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.

Meek splits with Lynn in basketball action

David Tidwell does a mid-air pass under pressure from Brandon Hill (21) and Dalton Gilbert.

ARLEY - The Meek girls and Lynn boys basketball teams were victors in action Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Meek High School.
MHS girls won by a score of 45-21, with the LHS boys winning, 52-36.
Stats reported for the Lynn girls were:
Ashley Aldridge, 8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal;
Ella Brown, 5 points, 3 rebounds;
Jerica Anderson, 4 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal;
Cassidy Dodd, 3 points, 2 assists;
Phebe Burkett, 1 point, 1 assist, 3 steals;
Breanna Barton, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal;
Briana Benson, 4 rebounds, 1 steal;

Haleyville teams big winners at Carbon Hill

Grant Dye, who had 15 points on the night, shoots a layup for HHS.

CARBON HILL - The Haleyville Lions and Lady Lions brought home wins Friday, Jan. 3, at Carbon Hill.
Grant Dye led the scoring with 15 points for the boys. He also had 8 rebounds and 1 block on the night in the 48-33 win.
Other stat makers for the Lions were: Grayson Long, 6 points, 3 assists and 3 steals;
Braxtan Tollison, 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal;
Austin Barry, 3 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists;
Gavin West, 3 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists;
Clay Blanton, 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals;

Lady Lions earn runner-up in Christmas tourney

Kaytee Beth Boyles goes for a loose ball during a game with Belgreen in the Winston County Christmas Tournament.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - As the horn sounded to end the 2019 Winston County Christmas Tournament Saturday, Dec. 28, in Double Springs, the Curry Lady Jackets strung the basket to break the 50-50 tie with the Haleyville Lady Lions in the championship game.
The three-day tourney saw the Lady Lions going into the championship tournament undefeated.
They had beat Belgreen in the first round and Clements in the second to play Curry, who also came into the game not beaten in the tournament.
Scoring for the Lady Lions for the Clements games included:

Local students listed on Fall Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll

Congratulations to the following student-athletes named to the Fall 2019 Commissioner's Honor Roll by achieving a 3.00 GPA or higher.
Bevill State
Community College
Markie Buetner, Baseball
Blake Burton                                                                                                     Softball
Ricki-Jill Burrough                                                                                             Volleyball
Fernandus Brown                                                                                             Basketball

Alabamian All-Star football team

David Smothers has been name the Alabamian's Football Coach of the Year.

Coach David Smothers, of Addison, was named the Alabamian's Football Coach of the Year, taking his team to the first round of the state playoffs. The Bulldogs had a season record of 8-3, losing to North Sand Mountain in the playoffs.

The following are members of the All Star team:

Christian Roberts
Grade: 10th
Position: QB
pass 99a/52c
762 yards, 8TDs
58 rush attempts
370 yards , 2 TDs

WCHS outscores Phillips 56-42

Ken Edwards, who was the leading point getter for the Bears, sets up a play, as Sy Blanton takes on defense for WCHS.

DOUBLE SPRINGS  -  The Winston County Yellow Jackets defeated the Phillips Bears Friday, Dec. 27, 56-42, at WCHS.
Scoring for the Bears were: Hayden Hulsey, 2 points; Brodie Coan, 5 points; Ken Edwards, 14 points; Alex Copeland, 8 points; Lucas Atkins, 2 points; Tanner Markham, 2 points; Connor Wright, 2 points; Collin Grace, 7 points.
Stats from the Winston County Yellow Jackets were not submitted.

Lynn cheerleaders 1A state champions

State champions front row from left: Jenny Davis, Faith Cagle co-captain, Chloe Crowe captain, Maggie Alexander captain, Ronica Gordon co-captain. Back row: Amber Bridgmon, Cassidy Dodd, Makenna Davis, Kara Williams, Breanna Dodd, Audrey Duboise, Alandis McDaniel. Not pictured are coaches Andrea Gibson and Lorri Duboise.

By Melica Allen
LYNN - The Lynn High School cheerleaders took the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s 1A state championship Saturday, Dec. 14, at Wallace State Community College, in Hanceville.
The cheerleaders began their competition journey in October with the Mid-South Regionals in Southhaven, Mississippi. They placed first in Small Varsity Non-Tumbling Division, third place in Small Game Day Non-Tumbling Division and received bids to the Nationals in both divisions.

