A few years ago, a young up-and-coming softball pitcher by the name of Magen Rich idolized former Cherokee County High School standout Tori Davis. She wanted to be every bit the player Davis was.
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CENTRE - One of Josh Decker's defining moments - perhaps the defining moment - of his high school baseball career came when he was handed the ball in the second game of the quarterfinal round in the Class 4A state playoffs against Madison Academy.
For the past three years, Dexter Vines has learned from one of the state's best high school basketball and football coaching staffs at Spring Garden. Now he hopes to take what he's learned and establish his own program.
JACKSONVILLE – Despite stormy weather on Saturday, Cedar Bluff managed to play both of their scheduled football scrimmages in the Gridiron Challenge at Jacksonville State University. The Tigers split with Lynn (6-0 loss) and Fayetteville (8-6 win).
MONTGOMERY – Spring Garden junior pitcher Kerstin Bryant remembers being in awe at last year’s Class 1A state softball tournament of Brantley outfielder Alex Wilcox.
MONTGOMERY – Following their loss to top-ranked Brantley on Thursday night, the Spring Garden Lady Panthers knew things weren’t going to be easy working their way back into contention from the losers bracket of the Class 1A state softball tournament.
MONTGOMERY - Spring Garden junior pitcher Kerstin Bryant is known for her heroics in the circle, but she can also swing a big bat as well.
ATTALLA - Cherokee County High School quarterback Tyren Dupree accounted for all three touchdowns in the Warriors' 21-7 spring football jamboree victory at Etowah on Thursday.
GAYLESVILLE - The Gaylesville Trojans hosted a spring football jamboree Thursday night against Sand Rock and Asbury. The Trojans dropped a 13-0 decision to Sand Rock, then rebounded to take an 8-6 decision over Asbury.
MONTGOMERY- Brantley junior pitcher Leanna Johnson baffled Spring Garden's batters Thursday night. She allowed just one hit and posted 13 strikeouts in the top-ranked Lady Bulldogs' 13-0 victory in five innings in the winners bracket of the Class 1A state softball tournament.
MONTGOMERY - Spring Garden junior pitcher Kerstin Bryant tossed a one-hitter and also helped herself at the plate Thursday in the Lady Panthers' 1-0 victory over Ragland in the Class 1A state softball tournament at Lagoon Park.
MONTGOMERY - Collinsville's first fast-pitch softball state tournament appearance was a brief one. The Class 2A, No. 5 Lady Panthers were eliminated on Wednesday at Lagoon Park. They lost their opener 3-2 to Horseshoe Bend, then fell to second-ranked Leroy 16-1.
CEDAR BLUFF - Andrew Kinney said the Cedar Bluff community will always be special to him, but the calling of home was too much for him to turn down.
MONTGOMERY – Matt Deerman was understandably proud that his Piedmont baseball team had reached the state championship round in his first year as head coach. But at the same time he wondered what might have been if the Bulldogs had been a little sharper.
MONTGOMERY – The first thing Piedmont baseball coach Matt Deerman reminded his players of when they met at the end of the game was this is a best-of-3 series, not a best-of-1.
COLLINSVILLE - Collinsville point guard Kendreia Moore has never been one to have a lot of points and rebounds, but her abilities allowed her teammates to find the open shots and knock them down.
HUNTSVILLE - Class 1A, No. 7 Cedar Bluff's softball season ended Saturday in the North Softball Regional in Huntsville. The Lady Tigers (18-24) fell two wins shy of reaching the state tournament coming through the losers bracket. Their final game was a 5-4 setback to Waterloo.
TUSCALOOSA - If anything can be said of Collinsville softball fans, it's they come prepared to cheer on their Lady Panthers.
JACKSONVILLE - Spring Garden football coach Jason Howard got a look at a lot of new faces on both sides of the ball during the Panthers' spring scrimmages in the Gridiron Challenge at Jacksonville State University on Saturday.
Class 1A Spring Garden and Class 2A Collinsville both got off to strong starts in their respective softball regionals at Bowers Park in Tuscaloosa on Friday.
TUSCALOOSA - Piedmont's softball season ended in the Class 3A North Central Regional in Tuscaloosa Friday. The Lady Bulldogs fell 11-0 to seventh-ranked Pleasant Valley.
TUSCALOOSA - The Piedmont Lady Bulldogs are two wins away from the Class 3A state softball tournament following a 2-1 performance at the North Softball Regional in Tuscaloosa on Thursday.
TUSCUMBIA - Matt Deerman is probably the last person you'd expect to drop a wager on anything, but he rolled the dice on the biggest gamble in baseball Wednesday night and it paid off big time for the Piedmont Bulldogs.
