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Haleyville teams win area games over Curry


Rusty Frost comes down with a rebound for the HHS Lions. He had 7 rebounds on the night.

HALEYVILLE - It was a big night for the Haleyville High School, winning all four games against area opponent Curry. The junior varsity girls and boys won, as well as the varsity teams at home.
HHS’ varsity girls took the lead in the first quarter and never looked back, winning 50-31. The varsity boys did the same, taking a 46-30 victory.
Scores by quarter in the girls game were: 11-7, 25-10, 40-19 and 50-31. Scoring for the Lady Lions were: Alli Temple 20; Catie Aldridge 16; Ashton McCullar 7; Molly Gilbert 3; Reagan Kutis and Kaitlyn Mobley 2 each.

HHS football banquet honors athletes


Academic MVP award winners from left: Nathaniel Adair, sophomore; Brantson Lambert, junior; Scott McAlpine, senior.

HALEYVILLE - Mitch Nethery, senior pastor of the Haleyville First United Methodist Church, gave an inspiring keynote speech to those in attendance of the Haleyville High School football banquet Thursday, Jan. 10, at the FUMC Slaughter Fellowship Hall. Nethery has also served in the military 29 years. He is currently a lieutenant colonel and chaplain.

MHS, WCHS split games


Emma Fincher (22) and Brenna Wakefield for the WCHS Lady Jackets go after control of the ball. Also shown are Jessie Woodard (34) for Meek and Samantha Marcum (20) for the WCHS Lady Jackets.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Meek High School Tigers and the Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets were the winners Friday, Jan. 11, at Winston County High School.
The Lady Jackets won by a score of 48 to 27, leading all four quarters. Scoring by quarters went 14-12, 22-17, 35-25 and 48-27.

2018: local sports year-in-review

April
•Emee Baldwin, state pole vaulting champion, has already pole vaulted over the state record this track and field season at 10.4 feet. The record is 10 feet in 1A. But to make it county, the Addison High School senior has to do it during the upcoming state meet.
•The Meek Lady Tigers could not be beat in the Winston County Softball Tournament at Meek High School. They captured the championship title in two days of play, defeating Winston County High School in the final round.

2018: local sports year-in-review

January
•Hannah Alexander and Saige Blanton earned their 1,000th career points recently. The Winston County Yellow Jackets are 12-5 on the season.
•Alli Temple posted 45 points for the Haleyville Lady Lions in an area win over the Fayette Lady Tigers. She also had 10 rebounds on the night, with two assists and steal. She was 21 of 26 from the field and 3 of 5 from the free throw line.
•Former Auburn player and three time NFL Pro Bowler Joe Cribbs will be the keynote speaker of the Haleyville High School football banquet on Thursday, Jan. 18.

Winston County Yellow Jackets slam Falkville


Austin Owens puts in two for the Jackets.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Winston County Yellow Jackets took a commanding win over Falkville Friday, Dec. 28, in action at Winston County High School, winning 65-14.
The Jackets expanded a 9-4 lead in the first quarter to 43-9 at halftime. By the end of the third period, WCHS was ahead 56-14. The Jackets held Falkville scoreless in the final period of play.
Scoring for the Jackets included: Austin Owens 5; Cade Hendrix 3; Zachary Wright 6; Brooks Bonds 7; Cade Taylor 23; Johnny Key 4; Jarrett Bailey 4; Ethan Moore 8; Hunter Hood 2; Nathaniel Gurley 3.

WCHS Lady Jackets defeat East Lawrence to advance in tournament; Addison loses to Curry Lady Jackets


Kady Bonds, leading scorer in the East Lawrence game with 21 points, is on the move for the Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets soundly defeated East Lawrence in the Winston County Christmas Tournament on Friday, Dec. 28, advancing them to the championship round against Belgreen on Saturday, Dec. 29. Played at Winston County High School,  the number 8th ranked WCHS won by a score of 49-19 over the Eagles. WCHS was defeated by Belgreen Saturday in the championship round by a score of 68-37.

