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Mark Forester Price of Freedom events set for Saturday, May 18


SrA Mark Forester

HALEYVILLE - The 9th annual Mark Forester Price of Freedom Race and Memorial Birthday Walk  will be Saturday, May 18, 2019.
The route  for the walk will begin and end at Haleyville High School.  
The address is:
Haleyville High School
2001 20th Street
Haleyville, AL 35565
The 28-mile walk will begin at 6 a.m. and take approximately 10-and-a-half hours. There will be staging areas every five to eight miles with water.

Jordan Davis receives football scholarship to Seton Hill


Jordan Davis signs the football scholarship to Seton Hill University. Back row from left are Coach Kris Fischer, Coach Daniel Farris, Coach Calvin Aldridge, Principal Todd Tittle and Coach Brad Alsup. Seated are Kyler Jordan; Randall Davis, father; Davis; Lavonda Davis, mother and Shaylyn Davis, sister.

LYNN - Jordan Davis, senior at Lynn High School, has signed an  athletic scholarship with Seton Hill University of Greensburg, Pa. The university was one of 22 others vying for Davis to attend on a football scholarship.
After carefully selecting those colleges of interest, a road trip was in order.
“We narrowed it down to five,” his father Randall stated. During spring break, the family traveled through nine different states visiting colleges before deciding on Seton Hill.

Spring time football is here


On the first day of spring football practice, Monday, May 6, Haleyville High School's Ryan Baccus takes on two at a time during drills. Head coach Chris Musso said the team number was at 84 for the winter, but 73 came out for spring practice. He said, “The guys have worked really hard all winter and I am pleased with our progress.” Musso said Nike has donated practice jerseys for the players. The jerseys are white with the Nike logo on them.

Lynn, Meek, Phillips and Winston County eliminated from regionals

Softball is over for 2019 for teams in Winston County and Phillips High School, in Marion County. Lynn, Meek and Phillips were eliminated from the west central regional tournament held in Tuscaloosa, while Winston County was eliminated from the north region tournament held in Florence. The state tournaments begin Wednesday, May 15 in Montgomery for those who advanced from regional play.

Alabama bait bill becomes law

WINSTON COUNTY - Hunters in Alabama can now hunt white-tailed deer (when in season) and feral pigs with the aid of bait on privately owned or leased lands if they have purchased and are in possession of an annual bait privilege license issued by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Brooks takes second game of series 9-2

HALEYVILLE - Haleyville Lions watched the second game game slip away early and couldn't recover in a 9-2 loss to Brooks on Friday, May 3, played at HHS.
 Brooks scored on a double by Brett Urban in the first inning, a single by Carson Villalta in the first inning, a passed ball during Trey Patterson's at bat in the first inning, a double by Carson Daniel in the first inning, a double by Kole Warden in the first inning, and a sacrifice fly by Villalta in the second inning.
Brooks got on the board in the first inning. Urban drove in one when he doubled.

Haleyville Lions out hit Brooks, but can’t find enough runs in loss


Coach Todd McNutt talks to batter John Whiteside.

HALEYVILLE - Both teams were strong on the hill on Friday, May 3, but Brooks was just a little bit stronger at the plate in a 2-1 victory over Haleyville in the third round of the baseball state playoffs.
Played at Haleyville, Ben Lowman started the game for Haleyville and recorded 21 outs, pitching a terrific game. HHS lost despite out-hitting Brooks six to two.

Late score knocks HHS out of area tournament

CURRY - The Haleyville Lady Lions lost the lead late in a 2-1 defeat to Curry, at Curry High School in the 4A Area 11 tournament. The game was tied at one with Curry batting in the bottom of the fifth, when Rae Ann Hall singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run.
The pitching was strong on both sides. Curry pitchers struck out zero, while Lady Lions sat down six.
In the first inning, Curry got their offense started when Laycee Cordell singled on a 2-0 count, scoring one run.

