play,  but the Meek Tigers were under a storm warning, as the Pickens County Tornadoes blew into town leaving scattered Tigers in their wake 44-13 Friday night, Oct. 11.
The Meek Tigers faced a whirlwind of a defense Friday night, at the mercy of the  Tornadoes, that dominated the ball game with a wall of size and quickness in the regional matchup.