Former Cherokee County High School and Jacksonville State University football standout Maurice Dupree recently re-signed with the Professional Indoor Football League’s Alabama Hammers.

Dupree, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound wide receiver, played with the Huntsville-based Hammers in 2011. He spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons with the Columbus (Ga.) Lions.

Last season with the Lions (4-8), Dupree caught 55 passes for 902 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was selected as an All-League Performer in 2012 and 2013.

Dupree also spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL before joining the arena game.

The defending PIFL champion Hammers (9-2 last season) open the 2014 season March 29 at the Von Braun Center against the Nashville Venom at 7 p.m.


Speaking of football, the DeKalb Bruisers semi-pro football team will hold their first team meeting of the new year on Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. at Ryan’s Grill and Buffet in Fort Payne.

The team is looking for football players from Cherokee, DeKalb and Marshall counties. The first game of the 2014 season is tentatively scheduled for March 1.

For more information, call 256-458-9858 or check out the team’s Facebook page.


Those who are familiar with Piedmont boys basketball coach Tommy Lewis know when he isn't teaching on the court he's active outdoors.

Lewis recently ran in the 13.1 mile Ladiga Half Marathon from Piedmont to Jacksonville. He placed seventh overall out of 150 runners and first in the 50-59 age group.

The 53-year-old Lewis ran a time of 1:34:08.


The next senior (50+) golf two-person scramble is set for Jan.13 at 10 a.m. at the Cherokee County Country Club. The cost is $60 per team and includes cart and lunch. The tournament is flighted after play is completed and cash prizes are awarded.

A membership drive is currently underway with monthly dues beginning at $30 for the first six months.

For more details, call the Pro Shop at 256-927-5070 or e-mail


Coming in the Jan. 8 edition of The Herald is a month-by-month review of the year 2013 in area sports.

From all of us at The Herald to all of our readers, we wish you all a Happy New Year!