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Winston County High School homecoming court


The WCHS princess, queen and alternates are shown with their escorts at the homecoming game. From left are Bailey Kelley, freshman princess, along with her father Jason Kelly; Makayla Lindsey, sophomore princess and her father Steven Lindsey; Cheyenne Suggs, junior princess and her father Bobby Suggs; homecoming queen Mackenzie Blackwood and father Rodney Blackwood; first alternate Kayla Stromatt and brother Jaden Stromatt and second alternate Mackenzie Heatherly and father Craig Morgan.

WCHS drops loss to Tarrant in homecoming


Yellow Jacket Austin Owens runs for and gets first down but is tackled by a Tarrant Wildcat.

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 loses by one in OT heartbreaker


Quarterback Eli Musso crosses the goalline for the two-point conversion to tie the score.

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 escapes with 16-10 win over Bulldogs


Logan Wilkins carries the ball for Addison.

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.

Meek loses to Hubbertville 48-24

By Allen Dunavant
Correspondent
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.

HHS cheerleaders host mini cheerleading camp


Approximately 60 young ladies participated in the 2019 Haleyville High School cheerleaders’ mini cheer camp held at at Haleyville Elementary School. The participants performed for moms, dads, grandparents and others on Wednesday, Sept. 12. They also cheered on the field prior to the start of the Haleyville v. Northside football game Friday, Sept. 13, and on the track with the cheerleaders during the first couple minutes of the game. This year’s cheerleading squad includes: Emma Allen, Mallory Rushing, Emma Parson, Lilly Rae Rushing, Lily Tinch, Hannah Bishop, Ally Williams, Meredith Robertson, Michaela Ramos, Anna Kate Bice, Macy Seymour, Mary Caroline Newell, Kirsten Stevens, Emma Elkins, Bridgette Kelley, Marissa Lanford, Emily Miller, Ashton McCullar, Aleixs Bailey, Evelyn Kate Carroll and Sally Lakeman. Sponor Wendy Rushing and the cheerleaders thank everyone who participated in this fundraising event.

HHS girls finish 12th, boys come in 15th at Chickasaw Trails


Gracen Smith and Logan Smith at the half-way point.

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!

Lynn takes match in three straight sets over Brilliant


LHS Lady Bear Kendra Hannah passes the ball to set up the kill.

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 defeats Russellville, loses to Muscle Shoals in close match


Audrey Sibley comes across the net with a kill for the Lady Lions.

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;

WCHS gets first season defeat by Addison ‘Dawgs


Addison’s Nicholas Rice forces his way through a heap of players and carries the ball for the first touchdown on the night.

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.

Jackson presented Hammer award


The Haleyville High School Band and boosters organization sponsor the Hammer Award each week that is presented at the pep rallies. Last week, Jackson Kennedy was chosen to bring the hammer in before the start of the Oak Grove game. Shown from left are band member Gabe Engle, Kennedy and John Mark Mayhall, band member.

Townsend given Hammer award


Reece Townsend was presented the Hammer Award for the Winfield football game by Haleyville High School band director Reggie Tolbert. Townsend was given the hammer during the pep rally prior to game night. The award is sponsored by the band and booster organization.

Haleyville nabs region win over Oak Grove


Quarterback Eli Musso hands off to Christian Chambers (6). Chambers scored the only counted Haleyville touchdown in the first quarter of play on a 97-yard catch in the flats from Musso.

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.

Raiders hold off Lynn to earn first region win in dramatic fashion


Alex Narramore makes the catch for the Lynn Bears.

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.

Stallions stampede Meek 62-0


Trinton Ory tries to find space on his carry for the Meek Tigers.

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.”

Meek takes 3 out of 5 sets over Winston County


Abby Phillips puts over a kill for the Meek Lady Tigers, with BreAnna Wakefield (34) and Ella Moore (22) on the block attempt.

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;

HHS cross country teams do well at Brooks Invitational


The Haleyville High School girls cross country team members start their race.

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.

Jackets battle to win match over HHS


Yellow Jackets Ella Moore (22) and MacKenzie Blackwood (10) go up for a block on Kaitlyn Burleson of HHS.

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;

Lions outscore Central 33-16


Camden Smith takes a kickoff from Central of Florence. Pictured is Garrett Threet (11) in pursuit.

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.

WCHS wins number two over Meek, 38-18


A pass thrown to Byrson Hudson is intercepted by Yellow Jacket Austin Owens.

