Addison region champs; Meek state bound as third seed; Haleyville eliminated by Jacksonville in 4A action

The Addison Lady Bulldogs are the 2A North Region Volleyball Champions. Pictured on the front row, from left are: Addisyn Smothers, Bracie Rodgers, Hadley Butler, Anna Grace Luker, Bailee Ory. Back row: assistant coaches Susie Brewer and Melissa Cleghorn, Dacey Baker, Molly Gilbreath, Lydia Ergle, Abby Waldrep, Sunny Snoddy, Katie Barrett,  Gracie Manley and Coach Kaydi Woodard.
HUNTSVILLE - The Addison Lady Bulldogs found themselves in a very familiar place Wednesday, Oct. 21. The Lady Dawgs, ranked No. 1, sailed through the 2A North Regionals without losing a set. AHS put down A16 winner Lexington in the first match 25-11, 25-15 and 25-12.

Experience key to Jackets’ success this year

The Winston County High School Yellow Jackets
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Football has been a tradition at schools for many years. At Winston County High School, the first team began in 1920. With the exception of a handful of years in the 1920s and during World War II, scheduled games with area opponents have continued unobstructed. For the first time since 1945, WCHS has come closer than ever to not having football this season, due to the COVID-19

Powell takes the reins of Meek football

The Meek High School Tigers. The jersey for #12 Trint Ory is being held by Ory Frith and David Tidwell. Trint lost his life in a wreck in April and would have been a junior this year.
ARLEY - Houston Powell’s first year at the helm of the Meek Tiger football program is already full of challenges thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but one the team will rise up and overcome, just as they plan to do with their opponents this season.

AHSAA provides guidance to principals and coaches regarding end of spring sports seasons

WINSTON COUNTY - The announcement Thursday by Governor Kay Ivey and State Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey that all Alabama public schools will be closed for traditional instruction for the remainder of the school year also means that the spring sports regular seasons and championships are also canceled.

Alabama's outdoors provides solutions for social distancing

By David Rainer

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

While Governor Kay Ivey and Dr. Scott Harris, Chair of the Governor's COVID-19 Task Force, work hard alongside other state, national, and private enterprise leaders to mitigate the effects of the novel coronavirus and bring its spread to a conclusion, it is important that people maintain the social distancing and other health recommendation standards.  

Oakman wins LHS Invitational SB tourney

Macayla Wilkins goes for the tag at home plate for the Addison Lady Bulldogs.

By Melica Allen
LYNN - Thirteen teams participated in the Lynn High School Invitational Softball Tournament Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, Feb. 29. Teams participating included Tharptown, Addison, Dora and Oakman in Pool A; Meek, Vina, Sulligent JV and Winston County, Pool B; Lynn, Hackleburg, Fayette, Sulligent and Fultondale in Pool C.

Lynn outscores Winston County 19-6

Austin Owens for the Winston County Yellow Jackets beats out the defense to first base.

By Melica Allen
DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Lynn Bears heated up their bats Thursday, Feb. 27, defeating the Winston County Yellow Jackets in Double Springs. The Bears won by a score of 19-6.
The Bears took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, with Brandon Hill, Cade Tittle and Chance Majors scoring.
In the top of the second inning, Hill doubled to score John Bryan, making it 4-0.

Alabamian girls basketball all-stars

Coach of the Year - Senn Williams, Haleyville, Area champions, played in the regional semi-finals


Macey Butler
Addison, Sr.
Height: 5’5”
Position: G
Years as starter: 4
Season points: 256
Avg. pts. per game: 11
Three’s: 32
Free Throw %: 54
Season rebounds: 108
Avg. Rebs. per game: 5
Assists: 4
Steals: 3
Coach’s comments: She scored more than 1,000 points in her career. Macey is a great young lady who contributed to our team in so many ways.

Coach Franklin Graham

Deshler wins in extra inning over Haleyville

John Miller Lawson slides into home for a run Saturday against the Deshler Tigers.

HALEYVILLE - Haleyville Lions stayed in it until the end, but Deshler pulled away late in a 4-3 victory on Saturday, Feb. 22. The game was tied at three, with Deshler batting in the top of the eighth when Brayden Buckner hit a solo homer.
Haleyville lost despite out-hitting Deshler seven to four.
Deshler opened up scoring in the second inning, when Logan James reached on a dropped third strike.
The Lions evened things up at three in the bottom of the seventh inning on an error that scored one run for Haleyville.

Haleyville drops loss to 6A Jasper

Hayden Tidwell holds a Jasper runner close at first base.

HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville Lions could not get their bats going in the second game on Saturday, Feb. 22. They lost to Jasper 13-1. The Lions lost 4-3 in extra innings to Deshler earlier that morning.
Jasper scored six runs in the sixth inning. Jasper's big inning was driven by a walk by Kaden Shelton, a fielder's choice by Braxton Turnbow, an error on a ball put in play by Jon Burton, and a double by Shelton.

Garrett throws shutout against Deshler

Kaleb Garrett is shown hurling a pitch to a Deshler Tiger batter. Garrett only allowed one hit in the game and no runs.

HALEYVILLE - Kaleb Garrett didn't allow a single run as Haleyville Lions junior varsity defeated Deshler 6-0 on Saturday, Feb. 22, at HHS. Garrett allowed just one hit.
Haleyville pulled off the big victory without ever scoring many runs in an inning. The most they scored was two in the fourth.
The junior varsity got things started in the first inning when Brody Gravitt singled on a 1-1 count, scoring two runs.
Garrett was credited with the victory for Haleyville. He surrendered zero runs on one hit over five innings, striking out nine.

She Bears loses in regional finals to Mars Hill

The Phillips She Bears earned the 1A Region runner-up honor. Pictured on the front row are: Morgan Lauderdale, Gracie Hallman,Katelyn Frazier, Mary Ashton Hyde and Haley Harbin. Back row: assistant coaches Deb Cook, Julie Hallman, Brandon Clements, Autumn Edwards, Aaliyah Harris, Ally McCollum, Allie Veal, head coach Scott Veal, Alli Temple, Natalee Ward, manager and Morgan McCarley.

By Jesse Lamar
Journal Record General Manager
HANCEVILLE - The defending 1A state champion Phillips She Bears saw their season come to an abrupt end on Monday, Feb. 17, after suffering a 56-33 loss to the Mars Hill Lady Panthers in the championship game of the Class 1A Northwest Regional basketball tournament that was held at Wallace State Community College.
The She Bears advanced to the regional championship game after defeating the Decatur Heritage Lady Eagles 50-46 in the regional semifinals on Thursday, Feb. 13.

HHS girls lose in semi-final to returning state champions

HHS leading scorer Catie Aldridge fights her way around double coverage.

HANCEVILLE - The Rogers High School Lady Pirates showed why they are the returning 3A state champions, with a tenacious double-triple defense and an outside shooting game that can take most down. RHS came in with a 25-4 record.
The Lady Pirates defeated the Haleyville High School Lady Lions Monday, Feb. 17, in the northwest regional semi-finals held at Wallace State Community College by a score of 61-17.

HHS Lions defeat Danville Hawks

Grayson Long puts in two points for HHS.

HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville Lions defeated Danville Tuesday, Feb. 11, 52-37 to advance to regional competition.
Clay Blanton was the leading scorer for HHS with 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.
Grayson Long had 14 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assist;
Gavin West, 6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists;
Jon Tyler Gilbert, 5 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block;
Rome Yarbrough, 5 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist;
Grant Dye, 3 points, 4 rebounds.
Haleyville played West Limestone Monday, Feb. 17, at Wallace State in Hanceville in regional play.

HHS girls ground Falcons 37-32

Reagan Kutis makes good on a two-pointer.

HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville Lady Lions clawed their way through to a win Monday, Feb. 10, against the St. John Paul II Catholic Falcons in sub-region play. The Lady Lions won the right to host the game by winning their area.
HHS won by a score of 37-32, led by high scorer Catie Aldridge with 9 points. She had 3 rebounds and 2 assists on the night.
Reagan Kutis was close behind with 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal.
Tesley Callahan put in 6 points and 1 rebound.
Mae Boyles scored 5 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals.

HHS boys lose in region semifinals to West Limestone

Gavin West takes a pass around the side for the Lions.

HANCEVILLE  - The Haleyville Lions just had a five point deficit at halftime at West Limestone in the 4A northwest regional semi-finals Monday, Feb. 17, held at Wallace State Community College. The Wildcats, however, came out on top 54-38 in the end.
Jon Tyler Gilbert had 13 points for HHS, 7 rebounds and 1 assist;
Clay Blanton put in 12 points, with 2 rebounds and 1 steal;
Grayson Long added 5 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists and 2 steals;
Rome Yarbrough hit for 4 points, 3 rebounds and 1 assist;

PHS wins in northwest regional semifinals

Ally McCollum fights to shoot under the net through the Decatur Heritage Lady Eagle double team defense. McCollum scored 20 of the 50 points by the Phillips She Bears.

