A community-wide prayer service will be held Sunday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m., at the Haleyville First United Methodist Church's fellowship hall for Dey Riddle. Riddle has been seriously ill for several weeks. Everyone is encouraged to attend and join in corporate prayer for her healing.
The Alabama Sports Writers Association high school football rankings with first-place votes, win-loss record and total poll points:
DOUBLE SPRINGS - It was an unlucky Friday the 13th for the Winston County Yellow Jackets, and homecoming also coincided with the full moon. Instead of the purring expected out of the Tarrant Wildcats, they let out a ferocious yowl and trampled the Jackets 26-6.
As the game began with Tarrant in possession, the Jackets nearly intercepted the ball, but the Wildcats held on. However, the Jackets’ defense forced the first punt on the night for Tarrant.
HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville High School Lions (2-2-0, 1-1) battled from a 21-10 deficit at halftime to 28-28 as the clock ended regulation play Friday night against the Northside Rams (3-1-0, 2-0) in region play.
Due to a penalty on the play that ran the clock out, Haleyville’s Jacob Lolley kicked a tremendous 49-yard field goal attempt that was on the mark, but fell just a couple of yards short.
The game went into overtime with HHS putting points on the board first, on a Kane Gravitt-Tucker touchdown and Lolley adding the PAT.
RED BAY - The score may have been low, but the emotions were high, what was predicted as a gritty hard fought game that ended in a nailbiter, as the Addison Bulldogs were defeated by the Red Bay Tigers 16-10.
The Bulldogs never gave up, having opportunities to outscore their opponent, but their drive pressing deep to the Tiger 10 late in the game was no match for swarming Red Bay defenders.
The clock was the Bulldogs’ final enemy, as the final seconds ticked away, ending the drive and the hope for victory.
By Allen Dunavant
HUBBERTVILLE -Hubbertville welcomed the Meek Tigers to Wiley Hollingsworth Stadium on Friday night, with hopes of bouncing back from last week’s loss.
The Lions wasted little time, being first on the scoreboard with 8:29 remaining in the opening quarter.
The Lions were successful with a touchdown and PAT in their next series and they were up 14-0.
By Kathy Barber
DANVILLE - Week two of Haleyville High School cross country took the Lions to the Chickasaw Trails Invitational in Danville.
The boys finished 15th out of 37 teams and the girls finished 12th out of 25 teams.
Lewis Barber and Kaytee Beth Boyles were the top finishers for the Lions. The runners faced 92ºF temperature, with 90 percent humidity. It was HOT!
BRILLIANT - The Lynn Lady Bears took a match in three straight sets over the Brilliant Lady Tigers on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Scores were 25-22, 25-23 and 25-23. The match was held at BHS.
Submitted stats for the Lady Bears include: kills, Ella Brown, 8; Lexi Adamson, 10; service aces: Kendra Hannah 5. No stats were available for BHS.
HALEYVILLE - The 4A Haleyville Lady Lions defeated the 5A Russellville Lady Tigers in two straight sets Thursday, Sept. 13, while losing a close match to the 6A ranked Muscle Shoals Lady Trojans in the tri-match. HHS won 25-14 and 26-24 over Russellville and lost 25-17 and 25-16 to the Lady Trojans.
Stats for the Lady Lions in their match against Russellville include:
Kaylee Riddle: 4 kills, 3 digs;
Ashton McCullar, 2 aces, 3 kills, 8 digs;
Laura Lunsford: 2 aces, 3 kills, 8 assists, 2 digs;
Madison Caine: 7 kills, 4 digs;
ADDISON - The Bulldogs of Addison displayed their honed skills Friday night, Sept. 6, with a win over their arch rival- Winston County High Yellow Jackets, 36 - 14. It was a gritty, field-stomping and romping game.
Addison received the ball at the start, while Winston held their ground, forcing Addison to punt on fourth down. As quick as a flash, the ball was recovered by Addison, though it was short- lived, with the Yellow Jackets recovering a fumble. However, the Jackets were penalty plagued, and even with two complete passes, they were forced to punt.