Lady Lions blow out Fayette County 11-5

CURRY - The Haleyville Lady Lions asserted their will over Fayette County on their way to an easy 11-5 victory Monday, April 29, in the 4A Area 11 tournament held at Curry High School. This was the second game for HHS in the tournament.
The Lady Lions got things started in the second inning. An error scored one run for the Lady Lions.
Lady Lions notched four runs in the fourth inning. The offensive onslaught came from triples by Kaylee Riddle and Hailie Moody and a home run by Ana Aaron.

Cordova defeats Lady Lions 5-1


The Lady Lions meet at the mound during the Cordova game.

CURRY - The Haleyville Lady Lions watched the game slip away early and couldn't recover in a 5-1 loss to Cordova on Monday, April 29, in the first game for them in the 4A Area 11 tournament, at Curry High School. The Lady Lions lost despite out-hitting Cordova seven to five.
Cordova scored on a single by Emma  Hyche in the second inning and a groundout by Jaqulyn Braswell in the second inning.
Cordova got things started in the first inning when Lillian Werling was struck by a pitch, driving in a run.

Winston County edges Addison 3-2 in area tournament

2A Area 14 runner-up Winston County Yellow Jackets. Pictured kneeling from left, kneeling: Elle Donaldson, Emily Holt, Kenna Butler, Katelyn Bullock, Madison Comeens, Kanesha Flanagin and Hannah Morgan. Standing: Coach Haley Batchelor, Brenna Wakefield, Jazzy Ergle, Olivia Wright, MaKayla Lindsey, Layken Morgan, Abby Tidwell, Emily Hill, Ally Blackston and Coach Jared Smith. The Lady Jackets will play in the regionals Friday, May 10, in Florence.

HATTON - Both teams were strong on the rubber Wednesday, May 1, in the 2A Area 14 tournament played at Hatton High School, but Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets softball team defeated Addison 3-2. Elle Donaldson allowed just three hits to Addison.
WCHS opened up scoring in the first inning, when Makayla Lindsey tripled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.
Donaldson toed the rubber for the Lady Jackets. She surrendered two runs on three hits over seven innings, striking out three.

Hatton shuts out WCHS ladies 16-0

HATTON - The Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets softball team watched the game slip away early and couldn't recover in a 19-0 loss to Hatton on Wednesday, May 1.
Hatton scored on a double by Mallory Lane, a single by Emma Czervionke, a double by Emma Latham, a walk by Cloey Lovelady, and a home run by Ashley Berryman in the first inning.
Hatton got on the board in the first inning when Lane doubled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run.
One bright spot for Winston County  was a single by Makayla Lindsey in the first inning.

Hatton shuts out WCHS in tourney

HATTON - The Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets softball team watched the game slip away early and couldn't recover in a 19-0 loss to Hatton on Wednesday, May 1.
Hatton scored on a double by Mallory Lane, a single by Emma Czervionke, a double by Emma Latham, a walk by Cloey Lovelady, and a home run by Ashley Berryman in the first inning.
Hatton got on the board in the first inning when Lane doubled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run.
One bright spot for Winston County  was a single by Makayla Lindsey in the first inning.

With Elle on the mound, Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets shut out Addison


Elle Donaldson pitches for the Winston County Lady Jackets.

HATTON - Elle Donaldson threw a shutout to lead Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets  past Addison 8-0 on Thursday, May 2,  in the 2A Area 14 tournament played at Hatton High School.
Winston County got things moving in the first inning, when Makayla Lindsey singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run.
WCHS tallied three runs in the fifth inning. The Lady Jackets  put the pressure on, lead by a walk by Lindsey and a double by Brenna Wakefield.
A single by Anna Grace Luker in the first inning was a positive for Addison.