HANCEVILLE - The returning state 1A girls champions had to make a comeback Thursday, Feb. 13, over Decatur Heritage Christian Academy in the northwest region semifinals held at Wallace State Community College, in Hanceville. The Phillips She Bears won 50-46.
The She Bears trailed until the third quarter, where they took a 10-point lead at one point. The DHCA Lady Eagles made their own comeback in the fourth quarter, falling short by four points.
The win put PHS in the finals Monday, Feb. 17, where they will play Mars Hill.

Haleyville Lions advance to regional play; Meek eliminated by Pickens County

The Haleyville Lions  (14-17) defeated Danville (17-10) Tuesday, Feb. 11, by a score of 52-37, to advance to regional competition at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville. The Lions will face West Limestone (14-12) at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17.

The Meek Tigers were eliminated in subregion play Tuesday, Feb. 11, by Pickens County by a score of 103-47.



Haleyville Lady Lions, Phillips She Bears advance to regionals

The Haleyville Lady Lions defeated St. John Paul II Catholic, out of Huntsville, 37-32 Monday, Feb. 10, to advance to the basketball regional tournament play on Monday, Feb. 17, at Wallace State in Hanceville. The ladies will play Rogers at 9 a.m.

The Phillips She Bears also advanced to regional play at Wallace State by defeating Covenant Christian 67-40 on Monday, Feb. 10. The She Bears will play Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. in Hanceville.

HHS Lions 4A Area 11 champions

Team members, assistant coaches Tyler Hallman, Jeffery Whitten, Mac Wilcoxson, Rome Yarbrough, Dylan Kutis, Gavin West, Clay Blanton, Brantson Lambert, Grant Dye, Jon Tyler Gilbert, Braxtan Tollison, Whitt Sutherland, Austin Barry, Grayson Long, Head Coach Dylan Burleson, assistant coaches Ben Mullins and Tyler Malone.

WCHS teams defeat Sumiton Christian

Austin Owens looks for a play near the goal.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Winston County High School boys and girls teams defeated Sumiton Christian Friday, Jan. 31. The ladies won easily by a score of 58-18, with the boys winning a narrow victory 47-45. Pictured above, starting from left are Brooks Bonds fighting for a rebound. The middle photo shows Makayla Lindsey going to the net and the right photo is Austin Owens about the pass the ball off.

Lady Jackets eliminated by Red Bay

Brenna Wakefield eyes the goal for a shot.

ADDISON - The Winston County High School Lady Jackets played a tough game against Red Bay in 2A Area 13 area tournament action Monday, Feb. 3. The tournament was played at Addison High School.
The Lady Tigers defeated WCHS by only seven points, 42-35. Winston County was without Mackenzie Blackwood, who suffered a broken nose in the Friday, Jan. 31, game against Sumiton Christian. Jazzy Ergle also did not play.
Stats for the Lady Jackets included:
Olivia Wright, 8 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals;
Ella Moore, 1 rebound;
Madison Comeens, 2 rebounds;

Lady Bulldogs take overtime win

Callie Crider brings the ball down court under pressure from a SHS Lady Blue Devil.

ADDISON - The Addison Lady Bulldogs won in overtime against Sulligent Monday, Feb. 3, in 2A Area 13 tournament play by a score of 63-58.
The Lady Blue Devils maintained the lead throughout the game, with Addison tying the game with 2:30 left in the fourth quarter at 46-46. The buzzer sounded tied at 56 all to end regulation play. It was nip-and-tuck during the four minute overtime period, with AHS coming out on top by five points.

Haleyville boys and girls area tournament action

Clay Blanton takes a jump shot for HHS in action against Cordova on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville High School boys and girls teams secured area titles last week. The Lions took down Cordova and Curry, with the Lady Lions winning against Curry and Fayette. The girls hosted the subregion Monday, Feb. 10, against St. John Paul II Catholic and the boys hosted Danville on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Scores were not available by presstime.
In the Curry game, Catie Aldridge led the scoring for the ladies with 13 points, Tesley Callahan had 12, with Reagan Kutis, 10. Mae Boyles put in 5, followed by Molly Gilbert and Madison Caine with 2 apiece.

Kennedy to be inducted to state Sports Hall of Fame

State Representative Tracy Estes presents a resolution to Doug Kennedy in recognition of Kennedy’s selection to the State Hall of Fame. Shown with Kennedy are grandchildren Mason and Maddie Grace Martin, daughter Tracy Martin, his wife Gracie and life-long friend and supporter Jim Masdon.

By Chad Fell
Senior Reporter
HALEYVILLE  State Representative Tracy Estes had a special resolution to present at the Tuesday, Jan. 21, meeting of the Haleyville City Council, honoring Doug Kennedy for his upcoming induction into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
Kennedy, who has become known as a distinguished paralympian, holds many world records and awards, including the Sington Award as the Physically Challenged Athlete of the Year for the State of Alabama.

