The Spring Garden Panthers and Cedar Bluff Tigers are still a few days away from playing their first 2015 regular season game, yet both have managed to move up a spot in the latest Alabama Sports Writers Association football rankings.
It’s hard to believe it’s been more than 20 years since I was walking the halls at Piedmont High School. That fact was hammered down Saturday night when our graduating class of 1995 held its 20th reunion in Oxford.
Sand Rock’s Steven Chesnut remembers when the Wildcats’ new field house was being built. It was the summer between his sixth and seventh grade years. He recalls moving into it a couple of weeks into that season and remembers just how exciting and unique it was.
CEDAR BLUFF – The Cedar Bluff Tigers had a lot of unanswered questions heading into the 2014 season. It took the young Tigers a little while before they found their identity, and when they did, they went out with a roar.
CENTRE – Defending Cherokee County Country Club Champion Jake Minnix said last year he felt a lot of pressure to win the club title for the first time, but this year he said he felt no pressure at all.
The Spring Garden Panthers had a historic football season in 2014. The Panthers had their first female place kicker make an extra point in Kaitlyn Rogers. They later secured their first-ever home playoff game by finishing runner-up in Class 1A, Region 7.
Despite being one stroke back at the turn, John Stanley and Corey Tanner strung together an impressive nine holes to regain the lead by the end of the James Jackson Memorial Tournament to earn the victory.
According to Fran Blanchard, his son Coty Blanchard has made the trip from the Tampa Bay Rays’ Port Charlotte, Fla., baseball training facility back to Class A Bowling Green, Ky., to rejoin the Hot Rods. He is expected to be back with the team on Monday and be activated on Tuesday.
MONTGOMERY – Spring Garden’s Tykeah Rogers finished with five points and grabbed seven rebounds to help the North All-Star basketball team rally from a 12-point second-half deficit to claim a 60-56 victory over the South Wednesday at Alabama State University’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome.
Andrew Kinney tried his best to make sure the Cedar Bluff baseball team stayed on track after former head coach Taylor Talbot departed for Gadsden City in early June. He did everything from mowing the baseball field to making sure the players maintained their workout schedules.
MONTGOMERY – Piedmont’s Bayley Blanchard went a combined 1-for-4 with a walk, a run and a RBI, helping the North All-Stars sweep the South 6-2 and 6-4 Monday night in the AHSAA North-South All-Star baseball series at Montgomery’s Riverwalk Stadium.
NASHVILLE – Jacksonville State had 12 players selected to the 2015 Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Football Team at the league’s annual Media Day on Monday, when the Gamecocks were also picked to repeat as champions in 2015.
CENTRE - It was shaping up to be another tight finish in the championship flight of the Dub Ellis Invitational near Centre on Sunday. Chad Calvert and Byron Reed were tied atop the leader board on Saturday at six-under-par 65 heading into Sunday's final round.
MONTGOMERY - The North All-Stars, featuring Spring Garden coach Jason Howard, captured the 56th Alabama High School Athletic Association All-Star Football Game at Cramton Bowl Friday night with a 14-13 victory over the South. The South now holds a 30-24-2 edge in the series that dates back to 1948.
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – For the second-straight year, the media covering the Ohio Valley Conference have conducted a Preseason Football Media Poll prior to the start of the season, and the Jacksonville State Gamecocks have been tabbed the preseason favorite.
With the type of basketball seasons the Cherokee County Warriors and Spring Garden Lady Panthers had in 2014-15, it should come as no surprise each team would have a representative on the Alabama High School Athletic Directors and Coaches Association North-South All-Star games.