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Tuesday 12/16/2014
JSU FOOTBALL: Gamecocks' Holcombe named First-Team All-American
Updated: December 16, 2014 - 6:09 pm

NEW HAVEN, CT - Jacksonville State's Max Holcome was named to the Walter Camp's 2014 Football Championship Subdivision All-America team on Tuesday.

Monday 12/15/2014
Man charged in Auburn killing was on probation
Posted: December 15, 2014

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — An east Alabama man was already on probation for separate crimes when he was charged with killing an Auburn University football player in a shooting eerily similar to a triple killing two years ago.

Markale Hart, 22, of Camp Hill was arrested on burglary and theft charges in 2010 and pleaded guilty to a reduced burglary charge in 2012, records show. He also pleaded guilty to a marijuana charge that year.

Hart, jailed on a murder charge in the killing of 18-year-old Jakell Lenard Mitchell, remains on probation for the burglary, for which he was sentenced to six months in jail, Tallapoosa County District Attorney Paul Jones said Monday.

"We have filed a motion to revoke his probation based on the new charges," Jones said Monday.

Hart was scheduled to appear in court for a hearing Monday afternoon in Lee County, court officials said.

He was arrested Sunday in the fatal shooting of Mitchell, a redshirt freshman football player from neighboring Opelika. Mitchell's girlfriend said the player and another man began arguing during a party when a third person opened fire, killing Mitchell.

The shooting was similar in many ways to the shooting that killed two one-time Auburn players and a third man in 2012.

Mitchell was fatally shot during a late-night party at Tiger Lodge apartments, a large complex a few miles from campus that caters to students with amenities including a large pool, a clubhouse with games and study areas.

The complex — since renamed and with what promotional materials describe as added security features — is the same place where one-time football players Ed Christian and Ladarious Phillips and a third man, DeMario Pitts, were shot to death during an argument at a late-night gathering in June 2012.

Desmonte Leonard of Montgomery was convicted of murder and is scheduled to be sentenced next month in the triple slaying. Evidence showed Leonard had driven from Montgomery to Auburn with friends to attend a party but got into a dispute with an Auburn football player that ended in gunfire.

In the shooting last weekend, authorities said Hart is from neighboring Tallapoosa County, where he was arrested, and apparently had gone to the apartment complex for a party.

Witnesses in both cases described hearing a hail of gunshots, followed by a scramble for cover. Mitchell was taken to the same hospital as victims of the 2012 shooting.

In a message to residents posted on Tiger Lodge's Facebook page, management said those involved in the shooting weren't residents. The note said new owners took over in 2013 and have made improvements including video cameras, improved gates to control access and "courtesy patrols."

"Nonetheless, tragic events such as this can still occur anywhere and at any time," said the statement.

1,000 and counting: Hooper still going strong coaching basketball at Centre Middle School
Posted: December 15, 2014

There have been a lot of coaching greats throughout Cherokee County’s basketball history, but even some of them haven’t had the longevity that Centre Middle School’s Claude Hooper has.

Sunday 12/14/2014
CHEROKEE COUNTY JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP: Centre Middle School claims 8th grade boys championship
Posted: December 14, 2014

SAND ROCK - Luke Goss netted 14 points and Will Hawkins added 13 to lead the Centre Middle School boys to a 44-31 victory over Cedar Bluff to claim the Cherokee County Boys' 8th Grade Basketball Tournament Championship on Saturday at Sand Rock.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Hoover's Johnson snatches victory in final seconds for Alabama All-Stars
Posted: December 14, 2014

MONTGOMERY - Alabama wide receiver Justin Johnson of Hoover came down with perhaps the most dramatic catch in the 28-year Alabama-Mississippi Football All-Star Game series Saturday on the last play of the game to score the game-winning touchdown in the 36-30 win.

Saturday 12/13/2014
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Sand Rock girls defeat New Hope
Posted: December 13, 2014

SAND ROCK - Courtney Rowe tallied 12 points, seven rebounds, six steals and five assists to lead Class 3A, No. 5 Sand Rock to a 62-39 victory in Area 13 girls basketball action on Friday.