HHS boys, girls split games with Russellville

Molly Gilbert goes after the ball in action against Russellville Thursday, Jan. 30.

HALEYVILLE -  The Haleyville Lady Lions had a five-point lead going in the fourth quarter Thursday, Jan. 30, against Russellville.
The Lady Tigers were able to regain the lead and take a 41-37 win in the final regular season home game for HHS. Senior basketball players and cheerleaders were also recognized that night.

WCHS Varsity Boys county champs

Winston County High School Varsity Boys are county champions. From l-r: Head Coach Adam Gray, Esley Gray, Trey Williamson, Jon Parsons, Brooks Bonds, Jordan Martin, Cade Taylor - who was also named tournament MVP, Nathaniel Gurley, Marcus Hill, Sy Blanton, James Abbott, Austin Owens, Cameron Thompson, Billy Watts, William Holt and assistant coach Eric Smith.

By Shelly Hess
Managing Editor
DOUBLE SPRINGS - Basketball fans from across Winston County descended upon Winston County High School Thursday, Jan. 23, through Saturday, Jan. 25, for the annual Winston County Varsity Basketball Tournament.  The varsity boys and girls championships were both battles between long-time foes Addison and WCHS, with the two schools splitting the victories.

Winston County Championship All-County Tournament girls team and MVP

Pictured are the varsity girls Winston County Championship All-County Tournament Team and MVP. From left to right: Ashley Aldridge, Lynn; Phebe Burkett, Lynn; Bella Wakefield, WCHS; Mackenzie Blackwood, WCHS; Makayla Lindsey, WCHS; Savannah Manley, Addison; Callie Crider, Addison; Kaylee Brummett, Addison and Macey Butler, Addison, MVP. Not shown are Savannah Smith and Jessie Woodard, both of Meek.

Winston County Championship All-County Tournament boys team and MVP

Pictured are the Winston County Championship All-County Tournament boys team members and MVP: From left to right: Logan Wilkins, Addison; Eli Howse, Addison; Cannon Hiller, Addison; Stuart Waldrep, Meek; Nathaniel Gurley, WCHS; Austin Owens, WCHS; Brooks Bonds, WCHS and Cade Taylor, WCHS, MVP. Not shown are Lance Harris and Brandon Hill, both of Lynn.

Marion County Championship All-County Tournament girls team

Pictured are the Marion County Championship All-County Tournament girls team and MVP. From l-r: Mia Hollingsworth, Hamilton, MVP; Paisley Sorrells, Hamilton; Aubrey Sorrells, Hamilton; Cara Sullivan, Marion County High; Abby Humphries, Brilliant; Alexis McCarley, Alli Temple, Phillips; Gracie Hallman, Phillips; Ally McCollum, Phillips and Anna Grace Frost, Hamilton.

Marion County Championship All-County Tournament boys team and MVP

Pictured are the Marion County Championship All-County Tournament boys team and MVP. From l-r: Jayden Loving, Hamilton; Kenton Steele, Hamilton; Kade Bryant, Brilliant; Braden Burleson, Brilliant; Alex Copeland, Phillips; Ken Edwards, Phillips; Hayden Hulsey, Phillips; Taylor Chandler, Winfield; Brady Franks, Winfield; Logan Feltman, Winfield and Graham Bradford, Winfield, MVP.

Phillips girls and boys runners-up in Marion County Tournament

Mary Ashton Hyde sets her launch to the goal for the Phillips She Bears.

By Casey Mills
Courtesy of
The Journal Record

BEAR CREEK - The Phillips Bears and She Bears both battled their way into the finals of the Marion County Basketball Tournament, held at PHS Friday, Jan. 24, but the games did not end in the hosting teams’ favor.

Manley to play volleyball with Gadsden State

Savannah Manley’s scholarship signing with Gadsden State was held Friday, Jan. 10, in the library of Addison High School. Pictured above with Savannah on the first row from left are her parents: Hayley and Duane Manley and Gretschen and Mark Woodard. Back row are: AHS assistant coach Pam Wilkins, Principal Micah Smothers, sister Gracie Manley and head coach Kayla Woodard Smith. Gadsden State head volleyball coach Connie Clark was unable to attend the signing.

By Melica Allen
ADDISON - Savannah Manley is definitely a champion. She has played on three state championship volleyball teams - 2016-2018 and state runner-up this past 2019 season at Addison High School.
The 6’1” senior will now play at the next level this fall, signing a volleyball scholarship with Gadsden State, who finished 26-12 this past season with a trip to the nationals.
Her scholarship signing ceremony was held Friday, Jan. 10, in the AHS library.