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 opens season with win over Phillips


Ken Edwards punts the ball for Phillips, with Dalton Gilbert coming in to block.

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.

AHS takes down Danville 3 to 1 in VB action


Addisyn Smothers goes for the kill.

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 shuts out Curry in season opener


Addison Bulldog Caleb Crider outruns Curry players for the last of five touchdowns Addison scored.

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.

WCHS routs Panthers 44-16


Yellow Jacket defenders give Brooks Bonds time to run on the keeper.

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.

Cold Springs shuts out Meek in season opener


Matthew Clark faces a host of Cold Springs defenders on his carry.

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.”

Lady Lions start VB season at Carbon Hill


Laura Lunsford sets the ball. See more photos in Wednesday's Alabamian.

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;

Three Winston seniors named to Al.com seniors to watch for volleyball

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.

HHS introduces athletes at Meet The Lions


The annual Meet The Lions event was held Thursday, Aug. 15, in the Haleyville High School gymnasium. Athletes and coaches from band, basketball, cheerleaders, cross country, fishing, football and volleyball were introduced to a standing room only crowd. HHS Principal Davey Reed welcomed everyone. Members of the varsity football are shown entering the gym. See more pictures in Wednesday's Alabamian.

Alabamian baseball All-Star team


Todd McNutt, Coach of the Year, Haleyville

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;

HES receives $1,000 contribution from Mark Forester Foundation


From left, Ray Forester, father of fallen Airman Mark Forester, who died while serving his country in Afghanistan, presents the $1,000 check to Elementary Principal Christy Bice. At far right is Forester’s daughter Terri Cox, also of the Mark Forester Foundation.

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.

Lambert awarded AHSADCA’s scholarship


Mason Lambert, 2019 graduate of Haleyville High School, received a AHSADCA’s Coaches’ Children Scholarship at the 23rd annual AHSAA Championship Coaches’Awards Banquet for District 7. He is pictured with his parents Andy and Amber Lambert.

MONTGOMERY – Seven individuals were recognized at the AHSAA’s 23rd  annual AHSAA Championship Coaches’ Awards Banquet as recipients of the prestigious “Making A Difference” Award as the 2019 AHSAA Summer Conference concluded at the Montgomery Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.

AHSAA Central Board of Control approves $2 million revenue share payout to member schools for 2018-19

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.

Alabamian softball All-Star team


Jessy Woods, Coach of the Year, Lynn

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.

Musso shares skill tips with Haleyville Youth Football


Haleyville High School head football coach Chris Musso shares his time and knowledge with the Haleyville Youth Football camp in July. Musso is demonstrating the correct techniques on the line. The Haleyville Youth Football organization held a football camp in July. The teams will start the season on Aug. 17 with a jamboree in Cordova. Their schedules will be posted on website at: www.haleyvilleyouth football.com.

Coleman places second in New Balance Nationals


Matt Coleman at the New Balance Nationals in North Carolina, where he placed second in the junior high division.

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.

Ward named Troy’s new pitching coach


Holly Ward

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.

Haleyville 10U state champions


The Haleyville 10 and under all star softball team brought home the hardware this summer, culminating with the state championship! Their all-star record is 6-1 and they are the first-ever state champions for Haleyville in 10U. They won the North Central Pre-Area tournament hosted at the Haleyville Sports Complex on June 1, 2019, followed by the North Central Area Tournament In Fultondale on June 15. On June 22, the state tournament was played in Calera. They beat Walker County All-Stars 6-5 in the championship game. This team battled hard through six straight games to become USSSA State Champions. Team members include from left, Creleigh Gargis, Hope Swims, Emme Romine, Bryleigh Butler, Kate Wilson, Brooklyn Butler, Marli Stewart, Ella Kennedy, Emma Gravely and Kaylee Webb.The coaching staff includes: assistant Chad Swims, head coach Justin Wilson, assistant Jeremy Butler and assistant Chad Kennedy.

Alabamian boys basketball All-Star team


Dylan Burleson, Coach of the Year, Haleyville. See more photos in the Wednesday, July 31, edition of the Alabamian.

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;

Barber qualifies for Junior National Olympics


Rising Haleyville High School sophomore Lewis Barber is pictured competing in the 110m hurdles at the Regional Junior Olympics in Meridian, Mississippi.

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.

WCSHoF banquet honors inductees


WCSHoF board member Aubrey Haynes presents Gage Gilliland and Destiny Walker, of Addison, with the 2019 Academic/Athlete of the Year-Ed Deason Awards.

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.