GAYLESVILLE - Gaylesville senior shortstop Austin Stordahl was part of something special with the Trojan baseball team this season.
COLLINSVILLE - Ever since they were four years old, Collinsville senior third baseman Aryelle Jones and senior right fielder/pitcher Mary-Katherine Patton have played ball together.
GADSDEN - Cedar Bluff's Nick Sawyer shot 74 and Mark Sawyer holed 75, but fell just short of next week's golf state tournament in the Class 1A-3A North Sub-State Golf Tournament at Gadsden Country Club on Monday.
Cedar Bluff, Cherokee County, Piedmont and Sand Rock’s track and field teams all competed in their respective state track and field meets over the weekend.
CENTRE - The longer game two of their Class 4A baseball quarterfinal playoff series with fifth-ranked Madison Academy went on, the more Cherokee County High School baseball coach Fran Blanchard thought it would come down to the basics.
CENTRE - According to Cherokee County High School baseball coach Fran Blanchard, Friday's Class 4A baseball state quarterfinal series against Madison Academy has been postponed to Saturday due to rain.
PIEDMONT - The Class 3A baseball quarterfinal playoff series finale between No. 10 Lauderdale County and seventh-ranked Piedmont has been moved again due to rain. The game is now scheduled for Saturday at noon in Piedmont.
CEDAR BLUFF – Cedar Bluff senior third baseman has always dreamed of playing college ball, but it hasn’t been an easy path for her, especially with the rash of injuries she’s suffered.
SPRING GARDEN – Spring Garden softball coach Ann Welsh has developed some outstanding pitchers throughout her coaching career, but surprisingly, only one (Bree Blevins) has ever been chosen as an all-star for the North-South All-Star series.
PIEDMONT - According to Piedmont High School officials, the Bulldogs' third Class 3A state quarterfinal game against Lauderdale County has been postponed until Friday at 3 p.m. in Piedmont.
SKYLINE - Cedar Bluff clinched a berth in North Softball Regional in Huntsville Wednesday. The Lady Tigers finished runner-up to Skyline in the class 1A, Area 14 tournament at Skyline.
COLLINSVILLE - Despite being out-hit by Sand Rock, the Collinsville Lady Panthers scored runs when they needed them most in a 13-4 victory to claim the Class 2A, Area 12 softball championship on Wednesday.
SPRING GARDEN - Prior to this softball season, Spring Garden High School added signs commemorating their accomplishments to their newly-constructed batting cages beyond the left field wall.
COLLINSVILLE - For the past nine years, Sand Rock softball coach Josh Bates has coached in numerous big games. He coached in three more on Tuesday in the Class 2A, Area 12 softball tournament at Collinsville, but the first against Gaston held a special significance.
SKYLINE - Madison Allen managed a pair of hits, including a double, but seventh-ranked Cedar Bluff couldn't overcome third-ranked Skyline in the in Class 1A, Area 14 softball tournament on Tuesday. The Lady Tigers fell 3-1.
GLENCOE - Spring Garden's Alyssa Gilley and Cedar Bluff's Russell Givens advanced to the sub-state round following their performances at the Class 1A-3A Section 3 girls golf tournament at Silver Lakes near Glencoe on Tuesday.
ONEONTA - The Cherokee County Warriors battled 30 mile per hour wind gusts to finish fourth in the Class 4A, Section 3 golf tournament at Limestone Springs Golf Course in Oneonta on Monday. The finish allows the Warriors to advance to substate next Monday at Valley Hill Country Club in Huntsville.
Three area baseball teams are still alive in the Alabama High School Athletic Association state playoffs. The state quarterfinals will be played this week.
CENTRE - Jake Minnix shot 60 to win the first flight of the You And Bubba Scramble at Cherokee County Country Club over the weekend.
FORT PAYNE – Ollina McClellan and Cole Grace led the Cedar Bluff track and field teams to second place finishes at the Class 1A, Section 3 track and field meet at Fort Payne on Friday and Saturday.
OPELIKA – The Sand Rock Lady Wildcats took third and the Wildcat boys finished fifth in the Class 2A, Section 3 meet in Opelika on Friday and Saturday.
MADISON – The Cherokee County Lady Warriors finished fourth while the Warrior boys took 11th in the Class 4A, Section 4 track and meet in Madison on Friday and Saturday.
FORT PAYNE – Kaitlyn Ridley captured a pair of first-place finishes in leading the Piedmont Lady Bulldogs to a second-place showing in the Class 3A, Section 3 meet at Fort Payne on Friday and Saturday.