Alabamian All-Star volleyball team

Addison's Kayla Woodard Smith is the Alabamian's 2019 Volleyball Coach of the Year. The Lady Bulldogs claimed the 2A state runner-up title.

The following are members named to the 2019 Alabamian All-Star volleyball team: Kayla Woodard Smith, head coach of the Addison Lady Bulldogs and state runner-up in the 2A division, was named the Alabamian Coach of the Year. Team members are: Addison -

Addison boys lose in close one, girls win

Eli Howse goes for the net on a jump shot.

ADDISON - The Addison Bulldogs lost in a close game with Waterloo Monday, Dec. 23. The Bulldogs put up a three-pointer that fell short as the horn sounded to end the game, leaving AHS behind 59-57.
The Lady Bulldogs had a much easier time of it, pounding the Waterloo ladies 49-20. Stats were not submitted for either game for Addison.

Sartin signs with Bevill State to play softball

Anna Lacy Sartin is pictured with her parents, Shannon and Kellie Sartin, on signing day Sunday, Dec. 1, in the HHS library.

By Melica Allen
HALEYVILLE - Anna Lacy Sartin will be joining the Bevill State Community College’s softball team next fall.
The Haleyville High School senior will be on the pitching staff at the Sumiton campus.

Kyra gets her first deer

Kyra Cagle got her first deer on Saturday, Nov. 16 on a youth hunt. She was hunting with her Paw Paw Bruce Cagle on private land. Kyra is 10-years-old and in Mrs. Mindy Seymour’s fourth grade class at Haleyville Elementary School.

WCHS victors over Lynn teams

Cade Taylor puts in a one-handed layup for WCHS.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - The Winston County High School Jackets and Lady Jackets took the spoils Thursday, Dec. 19, in action over Lynn.
The Jackets won 46-25, with the Lady Jackets taking home a 51-21 victory. Due to the holiday schedule for the Alabamian, stats were not available at presstime for the game.

Phillips teams on top over Brilliant

Ally McCollum battles to the net.

BEAR CREEK - The Phillips Bears and She Bears swept Brilliant in action Tuesday, Dec. 17, at PHS.
The Bears won by a score of 75-72, with the She Bears taking a commanding win 63-22.
Ken Edwards led the scoring for Phillips with 17 points. Hayden Hulsey was close behind with 15,  Collin Grace, 9 points, Brodie Coan, 7, Pol Baldrick and Tanner Markham each had 6 and Jose Aagon, 4.
Gracie Hallman lead the She Bears at the net with 22 points, followed by Alli Temple with 19. Ally McCollum added 8 points, Mary Ashton Hyde, 7, Allie Veal, 5 and Morgan Lauderdale, 2.

Butler signs scholarship with Snead

Macey Butler signs her scholarship to play volleyball at Snead State Community College on Friday, Dec. 6. Pictured on the front row from left, Macey’s sister, Hadley, her mother, Lori, Butler, her dad, Danny. On the back row: Addison High School Principal Micah Smothers, Cristie Brothers, Snead assistant volleyball coach; Kayla Woodard, AHS head volleyball coach; Pam Wilkins, AHS assistant volleyball coach.

By Melica Allen
ADDISON - Wearing her two state championship rings and the state trophies flanking each side of the table, Macey Butler signed her scholarship to play volleyball at Snead State Community College on Friday, Dec. 6.

Abusammour named ACCC Men’s Runner of the Year

Hamza Abusammour, Runner of the Year

HANCEVILLE – Wallace State’s cross country teams are Alabama Community College Conference champions for the second year in a row.
In rainy conditions at the University of Montevallo, Wallace State’s men’s and women’s teams each earned perfect scores of 15, convincingly winning the titles over the weekend.

Addison teams win over Winston County

Sy Blanton comes around the corner, with Cannon Hill in the background.

ADDISON - The Addison Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs continued their winning ways Tuesday, Dec. 10, defeating the Winston County Yellow Jackets 58-47 and the Lady Jackets 73-36. The Addison teams were undefeated as of the Tuesday games.
Stats for the Lady Bulldogs were:
Macey Butler, 15 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists;
Bracie Rodgers, 14 points, 4 rebounds;
Kaylee Brummett, 11 points, 6 assists;
Savannah Manley, 6 points, 6 rebounds, 6 blocks;
Amylia Cleghorn, 12 points, 6 rebounds;
Hadley Butler, 3 points;
Gracie Manley, 3 points, 6 rebounds;

Lions win in OT over Fayette; girls win too

Molly Gilbert takes on three Fayette Lady Tigers in a fight for the rebound Thursday, Dec. 12.

