AHSAA announces fines, ejections for 2018-19

MONTGOMERY - The Alabama High School Athletic Association has announced fines and ejections for the 2018-19 school year in their annual report for coach/student ejections during a contest. Schools listed are those in the northern part of the state.
East Lawrence, ejection
D7, 3A, FB, unsportsmanlike conduct, student, $100;
Nov. 9, 2018
East Limestone, ejection, D8, 5A, FB, unsportsmanlike conduct, student, $100;
Feb. 4, 2019
East Limestone, ejection, D8, 5A, BK, unsportsmanlike conduct, student  $100;
Feb. 4, 2019

Like mother, like daughter: 83-year-old mother, 62- year-old daughter do 5Ks

Ruth Ingle, 83, and her daughter Judy Ledbetter, 62, participated in the 5K at the Mark Forester Price of Freedom event held in May at Haleyville High School.

By Melica Allen
HALEYVILLE - Ruth Ingle is not your typical 83-year-old grandmother. The Guin resident and her daughter, Judy Ledbetter, 62, of New Market, recently participated in the 5K race for the Mark Forester Price of Freedom event held at the Haleyville High School campus in May. Ingle did the race in 48:33 with her pink button up blouse, blue jeans and tennis shoes, with Ledbetter coming across the finish line in 31:04. “I didn’t break my personal record,” Ingle noted. “It was too many hills.”

WCSHoF Lynn school inductees

HALEYVILLE - The annual Winston County Sports Hall of Fame will be held Saturday, July 20, at the Haleyville Elementary School cafetorium. Tickets will be $20 for the steak dinner and may be purchased at the branches of Traders and Farmers Bank or at the door.
Tony Giles, the “Voice of the Crimson Tide” at Bryant-Denny Stadium and Coleman Coliseum, will be the master of ceremonies. The keynote speaker will be Tyler Watts, former Alabama quarterback.
The following are the inductees from Lynn High School:

Alabamian football all-star team named

Coach of the Year - David Smothers of Addison

The following have been named to the Northwest Alabamian All-Star Football Team:

Addison: Zayne Guthrie, Luke Chambers, Weston Smith, Jeb Robinson, Matthew Harris, Hayden Ray;

Haleyville: Scott McAlpine, Mason Lambert, Ty Black, Trevor Jordan, Matthew Stephens, Joe Morgan, Jackson Kennedy;

Lynn: Noah Jackson, Jordan Davis, Chase Hokett, Justin Cook, Shaw Sanford, Griffin Lynn, Brandon Hill;

Meek: Payton Key, Gabe Jones, Bryar Gibson, Bradley Vickery, James Brown, Stuart Waldrep;

AHSAA announces fines, ejections for 2018-19

MONTGOMERY - The Alabama High School Athletic Association has announced fines and ejections for the 2018-19 school year in their annual report for coach/student ejections during a contest. Schools listed are those in the northern part of the state.
Oct. 1, 2018
Addison, ejection, D 7, 2A, FB, unsportsmanlike conduct, student, $100;
Nov. 13, 2018
Addison, ejection, D7, 2A, FB, unsportsmanlike conduct, student, $100;
Jan. 28, 2019
Addison, ejection, D7, 2A, BK, unsportsmanlike conduct, student, $100;
March 15, 2019

Beam brings volleyball legacy to HHS

Sadie Beam

By Melica Allen
HALEYVILLE - Sadie Beam has been hired as the new Haleyville High School volleyball coach. She brings with her a legacy of championship volleyball, playing on Addison High School state championship teams in 2009-10 and on the state runner-up team in 2008.  She replaced Brent McCoy at HHS, who moved to Orange Beach.  

WCSHoF Haleyville inductees

HALEYVILLE - The annual Winston County Sports Hall of Fame will be held Saturday, July 20, at the Haleyville Elementary School cafetorium. Tickets are $20 for the steak dinner and may be purchased at the branches of Traders and Farmers Bank or at the door.
Tony Giles, the “Voice of the Crimson Tide” at Bryant-Denny Stadium and Coleman Coliseum, will be the master of ceremonies. The keynote speaker will be Tyler Watts, former Alabama quarterback.
The following are the inductees from Haleyville High School:
Jonathan Lowe: 1983-86 varsity track and field;

Haleyville softball wins games

The Haleyville Lady Lions hosted a round robin softball tournament with Danville, Hatton and Muscle Shoals on Wednesday, June 19. The Lady Lions won games against Hatton and Muscle Shoals. Above HHS head coach Whitney Webb and her crew are in the dugout with a batter up to the plate. See more photos in Alabamian's Wednesday, June 26, edition.

Haleyville Post 33 doing well during season

Haleyville Post 33 catcher Jordan Lasker gets ready as the ball comes in low against Shelby County. To the right, pitcher Kaleb Garrett winds up for the throw.