WCHS runner-up in Christmas Tournament


The Winston County High School Lady Yellow Jackets captured the runner-up slot in the Winston County Christmas basketball tournament. The Lady Jackets fell to Belgreen by a score of 68-37. Pictured on the front row, from left, Emily Holt, MacKenzie Blackwood, Olivia Wright, Jazzy Ergle. Back row: Coach Becky Cobb, Brenna Wakefield, Kady Bond, Samantha Marcum, MaKayla Lindsey, Kayla Stromatt, assistant coaches Julie Veal, Adam Veal. Not shown are team members Saige Blanton and Ella Moore.

Lions split area games with Fayette


Alli Temple, leading scorer for the Lady Lions with 26 points, puts up a jump shot.

FAYETTE - The Haleyville Lady Lions took a big area win Friday night, Jan. 4, against the Fayette Lady Tigers by a score of 57-26. The Lady Lions were in charge from the start, leading all four periods. Scoring for HHS include: Reagan Kutis 11; Ashton McCullar 7; Alli Temple 26; Tesley Callahan 5; Molly Gilbert 2; Catie Aldridge 3, Kaitlyn Mobley 3.
The Haleyville Lions lost a close one to Fayette in the final game of the night, 36-34.

Scores 1,000 points

Brandon Green, a sophomore on the Phillips High School varsity basketball team, hit the 1,000 career point mark the third game of this season, while playing Belgreen. That is a rare accomplishment for a 10th grader so early into the season. He is pictured with his coach Scott Veal, who presented the 1,000 points basketball. Brandon is the son of Daniel and Kesha Green.

WCHS Lady Jackets make comeback to defeat Carbon Hill in Christmas tournament


Emily Holt goes to the net for the Lady Yellow Jackets in action with Carbon Hill High School.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Winston County Lady  Jackets were  down by 17 points in the first period Thursday, Dec. 27, playing Carbon Hill in the Winston County Christmas Tournament. The Lady Jackets hosted the event.
WCHS kept closing the gap and tied the score at 38 all late in the third period and won by a score of 48-44.
Stats for the Lady Jackets include:
Kady Bonds, 9 points;  7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals;
Ella Moore, 2 points, 8 rebounds;
Emily Holt, 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal;

Blanton surpasses most points scored record


Thursday night, Dec. 20, senior Saige Blanton finished her night with 21 points, 17 rebounds and 6 steals. The game points brought her to 1,500 career points at Winston County High School, breaking the school record of 1,446. She broke the record against St. Bernard Prep on Thursday, Dec 13. Blanton was presented a game ball between the WCHS v. Lynn’s girls and boys games. She is pictured with her coach Becky Cobb.

DOUBLE SPRINGS -Winston County Lady Yellow Jacket basketball coach Becky Cobb presented senior player Saige Blanton with a game ball for surpassing the most points scored record at the school. The ball was presented just after the girls game with Lynn Thursday, Dec. 20, but she broke the record of 1,446 during the Dec. 13 game with St. Bernard.
Blanton finished Thursday night against Lynn with 21 points, 17 rebounds and 6 steals, which gave her 1,500 points.

Lynn beats Meek as final buzzer sounds; MHS girls win 42-26


LHS leading scorer Noah Jackson goes to the hoop, with Chris Clark shown for Meek.

LYNN - Lance Harris tipped in a layup as the final buzzer sounded Monday, Dec. 17, to win 51-49 over the visiting Meek Tigers. The Meek Lady Tigers won by a score of 42-26 over the LHS Lady Bears.
Lynn led most of the game, but Meek kept chipping away to take a one point lead late in the third period. LHS quickly regained the lead. With 14 seconds showing on the clock, the score was tied at 49, with Lynn capturing the last second win.

HHS volleyball award winners


The Haleyville High School volleyball team recently held its sports banquet at the commons area at HHS. Three awards were presented to the following: from left, Ashton McCullar, Heart of the Lion; Alli Temple, Most Valuable Player; and Kaylee Riddle, Most Improved. Team coach is Brent McCoy. The Lions won the 4A Area 12 championship for the 2018 season.

Lynn JV volleyball champs


The Lynn Bears junior varsity volleyball team had a successful season. In the Winston County tournament, they defeated Meek 25-13, 25-20. In the semi-final, Lynn beat Winston County 25-20, 25-8 and took down first seed Addison, 25-21, 25-21, 25-14. The Lynn Invitational tournament saw Lynn defeat Fayette County 25-23, 25-8 and Winston County 19-25, 25-15-, 15-7 in round robin play. They lost to Meek 25-26, 20-25, 12-15. In tournament play, Lynn defeated  Winston County, 25-15, 25-19 and beat Fayette County in the championship match, 25-12, 25-16. Members of the team include: Hannah Adamson, Ashley Aldridge, Ella Brown, Phebe Burkett, Lilly Davis, Chloe Gilliland, Lexi Ingle, Gracie Jordan, Samantha McCarter, Joley Sims, Kenslee Stokes, Laney Uptain. Manager is Ralen Norris and head coach Jessy Woods.