BESSEMER - The Haleyville High School Lions (2-1-0, 1-0-0) had two touchdowns called back due to penalties Friday night, but held on to a 7-0 lead for a region win against Oak Grove (0-3-0).
The Lions’ only counted touchdown came late in the first quarter. An Oak Grove punt rolled to the HHS 3-yard-line. Quarterback Eli Musso took the snap and laid the ball into the arms of a wide-open Christian Chambers in the flats. Chambers went 97 yards for the touchdown, with Jacob Lolley splitting the uprights for the extra point.
GUIN - Marion County forced a fumble that was recovered by the Red Raiders' Jameson Webb as time expired against Lynn at the 2-yard line to capture the 20-18 Red Raider victory.
The win propelled Marion County to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in Class 1A, Region 6 while Lynn dropped to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in Region 6.
"We've got to learn to finish," Marion County head coach Kyle Williams said following the contest. "We had a couple of opportunities to put the game away and came up short.
ARLEY - The Meek Tigers were no match for the quickness of the South Lamar Stallions, which rode their way to a 62-0 shutout of the Tigers at beautiful Tiger stadium Friday night, Sept. 6.
Meek Head Coach David Norwood commended South Lamar on having a good football team. “They have a lot of speed,” Norwood said. “I’ll watch the film tomorrow, and we’ll make corrections.”
Turnovers were not in the Tigers’ favor. “The turnover early certainly didn’t help any,” Norwood stated. “That was the first play of the ball game, the first play from scrimmage.”
ARLEY - The Meek Lady Tigers took the match in five sets Thursday, Sept. 5, over the Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets.
Meek won the first set 25-15, with WCHS taking the second 29-27. Meek returned the victory in the third set 25-16 and Winston County won the fourth 25-22. It came down to the final fifth set, with Meek winning 15-7.
Stats for the Lady Tigers include: Abby Phillips, 14 kills, 13 digs, 5 aces, 3 blocks;
Madison Smith, 10 kills, 6 blocks;
Hannah Taylor, 9 kills, 8 digs, 3 aces, 1 block;
Sunnie Manning, 6 kills; 12 digs;
HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville Running Lions opened their season Saturday, Aug. 31, at McFarland Park in Florence at the Brooks Lions Cross Country Invitational.
This is a very young team with only two female seniors and no male seniors. What is considered a rebuilding year, did not stop the Lions from putting up some impressive numbers.
Haleyville’s Top 5 boys finished in 12th, 24th, 39th, 43rd and 79th place out of 187 runners for a fifth place team finish.
HALEYVILLE - It was a good night of volleyball for spectators as the 2A state runners-up Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets battled against the 4A Haleyville Lady Lions in volleyball Tuesday, Aug. 27, in the HHS gymnasium.
The Lady Lions took a commanding win in the first set 25-13, but the Lady Jackets took the next three in close action 25-21, 25-23 and 25-22.
Stats for Haleyville include: Kaitlyn Burleson, 2 kills and 9 digs;
Kaylee Riddle, 2 aces, 1 kill, 10 digs and 10 assists;
Ashton McCullar, 1 ace, 5 kills, 2 assists and 10 digs;
FLORENCE - The Haleyville Lions (1-1-0) traveled to the Central High School (0-2-0) in Florence Friday night, bringing home a 33-16 victory.
Haleyville scored on the opening possession of the game. Quarterback Eli Musso and the offense started with good field position at the HHS 49. Christian Chambers took the first hand-off for a five yard gain, where Musso moved the chains on a keeper to the CHS 36.
DOUBLE SPRINGS - What a difference a year makes.
After losing in the last second to Meek last year, the Winston County Yellow Jackets took the victory over the Tigers Friday, Aug. 30, at Malcolm Blake Stadium in a hard-fought county battle.