HALEYVILLE - Haleyville Post 33 opened up scoring in the first inning of the opening game of a double header on Monday, June 17, when Caleb Williams drew a walk, scoring one run.
Shelby County Post 555 JV pulled away for good with seven runs in the second inning, winning 9-5.  Haleyville Post 33 put up three runs in the third inning. Haleyville’s offense in the inning was led by Josh Weaver and Jordan Lasker, all knocking in runs in the inning.
Bethers was on the mound for Shelby County. He surrendered five runs on three hits over three innings, striking out one.

Inductees named for 2019 WCHoF

Tyler Watts

HALEYVILLE - It is time once again to honor the inductees  for the Winston County Sports Hall of Fame. The dinner will be Saturday, July 20, at 5:30 p.m., at the Haleyville Elementary School.
Tickets are $20 per person for the steak dinner and available at branch offices of Traders and Farmers Bank. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Temple named to AHSAA Student Leadership program

Alli Temple

HALEYVILLE - As a junior at Haleyville High School, Alli Temple was named to the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Student Leadership program. Sixteen juniors were selected state-wide for this honor. The program gathers input from the student-athletes. The student leaders from each of the eight districts meet for a two-day conference.

Post 33 sweeps Saturday play

 Gavin West slides in at homeplate for a run for Haleyville Post 33 in a game against Hamilton.

HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville American Legion Post 33 baseball hosted Hamilton Post 165 Saturday morning, June 15, taking a 7-2 victory and Lakeview Black Post 2011, winning 9-1 in the afternoon.
Haleyville Post 33 fired up the offense in the first inning, when an error scored one run for Haleyville Post 33.
Haleyville tallied three runs in the second inning. Haleyville’s offense in the inning was led by Hayden Armstrong, Gavin West and Morgan Long, who all drove in runs.

9-1-1 Festival 5K Challenge winners cross the finish line

The 9-1-1 Festival 5K Challenge race was held Saturday, June 1, in connection with the 9-1-1 Festival, in Haleyville. Race start was at 7 a.m. on 10th Avenue. Pictured above are race winners from left: 8-13 age division Cody Cagle-00:25:40.310; 14-30 age division Tristan Carter-00:20:25.790; Lewis Barber-00:20:27.013; Cody Gray-00:25:23.783; Carlie Pendley-00:26:06.440; Hannah Coons-00:27:05.536; Summer Timmerman-00:29:41.843; 31-100 age division Jeff Fleming-00:26:15.916; Allan Pennington-00:29:23.513; Doug Roberts-00:31:05.323; Ranee Robinson-00:39:55.993; Sally Moore-00:46:30.760; Melinda Crumpton-00:46:33.296; Overall Winner Male Hamza Abusammour-00:17:17.720 (14-30 age); Overall Winner Female Alissa Hood-00:23:11.553 (31-100 age).

HALEYVILLE - The 9-1-1 Festival 5K Challenge kicked off festivities on Saturday, June 1, with the finish line on 10th Avenue.
Age divisions included 8-13; 14-30 and 31-100. The race was sponsored this year by Encore/SportsFit and Lakeland Community Hospital.
Race results includes:
1. Hamza Abusammour-00:17:17.720 (14-30);
2. Tristan Carter-00:20:25.790 (14-30);
3. Lewis Barber-00:20:27.013 (14-30);
4. Alissa Hood-00:23:11.553 (31-100);
5. Cody Gray-00:25:23.783 (14-30);
6. Cody Cagle-00:25:40.310 (8-13);

Local players named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State Baseball Team

First Team
P: Dylan Teague, Hokes Bluff, Sr.
P: Drew Nobles, Holtville, Sr.
P: Thorne Tapp, Brooks, Sr.
P: Luke Daniel, Wilson, Jr.
C: Ethan Hearn, Mobile Christian, Sr.
IF: Brandon Poole, North Jackson, So.
IF: Scott McAlpine, Haleyville, Sr.
IF: Carson Villalta, Brooks, Jr.
IF: Ethan Johnson, Cherokee Co., Sr.
OF: Carson Eubanks, Hokes Bluff, Sr.
OF: Taylor Henderson, Elmore Co. Sr.
OF: Camden Lovrich, Trinity, Sr.
UT: Cade Whitley, Sipsey Valley, Jr,

Local players named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State Softball Team

P: Sydnee Fitzgerald, Falkville, So.
P: Alyssa Faircloth, Holy Spirit, 8th.
P: Breanna Barton, Lynn, So.
P: Abbey Steward, Spring Garden, Fr.
C: Hope Gunter, Pleasant Home, Jr.
INF: Bailey Thomas, Berry, Sr.
INF: Katie Jones, Decatur Heritage, Jr.
INF: Makenzie Veal, Falkville, So.
INF: Olivia Jones, Brantley, Sr.
OF: Madison Norris, Marion County, Sr.
OF: Madison Smith, Skyline, Sr.
OF: Kylie Thigpen, Mars Hill Bible, Jr.
UT: Kayden Dunn, Brantley, Fr.