Lynn cheerleaders headed to Disney World for national championship


Lynn Varsity Cheer-leaders have represented their school and community well. On Nov. 15, they competed in the North Super Regional Cheer competition and brought home 1st place in 1A Division. On Dec. 8, they competed in Birmingham at the Southern School Regionals and placed 3rd in Game Day medium division and took 2nd place in traditional varsity non-tumbling medium division. Both came with bids to nationals. The squad will be traveling to Disney World, in Orlando, in February to compete at the ESPN Wide World of Sports for a national title. Pictured left to right bottom row: Faith Cagle, Alandis McDaniel, Amber Bridgmon, Maggie Alexander, Morgan Foster, Jenny Davis, Abby Garrett. Back row left to right, Audrey Duboise, Makenna Davis, Cassidy Dodd, Lexie Barton, Chloe Crowe, Riley Thacker, Ronica Gordon, Lexi Adamson, Breanna Dodd. Not pictured: Coach Andi Gibson and Sonya Knight.

PHS girls, WCHS boys win basketball games


Emily Holt gets ready to make a pass as Mary Ashton Hyde defends for Phillips.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Phillips High School Lady Bears and the Winston County Jackets were the winners Tuesday, Dec. 18, in basketball action played at the WCHS gym. The Lady Bears won 66-39, with the Jackets winning 59-48.
Scoring for the Phillips Lady Bears were: Baily Bishop 4; Gracie Hallman 11, including 1 three-pointer; Ally McCollum 26; Lexie Dishner 12; Amber Markham 6, including 1 three-pointer; Mary Ashton Hyde 2; Caitlin Martin 1 three-pointer; Allie Veal 2.

HHS drops losses to Russellville


Clay Blanton eyes the net for a shot.

HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville Lions and Lady Lions each lost to the visiting Russellville Tigers and Lady Tigers on Thursday, Nov. 13.
The Lady Lions lost by a slim margin of four points, 42-38.
Scoring for the HHS were:
Reagan Kutis 5; Mae Boyles 9; Ashton McCullar 2; Alli Temple 7; Molly Gilbert 2; and leading scorer Catie Aldridge 13.

Last second basket gives Lynn win over AHS


Noah Jackson goes all the way up for the two points for the Lynn Bears. He was the leading scorer for the Bears with 20 points.

LYNN - A last second basket by Lynn’s Brandon Hill secured a win for the Bears Tuesday, Nov. 4, over the visiting Addison Bulldogs, 44-42.
The Bulldogs had a 22-14 lead at halftime, but the Bears came out in the third period chipping away at the deficit.
With about four minutes left in the game, the score was tied at 35. The Bulldogs had an opportunity to tie or win the game, getting possession with 1.6 seconds left on the clock, but the shot was short.
The Addison Lady Bulldogs won by a score of 47-13 over the Lady Bears.

HHS girls win over Carbon Hill, varsity boys lose in OT


Grayson Long comes around the corner for Haleyville, despite getting a knee to the chest.

HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville Lady Lions won by a commanding 45-27 over the Carbon Hill Lady Bulldogs Thursday, Dec. 6, at home.
The varsity boys lost a heartbreaker in overtime, 47-40.  The Lions were trailing 19-13 at halftime. By the end of the third period, the deficit had shrunk to only two points, 25-23. With 2.5 seconds showing on the clock in the game, a three-pointer by HHS’ Benjamin Lowman tied the game at 34-34, sending it in overtime.
Lowman was the leading scorer for the Lions with 21 points. Other scores include:
Grayson Long, 7

Shipman member of state championship soccer team


On Nov. 3-4, 2018, the Alabama Soccer Association Division 2 State Championship was played in Foley. Zeke Shipman, a freshman at Haleyville High School, played for the victorious Shoals Soccer Club’s Under 16 team. Having won the Alabama State Cup, the team will play in regional competition in the US youth Soccer Association’s Southern President’s Cup in Round Rock, Texas, in June, 2019. In the photo, Zeke is in the back row, sixth person from the left. Zeke’s parents are Scott and Lisa Shipman.