Before the game started, the Jacket Club - a new program at Double Springs Elementary School - was introduced on the field. Members get to attend home games for free, attend pep rallies and will get a meal with the players at some future point.
LYNN - The Lynn Bears used a stout defensive effort to secure a season opening 26-14 win over Phillips High School.
Lynn put up the first score of the night and wouldn't trail for the remainder of the contest. Lynn found pay dirt on their second drive of the night, after fielding a punt on their own 25, the Bears went to work on a 12-play drive that was capped by an 8-yard scamper from Brandon Hill run around the right side. The two-point try was no good, leaving the score at 6-0 with just over four minutes left in the opening quarter.
ADDISON - The 2A reigning volleyball champions, the Addison Lady Bulldogs, took down 4A Danville, in action Thursday, Aug. 29, at AHS. Danville is currently ranked #6.
The match went 3 to 1 sets, with AHS winning the first set 25-22. Danville took the second one 25-18, and the Lady Bulldogs taking the final two 25-23 and 26-24. The Lady Bulldogs have been without Savannah Manley in the middle due to a knee injury. She returned to play Thursday night, contributing to Addison’s win.
Stats for the Addison Lady Bulldogs include: Addisyn Smothers, 7 digs, 1 ace, 4 kills;
ADDISON - No stingers were seen from the Curry Yellow Jackets as the Addison Bulldogs stomped their way to victory in a 37-0 shutout Friday, Aug. 23, at A.G. Hicks Stadium.
At the end of the first quarter, the score was still zero for both teams, but everything clicked for Addison during the second quarter where they blazed a scorching hot trail to the end zone for 27 points. The first touchdown came with 11:04 remaining in the first half with a drive up to the one-yard line taken over by Grant Rice for the touchdown. Eli Howse added the point after,making the score 7-0.
HACKLEBURG - Hackleburg suffered a 44-16 loss to Class 2A Winston County on Friday, Aug. 23, at Ray Stadium in Hackleburg.
The Panthers trailed 14-8 at halftime before the Yellow Jackets outscored Hackleburg 30-8 in the second half.
The Yellow Jackets struck first with William Owens scoring from four yards out. A failed 2-point try gave Winston County a 6-0 advantage with 4:57 left in the first quarter.
ARLEY - The Eagles had Tigers for prey in the season opener of the Meek Tigers and Cold Springs Eagles which shut out the home team 25-0 in their season opener on Thursday, Aug. 22, at beautiful Tiger Stadium.
The home team had a strong first quarter, dominating control of the ball and making bigger plays, but penalties and other mistakes kept them in negative yardage, as the Eagles took opportunity.
“Just drive killers,” Tiger Head Coach David Norwood stated after the game. “Penalty here, bad snap there, throwing an interception, drive killers.”
CARBON HILL - The Haleyville Lady Lions began their 2019 volleyball season, traveling to Carbon Hill High School.
The Lady Lions played tough against the Lady Bulldogs, but fell three straight in action.
Stats for the Haleyville Lions include:
Ashton McCullar, 9 kills, 1 block assist, 3 digs;
Madison Caine, 3 kills, 3 blocks, 1 block assist, 9 digs;
Kaitlyn Burleson, 1 ace, 4 kills, 5 digs;
Adyson Robertson, 1 ace, 3 kills, 1 block, 6 digs;
Audrey Sibley, 4 kills, 1 block assist, 1 assist;
Samara Pratt, 1 block, 1 block assist;
Mackenzie Blackwood and Elle Donaldson from Winston County High School and Savannah Manley from Addison High School have been named to Al.com's seniors watch list this season in volleyball. The AHS Lady Bulldogs will be vying for yet another state championship, while Winston County will be looking to take the top spot after ending the season as runners-up in the state title game last year.