WCHS grad signs UNA mascot scholarship

Pictured above is Chase Cummins signing his scholarship. On the back row from left are: Allin Bailey, Winston County Board of Education member, stepmother Melissa Cummins; mother Kimberly Kratz; Megan Dye, UNA head cheer coach and WCHS Principal Jeff Cole.

DOUBLE SPRINGS - Chase Cummins decided to be a mascot his senior year to help bring even  more spirit to the activities at Winston County High School.
That decision has landed him a scholarship as a mascot for the University of North Alabama Lions.  He will be one of three who will serve in that capacity. The candidates had to create a 1-2 minute skit and perform to their own music. Candidates were judged on creativity, fan appeal and prop use.

Knight to play volleyball at BSCC-Fayette

Danielle Knight signs her letter of intent to the play with the Bevill State Lady Bears. Pictured on the front row, from left are her sister, Lindsay Knight and her mother Janet. Her dad Bobby could not be in attendance. On the back row are her high school volleyball coach Amanda Brown and LHS Principal Todd Tittle.

LYNN - Danielle Knight’s cake at her recent letter of intent signing said “Once a Bear, always a Bear.”  Knight just received her diploma from Lynn High School about two weeks ago and now will be playing volleyball at Bevill State Community College in Fayette for those Lady Bears.
The multi-sport lettered athlete signed a letter of intent recently in the LHS gym with family and friends in attendance. Knight lettered in volleyball, basketball, softball and track for the LHS Lady Bears.

Picnic honors HHS cross country athletes

HHS cross country seniors from left are: Drake Robertson, Riley Miller, McKenzee Reid, Aly Donaldson, John Robert Ellis and  Tristan Carter.

HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville High School cross country team recently celebrated the end of a very successful season with an awards picnic at City Lake Park, in Haleyville. The season begins in June with summer conditioning and wraps up in November with state competition.
The ladies placed 12th in the state 4A division. State qualifiers for them included,
Ana Aaron, Kaytee Beth Boyles, Mae Boyles, Aly Donaldson, Holly Flippo, Daniela Largo, Emily Miller, Carlie Pendley, McKenzee Reid and Aynelise Vickery.

2019 Alligator hunt registration opened June 4, new coastal hunting zone added

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources opened online registration for the state’s 14th annual regulated alligator hunts on Tuesday, June 4, Registration must be completed by 8 a.m., July 10.
A total of 260 Alligator Possession Tags will be distributed among five hunting zones. The administrative fee to apply for an Alligator Possession Tag is $22 and individuals may register one time per zone. While the tag is free, the selected hunters and their assistants are required to have valid hunting licenses in their possession while hunting.

Soccer banquet honors athletes

A banquet was recently held to honor the Haleyville High School soccer teams. Pictured above from left are: Icsel Marchant - team captain; Karlie Carol - Defensive MVP; April Espinoza - Life Saver; Shae Farley - Most Improved; Hannah Foster - Offensive MVP, team captain. Head coach is Jeff Whitten. Assistant coach is Bobby Robertson.

HHS soccer banquet honors athletes

Pictured are members of the boys team who were honored at a recent Haleyville High School soccer banquet. Back row left : Sonel Rains Team Member Drake Robertson - team captain; Osni Perez - Offensive MVP Javier Marquez - Most Improved Ventura Siquina - Defensive MVP Oscar Espinoza - Defensive MVP Neyser Mateo - Rising Star Diego Ruiz - keeper. Front Row: Lane Sosa - team captain; Eric Hollinghurst - Most Improved. Head coach is Alex Fragale. Assistant coaches are Jeff Whitten and Bobby Robertson.

Ceremony honors PHS She Bears for 1A state basketball championship

The PHS She Bears proudly show their state championship rings with head coach Scott Veal, Bear Creek Mayor Tammie Batchelor and State Representative Tracy Estes. From left are Veal, Batchelor, Mary Ashton Hyde, Amber Markham, Caitlin Martin, Lexie Dishner, Ally McCollum, Baily Bishop, Gracie Hallman, Allie Veal and Representative Estes.

BEAR CREEK - The memories of  winning the  1A state basketball championship this spring  are still burning bright in the hearts of the team members and fans of the Phillips High School She Bears.
A ceremony was held Friday,  May 17, at the Attie Fleming Complex on the Phillips school campus to honor the She Bears, Head Coach Scott Veal, assistants, Deb Cook, Julie Hallman, Brandon Clement and Jacob Feltman.