Friday 12/12/2014
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Cedar Bluff sweeps at Gaylesville
Posted: December 12, 2014

GAYLESVILLE – Both Cedar Bluff varsity basketball teams appear to be hitting their stride.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Garner’s hot shooting leads Collinsville girls past Spring Garden
Posted: December 12, 2014

COLLINSVILLE – Collinsville basketball coach Jon Tidmore had been waiting on freshman guard Trinity Garner to light up the scoreboard.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Fifth-ranked Sand Rock improves to 8-0
Posted: December 12, 2014

SYLVANIA – Emily Langley netted 14 points and had five steals while Courtney Rowe collected 13 points, eight steals and six rebounds to lead Class 3A, No. 5 Sand Rock to a 65-56 basketball victory at Sylvania on Thursday.

Thursday 12/11/2014
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Warriors No. 1 in first ASWA poll of the season
Posted: December 11, 2014

CENTRE – Cherokee County High School boys’ basketball coach Neal Wester said he’s been a little surprised with how quickly things have come together in the early stages this season for the Warriors.

Wednesday 12/10/2014
Panthers' Cam Newton discharged from hospital
Posted: December 10, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers spokesman Charlie Dayton says Cam Newton has been discharged from the hospital following a two-car crash that left the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback with two fractures in his lower back.

Dayton said Wednesday that Newton was thankful for the care he received and is stiff and sore, but otherwise in good spirits. Newton left the hospital with his family and will stay with them while recuperating. He will not be at the team's facility Wednesday.

It remains unclear when Newton will return to action.

The Panthers began practicing Wednesday in preparation for Sunday's divisional game against Tampa Bay.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police issued no citations for the accident. A police report said another driver pulled out into traffic and collided with Newton's truck, causing his vehicle to flip.

Tuesday 12/09/2014
ALL-CHEROKEE COUNTY VOLLEYBALL TEAM: Norris the rock behind Lady Wildcats’ success
Posted: December 09, 2014

SAND ROCK – Sand Rock senior setter Ashley Norris is the perfect example of big things coming in small packages.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Rogers’ big night helps Spring Garden down Plainview
Updated: December 09, 2014 - 10:33 am

SPRING GARDEN – Spring Garden junior forward Tykeah Rogers scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Lady Panthers to a 66-57 girls basketball victory over visiting Plainview on Monday.

Monday 12/08/2014
SHANNON FAGAN: Coaches select 1A, Region 7 football team
Posted: December 08, 2014

The post-football season awards are now being voted upon.

JSU FOOTBALL: Grass named AFCA Regional Coach of the Year
Posted: December 08, 2014

Jacksonville State head football coach John Grass was named the American Football Coaches Association 2014 FCS Regional Coach of the Year, the association announced on Monday.

Sunday 12/07/2014
College Football: Alabama, Oregon, FSU, Ohio State picked for playoff
Updated: December 07, 2014 - 1:31 pm

GRAPEVINE, Texas — Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State have been selected to play in the first College Football Playoff.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Sand Rock girls hand Spring Garden first loss
Updated: December 07, 2014 - 11:33 am

SAND ROCK - The Sand Rock Lady Wildcats were without several of their key players when they hosted Spring Garden in varsity basketball action on Saturday.

Saturday 12/06/2014
JSU FOOTBALL: Gamecocks' season ends in second-round playoff loss to Sam Houston State
Posted: December 06, 2014

JACKSONVILLE - There will not be a return trip to the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs for Jacksonville State.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Cedar Bluff boys survive at Spring Garden
Posted: December 06, 2014

SPRING GARDEN - During the early part of the 2014-15 basketball season, the Cedar Bluff Tigers have rotated wave after wave of players with some success.

Friday 12/05/2014
SUPER 7: Clay-Chalkville closes out perfect season with 6A championship
Posted: December 05, 2014

AUBURN - Clay-Chalkville (15-0) closed out a perfect season Friday night with a hard-fought 36-31 win over Saraland (13-2) in the final game of the 2014 Super 7 State Football Championships at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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