APRA All-Star state champs


Pictured above are members of the Alabama Parks and Recreation Association’s All-Star state champion volleyball team, from the Haleyville Parks and Recreation program. Shown on the bottom row, from left: Brooklyn Walton, Hope Swims, Gracie Hall and Brylee Henderson. Standing: Coach Ashley Vandiver, Rylee Edwards, Adyson Fralix, Kaileigh Harrison, Ella Vandiver, Elis Godsey, Posey Whiteside and Coach Jayme Hall.

HAMILTON - We are the champions! A champion is not a word that would have come to mind when practice started for the Haleyville Parks and Recreation volleyball program in August of this year. However, the Haleyville P&R All-Star team captured the state title on Nov. 10, in Hamilton. Last year’s team finished as state runner-up in Tuskegee, beaten by Arab. The All-Star team included girls in the fifth and sixth grades.

Meek boys defeat Carbon Hill, girls lose by 9


Stuart Waldrep puts two points in for the Meek Tigers.

CARBON HILL -  The Meek Tigers took a seven point victory over the Carbon Hill Bulldogs Thursday, Nov. 29, 49-42, while the Lady Tigers dropped a loss by nine points, 49-58, to the Lady Bulldogs. The Bulldogs were host to the games.
Payton Key led the charge in scoring with 13 points for the Meek Tigers. Also scoring for the Tigers were Caleb Aaron, 12; Stuart Waldrep, 4; Kevin Chino, 11; David Tidwell, 5.

PHS boys and girls fall short against Deshler


Ally McCollum, the leading scorer for the PHS Lady Bears with 20 points, comes around a Lady Tiger defender.

BEAR CREEK - With 1:22 left in the basketball game, the Phillips High School She Bears had come back from a 25 points deficit at halftime against the Deshler Lady Tigers to be within five points of the lead on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The Lady Bears lost 58-69. The Phillips High School Bears lost by a score of 55-99 at home.
Ally McCollum led the Lady Bears scoring with 20 points, followed by Gracie Hallman, 15; Lexie Dishner, 7, Caitlin Martin, 6, Baily Bishop and Amber Markham with 5 each.

College football goes bowlin’

From the Celebration Bowl on Dec. 15, to the College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 7, here's a look at the 2018-19 college football bowl lineup and playoff schedule.
Saturday, Dec. 15

Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl
North Carolina A&T
vs. Alcorn State
11 A.M. CST, ABC
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
 Atlanta

New Mexico Bowl
North Texas vs. Utah State
1 p.m. SCT, ESPN
Branch Field at
Dreamstyle Stadium
Albuquerque,
New Mexico

Addison’s season ends with 38-22 loss


Dawg Zayne Guthrie touches the end zone for the first touchdown on the night.

ADDISON - Addison tried  valiantly to carry on toward  its fourth state championship, but lost their goal in the rain Friday, Nov. 23, when they took on the Aliceville Yellow Jackets, losing 38-22 in a hard-fought battle.  This was the first meeting between the two teams.

 

HHS class of 1998 recognized


The Haleyville High School Class of 1998 football team was recognized at halftime of the HHS v. Fayette football game. Pictured above are members of the team who were in attendance. Front row: Kale Riddle, holding his dad Dustin Riddle’s jersey, who is deceased. Standing from left: Lyle Cagle, Jeremy Roberts, Paul Johnson, Josh Caldwell, Chad Bell, Craig Wakefield, Joseph Cox, Randy Knight, Benjmain Hooker and Bobby Crook. Joseph and Benjamin are holding the jersey of Jonathan Sampson, who is also deceased.

AHS defeats Ranburne 26-15


Zayne Guthrie comes around the corner on a carry for Addison.

ADDISON   -  It was literally a dog fight, Bulldog against Bulldog, in a tough, griddy matchup where Addison advanced to the quarter finals after defeating Ranburne 26-15 on home turf Friday night, Nov. 16.