Local teams to compete AHSAA regional softball qualifier tournaments


Teams participating the regional softball tournaments include 1A Lynn, Meek and Phillips and in 2A Winston County High School. The following are play times and dates the ballgames at Bowers Park in Tuscaloosa.
WEST CENTRAL REGIONAL (May 9-11)
BOWERS PARK, TUSCALOOSA
CLASS 1A
Area 9 RU: Lynn vs. Area  12 W: Falkville (24-10), Thursday, Field 1, noon
Area 10 RU: Coosa Christian vs. Area 11 W: Belgreen (25-12), Thursday, Field 2, noon
Area 12 RU: Meek (14-16-1) vs. Area 9 W: Marion County, Thursday, Field 3, noon

Phillips captures area runner-up slot to advance to regional


Sydney Saylor puts the bat on the ball for the Phillips She Bears.

BELGREEN - The Phillips High School She Bears are  headed to regionals Thursday, May 9, at Bowers Park in Tuscaloosa.
The She Bears lost to the Hackleburg Lady Panthers in the first game of the 1A area 11 area tournament held at Belgreen recently. PHS then played Vina  and won 17-2, followed by Hackleburg again and won 12-11.
The She Bears lost in the championship game to Belgreen 13-0.

Lions’ bats on fire, with defense ablaze to sweep round two of state baseball playoffs

Ben Lowman was the winning pitcher for game one, firing on all cylinders. He is the son of Don and Stephanie Lowman and a senior.

GRANT - Haleyville Lions baseball team, currently ranked sixth in the state,  was on fire Friday, April 26, defeating Kate Duncan Smith Daughters of American Revolution 3-2 and 12-0 in a two-game sweep at Grant.
Ben Lowman allowed just five hits from the mound for the Lions. Lowman went the entire seven innings. He surrendered two runs on five hits, striking out ten.
In the second inning, Haleyville got their offense started when Lowman grounded out, scoring a run.

Taylor signs scholarship with BMC


Julianna is pictured with her parents Patrick and Lisa Taylor and on the back row from left, assistant coach Deb Cook, head PHS volleyball coach Debbie Grubbs and Blue Mountain College head volleyball coach Reid Gann.

BEAR CREEK - Julianna Taylor, who graduated in 2018 from Phillips High School in Bear Creek, has signed a volleyball scholarship with Blue Mountain College.
 Julianna is pictured with her parents Patrick and Lisa Taylor and on the back row from left, assistant coach Deb Cook, head PHS volleyball coach Debbie Grubbs and Blue Mountain College head volleyball coach Reid Gann.
After graduating from Phillips High School Julianna received an academic scholarship from Northwest Shoals Community College.  

Dishner, Markham sign scholarships to Bevill State


Lexie Dishner, left, and Amber Markham are ready to play volleyball at the next level at Bevill State. They are pictured with Bevill State head volleyball coach Theresa Berry Franks at their recent signings.

BEAR CREEK - Amber Markham and Lexie Dishner have played sports many years together and now they are getting the opportunity to do that at the college level.
The two signed volleyball scholarships with Bevill State in Fayette on Tuesday, April 23. The signing ceremony was held in the Phillips High School gymnasium.

Lady Bears claim 12-2 win over Hackleburg


Breanna Barton took the win from the pitcher’s circle for the Lynn Lady Bears.

LYNN - The Lynn Lady Bears  easily did away with Hackleburg 12-2 on Wednesday, April 24.
The Lady Bears Varsity got things started in the first inning when Breanna Barton grounded out, scoring one run.
LHS scored four runs in the fifth inning. Ashley Aldridge and Gracie Jordan each had RBIs in the frame.
Barton earned the victory in the pitcher's circle for Lynn. She went four and a third innings, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out nine. Chloe Gilliland threw two-thirds of an inning in relief out of the bullpen.

Five RBI day for Gavin West benefits in Haleyville Lions JV's victory over Hamilton

Gavin West was bad news for opposing pitchers on Monday, April 15, driving in five on three hits to lead Haleyville Lions junior varsity past Hamilton 15-8. West drove in runs on a single in the first, a double in the second, and a single in the third.