Haleyville head baseball coach Todd McNutt was named Coach of the Year, with the following athletes were named to the Alabamian's 2019 All-Star baseball team:
Addison - Jesse Brock, sophomore, 2B/P; Gage Gilliland, senior, SS; Hayden Lee, senior, P/1st; Brett Smith, junior, 3B/P; Luke Waldrep, junior, P;
Haleyville - Blake Bennett, senior, P/OF; Brantson Lambert, junior, P; John Miller Lawson, sophomore, DH/UT; Ben Lowman, senior, P/3B; Scott McAlpine, senior, SS/P; John Whiteside, junior, P;
HALEYVILLE - The Mark Forester Foundation presented $1,000 to Haleyville Elementary School, for having the most participants in 9th annual Mark Forester Race, which was held in May on the campus of Haleyville City Schools.
Not only did staff from the elementary school participate in the race but they also manned a cooling station across from Barry’s Carpet, where they gave out water, Gatorade and snacks to race participants.
MONTGOMERY – The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control approved returning a record $2 million to its member schools under its Revenue Sharing Plan and also voted to waive school membership dues once again – an immediate savings of approximately $84,000 for member schools.
Lynn High School softball head coach Jessy Woods has been named the Alabamian's Coach of the Year. All-Star members include:
Addison - Macey Butler, Anna Grace Luker and Destiny Walker
Haleyville - Ana Aaron, Hailie Moody and Lauran Wilcoxson
Lynn - Ashley Aldridge, Hannah Alsup, Breanna Barton and Sadie Tittle
Meek - Bailee Fincher, Emma Fincher and Autumn Peek
Phillips - Lexie Dishner and Amber Markham
Winston County - Katelyn Bullock, Elle Donaldson, Jassmine Ergle and Makayla Lindsey.
HALEYVILLE - 14-year-old Matthew Coleman has had a very busy and successful spring and summer. The rising freshman at Haleyville High School placed second in the javelin in the junior division in the New Balance Nationals held in May in North Carolina.
He placed first at sectionals in Winfield this spring, with the HHS track team in the javelin competition.
That qualified him for the state meet in Gulf Shores, where he placed 14th in the high school division. This allowed him to compete in the New Balance Nationals.
TROY - Holly Ward, a Haleyville native and HHS graduate, has been hired as Troy University’s new softball pitching coach.She was an assistant at Mississippi State, her alma mater, last season. Ward holds multiple MSU records and ranks in the top 10 in numerous other single-season and career categories. She is the school record holder for shutouts and perfect games. Ward started 23 games as a senior for the Bulldogs and posted a 1.43 ERA. She was also the pitcher for the Haleyville Lady Lions, bringing home two back-to-back state championship in 2012-13.
Dylan Burleson has been named the Alabamian's boys basketball Coach of the Year. The All-Star team is comprised of:
Addison-Eli Howse, freshman point guard; Christian Roberts, freshman shooting guard; Logan Wilkins, sophomore forward;
Haleyville-Clay Blanton, junior shooting guard; Rusty Frost, senior center; Grayson Long, junior point guard; Ben Lowman, senior small and power forwards;
Lynn-Micah Cagle, junior point guard; Brandon Hill, sophomore guard; Noah Jackson, senior forward; Griffin Lynn, sophomore forward;
HALEYVILLE - What started off as a whim back in May has led Lewis Barber, an rising sophomore at Haleyville High School, to qualify to compete as a junior Olympian at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics in Sacramento, California, July 22-27.
Last May his Haleyville High School track coach Elyse Aldridge advised him to compete in a USAT&F decathlon hosted by Hoover High School. He did well and ended the 2019 season finishing first in the state in the decathlon for his age group as a freshman.
HALEYVILLE - The Winston County Sports Hall of Fame banquet recognized deserving honorees Saturday, May 20, at the Haleyville Elementary School cafetorium.
Bob Masdon, executive director of the WCSHoF, welcome everyone and introduced Tony Giles.
Giles, University of Alabama sports announcer, was master of ceremonies for the event. He has served in this capacity for 19 of the 22 years the banquet has been held. He then introduced the keynote speaker.