 

Winston County boys, girls take wins


Emily Holt goes up for a two-pointer inside the paint.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Winston County High School boys and girls varsity basketball teams captured wins Friday, Nov. 16, hosting St. Bernard Prep.
The varsity boys, won by a score of 71-44, with scoring by quarter as follows: 14-8; 30-21; 50-35; and 71-44.
Stats were not available by press time for the boys game.

 

Bennett signs baseball scholarship with Alabama


Blake Bennett signed a baseball scholarship with the University of Alabama for the fall of 2019. A signing ceremony was conducted Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Haleyville High School gym. Pictured above from left seated are: mother, Belinda Bennett, Bennett, father Jonathan Bennett and brother Brett. Back row: Mike Morgan, co-owner of Morgan’s Gym and trainer; coaches Sean Whiteside, head coach Todd McNutt, Andrew Crisp and Andy Lambert.

HALEYVILLE - Haleyville High School senior Blake Bennett made it official Wednesday, Nov. 14, by signing on the dotted line.  Bennett received a scholarship to play baseball for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
A scholarship signing ceremony was held in the HHS gymnasium  attended by a large gathering of family and friends, including his parents, Jonathan and Belinda, and brother, Brett.

 

Addison Lady Bulldogs state champs


Front row, from left, Sam Brannon, team manager, Addisyn Smothers, Tessa Alvis, Sarah Parris, Destiny Walker, Natalie Jefferson, Brie Ory, Kaylee Brummett. Back row: Head Coach Kayla Woodard, Assistant Coach Pam Wilkins, Callie Crider, Savannah Manley, Sunny Snoddy, Macey Butler, Gracie Manley and Susie Brewer, junior varsity coach .

BIRMINGHAM  - It was a fight to the finish Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Bill Harris Arena at the Crossplex in Birmingham. The Addison Lady Bulldogs made it six state volleyball championships in a row. The Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets took it to the fifth set, at one point leading two sets to one. Last year, Addison defeated Meek in the finals in 1A.

 

WCHS state runner-up in volleyball


The Winston County High School Lady Yellow Jackets captured the state runner-up title in the 2A volleyball classification. Pictured are, front row from left: Crissa Campbell, Kenna Butler, Emily Holt, Elle Donaldson, Alexis Mitchell, Aleesa Suggs and Ally Blackston. Back row: Head Coach Tiffany Cole, Jassmine Ergle, Saige Blanton, Katelyn Bullock, Ella Moore, Mackenzie Blackwood, MaKayla Lindsey and Emily Hill.

1A champion Pleasant Home sends Meek home after opening round


Emma Fincher goes up for the attack.

BIRMINGHAM - The Meek Lady Tigers traveled to the Crossplex in Birmingham Wednesday, Oct. 31, to face Pleasant Home in the opening round of the 1A state volleyball championships.
The Pleasant Home Lady Eagles, from Andalusia, defeated Meek three sets to one. No other team took at set from the Lady Eagles except Meek. The Lady Eagles beat Lyndsey Lane and Athens Bible in three straight to capture the 1A state championship.
Stats for the Lady Tigers include:

Phillips drops loss to Hubbertville Lions


Ken Edwards makes a leaping interception for the Phillips Bears.

HUBBERTVILLE - Hubbertville closed out regular season play by hosting the Phillips High Bears on Friday night. Winning the coin toss, the Lions elected to receive the opening kick to get the much anticipated game underway. Gage Key received the ball at the 20-yard line advancing to the 41-yard line and four plays later, he rambled his way down the right side line into end zone for the opening drive score. The PAT kick by Zach Hubbert was good and the Lions were on the scoreboard with 9:42 remaining in the first quarter.  

 

HHS cross country teams are state qualifiers


Haleyville High School runners, from left, Kaytee Beth Boyles and Aly Donaldson. Boyles finished 4th in the 4A ladies division, while Donaldson was 10th. Mae Boyles, not shown, finished in 6th place.

The Haleyville boys cross country team finished third in sectionals this past week, while the girls finished in second place in the 4A classification. The teams will be traveling the Oakville Indian Mounds, in Moulton, Saturday for state competition.
Results for the ladies division were:
1. Bijou Phillips, Good Hope-21:04.84
2. Theresa Billman, American Christian, 21:11.20
3. Isabella Lovvorn, American Christian, 21:12.66
4. Kaytee Beth Boyles, Haleyville, 22:21.52
5. Madison Isbell, American Christian, 22:42.93