Bats blistered as Haleyville collected nine hits and Hamilton tallied five in the high-scoring game.

5-hit day for Comeens as Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets skirts past Tanner

Madison Comeens didn't feel much like getting out on Tuesday, April 16, tallying five hits and leading Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets softball team to a 14-4 win over Tanner. Comeens singled in the first, singled in the third, singled in the fourth, doubled in the sixth, and doubled in the sixth.

Haleyville Lions JV Claws Back, but falls just short against Russellville

The Haleyville Lions junior varsity baseball team's effort to come back from down seven runs in the sixth inning came up just short, as they fell 9-8 to Russellville on Tuesday, April 16. The Lions JV scored seven runs in the failed comeback on a, a double by Hayden Tidwell, a triple by Hayden Armstrong, and a error.

Late score costs Lady Lions against Cordova

HALEYVILLE - Lady Lions stayed in it until the end, but Cordova pulled away late in an 11-2 victory on Friday, April 19. The game was tied at two with Cordova batting in the top of the fourth when a single on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring two runs.

The Lady Lions struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing Cordova, giving up 11 runs.

Late score costs Lynn Lady Bears against Covenant Christian

Saturday, April 20's game against Covenant Christian was a heartbreaker for the Lynn Lady Bears, as they lost the lead late in a 5-2 defeat. The game was tied at two with Covenant Christian batting in the top of the sixth when an error scored one run for Covenant Christian.

In the top of the fifth inning, Covenant Christian tied things up at two. An error scored one run for Covenant Christian.

Smith's Walk-off picture perfect ending in Addison victory over Southeastern

ADDISON - It came down to the wire on Saturday, April 20, with the Addison Bulldogs baseball team took victory on a dramatic walk-off single in the late innings that sealed their victory over Southeastern. The game was tied at one, with AHS batting in the bottom of the eighth when Kendrick Smith singled on a 0-1 count, scoring a run.

Late score costs Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets against Sulligent

Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets stayed in it until the end, but Sulligent pulled away late in a 6-1 victory on Monday, April 22. The game was tied at one with Sulligent batting in the top of the sixth when the Lady Blue Devils singled on a 2-2 count, scoring two runs.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, WCHS tied things up at one. Sulligent scored three runs in the seventh inning.

Haleyville takes first round of state playoffs


Scott McAlpine trots into homeplate after a homerun hit.

HALEYVILLE - The Fairview Aggies fired up the offense in the first inning of the first round of the state baseball playoffs Saturday, April 20, but could not hold off the Haleyville Lions. The Lions took the first game 4-3, playing at home. The game was originally scheduled for Friday, April 19, but due to inclement weather was pushed back to Saturday.
Dalton Payne hit into a fielder's choice, scoring two runs for the Aggies.
Ben Lowman got the start for Haleyville. He surrendered three runs on three hits over five innings, striking out 12.

Lynn defeats WCHS to start journey to championship

LYNN - The Lynn Bears made it a three-peat Monday, April 15, as Winston County baseball champions. They started their journey with a defeat of Winston County High School, in the county tournament that was hosted by Lynn High School, in a 13-5 victory.
Winston County fired up the offense in the first inning., with  Austin Owens driving in a run on a single.

Addison Bulldogs eliminate Meek 13-1 in Winston County Baseball Tournament

LYNN - The Addison Bulldogs baseball team easily did away with Meek 13-1 on Monday, April 15.
The Bulldogs got things started in the first inning. AHS scored two runs when Jake Wilson singled.
Addison notched five runs in the second inning. Hayden Lee, Wilson, Ty Tuggle, and Colten Tyree all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.
Lee led the Bulldogs to victory on the mound. He allowed six hits and one run over five innings, striking out four.