HALEYVILLE - Talk about your proverbial barn burner. The Haleyville High School Lions pulled out a 79-77 win in overtime Thursday, Dec. 12, over area opponent Fayette Tigers.
The Lions had a two point lead with 26 seconds left in the game, but the Tigers tied it up with seven seconds to go at 68-68.
The Lions had the same two point lead in overtime at 79-77, when the Tigers threw in the ball and missed the last second shot.
Braxtan Tollison was hot on the night from three-point land, scoring 29 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals;

Aaron signs softball scholarship with MMI

Front row, from left: Gary Aaron, Ana Aaron, MMI assistant softball coach Kori Benson, Vickie Aaron. Back row: HHS assistant softball coach Kara West, HHS head softball coach Whitney Webb and HHS Athletic Director Chris Musso.

By Melica Allen
HALEYVILLE - Ana Aaron is a focused young lady. The Haleyville High School senior signed a softball scholarship with Marion Military Institute Monday, Dec. 2, during a ceremony held in the high school library. She will be on the pitching staff.

Addison winner over Lynn teams

Lynn’s Brandon Hill goes airborne on the layup. He was the leading point getter for the Bears.

LYNN - The Lynn Bears pulled within two points of the Addison Bulldogs Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the LHS gym with about 40 seconds left in the game. But, the Dawgs were victorious 45-41 when the final buzzer sounded.
The Addison Lady Bulldogs took a commanding win over the Lady Bears, scoring 43 points to the Lady Bears’ 12.
Eli Howse was the leading scorer for Addison with 18 points and 6 assists; Cannon Hiller had 8 points; Logan Wilkins, 7 points, 11 rebounds 10 assists; Quentin Barley, 7 points, 8 rebounds; Justin Mather, 5 points, 5 rebounds.

Meek, Berry split basketball games

Savannah Smith picks the pocket of a Lady Wildcat.

ARLEY - The Meek High School Tigers fell just short of a win Thursday, Dec. 5, against the visiting Berry Wildcats. BHS won by a score of 35-30.
Stats submitted for MHS include: Stuart Waldrep, 14 points; Kaleb Cherry, 2 points; David Tidwell, 7 points; Jarrett Benson, 4 points
The Lady Tigers, however, took down the Lady Wildcats by 20 points, 53-33. No stats were submitted by presstime for the Lady Tigers.


McCollum inks scholarship with Shorter

Ally McCollum signs her scholarship with Shorter University in Rome, Georgia during a ceremony held Friday, Nov. 22, in the Phillips High School gymnasium. Pictured on the front row are her parents Jason and Ashley McCollum. On the back row from left are: PHS Principal Dr. Al Temple, PHS basketball coach Scott Veal and Ally’s travel ball coach Bryon Veal.

BEAR CREEK - There were lots of smiles and tears as Ally McCollum signed her basketball scholarship with Shorter University Friday, Nov. 22, marking the start of a new chapter in her life.
Ally, a senior at Phillips High School in Bear Creek, will play for the Division 2 college in Rome, Georgia.
A scholarship signing ceremony was conducted in the PHS gym with students, teammates, faculty, friends  and family all on hand. She received a big round of applause as she signed on the dotted line.

HMS football team goes 7-1 on season

HMS football team members include: front row, from left: Reece McNutt, Cooper McNutt, Hayden Ramos, Jon Cade Stone, Logan Claytor, Ian Turner, Brett Whaley. Second row: Jackson Kutis, J.B. Crumpton, Evan Cagle, Michael Thrasher, Alex Perez, Jaeden Lipsey. Third row: Noah Bell, Fisher McCombs, Grayson Goddard, Josue Marchant, Marcus Tackett, Hunter Reynolds, Dylan Yarbrough. Fourth row: Brett Cullman, Jake Chandler, Blake Hood, Eli Cagle, Andrew Barton, Gavin White. Fifth row: Tristan Reynolds, Jackson Crook, Brock Yager, Wilson Frazier, Parker Hulsey, Scuyler Jones, Benjamin Hess. Sixth row: Alex Castro, Landen Lovett, Will McCullar, Clay Price, Blake Barton, Cody Cagle. Coaches are Jeffrey Whitten, Head Coach Will Romine, Chuck Moody and not pictured Jamie White.

HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville Middle School football team rolled through this season like a freight train, devouring opponent after opponent. The Lions lost their final game to Russellville in a tough battle. Both teams had undefeated records, with the Tigers winning 20-12.
 The season’s victories for the Lions included:
Lawrence County -
Hamilton - 44-0;
Marion County - 28-13;
Meek - 42-8;
Carbon Hill - 41-6;
Winfield - 14-8;
Sheffield - 30-6.

AHS cheerleaders to perform at Walt Disney

ADDISON - Laina Clower and Kaylie Blake are Addison High School junior varsity cheerleaders. They are all smiles about their trip to Orlando.

ADDISON - Laina Clower and Kaylie Blake, of Addison High School, are two of more than 500 elementary, junior high and high School cheerleaders and dancers from across the country that will represent Varsity Spirit in the 2019 Thanksgiving Tour at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.
The junior varsity cheerleaders, who have been  invited to perform in the parade, are part of a select group of cheerleaders and dancers chosen as All-Americans during Varsity Spirit summer camp across the country.

Bowling will go to Montevallo

Jaycey Bowling, senior at Meek High School, signed a scholarship to the University of Montevallo, Thursday, Nov. 14. Her plans are to get a degree in graphic design and communications. Bowling has been active in track, Scholar’s Bowl at MHS and Fast Track at Wallace State Community College. She received $6,000 for an academic scholarship, and currently has a $3,000 pole vault scholarship. If she places higher this year in pole vault, she will receive more.“Montevallo is a beautiful campus, and I look forward to going there,” Bowling said. “When I met the track team, they were so nice. “Meek High School has a very many great people here, and it’s been such an honor to go to school here,” Bowling continued. “It’s just a great place to be.” “It is such an honor and a proud moment,” MHS Principal Marla Murrah said. “I’m proud for her to have this opportunity to not only further her education at Montevallo but to earn scholarship money through her talent. Congratulations to her. I know she is going to do great things.” Shown in the photo are, bottom row from left, Jason Bowling, father; Jaycey Bowling; Lori Bowling, mother and track coach; top row: Martha Bowling, grandmother; Cousins Briley Bowling and Sadie Bowling and Debbie James, aunt.

Phillips, WCHS split games

Madison Comeens for the Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets puts up two points, as Phillips She Bears’ Ally McCollum towers over her on defense.

BEAR CREEK - 1A state champions the Phillips She Bears took a commanding win over the 2A Winston County Lady Jackets Thursday, Nov. 21, 69-36. Alli Temple was the leading scorer for the She Bears with 31 points, followed by Ally McCollum with 18.
The Lady Jackets had Emily Holt and Brenna Wakefield leading the scoring with 9 points each. Makayla Lindsey was not far behind with 6, and lead rebounding with 8.

Lady Lions win, with boys losing to Hamilton

Evelyn Kate Carroll defends Lydia McLin for Hamilton.

HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville High School Lions dropped a close one to the Hamilton Aggies Tuesday, Nov. 19, by a score of 58-53.
Clay Blanton lead the scoring for Haleyville with 25 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists.
Grayson Long brought in 13 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists.
Jon Tyler Gilbert had six points on the night, with Grant Dye close behind with 5 point, 5 rebounds and 1 steal. Austin Barry contributed 2 points, 4 rebound, 1 steal, 1 assist and took 2 charges.

Haleyville loses on a buzzer beater to Hueytown; HHS girls hold lead until late in game

Grayson Long ducks down as two Hueytown players leap over him below the basket.

HALEYVILLE - A three-pointer by Haleyville’s Clay Blanton gave Haleyville a one point lead with eight seconds left  in the basketball game Thursday night, Nov. 14, 71-70. 4A Haleyville battled and lead 6A Hueytown most of the game.
The Gophers threw  in the ball  and a half-court stringer took the  victory 73-71 for the visitors on the season opener.
The HHS Lady Lions  gave the Lady Gophers all they wanted, leading by seven in the first quarter and four points at the half.  
The Lady Gophers made adjustments in the second half, winning in a close one 56-48.