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.
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;
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;
Due to the threat of inclement weather Saturday, Jan. 11, the Winston County Cheerleading Competition date has been rescheduled to Saturday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. in the Winston County High School gymnasium in Double Springs.
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:
Congratulations to the following student-athletes named to the Fall 2019 Commissioner's Honor Roll by achieving a 3.00 GPA or higher.
Markie Buetner, Baseball
Blake Burton Softball
Ricki-Jill Burrough Volleyball
Fernandus Brown Basketball
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:
762 yards, 8TDs
58 rush attempts
370 yards , 2 TDs
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.
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.
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.
MONTGOMERY – Haleyville High School is ranked just behind Wilcox Central in 4A, making it the second largest in the division. Addison and Winston County remains in 2A, with Lynn, Meek and Phillips at 1A in the recently announced reclassification.
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.
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.
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 - 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;
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;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - 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.
By Kathy Barber
Special to Alabamian
OAKVILLE - After an impressive season from a very young Haleyville Cross Country team, the season culminated Saturday Nov. 9, at the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Cross Country state championships at the Oakville Indian Mounds in Oakville.
It was a beautiful Saturday with close to 2,400 runners from all over the state participating. It is a huge accomplishment for any team to make it past sectionals and to be able to compete at this level.
ADDISON - A seven point margin ended the Addison Bulldogs’ football season Friday, Nov. 8. The Bulldogs (8-3, 5-1) lost to the North Sand Mountain Bison (9-3, 5-2) by a score of 20-13 in the first round of the state playoffs. The Bison will play Westbrook Christian this Friday night.
The Bulldogs held North Sand Mountain on the initial possession, taking over control of the ball at the AHS 36.
By Melica Allen
ADDISON - Bradley Willette is not your typical 14-year-old. The Addison youth stands 6’5” tall and weighs 240. He excels in sports and in the classroom, as an honor student.
Willette has been invited to play in the Elite All American football game that will be played in Las Vegas, Nevada in January. This is an invitational only event through the Diamond Sports Group.
This event will include the “best-of-the-best” from the D1 Savage regional games in an east versus west format.
RUSSELLVILLE - The Haleyville Middle School volleyball team had a successful season.
Coached by Jayme Hall and assistant Brandy Hulsey, the ladies participated in the recent Russellville Invitational Volleyball Tournament. The seventh grade defeated Wilson and Deshler in two straight sets each to come out first place in pool play.
HMS faced Florence in the semi-finals and beat them in two straight to advance to the championship match.
BIRMINGHAM - The Addison High School Lady Bulldogs (49-15) came up one match short of the seventh straight state title Thursday, Oct. 31, at The Crossplex in Birmingham. But they did take claim to the state runner-up honor.
What is considered as an upset, G.W. Long (49-6), the team that eliminated the Winston County Lady Jackets from the tournament, defeated Addison three sets to one. Addison won the first match 25-18, but G.W. Long went three straight, 25-21, 25-22 and 25-15. This was Long’s first state volleyball title.
BIRMINGHAM - The Winston County High School Lady Jackets, coached by Tiffany Cole, were defeated in the quarterfinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Elite Eight 2019 state volleyball championships by G.W. Long on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Long won the state title this year in 2A.
The tournament was held at the CrossPlex in Birmingham on Wednesday and finals at the Bill Harris Arena on Thursday.
Stats for the WCHS Lady Jackets were:
Mackenzie Blackwood, 22 kills, 2 digs, 2 aces.
Elle Donaldson, 29 digs, 2 aces;
DOUBLE SPRINGS - What turned out to be the coldest football night so far this season also turned out to be an intense game when Lynn high-stepped over Winston County High for a win in double overtime Friday night, Nov. 1.
The tough and tumble first quarter involving a quarterback sack by Lynn Bear Cruz Cheatham and a WCHS Yellow Jacket interception by James Abbott ended up scoreless. The Bears made a 65-yard drive between first and second quarters to turn the scoreboard bulbs on with a 5-yard play touchdown. Their PAT was no good, leaving it at 6-0.
By Kathy Barber
Special to Alabamian
TUSCALOOSA - The Haleyville Running Lions performed well at the 4A Section 2 meet at Sokol Park in Tuscaloosa on a COLD Thursday October 31st. The girls team brought home an amazing trophy finishing just behind American Christian Academy to take 2nd place.
Top 5 girls from Haleyville were Katie Beth Boyles, Mae Boyles, Carlie Pendley, Ana Aaron and Emma Nethery.
The boys finished 4th behind American Christian Academy, Northside and Indian Springs to advance them on to state.
HUNTSVILLE - It was smooth sailing for the feared and revered Addison Lady Bulldogs (47-14). The 2018 2A state volleyball champions won the 2019 north regional tournament Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Von Braun Center, in Huntsville.
The ladies did not lose a set throughout the tournament. They played against Cold Springs in the first round on Thursday, Oct. 24, winning 25-2, 25-13, 25-6.
In the quarterfinals, Addison blew past Fyffe 25-13, 25-12, 25-15.
Friday saw Addison playing Cedar Bluff in the semi-finals. The Lady Bulldogs won 25-19, 25-6, 25-20.