Lynn does three-peat as county baseball champs: Lynn Bears win 7-3 in championship game with Addison Bulldogs


The Lynn Bears became the Winston County baseball champions for the third straight year on Monday, April 15. Pictured above on the front row from left: Reid Cornelius, Logan Kelly, Bryant Norris, Riley Humphres, Logan Kent, Dalton Gilbert and Coach Todd Meeks. Back row: Head Coach Kris Fischer, Coach Clay Porter, Braden Cagle, Chance Majors, Chase Hokett, Brandon Hill, Lance Harris and Alex Narramore.

LYNN - During the championship game of the Winston County Baseball Tournament, Monday, April 15, Addison’s Bulldogs fell behind early and couldn't come back in a 7-3 loss to Lynn.  Hosted at Lynn High School, the Bears scored on a walk by Riley Humphres in the first inning, a walk by Braden Cagle in the first inning, and a double by Chance Majors in the second inning.
Lynn fired up the offense in the first inning, when Dalton Gilbert was hit by a pitch, driving in a run.

Meek Lady Tigers runners-up in Winston County Softball Tournament


The Meek Lady Tigers are the runnersup in the 2019 Winston County Softball Tournament. Front row, from left are: Autumn Peek, Esther Dake, Brook Cleghorn, Kari Brannon, Bailee Fincher and Emma Fincher. Back row: Head Coach Mike Ragsdale, LaKota Alden, Kalin Rivers, Madison Smith, Coach Donnie Price, Kortney Lane, Hannah Taylor, Nikki Yoshiwara, Abby Phillips, Savannah Smith, Coach Clifton Rudd, Dani Cotton, Madyson Pirkle, Jessie Woodard and Coach Sherry Fincher.

Addison is Winston County softball champs


The Addison Lady Bulldogs captured the 2019 Winston County Softball Tournament Monday, April 15, at Lynn High School. Pictured on the front row, from left: Brie Ory; Asia Millwood, Sam Brannon and Destiny Walker. Back row: Coach Jeremy Luker, Chyla Cookenmaster, Madison Aderholt, Anna Grace Luker, Lexie Luker, Macey Butler, Lexie Cunningham, Lauren Seymore and head coach Lana Hines.

LYNN - Addison Lady Bulldog assistant coach Jeremy Luker received a great birthday present Monday, April 15. The Lady Bulldogs captured the Winston County Softball Tournament championship by defeating Meek in a 5-4 barnburner.

McCollum, Hallman selected to First AHSADCA Elite 100 Basketball Showdown June 22

MONTGOMERY – Jamie Lee, director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association, announced  invitations have been issued to 100 boys and  100 girls basketball players who will participate in the AHSADCA’s Basketball Showcase planned for June 22. Ally McCollum and Gracie Hallman of Phillips High School, in Bear Creek, are among the invited from the Northwest Alabamian’s coverage area.

Poker Run Saturday to benefit Littleville Methodist Church repairs

HALEYVILLE - Bikers for Christ is sponsoring a Poker Run Saturday, April 27, as a fundraiser for Little United Methodist Church in Haleyville.

Registration is from noon until 1 p.m. Cost is $25 per bike, with $5 for extra rider.

The Poker Run will start from the church located on Highway 195 at 65 County Road 11. The next stop will be at the Chevron in Double Springs and on to the White House Community off Hwy. 129, then back to the church.

Addison junior varsity takes tournament championship


The Addison Lady Bulldogs’ junior varsity softball team took the championship trophy during their recent Winston County tournament. Pictured front row, from left: Josie Riddle, Lexi Buckmaster, Madison Melvin, Ayden Stewart, Hadley Butler, Macayla Wilkins and Saige Carter. Back row: Head Coach Lana Hines, Dacey Baker, Bailee Ory, Cara Bolinger, Emily Myers, Haley Walker, Ava Bishop, Melanie Edwards, Alena Howse and Coach Patrick Howse.