Meek celebrates softball senior night

The Meek Lady Tigers recently celebrated their seniors. Pictured to the left are the six seniors. Front row, from left: Autumn Peek, Kari Brannon and Esther Dake. Back row: Brooke Cleghorn, Emma Fincher and Bailee Fincher. The seniors were recognized with their parents and guardians and presented gifts. Congratulations Lady Tigers.

2019-20 Haleyville High School cheerleaders

2019-20 HHS cheerleaders, front row, from left: Anna Kate Bice, Kirsten Stevens, Hannah Bishop, Mallory Rushing, Emma Allen, Lilly Rae Rushing, Michaela Ramos, Ally Williams, Emma Parson, Meredith Robertson. Back row: Lily Tinch, Evelyn Kate Carroll, Emma Elkins, Mary Caroline Newell, Macy Seymour, Bridgette Kelley, Alexis Bailey, Marissa Lanford, Emily Miller and Sally Lakeman. Not pictured is Ashton McCullar.

Musso pleased with spring football program

Haleyville High School head football coach Chris Musso talks to his son Eli, who took reps at the quarterback slot for the cardinal team during an intrasquad game following spring practice. Coach Musso said the players and coaches have worked extemely hard to learn the new systems. “I am very proud of our progress and looking forward to summer workouts,” he noted.

9-1-1 Festival 5K Challenge sees changes this year

Encore staff from left: Bianca Hulsey, Tracy Hyde, Allison Brockway, Dr. Ashley Crisp, Tori Tidwell, Ravin Jett, Pat Waldner and Dr. Beth Moore.

HALEYVILLE   -  This year’s 9-1-1 Festival 5K Challenge, sponsored by Encore Sportsfit and Lakeland Community Hospital,  will be different than in previous years, and participants need to be aware of these changes, noted Beth Moore, one of the event organizers.
“This year will not be an extreme challenge or color  fun run,” Moore stressed. “This is a straight road race.”
The 5K run kicks off early Saturday morning, June 1, being one of the first events  held as part of the city’s annual 9-1-1 Festival.

Bowling captures state pole vault championship

Jaycey Bowling captured the 1A state pole vault title at the recent 1A-3A state track meet held in Cullman. She is pictured making a vault during the competition.

CULLMAN - Jaycey Bowling, of Meek High School, is the new 1A state pole vault champion. She also shares her school record at 10 feet. After winning the state championship at 9 feet, she went for a new school record at 10.1 feet, but failed by the slightest of margins.
She was state runner up last year behind Addison’s Emme Baldwin’s 10.8 winning height.
The following are local reported results from the state track event:
1A Girls 100 meter dash: Phillips High School-Lexie Dishner, 11th, preliminary13.76;

WCHS eliminated from north regionals

Winston County High School pitcher Elle Donaldson releases a throw in the contest with Tharptown Monday, May 13.

FLORENCE - Both teams were strong on the rubber on Monday, May 13, at the Coffee/O’Neal Sports Complex, in Florence, for the north regional softball tournament. But Tharptown was just a little bit stronger at the plate in a victory over Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets. Elle Donaldson started the game for Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets and recorded 18 outs. She lasted six innings, allowing five hits and three runs, while striking out two. WCHS lost despite out-hitting Tharptown seven to five.

Senior adult aerobic classes begin Tuesday, June 4 at the NFB

HALEYVILLE - The Haleyville senior adult water aerobics class will begin Tuesday, June 4, at 9:30 a.m., at the Neighborhood Facilities Building, located on Highway 13 South. Cost is $2 per class.
If you have any questions, contact Jeanette Masdon at 205-486-0132 or call the Neighborhood Facilities Building at 205-486-7969.

Mark Forester Price of Freedom events

Senior Airman Mark A. Forester, of Haleyville, died in Uruzgan province, of Afghanistan, Sept. 29, 2010, while conducting combat operations in the area. The 29-year-old worked with the 21st Special Tactics Squadron of Pope Air Force Base, N.C. Forester, of Tuscaloosa. Since then, nine Mark Forester Price of Freedom events have been held in his hometown to honor his memory and raise funds for scholarships and other special projects. Pictured are those who participated in a 28-mile walk Saturday, May 18, which began at Mark’s gravesite at Winston Memorial Cemetery. Mark’s call numbers was Jag 28. The Price of Freedom events also included a half-marathon, 10k and 5k races and 1 mile fun run/walk. There were also face painting, a cornhole tournament, jump houses and slides for the children and more. This was the ninth annual event held at Haleyville High School, where Mark graduated.

Brigadier General Armfield speaks at Price of Freedom supper

Retired Brigadier General Robert Armfield

HALEYVILLE - It has been nine years since Haleyville native Senior Airman Mark Forester gave his life in the line of duty, trying to save a fallen comrade in Afghanistan.
A spaghetti supper, held at the Haleyville Middle School cafeteria, is sponsored by Todd Barton each year on the Friday night before the Mark Forester Price of Freedom event is held on Saturday.

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.